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Jan. 16th, 2013 | 09:49 pm
posted by: thehoodwatch in abandonedplaces





Technically this is not abandoned, it's very active, but it's still urban exploration so I figured I would post it anyway. This was an under construction 34 story residential building. When we got here maybe the first 5 stories had drywall and glass on the outside but the rest were barren like you see in these photos. I'm not actually sure which floor these were taken on because it's possible they later added floors above where this was. My friends went a week earlier and their "roof" was this floor which obviously has another level above it. This place was pretty sketchy and intimidating, having lights and power on weirds me out so I normally stay away from active stuff. There was a security car on the ground with a guy in it we could see through the fence. However the design of the building made it so the worker's elevators actually blocked his field of vision. We parked the car and snuck down an alley next to this place. There were no doors on the bottom yet so we slid right in and up many flights of stairs. Once you got past a certain floor it had drywall interiors and these crazy industrial heaters on each level with flames inside blasting out intense heat. I'm surprised they would leave such things running when no one was around, seems like a fire hazard. Once we got about 3 floors from the top the stairwells ended and all that was left was a crazy ladder system going from floor to floor. Kind of wish I took a picture of it but we were kind of rushing through this. The ladders were bolted to plywood that was just sitting across beams with nothing but several floors of open space below them. The only thought I had was at least they are new and in good shape, not like an abandoned building, so I figured we could trust them. So up the ladders we went to the top. There did not appear to be any stairwells with doors leading to a roof so I imagine maybe this was not destined to be the very top floor. We spent about 30 minutes up here taking pictures. It was rainy and very foggy out so I didn't get the greatest shots but you get the point.

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These photos are a month and a half old so I would be curious to know what it looks like at this point in time.



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Barking at the wind

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from: evil_little_dog
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
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These are very cool.

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Insanity Incarnate

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from: shadowgate
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 03:24 am (UTC)
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Amazing shots! I love the photos you took they are simply amazing! You've got me curious now as to what it now looks like!

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Alex

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from: failuresofine
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 03:25 am (UTC)
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That's way cool, though I think my vertigo would kick in pretty hard at that height, lol. But those are great shots of the city, really awesome to see from this sort of vantage point. :)

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Karen

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from: unhipster
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 03:48 am (UTC)
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Cool photos! What city is this in?

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Using stars as icecubes in my moonlight punch

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from: kaelstra
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 03:54 am (UTC)
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Ah, so pretty!

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Transitioning into liminal space

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from: stormdog
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 04:16 am (UTC)
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A neat experience. I'm envious.

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bugeyedmonster

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from: bugeyedmonster
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 04:45 am (UTC)
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Lovely pictures. What a great outside view as well.

And I hope someone later (after taking pictures of course) told the security company about the blind spot. Some folks won't go in just to take pictures, they'll go in to steal copper tubing and the likes. Bad folks ruining it for the rest of us.

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worst-case-scenario girl

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from: facecat
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
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Oh dear God I get the heebie jeebies just looking Not a fan of heights.

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Kathy

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from: kathygnome
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad I'm not the only one.

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Inigo Montoya

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from: graveyardgirl7
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
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Right! I'm not even phobic of heights per se but I always wonder how anyone can be truly comfortable way up on a ledge, or at the edge of a cliff and the like. Like those daredevil mountain climbers, how do they do it??? I guess to them the thrill outweighs the fear...

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Aisling

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from: aislingde
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 06:34 am (UTC)
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Great pictures - now at home I can really enjoy the pictures.

But when I checked LJ from my mobil the preview picture took so much time to download...

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Jules

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from: cptlbryant
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 07:04 am (UTC)
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Incredible photos! I love the view of the city. I would never be able to go up there myself. Too afraid of heights.

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captainca

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from: captainca
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 07:21 am (UTC)
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imhilien

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from: imhilien
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 09:02 am (UTC)
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Lovely pictures of the city...

*squeaks at the height*

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Evil Inside

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from: an_taro
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 09:13 am (UTC)
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>http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8364/8260661256_33163b4d9f_o.jpg

"cyberpunk is here"

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 09:17 am (UTC)
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The view there is awesome!!

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Jeffrey, Jeff, or Jeffy

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from: jvmatucha
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 10:42 am (UTC)
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Awesome photos! I think #7 is my fave. Where is this though? Tell us what city this is!!!

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loli_cat

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from: loli_cat
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
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My bet's on Baltimore.

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from: _hearmyvoice
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 01:58 pm (UTC)
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It's Philadelphia, everyone. :)

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Scary Sue

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from: fantomeq
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 02:54 pm (UTC)
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That is one hell of a view. How did it feel to stand on the ledge?

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hoodwatch

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from: thehoodwatch
date: Jan. 18th, 2013 03:13 am (UTC)
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Surprisingly not that big of a deal.

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Elle

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from: collectively
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
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Wow, the cityviews are amazing; I love them. Thanks for sharing.

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i'm gonna be the king of the yak drivers

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from: deadish
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 05:20 pm (UTC)
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amazing views! and totally scary, seeing you on the edge there several times...

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Chii

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from: faithful_summer
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Very cool! I always love/cringe at the photos taking of people standing on the edge of something at such a dizzying height that just looking at the photos make my palms sweat.

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Inigo Montoya

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from: graveyardgirl7
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
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All of the lights!!!

But no really what a gorgeous, terrifying view...

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prizewheel

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from: prizewheel
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
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These photos make me want to grab hold of you and pull you back inside..

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Karen

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from: byrons_brain
date: Jan. 17th, 2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
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WOW your photographs are amazing....

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zofia333

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from: zofia333
date: Jan. 18th, 2013 01:52 am (UTC)
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Hehe, what prizewheel said! Get away from the edge, man! But fantastic pix. Thanks for sharing.

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Nellie

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from: jade_noir
date: Jan. 18th, 2013 02:24 am (UTC)
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Wow these are truely amazing pictures. I've never seen Philadelphia from that angle. It must have been exciting and beautiful but The guys in the photos look so gloomy!

If you have any suggestions for places to explore in Philly too...

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hoodwatch

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from: thehoodwatch
date: Jan. 18th, 2013 03:14 am (UTC)
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Well it was wet and cold and very nerve racking.

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velvetvonblack

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from: velvetvonblack
date: Jan. 18th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
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ewww ngggggh too high

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elnegr

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from: elnegr
date: Jan. 18th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
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Miasette

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from: miasette
date: Jan. 19th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Actually I think the weather lends atmosphere to your photos. I really like them.

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kaylese

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from: cheeseandjoe
date: Jan. 21st, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful. I love the combination of all the types of lights--buildings/streetlights/car headlights/gas station lights. Oh, & the height doesn't bother me at all like a lot of people on here. I guess I'm one of the crazy ones.

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dolorsufrir

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from: dolorsufrir
date: Mar. 13th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
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Ahh, these make me miss Philly

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