New Jersey https://urbexobsession.com/region_US_New_Jersey en Greystone Park Psychiatric https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Greystone_Park <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Greystone Park Psychiatric</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 09/08/2011 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">As a result of the constant lobbying and persistence of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothea_Dix" target="_blank">Dorothea Lynde Dix</a>, a nurse advocating for better care of the mentally ill, the New Jersey State Lunatic Asylum was opened on August 18, 1876. A tract of land, 743 acres in size, was purchased in 1871 and 1872, and construction began on the new 673,706 square foot facility.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Designed for a maximum of 600 patients, it was alleged to have held the record for largest continuous foundation up until completion of the Pentagon in 1943. The layout of the building utilized the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirkbride_Plan" target="_blank">Kirkbride Plan</a>, and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Story_Kirkbride" target="_blank">Thomas Kirkbride</a> himself was involved in the construction. Each ward was to have 20 patients, and featured a dining room, exercise room and parlor. Most wards had wool rugs that ran their entire length. Victorian stuffed furniture, pianos, curtains, and fresh flowers further added to the pleasant, restful environment that Kirkbride envisioned for the patients. Wards for more difficult patients, however, were less lavishly appointed.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">When it opened, 292 patients were transferred from the overcrowded hospital in Trenton, NJ. Within 4 years, however, the number of patients swelled to around 800. In 1887, exercise rooms and attics were converted to create additional rooms. In 1901, a Dormitory Building was constructed, and the dining rooms on each floor were also converted for additional bed space.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">By 1914, despite having expanded its capacity to 1,600, the number of patients actually exceeded 2,412.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">In 1924, the facility was renamed Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. Three years later, the Curry Building was constructed to handle administration and reception, freeing up space in the centre section for more beds. The population reached its peak by 1953 with a staggering 7,674 patients, largely as a result of post-traumatic stress disorders stemming from World War II.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">With the advent of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorazine" target="_blank">Thorazine</a> and the concept of deinstitutionalizing patients, numbers finally began to wane by the 1970's. In 1975, the Clinic Building was closed, and the following year saw closure of the Curry Building. All patients had been removed from the Kirkbride main building by 1988, and the Dormitory Building was closed in 1992.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">Stories of sexual assaults, suicides, patient pregnancy, and the escape of a twice-convicted rapist are largely credited along with the age of the building as the reasons for its final closure by 2003.</p> <p class="text-align-justify"><b>UPDATE October 16, 2015:</b> Demolition of the main building has been completed.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="field field--name-field-videos-embed field--type-video-embed-field field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Videos</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/50FM_ZsBspg?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="field__item"><div class="video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gw2IXw2Bwlo?autoplay=1&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=358&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="TbksAA5s3_t4Mi-rcn0e30YGPjEwbDEM-x2u3926eXg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 358 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Greystone_Park#comments Sandy Hook https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Sandy_Hook <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Sandy Hook</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/1" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mike</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 08/30/2011 - 15:15</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep01 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>History: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Sandy Hook has a rather impressive array of military history from various periods to look at. One of the most prominent, Fort Hancock, was a coastal defense installation built in 1895. It's primary function was to assist in the defense of New York Harbour. From 1874 until 1919, it oversaw operations at the Sandy Hook Proving Ground which was used to test cannon designs and accuracy from the Civil War until 1919.. In 1893, the US's first <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearing_gun" target="_blank">disappearing gun</a> battery was installed here and named Battery Potter.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">During the Cold War, Sandy Hook was also home to a US Army <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nike" target="_blank">Nike</a> missile site. The military reservation was decommissioned in 1974.</p> <hr /><p class="text-align-justify"><strong>Personal Commentary: </strong></p> <p class="text-align-justify">Another insanely hot day on my vacation, and being near the water wasn't much of a help, particularly in the inland side of the hook. Wandering along the beach I was able to find concrete emplacements that were once mounts for anti-aircraft guns. The buildings remaining to Fort Hancock are beginning to show their age and are in need of some upkeep. Osprey nest in the chimneys of many of the old houses, and Park Rangers are definitely in abundance.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">On the seaward side, however, I found the larger gun emplacements fenced off from the public. Despite this, I was able to get in closer for some photos, thanks to my small rabbit guide, but didn't want to remain in the open for long.</p> <p class="text-align-justify">This is a great place to explore, despite its public nature. I'll have to back again as there is much I wasn't able to see given the heat. Another rabbit guide did, however, show me the way to the above-mentioned proving ground.</p> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-sep02 field--type-text field--label-hidden field__item"><hr /></div> <section class="field field--name-field-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=364&amp;2=field_comment&amp;3=comment" token="2zfWgTJRpf7Y4TiH7lZV-b5_O7xCXUNdJP5DNC9Lg6o"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 19:15:00 +0000 Mike 364 at https://urbexobsession.com https://urbexobsession.com/gallery_Sandy_Hook#comments