Treasures in the Trash

Treasures in the Trash Nelson Molina Sr.
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A little #ThrowbackThursday for you!#TreasuresInTheTrash 🗑
07/29/2021

A little #ThrowbackThursday for you!

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07/16/2021

Where did the collection begin?

Jerry Saltz and VICE News join me on a personal tour of the collection where I share about everything from the Treasures in the Trash’s origin to its potential future. To watch the full video check out the link below titled “30 Years of Trash from the Upper East Side Is New York's Best-Kept Art Secret.” #Vice

Thanks Jerry for your appreciation and enthusiasm!

Link: https://www.vice.com/en/article/3azq48/30-years-of-trash-from-the-upper-east-side-is-new-yorks-best-kept-art-secret

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See you all soon! #TreasuresInTheTrash 🗑
07/13/2021

See you all soon!

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Congratulations to the winners of our Treasures in the Trash tour raffle! 🎉 If you entered to win a tour of the collection with Nelson Molina (aka Treasures in the Trash) himself, check your email now!

Missed out this time around? Stay tuned for more opportunities to visit Treasures in the Trash this fall. 👀

“We live in a ‘throw away’ society whether you like it or not. The ideas of consumerism, overconsumption, and items desi...
07/13/2021

“We live in a ‘throw away’ society whether you like it or not. The ideas of consumerism, overconsumption, and items designed to be disposable are sadly a part of our everyday life. But there is one person that is taking advantage of all of that. Meet Nelson Molina.” -Erin Essex

Thanks for stopping by Erin!

Link: http://www.erinessex.com/blog/2019/7/27/treasures-in-the-trash

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07/07/2021

“How do you do it?”

A look through of the collection with a Q&A led by Maggie Lee, Deputy Director for Museum Planning for New York City Department of Sanitation, Sanitation Foundation.

Link: https://youtu.be/ZoZMg1XUTYM

Donate to the Sanitiation Foundation in order to win a chance for a personal tour of Treasures in the Trash!

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Happy 4th of July! 🎆#TreasuresInTheTrash #NelsonMolinaSr #DSNY 🗑
07/04/2021

Happy 4th of July! 🎆

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Happy 4th of July! 🎆

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“In a city filled with some of the world’s most recognizable museums, one unique collection has been growing on a sleepy...
06/29/2021

“In a city filled with some of the world’s most recognizable museums, one unique collection has been growing on a sleepy corner of East 99th Street for the past 34 years. New York City Dept. of Sanitation engineer Nelson Molina has been collecting relics from his route through Spanish Harlem, and curating them with museum-caliber detail; the second floor of his district’s headquarters slowly evolving into a sprawling exhibit.” - Only NY

Photo: Ben Weigher

Link: https://onlyny.com/blogs/news/a-day-with-treasure-trash

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“In a city filled with some of the world’s most recognizable museums, one unique collection has been growing on a sleepy corner of East 99th Street for the past 34 years. New York City Dept. of Sanitation engineer Nelson Molina has been collecting relics from his route through Spanish Harlem, and curating them with museum-caliber detail; the second floor of his district’s headquarters slowly evolving into a sprawling exhibit.” - Only NY

Photo: Ben Weigher

Link: https://onlyny.com/blogs/news/a-day-with-treasure-trash

#TreasuresInTheTrash 🗑

06/26/2021
Treasures in the Trash

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out NEWYORKNICO & Heller Films’ “Treasures in the Trash” documentary!

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Thank you once again Humans of New York & NEWYORKNICO!#TreasuresInTheTreasures 🗑
06/26/2021

Thank you once again Humans of New York & NEWYORKNICO!

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Thank you Humans of New York for featuring me and sharing my story!Special shout out to NEWYORKNICO for introducing me t...
06/26/2021

Thank you Humans of New York for featuring me and sharing my story!

Special shout out to NEWYORKNICO for introducing me to Brandon Stanton.

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My team is better than yours.  What else is there to say about you guys. Thank you for everything you do. Please visit t...
10/11/2020

My team is better than yours. What else is there to say about you guys. Thank you for everything you do. Please visit the @photoville exhibit at Brooklyn Bridge Park from now until Nov 29th. It was a pleasure to meet the Acting Sanitation Commissioner Grayson.
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#NYCSanitation #Trash #Treasure #NYC #NY #NewYork #NewYorkCity #EastHarlem #SpanishHarlem #Manhattan #Museum #Art #Paintings #Photography #Antique #Sculpture #Toys #Collection #Covid19 #IAMDSNY #Photoville #BrooklynBridgePark

Met up with @kickhisasscbass at the exhibit. Always a pleasure to see you buddy.
09/20/2020

Met up with @kickhisasscbass at the exhibit. Always a pleasure to see you buddy.

Hey, I know this guy!
09/20/2020

Hey, I know this guy!

