GALLERY: As Psych Center Demo Begins, Buildings Fade into History

We've got a few photos of buildings slated to be knocked down, but we'd love you to contribute to our gallery.

With the demolition of several Kings Park Psychiatric Center buildings underway as July 1, the long-planned project is poised to wipe many places that have stood in the area for decades from the map.

So before they are lost for good, we've started this gallery to capture some of the structures that will be dismantled. If you have any photos of your own, please add them to our gallery.

For a full list of buildings set to be demolished, .

Frank Mercuri July 11, 2012 at 12:43 AM
I wish all references to things that were, be refered to as "former". We seem to identify things that were as thisgs that are, but not really are. The property is a park and should be addressed as such. All that was is a "former "Phyc center. Today the move is a reallity in making this a true park by removing the unsigntly, neglected , unusable structures into pasture and fields to enjoy. I look to this clean up to be an accomplishment as a continuation of the future where generations to come will look at this "former" facility now a park, which theirs and my children played in not a place where the generations will recall a place that housed and cared for the unfortunate. Its history is well documented in books and photographs, its present and future is yet to be written and photographed and when done will be part of the history of Kings Park. Those structures that will remain will be looked at as places to place museums, cultural centers and needed park services all and more to be part of a master plan. So please let's refer this as a f"ormer" and what it truly is, a park.
Steve July 11, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Three words......New York Islanders.......
crzykids July 11, 2012 at 07:55 AM
4 words.. no more copper thiefs!
Irondog July 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Rest assured, someone will have a connection and try to develop this into dense housing, thus contributing to more urban sprawl. OR someone will have the brilliant idea to develop "low income housing". OR it might become another potential site for a power plant with it's proximity to the Long Island Sound. Just wait... Only time will tell.
Joe Mac July 11, 2012 at 01:38 PM
I would love for this to be a reality, but there is no way they could ever create an infrastructure that could support it.
Nesconset Dude July 11, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Four more words.....I don't think so......
Nesconset Dude July 11, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Just make sure you get out and vote next election. Rumor has it that a long-time town supervisor is giving it yet another run of it. Maybe it's time for a change and a plan.
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Thanks Jeanne for sharing your photos.
jschrecko July 11, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Yesssss, Steve!!!
Frank Mercuri July 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Rob A Your doomsday thoughts are all wrong. All were tried except the power plant which will never be a go or a logical location. I suggest you read the constitution of the State of New York regarding preserved land.
John K. Massaro July 12, 2012 at 12:11 AM
There's not a developer in his right mind that would take on a cleanup bill like that. We're talking tens of millions of dollars & at least 5-8 years of cleanup & removal before any plans would even be drawn up...
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Thanks for adding your photos SSW.
gasolinealley July 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM
next the state will say they need the money sell it off and bam houses will be built
Tom Gillen July 18, 2012 at 03:17 PM
will never happen
message poster October 13, 2012 at 01:37 AM
It is very sad to see these buildings go. The hospital had such an impact on the former patients and staff and the community. The buildings with their unique architecture and interesting history have served their purpose but it is time for them to go and make way to benefit the lives of future generations. This home and place of employment to thousands will never be forgotten. This demolition is a big step toward all of our benefit- keeping foolish teens and urban explorers out of these condemned buildings and removing rotting buildings from the lovely Kings Park. R.I.P. KPPC!


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