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Contact

I love getting your messages with photos, stories, or updates on places I’ve visited, feedback on the blog, and tips for new locations.

Any and all inquiries are welcome, but please take a quick look through the FAQ below to see if any of your questions are answered there, particularly if they relate to LOCATION SCOUTING.

Email me at will@abandonednyc.com.

FAQ

1. I need an abandoned space for my upcoming film/dance performance/music video/photo shoot.  Can you help?

Abandoned buildings are notoriously difficult to secure for film/photo shoots for multiple reasons, including some serious safety issues. I receive multiple emails every week asking for (free) assistance finding abandoned locations for this purpose.  Unfortunately, I don’t always have the time to respond to these requests and more often than not, I can’t be much help anyway.

2. I want to explore an abandoned building myself, where can I pick up a permit?

If only it was that simple…  Property owners of abandoned buildings are hard to track down, and it’s extremely unlikely that they allow casual visitors due to liability issues, not to mention the fact that there’s nothing in it for them, no matter how good your intentions.  For that reason, getting inside an abandoned building usually involves breaking the law.  That’s not to say it’s impossible to get permission, but I probably can’t be much help to you.

3. Are these places open to the public?

While many of the places on this site are located in public parks or natural areas, accessing the interior of abandoned buildings is always trespassing.  Beachcombing at Dead Horse Bay is one legal option. Fort Tilden, Fort Totten, Fort Wadsworth, and Floyd Bennett Field are also fun to wander around and explore, and totally open to the public as long as you don’t go inside the buildings.

4. I really want to get into urban exploring.  Where’s a good place to start?

I’m not too involved with the Urbex community, but I’ve heard the UER forums are a good resource.  Instagram is another good place to find like-minded individuals.

5. Can I come with you on your next adventure?

I get a fair amount of emails from people who want to join me, and I’m not able to meet with everyone. But if you’ve done this kind of thing before, know about a place I haven’t been, and/or have a car, by all means get in touch!

6. Do you give tours?

I do occasionally act as a guide through NYC’s abandoned buildings for very small groups. Get in touch for more info on private tours.

7. Where can I buy a print?

Prints are available through the Abandoned NYC Prints page.  Let me know if you can’t find what you’re looking for and I can most likely make it available.  For information on signed, limited edition fine art prints, email me at will@willellisphoto.com.

8. How can I license an image?

Part of my archive is available for download under a royalty free license through Offset.  Contact me for other inquiries.

9. Where can I purchase Abandoned NYC the book?

The best way to show your support is to order directly from me at www.abandonednycbook.com.  Signed copies come with a free 8×10″ print.  It’s also available on Amazon, and in some bookstores, including The Strand in Union Square.


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  1. where can i get copys of all of the records from nyc abandon hospitals?

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    Posted by C.DUNFEE | 3-8-15., 11:21 pm

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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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#urbanexploration #bridges #nycbridges #bridgesofinstagram #arthurkill #tottenville #urbanwilderness #nyc #newyorkcity #silive #urbex #underthebridge #longexposure #daylightlongexposure #topnewyorkphoto #statenisland #outerboroughs #newyork_ig New post up on the blog today highlights a few areas of interest near the "South Pole" of New York, including this little-known bus graveyard. 🏚🚌 (link in profile)
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I might not have been the first to discover this place, but it was new to me when I stumbled across it in May 2015.  I revisited a few times to capture it in different seasons, it's a beautiful scene any time of year.
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#abandoned #abandonedplaces #urbex #urbanexploration #graveyard #exploreeverything #nyc #statenisland #abandonedworld #seasons #snow #urbandecay #abandonednyc Disappearing into fog, from the Brooklyn side... Any Bay Ridgeites remember what used to be on these signs?

#verrazanobridge #verrazano #bayridge #brookyn #nyc #newyork #newyork_ig #newyorkcity #fog #foggy #moodygrams #water #longexposure #weather #nycprimeshot #bridgestagram Borough residents speak longingly of Staten Island before the opening of the Verrazano Bridge in 1964.
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Country roads meandered through sweeping forests, quiet beach communities, and open expanses of farmland crawling with nanny goats.
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The nature of the island was permanently altered as the bridge prompted a mass migration of newcomers from overpopulated Brooklyn.
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The influx covered farms and forests with mile upon mile of tract housing, plaguing the island with traffic problems that persist to this day.
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#newyork_ig #nycprimeshot #newyorknewyork #nyhistory #nyc #statenisland #bridgeporn #verrazanobridge #newyork #topnewyorkphoto #fiveboroughs #bridgestagram #underthebridge The city of New York took over the Staten Island Ferry in 1905 after a series of deadly disasters on privately-run lines. 🌊💀🔥 The 1871 "Westfield" disaster was the worst of them.  Nearly 100 passengers lost their lives when a boat's boiler exploded in its slip at Whitehall.  Jacob Vanderbilt, head of SI Railway at the time, was charged with murder, but never convicted.

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#newyorkcity #newyorknewyork #nyhistory #nychistory #statenisland #statenislandferry #nyharbor #staten #historynerd #nycprimeshot #newyork_ig #newyorkers Seagulls follow in the wake of the Staten Island Ferry. ⚓️ #statenisland #statenislandferry #nyc #newyorknewyork #topnewyorkphoto #nycprimeshot #newyorkcity @newyork_instagram