In the Talk of the Town on August 8th (New Yorker subscription required), Nick Paumgarten wrote about very, very vintage trunks found beneath Stuy Town. Tenants have been storing their luggage beneath the complex since the 1940s, and for whatever reason, most of them are still there even though the tenants have moved on or, mostly, passed away.
The trunks are a relic of an earlier time; Paumgarten mentions Cunard line stickers and grand hotels, memories of the era of transoceanic liners that dominated before jets.
The new owners of Stuy Town want to clean out the trunks and use the dozens of storage areas for something more valuable. Maybe, if the tenants let them get away with it, they’ll hawk the trunks on Storage Wars and some enterprising individual will buy a complete cut of Metropolis, or the truth behind where the Nazis found the Holy Lance.
Or maybe they’ll just find musty old clothes and sixty year old advertisements – but isn’t that something, too?