Harry puffed lightly as he topped the crest of a small hill.
Though the buildings may be boarded up, the place is heavy with history, and you can feel it in the air.…made me feel I should be driving an old jalopy to pick up my buddy Norman Bates from his weekly session.Very few places I’ve been to have offered such an all-encompassing out-of-time experience as simply driving down this long, snow-covered road past boarded up buildings: I couldn’t stop thinking of questions: how many thousands of patients had passed through Rockland Psych during its operation?She hated to arch that particular eyebrow, but Bob had recently shaved the other one off to get revenge on her starching his underwear."What's this? "We just punched another ticket, the Harry/Daphne ticket, and managed to turn the Potters into evil idiots instead of the just plain idiots that JKR portrayed them as."Alyx's expression darkened. It makes perfect sense to hide from a dark lord and lounge around your house without your weapon.Just because you shower with a handgun in arms reach and sleep with a shotgun under the bed doesn't mean everyone else would."Bob took a step back and puffed up.What I didn’t realize is that these gates surround a massive, 600 acre insane asylum from the 1920’s – and nearly all of it abandoned.This is the Rockland County Psychiatric Center, built in 1927, and “sprawling” does not do it justice.Here’s the facility in its heyday, and yes, that’s its own power plant in the distance: At its peak year in 1959, Rockland Psychiatric had 9,000 residents and a staff of 2,000.Today, most of the facility is empty, left to decay as roots and vines slowly overtake it.Not only is this window-lined hallway fascinating in itself……Later, while processing the pictures in Photoshop, I noticed something amazing: hidden in the shadows along the upper walls are these hand-painted scenes from NY history: Another, showing Henry Hudson’s Half Moon ship: More windows, and a forgotten pirate hat: Many of the ends of buildings have little pavilions.