Staten Island’s Fresh Kills landfill is focus of online documentary

June 12, 2009 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

Staten Island’s former Fresh Kills landfill is the focus of a television program filmed by WNET-Channel Thirteen.

The PBS network is featuring the transformation of the 2,200-acre site into a park, making it the largest land reclamation project in the world.

Staten Island’s former Fresh Kills landfill is the focus of a television program filmed by WNET-Channel Thirteen.

The PBS network is featuring the transformation of the 2,200-acre site into a park, making it the largest land reclamation project in the world.

The show will interview workers for the city Sanitation and Parks departments, including Fresh Kills Park Administrator Eloise Hirsh, who takes viewers on a visual tour of the 3.4-square-mile parcel. Ms. Hirsh explains what steps still have to be taken to finish capping the landfill mounds and discusses different features the park is expected to have.

The show also explains how a methane treatment plant treats gas from decomposing garbage and sells it to energy company National Grid.
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Fresh Kills Park Administrator Eloise HirshFresh Kills, which operated as a city landfill from 1948-2001, accepted thousands of tons of trash as the city’s primary landfill. It also accepted material from the World Trade Center site for sorting and sifting following the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

The park, which will be comprised of five separate sections (North Park, South Park, East Park, West Park and The Confluence), is a 30-year project with the earliest sections opening to the public as early as next year.

A network of roads through the site is also expected to connect Richmond Avenue with the West Shore Expressway.

The show is part of Channel 13’s series “The City Concealed,” an online video series exploring the unseen corners of New York. According to the network, it allows people to see areas they didn’t know existed and places the public can’t or don’t want to get into. Other shows include features on the United Palace Theater, Weeksville, the Fulton Ferry Hotel, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Green-wood Cemetery and Newtown Creek.

See the program about Fresh Kills here:

 

The City Concealed: Freshkills Park Project from Thirteen.org on Vimeo

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