Moving Backwards (in time) — Glenwood Power Station


There is an abandoned power plant along the Hudson River that is more infamous, to the people of Yonkers, than any other. It was built at the turn of the century, used until roughly the 1960s, and then left to rot until now.


While I hear that a good portion of the inside is flooded, the dock behind it has sunken into the river, and that it’s an all around general health hazard, it looks surprisingly good all things considered. A lot of windows have been broken, and graffiti covers about a quarter of the structure (still not sure how one guy managed to tag the smokestack), you can easily imagine what it must have looked like back in the day.


From what information I can find online, it was built by the railroad to provide electric to the subway and above-ground trains, since they were ‘the thing’ around that time. Once it became cheaper to buy electric, rather than produce it, they sold the power plant to a company called Consolidated Edison (Con Ed). They used it for a while before closing it for good.


There are a lot of rumors about the place, such as it being used for satanic rituals and gang initiations. These rumors were proven false, but the place still has a bad rap. There are gates and such to keep people out, but it’s still insanely easy to get into, from what I could see.


Since getting this new job, I’ve passed it everyday on the train. Of course I’ve heard of it (and also promised several people that I would never set foot into the deathtrap) but never seen it so close before.


You see, the station right after the one I board from is a stone’s throw away from the side entrance. I like to imagine that an old model-T will come driving down the the dirt road at any moment. There are also the remains of train equipment nearby.


I also expect to see people running from zombies there (and in the space between the two buildings) too. I’m honestly surprised that the place isn’t used as a movie location more often, but from what I could see through the windows, a good portion of the structure probably isn’t safe to walk around.


Of course, that isn’t to say people haven’t gone inside to explore. If you would like to see pictures of the interior/exterior from those braver than me check out Scouting the Gates of Hell and Knocking at the Gates of Hell.

2 replies to “Moving Backwards (in time) — Glenwood Power Station

  1. This sight is very intriguing!!! You’re better than the history channel!! I love your work and your point of view on things!!! Keep it up!!!

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