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  Hudson Valley Ruins:
Forgotten Landmarks of an American Landscape
by Thomas E. Rinaldi and Robert J. Yasinsac.

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Briarcliff Lodge by Rob Yasinsac.

Reprinted 
March 2010

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HUDSON VALLEY RUINS

Greetings: I'm Rob Yasinsac and welcome to my half of the Hudson Valley Ruins website. These photographs show the area's abandoned and endangered architecture from the mid-1990s to the present day. Some ruins have been destroyed already, many are still in decay, and a few have been or will be preserved. After viewing each site, the link at the bottom of the site pages for "Yaz’ Hudson Valley Ruins and Abandoned Buildings" will return you to this main page.

Distances given by roadways; measurements may vary depending on fastest route.
New York City measured from 42nd  Street / Grand Central Terminal.


EAST SHORE

Westchester County  ~ 29 MILES NORTH OF NEW YORK CITY / 133 MILES SOUTH OF ALBANY, AT TARRYTOWN 
Yonkers
- The New York Central's Yonkers Power Station; Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research; Alder Manor gardens; Public Bath Number 4; Vineyard Avenue Fire Station; Yonkers Teutonia, and general images around the city.
YONKERS POWER STATION NAMED TO PRESERVATION LEAGUE OF NEW YORK STATE SEVEN TO SAVE LIST. DETAILS HERE.

New Rochelle - The now-demolished ruins of Fort Slocum at Davids Island, a military installation abandoned in the 1960s. 

Hastings-on-Hudson - The Anaconda Wire and Cable factory and the steamboat Lancaster. Demolished.

Saw Mill River Parkway - Parkway Service Stations; Dugan's Distributorship; and the Woodlands Lake restaurant. 

Scarsdale - The European Health Spa. Modern architecture.

Hartsdale - The Rigel estate. Demolished.

Dobbs Ferry - A castle-like ruin of the long-gone St. Cabrini Novitiate.

Irvington - The Halsey Teahouse; the Hermit’s Grave, Richmond Hill estate ruins.

Tarrytown and vicinity - The Tarrytown Hospital; historic former Village Hall, the New Rochelle Water Company;  Hudson River Yards Coal and Lumber building; the "Old House" from Dark Shadows;" the Gracemere estate; and a few other sites. 

Elmsford - The Starlite Coach Diner, demolished, and its neighbor, the Golden Star.

Elmsford - An abandoned house. Demolished.


Briarcliff Manor / Scarborough - Briarcliff Lodge (demolished - former home of The King's College); and the Sparta Cemetery, final home of the famous Leather Man.

Pleasantville - The C. V. Pierce Company. Demolished.

Ossining - A trio of vacant downtown banks.

Ossining - The underground chambers of the Potter Estate (Mystic Pointe Condominiums). Demolished.

Peekskill - A mélange of ruins.

Mohegan Lake - The Rock Hill Lodge resort, later the home of the Holland Sporting Club. Demolished.

Milestones - Small stone markers along the old post roads of Westchester County.

Putnam County  ~ 61 MILES NORTH OF NEW YORK CITY / 99 MILES SOUTH OF ALBANY, AT COLD SPRING 
Cold Spring
- Northgate (the Cornish estate); the Lente House; and the West Point Foundry.

Brewster - Croton Magnetic Mine ruins. One of the best-intact iron mine sites, now destroyed.

Route 6 Ruins - A tour of ruins and architecture, primarily around Mahopac and Brewster.

Black and White Gallery 1 - Primarily images of stone ruins in Westchester and Putnam Counties.

Dutchess County ~  83 MILES NORTH OF NEW YORK CITY / 79 MILES SOUTH OF ALBANY, AT POUGHKEEPSIE 
Bannerman's Island Arsenal
- "Bannerman's Castle" - Including historic photos and Illumination photos (1998 & 2007).

Beacon - Matteawan State Hospital. Now part of a correctional facility, few get to see this decaying gem as we did.

Beacon - Tioronda Hat factory, undergoing demolition in the fall of 2011.


Beacon - Brockway Brick Yard. We missed out on a magnificent brickyard ruin by just a few years. Little remains today.

Millbrook - The Bennett School for Girls (Halcyon Hall). A most photogenic, and oft-photographed, ruin.

Poughkeepsie - Hudson River State Hospital.

Poughkeepsie - Opening Day of the Walkway Over the Hudson (Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge.)

Hyde Park - Shagabak mansion. Not quite the Roosevelts and Vanderbilts.

Rhinebeck
- Wyndclyffe mansion. Decaying with the Joneses.

Rhinebeck - Pope Pius XII School-Holy Cross Campus. Demolished.


Columbia County ~  124 MILES NORTH OF NEW YORK CITY / 36 MILES SOUTH OF ALBANY, AT HUDSON 
Clermont
- Arryl House ("New Clermont"). Old money ruins.

Greenport - Universal Atlas Cement Company power house and storage silos.

Stockport - Empire Brick Yard. Ruins seen by few over the last fifty years.

Stuyvesant - An abandoned house at Poolsburg. Demolished not long after I spotted it.

Rensselaer County  ~ 163 MILES NORTH OF NEW YORK CITY / 8 MILES NORTH OF ALBANY, AT TROY 
Troy - Great industrial and commercial architecture, abandoned.

Valley Falls - James Thompson Co. textile mill. Burned April 2009.  

