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May. 11th, 2010 | 02:18 am
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
posted by: dark_fetus in abandonedplaces

Some time ago I posted about a location called "The Pines Inn".
At the time I posted my entry, I stated that I did so only half-heartedly...
I felt that the quality of most of my images from the Pines were of very poor quality,
though the location was interesting enough to warrant a post nonetheless.

Long story short, I returned there with Christina to capture the place properly.
We were not prepared for how deteriorated the place had become, both due to vandals and nature...



The following is a revised version of the description I gave with my original post...

The Pines Inn currently lays dormant in the woods of northern NJ.
Once a retirement home, it now sits empty, overlooking a scenic lake.
Though abandoned only recently, the inn has quickly fallen into disrepair.
A massive leak in the roof is slowly disintegrating the structure from the top down,
in addition vandals have ransacked most of the bottom floor and defaced nearly every wall...
It is also obvious by the missing baseboard heaters and removed radiators,
that scavengers have discovered the place as well.

I have found out that the facility was closed down in 2008, due to numerous fire regulation issues.
After giving several warnings, the fire department was eventually forced to condemn the inn.



I noticed while there that an unusual amount of personal belongings had been left behind.
Clothing, furniture, books, trinkets, photo albums, Christmas cards, even personal mail...
Cleaned dishes sit stacked next to the sink, never having been put away.
This all makes me curious as to the nature in which the elderly residents were removed.




























































































































































- Old images of the Pines Inn -



*Please note that though I feel it important to NEVER remove anything from a location,
I did take these few photographs and pamphlets from the Pines to scan and include in this entry.
My reasoning was that these images strongly drive home the idea of what this place used to be not long ago.
To me they served a higher purpose being shown here with the images, than lying on the wet floor.
I am truly sorry if anyone finds this a poor action on my part.*

























The following video was filmed by Christina (deadgirl1307), and edited by the both of us...
Watch in HD if you can.







As always, thank you for your time.
~Rusty


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Grygon

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from: grygon
date: May. 11th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
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you missed a quote mark in some html up there and it's messing up everything that comes after it.

but the pics i CAN see, so far, are wonderful. so much stuff left behind!

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Grygon

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from: grygon
date: May. 11th, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
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fast fix! :)

i love the oddity of the two wishbones being left on the fire extinguisher. and that poor dead animal, i would have taken it home.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 11th, 2010 06:35 am (UTC)
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I always check the post when I put it up... hence the quick fix.

As for the dead raccoon, it smelled awful.
I assure you that you would not have wanted to take it home. Haha...

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deranged seeing-eye bitch

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from: lady_sesstra
date: May. 11th, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
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Thank you for sharing, this was lovely to look at. I think that the pamphlets and photos that you saved really added to your post.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 11th, 2010 06:59 am (UTC)
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I really had a hard time with taking the few items I did...
It's just that I really thought they fleshed-out the entry and were a good connecting point.
I'm happy that you liked them, thank you.

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honeybee.

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from: heyskeleton
date: May. 11th, 2010 06:48 am (UTC)
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This is amazing. It really does make you wonder, with the amount of belongings left behind, how the residents were removed. It's like time just stopped. Part of me would love to try and return things to their owners or their families.

Thanks for sharing!

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 11th, 2010 07:02 am (UTC)
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Thank you, and I can relate with the want to return the personal belongings to their proper owners.
The problem is just that there is so much mixed together, and most is un-marked as to the owner.

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aquarian_days

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from: aquarian_days
date: May. 11th, 2010 06:56 am (UTC)
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I also find it interesting and more than a little sad that so many personal belongings were left behind. It's not like people living in these retirement homes have much left to their names, and to force them to leave behind even more of their belongings--and ones with sentimental value like the letters and cards--is rather cruel.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 11th, 2010 07:03 am (UTC)
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It's awful, I saw entire albums of old black and white photos.
People's lifetimes left in a rotting building...

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 11th, 2010 07:15 am (UTC)
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It gets worse as time goes on...
If I ever run into someone with a can of spray paint,
they will be leaving with it... I let you figure out where.

That music box actually turned on when Christina walked into the room.
I guess it still had some tension and the bump of the opening door freed it...

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þeof in þystro

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from: mothwing
date: May. 11th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
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Amazing post! Incredible that this place has only been abandoned for two years. It's also sad to think that the residents were moved out without taking their stuff with them, I wonder who thought that was a bright idea.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 11th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
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I assume that they were allowed only a set number of boxes or suitcases...
However, I'm sure that no one would have thought that the stuff left behind would be lost forever.

Shame.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 11th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
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The first time we visited it, the flower centerpieces were still there,
and the chairs were all pushed in...

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lilyflowering

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from: lilyflowering
date: May. 11th, 2010 08:46 am (UTC)
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wow, amazing photos, like others said it is so strange that there are so many belongings left behind. I guess I'm also surprised vandals haven't stolen a lot of it. I've been taking photos of a few abandoned places around where I live but they were easily accessed- do you get nervous you might get caught and charged with breaking an entering? There is an old abandoned hospital hear here that I really want to get in to but its boarded up... and if someone came apon me I don't think it would go down so well...

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 11th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
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What we do we often do "illegally"...
That being said, we still do it.
If what you do is done with good intentions, you have nothing to regret.

This place was completely devoid of security though, so it was actually a relaxed trip.
The old asylums are a different story...

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Aimee || Niña || Dora

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from: x_serendipitous
date: May. 11th, 2010 08:52 am (UTC)
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Oh. Books ]: Books and photos left behind make me sad.
Although, anything left behind makes me sad.
I still find it very hard to grasp that people can just leave things behind

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 11th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
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I don't think that most of the stuff was left by choice... :(

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Katie

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from: katiefoolery
date: May. 11th, 2010 08:59 am (UTC)
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There's so much stuff left behind! Some of the rooms look like they're waiting for their resident to come back from lunch or something. And I loved that dark pic of the dining hall - it seriously looks as though it's just waiting for someone to turn on the lights and clean up for the breakfast service.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 11th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
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It was eerie, though the vandalism broke the mood on the bottom floor...
You can only be so somber with giant penises spray-painted next to you.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 11th, 2010 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Why thank you.
I lose hope sometimes as well,
especially when I so often see the disrespect people have for other people's things.

I try to remember that I'm there to show people what's going on,
and that the vandalism is a pitiful part of it...

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Ambiguous Jack Blaidd.

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from: mor_tymhestlog
date: May. 11th, 2010 10:33 am (UTC)
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I really like this set and I just want to echo that I think its strange and sad that the old people couldn't take their stuff with them. The people in the photographs you saved seem very happy to be there, though, which is nice to see.

As always, beautifully shot and wonderfully approached - sorry I can't say more constructive things, I have a sleepy head.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 11th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
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Aww... well thanks for commenting, even with the sleepy head.

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☯☂☢⌘

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from: roseyfuture
date: May. 11th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
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thanks rusty aka dark_fetus.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 11th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
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Yea yea, picked the LJ name when I was like 17...
I don't want to change it because too many people know it,
so I accept the fact that I'm stuck with it.

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mambolica

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from: mambolica
date: May. 11th, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
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The deterioration is absolutely shocking. The water damage alone is awful, which hints at the cut corners and lack of interest in the upkeep of the facility beyond outward appearances. It's a shame about the vandals, but it was bound to happen eventually. Thanks for posting.

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Rusty Tagliareni

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from: dark_fetus
date: May. 11th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
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It's incredible how fast a leaking roof can topple a building...

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