Much of the medical/surgical tower - sometimes referred to as “New Med” - at Harlem Valley State Hospital is relatively trashed.  Located far up the hill, as remote as any part of the 1930s asylum campus, it used to be very easy to access before it was secured when private landowners bought the campus.  Thus, sadly, much of the surgical ward on the top floor is graffitied with the typical nonsense teens tend to spraypaint on walls - “LOOK BEHIND YOU!”, “Satan 666”, or simply a hastily-drawn phallus.  But this operating room is entirely pitch black, and hence has avoided such treatment - all it took was a long exposure to get a clean shot of the operating lamp, still in great shape after years of abandonment.

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Beautiful ivy covered walls as nature creeps in through the windows. This chapel at Whittingham Asylum also contained a smashed old organ and ornate pillars. Unfortunately this room will probably be gone by now as it was just about to be demolished as I was exploring. I managed to sneak a few photos before the bulldozers came to tear it down.