fidget4ever said: If you don't mind me asking, how did you get into the Utica Asylum and take pictures?
This is probably a good time to address this sort of question, since I get it a lot - I will NEVER answer questions about how to access a particular building or location. Please understand that I’m not trying to be rude here - but I have to protect both the buildings and you!
I’m sure most people asking how to access a building are good folk who just want to take pictures and don’t want harm to befall a building. But it only takes one scrapper to tear up the walls of a historic asylum; one tagger to graffiti up a historic pumping engine; one arsonist to completely destroy a structure; one vandal to smash out most of the windows in a building. Google “Byberry” - a local name for the old Philadelphia State Hospital - if you don’t believe me. I have watched most of a wing of a Kirkbride building burn to the ground. I simply can’t risk it.
There’s also the issue of protecting you - I don’t have any idea how skilled you are at walking collapses, for example, but many of these buildings are collapsing to a great extent. That might be an extreme example, but I don’t have any reason to believe that any given questioner knows how to throw themselves backwards when a floor gives out under them. Or how to recognize and avoid hydrogen sulfide gas - first whiff is bad for you. Second is worse. By the third, it’s fatal. Point is, I have 19+ years of experience tromping around these places, and I still get in dangerous situations. If I told you how to get into one and you wound up dead, that would be on my head, wouldn’t it?
So please take no offense; I need to protect both the buildings I love so much and people of various skill levels that want to see them. And all that said, I will tell you this - don’t try Utica State Hospital now; you missed your chance in 2007 when they ripped the wings off, sealed up the holes, and alarmed the remaining structure. That one, I will give away, since it doesn’t hurt either the building nor you.