Jun 152015
 
Loew's Poli Palace, Majestic Theatre & Savoy Hotel photo gallery

Quick background about the theaters: Although separate theaters, both the Poli Palace and Majestic Theatre share the same building, along with the abandoned Savoy Hotel, in Bridgeport, CT. The theaters opened in 1922. The Majestic closed in 1971, and the Poli Palace in 1975. They’re currently owned/maintained, so they’re in fairly good condition, and the Majestic is used for prop and costume storage. The theaters began with vaudeville and silent films, moving into major motion [...read more...]

May 272015
 
the New York World's Fair

To read about the history of the New York World’s Fair (and its lampposts) please go to the New Yorker to read my comic about it. The second to last panel has a very romantic surprise, if you’re into that kinda thing. Spoiler alert: he said yes. Then come back here to enjoy this gallery of photos.   The comic references this post I did on Penn Hills, where I first discovered the relocated World’s Fair lampposts. [...read more...]

 05/27/2015  abandoned misc., New York, NYC
Apr 292015
 
Bottle Beach at Dead Horse Bay

To read about the history of Bottle Beach and Dead Horse Bay, please go to the New Yorker to read my comic about it! Then come back here to enjoy this gallery of photos. These round bottom bottles were made in the mid 1800′s and up. It’s fairly rare to find something like this still intact at Bottle Beach. Many bottles have been strung up on a downed tree at the shoreline over the years. [...read more...]

 04/29/2015  abandoned misc., New York, NYC
Apr 052015
 
Brooklyn Navy Yard: Naval Hospital & Admiral's Row

Perpetual disclaimer as of April 2015: The majority of my Adventure Bible School posts from here on out will be mostly photography based, as my work projects are now taking up all my time. I’ll be doing a monthly installment of comics based on secret NYC history stuff for the New Yorker, as well as working on an illustration gig and my own book, Impossible People. If you want to read posts here with more [...read more...]

Feb 272015
 
Jayhawk State Theatre

The Jayhawk State Theater of Topeka Kansas was a permission visit during a road trip I took in 2013, so I don’t have any good stories for you. I also don’t have time to do discuss the theater’s history (beyond mentioning that it operated from 1926-1976) so this is just a gallery post. For said history, please go to After The Final Curtain and read about what my road trip pal Matt Lambros has to [...read more...]

 02/27/2015  ALL POSTS, Kansas, theaters
Feb 092015
 
Cityscape commissions

I’m currently accepting commissions for cityscapes (see samples below) for $250-$350. I know that’s kinda high, but they take me a couple days to draw. I can do most city or town scenes, but with a focus on blocks, buildings or stores. The $250 range is for a store (like Word) and $350 for city blocks or elaborate buildings (like Village East & Greenpoint/Cheap Charlies block) The art is done on roughly 9×12 art paper [...read more...]

 02/09/2015  ALL POSTS, news/events/random, NYC
Jan 072015
 
Grafton State Hospital

In the ridiculous world of urban exploring, there is a common phenomenon one could aptly refer to as the “money shot,” meaning an explorer will spend all day dicking around in asbestos-laden rubble just to photograph one, infamous scene. The Grafton State Hospital hydrotherapy tubs are a prime example of that. But before I get into it, here’s a quick history: Grafton State Hospital was built in 1901 in Grafton, MA, as part of a [...read more...]