There’s a lot of hardcore exploring purists who think that unless you’re prying off a lock or hacking a security code that you’re not putting the urban in your exploring. I beg to differ.
There are plenty of places that are significantly challenging enough to get into illegally that if you can get in there somehow legally – perhaps by people that work at the location or otherwise, then you should probably go for it.
A great recent example of this is ‘Bitchcakes’ tour of the hidden jewels of Grand Central Station. here we hqve a sassy chick who blogs about her commutes who gets to know some of the metro north employees and eventually gets introduced to Dan Brucker who takes her on the unofficial tour.
I suspect BC wouldn’t really describe herself as an ‘urban explorer’ but here she is in the bowels of the legendary grand central station (a location surrounded by more urban myths than I care to disclose). Not only is she in where few get to go, she’s getting a tour of it from Metro North’s leading authority on the subject.
Social networking can always open doors that would otherwise remain shut to the average armchair explorer. I’ve personally cultivated many many friendships over the years that helped get me into quite a few places. If you have the time desire and sociability, go for it.