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Exploring an Abandoned New York Mansion with a Secret Past

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(All Photos: Bryan Sansivero)

Just a few miles outside of New York City, there is a sprawling, 57-room mansion. Sitting on 6 acres, it comes equipped with a bowling alley, indoor tennis court, two bars, and a library. It has opulent interiors, with spiral staircases and chandeliers. It is also entirely abandoned. 

Built in the late 1930s, and last inhabited in the 1970s, the neglect is allegedly down to an owner who would buy lavish mansions and leave them to rot. (Photographer Bryan Sansivero has asked us to refrain from identifying it.) While the building itself is in need of repairs, the collections within it remain untouched. There are dolls, old photographs, plastic flowers, paintings and two pianos. The monied flourishes definitely linger inside. —Editors