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Jan. 5th, 2009 | 06:30 pm
posted by: thehoodwatch in abandonedplaces

This place was recently locked up within the last month and they have started to clean it up supposedly to rehab the building and put it to use. Really sad because in it's day it was absolutely the most preserved abandoned place I have ever seen (as far as what was left behind). They just left one day and left everything behind. Over the last year though I watched people vandalize and smash the place up a lot. It's a shame really. So this set is going to be like a best of.

Little history; it was a Men's clothing store/factory from the 1970s (maybe earlier) until about 1985 it seems. They made suits and trench coats mostly judging by what was left behind. They had 4 floors in this place. The bottom is a large open space that looks like a parking garage almost. The 2nd floor was little rooms, perhaps offices. That 2nd floor became a homeless squat and you can see 40oz bottles and trench coats piled up to make beds. The 3rd and 4th floor was the actual factory with tons of sewing machines, fabric, coats and jackets everywhere. The office in this place was a perfectly preserved early 1980s office with giant computers that took 8'' floppies and other primitive devices like punch cards. I should note that these were all taken before I started bringing a tripod so they are at least at 400iso and aren't as pretty as my more recent ones. You might notice the quality improves as you get farther down just since I got better at it. There are 83 photos in this set I picked out of 400. I am going to split it into 2 posts since 83 pictures is just too much for one post. But I think you need all of them to get the whole picture.





1. 2nd floor, homeless squats and graffiti...

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3. Bottom floor

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4.

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5. 3rd floor

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6.

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7.

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8. 1980s office...

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9. Punch cards...

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10. They have all the payroll records still here with each employee and how much they made...

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13. A very good year...

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14. Box of fabric swatches...

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15. This used to be the showroom, demo coats would be hanging up there I assume...

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16. In every size...

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18. Not sure what would have gone on these shelves...

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19. A whole 20ft row of boxes filled with records. I wonder if they had some IRS issues...

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21. Giant boiler or something. Maybe used to create steam for the presses...

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24. The coolest graffiti ever. This was real high up and right at such as spot that when you are leaving downtown you can see this for miles, just a giant Batman logo...

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25. Watch episode 1 of season 4 of HBO's The Wire. This alley is in the first 5 minutes of that episode...

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27. What self respecting homeless guy leaves his 40 behind...

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28. Fabric pile...

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29.

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30.

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31. 8 inchers...

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32. Checks...

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33.

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34. Swatch book...

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35. Choose your buttons...

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36. Take your measurements...

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37.

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38.

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39. Pigeon **** boot, I can taste vomit just by looking at it...

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40.

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To be continued in Part 2.





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Julio Fuckfullnames

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from: shootpplnotdope
date: Jan. 5th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
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That's funny about the 40... And the Batman tag... And the payroll records and checks...

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some simplicity

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from: somesimplicity
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
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thats pee in the bottle. you see that in LA beside the freeway all the time.

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langweilig

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from: likeamime
date: Jan. 5th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
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first of all, your post is like a breath of fresh air among the craziness that this community had to go through today.

second, damn i would have snatched all of the trenches in my size.

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hoodwatch

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from: thehoodwatch
date: Jan. 5th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
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You best believe there is one in my closet.

When I saw the madness on the front page of the community I was torn between waiting it out to post again or busting out some big guns. I had 2 more spectacular places I was holding on to. So now I only have one left.

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Marny

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from: marny
date: Jan. 5th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Incredible! Some of the pictures remind me of the ones you see of shipwrecks -- with pigeon poop (I think?) instead of barnacles

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lumnata

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from: lumnata
date: Jan. 5th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that's pretty amazing. I really liked this post. How strange that they just left, just like it is. (I showed my boyfriend. He said perhaps the aliens came for them!)

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spooky_miss

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from: spooky_miss
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
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i am always amazed at the amount of stuff that gets left behind in these kind of places. surely they (someone? anyone?) could make (or could have made) money selling that stuff, so why didn't they?

amazing pictures though, i only joined this community today but having looked back through the posts yours always seem to be excellent :)

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Sarah

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from: ghost_poop
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
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I loved this. Your pictures were fantastic. I can't wait to see round 2.

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Indoor Girl

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from: unholypassion
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
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I've worked in places that kept records like that, just in case. But, it looks like it was shut down rather abruptly. What gets me is the payroll checks still sitting there?

I can't help but think how that clothing could have been given to charity, or homeless shelters.

