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    Staten Island Creepy Crawl With Todd!

    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.















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    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.

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    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.











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    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.





















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    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.













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    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.

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    Very cool pictures! Looks like you guys had some fun!

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    We did. And also, we didn't get arrested, which is important.
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    You need to invest in some headlamps, I'd say.
    It's not going to suck itself...

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    I've actually considered it. Either that or a giant MAG light.
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