From the outside the building looks like a warehouse. It’s owned by New York’s Sanitation Department in East Harlem. On the second floor decades of trash come to life; from a Furbie graveyard to Pez dispensers and Troll dolls. There are also typewriters, art, political memorabilia, and other odds and ends in the collection that has been Nelson Molina’s passion project.
For him collecting items from the trash began at age 9...Molina said he’s never surprised by what people throw out.
"The actual star of David is made from the steel from one of the World Trade Centers," he said. Molina isn’t quite sure what the value of all the items is.
"It’s worth a lot of money. I know it is, but I just wouldn’t know," he said. Because one man’s trash is Molina’s treasure.
- A Timeline Of Trash Lives On In The Sanitation Department’s East Harlem Warehouse, CBS News, CBSlocal.com