The Most Beautiful Abandoned Lot in NYC

I exercise every day and vary what I do to make sure it doesn’t get boring. Sometimes I walk around, taking photographs. The other day I came upon this abandoned lot. (I really should write down locations, it was around 6th and Dominick Street or so.)

North Carolina Karen could probably identify some of the greenery. I can only point out the ginkgo, but hang on, more shots to follow, with different trees and whatever the other things are.

But seriously, beautiful right?

I want to live here. In an abandoned lot, yeah. In a tiny house. With a couple of goats.

One last shot as I was walking away towards home. Sigh. Goodbye beautiful lot.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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8 thoughts on “The Most Beautiful Abandoned Lot in NYC

  1. That is a beautiful abandoned lot, but there’s something I’m clearly not understanding about the economics of NYC. Isn’t real estate rather a lot? Why isn’t somebody putting something on this lot (like a little tiny goat farm)?

  2. Sorry, my educated guess on the tall weeds are probably a type of milkweed, but I’m afraid that I am the posterchild for why science should be mandatory in school. I have pocketguides to North Carolina wildflowers, trees, birds and butterflies that I carry with me when I go out to take my photographs and I have spent hours trying to figure out the ones that aren’t in my books. The Deptford Pink I posted about a couple weeks back? That one took me more than two hours on The Google as it considered an invasive from England and not a native wildflower.

    I like CR’s suggestion of a goat farm. CR, goats don’t need to be tiny. They are happy in small areas and their poop (from full-sized goats) are smaller than rabbits.

  3. I love goats.

    Karen, I’m just as bad. I’d love to take a course. I’m sure they have walking tours where I live, where they identify everything. That would be a fun thing to do.

  4. Sometimes properties stay in probate forever. Also, sometimes properties have owners who think they’re gonna get a fortune, and hold out for it. Remember he building that B&N now occupies on the north side of Union Square? That lady held out for decades.

  5. I so think the lot/real(expensive) estate should be a community garden, perhaps with goats. And I would love to live there too, in a low building that would not block the view of the other buildings. Is it really true that goat turds are the size of rabbit turds?

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