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Getting to Zero: Treasure in the Trash at the M11 Garage

Open House New York

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Getting to Zero: Treasure in the Trash


Photo by Naomi Castillo

Photo by Naomi Castillo

Over the course of more than three decades, DSNY sanitation worker Nelson Molina rescued tens of thousands of objects from the garbage of his upper Manhattan route, creating one of the world’s largest known collections of material reclaimed from the trash.

Now installed in an astonishing “museum” display on the second floor of the M11 garage in East Harlem, the collection serves as a profound commentary on waste and consumption. To see this sprawling collection in person is a visceral experience that challenges our understanding of how we think about and categorize objects as “waste.”

Two tours of the Treasure in the Trash collection will take place as part of Getting to Zero. Please note that, while Nelson Molina will be on-site throughout to answer questions and speak with attendees, tours are self-guided.

Open House New York thanks the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) for making this tour possible.


Reservations are required as space is limited. $10 OHNY Members / $20 General Admission

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Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


Getting to Zero is made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

Have questions about Getting to Zero: Treasure in the Trash at the M11 Garage? Contact Open House New York

When & Where

DSNY Manhattan 11 Sanitation Garage
East Harlem
New York, NY


Open House New York

Open House New York (OHNY) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The mission of OHNY is to promote a greater appreciation of the city’s built environment; broaden public awareness by exposing diverse audiences to distinctive examples of architecture, engineering and design; educate and inspire discussion of issues of excellence in design, planning and preservation; and showcase outstanding new work as well as structures of historic merit. 

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