New York Farm Colony

Through the Green Hole

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I love abandoned buildings and graffiti so when I came across Nathan Kensinger’s blog http://kensinger.blogspot.com/2011/04/new-york-city-farm-colony.html I was off to Staten Island. I was accompanied by four fellow photographers who were willing to risk that this adventure could be a bust. It wasn’t a bust. It was AMAZING!

Below is a brief history of the New York Farm Colony and then some photographs of the abandoned structures.

According to the New York City Parks & Recreation site, the New York Farm Colony dates back to 1686 when the land was granted to the Martino family from the English Governor. In 1829 the land was sold to Richmond County and became the Richmond County Farm. In 1898 the city renamed it the New York Farm Colony. The New York Farm Colony was a place where the indigent would come to live and work on the farm. Along with housing the poor the farm colony also had a cholera hospital, housing for the insane, schoolhouse, morgue and a “pest house” (I can only imagine what that was). In 1975 the farm colony was closed. In 1982 25 acres of the farm colony were annexed to the Greenbelt Conservancy and in 1975 the remaining 75 acres were designated a city landmark.

This was captured in the second building we entered on the top floor. The color and light in this hallway was just beautiful.

Fusion of Color

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This was taken outside one of the last buildings we had time to explore. It looks a little intimidating but it didn’t stop us.

Please Come In

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I loved the way the light was falling through the holes in the roof into this room.

Filtered Light

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I loved the lighting looking down the hallway and all the colors and textures. I had to do this in HDR.

The Long Hallway

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The Grand Room in the first building.  I love the ceiling in this room and the vastness of space.  I used my fisheye lens to capture as much of the room as possible.

Grand Hall

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This was taken in the first building and I wanted to capture the light in the building, the mood, our camera bags, the whole process of shooting in a location like this. I was constantly in awe of the beauty and decay.

Arched Door

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The first building we came upon had and entrance room that was pitch black. I’m thinking how am I going to get detailed shot. As you can see from the pictures I was pleasantly surprised to find beautifully lit rooms. You can see how dark the entrance room is by looking at the doors on the left. I wanted to capture the size, color and light of first entering this room from complete darkness.

From the Darkness to the Light

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Below are some close-ups of the graffiti on the wall. The colors are so vivid.

Red & Blue Graffiti Wall

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Black White & Pink Graffiti Wall

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I had to get a B&W in here!

A Jumble Mess

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B&W Long Hallway

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Nok Door

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Another Hole in the Wall

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Freight Elevator

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Short Hallway

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Hanging Wood

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2nd Building Stairwell

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3 thoughts on “New York Farm Colony

  1. Isn’t is…great how those abandoned buildings can be so attractive!
    I had the feeling you were hesitating between color and B&W. It IS always a dilemma, those grafitti! They look great in B&W, sure, but in some cases you just have to show the colors also, an inherent part of most grafitti. Si I was glad to see both.
    It’s funny how those run down buildings almost become happy places because of the colored grafitti!
    I really great series here!

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