Like so many NYC businesses, Primo Flat Fix occupies a nearly 100-year-old building. But this Queens, garage sits on a very peculiar piece of dirt: The former site of Wolff-Alport Chemical Company, a rare-earth supplier that furnished the Atomic Energy Commission with radioactive thorium—when it wasn't dumping the toxic material in the sewer.
That makes Alberto Rodriguez's shop the most radioactive place in NYC—and nobody's really sure what to do next. The New Yorker has an engrossing video and interactive feature dedicated to the story. You can watch the video below, but make sure to head over to the site for some fantastic infographics explaining the strange history and uncertain future of the shop.