Photo Dump: Fort Totten

This gallery of Fort Totten was taken back in the winter of 2009.  That place was a pain in the ass to get to. Fort Totten is in Queens, and even though I lived in Queens at the time, it took three subway trains, a bus, and over two hours to get to Fort Totten. We took a cab back home.

These pics are all from the abandoned Battery Baker and Battery Sumner.

Photo Dump: Eastern State Penitentiary

These images were taken in 2008. They are of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. The old and disused prison is an imposing structure — a fortress plopped down in the middle of a residential neighborhood. The prison is older than the neighborhood which grew up around it, but that doesn’t make a bit of difference to how out of place it feels. Continue reading “Photo Dump: Eastern State Penitentiary”

Photo Dump: Concrete City

This is one of my best urbex gets. Located near Wilkes-Barre, Concrete City looks like it’s been through a war, but all the bullet holes are just garden-variety Pennsylvania vandalism. Combined with the natural decay (the site has been abandoned since the 1920s) and the graffiti, it makes for an interesting cross of destructive aesthetics.

Photo Dump: Boyce Thompson Institute

Here is a gallery of images I took at the abandoned Boyce Thompson Institute in Yonkers in 2009. The building had been recently boarded up, and I wasn’t interested in a breaking and entering charge, so urbex that day was restricted to the marvelous greenhouses. AbandonedNYC went a few years later and was able to get inside, however. The property was sold and redeveloped not too long ago. Alas, the greenhouses did not survive.

Photo Dump: Air Force Museum

I took a trip to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio recently. The museum consists of four gigantic aircraft hangars packed full with weapons of war. Old planes, new planes, prop-driven planes, rockets, jets, fighters, bombers, transports, experimental aircraft, drones, cruise missiles, nuclear bombs, slow planes and supersonic planes — the museum even has a gallery of ballistic missiles. I was struck by the sheer amount of genius and financial expenditure that went into creating all these amazing machines. Just the existence of these objects is a testament to scientific and engineering advancement, and we used all this know-how to kill people.

Museums are difficult places to photograph, but I did manage to get a few shots that I think are worth looking at.