inaccessible environs

Not the tree covered hillsides or flower covered fields. Nor the mid-autumn sunsets or rolling mountainscapes. These photographic collections fall short in the natural occurrence department, but target categorical pieces of the built environments we can often see but seldom experience


queens, new york

The Queenway was originally constructed as a link between Rockaway Beach and central Queeens.  However, a series of track fires in the late 1950's rendered its rails officially abandoned in 1962

The Queensway is currently gaining support for a redevelopment that could ultimately feature into a 3.5 mile linear park -- to be built on a decommissioned section of the LIRR railroad.  The vacant Queensway currently spans from Rego Park to Ozone Park in Queens, New York


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Dequindre Cut

detroit, michigan

The Deiquiendre Cut was constructed in the 1830s by the Detroit/Pontiac Railroad to service the industrial expansion in eastern Detroit.  By the 1920s the cut serviced over 400 different industries.  However, by 1982 rail use in Detroit had declined so significantly and passenger service was permanently suspended.  Three years later, frieght service along the Cut was permanently discontinued

Today, a 1.35 mile section of the cut was converted into a pedestrian greenway -- and plans to preserve a portion of the original corridor for future public transit are currently in the works

Flushing Meadows

queens, new york

In 1964 Flushing Meadow Park served as the grounds for the New York Worlds Fair.  The 64 Fair was poetically themed around "Man's Achievement on a Shrinking Glove in an Expanding Universe" -- highlighted by a 12-story stainless steel Unisphere, which still stands today

Following its close in 1965, much of the original architecture was demolished,  re-purposed and/or simply abandoned -- but the Unisphere still remains as an iconic remnant of the Fair, at the heart of the Park


new york, new york

The High Line was opened to trains in 1934 -- designed to directly service factories and warehouses along it route directly.  By the 1950's, the growth of interstate trucking led to a decline of rail traffic, and y the the mid-1960's, the southern section of the High Line in New York had been demolished.  In 1980, the High Line carried its last Conrail load of freight -- three container cars stocked with frozen Turkeys 

Today, The High Line stands as contemporary icon of re-use and urban redevelopment.  The  1.45 mile urban park currently runs from Gansevoort Street to 30th Street -- eventually terminating at the Javitz Convention Center on 33rd Street

LA River

los angeles, california

The Los Angeles River flows through a 48-mile engineered concrete channel from Canoga Park to Long Beach.  However, it more notoriously featured as race-track in films such as:  Point Break, Grease, The Italian Job, To Live and Die in LA, Gone in 60 Seconds and Drive

These photos were collected from several days of exploring the Los Angeles River - and this collection is in collaboration with my 'Under-Exposed' LA River collection


seattle, washington

This collection of photos captures scenes centered along spans of active/inactive highway infrastructure.  Each photo captures a unique highway circumstance, designed to highlight opportunity (and redundancy) in one of the most overlooked elements of our built environments

The intent of these highway photos is to inspire non-traditional urban thinking and to increase awareness of the abundance of "pre-redev" infrastructure throughout our cities -- active or otherwise