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Kim took considerable risks to obtain her images.

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A few years ago, she and a friend encountered a body on a trip in Washington Heights. Another time, while she was making a solo visit to the same mysterious tunnel she and Mr. Anastasio visited together, the occupant of the homeless camp appeared just as she had removed her clothes.

Despite her initial fear, she continued with her photography. This sense of communicating with the city on a secret frequency may be what is most appealing to urban explorers. Duncan, a sandy-haired year-old. By going 20 feet below or 20 feet above, you can go to a place that is practically unvisited, that maybe people get to see a year. Seeing something inaccessible, he said, is special.

To prove his point, Mr. Duncan led an expedition around one of his favorite places, the heating tunnels that honeycomb the foundations of Columbia University, a maze he discovered as a student there. View all New York Times newsletters. Beneath another building is part of a 19th-century stone wall that Mr. Duncan said was part of a city insane asylum before being demolished to make way for the university.

A quick step through the door and across the corridor outside led to a densely cluttered room, piled high with cases of ancient electrical machinery. This, Mr. Duncan said he believed that in he became the first urban explorer to discover it, although others followed suit, as attested by the graffiti around the room. The discovery left him jubilant. For some urban explorers, the search for shadow cities does not entail venturing down tunnels or scaling high walls. Kevin Walsh, the year-old, Brooklyn-born creator of the Web site forgotten-ny.

During a recent stroll with Mr. Beyond the thrill of seeing what others have not seen, or dare not see, and the sense that it should be recorded for future generations, urban explorers are driven by another motive. It is impossible to visit some of their more spectacular haunts without experiencing a touch of the sacred.

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This was apparent one afternoon when Mr. The terminal was decommissioned in the s and now stands in a small industrial park, surrounded by concrete walls.

Recently, a year-old plan to turn it into a recycling center was revived, though its future remains uncertain. Gates negotiated the walls, then swung himself lithely beneath a rusted steel grating at one corner of the building.

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Suddenly he was inside what might at first glance have been mistaken for a cathedral. Fat concrete columns lined up as far as the eye could see, creating a dreamlike procession of naves in all directions. Light filtered in from the sides, casting long diagonal shadows across the floor. But what really gave the building its rarefied air was the silence. These people are called urban explorers. Most of the places these explorers trod are derelict; their structural integrity is questionable, and sometimes these sites are lousy with toxic materials.

Still, urban explorers brush past warning signs, hop fences and crawl through tunnels to enter these strangely alluring quarters. So who exactly are these urban explorers?

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What is it that makes them risk their well-being in pursuit of places the rest of us have deemed useless or unsafe? Find out about what urban explorers do and how the pastime got started on the next page. How Skyscrapers Work.

How Urban Planning Works. This what drives you to these forbidden places and changes everything in your reality with your first step forward. With that step you are in, you are exploring. A much broader definition, written down by Ninjalicious, spiritual "father" of urban exploration, can be found on www.

This does not mean that every urban exploration trip is legal, but we never break anything to enter a site, locks included. We also ask permission to visit places via their owners as often as possible and we are usually accommodated and allowed to enter. No tags, no vandalism, no senseless destruction, no theft. Do not forget that people will visit the place after you do, so let them experience it just as you did! We always try to leave the place untouched and use the motto: "take only pictures, leave only footprints Whether you are climbing a crane, walking on a rotten and fragile floor, or wandering near barrels of toxic waste the risks are everywhere.

Good knowledge of the environment you are in is absolutely necessary and specialized equipment adapted to the conditions is often required, such as: helmets, climbing gear, respirator, gloves, lights,.. We strongly recommend not practicing urban exploration unless you are trained by a professional. Having become interested in exploring and photographing abandoned places in Gran Canaria, how can I get involved and download photos for others to see.

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Your website just super. My boyfriend and I love exploring together. We've also created a tumblr blog dedicated to it as well.

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Please follow and support us if you can - wasteland-wonderers. Thanks for a few interesting websites, I was looking for some abandoned places in France and "Schwarze Katze" was great for that. So, I'm not sure any of the people who previously commented will see this, but I have a thought on the matter of vandalism Absolutely, it is horrible to see damage done to an abandoned structure in the likes of copper and scrap theft, tagging, reckless damages, and so on. However, in terms of entry, I believe, as a true explorer one must consider certain means of gaining access to a structure worthy enough to enter.

For example, there is a location I will choose not to disclose in which some friends and I explored for three consecutive days until finally we were compromised by security, which I might add, were very friendly and understanding of our adventures.

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We found only one entry to the building on the first day but as each day progressed, we deemed it necessary to find other means of exit since the building was tens of thousands of square feet, making it a very extensive exploration, hence three days of exploring. This took place about 7 years ago ish I was JUST there today with some friends who were interested in exploring and we have come to find the building underwent some pretty extensive upgrades to seal all entries, which you can imagine, was a bummer.

Come to find out, the previous group I was with was the last known dispatch to security regarding trespassing before they tightened the place up and we were the first group SINCE.