The Goss Hotel
By: Control , Posted on June 21, 2011
The Goss Hotel opened in 1919 and eventually grew to become a sprawling campus resort. After the original owner died in the 70s, coupled with a lack of interest from younger clientele looking for a different vacation experience than what The Goss offered, the hotel shut down in 1986.
Today, this location attracts visitors of a different sort - those looking for a vacation that enters a world of decade and depravity, where destruction and decay are seen not as blight, but an attraction worth traveling hours by car to see.
Located in the middle of nowhere, this is a lawless place. Abandoned and exposed to the elements, some buildings here have collapsed, while others are left for the picking by scrappers and vandals.
Some parts of this property are outright dangerous - piles of crap are everywhere - ceilings falling in, holes in floors. Not a place for the faint of heart.
Other sections are brilliant, and a must see attraction. The pool area is an amazing biology experiment all of it's own - with plants growing across a mossy damp floor. The main lobby is another location of intrigue, as evidence in 'new' walling highlights some of the renovation work done in te 1980s meant to help reopen the hotel. This of course never happened, leaving the sprawling room as an illicit canvas for notorious interior decorators to experiment with styles.
All in all, the Goss is not to be missed. See it now, before it caves in on itself.
Donkey Kong’s Revenge
By: Control , Posted on May 31, 2011
In a nearly forgotten part of queens one can find this tragic concrete cesspool. A true monument to the Bloomberg era of NYC governance. For only under Bloomberg has NYC witnesses an economy that was largely based on one huge 'redevelopment' scheme. Old mom and pop businesses, factories, and assorted buildings were forced to sell out - occasionally under the threat of eminent domain ( the most unamerican law ever passed) - and 'real estate developers' swooped in to tear down the old buildings and replace them with huge ugly condos. This created a temporary bump in jobs, exclusively in the construction field, but eventually crashed. This crash left ridiculous sights such as Donkey Kong's Revenge here a common sight all over NYC.
This mess of a construction site has sat abandoned now for at least 2 years, and has been stalled for at least another year or 3 before that.
This place just attracts people, and the instant someone finally cut a hole in the fence and ripped the lock off the back gate, the people flooded in. Me and Sleazy arrive upon the scene and within 2 minutes find a Mexican sleeping in one of the man plywood construction rooms on ground level. Unimpressed with his insufficient stock of alcohol, we make our way to the next set of construction rooms and find blueprints scattered in the wind. Anything of actual value has already been looted, though I can't say I was expecting to find much here. We head upstairs and find the open exposed mess of the upper floors to be a curious tower over the area. We spot a couple coming through the hole in the fence and wonder if they'll bother coming upstairs. Eventually we move further up, until we reach the upper level, where a Raccoon curiously eyes us from the top of the stairs. Cute but troublesome, we avoid the small beast and head back down to notGreet that couple that came in. We lurk around and manage to give them the piss shivers without even trying. They leave, and we lurk by the entrance in the dark as the male comes back in, then leaves when we hiss at him. Loser. Who's afraid of the dark? We eventually leave, searching for better loot, more alcohol, and more lame people to menace. Because when the abandonment sucks, there's always idiots to fuck with.
By: Control , Posted on March 31, 2011
Ok I'll admit it. I have a problem. I can't drive by an old industrial NYC building without going inside and poking around to find awesome old stuff and taking photos from awesome rooftop views that really, everyone should be allowed to openly enjoy.
This place wasn't all that exciting. A lot of locked reinforced doors and not enough reprobates with me to pry them all open. This section of the building, however, was unlocked and inviting. Sure there wasn't too much to see but it's not hard to imagine the possibilities of such spaces.
And that's what exploring is: It's about going where you're not suppose to, and imagining what it was, and what it can be.
By: Control , Posted on March 14, 2011
Built in the late 1800s, this is a very old NYC building. Sadly, it is one that seems doomed to decay and crumble into dust. It currently sits fenced off on an under utilized campus awaiting an uncertain fate.
To paint a more gloomy picture, some of its neighboring buildings from the same era were landmarked with an eye towards preserving their rich history in medical research. No answer for why this particular building was overlooked could be found online.
Its sturdy walls and construction, along with the fact that it is still very much structurally intact after all these years of neglect, is a true testament to those who build it.
Wandering around the campus, looking from building to building, we couldn't help but to be drawn into this fantastic structure. This building was very much like the hundreds of others I've seen over the years, but it had a certain charm to it. Despite all that has been thrown against it, and the absolute neglect of its owners, it's still standing, firm and tall.
Here's to hoping that someone with half a brain finds a use for this place.
M Fine’s old location
By: Control , Posted on March 3, 2011
This old low rise building has an eventual date with the wrecking ball. Its current ownership seems to be a blurry line between the NYC government and a huge waste management company (aptly named 'Waste Management') who noted on it's demo application:
THIS BUILDING IS OUTDATED AND OUT OF COMMISSION FOR SOME TIME.OWNER WISHES TO DEMOLISH THIS STRUCTURE AND KEEP THE LOT FOR FUTURE EXPANSION AS NEED ARISES.
