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Forgotten States

I've come across a website, "Forgotten New York," which is about non existing places in my city. On the site are photos of highways, warehouses, new commercial and residential buildings that cover up old landmarks, relics, runins.

Let's post some pictures of existing places which are made "non-existent' by circumstances beyond their inhabitants' control. I will start.

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A village in the Zhare district, Afghanistan - October 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/17/wo..._r=1&ref=world

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you cant mention that website and not provide a link to it :P

ive not got an image of my local supermarket which was built upon an old brewery site


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JawZ, since you asked the site is forgotten-ny.com. And if you have time, track this old road ...

http://www.forgotten-ny.com/STREET%2.../kingshwy.html

Here's another relic from F-NY:

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At 67th Street we see one of the many defunct Childs restaurants in the metropolitan area, immediately recognizable by terra cotta sea life. Childs was obtained by the Riese Organization in 1960.



Alas! Even that was destroyed. The location is now an ultra modern building that houses the TD Bank of Canada. All chrome and glass. And concrete.
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Hidden World Lurks Beneath US City
Historic evidence of a long-lost Chinatown uncovered in Oregon

There's a hidden world underneath many American communities - abandoned subway lines, sealed up basements, evacuation tunnels.


The view looking up to the sidewalk above from a utility room. Underground explorers look for clues like these to search for long forgotten underground chambers.


Below the downtown business district of Oregon's capital city, Salem, is evidence of a long-lost Chinatown.

Historic underworld

The path to this historic underworld begins in the basement of the tallest office building in Salem.

Rebecca Maitland and historian John Ritter found a long-forgotten room behind this bookcase in the basement of a Salem office building.

Local historian John Ritter appproached the building's owner about exploring the area. He believed there were some long-forgotten chambers and passageways branching off from the basement, and wanted to have a look around.

As Ritter explored the basement, a sagging bookcase caught his eye. When he and Rebecca Maitland, works for the building's owner, moved it aside, they found a doorway leading to a room that no one had set foot in for years.

Gold drop

It was dank and dark. Looking up, they noticed a trap-door in the ceiling. It opened up to the sidewalk above. They figured it served as a place for local merchants to drop gold that would be stored in the vault of the bank that used to operate here.

Rebecca Maitland opens doors leading to the underground gold vault.

"I swear there's still, if you get really close, gold speckles on the floor here," says Maitland.

For a historian like Ritter, the find was interesting. But despite the traces of gold, he says this chamber isn't the mother lode.

"I'm on a quest with Rebecca to find Salem's opium dens," he says. It isn't that Ritter enjoys the smell of opium, which he says could still be lingering after more than 130 years. He says the dens would be the only remaining tangible evidence of a once-thriving Chinatown.

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Oregon's capital - like many cities in the American west - was once home to hundreds of Chinese immigrants to came to work on the railroad. But anti-Chinese sentiment in the 1880s literally drove some of them underground - where they set up gambling, bootlegging and opium dens.


Rebecca Maitland points out the chute where merchants used to drop their gold from the street above


Whether it's opium dens or gold repositories, the underground history of Salem is a story Ritter wants to tell.

"It would be exciting to see that and validate Salem's underground history, to say yep, here's where it happened, here's what we're finding."

Ritter and fellow explorers have discovered an antique bank vault, an old grocery front, rusting elevators and empty shafts where people once lived.

At one time, secret passageways made it possible to go from building to building without being seen. That was handy if you were the type who patronized speakeasies, drank bootleg liquor and smoked opium.

The discoveries have drawn widespread interest. A recent one-time only tour of some of Salem's underground areas had room for 100 people. More than 300 showed up. Ritter plans to continue his subterranean explorations. And now the retired history professor has a partner. Maitland has become so interested that she's taken up the cause, too.

"I kind of talk about Rebecca and myself as an Indiana Jones pair, except we don't have a whip or a gun," says Ritter, "but I do use a cane a lot."

At least one of their discoveries isn't something from long ago. The two recently stumbled upon a 1970s-era discothčque. But instead of platform shoes, the dance floor was covered with pigeon feathers.


The horizontal wood slats in this utility room cover up a long unused tunnel that's thought to lead to an adjacent building.



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The photographs below show a man who skillfully paints himself so that he so closely resembles his surroundings that he appears to be virtually invisible. At first glance, these amazing images may appear to be the result of digital manipulation and indeed a number of self-proclaimed experts have already dismissed them as being "photoshopped".

However, the images are in fact genuine photographs depicting the work of clever Chinese artist Liu Bolin. The Beijing based artist has exhibited his work around the world with shows in China, Paris, the United States and elsewhere. News.com.au notes that Mr Bolin is a perfectionist who can take up to ten hours to ready himself for photographs of his performances.












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The UK's Telegraph also reports on Mr Bolin's art, noting:

In a series of mind-boggling pictures Liu melts into any background, almost entirely invisible in front of red phone boxes, Chinese flags and even earthquake rubble.

It means people walking by while he is carrying out his performance often have no idea he is nearby until he moves away. Liu said he wanted to show how city surroundings affected people living in them and how.

He said the inspiration behind his work was a sense of not fitting in to modern society and as a silent protest against the Government's persecution of artists.


Mr Bolin generally uses assistants who help to paint him in readiness for performances.

- source: http://www.hoax-slayer.com/invisible-man.shtml

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heard about this dude yesterday wanted to find out more, and you can post information, thanksyous!


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ahhh Bonita didnt see this thread. I posted some other pics by Liu Bolin in the Ben Heine thread.

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