April 02, 2012
A note on gutterspaces...
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. They no longer appear as a default, but you can choose to view them if you like. These lots are interesting. For the most part, 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 them here. We would love to hear your ideas for these inaccessible lots. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are 261 acres of gutterspaces in NYC.