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Rossville, Staten Island – “One of the eeriest places in the five boroughs”

Earlier this month, we had a brief overview of Shaun O’Boyle’s haunting photographs of abandoned tugs and ferries at the Rossville Boatyard [The Boatyard (the elephant’s graveyard)], which is in Rossville, Staten Island. Rossville is described by forgotten NY in “The deadpool” thus:

One of the eeriest places in the five boroughs, the entire Northeast, or perhaps the entire country, is in the borderland where New York City peters out, leaving New Jersey ahead and the hustle & bustle of the city behind. This is the place where the souls of 17th and 18th century patriots wander in search of someone to clean up their burial ground, and the place where ferries, tugs, barges and skiffs of decades past linger while they wait their turn to sink to Davy Jones’ Locker.

forgotten NY, in another article about Rossville, “The End of New York: The Ruins of Rossville,” said that it

seemingly preserves its wrecks like no other neighborhood in the city I’ve yet seen. Truly, this is the literal (it’s near the southernmost edge of Staten Island) and figurative end of New York City.

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Statue of Liberty

From the National Park Service

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

Emma Lazarus
Inscribed on the Statue of Liberty


The Boatyard Ruins – web site – Highly Recommended

The Boatyard (the elephants graveyard) is a photographic essay of the boatyard in Arthur Kill (Staten Island: Arthur Kill Road and Rossville Avenue – click on “Satellite” in the upper right corner of the map and zoom in) … Shaun O’Boyle started photographing these old boats, which include ferries and tugs, in 1987 … he went back in 2005 for another essay ….
… mesmerizing …
The Boatyard is part of Mr. O’Boyle’s larger web site, Modern Ruins – Photographic Essays.
The site is supported by sale of handmade Boatyard books with color photogpaphs and prints.
AGINY Highly Recommended