Abandoned NYC

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Abandoned NYC by Will Ellis (signed copy)

Signed copy with free 8x10" print (Hardcover - 9 1/8" x 8 1/8" - 176 pages - 150 images)

$ 34.99

About the book

From Manhattan and Brooklyn's trendiest neighborhoods to the far-flung edges of the outer boroughs, I've spent the last three years photographing and researching the lost and lonely corners of the United States' most populous city. Abandoned NYC is packed with 150 large, full-color photographs of sixteen of New York's most beautiful and mysterious abandoned spaces, paired with detailed essays on the fascinating history of these forgotten sites.

A decaying auditorium on North Brother Island.

Praise for the project

"Will Ellis hauntingly captures the forsaken city in “Abandoned NYC,” a ghostly photographic album."

-The New York Times

"Ellis’s photographs lay bare the mechanics of decay with almost medical specificity."

-New York Magazine

"Photographer Will Ellis keeps the spooky wonder of the boy adventurer alive with his photos of urban ruins and rubble."

-Feature Shoot

"Ellis puts a lot of research into each location, pairing the gorgeous, gritty images with equally fascinating tales of their past."


Rays of sunshine light up the Freedom Tunnel.

What's new?

For fans of AbandonedNYC (the blog), the book includes five new locations never released online, with updated essays and new images from many of your favorites.

A ruined transfer bridge in Sunset Park's Bush Terminal.

Why buy from the author?

  1. A signature - Buying through me is the only way to get a signed copy, for what it's worth.
  2. A free print - Each book comes with an 8x10" print of one of my favorite images from the project.
  3. My gratitude - Purchasing your copy here means that more of your hard-earned money goes directly to the author—not the middle man—which helps me keep doing what I love and spend more time doing it.

A dormitory lingers on the verge of collapse in the Staten Island Farm Colony.

When will I get my book?

Please allow 2-3 business days from the date you place your order for books to be shipped.  You'll be notified via email when your order is on its way.

Ferns grow from a mossy indoor swimming pool at Grossinger's Catskills Resort.

From the back cover:

"Step inside the New York you never knew, through crumbling institutions, defunct military posts, abandoned factories, railroads, schools, and waterways.  Uncover the forgotten history of New York's most incredible abandoned spaces, and witness a seldom seen and rapidly disappearing urban landscape. Explore the ruins of the Harlem Renaissance, sift through the artifacts of massive squatter colonies, and find out how the past is literally washing up on the shores of a Brooklyn beach called Dead Horse Bay. This book is for anyone who's ever wondered what's behind the "No Trespassing" sign."

Pigeon droppings accrue in a long-abandoned Queens mental hospital.