One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Tourist Destination in New York
By Barbara Goldberg
10 July 2015
The Arthur Kill, a tidal strait separating New York and Staten Island, is the resting place for dozens of working boats. The underwater scrap yard was long considered an eyesore, but recently there has been a trend for tourists to kayak among the defunct ships. The "Graveyard of Ships" tour offers a guided visit which have been dubbed as "ruin tourism" or even "ruin porn."
"These sites are often appreciated for their authenticity or novelty value as a contemporary ruin," said Karl Kullmann, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design. Tour operators suggest that the aging and derelict ships incite the imagination as well as contemplation regarding the lasting effects of capitalism.