Abandonment Issues: Exploring New York City’s Irresistibly Eerie Abandoned Places


Thursday, January 29, 2015, by Spencer Peterson
Abandoned%20NYC_Will%20Ellis_Curbed-7.jpg[Harlem’;s P.S. 186 in 2012. It has been abandoned for nearly 4 decades, but there are plans to turn it into affordable housing. All photos by Will Ellis.]

Photographer Will Ellis made a name for himself capturing New York’;s amazing decrepit spaces on his blog Abandoned NYC, and now his work is the subject of a new book, out this week. The book features 16 derelict locations (mostly) within city limits, including brand new photos of 5 locations never released online (hello, sunken Coney Island submarine). Ellis’;s love of abandoned buildings is as deeply tied to a curiosity for the ghoulish as it is to an intense connection with the history behind New York City’;s many stories. His blog covers NYC abandonments more extensively and prosaically than nearly any other print or online source, and his photos capture the beauty of what many shrug off as eyesores and urban blight. Ellis talked with Curbed contributor Hannah Frishberg about the book and shared 18 photos of a few of his favorite sites.

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