upstate new york

While the Hotel Columbia has been abandoned for over a decade, one would hardly know this to look at it - many rooms look more or less like this, somewhat disheveled, but hardly in the state of advanced decay that most of the buildings I study are.  Still, as can be inferred from the red carpeting and the bathroom design pictured here, it has been much longer than a decade since anything was done to update the decor… Sadly, while the Columbia is certainly in salvageable condition, the Korean investment conglomerate that owns it wants it as a tax shelter and nothing more - there are currently no plans to save the building, and soon enough, water damage will make rehabilitation prohibitively expensive.

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When the main light source in a scene is the random light pouring upwards from collapses in the floor, it can create quite a surreal scene.  Such was the case in this fourth-floor dayroom in the female wards of Hudson River State Hospital a few years back.  In addition to the light from the gaping holes, there were a few small holes letting daylight in through the roof, and a little bit of ambient light seeping in from behind the camera.  But all combined, this room - with its boarded off dormer window - takes on a bizarre ambiance with a 4 minute exposure, with sprays of color that would not exist if the window were unboarded and the room were naturally lit.

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An arch in between rooms in the western wing of Utica State Hospital, in between abatement and demolition.  For whatever reason, while the original asylum building was deemed worth saving, the two large wings that split off the back were not.  They were demolished with no real public outcry in 2007.


“This is really happening! There’s a goat!”

This guy’s narration is so perfectly upstate (Liverpool, NY) as he arrives at his business and finds a random goat and llama just hanging out in the parking lot. He even apologizes for video’ing in portrait not landscape.  [via gothamist]