The giant grain elevator that fell silent fifty years ago (46 Pics)

This dreary, imposing, yet monumental structure is The Port Authority Grain Terminal. An abandoned grain elevator in Red Hook, casting a ghostly silhouette on the Brooklyn skyline.
Abandoned since 1965, this massive 429-foot long and 12-story high beige-colored fortress was built in 1922 for the purpose of washing, drying and storing grain from the Great Lakes, before it was loaded onto freight ships and delivered to breweries, distilleries and flour mills.
City officials and engineers refer to the building as the Magnificent Mistake. Red Hook’s inhabitants affectionately term it one of two distinct names: 'The Lady Finger,' due to its unique structure which consists of a series of 54 joined concrete semi-circular silos; or simply, the 'Elevator.'
The Terminal offers spectacular vistas of Lady Liberty, the busy harbor, with superb views of both Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, the Empire State building as well as the buildings of Midtown and beyond.
The grain elevator has maintained its mystique with many urban explorers, like Hannah Frishburg, venturing into the site to take pictures that show rickety metal staircases, intricate graffiti and a sprawling warehouse floor full of old machinery.
Still a magnificent building, surrounded by a hazy stillness as gulls fly around its cavernous enormous structure, these pictures show New York on the cusp - as the city shifts from its industrial past and hurtles towards its gentrified future.