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Rusty, disassembled and abandoned, pictures of the New York Harbor in 1973 show a different side to one of the world's largest natural harbours when once hidden beneath a swath of man-made waste.
Freelance photographer Arthur Tress, one of many hired by the Environmental Protection Agency in the 1970s, captured the astonishing build up along the water's edge in parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island.
The photographs aimed at capturing America's growing environmental negligence before the area was cleaned up to a far different view seen today.
Unnatural landscape: Tyres are captured lined along the water's edge in New York's Jamaica Bay in the 1970s
Washed out: The remnants of a rusted red car are photographed before a couple on Plum Beach on Sheepshead Bay
Beached: Another photograph shows an abandoned car mixed with sea shells on the Breezy Point shore
Playground: Five girls pose inside a broken boat left on the shore
Obstacle course: A landfill and dumping site becomes a playground to local boys
Back then, abandoned cars and tyres were seen mingling with sea shells half-sunken in the sand while local children made use of the items as toys.
Standing inside a faded red boat, whose rear is entirely missing, five girls are captured some seen distance from where a tide could stand a chance of floating their imaginative vessel.
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Another picture shows a line of car tyres as though beached from a retreated tide.
Inland, up and coming home fronts are dusted with debris including concrete pipes and bricks.
Unoccupied ride: Coney Island's abandoned 'Giant slide' rests with three boys making use of its unusual spectacle
Landmark today: The Steeplechase amusement park parachute jump tower is pictured broken and pealing following its close in 1964
Closed: A pool is photographed sans bathers and chlorinated water at a private swimming club in Breezy Point
Empty tanks: Rusty gas pumps rest untouched in the Sheephead Bay marina, offering gasoline at 34.1
Taken over: A former ice cream truck is seen, stripped and rusting among other ruins and weeds in Jamaica Bay
A clothes line in Jamaica Bay hangs drooping with white and black linen just feet from piled rusty oil cans.
Another photo shows cardboard boxes mixed with splintered wood outside an incinerator plant waiting for their removal.
Their ashes, piles full with the city's towers captured in the background, are consequently taken to a barge and dumped into the ocean.
Warning: Polluted water kept bathers out of the area with help of this sign before the then-newly completed Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Isolated: Spermaceti cove in Sandy Hook was one of the few uncontaminated areas along the Jersey Coast, allowing this man to dig for clams while leading his boat
Idling: Other areas, like this region of Jamaica Bay, were less lucky with this Volkswagen Beetle left idling in the water
Ending: Photographed across from the JFK airport, this end warns drivers and pedestrians of the ruin behind it
Halted construction: These high-rise apartments were abandoned over land preservation issues
In Coney Island, remnants of the Steeplechase amusement park, closed in 1964, were seen abandoned just like the rest of the region's waste.
Three boys pose on the top of a worn 15-lane red, white and yellow 'giant slide' of the former park.
Today the park's 'giant slide' features just three lanes but is in incomparable condition.
Still, Coney Island's original Steeplechase parachute jump tower, photographed then with smashed windows and peeling walls, has survived today.
Debris: New homes near the Verrazano-Narrows-Bridge leave a mess of piping and bricks across the lot
Mingling: Other homes in Jamaica Bay were photographed mingling with rusty oil cans
Backyard: This family rests on their home's deck over yellowed grass and bits of trash
Home: A home near the JFK airport at Hunters Point is pictured, showing a baby stroller and a child's three-wheeled bike among trash and other piling waste
Scenery: An oil storage tank is photographed in South Brooklyn, a less an scenic sight to the ocean-front community
The artefact was deemed too expensive to tear down and declared a landmark in 1977.
If the area were found less than pleasant to residents – with some photographed sitting on a backyard deck above straw and pieces of trash - a billboard perched in the area recommended moving to Staten Island.
Standing in what appears to be a cleared lot pitted with water and various debris, the billboard showed an illustrated view of green grass, trees and butterflies just across the bridge and accessible by car.
Burning: An incinerator plant is pictured in Gravesend Bay, in South Brooklyn, where cardboard boxes are mixed with various pieces of wood waiting their destruction
Dumping: Ashes from the incineration plant are scene stacked up onto a barge before they are dumped out into the ocean
Moving: A billboard in a cleared lot encourages residents to move to Staten Island where an illustration depicts the area of having green grass, trees and butterflies
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