The “Treasures in the Trash” collection was curated by retired sanitation worker Nelson Molina over the course of his 34-year career with the NYC Department of Sanitation. Over 40,000 items are housed in Manhattan 11, an active sanitation garage servicing East Harlem.
Through his tireless efforts to rescue, repair, and organize these discarded objects, Molina reminds us that there are alternatives to waste, and gives us an opportunity to pause and consider our own consumption habits. The vast array of items is a stunning visual reminder of what we value — or don’t value — and the scale of what we throw away. A keen observer can also see smaller narratives woven throughout, telling us stories of Harlem, of Molina’s life, and of New York City itself.
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Reservations are required for this event, be sure to REGISTER TODAY!
Access Notes: The collection is housed on the 2nd floor of a garage, stairs are steep and there is no elevator.