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Fluid Dynamics 204

Written by Concrete on . Posted in Fuck It Tour, Industrial, Niagara

And, just a week after Staten Island, the chance came again! Two noted explorers this time, the legendary NAN, and Buffalo’s Zephyr, both active UERers who I’m sure just met up with me to be nice, but still made a good afternoon of it. One of the rules we’d agreed on, which I respect from these people, is that we could only go to places that I’ve already been to, so I wouldn’t release any information on account of them, and so we’d know in advance that they would be places I could get into. With both of them already having had their fill of Buffalo (and me not knowing about the best spots in town, apparently,) we decided on Niagara Falls and the Tesla power plant, which has always been one of my favorites since coincidentally discovering it a few summers ago while lost in the area.

This place never gets old.

After that, we tried to get into the abandoned Fallsview Hotel (which I was at once a couple of summers ago), but there wasn’t any way to get in at my level, and I kind of thought one of the cars going round and round the block was a bit suspicious. Neither of them were particularly happy that we didn’t get in, especially with a window 5 feet up and wide open, but I tried my best to hide that I was afraid to try (and especially afraid to fail at) climbing in. So they decided we’d go to Lockport instead, and go to whatever was left of Flintkote. There was a fresh new fence with some barbed wire around two sides of the place, but the rest was wide open at least.

The whole ride back home was an hour and a half long interview from Nan. Neither of us could fit a minute of silence in edgewise, as soon as I finished what I had to say there’d be another question. Almost like a therapy session or something. I didn’t really mind, but I feel like I ought to mention this, considering that she blocked me yesterday for “talking too much”. Meh. Seemed like a good enough trip to me.

Call It A Comeback

Written by Concrete on . Posted in Fuck It Tour, Institutional, New York City

Between the disastrous start in Cincinnati and a similarly fruitless trip to Binghamton (where at least I had people, but no places to go, and forgot my camera on top of it all), things weren’t exactly looking great for my Fuck It Tour by the time I got a last minute invitation to meet a real explorer and check out a few places. Once I was convinced he was more than just a legendary troll, I booked my ticket and took my chances, arriving in New York on one of the coldest mornings of the year, and finding my host in Brooklyn after just one wrong turn in the subway system, in his Brooklyn apartment he shared with some wonderfully gregarious chihuahuas.

Waiting would be the order of the day… I thought we would spend most of our time exploring, but first we’d have to wait for everyone I was supposed to meet to be accounted for, and then beyond that, for the one person with a car to finally come in from New Jersey — only 6 hours after I got there, we were finally ready though, and went to the one New York City location “at my level”: the Staten Island Farm Colony. It’s about as trashed as places can get, and out of the way enough to probably be the only place we would go all day, but at least it’s something.

Even here… UER truly does rule the exploring world.

A wild explorer appears! (This alone is a huge improvement over my last few trips…)

Every building looks about the same. As far as asylums go, this isn’t a highlight by any means.

At least we had a beautiful winter hour to see it before it got dark (and we still missed most of the property, let alone the hospital across the street)

I think the roofs were the best part, actually.

The rest of the weekend was more or less a disaster. A few other people had plans to meet up with me, but I couldn’t reach any of them, and spent the rest of Saturday and most of Sunday sitting around waiting, wasting my time in New York, at least in terms of exploring. I hardly even care though. I found people to meet up with, went there, explored, and came back. And the way things have gone lately, that’s more than I should ever have hoped for. And I get to do it all again next week!