View Full Version : Staten Island Creepy Crawl With Todd!

Ian Jane
03-10-2011, 01:50 PM
Staten Island isn't just the home of The Wu Tang Clan and Twisted Sister's drummer, it's also the home of a bunch of weird abandoned stuff and creepy ass buildings. When Todd came to NYC last weekend, we decided to check a bunch of it out.

First stop? The Farm Colony buidlings. The entrance was buried in a snowbank and there were a lot of cops around and no obvious cover... so yeah, we didn't go in, we just kept driving.

Next stop? The Sea View Hospital. A former mental institution and prior to that a tuberculosis ward, it's a pretty big stretch of buildings, some of which are still in use and some of which are abandoned. We checked out the back stretch first as it's easy to get to without running into people who might want to bust you for something as simple as taking a few pictures. Here are some shots...




Todd took this one - that white ball in the corner is kinda odd. It's not lens flare, it's not dust and it's not spray paint on the wall. The buildings are supposedly haunted, so who knows. It's odd though.









Ian Jane
03-10-2011, 01:54 PM
We wandered back outside towards the main buildings but there were cops everywhere on the other side of the fence so we figured we'd just admire the larger buidlings from afar rather than push our luck. The woods in the area are weird though, with rusty barbed fences and random debris and graffiti adding to the vibe.





After that we drove the main gate where the NYPD security dude was kind enough to let us in to walk around so long as we didn't take any pictures, and since we saw four patrol cars in the span of about 15 minutes, and because we didn't want to be dicks to someone who was being cool enough to bend the rules a bit for us, we didn't take any. It was rad though.

Next stop? The cemetery that holds the Vanderbuilt tomb. It's also supposedly a very active haunted location and supposedly inside the tomb the bodies are preserved above ground standing up inside. Unfortunately, there's a giant metal gate that stops you from getting in. This didn't stop some younger kids from climbing over from the park on the other side of the cemetery. We saw them in their bright orange and yellow coats trying to hide from us thinking we might be security. They didn't do a very good job, but they got in and we didn't so I guess they win.


Ian Jane
03-10-2011, 01:57 PM
From there it was off to an abandoned cemetery on the other side of town that is home to a bunch of revolutionary war era gravestones. Vandels and neglect have had their way with the property but someone has started at least cutting back the brush and trying to fix it up. It's still in bad shape though.







Ian Jane
03-10-2011, 02:01 PM
After I cut the Hell out of my legs on some thorns it was time to leave and head to the Samuel Smith Infirmary. This was the 1st hospital built on SI and it was designed by a famous architect. It's also in horrible shape and in a bad part of town. Alison was smart enough to wait in the car but once we got through the fence Big Todd and I found a really bizarre array of garbage, debris, and abandoned oddities. Next to the main infirmary buidling, the one that looks like a castle, is an abandoned building that I've heard was once a nursing school.












Ian Jane
03-10-2011, 02:05 PM




With sirens going off and knowing that this was a bad part of town to be in in the first place AND not having a very powerful flashlight to make it safe to go further into the buildings, we went back to the car for our final stop, the Staten Island Boat Graveyard. This is actually the property of a marine salvage company but it's accessible from the shore without going onto their property (which has a lot of mean guard dogs on it as well as a small army of cats keeping watch over the entrance). It's quite a site. I shot plenty of pictures last time I was there and would love to get closer to the boats, but that's not gonna happen without a kayak or something.








Todd Jordan
03-10-2011, 02:20 PM
It was a WICKED fun day. It was so warm out at times we were in just short sleeves. No snow (we still have FEET of snow at my house) and little mud, which helped keep things going. During the trek, Alison and I went into 7-11 to get some drinks and snacks while Ian waited in the car, only to foul it with his fermented beer-soaked colon air.

Nice photo essay, Ian.

Mark Tolch
03-10-2011, 03:57 PM
Very cool pictures! Looks like you guys had some fun!

