Monday, September 23, 2013

The abandoned Imari Kawanami shipyard

The Imari Kawanami shipyard on the island of Kyushu was one of the most famous abandoned places (or haikyo as they're called) in Japan. It was where, among others, the human torpedoes were produced during World War II. 

The building was constructed in 1851 as a glass factory but it was later turned into a shipyard. During World War II, they shipyard was also used as a munitions factory. At its highest point, it housed over 2500 workers, including schoolgirls and Korean nationals. 

After the war, the factory continued building and repairing ships but finally closed down in 1953. The shipyard was demolished in November of 2011 by the city of Imari in order to be turned into a public part. 










Friday, September 13, 2013

An abandoned pulp and paper plant in Kaliningrad

This abandoned pulp and paper plant in Kaliningrad was constructed by the Germans back when the town was known as K√∂nigsberg. The buildings survived World War II but it the plant shut down at the beginning of the 21st century. As the photos show, the abandoned site is often visited by graffiti artists. All photos were taken by urban explorer Lana Sator



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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The abandoned Riverside Hospital in New York's North Brother Island


The North Brother Island is a small island in the East River of New York City, just a short distance from the Bronx. It is now an uninhabited bird sanctuary but between 1885 and the late 1930's it was were patients of the Riverside Hospital were kept in isolation.

The Riverside Hospital, built first as a smallpox hospital but later expanded to other quarantinable diseases, moved to the North Brother Island in 1885. Among its most famous patients was "Typhoid Mary", the first person in the United States who carried and transmitted typhoid fever. She lived in the island for more than two decades until she died in 1938. The hospital closed down shortly thereafter. 

Today the island is abandoned and off-limits to the public. The buildings of the Riverside Hospital have been taken over by vegetation and are in danger of collapse.