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Mysterious North Brother Island: an abandoned island in the middle of NYC!


This kind of stuff gets me psyched. Not too long ago I posted about parts of Ellis Island now being left to ruin. Then I found this online. How cool is this place? North Brother Island is situated in one of the busiest and densely populated parts of the world; New York City. Just east of Manhattan, in the East River situated between the Bronx and Riker’s Island. So on your next trip to NYC, check it out! I know I will.

Mysterious North Brother Island New York City

The place used to be home to a hospital, the ruins still there, where people with contagious diseases were treated. It also served as an alternative drug rehab center, and a home for troubled teens. Now, it just sits there in all it’s late 19th Century glory. 

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Abandoned Ellis Island buildings


Ellis Island, once the first stop for most immigrants to the United States, is now a tourist attraction and, as these pictures show, a partial ruin. At least the so-called ‘baggage and dormitory building’ is.

Ellis Island abandoned ‘baggage and Dormitory’ building Photo: Ian Ferrence

Millions of immigrants started their American Dream here. It’s hard to imagine these abandoned stairs, bathrooms and halls were witness to hopefuls from all parts of the world as they waited to be let in… or to be sent back to where they came from.

Abandoned bathroom on Ellis Island photo: Ian Ferrence

Ian Ference, urban archaeologist and photographer, posted these, and more, amazing shots on his blog. Check them out!

Abandoned wash basins at Ellis Island’s baggage and Dormitory Hall photo: Ian Ferrence

American abandoned houses


There is something eerie about abandoned homes. Especially if parts of the inhabited past is still there, like furniture, curtains or other traces of the times when people called it home. Photographer Kevin Baumann photographed a 100 of them. Each of them with a story that the spectator is left to guess or fantasize about. Was it the crunch that drove the occupants away? Or did they die alone with no family left to take care of their homes? I love this series.

all photography in this article by Kevin Baumann