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Rockland State Hospital (2016 Visit) Part #1

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This once 600-acre mental asylum once housed 11,000 patients within its lush acreage and winding paths. A psychiatric hospital that once considered lobotomies and electroshock therapy as a first-rate treatment for the mentally ill. Now, part of the vast semi-abandoned buildings has found the wrecking ball for a different type of electroshock therapy. About 60 acres of land will become a banking data center built by the financial Wall Street juggernaut, JPMorgan Chase. A 150,000 sq ft data center will sit on the grounds where patients actually made the hospitals furniture and ran some of its facilities such as the power plant, farm and shops. As of now that facility has been built paved by the way of $40 million dollars in demolition and cleanup costs.

I ventured inside the many buildings unused since the hospital began cutting back during the 1970s. As of now, the Rockland Psychiatric Center still treat patients with maniacal depression and severe cases of schizophrenia. On many visi…

Archives #6: Contender For 2018

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I was gobsmacked when I saw this piece in a nondescript back room. A true work of art. It was the only graffiti I saw whilst exploring this place. This place had a lot of piping and it was only fitting the artist responded in kind.

Hidden Gems #4: The $1.9 Million Shack

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Drove by this unsuspecting gem traveling home. Immediately got out and snapped away.

Come to find out this piece of property was built all the way back in 1899 (119 years old). You can't see from the street but there is a house located behind this small building. Surprisingly, with all the huge money pouring into this neighborhood the current owners have not sold out with the rising New York City prices. This property currently has an estimated land value of $1.9 million dollars. The house on the property is still inhabited according to sources who have looked into the property. I guess the current landowners are just sitting on it for now to maximize the most land value they can get in this increasing hot real estate market or not.

Quite a jarring sight in a hip Brooklyn neighborhood.


July 4, 2018

Vanishing Point X Brooklyn

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Based this post and composition on the bewildering and mysterious Westworld Season 2 Episode 9 of HBO's critically acclaimed sci-fi drama. As I was aligning the busy road below I saw the leading line and knew I had a good shot at hand and pulled the trigger.


"Do I have a choice? Were any of these choices ever truly mine to begin with?"

Jun 22, 2018

Intersection X Brooklyn

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Where life's road crisscrosses over each life path.

I've been meaning to get this shot for a while now. After, not updating my drone for over a year, I finally did the latest firmware update and headed out early to get this shot I've been meaning to take for quite some time. Looking forward to using my drone as much as I do my personal DSLR camera.

Jun 22, 2018

Manhattan From Brooklyn (Summer Sunset)

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June 22, 2018

The Smallish Mill

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A rather unique mill that sits alongside a busy road. This mill offered unblemished interiors not found for something so wide open and sitting by the wayside alongside a busy thoroughfare. Based on the historical information, this mill once had a fire 91 years from this dated post and rebuilt with fire-resistant bricks. The building which sits on 1.8 acres of land will see 100 years in 9 short years if no buyers bite on this unique property that once manufactured household construction materials.









Steele Heddle Manufacturing Complex

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Last week news broke of fire engulfing the 332,600-square-foot city block North Philly factory.  I explored this factory late last year. Inside consisted of huge wooden open space floors with no machinery or other placeholders located inside. Of course, this provided the fuel that lasted three hours as firefighters fought to contain this massive fire destruction.

The Steel Heddle Manufacturing Company manufactured textile loom accessories. The Philadelphia plant remained in operation until 1983 and in 2007 sold for $1 to AM8 Group Steel Heddle. To my surprise, I only took one picture here (no video as well) after entering the basement and exploring the other three floors. It was an uninteresting place with the exception of another building down the street that piqued my interest.

Destroyed & Demolished May 18, 2018

Source: Raging 5-Alarm Inferno Engulfs Defunct Factory in North Philadelphia

Archives #5: Best Graffiti Piece of 2017

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I believe this to be one of the best graffiti works I have ever come across in my explorations during last year. It even beats out the Brooklyn skull mural that I found to be widely creative and great use of an abandoned space. The intricate detailed eyes and wrinkles. The use of the full length of dry wall really captured my attention once I entered this warehouse in Pennsylvania.

The Old Water Pump House

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Archives #4: White Emptiness

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Inside the white Calatraval piece before it became a commerical venue full of tourists from the WTC.

A late night Instagram meetup with fellow photogs roaming the streets of Manhattan. Good times.


Archives #3: Manhattan Nights

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I normally don't post night pictures. I have always been a day person. I never liked the edited night pictures I've taken in the past nor felt the need to publish them in general. I am hoping with the growing Lightroom experience I have been gaining over these past three years will change that.

Here is to more night time pictures.  🙈 💀 👶

Archives #2: Cherry Red Roadster

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Recently and also in the past, I have come across a handful of old cars abandoned in mills, power plants and other buildings. I have started to notice I always come across more frequently than is expected. In one location, I came upon 20-30 trucks and heavy machinery just sitting rusting away behind a fence. Maybe I will share a photo from that place in the future.  👀