The location hunter over at Scouting NY got an invite inside 5 Beekman Street, a brick and terra-cotta oldtimer that's been completely empty for a decade, and mostly shuttered since 1940. Located just a block from City Hall, the nine-story building with twin conical peaks is a looker from the outside, but holy heck, check out what Scouting NY found inside (a sampling in the gallery above). What we have here, in the blogger's words, is "quite possibly the most beautiful atrium in New York City," with a skylight to match. The place is dripping with dusty original details (like wrought-iron dragons), and the building's owners want to restore the place and turn it into a hotel called Beekman Palace. Until then, they're offering the place to movie and TV crews. Ghostbusters III, anyone?
· The Abandoned Palace On Beekman Street [Scouting New York]