Marty Bellew on Fresh Kills and other NYC landfills
Tuesday night’s talk at the Arsenal by Marty Bellew was a terrific history of landfills in New York City, culminating with the story of Fresh Kills. The context of other landfills really brought home the outsize scope of operations at Fresh Kills–no other site in the city even came close to the same acreage and garbage volume. We could hardly believe that the West Mound, now just over 200 feet tall, was originally projected to max out just past 600! And we were amazed to hear about successful searches for lost valuables among the many tons of garbage. A very entertaining and informative evening. Our thanks go to Marty and to the crowd who braved the weather to hear him and to ask some good questions afterward.
Marty’s presentation is available for download here (PDF, 8MB). You can also stream the entire audio of the talk, below, or download it directly as an MP3 (56 minutes, 53MB).