Tag Archives: Abandoned

Forgotten Ruins in Dobbs Ferry

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 Unbelievable Buried Town on Governors Island

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

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 Abandoned Bates Motel of Cape Cod

Truro, Massachusetts, is the first town south of Provincetown (for those of you unfamiliar with Massachusetts geography, Provincetown is located at the very end of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod “arm”). One of the best biking routes through Truro is along Rt. 6A, known as “Old Kings Highway,” or the original main thoroughfare up the Cape. Along this route are numerous cottage-style ... Read More »

The Old Kitchen at Sea View Hospital

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 »

Leaving NY: Newark’s Little Red Diner

Note: I think this might be gone. Unless you need to be somewhere on time, I find that getting lost is often one of the best things that can happen to you. Today, I was heading back to the city from Bayonne, NJ, and got confused trying to follow my iPhone’s directions to the highway. I ended up on Wilson ... Read More »

The Graham Home For Old Ladies

One of my favorite buildings in Brooklyn can be found at 320 Washington Ave in the Clinton Hill area. Set back a bit from the main street, with a wrap-around driveway and surrounded by lush green trees, it’s in pristine condition for its 160+ years. Every time I drive by, I’ve wondered what its purpose was. So today, I got ... Read More »

The Abandoned Boyce Thompson Institute

I recently posted about scouting Alder Manor, a dilapidated yet beautiful abandoned mansion in Yonkers. The manor was owned by William Boyce Thompson, an extremely rich copper magnate in the early 1900’s. This past winter, I had the opportunity to check out the former Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, a beautiful brick structure located across the street from the ... Read More »

They’re Watching You

Nothing makes scouting a claustrophobic, pitch-black abandoned underground tunnel by flashlight better than looking up and seeing these things a foot above your head: My guide assured me that the literally thousands of insects sitting motionlessly on the walls were just crickets…but for some reason, this didn’t make it all better. -SCOUT Read More »