More than three decades ago, one sanitation worker named Nelson Molina started searching for treasures among the trash. Now a collection numbering more than 40,000 objects and ephemera, the Treasures in the Trash collection includes everything from cherished century-old framed family portraits and autographed baseballs to chipped Pez dispensers and an army of Furbies. The vast array of items is a stunning visual reminder of what we choose to value as a society and the scale of what we discard each day.
This limited-access event is available exclusively to active MAS members.
The collection is housed on the 2nd floor of a garage; the stairs are steep and there is no elevator available.
In the event of snow, the tours will be rescheduled.
Proceeds will be shared with The Foundation for New York’s Strongest, DSNY’s foundation with the mission of supporting NYC’s ambitious waste management goals and establishing a permanent space for a future NYC Sanitation museum.
This event is sold out.
Thursday, January 16 3:15 PM — 4:15 PM
Treasures in the Trash
343 East 99th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10029