NASCAR's Original Racetrack Is an Abandoned Ruin Today

The North Wilkesboro Speedway opened in 1947, nearly a year before NASCAR was founded. The short track near moonshine country was where the first NASCAR champion, Robert "Red" Byron, was crowned. Today, five years after being abandoned, the historic speedway is just a rotting pile of sticks, crooked chairs, and… » 3/23/15 2:58pm 3/23/15 2:58pm

Inside New York City's Most Mysterious Architectural Time Capsule

For the past half century, 190 Bowery has been a legend. The six-story, 72-room former bank building on the fringes of SoHo looked like a war zone on the outside, crumbling and covered in graffiti. And the inside, the home of a photographer with insane real estate luck—well—nobody really knew what was inside. Until now » 3/18/15 11:20am 3/18/15 11:20am

Thousands of Fish To Be Freed From Abandoned Mall Fish-Hell

Last year, we learned about Bangkok's New World Mall, among the most dystopian places on the planet. It's a shopping mall in the middle of one of the world's more tumultuous cities that was abandoned nearly 20 years ago. After a roof collapse, the mall flooded, and a population of fish thrived in newly formed ponds.… » 1/16/15 10:46am 1/16/15 10:46am

Elaborate Dioramas Model the Apocalypse in Miniature

We can do a lot with Photoshop, from faking entire military operations to whatever this is. But sometimes, low-tech trickery is just more fun. Such is the case with the work of Lori Nix, a photographer who specializes in shooting urban dioramas containing scenes of complete and utter destruction. » 11/05/13 12:40pm 11/05/13 12:40pm

An Ephemeral Tour of Europe's Abandoned Industrial Ruins

We Americans tend to conceptualize "old" in very recent terms—which explains our collective fascination with ruin porn. If the decay of European cities receives less attention, it's just because it's much more ubiquitous. French photographer and self-described "urban explorer" Thomas Jorion has made a career out of… » 8/20/13 4:00pm 8/20/13 4:00pm