'Future Expansion'. Print this out and circle those words, for they are the reason this building is vacant and soon to be destroyed.
You see, Trash is NYC's number one export. 6 days per week, some 10-15 freight cars worth of municipal solid waste - the stuff you put in your trash can - departs NYC for landfills down south. Hundreds of tons of rubbish, sent out of town daily.
A significant amount of this rubbish is currently packaged up in the every growing facilities along Varick Ave in Bushwick. In the past few years, Waste Management has converted their facility just south of this location to handle MSW waste. The NY Dept. of Sanitation built a huge new facility directly along side Waste Managements, and WM bought up a lot north of this building - basically surrounding it with trash facilities.
Eventually, the former tenant, M Fine lumber company, relocated to Metropolitan Ave. Can you really blame them? This trash processing facility is part of the reason the city was able to shut down the Staten Island Landfill.
M Fine is, in and of itself, a rather interesting company - here's a blurb on them I found online:
Founded in 1933, M. Fine has been reclaiming lumber from demolished buildings and warehouses across the U.S. for over 77 years. Inside their gates the sight is overwhelming, row upon row of old growth timbers, carefully stacked and bundled waiting for the right designer, architect, or contractor to give them new life. The reclaimed timbers found at M. Fine, including Long Leaf Yellow Pine, Antique Heart Pine and Douglas Fir, exemplify a quality of lumber that is hard to find in your everyday big box lumber store.
Sounds like an interesting operation, one of them great small businesses that have survived in NYC despite all the challenges this town can present. M Fine survives today at their new location a few blocks from this spot. Their old building, however, has seen better days.
Doors have been left wide open or removed complete. The rear wall is basically gone, and the interior is a water damaged moldy mess. Anything left behind was long picked over and looted, and graffiti artists used some walls as their own canvas.
Despite it's limited photographic opportunities, I was quite happy to check this place out. This part of NYC has a very dirty, albeit very thriving future as the toilet of Brooklyn North.
By: Control , Posted on February 21, 2011
At the highest point in the system lays this lowest layup track, dipping below all others and dead ending. The logic behind this strange structure has long been lost, and the track here was both little used and recently removed during the current viaduct rehabilitation project.
NYC Underground LAPP Dance
By: Control , Posted on December 26, 2010
Surviving a trip into the NYC underground and shooting some quick video and photos is so 1995. Under pressure from imminent death, CHUDS and various people that don't want you around, the ability to seriously create in this situation is the new standard of excellence.
Major props to my science lab partner, P-Zak, Esq.
The Blue Bolt Express
By: Control , Posted on December 23, 2010
Here is the perfect home for those perpetually perturbed by life in New York Above.
Here is where in your darkest hours, the writing on the wall can show you the way.
Here is where boys become men, and where the scared either die a grim death or get over themselves.
Here is heat, hot in the winter and sweltering in the summer.
Here is simplicity: You follow the rules, because death is the only other option.
Here there is only one rule: Survival. Beyond that there are no laws, no heros, no one coming to save you from your demons.
Here is ritual, here is religion. And here the proverbs need not be spoken.
Here is the gateway to Creation. Reinvention. Solitude. Soul building hours alone in the darkness left with nothing but your brain, a camera and a memory card... and the grim reality that yes, sooner or later one of the above will run out...
By: Control , Posted on November 26, 2010
Usually when you come across a long line of old railroad equipment, there's a few possibilities for why it's there:
1) It's old and about to be sent to the scrap yard
2) It's being stored by some museum group pending cash to restore it
3) It's uhmm... just sitting there...
This lineup of mismatched locomotives, passenger cars and former Amtrak baggage cars fall into the latter grouping. They're all owned by a railroad that doesn't seem to have any immediate plans for most of this stuff. It's the equivalent of a buck tooth po'bucker's lawn - where there's various cars and appliances scattered about waiting to be fixed or put to use, one of these days.
The Crushed Office Maze Complex
By: Control , Posted on November 16, 2010
Sadly this location has no verified history at this time. Rumor is that before it was an office to major corporation, it was used as a bomb factory during WW2. What we can verify though is that the corporation that was located here used the building as its main office until a few years ago. When the company moved out of state, the vast Majority of employees were not transferred and either had to relocate with the company or find new jobs. The 3 building complex was sold to a developer who for some time maintained the property and ran routine patrols around it. Eventually they seemed to have given up on their redevelopment plan and sold it to another party who then left it to rot. Local hooligans and neglect quickly wrecked the placed. Only a gut rebuild could make this property viable again, though in all likelihood demolition is the only option.
Entry couldn't be easier, though whether or not you really want to enter is a whole other subject. The rear buildings are fine, though the main office building was left abandoned with it's carpeting intact. Carpeting, exposed to the elements, becomes a breeding ground for all sorts of nasty smelling mold. The building itself isn't much to look at. Trashed offices, tagged walls, broken glass all over. If there were any historic details, they were long removed. The only thing that this place really has going for it is how huge it is - with a maze-like layout one can easily get lost in. Don't be surprised if you find yourself roaming around trying to figure out how to get back to the point at which to entered.