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About

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Your humble narrator.

I started Abandoned NYC in the spring of 2012, after having spent a few months obsessively exploring the city’s abandoned places.  It’s been a labor of love ever since, culminating with the release of my first photo book (of the same name) in February 2015, which got the attention of the New York Times, New York Magazine, Wired, Complex, Slate, and Architectural Digest.

Ruin porn is a nasty phrase that gets thrown around a lot these days as more and more images of abandoned places are saturating the internet.  I’ve got nothing against eye candy, but I like to think the history and commentary I provide here helps enrich the experience and give you some food for thought.  (I try my best to do proper research, relying mainly on the archives of the New York Times.)  I can’t claim that my primary goal is to document these structures before they’re gone as an act of preservation.  But I am hoping to preserve the belief that there is still weirdness, wildness, and mystery in the world, even in an increasingly sanitized city like New York.

If you’ve enjoyed the blog and want to show your support, consider purchasing a book, buying a print, or signing up for a tour.  I also shoot architecture, interiors, and other things.  Take a look through my photo website to see what else I’ve been up to.

Thanks for stopping by,

Will Ellis


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  1. I have pre-ordered the book having read an article about it earlier this morning. I am an aspiring author and found the photographs both beautiful and inspiring. Every single one of them created a story in my head about the secrets each place held. The people who lived there, the experiences they shared, so much unknown, so many stories that could be told. Good luck with the book and your on-going project. Really interesting.

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    Posted by sleeka21 | 2-2-15., 4:56 am
  2. You should mention that the Staten Island Farm colony was the last abode of the great Staten Island photographer Alice Austen whose Victorian cottage is now a museum close to the bay..When Staten island was a summer residence of southern cotton planters who came to NYC to sell their cotton on the cotton exchange they stayed in staten island for the cool breezes. There are photos of victorian ladies fully clothed playing tennis etc.

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    Posted by Constance Roche | 2-3-15., 3:10 pm

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Balanced Rock, Big Bend National Park.
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#nps #nationalparks #bigbend #bigbendnationalpark #texas #westtexas #findyourpark #nps101 #rei1440project Terlingua Ghost Town ruins. .
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#terlingua #terlinguaghosttown #ghosttown #texas #abandoned #thisistexas #westtexas #ruins #bigbendnationalpark Sunrise in Terlingua, TX.  This cemetery sits on the outskirts of the Terlingua Ghost Town, which boomed as a mercury mine before the end of WWII. 👻 .
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#ghosttown #ghost #abandoned #cemetery #graveyard #thisistexas #ruins #eerie #sunrise #terlingua #terlinguaghosttown #terlinguatx #bigbend #bigbendnationalpark Couldn’t stop at every roadside curiosity in West Texas, but I had to brake for the signage at Carmen’s Cafe. #texas #thisistexas #texasboy #marfa #marfatexas #abandoned Mini-mooning in Marfa... 🌒🍻🐎💍 Thanks to @6sqft for featuring my Staten Island project "Arthur Kill Road" on their Urban Lens series today. Head to the link in my bio to check out the interview.
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Pictured here: A foggy morning under the Verrazano Bridge at Fort Wadsworth.
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#arthurkillroad #nyc #statenisland #abandonednyc #somewheremagazine #explore #verrazanobridge #fortwadsworth #outerboroughs Another view of the Kreischer Street worker's houses through the seasons.
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#abandonednyc #abandoned #abandonedplaces #oldhouse #nyclandmarks #statenisland #outerboroughs #anotherplace #somewheremagazine #newyorkcity #seasons #timelapse #snow Kreischer Street, Staten Island.
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A row of landmarked workers' houses stand frozen in time on Kreischer Street, in view of the famous (and haunted) Kreischer Mansion in Charleston, SI. They were provided to employees of the Kreischer Brick Works, which operated on the waterfront here in the late 19th century.
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Check out the blog for more on the history of "Kreischerville." (link in profile)
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#arthurkillroad #arthurkill #nyc #outerboroughs #somewheremagazine  #picketfence #abandonednyc #oldhouses #oldhouse #oldhouselove #nylandmarks #nyclandmark (2/2) Enterprising beachcombers can still find colorful Atlantic tiles if they hunt long enough, but regular bricks are more common.  Strangely, their manufacturer's marks point to a wide range of origins, some from as far away as Texas and Missouri.
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(🔗 in profile for more views of NYC's "South Pole")
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#brickcollecting #brickhunting #beachcombing #tottenville #arthurkill #abandonednyc #abandonedplaces #statenisland #urbanexpliration #abandoned #nychistory #nyhistory (1/2) This unassuming patch of waterfront in Tottenville holds the remains of the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company, which made colorful architectural ornaments for many notable NYC buildings, including the Woolworth and the Flatiron.  The rubble was piled up on the edge of the Arthur Kill after the factory was demolished in the 1940s.
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#brickcollecting #brickhunting #beachcombing #tottenville #arthurkill #abandonednyc #abandonedplaces #statenisland #urbanexpliration #abandoned #nychistory #nyhistory A view of the Arthur Kill at dusk, with Outerbridge on the horizon.
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The name of the waterway is an anglicized version of the Dutch "achter kill" meaning back river or channel, referring to its position at the "back" of Staten Island.
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In an area rife with supposed hauntings, the Arthur Kill is itself a kind of ghost. The route was formed by an ancestral iteration of the Hudson River.
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Glacial activity altered the course to its current position but the vestigial strait remained, isolating a sneaker-shaped landmass. Staten Island was born.
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The Arthur Kill is home to several lesser-known "boat graveyards" in addition to the world-famous ship graveyard in Rossville.  This one sits off the Charleston waterfront.
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More photos and history on the blog (link in profile)
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#abandoned #abandonednyc #abandonedplaces #shipgraveyard #lostplaces #urbanexploration #urbex #outerboroughs #statenisland #silive #shipwreck #boatgraveyard #originstory #arthurkill #arthurkillroad #nycprimeshot #nyhistory #nyhistoricalsociety #nyc #newyork Outerbridge Crossing happens to be the outermost bridge in NYC, but it's named for Eugenius Outerbridge, first chairman of the Port of New York Authority, now the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. "Outerbridge Bridge" wouldn't do, so they deemed it a crossing.
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See more in my latest post on the blog outlining the remote edges of Tottenville and Charleston, the "South Pole" of New York State. (Link in profile)
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