Sunday, June 9, 2013


The part that was strange for me was how quiet it became when I found my way to the Chapel. There was water noises dripping from every corner and a hollow echo feeling to the building. Each footstep I made ricochet into the emptiness. But the chapel... when I stepped inside, it was like being sucked into a vacuum. Everything. Suddenly. Was silent. It had an eerie, yet peaceful quality to it that I can't explain. And then in the next room there were dozens of tables and chairs set up in rows. The tables were covered with cheap, translucent, hideous green tablecloths. It looked like it was the sad party that never happened. And then I wonder about the office: who leaves and doesn't take any of their stuff with them? It's as if they were planning on coming back tomorrow. This is what I love about these derelicts. Those tomorrows never come but strange moments are frozen in time as if shot by bad Polaroid--you can sort of make out the details... but not really.


This abandoned building is located in Queens... near Long Island. There was a little fence hopping involved to get in, but it was worth it! This place was like a maze--corridor after corridor of strange, paint peeling hallways and tiny little rooms where you could easily lock someone inside and they could never get out. I couldn't figure the place out because some of it looked VERY old and other parts looked newer. There was a cool ancient little basketball court with a few wheel chairs resting by their lonely selves and a deflated basketball that I found inside one of the rooms. I couldn't help myself. I took a few shots. And yes, I was by myself. My sister was too chicken to come with me so I left her on the other side of the fence. 

Stay tuned for part two. Many more photos to come!

Friday, June 7, 2013


This is from Wikipedia:

A Quonset hut is a lightweight prefabricated structure of corrugated galvanized steel having a semicircular cross-section. The design was based on the Nissen hut developed by the British during World War I. The name comes from their site of first manufacture, Quonset Point, at the Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center in Davisville (a village located within the town of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA).
In 1941 the United States Navy needed an all-purpose, lightweight building that could be shipped anywhere and assembled without skilled labor. The George A. Fuller construction company was selected to manufacture them. The first was produced within 60 days of contract award.

The original design was a 16 ft × 36 ft (5 m × 11 m) structure framed with steel members with an 8 ft (2.4 m) radius. The sides were corrugated steel sheets. The two ends were covered with plywood, which had doors and windows. The interior was insulated and had pressed wood lining and a wood floor. The building could be placed on concrete, onpilings, or directly on the ground with a wood floor.