Tin Row
Owner City of New York Established 2012 (?)
Purpose Slum
Status N/A

Early during the Second Civil War, refugees from Eltingville Blocks fled to the banks of Arthur Kill. As the fighting progressed, former inhabitants of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx joined them, followed by others from neighboring downs and smaller cities outside of New York, resulting in a shanty-town constructed from repurposed salvage, most of it metal (hence the moniker Tin Row).

Homes built on wooden poles rise out of the water and are stacked atop one another like building blocks, making them appear more unstable than they actually are; while it isn't unheard of for sections to collapse, it happens very rarely, and usually during periods of heavy snow or flooding when the weather is at its most extreme.

Walkways made of rickety metal or sagging planks of wood allow residents to pass between buildings, although none of them have guard rails of any kind. It's a short fall into the tidal strait below, which is clogged with trash and the occasional dead body that will eventually wash up on the shore.

Most of Tin Row's residents abandoned the shantytown when the war ended and the Safe Zone opened its borders, but several thousand still remain, many of them scavengers who eke out a living exploring the ruins of Staten Island or the Bronx, or who are employed by better-off business owners in the neighboring New Chinatown.

Since the attempted reincorporation of Staten Island into the NYC Safe Zone, tensions have risen between the military police and residents of Tin Row as they are forced into seemingly random curfews while the military police offers little in the way of infrastructure repair or other improvements to the plights of the people of Staten Island while the mainland Safe Zone continues to gentrify and expand.

Tin Row


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