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Inside Abandoned Medley Centre (a.k.a Irondequoit Mall)

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Abandoned Medley Centre / Irondequoit Mall. Rochester, NY. [IMAGE: Random Retail, Flickr.com]
By Snoop Junkie

Last week Medley Centre finally went up for auction. Angelo Ingrassia, former owner of Irondequoit Dodge, won external link the vacant building plus nine adjoining properties for the bargain basement price of $100,000.

The following images were taken last month (December 2015) inside Medley Centre…

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Sunday, January 24th, 2016
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Posted in Architecture, Rochester Destinations, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Rochester News, Urban Development, Urban Exploration | 32 Comments »

Inside the Abandoned Vacuum Oil Refinery

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Abandoned Vacuum Oil building. Flint Street, Rochester, NY. [IMAGE: Snoop Junkie]
By Snoop Junkie

Welcome to the old Vacuum Oil plant on the west bank of the Genesee River in Rochester’s Plymouth-Exchange neighborhood. Abandoned for nearly a century, there has been very little desire to re-develop this 26-acre site due to contamination. Now, the City of Rochester is aiming to use New York State’s Brownfield Opportunity Areas program external link to clean it up and plan for its future redevelopment. But as of today, this property is still highly toxic. And you guessed it—we’re going inside…

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Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
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Posted in Rochester History, Rochester Images, Urban Development, Urban Exploration | 20 Comments »

Meet Rochester Artist and Craftsman, Scott Grove

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Meet Scott Grove, a Rochester artist, sculptor, furniture designer, architectural preservationist, among other things. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
By Mike Governale

On my almost daily walk along State and Main streets I’ve often noticed this boom lift blocking the sidewalks around the Powers Building external link. I’ve never given it much thought. I just figured Daniel Powers liked his windows really clean.

Then, last week while at the Fringe, my RocSubway teammate Joanne Brokaw got introduced to Scott Grove. As it turns out, Scott is that guy hanging high up over Rochester’s sidewalks—and he’s not cleaning windows…

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Monday, September 28th, 2015
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Posted in Architecture, Art + Culture, Interviews, Rochester History, Rochester News, Urban Exploration | 4 Comments »

Bus Graveyard

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

RTS bus graveyard. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
The following is a guest post submitted anonymously with additional photos by Mike Governale

I was near the airport when Vice President Biden’s plane came in a few weeks ago. Held up by a road block, I happened to find myself near a junk yard full of old RTS buses. I knew traffic wouldn’t be moving for a while so I pulled over and got out to take a closer look. It was little bus graveyard…

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Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
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Posted in Rochester Images, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Exploration | 4 Comments »

Inside the Abandoned Camp Haccamo, Penfield

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Abandoned Camp Haccamo, Penfield NY. [IMAGE: Snoop Junkie]
By Snoop Junkie

Since 1955, Camp Haccamo has been a fun filled getaway for both adults and children with varying mental and physical disabilities. First established on Panorama Creek Drive in Penfield external link (just behind Panorama Plaza), Haccamo was free to the 300 plus campers per year who participated. But in 2009 camp organizers ended their relationship with the town of Penfield and moved to Rush, NY – while, oddly, leaving quite a bit of stuff behind…

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Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
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Posted in Rochester History, Rochester Images, Urban Exploration | 37 Comments »

Inside Rochester’s Abandoned Walters Psychiatric Building

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Inside the abandoned Walters psychiatric building. [IMAGE: Snoop Junkie - Rochester Urban Exploration Squad]
By Mike Governale

The complex of the Rochester Psychiatric Center external link (a.k.a. Rochester State Hospital or Monroe County Insane Asylum) is legendary among urban explorers and history fanatics alike. Originally built in the early 1800s as the Monroe County Almshouse (or poorhouse), new buildings and facilities were gradually added to care for the mentally ill.

