Exploring The New York Asylum For Idiots
The New York Asylum for Idiots was founded in 1851. Over the course of history it went through several name changes. In 1891 it was renamed Syracuse State Institution for Feeble-Minded Children. In 1921 it was changed to Syracuse State School for Mental Defectives. Then it was shortened in 1927 to Syracuse State School. In 1973 it was torn down and replaced with the Syracuse Developmental Center.
The Syracuse Developmental Center closed in 1998. For much of our history we institutionalized the disabled and separated them from society. This was wrong. We now integrate the disabled into our society and give them all the freedom they are capable of achieving. The way we used to treat the Mentally Ill and Disabled, often lumping them in together, was appalling
The Syracuse Developmental Center was bought by an overseas company which is accused of corruption. Failing to pay the taxes on the property, Syracuse is moving to reclaim the property. In the meantime the massive property which has one of the best views of the Syracuse Skyline, remains abandoned, attracting homeless and vandals.
In this Urbex adventure video we explore the massive structure. We have a few harrowing moments and also pick up some evp's and hear strange noises. Overall these structures usually get torn down and we lose the history of them. When you think of the impact this place had on so many lives, I think we should do what we can to learn what happened here in the 25 years it has remained abandoned.