Explorations On March 20, 2018

The Suwannee Belle

Driving home to upstate New York on a cold, blustery evening, I stopped to visit a childhood memory: the everlasting tourist attraction, Roadside America. But I arrived too late, and the building boasting one of the biggest model railroads in the nation and a kitchy gift shop was closed.

Determined to make the best of the waning evening, I stopped by next door to visit the ruined Suwannee Belle.

Explorations On January 10, 2018

A Painter’s Residence

Tucked away in the Catskill Mountains of New York is an abandoned artist’s residence once belonging to the Romesky family. The house is now in an unfortunate state of collapse but much of the interior remains intact and includes glimpses into their livelihoods.

Explorations On January 8, 2018

Catskill Boarding Houses

At the turn of the 20th century, farmers in the Catskill Mountains of New York looking to supplement their income often converted their residences into boarding houses, taking in guests during the summer months. The guests came to the mountains to seek fresh air, relaxation and recreation far from the reaches of the gritty, unsanitary confines of New York City.

Explorations On November 17, 2017

A Train Graveyard

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.

Explorations On November 2, 2017

Volkswagen Junkyard

Somewhere in rural Pennsylvania is a Volkswagen junkyard. Scattered through the Appalachian hardwoods are hundreds of Type 1 (Beetle, Bug), Type 2 (Bus) and Type 3 (Notchback, Squareback) automobiles.

Explorations / In Focus On August 18, 2017

My Mortality

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.

Explorations On August 15, 2017

Saint Joseph’s

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.