April 02, 2012
Since our goal is to help people organize, we didn't think it was helpful to show lots that you can't get to or that are to small to stand in on this map.
BUT: These lots are interesting. And they are everywhere.
They represent anomalies in surveying, zoning and public-works projects—the technical term is "gutterspace." In the 1970s, an artist named Gordon Matta-Clark bought fifteen of these lots in Queens and Staten Island for $25-75 each and called them his "Fake Estates." You can see a map of the ones he bought here: http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/events/oddlots.php
We would love to hear your ideas for these inaccessible lots. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are 257 acres of gutterspaces in NYC.