“We hit up a few abandoned spots to make this project happen but the one place we went back to constantly was a partially abandoned psychiatric center in New York state. Back in 1931 the center was thriving, but around World War 2 things started falling apart when unqualified workers took over for nurses who had to serve in the war. It wasn’t until the 1970s when they officially shut down a handful of the buildings on campus and they’ve just been rotting away ever since.

The campus is a pretty huge area made up of about 10 abandoned buildings and 4 buildings that are still functioning. Psych patients roam around the complex and so do cops. Most of the abandoned buildings are pretty boarded up so you can’t get in, but the thing that’s so sick is all the buildings are connected with underground tunnels, so if you can find a way into one, you can access them all. The nurses used these tunnels to deliver food and supplies to the patients all over the center. It’s surprisingly untouched. You will still find office supplies, files, photos, machinery, and other artifacts.

Once we found our way into the tunnels, we quickly learned it was a giant maze: Loads of dead ends, stairs going up and down, and puddles so big you have to use cinder blocks as stepping stones. The reason we called the project ‘The Search For BLDG.40’ is because the first room in the video that Rob skates was the hardest to get to.” – Sean Colello

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Comments

  1. Leonard

    December 21, 2014 10:03 pm

    Awesome pics

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  2. best skateboard

    January 16, 2015 4:25 am

    I remember going down to San Diego to go to the
    crew.

    my blog: best skateboard videos

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  3. tostada

    April 11, 2015 1:36 pm

    Great pics man, and props for going through those underground tunnels for this. I’ve started skating a big old upstate homeless shelter that NYC owned and it provides some fun, but this is another level.

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  4. Harold McLean

    May 23, 2015 11:55 am

    Pretty Freakin sick, I liked the SHIT, Good, lol

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