October 13, 2010

Photo Essay: Abandoned Royal Motel, Mattydale, NY

In my jaunts back to my hometown of Syracuse, NY, I'd often noticed the delapidated, hopeless neon sign of the Royal Motel, which looked transplanted on the front lawn of a typical vinyl-sided suburban Central New York home.

I didn't realize it actually still pointed travelers towards a still-standing motel, abandoned down a long driveway off Route 11 in Mattydale.

Most of the doors are boarded up, some with foreclosure notices.

But you can still get into some of the rooms...

...which are surprisingly bi-level, with stairs leading up to a mezzanine level.

The motel bears the marks of typical abandonment, including strewn mattresses about the property...

...but in the rear, surrounding the building that appears to have functioned as a front office, or management office, there are surprising bits of beauty...

The motel - which appears to have functioned most recently as an extended stay rental property, with motor lodge-style apartment housing - is abandoned, but not entirely empty.

Squatters were eying me as I skulked about. And an overweight woman in a pink shirt emerged from the front house property (upon whose lawn the neon sign rests) and smoked a cigarette while waiting for me to put away my camera and get back in Maria's car.


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