Inside NYC’s hidden museum of trash

The museum is located in an East Harlem sanitation garage

New York /
Aug.August 30, 2014 01:00 PM

Tucked away on the second floor of an East Harlem sanitation garage is one of New York City’s most bizarre museums – or most fascinating art galleries, depending on how you look at it.

 

This carefully curated assortment of odds and ends is called “The Treasures in the Trash Museum,” and was compiled by a sanitation worker named Nelson Molina over the course of 33 years, according to Untapped Cities.

Located on 99th street between First and Second Avenues, “The Treasures in the Trash Museum” began as a collection of carefully selected bits of rubbish arranged in the form of an art gallery.

Sanitation workers are forbidden from keeping trash found on the job, but nevertheless, the department hierarchy eventually blessed the collection. Since then, the second floor of the garage has been conveniently deemed unsuitable to support the weight of garbage trucks and the collection has been greatly expanded as a result.

 

The museum features toys, ceramics, chairs, cameras, memorabilia and vacuum cleaners, all arranged according to size, theme and function. [Untapped Cities]Christopher Cameron


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
A photo illustration of the Arizona Ghost Town Museum in Pearce, Arizona (Getty Images, Facebook/oldpearcepottery)
Night at the museum: Ghost town general store turned-home lists at $1M
Night at the museum: Ghost town general store turned-home lists at $1M
From left: Rybak Development's Sergey Rybak and Appliances Connection's Elie Fouerti (Getty Images, Rybak Development, YouTube/Elie Fouerti, Google Maps)
Auto shop holdout throws wrench into East Harlem project
Auto shop holdout throws wrench into East Harlem project
A photo illustration of 21 East 115th Street (Google Maps, Getty Images)
City sues to tear down languishing Harlem building
City sues to tear down languishing Harlem building
427 Broadway and Robert Frey (HGetty, THCNYC)
Former Vegas club owner bringing cannabis museum to SoHo
Former Vegas club owner bringing cannabis museum to SoHo
(LoopNet, iStock)
Developer plans 129K sf of affordable housing in East Harlem
Developer plans 129K sf of affordable housing in East Harlem
Smile! BDG nabs $125M refinancing at Harlem multifamily
Smile! BDG nabs $125M refinancing at Harlem multifamily
Smile! BDG nabs $125M refinancing at Harlem multifamily
Photo Illustration of Douglas Durst, chairman of the Durst Organization (Getty)
Durst accuses MTA of stalling East Harlem development
Durst accuses MTA of stalling East Harlem development
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in the Netherlands (Photo via MVRDV)
172-year-old Dutch museum putting entire collection on display
172-year-old Dutch museum putting entire collection on display
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...