Although the hospital still operates to this day, a few buildings were closed in the mid-1990s and now sit in various states of decay. One notable example we’ve explored previously is the towering 16-story Terrence Building which looms over Elmwood Avenue. Another is the sprawling Walters Building (originally known as the Orleans Building) which we’ll be exploring today…

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
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Posted in Architecture, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Urban Exploration | 32 Comments »

Aerial Drone Footage of Rochester Subway and Carnegie Building

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Aerial drone footage of Rochester; the subway and Carnegie Place after fire. [IMAGE: Ander Kazmerski]
By Mike Governale

A good friend of mine, Ander Kazmerski external link, just posted some sweet drone footage of Rochester. The video focuses on two sites – the Rochester subway and the Carnegie building on Goodman Street just after its devastating fire. I don’t think I need to say much about it. These images speak for themselves. You’ll definitely want to go full-screen with this one…

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Friday, July 3rd, 2015
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Infiltration: a Dance Exploration of the Rochester Subway

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Scene from 'Infiltration'. An interpretive dance film shot in the abandoned Rochester subway tunnel. [IMAGE: Breakbone DanceCo.]
By Mike Governale

Here’s an interesting video external link we stumbled upon while diddling around on YouTube this weekend. This 7 and a half minute long interpretive dance exploration of the Rochester subway tunnel will totally blow your mind. Grab some popcorn and roll film…

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Sunday, June 28th, 2015
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Posted in Art + Culture, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Exploration | 2 Comments »

$500 ROC Transit Day Treasure Hunt

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

ROC Transit Day Treasure Hunt [PHOTO: John Derycke, Derycke Motorsports Photography]
By Mike Governale

Last year, as part of ROC Transit Day external link, we planned a city-wide treasure hunt where teams followed a series of clues (for over 19 miles) to be the first to find a $500 cash prize at the end. The only catch: No motor vehicles. All teams were required to use public transit, walk, or bike. (it’s in the rules!)

This year (Thursday, June 18) we’re doing it again. It’s completely free to enter, but you must pre-register here external link before June 17. Right now we only have 6 teams signed up, so your odds would be pretty good; as long as you have a good working knowledge of Rochester.

Still not sure if you’ve got the right stuff? Take a look at the clues from LAST year and see how well you’d fare…

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015
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Posted in Events, Rochester News, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Exploration | 1 Comment »

Take a Daytrip to Medina NY, with the Young Urban Preservationists

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Landmark Society's Young Urban Preservationists and Slow Road Travel are bringing you Backroads & Byways: Medina, the first in a series of daytrips to check out the roads less traveled and to explore historic places and exciting projects in small towns throughout the region. [PHOTO: Landmark Society of WNY]
By Mike Governale

We all love Rochester but sometimes you just need to get out of town for a day, right? That’s why Landmark Society’s Young Urban Preservationists and Slow Road Travel are bringing you Backroads & Byways: Medina external link, the first in a series of daytrips to check out the roads less traveled and to explore historic places and exciting projects in small towns throughout the region…

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Monday, June 1st, 2015
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The Glen House – Rochester’s First Water-side Retreat

Monday, April 27th, 2015

In 1870 Ellwanger & Barry (and other wealthy investors) owned a spot along the west bank of the Genesee River gorge known as Maple Grove. At the time, the Lake Avenue streetcar line stretched all the way to this point, and in an effort to stimulate traffic on the trolley line, they had built Rochester's first water-side resort; the Glen House. [PHOTO: 'Rochester's Lakeside Resorts and Amusement Parks' by Donovan Schilling]
By Mike Governale

In 1870 Ellwanger & Barry (and other wealthy investors) owned a spot along the west bank of the Genesee River gorge known as Maple Grove. At the time, the Lake Avenue streetcar line stretched all the way to this point, and in an effort to stimulate traffic on the trolley line, they had built Rochester’s first water-side resort; the Glen House…

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Monday, April 27th, 2015
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Posted in Architecture, Rochester Destinations, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Exploration | 9 Comments »

Inside Rochester’s Deep Rock Tunnel Network

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Let's explore Rochester's deep rock sewer tunnels! [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
By Mike Governale

A few weeks ago we took you on a trip to Van Lare Wastewater Treatment Facility to see where Rochester’s dirty water goes to get cleaned up. It was there that we learned of an extensive deep rock tunnel system that that captures major storm runoff until it can be treated. Known as the Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement Program, or CSOAP, this system saves over 1 billion gallons of sewage from overflowing into the Genesee River and Irondequoit Bay each year.

More importantly, this means there are 30 miles of giant smelly tunnels beneath our city just waiting to be explored! Come on let’s go…

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Saturday, April 11th, 2015
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