RKO Keith’s Theater. Photo courtesy of After The Final Curtain.
We’ve brought you abandoned places to see on Staten Island, and now we take you to the Borough of Queens, offering a whole list of exciting and abandoned territories to explore. While development of areas like Long Island City have prompted the city to demolish gems like 5 Pointz, there’s still plenty of places left for those interested. Here are 11 abandoned places to discover in Queens.
11. C.N. West Chemical Factory
The C.N. West Chemical Factory at Queens Plaza made a large variety of cleaning products. Founded in the late 1800s, C.N. West was eventually renamed West Disinfectant, and moved out of New York City in the late 1970s. The factory became an outlet mall called “QP’s Marketplace” in the 1980s, an artists cooperative studio called ‘The Space’ in the 2000s, and in its last years of existence (2013), an abandoned space which became a bespoke illegal graffiti gallery. One very little known fact is that one of C.N. West’s principal owners was a victim of the Titanic sinking in 1912.