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Ruins in the Hudson

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Two of my favorite ruins in Manhattan can be found partially submerged in the Hudson River, overshadowed by the nearby West Side Highway and row of ugly, bland Trump apartment high rises. They’re certainly not secrets to anyone who’s ever walked through Riverside Park, but I recently scouted them as backdrops for a film, and was reminded just how great ... Read More »

Abandoned Coney Island – Last Chance To See?

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Note: Most of this has since been torn down. When I heard the rumors that Satan’s real estate division, Thor Equities, was allegedly planning to tear down some of the last remaining historic buildings in Coney Island in fear they might acquire landmark status (including the old Coney Island Bank below), I actually felt a chill run through me. For ... Read More »

Scouting an Abandoned Hotel in Southern California

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Whenever I see a sign like the one below hanging outside of an abandoned property, I immediately feel an intense desire to get inside. When such a sign is hanging outside a hotel built in the early 1900’s in Southern California that has been boarded up since 1939, that urge goes through the roof. Let me repeat: has been boarded ... Read More »

Abandoned on East 43rd Street

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Each time I walk down East 43rd Street, I expect it to have been torn down: A beautiful Italianate marble building, 4 East 43rd Street has to be one of the few abandoned properties in Midtown. Nestled in amongst the skyscrapers adjacent to Grand Central, it has been decaying since I began my location scouting career over four years ago. ... Read More »

Forgotten Ruins in Dobbs Ferry

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At first glance, it would be hard to figure out what this bland modern nursing home… …has to do with these haunting, castle-like ruins: Incredibly, they are actually within 20 feet of each other! You can see the castle just off to the left: The establishment pictured is the St. Cabrini Nursing Home, located in Dobbs Ferry, NY (a few ... Read More »

The Abandoned Farm Cemetery in Queens

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Staring down 54th Street from 31st Ave in Woodside, Queens, a street lined with boxy brick apartments and a scant bit of foliage, one would not expect to find one of the oldest cemeteries in New York nestled in amongst the buildings… But there it is, halfway down the block: the Moore-Jackson Cemetery, founded in 1733 (276 years ago) and ... Read More »

A Visit to Castle Rock

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Nothing beats asking what you’re supposed to be scouting for, and being told: “Castles.” If you’ve ever driven along Route 9D in Garrison, New York, you may have seen it from the road: a fairy tale-like castle poking out from the trees at the top of a mountain: Built in 1881, Castle Rock was the estate of Illinois Central Railroad ... Read More »

The Unbelievable Buried Town on Governors Island

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Note: This does not exist anymore! Read the comments for more information! Do not go out to Governors Island looking for it! Today, I finally got on the ferry and went out to Governors Island. For you non-New Yorkers, Governors Island is an island located just south of Manhattan and was once used as a¬†military base. An entire complex of ... Read More »

Long Island’s Empty Jail

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Whenever a film or TV show needs to film in a prison location, the go-to place to scout is a decommissioned jail at the Nassau County Correctional Facility. Located in East Meadow, Long Island, the NCCF is the working jail for Nassau County. For years, inmates were housed in the facility pictured. Once a state-of-the-art jail, it no longer meets ... Read More »

The Old Kitchen at Sea View Hospital

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Sea View Hospital is one of the most amazing places I’ve ever scouted in New York, and I’m writing this post in part to encourage other film productions to keep it in mind for future shoots. Covering 350 acres of woodland on Staten Island and comprising of 50 historic buildings, Seaview was once the leading tuberculosis hospital in the United ... Read More »