4. Bronx Borough Courthouse

The abandoned bronx borough courthouse
The abandoned Bronx Borough Courthouse. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, an official New York City landmark at 878 Brook Street in the South Bronx, was built between 1905 and 1914. The edifice functioned as a home to Supreme, Surrogate’s, and County Courts until the opening of the Bronx County Courthouse in 1934. The Beaux-Arts structure has a grand interior with marble and iron detailing.

The four-story building was shuttered for 37 years before reopening its doors in 2015 for a series of public art programs entitled When You Cut Into the Present the Future Leaks Out put on by artist and activist group No Longer Empty. Three floors of the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse were filled with contemporary art. Twenty-six local artists came together to create works that drew from the history and structure of the borough.