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Empire State of Decay: Discarded New York (America Through Time) by author and photographer Alex Gulino

Have you ever wondered what lies behind the rotting walls of an abandoned building? Empire State of Decay: Discarded New York offers a rare look into forgotten spaces that offer visual wonder, beautifully decaying sights, and an insight as to what happens when the public walks away. Follow one woman's adventure through forgotten hospitals, poorhouses, and resorts in the Empire State-documenting its history through poignant photographs. See what's left of the formerly bustling Catskills, what's forgotten in Staten Island, and how nature reclaims her space throughout New York. While sometimes dangerous, these spaces have stories to tell. Hidden from the public, visit these blighted spaces suffering from years of neglect and disrepair. Author Alex Gulino offers an inside look as she slides down icy hallways, runs across fields, and crawls under fences to explore and document these lost spaces. See the history that lives on in quiet desperation with hopes that you, too, see the beauty in decay.


Alex Gulino, born in New Jersey, is a photographer, cat mother, and traveler. She is also an Educator with Save Ellis Island. As a tour guide, she leads visitors on 90-minute excursions back in time on tours of the unrestored hospital buildings on Ellis Island’s south side. Ruins and abandonment are the focus of Alex’s photography, and finding and researching her next abandoned building is half the fun. She is always on the hunt for her next adventure.  Graduating college with honors, she studied photography, but eventually majored in English with a focus in theater arts. When Alex is not venturing off in some dilapidated building in the Northeast, she enjoys hiking and beating her friends at Uno.


  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: America Through Time (August 24, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 9.25 x 0.31 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces

All proceeds from the book go directly to supporting Save Ellis Island's mission to restore the 29 buildings in the Historic Hospital Complex.