I went to the creepiest place on Long Island today. And took pictures.
After World War I, the State of New York built a psychiatric center for veterans returning with mental problems. It was built in Kings Park, only ten minutes from where I live.
Over time, the Kings Park Psychiatric Center grew and started to house very troubled individuals. Early in my career, 25 years ago, I visited the Center to represent a man committed there. He had killed his mother in a psychotic rage. I was shocked at what I saw at the Center. Not only were the living conditions horrible but the "patients" were irretrievably lost. They were so far beyond what we call normal that they couldn't communicate. Their misery was palpable. I was deeply disturbed by the visit.
The Psychiatric Center was closed in 1996 and the State didn't know what to do with the property so it just laid abandoned. Three years ago, the State converted the place into a "park" -- but without doing anything to the Center. The old buildings are still there; the bars on the windows are still there. There's no publicity about the park and barely any signs. Today, on a beautiful Summer day, I was THE ONLY PERSON THERE. That is super-spooky.
The park has a haunting, eerie atmosphere. I sought to capture it with my camera.
What do you sense from these pictures?