There are many places in New York City’s borough of Queens where traces of the past linger, haunting reminders of the way things used to be, sometimes hidden and sometimes in plain sight.
This book is a visual journey through a variety of fascinating abandoned places in Queens, including the chilling Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, the meandering remains of the country’s first modern highway, and a defunct airport reclaimed by wilderness.
Because Queens is so densely populated, these abandoned places usually coexist adjacent to living, thriving locations, making for an often eerie and beautiful juxtaposition of old and new, used and unused.
From an eerie old railroad line in Forest Hills to a destroyed neighborhood in the Rockaways, the poignant images in this book are filled with context and history.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Born and raised in Queens, Richard Panchyk attended prestigious Stuyvesant High School in Lower Manhattan. It was during an elective senior year class on New York City history that he first became fascinated with the story of the Big Apple. He published his first book at age 21, and since then has authored or edited 25 books. His New York City books include: German New York City, Catholic New York City, New York City Skyscrapers, and New York City History for Kids. He has also authored four books on Long Island's history, and four books on American history.