New-York City. 8th April 2006, a grey and rainy day.
I am lying down in the woods for half an hour with my guides, waiting for the security patrol to go.
My poncho is not waterproof anymore, torn by the bushes we crawled through to get here.
A small noise. Nick's phone is vibrating. "Hold on guys, they're leaving soon".
Motts is already inside with Jay - and has been for a couple of hours, from before dawn probably.
We wait. I am definitely soaked. Another noise. This one gets louder. The first car is leaving. We see them driving 10m away, but they don't see us.
"Go go go!". We run, cross the road, reach the boarded doors, drop the bags and crawl into the basement. And again that noise. A second car leaving the place.
Too late baby, we're in!
This historic district consists of approximately 320 acres of forested land, surrounding the buildings of two municipal institutions. Construction began in 1905. Some buildings at this hospital are in use, but most of the buildings are unused and deteriorating (from www.preserve.org).
The building we are exploring was opened in 1937 and used as a children hospital. Archives, wheelchairs, obsolete medical equipment, everything is left here. Afters hours of exploring, we escape stealthy and safely the location, and head towards an abandoned jail. But this is another story...
"I taste like the dreams of the mad children", one can read on the hospital walls...
I'm currently writing a book about Sea View and the nurses who worked there. I'm looking to talk with anyone who worked there, was a patient or knew anyone who was a patient. Please contact me through my website: www.seaviewtbstories.com.
Jeff, Children's Hospital is just one of the buildings on Sea View property. I was built in 1938, not as old as the other buildings that were built in 1912.
Since it is a children's hospital, it was located as far as possible from the TB sanatarian, expecially since Sea View had a couple hundred acres of land.
Hope this clears up your querie.
I'm planning on going here this weekend, I've done extensive research and still don't know how to get in. Is there a path or what? Someone reply ASAP.
Visited the NYC Farm Colony across the street this passed weekend. Definitely going to have to give this section of the grounds a good look. There is just so much its hard to see everything.
I was there last year. Just to be clear, it was a regular children's hospital, not a mental hospital. The TB hospital is in the four older abandoned buildings across the street from this one.
How does one get to the Childrens Ward? I'm sure you can't just drive in through the front gate. Is there a path or something? Also, is there other abandonments on the property? I know that the place is still in operation, and security is everywhere after the break-in. Thanks! Love the photos!
i always go hre at night wit friends 2 look around type fun
how good is the security here because i love f@#$c with security lol
I live in Staten Island. We have a Seaview hospital, but Seaview CHILDREN's hospital? Never heard of that.
I think Staten Island...
Just wondering exactly where this is. Im a photo student in new york, and very interested in abandoned places to take pictures in and im drawn to this place.
It is not a small straight jacket in the one photo. It is a sling for a "hoyer" lift. A mechanical device where the patient is placed on the canvas. The four corners of the canvas are attached to the hoyer lift. The patient can then be lifted from one area and placed in another if they are not mobile themselves. Awesome photos though!
Simply stunning images, and as a dedicated urban explorer myself, I think your choice of subject matter is extremely good.
These pictures are amazing! Very unique. I wish such an amazing place wasn't so far up north.
I can't stop looking through these photographs.
You definitely have my ten!
Rather disturbing, but so interesting.
I have to visit this place, some day.
If your going to visit I sugest that you better be prepared. First of I have visited there several times. The whole place is pretty spooky so everywhere is pretty cool to see. Be careful going up on the upper floors the wood gives in a whole lot. Bring flashlights, long sleeves, pants, tough boots, and alcohol for imediate disinfection if cut. Also cooperate with the hospital security if they see you. Its private property.
in going to visit. anyone have advice on finding the "best" parts?
This is perhaps the most curiously engaging script I have come across in some time. I have searched the web and except for a personal blog tag it appears to be original. I can see this line working well in film. I must add, to tag it in this place is a true waste of talent and I wish I had seen it elsewhere.
Any reflections ?
The line is tagged on the walls, scary uh?
The "small straight jacket" in the picture is NOT a straight jacket. It's a lift pad used for patients who were either too sick, or too crippled to get up on their own. The patient could be lifted and weighed, his bed changed or transferred to a stretcher or bathing station. The straps in the previous picture hook onto the pad at one end while the o-ring is hooked to an overhead jack. Two of these straps, one per side are required. Such pads were in use in hospitals in Canada until replaced with more high tech, motorized lifts within the last 5 years.
It's creepy how in the last picture it states the religion of the child.
Where did the line "I taste like the dreams of the mad children' come from?
One of the most haunting UE series I have seen.
Fantastic line: I taste like the dreams of the mad children"...I love it.
seaview was a TB sanatorium i don't believe it was ever a childrens hospital?
i'm going there next week
It's so heartbreaking to think children would need a place like this. The pics are really fantastic
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