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Dateline, NY. Madison Ave. and 33rd St. Is the Nap Building, at one time the tallest building at 33rd and Madison, dying or merely slumbering?

 

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33rd St. Vacant Lot

I walk past this vacant lot on East 33rd between 5th and Madison and it always catches my eye. Last week I saw a guy organizing garbage bags atop the fence, probably looping them on the unintentional hooks that form the top side of the fence. The bags hang on the inside, out of sight from the street.

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Theory: he collects cans, glass, and plastics for recycling and stores the bags up there before redeeming. Here’s a view from inside the lot – bags in upper left corner. It reminds me of what a hiker would do with food to keep it out of reach of bears.

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The rest of the lot from left to right, strewn with rubble and garbage, a modern urban ruin. Why not open this site to the public? Sure someone would invariably get some superficial injury and sue the city for millions, but why not…

Vacant lot - 33rd interior left

Vacant lot 33rd - interior right

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