Travel has always been the central theme of Urban Ghosts, from historic/unique places across the world to seemingly innocuous neighbourhood structures such as abandoned pubs, cinemas and theatres. Many places featured on this site are ignored by traditional travel publications, but nonetheless appeal to an audience far beyond their immediate location.
These abandoned streetcars are an unusual sight in a redeveloping corner of Brooklyn, New York. But in the reviving waterfront district of Red Hook, the rusting wrecks are as much a part of the streetscene as the converted warehouses alongside.
In terms of geopolitics, Eurasia refers primarily to the post-Soviet states, the Central Asian republics, and the Transcaucasian republics. It’s no wonder, therefore, that this “supercontinent” abounds with ghost towns and abandoned cities.
Crane climbing must be one of the most extreme hobbies out there, with a similar danger factor as dinner for two with Hannibal Lecter. These three guys in Paris go even further, with crane pull-ups. Whatever happens, don’t this at home…
In this series of vivid images, photographer Kevin Cole takes us on a high definition journey to historic buildings and places in America’s West, framing each one in a new light and in some cases turning the mundane into the sublime.
Despite optimistic attempts to revive Iraq’s tourist fortunes over the last year amid ongoing violence, the country remains off-limits to casual visitors. But if that ever changes, here are some ancient sites to explore from the Cradle of Civilization.
Today, August 20th, is the one year anniversary of Urban Ghosts Media! I’d like to thank everyone who has helped grow this small hobby blog into a publication serving between 1,000 – 2,000 readers each day, and growing. To celebrate, here are 10 of the most popular articles of the last 12 months.
The Interplanetary Transport Network sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but it is actually real, and has already been used. The ITN is a collection of pathways through the solar system, governed by gravity and predicted by chaos theory, that require little energy for an object to traverse them.
Hiding at the bottom of a hill adjacent to the Northumberland coast is the tiny fishing village of Low Newton by the Sea. Little more than a collection of 18th century cottages and farm buildings, the beach is protected by the National Trust and is popular year round with walkers and wildlife enthusiasts.
Belfast is famous for many reasons, not least its murals brought about by The Troubles that gripped Northern Ireland from the late 1960s until the “Good Friday” Agreement of 1998. But less well known is an intriguing network of streets in the inner-south of Belfast known as the Holy Land.
It’s tempting to associate ghost towns and abandoned cities with America’s Old West or the wild expanses of former Soviet Russia. But such places exist on every continent including Europe, which boasts a diverse range of impressive and tragic abandonments.
Ghost towns and abandoned cities are strange and alluring places, often reflecting some great upheaval that led to their demise. Asia is no stranger to urban abandonments, from antiquated to modern, deserted due to natural disaster or simply a lack of purpose.
The North of England is a wild and windswept region, tempered by the relative civility of Roman occupation and forged thereafter by centuries of bloodshed. From Viking raiders to the Norman Conquest and the Border Wars to the Victorians, history and folklore are intricately woven within the fabric of this rugged region.
While the outward appearance of many capital cities is one of dull concrete, grand stone or skilled brickwork, others are characterised by a more colourful and quirky look that compliments their streetlife and brightens up even the most isolated of settlements. Here are six very different examples.
The Colosseum is one of ancient Rome’s most revered and reviled ruins, yet areas of the famous structure have long been off-limits to the public. This summer, the network of subterranean passageways beneath the arena, where gladiators prepared for battle, will open for the first time.
Midsummer has long been a time when myth and reality converge, when deities dance in woodlands and fiery festivities mark the advent of Midsummer’s Day. Primarily a European tradition, different countries have their own unique and often colourful take on this festival. Let’s take a look at six of them.