Ian Jane
03-10-2011, 04:16 PM
We did. And also, we didn't get arrested, which is important.

03-10-2011, 04:52 PM
You need to invest in some headlamps, I'd say.

Ian Jane
03-10-2011, 05:02 PM
I've actually considered it. Either that or a giant MAG light.

03-10-2011, 05:51 PM
Hands-free, baby - I use one for projects around the house, works out quite nicely.

Ian Jane
03-10-2011, 05:52 PM
Ah, hadn't thought of the 'hands free' side - good point.

Alison Jane
03-10-2011, 06:26 PM
Alison was smart enough to wait in the car...

Not smart, just tired. I'm always tired on Saturdays. :blob:

Paul Casey
03-10-2011, 08:52 PM

Todd dropped his fuck toy?

Todd Jordan
03-11-2011, 10:12 AM
You know...when we saw that laying there my initial thought was to pick it up and make like I was giving it the wood. I'm glad the thought went away.

Mike Howlett
03-12-2011, 09:05 AM
Excellent photos and story! Looks like a great time!

Man, I still can't help but think SNAKES!!!! It's nearly warm enough to get out snakin' here, but not yet. Those places look snake-tastic!

Alison Jane
03-12-2011, 03:01 PM
I've never seen a snake in NYC.

Paul Casey
03-12-2011, 03:55 PM
I've never seen a snake in NYC.

Look down Ian's pants.

Alison Jane
03-12-2011, 03:59 PM
I've never seen it. I'm usually blindfolded.

Paul Casey
03-12-2011, 05:16 PM
Ah, Well, kink is king. It's gonna suck, though, when the blindfold falls off and you find that it's actually Horamce!

Todd Jordan
03-12-2011, 10:02 PM
...wouldn't suck for Horamce...

Alison Jane
03-13-2011, 08:53 AM
Horace was in Libidomania yesterday! :haha:

Todd Jordan
03-13-2011, 12:34 PM
screen cap required!!!

Paul Casey
03-13-2011, 09:53 PM
...wouldn't suck for Horamce...

It would when his blindfold fell off and he saw that it was YOU!

Todd Jordan
03-13-2011, 11:11 PM
and then my blindfold would fall off it I would be you. Mind explosion.

Alison Jane
03-14-2011, 06:31 AM
I'm starting to feel car sick.

Paul Casey
03-14-2011, 07:27 AM
I'm starting to feel car sick.

Is it because off Todd's wild grammar ride?

Todd Jordan
03-14-2011, 07:34 AM
hmm...yeah I was a bit, um, hindered last night.

Ian Jane
03-06-2012, 03:00 PM
Sadly the super rad Samuel Smith Infirmary posted about early in this thread is no more.


It was demolished yesterday, which is a shame considering it's history. I know it was in horrible shape and pretty dangerous and probably a bit of an eye sore but still...


Todd Jordan
03-06-2012, 03:31 PM
Man...that's the one in the middle of the neighborhood right? Where we crawled through a hole in the fence. That was a cool looking building. I wonder if they found those bodies we stashed.

Ian Jane
03-06-2012, 04:34 PM
That's the one in the middle of the hood, yep. Again, it was a total dump but not without some legitimate historical value (http://kingstonlounge.blogspot.com/2009/01/samuel-r-smith-infirmary.html). It bugs me to see stuff like that just destroyed with no respect for its past.

Alison Jane
03-06-2012, 04:44 PM
Sad. It's the city's own fault for not finding some use for the building before it got to be in such bad shape.

Ian Jane
03-06-2012, 04:46 PM
Definitely. It should have been protected and restored. Would have made a great museum or performance space or something.

Todd Jordan
03-06-2012, 05:31 PM
Housing man. For people living off the government.

Ian Jane
03-26-2012, 01:55 PM
Stumbled on a very cool blog site with some sad (but beautifully shot) shots of the demolition and some great archival photos.