Sunday, December 16, 2012

Kings park

Ryan took me to Kings park Psychiatric center (you can read about it here. It is probably the most interesting thing I have seen in new York, yet! Alabama didnt have many old buildings, and nothing very big. This building comprises 150 buildings over 700+ acres of land, all of them brick and abandoned since the mid 90s. It is MASSIVE, and ryan refers to it as Arkham :) Most of the buildings have windows busted in at a ground level that Ryan and i could both fit through, so we got to wander around a few of them and up rotting steel stairs (we only had two hours, we have plans to go back with masks, flashlights, and weapons sometime in the following weeks because I want to collect mirrors from the bathrooms and bring a toolkit and unscrew random doorknobs and locks, I really want to collect all of the old doorware!) They are in the process of tearing the entire thing down, i think two buildings have been thus, and I am that person with a shaking lower lip who thinks everything in it needs to be preserved. The old windowframes! The peeling paint doors! strips of wallpaper.

I'm particularly interested in searching for the abandoned art room, where all of the patients art was kept and never moved - I saw one photo of it online and it was just a massive room filled with crates of molded artwork, spanning back who knows how long. I also want to find the morgue - have to find the blueprints online and locate them for our scouting adventure :o

Ryan did see a guy walking around in the dark of one of the basements in iceskates, so i am not saying a fairly recently closed mental hospital (a little over a decade) is brilliant, but we are moving into our place in the next month and we really will need all those rusted, moldy psychiatric bathroom mirrors :)

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5 comments:

  1. God it's really, really beautiful, I can't believe they're tearing it down. :(

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  2. Amazing! I've always wanted to explore an abandoned building, never really had the courage to hahaah.

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  3. Oh my god, what a gorgeous place! They shouldn't tear it down! If they were smart, they would "rent" it out to regular folks AND Hollywood! I know it's done here in Los Angeles with quite a few old buildings.

    Is this an open property? You can just walk up to the place and walk around? And take stuff? Or do you have to go somewhere first to get permission? I am seriously interested in visiting it before it's completely demolished.

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  4. maybe you know this, but maybe you dont. this is where Ali and I took our first photos together, and many MANY after that. we used to hang there a lot in high school. the doctors cottages are our favorite. so sad to hear its going to be all gone.. such an important place to me.

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  5. Beautiful! I really miss urban exploration.

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