In 1870 the State of New York purchased land from local area farmers. In 1912, after the construction was completed, the hospital was opened boasting 32 patients. The campus began to grow at a rapid pace and soon had a total of 50 buildings. In 1959 the hospital is reported to have housed 7,000 patients.
During the 1960’s the asylum was described as overcrowded, poorly equipped, and understaffed. During this era the deinstitutionalization of psychiatric patients caused the decline of many asylums and mental hospitals. Without patients to sustain them they slowly fell into disrepair.
Today most of the buildings are empty and remain abandoned. Less than 500 patients were still housed in the facility during our visit in 2007. We managed to pass patients and ambulances on the immense half-abandoned and forgotten campus even though it was mainly deserted. Strange visions in this desolate landscape.
We explored building 25 and it contained cells, solitary seclusion rooms, a refectory and day room with strange paintings on the walls. Two sad dilapidated porches with thick steel bars are the only glimpse of the outside world patients could expect. One can only try to imagine and guess what types of mental illnesses were present in such a large facility with overcrowding.
PHOTO 20 HAS WHAT LOOKS LIKE HALF A HUMAN FIGURE IN FRONT OF THE DOOR. PRETTY NEAT
PORT CHESTER - Police said a 14-year-old boy died after falling through the roof of a vacant hospital in Port Chester overnight.The teenager fell down an elevator shaft of the former United Hospital building on Tuesday night and was taken to Greenwich Hospital, where he died, Port Chester police said. Police have not released the boy's name yet.
The exterior of the old United Hospital site on Boston Post Road in Port Chester, June 21, 2017.
Mark Vergari/The Journal News
Port Chester Police Chief Richard Conway said the boy fell about 60 feet, and that it took about two hours to pull him from the elevator shaft.
Police said they were called to the property at 406 Boston Post Road at 8:23 p.m. because youths were on the roof of the former hospital. Police said they arrived and saw seven or eight teenagers, ages 14 to 16, on the roof.
Officers used their public address system on their patrol cars to try to guide the teens down, and as officers approached the back of the building, three of the teens said their friend had fallen through a hole in the roof.
Police said they entered the building, climbed to the roof and helped the remaining teens to safety, while other officers tried to find the boy who had fallen. Police soon found the boy at the bottom of an elevator shaft, and he was pulled out around 10:40 p.m. and taken to the hospital.
I'm going to USA in September and looking for some abandoned places to visit, you have a lot of them and wow, you also visited a lot! Thanks for it, I hope at least to make some of good photos than I can find here!
i believe i know where this is located.
I saw some people claiming that there are shady figures in the photo's. I can't really see them. In photo 20 there is a shade in the picture but also a shadow at his leg or something. I figured it might have been a stick and some light reflections that created a shadowy image in the picture. I don't believe it is haunted. Nor haunted places do excist. This site looks quite creepy itself.
the general consensus here is that this is Harlem Valley State Hospital in Wingdale, NY. I've been close to it but i've never actually ventured onto the grounds because of all the signs and stuff. Plus there was a cop stalking me. To be fair, that night i had gone from HRSH to HVSH, i had already had a good night and didn't want to push my luck. This hospital is way big and the grounds are way dank. Someone told me that if you ever get in, you'll need a key cuz there are a lot of locked doors.
Is this place still standing? also what is the name of it?
Can someone please explain why this place is such a well kept secret?
Abandoned hospitals are probably the greatest places to visit. I'm jealous!
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Hope that you will appreciate it!
hey, im millie, 13 years old and like watching scary movies like Saw, Incidious and paranormal activity... but seriously... this is really creepy cos in various pics u see faint shadows or people in the corridors or backgrounds... its really scary. Are they actually real? I dunno but something is out there... something we aint seen before.
Go in the tunnels. The ppl who spy wish they could
Look on photo #20. If you look down the hall there's like a black shadow figure..
do you think these are just lost spirits or actual demonic entities.? i'm just curious.
