Chalmers Knitting Factory
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The old Chalmers Knitting Factory building in Amsterdam, NY, now abandoned. This building used to produce union suits, popular long cotton underwear, as early as the mid 1910s [1, 2, 6, 7]. It closed in the late 80s (not because of any underpants stealing gnomes, I hear). Though plans have been in the air to renovate the building into a mixed residential and commercial development [3], it seems local residents aren't so interested in this "Via Ponte" project [4, 5].

The last few photos were shot in an adjacent abandoned bar (aptly renamed "South Park Bar").

Sources:
1. underwear manufacturrs
2. The Iron age - Google Books
3. Bringing polluted property back - TU
4. City officials against historic designation for Chalmers building
5. Stand Up for the Chalmers Building « Flippin' Amsterdam NY
6. Chalmers Porosknit - Lost Landmarks
7. "Knitting mill memories" by Focus on Mohawk Valley History

Check out more from bnut, no3rdw, brit1313 and nerradk.

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

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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