Ted (tedelton) wrote in urban_decay,

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a bridge, a watertower and the abandoned subway of Rochester, NY

well, when i got my Pleasure Beach pics back, I also got back two other sets of shots i took here in Rochester, where I go to school. instead of making two posts, I'll force all of the pics into one super-duper-mega-double-platinum post.

These shots are taken right across the river from campus (campus is shoved between the Genesee River and the ginormous Mt.Hope Cemetery).

My first experience with this bridge was at the end of my fall semester, freshman year. I was pulling an all nighter and was on the verge of burning out. to prevent this, I decided, at 4am, to take a walk. I climbed up onto the bridge, snaked my way around the bars blocking access and followed the path all the way to the city. I ended up coming back because it was getting light (around 7am) and since I didnt want security to catch me on the condemned bridge, I monkeyed through the guts of the bridge, right above the water.

The bridge itself suffered some sort of fire damage somewhere along the line, although I dont think thats why it was shut down. I heard somewhere that it was once a trolley line or train line or something like that and it ran all the way into the city. You can see where the tracks would have continued if you walk south from campus (I'll try to get shots at some point).

the bridge

on the other side of the bars

no railings

another failed attempt to keep people off

evidence of a fire

a drowning chair


Now, as I followed the path that one frigid december morning, I soon came upon an ill-maintained factory. I believe someone still uses it, perhaps for residence, as the pictures will explain.

the factory

why i think someone lives there: see the flower pot and watering can?


further on I saw this water tower and thought it was feckin' awesome.


Now on to my favorite part of Rochester: THE ABANDONED SUBWAY

In the 1930s, Rochester did what any up and coming city would have done; they built a subway system. The lines were open from the '30s until the '50s, at which point the city could no longer keep up with the cost of maintaining a subway. The tunnels were sealed off and the subway was forgotten. At some point, the Gannett Newspaper Company was allowed to used a section of the tunnels, which ran underneath their building, as a loading platform. But in the mid 1990s, they too abandoned the subway.

Now it is home to paintballers with nightvision goggles, white supremacists (no picture, but there is a huge swastika in one of the chambers), graffiti artists and the homeless.

[NOTE: please forgive the poor quality of some of these pictures, I'm an inexperienced photographer and it was absolutley devoid of light in some parts of the subway. I'm getting better at prolonged exposures, but i dont have a tripod yet.]

the entrance, under Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

an old platform, now home to the homeless

some sort of building, for tickets maybe? who knows.

yet another building whose purpose was uncertain

the gannett newspaper loading docks

another old platform

a bike

a entrance, i think near the highway

PS: roseanne rocks my face off but so do zombies. and guys making out.
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