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hoodwatch

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from: thehoodwatch
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
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Seeing as it was a homeless hangout I'm surprised I never saw any bums wearing the coats. They just seemed to use them to make beds.

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ice has stolen my week from me

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from: nuclearfootball
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
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Freaking amazing, especially the old records.

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crescent fresh

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from: kickuintheb0x
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
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I always enjoy your posts because even though the places are abandonded, you have a way of giving them a phantom sense of life. Like we can faintly hear the sound of the sewing machines stitching away, or the sound of metal hangers being slid across the rods. It's a delightful brand of creepy.

I'm always shocked by the amount of paperwork and records people leave behind. You would think that someday down the road, the former owners might need to have old tax forms and payroll records in a safe place. I love it, though, when a place looks like everyone just up and left in a hurry, taking nothing with them.

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hoodwatch

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from: thehoodwatch
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
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Not sure if this is the case for this place. But sometime when places go out of business or are abandoned for a long time I think they give the building over to the city so they don't have to pay taxes. This may also help them avoid other such problems. A recent search came up with this place being owned by some company in New York but maybe that was just the last known owner.

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the_candylions

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from: the_candylions
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
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Oh, my goodness. That's beautiful. The inside has to be the most intact, chaotic preservation of a burned-out factory that I've seen. I'd kill for one of those trenchcoats.

Shame to think I wouldn't have found this page if the community hadn't been featured. Double-edged sword, since it'll be flooded soon enough.

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libellule_morte

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from: libellule_morte
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
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gracious! i hope SSN's weren't left in those record boxes! what a treasure trove that place is. wonderful photos, and a really great find.

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hoodwatch

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from: thehoodwatch
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
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Oh there were tons of SSNs left behind.

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where is this?

from: cmh910
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
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is this in baltimore? if so i have been there, and it is amazing!

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midnight21

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from: midnight21
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
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If it was women's clothes, I'd be grabbing a lot of them. and scoop up the buttons for any replacement necessary. Another interesting abandoned place!

I feel sorry for the people who didn't get the checks though.

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hoodwatch

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from: thehoodwatch
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
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It's possible they were returned checks. Back in the day the bank would eventually send them back to you for your own records.

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.•:*¨¨*:•.baby's looking torn and frayed.•:*¨¨*:•.

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from: secrets_n_lies
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
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wow these pics are amazing

it always amazes me how people can just pick up and leave everything behind, it's so spooky!

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sukie

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from: sukieseven
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
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these are amazing. i felt as if i was there with you! i wanna vintage trench! and all those records left behind...mind boggling. very cool. i enjoyed these a lot.

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Rheavon

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from: rheavon
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
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Too bad all those clothes couldn't go to like charity or something. However, if I was homeless, this would be my haven I'd imagine.

Great place.

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Eilidh

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from: ashechan
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
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I'm usually rubbish at posting comments on entries but I have to say I've adored all your posts so far! This place is amazing! I don't think I could've resisted taking a couple of rolls of fabric, some coats (those look like some damn nice coats! Do you have a picture of one from the front?) and the sheets of buttons. And I love the sewing machine!

Can you tell I sew? XD

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Eilidh

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from: ashechan
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
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Oh and were the coats the finished products? Or were they in the making? They look pretty finished from the photos.

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JJ_MacCrimmon

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from: jj_maccrimmon
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
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Absolutely incredible find! The photos are tremendous. I genuinely can't imagine it being left like that for so long with so much remaining. Wow!

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miss_tami_lee

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from: miss_tami_lee
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 01:24 am (UTC)
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I really like the shot of the buttons & in #29 the bags look like rushing water to me :)

I bet your photos would do great on Redbubble

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operatic_diva

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from: operatic_diva
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
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Loved number 7, in fact loved the whole set. More amazing work!

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realbruts

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from: realbruts
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
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My favorite is #40 - hard to pick though... wonderful pictures of a cool place!!

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dextronaut;

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from: avalonpolo
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
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11.
petropoulous is so close to my last name
thats weird.
haha

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ellerose

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from: rawr_its_roonie
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)
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this is fascinating! i wonder what happened; they seem to have just up and left in the middle of the day...

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Declan

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from: mnvettech
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
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That is a truly fantastic find,that is what I hope to see stepping back in time.

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countessof_roth

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from: countessof_roth
date: Jan. 6th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
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That once fabulous industrial sewing machine in ruins breaks my HEART!! :-*(

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Mkazasquaw

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from: morgi
date: Jan. 7th, 2009 03:06 am (UTC)
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I know, I'd love one of those :(

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