I think about my mortality a lot, how finite my life is and what luck I have had. At age 32, I have been incredibly lucky to have only had minor health ailments considering the risks I have put myself into exploring abandoned buildings for over 16 years.
Towering over the modest residences in its vicinity, the soaring blue limestone and Ohio sandstone faced Roman Catholic church is one of the most recognizable symbols of Albany, New York’s rich history.
It’s also one of the most endangered.
The month of July has been a whirlwind of explorations, from ventures into storied mental institutions to beautiful, historic schools.
Déjà vu. Since relocating to upstate New York, I have come across numerous iterations of the Second empire architectural style, especially as it applies to residences from the early- to mid-20th century, when it was most prevalent.
Along the southern harbors of Buffalo, New York is the ruins of several elevators. Some of those giants, such as the former Cargill Superior, and Canadian Pool, have been derelict for decades, while others have been closed for just a few years. They can all point their decline to the intervention of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the unpreparedness of Buffalo’s industrial leaders as the reason for their closure.
Located on the tracks of the former U.S. Steel McDonald Works are dozens of locomotives either in various stages of disassembly or intact, awaiting refurbishment. LTEX Rail has been in the business of scrapping locomotives for years, with its dead line tracks chock full of first- and second-generation locomotives and switchers from Amtrak, Canadian National, Union Pacific, Conrail, VIA and many other companies.