Jul 132016
RIP Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital

On July 12th 2015, the best abandoned building at Middletown Psychiatric Center burned down. (Top photo c/o Middletown Fire Dept.) Previously known as the Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital (and State Homeopathic Asylum) the large brick building was the oldest and most historically significant structure on the campus. I’ve been holding onto my photos of Middletown for a future book, but it seems appropriate now to go ahead and publish them online. Built in 1874, Middletown […read more…]

Jul 102016
Photo Gallery: Hudson River State Hospital

2017 update: Currently, Hudson is in early stages of redevelopment. The plan is to turn the property into residential and commercial use. Most buildings will be demolished, but a few, including the historic kirkbride, will supposedly be saved. I say supposedly, because I’ve heard developers make such claims before, only to renege. Also, a series of recent fires (arson suspected) have threatened the property. Hudson River State Hospital is something of an urban exploring legend. It’s been […read more…]

Mar 102016
White Lake Mansion House

I stumbled across the White Lake Mansion House on accident, a few summers ago when I lost my goddamn mind and spent weeks exploring the Catskills and sleeping in my car by myself. But that is a long story, and for now I only have time for the short story of this house. The White Lake Mansion House is very easy to find, it’s right on CR 117 in Bethel, NY.  The cops patrol it vigilantly, but […read more…]

 03/10/2016  New York, resorts/hotels
Dec 152015
Birchwood Resort

Not much has been written about Birchwood, probably because out of all the abandoned resorts in the Poconos, Birchwood is the most boring. But that also means it’s nice to shoot because it hasn’t been destroyed, like that shithole Penn Hills. Birchwood was a quiet honeymoon resort, that like most Poconos resorts, had a heyday in the 60’s and saw a rapid decline leading to mass closures in the 80’s and 90’s. Birchwood was briefly […read more…]

Jun 282015
Bodie, CA

Bodie is a ghost town open to the public, so I’m not going to write a history of it since you can just google it. Here’s a gallery of my photos of the town in 2016.                       See more photos of Bodie on Flickr.     SHARE

 06/28/2015  abandoned misc.
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