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


Have you ever driven past an abandoned building and wondered why it was there and what it looks like inside? Perhaps you were curious about its history and how the property ended up neglected. Join author Alex Gulino on her journey throughout New Jersey, the Garden State, as she explores these forgotten properties and documents their decay. Garden State of Decay: Discarded New Jersey offers insight on the history and the current state of these defunct properties through poignant photographs. From Gothic churches in busy cities to forgotten aircraft in rural fields, observe the decomposition documented in these pages. See the beauty in decay that lives on in quiet desperation.



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 (April 26, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.31 x 9 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.