The West Village is a historically lower class neighborhood; home to the working poor who live and die on the success of the heavy industrial sites in the area. There have been numerous efforts to rehabilitate the housing situation in the West Village, not all of them as successful as desired. In the 1970s a roughly 15 block area was renovated; replacing several abandoned industrial sites with new, state of the art housing at affordable prices; deemed Riverview Acres, roughly 500 homes were built along the Queen’s River on soil that would turn out to be among the most toxic in the nation. Renamed Toxic Acres by the media, the entire area had to be abandoned. Since then, the clean up effort has languished in the courts and under jurisdictional issues.
West Village Locations of Note
Wayne Memorial Gardens
City Piers – 1 thru 13
Gotham Federal Reserve Depository
African American Cultural Center
Images of South Point
The smell of diesel fuel down by the docks.
Armored cars escorted by GCPD cruisers.
Unmarked trucks heading in and out of Toxic Acres.
An elderly women huddled in a frayed coat struggling under the load of plastic bags overfilled with aluminum.
Back to Uptown.