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Jason Toews and fifi (the band)

Scranton Lace Company, June 2013

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in Urban Exploration | 2 comments

There were almost 30 of us on the tour, including housewives and lawyers, horse trainers and country music roadies.

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Pennsylvania Coal Breakers, June 2013

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 in Urban Exploration | 2 comments

I felt like a character in Rendezvous with Rama, exploring the hulking remains of a long-dead civilization, surrounded by technology whose purpose I could not fathom.

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Hospital 07, August 2012

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 in Urban Exploration | 3 comments

Intelligence from highly-placed sources indicated that there would be a human-sized break in the wrought-iron fence…

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Abandoned Hospitals of the Eastern U.S.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 in Urban Exploration | 0 comments

Photos taken by me and by several of my UE compatriots. The spoken word audio was all taken from training LPs and cassettes found at the locations pictured. Guitar by Glenn “Glendrix” Pettit.

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Hospital 06, July 2012

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 in Urban Exploration | 5 comments

Our cover blown and our plate number (no doubt) recorded in a log book somewhere, we decided to abort the mission. What’s that expression? Cowardice is the better part of valor? That doesn’t sound right.

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Hospital 05, February 2012

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 in Urban Exploration | 1 comment

If you’re trying to get over a mild flu/cold, you almost certainly should not spend eight hours climbing around an ancient stone building breathing frigid air visibly laden with asbestos, mold and mycobacteria.

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School 01, January 2012

Posted on Jan 13, 2012 in Urban Exploration | 0 comments

We came in before dawn, crawling through miles of thorny underbrush, navigating by the stars, our clothing torn by barbed wire.

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5 Beekman, NYC, November 2011

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 in Urban Exploration | 0 comments

“You come with me,” he said, pointing to one of my friends. “You look strong.” Then he pointed at me. “You also come with me. You are the brains of the operation.”

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Industrial Site 01, September 2011

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 in Urban Exploration | 0 comments

This is the first location which I discovered and explored solo, without the usual hand-holding from my UE mentors. For that reason, I have a special fondness for this place. Plus, it’s beautiful.

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Storage Building 01, July 2011

Posted on Aug 2, 2011 in Urban Exploration | 3 comments

I now find myself freakishly attuned to the presence of abandoned structures everywhere.

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