WEST SHORE

Rockland County  ~ 32 MILES NORTH OF NEW YORK CITY / 128 MILES SOUTH OF ALBANY, AT NYACK 
Orangeburg - Nike Missile Radar site. Cold war ruins.

Nyack - Tappan Zee Playhouse. National Register of Historic Places, demolished.

Nyack - Abandoned boats.

West Nyack
- Teaberry Port, a 1770s stone house abandoned and allowed to be demolished.

Haverstraw - Henry M. Peck House. National Register of Historic Places, destroyed by fire.

Thiells - Letchworth Village.

Stony Point - Annie's Snack Shack. A 20th century roadside icon, demolished for a CVS.

Tomkins Cove - Fresh Air Home of St. John the Divine. Demolished.

Black and White Gallery 2 - A series of interiors, primarily  in Rockland and Orange Counties.

Orange County  ~ 67 MILES NORTH OF NEW YORK CITY / 88 MILES SOUTH OF ALBANY, AT NEWBURGH 
New Windsor - Lafayette Paper Company. (No longer abandoned as of 2012.)

Newburgh - Urban abandonments abound. Now including a set for the Ritz Theater.

Middlehope
- Middlehope Drive-In Theater. Demolished.

Chester - The Chester Hide and Skin abattoir. Demolished.

Middletown - Middletown State Homeopathic Hospital; Ontario and Western Railway Station; and  farming community ruins in Highland Lakes State Park.

Ulster County  ~96 MILES NORTH OF NEW YORK CITY / 54 MILES SOUTH OF ALBANY, AT KINGSTON 
Marlboro - New York Trap Rock quarry ruins. A rare spot of riverfront solitude.

Ulster Park - the collapsed ruins of Camp Chi-Wan-Da.

Kingston - Hudson Cement Company & Shultz Brick Yard - soon to be replaced by 2,100 houses.

Woodstock - Overlook Mountain House. Last of the great eastern Catskills resort hotels.

Saugerties - The Sheffield Paper Company mills. Hidden in plain sight.

Malden - Staples brickyard. One of the last great vestiges of the Hudson's storied history of brick-making.

Greene County ~  117 MILES NORTH OF NEW YORK CITY / 34 MILES SOUTH OF ALBANY, AT CATSKILL 
Pine Orchard - Catskill Mountain House. Tribute to the all-time Hudson Valley Ruin, long vanished.

Mushroom Farm - An isolated facility from the early-mid 20th century devoted to growing mushrooms.

Albany County  ~ 156 MILES NORTH OF NEW YORK CITY, AT ALBANY 
Albany - The Wellington Hotel and its neighbors. Abandoned in sight of New York's Capitol Building. Demolition began in the spring of 2009.

Colonie - Heritage Park, minor league baseball stadium. Demolished summer 2009.

Latham - Starlite Theater, in-the-round, demolished December 2013.

THE NORTHWAY

Hudson Falls - General Electric - site of infamous PCB spill. Washington County.

OTHER NEW YORK STATE

Amsterdam - The great textile town's industrial ruins, including the Sanford, Chalmers, and Mohawk/McCleary, Wallin & Crouse mills..
Liberty - Grossinger's, a famous resort, now abandoned except for the golfers. Sullivan County / Borscht Belt.

New York City / Van Cortlandt Park -  Grand Central Terminal test pillars, Putnam Division station ruins, and Vault Hill. The Bronx.
New York City / The Iron Triangle - Industrial neighborhood adjacent to Shea Stadium. Queens.
New York City / Coney Island - Famed amusement district, slated for a Vegas-style makeover. Brooklyn.
Oswego - Various ruins photographed during  my college years in this central New York city.
South Fallsburg - The Pines, abandoned ski resort. Sullivan County / Borscht Belt.
New York 2010 - A sample of photographs taken at ruins and non-ruins alike. 


LOCATION WITHHELD

Abandoned Quarry - A flooded quarry along the Hudson, photographed at night.
East Coast Mental Hospital - A joint documentation with Dark Passage.
Paper Printing Plant - Located in a former textile mill.
Steel Mill - One of the region's giant abandoned factories.
Suburban Countryside Community - An abandoned property consisting of a colonial farm, 20th-century estate, and a model housing development.
Victorian Gables - Abandoned mansion.

USA

MICHIGAN (DETROIT)
Various Detroit Ruins
East Grand Boulevard Methodist Church - A small but interesting church..
Eastown Theater - Grand movie house / rock concert venue, and site of recent fires. Not long for this world.
Michigan Central Station - The famous abandoned train station.
Michigan Theater - The theater that is now a parking garage.
Packard Motor Car Company - Vast abandoned factory.
NEW JERSEY
Hewitt / West Milford
- The Long Pond Ironworks, a well-preserved industrial site at the "ghost town" of Hewitt.

PENNSYLVANIA
Mahanoy City - Various Ruins
Mahanoy City - St. Nicholas Coal Breaker. 
McKeesport - Fort Pitt Steel Casting.
VERMONT
Springfield - Tribute to a childhood vacation spot (and great old mill town).
SOUTHWEST USA
Southwest 2007 - A road trip through Utah, Arizona, and California.

Other THEMES

HVArchitecture - Hudson Valley Architecture, the non-ruins portion of this website. A work-in-progress.
Night Photography - Link to specific pages within this site that contain night photography.
Yaz Country - My non-ruins photography: Travel, Concerts, Sports, Animals, Night. (Off-site link) 


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