NYC is not just tall, shiny towers and old monuments. It is also decaying factories, abandoned subway lines, deserted hospitals, asylums and schools. And all that decaying infrastructure is much beloved by NYC’s urban explorers.
Some like the adventure of it all, others thrill to the lure of the forbidden as much of what is so enticing to explore, is also officially off limits.
Often young and natural rebels, explorers glory in the abandoned buildings of NYC. Though some to these urban explorers are also urban historians fascinated by the puzzle of the purpose and intentions of the original builders.
What is certainly true is Urban Exploring, the exciting, sometimes dangerous and almost always illegal exploration of NYC’s abandoned spaces is growing in popularity.
There are now numerous books and websites that let interested people find out what it is all about and join in if they want to. See these three videos and go to http://www.quora.com/What-are-the-best-urban-exploration-spots-in-New-York-City for some great ideas on where to explore.