The Hole, New York

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The Hole is a small neighborhood in New York City on the border between Brooklyn and Queens.[1] It is a low-lying area, with a ground level that is 10 meters lower than the surrounding area.[2][3] The area is run-down, and suffers from frequent flooding.[4] It has been described as a "lost neighborhood",[5] and as resembling a border town from the Wild West.[6] Nearby neighborhoods include East New York, Lindenwood, Howard Beach and Ozone Park.

In 2010, Filmmakers Courtney Fathom Sell & Billy Feldman made a short documentary about the neighborhood. The film includes interviews with some of the residents as well as members of the Federation of Black Cowboys. The film premiered at Rooftop Films in 2011 and has since been archived at the Brooklyn Historical Society & Anthology Film Archives.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ Dorr, Nate (July 22, 2009). "In the Hole | Photos | Impose Magazine". Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  2. ^ Fisher, Janon (2004-10-17). "Echoes of the Wild West Mark an Urban Frontier". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  3. ^ "Brooklyn's Lost Neighborhood: The Hole". The L Magazine. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  4. ^ "Two Water Tables". BLDGBLOG. April 3, 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Asch, Mark (October 27, 2010). "Brooklyn's Lost Neighborhood: The Hole". The L Magazine. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Janon Fisher (October 17, 2004). "Echoes of the Wild West Mark an Urban Frontier". New York Times. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Hole: New York's Sunken Border Town". Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  8. ^ "Brooklyn's Lost Neighborhood: The Hole - The L Magazine". The L Magazine. Retrieved 2015-09-07. 
  9. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2015-09-07. 

Coordinates: 40°40′18″N 73°51′34″W / 40.6718°N 73.8595°W / 40.6718; -73.8595