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A brief history…
The Yonkers Power Station of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad was constructed between 1904 and 1906. It was built as part of the electrification of the rail lines spurred in part by dangerous conditions caused by steam engines and related smoke, and also by the need for a completely new and larger Grand Central Terminal. The brick power house and two smokestacks stand as a solitary beacon to Hudson Valley Ruins as one heads north from New York City. To call this building a ruin, is really a bit unfair however. For it is still structurally sound enough to accommodate some adaptive reuse proposal.
However, current residential development proposals threaten the architectural integrity of the power station. The power stations remains unprotected as local-landmark legislation has been pending since an application was filed in the spring of 2005. In January 2008, the Preservation League of New York State named the Yonkers Power Station as one of its Seven to Save Most Endangered properties in New York State.
I have assisted on two commercial photo shoots at this abandoned factory. Unfortunately because I was being paid I was not allowed to explore the entire building. When we recently went back to Glenwood I made sure to not leave any inch unturned. The entire building has this ominious presence. Some sections are spooky, damp and dusty. While other sections are grand, majestic and beautifully lit. Towards the end of the mission we found our way to the roof. It was a bright sunny day so you were able to see far along the hudson river. The wind was strong that day so I made sure to not spend to much time on the roof.
MISSION STATUS – SUCCESS
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