Friday, July 16, 2004
late night abandoned surfing
This week I have been staying up very late. Last night I was up late messing around with some coding for my masters thesis. Something that I read in an article I was coding somehow reminded me of King's Park Pyschiatric Hospital. The hospital opened in the late 1800s and was one of the largest in the country. I used to drive by it every day when I lived in NY on my way to SUNY Stony Brook. I am endlessy fascinated and drawn to abandoned buildings, so I used to stop by there on my way home from classes and walk around the grounds. Jo and I also used to have picnics there a lot. It was much less crowded (actually we never saw anyone there) than the other public parks on LI- and much more beautiful and creepy. So, I decided to google for pictures of King's Park. I found this great site, and then this one. I also found some amazing pictures of Pilgram's State which is another (the largest in the world) asylum on Long Island. I love the stillness, sadness and history of these places.
Following links from those sites, I found a wealth of linkage to sites with abandoned asylum photography like this one and this one with a huge collection of links to keep you up all night. I then ended up looking through pictures of other abandoned places for a while at this site and this site. And what could be cooler than abandoned underground places? Like this one and this one
Following another link, I was sucked into this site for hours. I mean the web design could be better but, I can't imagine a more interesting way to spend a few hours than looking at these pictures. Especially the old advertising signs, the lamp posts, and the old alleys. There is so much there that must be looked at.
This night of poking around the internet was the most interesting and fun thing I've done in a long time. My same-old website haunts (knitting, news, and computers) gets dull after a while.
Okay that was my huge, intensive blog posting for the day. Now, back to actually accomplishing something.
posted by knit wit | 7/16/2004 12:50:00 PM