Allen Agostino photographs New York's The Hole where the city's forgotten live (18 Pics)

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  • Allen Agostino photographed several-block area in eastern Brooklyn and Queens during 14-month stay
  • Depressed ground near airport estimated at up 30 feet below street level and was dumping ground for bodies
  • Agostino estimates 60 people live in the neighborhood, some using septic tanks and others being more creative 

  • Toronto photographer Allen Agostino became enthralled by the stories of the people living in The Hole, an area of eastern Brooklyn and Queens in New York City not connected to the sewer system. Above, a man climbs down into a lot from a dump truck

    Agostino spent 14 months living in the area, which has been estimated between 12 and 30 feet below normal street level, and documented the life of one family. Above, men watch the television inside an RV

    A lack of drainage means that the area constantly floods and there is a near permanent pond on the intersection between two streets

    Those who live in The Hole are said to be a tight-knit community and often help each other out. Above, the man who owns the lot where an RV is parked grills food for his friends

    The area is best known as a dumping ground for mafia bodies such as the remains of Dominick Trinchera and Philip Giaccone, discovered in 2004. Above, a lot where residents gather

    Above, one resident stands in front of a fire as cab drivers play a modified version of volleyball which is gambled on by everyone else

    Agostino said that there is a certain mentality that differentiates the Hole from other places in the city known for crime and poverty. Above, the subject of Agostino's project, his son and his nephew bring the last of their belongings to the new location of their trailer

    Much of the area is marshy and overrun with reeds and other vegetation. Above, a man clears an area where he plans to fix a boat 

    Agostino said that despite a lack of jobs, people 'spend 10-12 hours a day trying to improve their situation'. Above, a man takes gold leafing from cell phones and computer components on his kitchen table

    'It's another rough neighborhood in New York, but it's also something different because it's a microcosm,' Agostino said of The Hole's community. Above a trailer in The Hole

    The area outside The Hole has diners and shops, though within the gradual depression there are few enterprises besides a liquidation company. Above, a tree in the middle of a lot that held the RV

    One resident cocks a shotgun in the back of his RV with an empty shell case lying on the bed 

    Bam and Cindy look at Bam's oldest son Angels infected tooth, they discuss pulling it without seeking the help of a dentist 

    Bam and his nephew Carlos are seen breaking into a neighbors home to steal power from a junction box in the basement.

    Bam quickly wires the stolen power for his trailer. Residents have to take these extreme measures because they lack the city's electrcity

    Resident Josh jumps from a burnt out pickup truck. Agostino was told it was lit on fire because its owner owed someone money.

    There is not a lot of privacy in the community because residents live in close quarters. This scene inside the RV is as close as it gets 

    Bam yells at his son Josh about his responsibilities. Everyone in the commune has to club together in day-to-day life without vital supplies or resources

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