Over the years I have written four letters to The New York Times.Two of them were published which shows that my view points were taken into consideration.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

The Trash Museum in New York City!

Our knowledge of the past is often exhumed from its trash, whether Victorian dustbins or ancient middens of bones and shells. In East Harlem, a museum of New York City trash from the last three decades is a more recent anthropological profile of a part of society. Dorm room–worthy posters of the Mona Lisa and Ansel Adams’s photographs mingle with 19th-century stained glass from a Manhattan church. University diplomas are stacked on discarded desks and well-worn tables, with family photographs and military service mementos arranged with care nearby. A small forest of synthetic Christmas trees is illuminated by colored lights, while in a dark corner broken violins and disused drumsticks rest quietly, hinting at halted ambitions. Whether priceless heirloom or worthless junk, each of these relics was saved from the landfill by retired sanitation worker Nelson Molina, who created the Treasures in the Trash Museum on East 99th Street. By Allison Meier

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