Nature

Astoria Mountain Park: An idea whose time has come.

Looking Northeast

On the northeast border of Astoria, there is a forest covered urban mountain whose origins are shrouded in mystery. This would make a great location for a very unique new park. Unfortunately though, this forest and ‘mountain’ may be bulldozed soon.



The LTV Guide to Looting Heat

AYE IT’S FUCKING COLD IN NYC IN THE WINTER. POLAR VORTEXES WILL FREEZE YOUR BALLS OFF! FUEL COSTS TONS OF MONEY, CON ED WANTS YOUR FIRST BORN CHILD, AND IF YOUR RENTING YOUR LANDLORD IS PROBABLY A CHEAP FUCK THAT WON’T GIVE YOU NEARLY ENOUGH HEAT. FUCK ALL THIS SHIT – LOOT THE HEAT IN […]



The abandoned Willow Lake trail, in Flushing Meadow Corona Park.

Part of the trail that was repaved with wood chips - the wood chips suddenly dead end however.

(Scroll down for the complete report) – with update! You’re probably asking yourself why The LTVSquad, a group & website dedicated to sneaking into abandoned buildings and tunnels – is featuring a post about an abandoned park trail in Queens. Why would we spend our time at such a place? The answer is simple: we’re […]



‘Queensway’ – So much for democracy?

Map of proposed park

Here is a story that will frustrate anyone who has ever been tasked with trying to get to JFK airport from anywhere in NYC. Instead of reusing a branch of the LIRR which was shut down back in the 1962 (when LIRR was the red-headed stepchild of the Pennsylvania railroad – which looted its cash), […]



Freight Rail ‘detour’ in Queens: A Bad Idea.

Homeless camp in the old tunnel under St. Marys park. We later found a body down here.

Over the last few years a group of NIMBYS in central Queens have been basically advocating for the eradication of rail freight through Queens. The people behind this campaign seem to live close to Fresh Pond Yard (which has been a rail yard since at least 1906). After years of freight rail decline and the […]



Hurricane Sandy Part 1

Burned out wreck of BCVFD truck 205. Broad Channel was under 4-8 feet of water. These volunteers were some of the only first responders in the area.

On the one hand you could say these are not ‘exploring’ photos. On the other hand there is the fact that they were nearly all taken in Rockaway just after the sun rose on the Tuesday morning after the super-high tide brought in by Hurricane Sandy caused so much destruction. At the time, NYPD was […]



Post-Sandy Ft. Tilden exposes old WW2 Relics

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This concrete foundation has been under sand for decades, and Hurricane Sandy washed away all of that sand covering it.



Reading Viaduct

Looking North.  The Spring Garden Street station straight ahead.

Recent proposals have called for turning this stretch into an elevated park similar to the High Line in NYC. Whether this will become a reality only time can tell….



Hurricane Irene Aftermath Part 4: JetSki LOOT

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“Yes officer, I’ve been looking all over the place for this thing – I’ll remove it from the street now”



Hurricane Irene Fri/Saturday – Pregame special

L.I.C. waterfront - a 'zone a' flood zone - all is calm friday evening, few people leaving

The air is still, the humidly, oppressive. The 24 hours leading to Hurricane Sunday have been interesting in an urban observation sense, though not really all that interesting from an exploring sense or graffiti sense. For exploring, with the NYC Subways shut down and being watched over by workers and police, it’s actually significantly harder […]