With the advent of powerful psychiatric medication in the 1960s, sprawling mental hospitals like Creedmoor Psychiatric Center fell into decline. Once home to thousands of patients spread across dozens of buildings, Creedmoor houses just a few hundred at present. With the therapeutic activities contained within just a few of the dozens of buildings on site, Creedmoor's still-sprawling campus in Queens, NY is a local favorite for urban explorers and historians alike.
The most well known is Building 25, which is among the oldest structures on Creedmoor's campus. Fenced off from the operational areas of the hospital, Building 25 is boarded up and enshrouded in overgrowth, which has kept out all but a single squatter. Confining himself to the third floor, the squatter has left much of the building untouched. The same can't be said for the thousands of pigeons who have blanketed the fourth floor in an undulating blanket of droppings at once revolting and visually captivating.
The kitchen serves as a storage room for old office furniture
The light has a green cast because the windows are completely grown over with vines
A collection of trinkets left behind, perhaps by a patient
This is what happens when pigeons take over
Mother Mary watches over Building 25