Mar 062014
 

ball bearing factory

This is a quick post of mostly pictures, because I don’t want to give away the location of this site. As you’ll see in the photos, there’s an entire room of old car engines, and I don’t want to be responsible for some dingdong stealing/erroneously refurbishing with counterfeit parts/reselling them to some shady car dealer who installs them into an unsuspecting housewife’s van who’s on carpool duty that day and while she’s cruising down the highway with a car full of kids, the timing belt snaps, the car stalls out and they get hit from behind by a semi truck that pushes them into the barrier and everyone dies. Oh my god why did I type that all out, I don’t even know if that’s a thing would happen, but if you’ve never heard my rant about counterfeit goods, well, you’re probably lucky since I can’t imagine it’s very entertaining, but it is informative. You can just google it yourself, but it might taint your appreciation for those sweet garbage Ray-Bans you got on Canal last summer after you  figured out how to get Chinatown vendors to show you the hidden counterfeit goods. (Hint: ask.)

2014 update: This place is not abandoned, the engine floor is in active use. 

ballbearing factory poughkeepsie

The short story is  this factory building was used to manufacture many different things, from paint rollers to medicine bottles to, most notably, ball bearings, which were used inside the car engines. The other story is once I was out exploring by myself in Dover, New York (not where this factory is located) when I ran into Rob Yasinsac outside an old farmhouse. Rob’s Hudson Valley Ruins site has been an exploring staple decades for many of us who like poking around abandoned places in NY. Since then, we’ve done some exploring together, and this factory is one of the places he showed me. So thanks, Rob!

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ballbearing factory poughkeepsie

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(last photo by Rob Yasinsac)

To see more photos from this factory, go to the flickr or imgur sets.

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