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).

“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.



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


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.



Seaporcel Metals Inc


Long Island City has been in a constant state of change in recent years. This building was just another victim.



The Night that LTV Saved Greenpoint.


Ok, so the title is a little dramatic, but it’s not too far off from reality. Were it not for our nocturnal exploring activities, a major fire could have destroyed a fuel storage facility and other vital infrastructure. First responders could have been seriously injured or worse.



Montauk Steel, Long Island City


Montauk Steel was located on Borden Avenue in L.I.C., on land that was once part of the LIRR’s old Wheelspur yard. There is currently very little information about this company on the internet, so here’s what I can tell you.



LIC’s Wheelspur Yard / Poultry Market – Past, Present & Future


On the north shore of Newtown creek lays a plot of land with a strangely unique history – a place that was once a rail yard, then a poultry market and later an office for small businesses and other food distributors. All of these are gone now, and soon this land will become a rail yard once again.



11th Street Print Shop


This three floor factory building dated back to the 1950s.



Glenwood 2012


The Glenwood power plant has long been a favorite place for us to visit. Abandoned since the 1960s, these massive buildings have deteriorated significantly over the decades.