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24 Photos Exploring a Different Side of Governors Island

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Governors Island has become a summertime playground for New Yorkers, but the former military base has more than a few untouched, crumbling corners. The ongoing $300 million renovation is destined to change that, but urban explorer and photographer 2e spent the weekend capturing some of less family-friendly sites, like the burnt-out houses set ablaze by the FDNY and the abandoned areas of Liggett Hall. Designed by McKim, Mead, and White, Liggett Hall was the longest building in the world when it was built in 1929, and it's believed that the army erected it to stop the city from building an airport on the island. Today, parts of it are occasionally used for events, but most of the time, it sits empty. 2e traipsed through the long, falling-apart hallways and even made it to the roof for some great views of Manhattan and the rest of the island.

Crumbling Buildings of Governors Island from 2e on Vimeo.

· Governors Island coverage [Curbed]