Praise for Abandoned NYC

The New York Times: "Will Ellis hauntingly captures the forsaken city in “Abandoned NYC,” a ghostly photographic album." 

Feature Shoot: "Photographer Will Ellis keeps the spooky wonder of the boy adventurer alive with his photos of urban ruins and rubble."

New York Magazine: "Ellis’s photographs lay bare the mechanics of decay with almost medical specificity."

WIRED: "Ellis puts a lot of research into each location, pairing the gorgeous, gritty images with equally fascinating tales of their past." 

The ruins of Riverside Hospital on North Brother Island.


About the Book

From Manhattan and Brooklyn's trendiest neighborhoods to the far-flung edges of the outer boroughs, I spent three years photographing and researching the lost and lonely corners of the United States' most populous city. Abandoned NYC is packed with 150 color photographs of sixteen of New York's most beautiful and mysterious abandoned spaces, paired with detailed essays on the fascinating history of these forgotten sites.

Inside the crumbling classrooms of Harlem's P.S. 186


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Pigeon droppings accrue in an abandoned Queens asylum.


From the Back Cover:

"Step inside the New York you never knew, through crumbling institutions, defunct military posts, abandoned factories, railroads, schools, and waterways.  Uncover the forgotten history of New York's most incredible abandoned spaces, and witness a seldom seen and rapidly disappearing urban landscape. Explore the ruins of the Harlem Renaissance, sift through the artifacts of massive squatter colonies, and find out how the past is literally washing up on the shores of a Brooklyn beach called Dead Horse Bay. This book is for anyone who's ever wondered what's behind the "No Trespassing" sign."

Abandoned interiors from the five boroughs and beyond.

Abandoned NYC

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