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December 8, 2022

30 Color Pictures Documented Life in Staten Island and New York Harbor in 1973

In November 1971, the newly created Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a monumental photodocumentary project called DOCUMERICA to “photographically document subjects of environmental concern” in the United States. The collection, now at the National Archives, resulted in a collection of more than 20,000 photographs by its conclusion in 1978.

One of the photographers involved in the project was Arthur Tress. Appointed the general New York Harbor area, Tress took photographs of Jamaica Bay, Staten Island, Sheepshead Bay and beaches by the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. From 1973 Tress focused his camera on “decay, neglect and the impact of increasing urbanization”.

Plum Beach, Sheepshead Bay.

Lifeguard takes a sunbath at Great Kills Park on Staten Island.

Abandoned car in Jamaica Bay.

Sand covers abandoned car on beach at Breezy Point South of Jamaica Bay.

School excursion on the Staten Island Ferry, crossing Upper New York Bay.

A small park on Sheepshead Bay.

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge crosses New York Bay and connects Staten Island and Brooklyn.

Sheepshead Bay fish store.

Broad Channel, Marginal Land in Jamaica Bay near the JFK Airport.

Sustenance for the inner man at the Sheepshead Bay Annual Art Show.

Warning of polluted water at Staten Island beach.

Lunch in the car, Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island.

Fish store in Sheepshead Bay.

Abandoned ice cream wagon at Broad Channel in Jamaica Bay.

Plum Beach on Sheepshead Bay.

This land along Jamaica Bay is owned by the JFK Airport.

Performing for the photographer on Plum Beach.

At the John F. Kennedy Airport.

Municipal incineration plant and landfill dump at Gravesend Bay Serves is a playground for neighborhood boys.

New York Skyline from Staten Island Ferry.

South Beach, Staten Island, ‘Is Safe for Swimming’.

Drive-in restaurant.

Landfill Operation is conducted by the cty of New York on the marshlands of Jamaica Bay.

Abandoned “giant slide” at Coney Island.

Young New Yorker ready to roar off on his Honda.

Rusty oil cans pile up near home in Broad Channel, Jamaica Bay.

School children on their way home in Great Kills, Staten Island.

House on Hunter’s Point, bordering the John F. Kennedy Airport.

New housing on Staten Island.

Parking lot at Ferry Dock on Staten Island.


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