By Lindsey DeSimone for Architectural Digest.
Though we know New York City today as a place of bright lights and big buildings, Abandoned NYC (Schiffer Publishing, $35) provides a captivating look into the city's quieter side. Photographer Will Ellis uncovered long-forgotten structures in the five boroughs, often resorting to trespassing to access locations.
Ellis began documenting the fascinating, crumbling places he found in a blog, and his new book showcases 150 striking photographs, compiled over three years, from 16 of his favorite locales. The collection offers a rare glimpse into the city's past--and a last look at some of the buildings, which have since been demolished to make way for housing to accommodate the continuously expanding population.