Archive for January, 2011

Air Force 763

Written by Concrete on . Posted in Concrete, Military, Niagara

A relic from the age of missiles, AFRS (Air Force Radio Station) Cambria was the command center for the Niagara region’s rocket program. While not a launch site itself, Cambria was still the largest of the bases, with barracks for the entire 763rd who served around Niagara county, a school, a gym and drill building, a computer center, and a (very) hardened bunker, the only building on base we couldn’t get in. Inexplicably, the main road through the base is a Unicorn Drive; this probably had some military significance at the time, but now it’s a weird aside.

The Fightin’ 763d

The gym; I wonder why the apartment complex that sprung up from the barracks didn’t make use of it?

Military precision required every specification to be spelled out specifically and thoroughly and precisely.

There is a sign on EVERYTHING. Even when it is absolutely wrong.

The closest thing we could find to a bunker

I’m glad I didn’t work in IT here

The bunker building as it must have looked at one time. This mural is hiding in the dark in the server room…

We Are Concrete

Written by Concrete on . Posted in Concrete, Rochester, Underground

Somehow, on the night of January 17th, we found ourselves back in the tunnels of Iola, with little else but ambition and a bottle of Jim Beam. (Try it sometime. Ambition and Jim Beam are probably listed as essential ingredients in any anarchist’s cookbook, with all it did for us!) Somewhere along the line, the idea came up to make exits at each building, then use the tunnels as a secret passage for some sort of event. Thinking about it, we decided with mostly sarcasm the event had to be a rave. There would be a practice round, and pending a success on that, an all out rager in just 3 weeks!

And so with subwoofers and colored lights, we began the transformation. This is the Green Room, likely to be the base of our next event

Now they know where to find us…
Fuck Yeah!


Great balls of fire! Luigi would be proud.

Somewhere not long after this I became far too drunk to take any more photos. You’ll just have to take our word, or show up a week from Saturday. February 5, the night before Super Sunday! Expect an eclectic crowd, abundant paint, music from DJs Clownbaby and CMPLX_NY, and an all night subterranean blast, from the Concrete Collective: your connection to the underground.

The Worst Day Since Yesterday

Written by Concrete on . Posted in Industrial, Institutional, Rochester

What better way to escape from Laura than skipping a few classes and going exploring on a Monday? First location was back at Sykes Datatronics again, I’m hoping I got a different look at it this time around?


After that, we returned to the ever more interesting Iola Sanitarium, for building #7 this time

I suspect these were some sort of holding cells. Building #7 found use after Iola closed as an office for the county department of Corrections.

At the end of this basement was a cinderblocked-off doorway. Ever the curious (and frustrated) one, I threw a poorly aimed brick, that made a hole in the brittle drywall next to the door. Inspired, we rammed the rest of the way through, and found what we never thought would see the light of day again:
Tunnels. Tunnels with lights on.
This was about to get interesting. Unfortunately I had to get back to home and Laura, so the rest of this will have to wait.