Previously, we presented 10 abandoned asylums and hospitals in New York City ranging from the Roosevelt Island smallpox castle to North Brother Island. But asylums and hospitals are perhaps even more common outside of New York City, where the popular medical ideas of the time could be implemented to their fullest. It was thought that fresh air and a bucolic landscape would contribute to patient welfare. While many of these institutions have been demolished, others have been left to languish as newer facilities were constructed. Many have become must-hits in an urban explorer punchlist.
Here are six to whet your urban exploration appetite. Although there are others further upstate like the J.N. Adams Memorial Hospital in Perrysburg, we’ve focused on locations that you can visit using public transit from New York City (and then taxi or some hiking).
Photo via National Lighthouse Museum
The National Lighthouse Museum, just a few minutes walk from the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island will have its grand opening on August 7th, as recently reported by The New York Times. But what may be most fascinating to our readers, beyond the new museum, which had a soft launch last year and is already open to visitors is the history behind the site, a former quarantine station, and the abandoned buildings that can still be seen. In fact, the National Lighthouse Museum is the smallest building in the complex, in a foundry that once was part of the U.S. Light-House Establishment.
Rockland Psychiatric Center, Exterior Set of Orange Is The New Black
Our readers have been eating up our roundup of film locations for the hit Netflix show Orange Is the New Black, but we wanted to share more in detail about the semi-abandoned Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center, which serves as the exterior film set of Orange Is The New Black. The locale combines two of our favorite things: urban exploration and film locations. In fact, Untapped Cities reader James Garcia, a filmmaker and paranormal investigator, headed back to Orangeburg, New York this past weekend on our suggestion to capture more shots of both the set area and the creepy abandoned buildings–he’s been filming this complex for quite some time. If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll recognize many spots.
Built between 1905-1914, the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse at 878 Brook Street has been shuttered for the last 37 years. Now, it’s been reopened for the first time as part of No Longer Empty‘s series of public art programs in underutilized spaces. When You Cut Into the Present the Future Leaks Out brought together 26 artists from the Bronx and across New York to create site-specific work drawing inspiration from the structure, its history, and the surrounding neighborhood.
This is the abandoned Orange County Government Center. Would you save it? It was built in 1970 and abandoned in 2011. It sits in the town of Goshen, New York, on the outermost fringes of the New York City Metropolitan area. It’s as far out as you can get while still being pulled ever so slightly towards midtown Manhattan, like a comet is pulled towards the sun.
Zez One, City Kitty, ECB, Earthfolk & Klops
In our monthly showcase, Untapped Cities Street Art Columnist Christopher Inoa highlights the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels.
The cold of winter is finally behind us. Spring is returning to New York City and that means more art can be found on the streets. Goodbye big heavy coats and hello galleries and murals. Some of you may be rusty because you’ve been inside all winter, but the artists featured here kept working during the unpredictable weather this month. Here are five pieces of extraordinary art from some of NYC’s most popular graffiti and street artists, all waiting to be found and Instagrammed. (more…)