ByJancy Richardson, writer at
To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only a movie...It's only a movie...'
Jancy Richardson

We know that when it comes to getting trashed, broken and destroyed in movies, New York often falls victim - seriously, check out the evidence!

However, there are real areas of the city that already look as though they've suffered some terrible apocalypse, and these abandoned places are the passion of photographer Will Ellis. Check out his incredible images!

Not exactly The Yellow Submarine, is it?

The remains of an amateur-constructed submarine in Coney Island Creek, Brooklyn.

Albert, this place could use a tidy!

This building used to house hundreds of squatters in the early 2000s, and was affectionately known as 'The Batcave'!

Gimme some sugar!

Sugar Refinery: Here are the remains of a sugar refinery in Williamsburg that operated in Brooklyn for nearly 150 years

Abandonment in wood

The only room left standing in the Staten Island Farm Colony, built in the 19th Century and converted into a poorhouse.

Message in a bottle

The charmingly named Dead Horse Bay is named for the places that would melt down dead carriage horses to be made into glue and fertilizer.

The Mole People

The long Freedom Tunnel beneath Riverside Park was once a massive homeless camp, leading to locals nicknaming its residents 'The Mole People'.

The Greenhouse Effect

Letchworth Village was established as a 'state institution for the epileptic and feeble-minded' in 1912.

Yup, that's all pigeon poop

This photo proves that literally anything can be weirdly beautiful!

Holidays of the Past

Grossinger's Catskills Resort, once an upmarket holiday destination.

Horror Hospital

Northern Brother Island - this decaying wreck of a hospital once treated hundreds with contagious sicknesses.

You can buy a copy of Will Ellis' Abandoned NYC at Amazon.


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