Descend into New York's Hellmouth Elevator

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It's kind of hard to startle a New Yorker. That's not arrogance speaking so much as being numb to all the public masturbators by this point. Still, an elevator in a nondescript office building in Queens opening to a hellish mix of Carnivàle and a Tim Burton flick is something to see.

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The surreal elevator is a leftover from the building served as a Macy's warehouse. Time was, the whole building was done up as exotically as the elevator, but now it's sadly drifted into a standard shades-of-manilla office space, save the trippy elevator and a mind-bending school bus in the lobby. That's a shame, but it must make for a pretty startling Shining moment when those elevator doors open the first time. [Scouting NY]

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"Time was, the whole building was done up as exotically as the elevator, but now it's sadly drifted into a standard shades-of-manilla office space..."

Sadly that statement is true of many buildings and office space nowadays. I'd trade in a heartbeat the nondescript beiges, for the wacky, avant-garde, art-deco, or just plain crazy designs of yesteryear. At least with those designs the buildings exuded character.