5 Pointz Explored

March 25th, 2014

5 pointz. It's more than just a name of a building in Long Island City. It is an idea, a symbol, and unfortunately, soon to be nothing but a memory. As explorers, it was our sworn duty to explore and document its interiors before it was gone. As an L.I.C. native with a lifetime love of graffiti, there was no way in hell I would be stopped. Before I get into our unabated hours of adventure in 5 pointz, let me drop the history for anyone that doesn't know.

Certified Concrete, L.I.C.

March 20th, 2014

Certified Concrete owned a ready mix plant in LIC, 'Under the Kosciuszko Bridge' according to the NY Times.

Certified Concrete, Bronx (Transit Ready Mix)

March 19th, 2014

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…)

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

March 18th, 2014

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.

Canadian National Railway Camp Cars in the Bronx

March 14th, 2014

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.

Cross Harbor Locomotives stored on 1st avenue, Brooklyn

March 13th, 2014

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

Rooftopping Times Square.

February 7th, 2014

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

February 6th, 2014

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.

C. N. West Disinfectant Company / QP’s Boxcar Marketplace

December 15th, 2013

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

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…)