August 15th, 2004

tired

Eastern State Penn./ Philly.

This was my personal, ultimate abandoned building tour.The old Eastern State Prison.
We had access from 9 pm 'till 1 am. We also had a short tour in the day light.
I have tons of pics, but I'll share a few special ones to save loading time ;)


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It is now open to the public as a museum, and I hear they have an awesom halloween haunted tour. I highly recommend checking this place out!
Urban Decay

Twisted Phone booth

34th street, especially were it crosses park, has been deemed one of the most dangerous blocks in the five boroughs because there are always so many accidents. This one happened off of 5th avenue. Very rarely does a week go by with at least one. I’m guessing that this happened last night since there are still remnants of the accident lying around.

ghost signs in the ID

These pictures are of ghost signs and buildings in the 'International District' - all visible from Jackson. There are allot more ghost signs in Seattle that I hope to capture. I'm a novice, so if the shadows are too severe...



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ПОСТФОРТОВОЕ
В питере много трафаретного граффитти.
Лица - в ч/б, чтобы вывести граффитти на передний план а также чтобы скрыть помятое постфортовое состояние, разбавленное первым утренним(5 вечера) пивом и посещением отделения милиции на ул. Крылова дом 3.

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transit

"Riding on a ghost train... well, she keeps on riding, keeps on riding...."

This is a photo from the abandoned 91st Street station on New York's IRT line (the 1/9/2/3 or "red line"):



(I didn't take the photo; full credits are given at the link.)

I still press my nose to the window every time I ride a train past 91st Street, straining to see all the graffiti, the blend of art and disuse. I don't think I'll ever stop being fascinated by it. It symbolizes a lot of things about New York: the rush of progress that leaves so much behind to decay; the huge scope of the graffiti art and the perseverence of the artists; the way everything there somehow sees a second use, even if very few people know that an old subway station is now a sort of graffiti museum. I see that sort of determination to turn available materials to your own purposes as a perfectly natural outgrowth of having millions of people crammed onto a tiny island, and it's central to my concept of New York and being a New Yorker. Not desperation, because you know you'll find what you need, but determination, because it won't come to you unless you go out looking for it. I don't think I can explain it better than that.

nycsubway.org has lots more about that station and other abandoned stations. See also Joseph Brennan's abandoned station page and Forgotten NY.

(posted to my journal, graffitiisart, urban_decay, and abandonedplaces)
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