Book Review: Abandoned NYC

abandonedThere is something about abandoned buildings that draws me to them. I love to look at photographs of them.  I’m not sure why – maybe because there’s so much history or they are just so interesting to look at as they are breaking down, but when I saw a book called Abandoned NYC I knew it was something I had to check out.  The book is broken down by Hospitals & Institutions, Railraods & Waterfronts, Military Installations, Industrial Sites and Forgotten Places.

The photos in this book are amazing. Some are hauntingly beautiful, some are creepy and others are gross, but I find myself drawn to them all and the stories that they tell and the history they hold within.

This is a fascinating read for anyone as interested in abandoned places as I am.

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review. I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

Every city has its ghosts. From Manhattan and Brooklyn’s trendiest neighborhoods to the far-flung edges of the outer boroughs, Ellis captures the lost and lonely corners of the United States’ most populous city. Step inside the New York you never knew, with 200 eerie images of urban decay, through crumbling institutions, defunct military posts, abandoned factories, railroads, schools, and waterways. Uncover the forgotten history behind New York’s most incredible abandoned spaces, and witness its seldom seen and rapidly disappearing landscape. Explore the ruins of the Harlem Renaissance, sift through the artifacts of massive squatter colonies, and find out how the past is literally washing up on the shores of a Brooklyn beach called Dead Horse Bay. This book is for anyone who’s ever wondered what’s behind the “No Trespassing” sign.

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