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One of the formidable Harris Batteries.
Queens, New York

Fort Tilden

This abandoned seaside fortress is now simply an imposing ruin being taken back by nature.
40.5632, -73.8833
Aristes, Pennsylvania

Centralia

A toxic ghost town sitting atop a massive coal fire.
40.8042, -76.3409
Fort Richmond ruins, Fort Wadsworth.
Staten Island, New York

Fort Wadsworth

America's longest-manned military fort is now an just an abandoned hulk.
40.6036, -74.0588
Staten Island, New York

Tugboat Graveyard

Final resting place of two dozen New York City harbor ships.
40.5544, -74.2179
Brooklyn, New York

Greenpoint Reformed Church and Mystery Tile

Built as a home for the Union Porcelain magnate in 1867, now the Greenpoint Reformed Church and home to a ceramic mystery.
40.7294, -73.9550
Yonkers, New York

Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research

An abandoned horticulture institute gloomily presides over rows of derelict and vine-wrought greenhouses.
40.9721, -73.8822
Gingerbread Castle
Franklin, New Jersey

The Gingerbread Castle

A faded fairytale fortress is rotting away in a small New Jersey township.
41.1494, -74.5748
Plane in Hangar B
Brooklyn, New York

Floyd Bennett Field

Home of aviation trailblazers.
40.5819, -73.8913
Athens Lunatic Asylum
Athens, Ohio

Athens Lunatic Asylum

An abandoned hospital incorporated into a college campus.
39.3292, -82.1013
White Lake Mansion House Ruins
White Lake, New York

White Lake Mansion House Ruins

These mouldering mansion ruins remember a time when the Catskills were nothing but luxury.
41.6770, -74.8280
The indoor pool.
Liberty, New York

Ruins of Grossinger's Resort

This once luxurious Catskills resort is now a haunting ruin.
41.7900, -74.7279
New York, New York

Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital Ruins

Crumbling hospital from 1850s on Roosevelt Island.
40.7515, -73.9596
Norwich State Hospital
Preston, Connecticut

Norwich State Hospital

Underground tunnels remain beneath this abandoned mental asylum.
41.4903, -72.0719
Kings Park, New York

Abandoned Kings Park Psychiatric Center

Beneath the mossy overgrowth covering this once-sprawling campus lies decades of history and the secrets that come with it.
40.8950, -73.2360
Staten Island, New York

The New York City Farm Colony

Dead children and the mentally ill in Staten Island's Greenbelt.
40.5959, -74.1378
Letchworth Village canteen and kitchen
Thiells, New York

Letchworth Village

Decades after testing the polio vaccine on unwitting patients, this historic mental hospital sits in ruin.
41.2124, -74.0235
A boat being serviced using a dry dock. (amberjol/Flickr)
Brooklyn, New York

The Brooklyn Navy Yard

A decommissioned military complex that's now a modern industrial park.
40.7026, -73.9698
Vieques Military Bunkers
Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques Military Bunkers

On a small Puerto Rican island, banks of secret naval bunkers lie abandoned and filled with piles of office equipment.
18.1263, -65.4401
Penn Hills Resort
East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Penn Hills Resort

This abandoned Poconos resort is haunted by a history of kitschy romance and a violent fugitive.
41.0575, -75.2133
The Baker Hotel in 2006. (Wikimedia Commons)
Mineral Wells, Texas

The Baker Hotel

Crumbling hotel echoes with the sounds of the '30s.
32.8092, -98.1120
Holy Land 2016
Waterbury, Connecticut

Holy Land, U.S.A.

An abandoned, religious-themed amusement park.
41.5493, -73.0298
Pleasure Beach vintage postcard
Bridgeport, Connecticut

Pleasure Beach

The once abandoned ruins of a Victorian beachside amusement park are now back in working order.
41.1634, -73.1666
Bannerman's Island Arsenal
Beacon, New York

Bannerman's Castle

Collapsing castle on the Hudson river was once the storage site of military surplus business.
41.4553, -73.9889
Wyndcliffe Mansion
Rhinebeck, New York

Wyndcliffe Mansion

What was once a trend-setting, phrase-coining icon of architectural splendor is now a rotting, forgotten hulk.
41.8870, -73.9364