Central Warehouse - Albany, NY
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Albany Central Warehouse and Storage.

This building caught fire, October 22, 2010. Upsetting. Photos of the fire on the blog and in a Flickr photoset.

The scale of this 400,000-square-foot building is mind-boggling. Floors after floors, a maze of rooms and creepy corners, an entire train station, ominous inhabitants, graffitis by the dozen, deadly pigeons, and one of the most spectacular view of Albany.

More urban explorations in the corresponding Urban Exploration collection or on my blog.

Photoset linked by All Over Albany. Steve Barnes (of TU fame) added: "Central Warehouse was built in 1927 as a “cold and dry” storage facility in the days before retailers and distributors maintained such facilities on their own. The 400,000-square-foot behemoth once held enough frozen foods to feed the Capital District a few times over, but it's been largely vacant since at least 1990. The building has been controversial since the 1980s, when a businessman and philanthropist named Richard Gerrity owned it. The deeply religious Gerrity painted a huge “Year of the Bible” sign on the building in 1983. The redecoration drew the wrath of the state Department of Transportation, which argued that the sign's size made it a clear violation of the federal Highway Beautification Act. The DOT finally prevailed over Gerrity's C.W. Associates in an out-of-court agreement, and the sign was removed in 1987. C.W. Associates declared bankruptcy in 1995, and the building passed to Trustco Bank, which acquired the property at a foreclosure auction in 1996 before selling it to Frank Crisafulli, a retired owner of a food distribution company. Crisafulli bought the in 1997 for $1 plus back taxes that added up to $120,000; he sold it to the first owner you mention above."

DISCLAIMER: Some of the places explored here are neither open to the public nor particularly safe. In addition to the legal risks, you will likely encounter hazardous waste, crumbling structures, and potentially both human and animal inhabitants. A warning from the police is one thing, but breaking one’s neck is another. Should you decide to explore such environments, I would suggest you do some research. Scout from a distance and make sure the location is environmentally safe and structurally sound. Pack water, a flashlight, masks, a knife, a cellphone, and one or two people you trust, and let friends know where you are. Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.
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