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

The Eerie Ruins of 11 Abandoned Hotels

Tourism is a funny thing. Sometimes hot spots are hot, prompting opportunistic developers to build. And sometimes they're not. (The outbreak of a civil war is a great way to shut down a tourist destination.) Photographer Dietmar Eckell has spent the past several years visiting the hotels and resorts that got left… » 1/22/15 9:02am 1/22/15 9:02am

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

The Myth of an Untouched Chernobyl

Chernobyl's desolation is ruin porn's hallowed ground. But photographer Darmon Richter says the image of an abandoned Soviet city, untouched since its nuclear disaster, is a carefully-constructed facade, a powerful and profitable myth perpetuated by the moneymakers of dark tourism. » 10/01/14 3:45pm 10/01/14 3:45pm

Berlin's Creepiest Abandoned Amusement Park Burned Down Over the Weekend

Sorry, fans of ruin porn, creators of would-be Saw-sequels, and demented Walt Disney wannabes: The famous abandoned amusement park in Berlin named Spreepark was destroyed by two separate fires over the weekend. Arson is suspected. » 8/12/14 12:30pm 8/12/14 12:30pm

You Can Buy Berlin's Creepiest Abandoned Amusement Park on eBay

The chance to live in a land of childhood nightmares only comes around once in a lifetime. Spreepark, an amusement park in Berlin that's been closed for over a decade, could now be yours. The property was recently listed on eBay for a cool 1.62 million Euros. » 2/21/14 4:00pm 2/21/14 4:00pm

A Ticket to the End of the World

If you've watched with envy as the internet fills up with endless photo galleries of abandoned buildings in Detroit, perhaps now is your time to get in on the action: for the low, low price of only $45, you can buy a ticket and take locally-run "tours of abandoned factories, churches and schools." A Detroit ruin tour… » 12/27/13 1:00pm 12/27/13 1:00pm

Lorde Discovers Ruin Porn with Pleasing Results

You know you feel it—that mix of envy and amazement when your hear Lorde's music. The lyrics feel moody, wise and even fanciful at times. The beats are sturdy. And Lorde herself, she's only 17 years old! What were you doing when you were 17? » 12/06/13 9:00pm 12/06/13 9:00pm

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