Sunday Funday with my wife and son.
09/20/2020

Sunday Funday with my wife and son.

Day 1 of the virtual tour is in the books. Thank you @nycsanitation and Maggie for putting this together and making this...
09/17/2020

Day 1 of the virtual tour is in the books. Thank you @nycsanitation and Maggie for putting this together and making this a reality. I have missed speaking at the tours so much. I am not sure when this virtual tour will go live but you better believe I will let everyone know when it does.
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I come by the Collection every once in a while just to check up on everything and also drop off any new items I have fou...
09/08/2020

I come by the Collection every once in a while just to check up on everything and also drop off any new items I have found. Seeing it so empty of visitors really makes me sad, but I know the aisles will be full of life once again. I can’t wait to meet new faces and to continue telling “OUR” story, the M11 Story. Thank you to all of my co-workers (my security guards) and to all of my followers (new & old). It is with you and for you that this collection is what it is. I hope to be back real soon.
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Happy Father’s Day Dad!I am who I am today because of you, thank you!#TreasuresInTheTrash #NelsonMolinaSr
06/21/2020

Happy Father’s Day Dad!

I am who I am today because of you, thank you!

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06/17/2020

Happy birthday to my son, Nelson Jr!

Here is a small clip of a moment shared between my son and I, from New York Nico short documentary Treasures in the Trash. To watch the full documentary, click on the link in my bio!

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A Proud #Boricua Family! 🇵🇷#TreasuresInTheTrash #NelsonMolinaSr #DSNY 🗑
06/17/2020

A Proud #Boricua Family! 🇵🇷

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06/06/2020
New York City’s Best Art Curator May Be a Retired Garbage Man

One man’s trash is another man’s monumental 45,000-piece assemblage (gallery, civic monument, installation?). And the man who assembled it is Nelson Molina, a former garbage man who worked the Upper East Side of Manhattan for 34 years. If an odd shape, a glint, a sparkle caught his eye, he’d pluck it from oblivion and bring it back to his garage, M11. After three decades of industrious, termite-like persistence, Nelson’s intuitive fossicking gradually took shape into an object of stupefying aesthetic profundity.

Thank you VICE News and Jerry Saltz!

Check out full video in the link below.

https://youtu.be/CqFwswZ8xpA

Happy #MemorialDay 🇺🇸Photographer Unknown, Subject Unknown. One of many photos found in the trash, but given a second li...
05/25/2020

Happy #MemorialDay 🇺🇸

Photographer Unknown, Subject Unknown. One of many photos found in the trash, but given a second life in the museum. Anyone familiar with the uniform? Please share.

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In support of Foundation for New York's Strongest’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, I purchased my family these awesome t-shirts f...
05/16/2020

In support of Foundation for New York's Strongest’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, I purchased my family these awesome t-shirts from The DSNY project which are based off of the original New York City Department of Sanitation logo. It is very important to me to support my DSNY brothers as well as sisters who have been affected by this horrible virus and I hope you all also can show your support by contributing. To learn more about the design history of the DSNY logo and/or to purchase one of these shirts, click on the link in my bio! All proceeds will go to the Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. 🙏🏼

Special thanks to Charlie Eisenbach, Cleofus, Naomi Otsu, and Brooklyn Print House.

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05/08/2020
One Man’s Trash

“A retired New York City Sanitation Worker has created an unbelievable collection of discarded trash from the sidewalks. Over the past 35 years, he had made the trash of others his literal treasure. His collection ranges from big and small, old and new, valuable and invaluable — and it’s all the Treasures in the Trash museum on the Upper East Side.”

Thank you New York City Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia for being a huge supporter and CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell for featuring the museum! To watch the whole interview, click on the link in my bio.

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I would really love to be outside in this nice weather going through trash in search of treasures like this piece! Howev...
05/02/2020

I would really love to be outside in this nice weather going through trash in search of treasures like this piece! However, there is still a pandemic going on and staying safe is the most important thing right now. Limiting our time outside, limits our exposure to #COVID, and limits the spread of the virus! I encourage everyone to enjoy the weather but still be mindful of their health and well-being. I understand staying home isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do, but better days will come for sure. If you do go outside, best put your mask on and keep your distance. Happy Saturday everyone!

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04/28/2020
One Man’s Trash by Kelly Adams

Here’s a clip from my very first interview about Treasures in the Trash created by Kelly Adams back in 2015! “This film follows Molina on his route as, with a keen eye and an open mind, he plucks gems from what others have thrown away and assigns new value to them.” Click the link below to watch the full video. Thank you Kelly for my first 15 minutes of fame!

https://youtu.be/POMHWqPb_mw

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One of my favorite things to do is to share the museum with others. Seeing people’s excitement for what I’ve collected o...
04/25/2020

One of my favorite things to do is to share the museum with others. Seeing people’s excitement for what I’ve collected over the years is truly a beautiful experience. I can’t wait for this pandemic to be over and start hosting tours again! In the meantime, please show your support by donating to Foundation for New York's Strongest. Stay safe and well everyone!

