NYC Industrial Ruins

Over the last 20 years, we have made a point of exploring every abandoned factory, warehouse and industrial related location within NYC. Here is a sampling of some of these locations, including photos and in depth histories (where possible).

5 Pointz Explored


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 […]



Certified Concrete, L.I.C.


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



Certified Concrete, Bronx (Transit Ready Mix) – Now Concrete Plant Park


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).



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


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 […]



Canadian National Railway Camp Cars in the Bronx


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


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



Terminal Cold Storage


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.



“6 ptz” – QP’s Illegal Graffiti Gallery


During the autumn of 2013, while many NYC art blogs were obsessing over Banksy and the lost of 5 points, NYC’s graffiti community created a gallery of their own just up the street from 5 pointz, within the old CN West/QP’s Marketplace buildings.