These places are hazardous, and the public is kept out for a reason. Attempting to access an abandoned building can result in your arrest. Trespassing and vandalism are serious offenses in New York State, and they come with a heavy price.
If you choose to risk it, legal problems may be the least of your worries. Unstable conditions and decaying floors could land you at the bottom of an elevator shaft, doors can lock behind you and leave you trapped with no way out. Some abandoned places are home to hostile squatters, drug addicts, and gang activity. Toxic molds, airborne lead paint particles, asbestos exposure, and fungal infections are an unseen threat in many abandonments.
To protect my liability, I’m unable to give out information about how to access any locations, so please refrain from contacting me with these questions.
Though most are off-limits, several areas are now open to the public. The grounds of Fort Totten, Houdini’s gravesite, Dead Horse Bay, and Floyd Bennett Field are just a few destinations that make for a fascinating day trip if you’ve got a hankering for some New York history with a side of decay—and they’re only a MetroCard swipe away.