What (the heck) is LTV Squad?
In 2005, I took a ride to the Bronx to check out the abandoned Transit Ready Mix facility located along the Bronx River. Transit Ready Mix was owned by Biff Halloran, who also owned Certified Concrete (thus the title to this article). (more…)
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.
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.
Two locomotives sat abandoned along 1st avenue in Brooklyn for many years, from roughly the late 1990s until 2006. This is their story.
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.
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.
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 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…)
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…)