When it comes to New York’s old ruins, there’s truly something magical that draws us in. Whether it be their beautiful architectural structure or the fact that they’ve stood the tests of time and remain here today to remind of us all that once was, you’ll always find yourself wanting to explore these places. Filled with interesting history and stories from earlier times, these 9 unbelievable ruins in New York will transport you to the past:
1. Overlook Mountain House, Woodstock
Just before you reach the summit of Overlook Mountain, you'll find the popular resting spot of New York's adventurers on their way to the top. Once the site of a hotel, several properties on this land experienced fires playing a major part in its downfall. Sold to the state in 1940, this area which was once popular and known for its fabulous resorts, has now become abandoned.
2. Bannerman Castle, Pollepel Island
Accessible by boat, this interesting island can be right on the Hudson River! Once used as a military supply warehouse, the beautiful ruins of the Bannerman Castle can be viewed all the way from the Metro-North Railroad. While many parts of the castle have been destroyed, you can now take tours of the island and ruins today.
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3. The ruins of Aurora Inn, Aurora
Beautifully resting on the shores Cayuga Lake you'll find these incredibly picturesque ruins right behind the Aurora Inn. The unique ruins have always fascinated our residents and some have even chosen to celebrate their weddings here, taking fairy tale worthy photos alongside what remains.
4. Fort Tilden, Breezy Point
Former installation of the United States Army, you can find these urban ruins that have been taken over by its environment since the late 1970's on the Rockaway Peninsula. The area itself has become a popular beach spot, drawing in urban explorers to venture through the land and abandoned buildings.
5. Fort Crown Point, Crown Point
Right up near the border of Vermont you can find this gorgeous fortress that will take your breath away. Built back in the mid 1700's and used as a fort by the British, the site was donated to the State of New York in 1910.
6. The Ruins of the New York World's Fair, Queens
Right in the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park you'll find the remains of the memorable New York World's Fair from the 1960's. The weird spaceship-like design was meant to attract visitors of the fair and remind them of the future, funky!
7. Mt. Beacon Ruins, Fishkill
A relatively short hike up to the top of this mountain will bring you to the remains of the Mount Beacon Incline Railway powerhouse. Giving you jaw-dropping views of the Hudson Highlands area, paired with the nostalgic ruins are sure to leave you with an unforgettable hike!
8. Rochester Abandoned Subway, Rochester
Operating in Rochester from 1927 to 1956, in recent years much debate has been had over exactly what should happen to this abandoned site. While some of our states residents want the underground ruins to be completely demolished, others have hopes of an underground walkway being built that would also include a museum of sorts.
9. The Ruins of Northgate, Cold Spring
Waiting for you in the luscious woods of Hudson Highlands State Park, you'll find the remains of a gorgeous estate on a 5-mile loop on the Cornish Estate Trail. In 1917 the Cornish family bought the 650-acre plot which had the estate you now see pictured above, built by the previous owner. In the late 1960's the property became a part of the Hudson Highlands park, helping to ensure that what was left of the property would remain there as long as it was willing to stand.
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