Take a stroll down Staten Island's freeway to nowhere

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In 1966, community activists successfully stopped the construction of the Richmond Parkway Interchange, a stretch of highway that urban planning titan Robert Moses wanted to run through the forested Staten Island Greenbelt. After construction ceased, this highway became cracked and crumbled by time.

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Photographer Nathan Kensinger has explored this one-mile stretch of highway, which has been reclaimed by nature over the last 45 years. Here's how he describes this unused road hidden in the southern reaches of New York City:

The Richmond Parkway Interchange remains abandoned today, covered in juvenile graffiti from a nearby high school and littered with empty liquor bottles. The curving roads above the Staten Island Expressway are spotted with weeds, while trees and shrubs have reclaimed the inland ramps. On the side of the road, cars rust in the woods, tree trunks in their engine blocks, like some post-apocalyptic version of a city once ruled by automobiles.

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You can see more photos at Kensinger's blog.

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lakedesire
lakedesire

Reminds me of some abandoned freeway onramps we have here in Seattle that just go out over Lake Washington and then end.