Dubious rumours of gang initiations and satanic rituals abound in Yonkers' Glenwood Power Station, known locally as "the Gates of Hell." Its intricate interiors, designed by the same architects as Grand Central Terminal, were recently gutted in preparation for a hotel conversion.
Rusty chutes in the highest reaches of the Red Hook Grain Terminal were used to deliver grain to massive concrete silos inside the structure. The technology became obsolete soon after its construction.
North Brother Island in the Bronx was the site of a historic hospital for contagious diseases. Today, it's designated as a wildlife preserve by the Parks department after being abandoned for half a century.
Kings Park Psychiatric Center on Long Island was one of the largest mental institutions on the East Coast. A craft room on the ground floor still held looms, half finished rugs, and murals painted by patients.