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Visit Creedmoor Psychiatric Center's Building 25
A long abandoned hospital building on the outskirts of NYC.
Way out on the city limits, where the concrete jungle quickly transitions to suburban sprawl, Creedmoor is a world unto itself. Populated by a veritable assemblage of insane individuals in Queens over the past half century, the structures at first appear deceptively sterile – but in truth they hold horrific stories, and in some buildings, decade-high piles of pigeon shit.
Opened in 1912, Creedmoor State Hospital was initially the farm colony of Brooklyn State Hospital (now Kingsboro) with 32 patients who worked the farmland as part of their treatment. Like many other similar institutions, over the first half of the 20th century the population at Creedmoor rapidly expanded before deinstitutionalization occurred beginning in the 1950s, at which point the hospital shrank from 8,000 to 500 patients in the span of only four decades.
The 1970s were a rough time for the hospital, when crime infected the campus, with three rapes, 22 assaults, 52 fires, 130 burglaries, six suicides, a shooting, and a riot occurring within 20 months of each other. It was around this time that Building 25 was abandoned. Never sold off or demolished, it has been rotting on the hospital grounds since it was vacated in the early 1970s.
Besides the pigeons which have overtaken the top floor and a die-hard squatter who has been living there for well over a decade, the building is empty of everything but detritus and random objects. Thick with grime, if it weren’t so inaccessible by public transportation this would likely be an even more popular spot for urban explorers, teenagers, and those others fascinated with forgotten things.