The City

Staten Island Is Burning

When I moved to New York in the mid-1980s, Fresh Kills Landfill was the city’s dump. It’s primarily what Staten Island was known for, and driving through it meant seeing a lot of seagulls circling, uncharacteristically, mid-island – because that’s where their food was. It was closed down in March of 2001 (opened once more to accommodate 9/11), and it’s been in the process of getting cleaned up and turned into a park. The area itself is wetlands by an estuary, and ultimately has the potential to be quite beautiful once the EPA is through with it. (“Kill” is the old Dutch word for “river”. But yeah, when you think of Mob Wives and you think of the city dump and you think of Staten Island, “Fresh Kills” takes on loads of different meaning.)

But it’s on fire now.


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