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Nathan Kensinger is a photographer, filmmaker, and curator who has been documenting New York City's abandoned edges, endangered neighborhoods, and post-industrial waterfront for more than a decade. His Camera Obscura photo essays have appeared on Curbed since 2012.

Where I find outdoor calm and solitude in New York City

It might seem odd to find solace in a cemetery during a global pandemic, but Green-Wood has always been more than just "a sacred city of the dead."

NYC has a plan to clean its sewage-filled waterways. Does it go far enough?

Critics say the latest plan to address sewage overflows in NYC, which dump millions of gallons of sewage into the city’s waterways every year, is "barely a drop in the bucket."

A decade of destruction in New York City

New York City has lost countless cultural and historic institutions in the past decade

Exploring Staten Island’s hidden North Shore Branch, eyed for a new bus line

The MTA wants to build a new bus rapid transit line through a forgotten stretch of the Staten Island coastline

Brooklyn gained a Wegmans, but lost the 19th-century mansions of Admiral’s Row

For many Brooklynites, the destruction of Admiral’s Row and its extensive woodlands represents a tragic loss

What does the future hold for the East River waterfront?

The city’s billion dollar plan to make the East River waterfront more resilient has a neighborhood up in arms.

The Brooklyn Navy Yard gets ready for its close-up

The historic shipyard is moving into its next, more public phase with food halls, creative office space, and more

Encroaching development threatens a crucial Staten Island wetlands

Soon, more than half of the Graniteville Swamp may be bulldozed to make way for a 28-acre development

In Greenpoint, new waterfront parks will transform the Newtown Creek

One of Brooklyn’s most polluted waterways will soon be home to a new network of green spaces

Exploring Shirley Chisholm State Park, NYC’s nicest park built on a toxic dump

Shirley Chisholm State Park is now open in Brooklyn on a site that was once occupied by two toxic landfills.