On the second floor of a warehouse owned by the Department of Sanitation of the City of New York in East Harlem, there is a treasure filled with trash of other people.
The greater part of the building was used as a depot for garbage trucks, but there is a secret collection that occupies an entire floor. This space is populated by an incredible variety of items: Tamagotchis, Furbies, dozens of fish dispensers, trophies, female weightlifting, dishes, paintings, sports equipment and much more.
This is the collection of Treasures found in the garbage, created entirely with found objects by Nelson Molina, a cleaning worker, now retired, who began decorating his locker.
For 30 years, the collection has accomplished a visual explosion of visual, organized by type, color, and size. Recently, Atlas Obscura had the opportunity to visit the New York Adventure Club, take some pictures and enjoy the vast creative possibilities of the garbage.
Guitars, including a Fender original, surrounding the shrine of Michael Jackson.
New Yorkers seem to hate pewter dishes, taking into account the amount thrown in the trash.
Art is a specialty of this collection. Nelson Molina picked up all the pieces that drew attention.
Even Superman is not immune to the fate of being thrown away by New Yorkers.
A relaxation area for the cleaning workers.
Each object in the collection has a hidden history, such as these female trophies, we will never know why they ended up in the trash.
Christmas also has a special place in this collection of trash.
The entire collection has a touch of humor.
Some of the objects are quite personal.
The toys are the main protagonists of this collection.
Even religious symbols end up in the trash.
As you can see, you can find so many things in the trash, so think twice before you get rid of something if you don’t want to end up in a collection of this style.