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Peek At the Remains of Staten Island's Abandoned Expressway

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[All photos via Nathan Kensinger.]

Is there anything sweeter on a summer Friday than a collection of new urban archaeology photographs by Nathan Kensinger? Likely not. Kensinger sent us a fresh batch of his latest, shot an abandoned Robert Moses-era highway interchange above the Staten Island Expressway. The "one mile of twisting concrete paths" called The Richmond Parkway has been abandoned for 45 years and was originally intended to stretch the 9.5 miles between southern Staten Island and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, also overseen by Moses and finished in 1964.

Incidentally, the Staten Island expressway is undergoing a big ole $140 million facelift; the groundbreaking was one year ago in September and the projected completion date is in 2013.
· Richmond Parkway Interchange [Nathan Kensinger]
· Map of the revamped Staten Island Expressway (PDF) [SI Live]