The overgrown indoor swimming pool area at the abandoned Grossinger’s Catskills Resort. Grossinger’s Resort in the town of Liberty in New York’s Catskills was famous back in its heyday. Grossinger’s gained fame in 1952, when it became the first resort to use artificial snow for its ski-fanatic patrons. Grossinger’s was closed in 1986 and to this day sits abandoned next to a still working golf-course.
Photo credit: © Lyle Kamenir
Hey everyone! I recently went to see “Skyfall” in the theater (gr8 movie), and to my surprise, Hashima Island (also known as Gukanjima or Battleship island) was a location.
For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Gunkanjima was a tiny island off the coast of Japan. It was surrounded by underwater coal mines (Japan’s main export at the time), and so became home to thousands of workers and their families. These workers were forced into very close quarters, the concrete apartment blocks crammed together on the tiny island. The island’s weather is incredibly hostile, and for a good portion of the year, the island is flooded because of large waves.
As of 2009, ships are allowed to dock on Hashima’s shores, but you have to have special permission to get closer to the buildings, as many of them are falling apart.
I visited the Dort Mall for the first time in years the other day. For those not in the know, The Dort Mall is a mostly deserted mall in the, for lack of a better term, “seedy” district of the city (a wasteland of shady porno dives and gentlemen’s clubs abound). It’s owner filled the place with crazy Americana that varies from the vaguely interesting (old neon signs and a tyrannosaurus rex made out of car parts) to the downright terrifying (a classic British phone booth occupied by the screaming, maniacal, and possibly zombified farmer mannaquin) and everything in between (a replica of ET and a couple of wooden ship mastheads).
There is nary a soul in the place, but somehow there are still active stores. A place called Paradise Express is pretty shady and sells lots of bongs and metal band shirts, along with a decent selection of rare horror movie shirts that I enjoy perusing. There’s a hockey story, a t-shirt store, a couple of thrift stores, and an optometrist of all things. There’s even a fairly active Coney Island diner. There’s also an abandoned movie theater and basement stairs that don’t really lead anywhere.
I’ll be honest it’s a pretty creepy place. I can’t imagine being on the night time cleanup crew there, or on security. Having to be in that place alone with all those weird statues and shadows lingering around. What would you think if you started finding, like, dead and half eaten animals stuffed into some sort of nest behind some displays? Or maybe you started hearing soft padding of predatory feet echoing in the weird acoustics of the main hall. Maybe you start catching glimpses of a dark shape low to the ground just out of the corner of your eye.
Now that, my friends, is something worth dwelling on.
livewire82 asked: I think your blog is fantastic. A few years ago I discovered a fascination for abandoned places and Urban Exploration. I was wondering if you would have any objection to me using some of the images you have on your blog? I'm thinking on documenting an archive in the form of a scrapbook or website of abandoned places around the world and as I'm sure you're very aware, in most cases, these places either no longer exist or access to them is strictly forbidden. Would that be ok?
I’m very glad you like my blog! :)
As for the pictures, they’re really not mine to give away. In my articles, I always site my sources, and they really belong to the original photographers. I’m sorry. :c Your project sounds really neat. If it’s for personal use, there shouldn’t be a problem though.
Can I go here and open up a sweet shop?
this makes me sad
i now have the sudden urge to go and buy these places, and open up a chain of no longer abandoned diners, with 50’s themes
you should open up a chain of post-apocalyptic diners.