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 - Old Essex County Prison
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The walkways leading out across this four story cell block are beginning to deteriorate and bow. Though it is nearly impossible to determine this visually through the layers of dirt, rust, and trash that cover them, the walkway floors are made of thick panels of glass that allowed complete visibility between floors when the prison was open. This means that walking on them (or to a much lesser extent, under them) is tempting fate - at any moment the heavily oxidized steel holding them in place could crumble, or worse the entire walkway could give out. This is particularly likely in the first walkway, which is noticeably sagging outward and downward under the strain of the panels. Probability and physics dictate that hundreds of pounds of glass dumping onto the floor below is an inevitable outcome.
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Photograph of the Essex County Prison in New Jersey by Matthew Christopher of Abandoned America. If you'd like to learn more about this location, it is a featured chapter in the book "Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences," which you can order signed copies of here. It's also available (unsigned) through Amazon/Barnes & Noble/Powells/Indiebound/Booksamillion. You may also be interested in my new book, Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream, available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and many other online booksellers across the globe.


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