My mother worked in this hospital in the 40's as a teenager with my aunt and a close friend. The friend was excused because she fainted when they showed them the electro shock therapy. My mother said you actually stayed at the hospital in dorms and everytime the door was opened at night they'd jump up and ask who it was because they always feared it was one of the patients. She told us some funny stories and some sad ones as well and I wish she was here today to see what this beautiful but sad place has become. Spoke to my aunt today about it and she laughed, she said it was fun, scary and amzing being there.
i'm starting up my own urbex magazine and i could use some help with locations in the tri-state area. always down to collaborate with fellow explorers, would love to make this happen over the next few months. e-mail me at email@example.com if this interests you
My uncle was Head Superintendent in charge of building maintenance during the 60's. He lived on the hospital grounds in a building where there were 4 attached family dwellings (two stories tall, with attached basements), quite large in fact , for some key employees to live on site. We used to go to his "house" for holidays. After dinner, my cousins and I would walk around the grounds, very spooky, sometimes we could hear patients screaming.
-CatchMeIfUCan-... email me at firstname.lastname@example.org i am very interested... i have been shooting abandoned places in the tristate area for a couple years now and never been to this place
i have been to this place a few times and walked most of the grounds, havent seen security yet, but my 1st time there a foreman told me to leave because they were in the middle of construction. Anyways im looking for someone to maybe show me around a lil more that i already know, i usally try to learn more about the buildings before entering just incase i need to change my exit, but with all the construction i would like to get together with maybe another Urbex'r to shoot this place before its to late! -CatchMeIfUCan-
The back door is now open. THe cops are gone. Park past the road blocks and you should be fine.
Integra I wouldn't talk if I were you.
OK, I usually let most things roll off my shoulders, but what you said to Walter just didn't set right with me.
Also, I don't think you're a real "cop". The real deal would NEVER say anything like what you just said. Oh,by the way. If you are wondering how I know how a "cop" responds to comments like the one Walter wrote. The Utah State Police Department has access to my computer. So, they know I've been to this site, which also means that they know what you said. Take my advice to stay out of trouble & this goes for everyone: "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."
Yes, it's still standing. And, if you know what/where it is, you can find it on Google Maps. As the website owner would like it to remain an anonymous location - and it would be no fun anyway, if I spoiled it.
But... I already gave you all a hint. You can find it on Google Maps still. Unlike for instance the buildings at Pilgrim State that have been demolished.
SIDE NOTE, CRAIG IS WRONG ON THE LOCATION. I've been to this place, and I have confirmed with those who posted the images above what the location is (which is how I know they want to keep it secret) - and matched it to an aerial photograph of the place. So... there's another hint. It's not Dutchess County anything.
Perhaps you being very wrong on the location will also help push you towards being more polite on an otherwise very polite website.
And once again to Sylvain, thanks for the wonderful pictures (and confirming my guess way back when).
has it been demo'ed or is it still standing and if it is stand standing what is the security like?
i would love to photograph it.
We all love the pictures of Hospital X and also along the way the ones of Morristown Hospital For the Insane in the this forum.True I did not ask to be dumped in there or born there but then again,niether did any of my friends either.You all truely brought out the sides of those places in such a way it only shows beauty but no one will ever be able to figure out a fucking thing about what we all went through or be able to put a locationable finger on what might have gone on from one to another at all.All 10 of us sharing my computer only say"Thank You" for making our lives easier,relaxing,and a little bit more dealably insane with the knowledge,per every time its time to visit the shrink we are not crazy,only having a blast being.
hey i was just wondering if demo has started here...was here many years ago, was just wondering what the status of the old place..cant seem to find any 2011 updates! thanks
hospial x iam going this weekend. an to the security that is on this site trust me when i say this stay out of my way want abe "cop"
Thank you for giving us all the precise location for this hospital. You made it far too easy to find. Also, before you start threatening people in an open forum, you should be aware that doing that is technically a misdemeanor in NYS - which is surprising to see you do, not that you present yourself as a real police official in anyway.
Just a sidenote before you make another absurd threat - IP tracing doesn't give you someone's exact location. If you actually knew what you were talking about, you might be a bit more daunting - as it is now, you're just a joke.
I'm going to the hospital today and spray painting Craig's name all over the walls. Stop me!
Please do us the honors of tracking me down and so that I may stick that billy club down your throat. If you were a cop you wouldn't post such a BS response. Cops have their dignity... and most of their brain cell, while you display neither of those. Have a good day if you ever read this, and may you burn in Hell for being such a waste of human flesh. :
get a grip, everyone is allowed to have an opinion
you're obviously a very narrow-minded person.
great photos, gives me slight heebie jeebies ahah
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