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Vanishing New York: A Photographic Essay of Abandoned Sites in the Empire State

Vanishing New York: A Photographic Essay of Abandoned Sites in the Empire State In-Person

New York is filled with forsaken buildings, each ravaged by the exploits of modernization, each having fascinating history. This photographic essay explores over 40 of the most evocative abandoned sites in the Empire State and puts their individual stories in the larger context of New York’s historical legacy. Photographer and author John Lazzaro traveled the state, capturing what’s left of such places before they are inevitably swept away by time. Divided by region, these sites, ranging from the Catskills’ once-vibrant vacation destinations to Long Island’s melancholy psychiatric centers, reveal deeper social, cultural, and political changes that lead to their decay. These abandoned hospitals, schools, churches, railways, and estates offer us a view into a past rapidly dissolving before it completely disappears.  The presentation will be given by the author and will include his approach to photography, his inspiration for the book, and an educational and thought-provoking history of many of the sites he visited and photographed for the book.

This is a LIVE presentation at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Register here; https://calendar.libraryweb.org/event/10312461

Wednesday, July 19, 2023
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Central - Kate Gleason Auditorium
Central Library
  Adults     Teens  
  Department - Arts & Literature  

Registration is required. There are 71 seats available.


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