Not Too Long Ago, Thousands of Abandoned Cars Littered New York City With Steel

A recent article on the New York Times' Lens blog has a great collection of vintage photographs from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s when abandoned cars littered the sides of nearly every street in the City.

In 1988, the Department of Sanitation removed 148,257 abandoned cars from city streets (and parks and waterways). That’s an average of 406 cars a day, 17 every hour, one every three and a half minutes. In other words, a lot of steel.

Check out the full article for more history on the City's abandoned car problems in previous decades.

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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