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04/24/2020
Interview with China Xinhua News

The Museum has not only captured the interest of New Yorkers and Americans, it has also captured the interest of the international community. Back in 2016, China Xinhua News stopped by for a tour and a brief interview. Check out the full video with the link below! Thank you! 谢谢

https://youtu.be/nh1bq3eJ_FU

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The Original #Troll Doll!“A Troll Doll (Danish: Gjøltrold) is a type of plastic doll with furry up-combed hair depicting...
04/22/2020

The Original #Troll Doll!

“A Troll Doll (Danish: Gjøltrold) is a type of plastic doll with furry up-combed hair depicting a troll, also known as a Dam doll after their creator Danish woodcutter Thomas Dam. The dolls were first created in 1959 and became one of the United States' biggest toy fads in the early 1960s. On April 11, 2013, DreamWorks Animation announced that it had acquired the intellectual property for the Trolls franchise” and began creating movies! The Museum houses a bunch of #Trolls found in the Trash of East Harlem through the years.

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04/14/2020
Mark Meyer Here

Thank you for sharing Mark Meyer Here!

Unbelievable Story of Nelson Molina's Collection of Trash finds from 30 years as a DSNY Sanitation worker. Shot beautifully by Heller Films

Looking at the amazing things thrown away... What have you found in the trash? What have you thrown away?

The Green Army's asks that you explore if we can find more ways to use items, avoid disposables and support mother earth.

Heres 10 alternatives to the landfill.

FREECYCLE.com
Refurbish or Repair the item
Repaint and Upcycle the item.
Recycle it at the Scrap Metal Yards and get paid! (Metal Objects)
Reuse in a fun creative way.
Put a free sign at the curb for good items so others may benefit
Donate to Amvets, Salvation Army, Goodwill etc
Donate to family members and friends

Video Credit Heller Films
Source Credit Treasures in the Trash

Don’t forget to Clean and Disinfect! 🧼The first thing you'll want to know is that cleaning and disinfecting are two very...
03/28/2020

Don’t forget to Clean and Disinfect! 🧼

The first thing you'll want to know is that cleaning and disinfecting are two very different things. The CDC recommends we all do a bit of both, even if nobody in your home is sick.

• Cleaning is about removing contaminants from a surface.

• Disinfecting is about killing pathogens.

• Do both daily if anything or anyone has entered or exited your home.

Transmission from person-to-person is a much greater risk than transmission via surfaces, but the CDC recommends we clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in our homes at least once daily just to be safe, assuming we have had contact with the outside world in some way, either a person leaving and returning or goods coming in.

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03/26/2020
What A Town! with Tom Delgado

While you’re all stuck at home during this pandemic, check out this one on one tour with Comedian Tom D from 2018. Here’s a short clip of the interview! To view the full interview, click on the link below. Thanks for visiting Tom! #WhattaTown

https://youtu.be/DBXpWNU4pug

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With the recent global pandemic, there is an emphasis on appreciating those individuals who are First Responders on the ...
03/17/2020

With the recent global pandemic, there is an emphasis on appreciating those individuals who are First Responders on the front lines like Police Officers, Fighter Fighters, EMS, Nurses, Doctors, etc. But please also appreciate Sanitation Workers who are out there everyday regardless of a pandemic and who expose there bodies to the worst of the worse to keep your neighborhoods clean! A special shout out to all the New York City Department of Sanitation Workers keeping the streets of New York City clean. Thank you!

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Happy #InternationalWomensDay!On this day, I am highlighting my mother, Innocencia Albertorio Molina! A Matriarch of the...
03/08/2020

Happy #InternationalWomensDay!

On this day, I am highlighting my mother, Innocencia Albertorio Molina! A Matriarch of the Molina/Albertorio Family. She was the strongest woman I knew and the most dedicated mother to six children as well as a loving grandmother to too many grandchildren to count. She was the one who inspired me to recycle and refurbish thus leading me to my passion of collecting Treasures in the Trash! Without the inspiration from my mother, there would be no museum! Thank you Mom for always supporting me and the family. 💚

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03/04/2020
Interview with Voice of America News!

About 6 months ago, I met with Vladimir Lenski of Voice of America - VOA at the Hunter East Harlem Gallery to share the amazing collaborative exhibit “A Selection of Treasures in the Trash” put together by Alicia Grullon and myself, in partnership with Foundation for New York's Strongest and Hi-ARTS! Thank you Vladimir and VOA News for visiting!

Click on the link below for the full interview!

https://youtu.be/0Sniezmo8mY

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I Lovee what u do Nelson ..im a lil like u lol I recycle I make art..id love to come see this amazing collections
MY AMAZING CUZ!!!