June 8, 2023

130 tons of junk & 2 dead brothers | I Love NY

(From Wikipedia)
Homer Lusk Collyer and Langley Collyer were two American brothers who became famous because of their snobbish nature, filth in their homes, and compulsive hoarding. For decades, neighborhood rumors swirled around the rarely seen, unemployed men and their home at 2078 Fifth Avenue (at the corner of 128th Street), in Manhattan, where they obsessively collected newspapers, books, furniture, musical instruments, and many other items, with booby traps set up in corridors and doorways to protect against intruders. Both were eventually found dead in the Harlem brownstone where they had lived as hermits, surrounded by over 130 tons of waste that they had amassed over several decades. Please take 5 minutes and read this real story of 2 compulsive hoarders in NYC. Then go clean your closets…

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