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Scouring the “South Pole” of New York

Scouring the “South Pole” of New York

From St. George, ride the Staten Island Railroad to the end of the line and you’re only a short walk from the southernmost point in New York State, at the mouth of the Arthur Kill. The name of the waterway stirs the imagination, but its Dutch origins are benign. Achter kill means back river or channel, in reference to … Continue reading

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Abandoned Places

Grossinger's Catskills Resort was once a favored upscale destination for Jewish New Yorkers. A summer at Grossinger's is said to be the inspiration for the movie "Dirty Dancing."

Dubious rumours of gang initiations and satanic rituals abound in Yonkers' Glenwood Power Station, known locally as "the Gates of Hell." Its intricate interiors, designed by the same architects as Grand Central Terminal, were recently gutted in preparation for a hotel conversion.

The Gowanus "Batcave" was the home of a thriving squatter community in the early 2000s. Today it's being renovated into artists' studios and exhibition space.

Letchworth Village is located just an hour's drive from NYC in Thiells, NY. It was founded in 1912 to house the city's developmentally disabled as a "state institution for the epileptic and feeble-minded."

An Endicott Battery constructed in preparation for World War II sits unmaintained at Fort Totten in Bayside, Queens.

The St. Nicholas Coal Breaker in Mahanoy City, PA is a relic of the area's coal boom. Demolition has already began on parts of the hulking structure. (Will Ellis/AbandonedNYC.com)

The New York Dock Company warehouses stood abandoned on the waterfront of Red Hook, Brooklyn for decades. Today, 160 Imlay St. is being converted to luxury condominiums.

Looking up at the incredible atrium inside Sunset Park's Brooklyn Army Terminal.

Dead Horse Bay

The Forgotten Borough - Staten Island

The space-age observation towers of the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park are relics of the 1964 World's Fair. A grassroots effort to preserve the decaying landmarks is underway. (Will Ellis/AbandonedNYC.com)

North Brother Island in the Bronx is classified as a wildlife preserve today, but it was once the site of a historic quarantine hospital that housed the infamous "Typhoid Mary."

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