Last week, I was scouting around the Bronx’s Country Club neighborhood, when I happened to turn down Clarence Ave, a nice residential street…
…and a little house caught my eye off to the side:
From a distance, it seemed like an ordinary enough house…
But wait…were those miniature medieval turrets on each corner??
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As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the now defunct Putnam train line, reader Wiscogirl emailed to say that a rare picture of the Van Cortlandt train stop in its heyday is currently up for sale on Ebay. Here’s the station today…
…and in 1963, a few years after passenger service . . .
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Last week, I was scouting for woodland trails, which brought me up to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. I’d never been before, and I randomly picked a trail and just started walking.
A little ways in, I noticed something unusual off to the side of the trail…
…A row of what almost looked like oversized gravestones:
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I was waiting at a light yesterday at the corner of 181st and Fort Washington Ave, when I happened to look up at the building on the corner…
…and noticed a line of human gargoyles perched near the top. But one in particular quickly caught my eye…
A very creepy book-reading gargoyle.
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Two years ago, I wrote a post about Rockland County Psychiatric Center, an abandoned insane asylum complex that is easily one of the most haunting places I’ve ever scouted.
To my amazement, more than 250 comments have since been left by former patients, doctors and nurses, and residents who lived in the area when Rockland Psych was in operation. Some of the memories shared are as heart-breaking as you’d expect; others are uplifting, funny, nostalgic, and even inspirational.
I wanted to share a selection of these with you, to allow those who knew Rockland Psych firsthand to tell its story.
I performed at Rockland Psych with my middle school chorus 17 years ago. I remember being really nervous to go there…Once we were inside, it looked almost exactly like your pictures, seriously chipped walls…I remember one man throwing fake grenades at us, another man removed for masturbating in his chair as we sang, and an old woman who wept loudly the entire time we performed. I have no idea how the school got away with taking us there, but they did. I have a feeling after our experience they didn’t go back again.
>>>Continue reading “Memories From An Insane Asylum: Stories From Rockland County Psychiatric Center”
In June ’11, I wrote about one of my favorite “haunted house”-like properties in New York City, a dilapidated yet once beautiful Victorian located at 3103 37th Avenue in Queens:
Several readers sent me this article in the Queens Gazette . . .
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