6. The Abandoned Boats of Coney Island Creek


As Untapped Cities previously covered, there are number of abandoned ships at Coney Island Creek, making it a smaller ship graveyard similar to Arthur Kills in Staten Island. The remnants of these abandoned ships hearkens back to a time when boats were a prevalent means of transportation before faster options were available. The creek is home to at least 9 abandoned boats as well as a submarine. Before it was outlawed in the 1970s, most of the discarded boats in the creek underwent “scuttling” or deliberately sinking a boat by letting water flow into the hull. Though the ship graveyard is an “eyesore” the Coast Guard doesn’t consider the abandoned ships an “actionable offense” and leaves the boats as they are.