Certified Concrete, Harlem (The Mafia in NYC’s Ready Mix industry)

March 18th, 2014 by

Growing up in NYC in the 70s and 80s, kids would joke about what would happen if you crossed the mafia. 'You'll end up in the east river, with concrete shoes, sleeping with the fishes'. As with all humor, the jokes were based in reality. The ready mix industry in NYC was, for decades, closely tied to the mob.

One of those mobbed up companies was Certified Concrete.
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Canadian National Railway Camp Cars in the Bronx

March 14th, 2014 by


Under a highway in the Bronx, one might find this curious set of seemingly abandoned railroad cars. These aren't just any railroad cars though.
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Cross Harbor Locomotives stored on 1st avenue, Brooklyn

March 13th, 2014 by


Two locomotives sat abandoned along 1st avenue in Brooklyn for many years, from roughly the late 1990s until 2006. This is their story.
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Rooftopping Times Square.

February 7th, 2014 by

There’s something awesome about being on a hotel rooftop high above Times Square, isolated from the hustle below, that cannot easily be explained. You are at once in the middle of everything, yet invisible to everyone. High above the crossroads of the world on this rooftop, it’s just you and your comrades, making the first stop on a night full of adventures.
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Terminal Cold Storage

February 6th, 2014 by


Terminal Cold Storage is one of my new favorite buildings in NYC. Located on the far west side of Manhattan, this former warehouse and nightclub space represents one of NYC's most unique buildings.
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C. N. West Disinfectant Company / QP’s Boxcar Marketplace

December 15th, 2013 by



In the heart of Long Island City, an abandoned factory with a long history has become yet another symbol for the drastic changes taking place in this part of NYC. (more…)

475 Kent Avenue

September 22nd, 2013 by


History:
475 kent is a somewhat infamous artist loft / behave of weirdos. According to the NY Times, the first hipsters moved into this building around 1998. At the time, it was in rough exterior shape, though still very much structurally sound. (more…)

Abandoned Station Entrance

September 4th, 2013 by


A decade ago, myself and ntwrkguy were the first to explore this newly abandoned station. Since that time, this station and tunnel became something of a tourist attraction: an easy spot for beginners to enter and get a taste of what the NYC Subway system has to offer.

This is not to say that this tunnel didn't hold secrets. (more…)

Flushing Stalled Construction Site

June 22nd, 2013 by



Over the last several years, Queens has been plagued by stalled construction sites: New, poorly built, half completed buildings that replaced smaller viable homes.
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NYC Industrial Map Initiative

June 18th, 2013 by

It is with great pleasure that I announce our new NYC Industrial Map Initiative.

At the very heart of this initiative is a map which shows 50 NYC area industrial locations - the majority of which are factories that no longer exist. Each pin on the map brings you a detailed write up and photos accumulated over our 20+ years of exploring NYC industrial buildings. (more…)