A friend of mine sent me the link to these photos of a mall in Thailand that was destroyed by a fire and later flooded by a few feet of water. The photographer says the koi fish and carp were deliberated released into the waters, but it’s nonetheless haunting and awesome. From the photographer’s blog:
New World shopping mall, a four storey former shopping mall. Originally constructed as an eleven storey building. It was found to be in breach of old town Bangkok’s four storey limit on building heights. The top seven floors were demolished to adhere to building codes in 1997. In 1999 the mall burned due to suspected arson committed by a competitor in the area. The disaster resulted in several casualties, and the building has remained abandoned ever since. Not having a roof, the basement floor remains under several feet of water year round.
At some point in the early 2000′s an unknown person began introducing a small population of exotic Koi and Catfish species. The small population of fish began to thrive and the result is now a self-sustained, and amazingly populated urban aquarium. I will not tell exactly where it is, as locals somewhat discourage people visiting it. In fact we had to wait for a policeman who was parked on his motorcycle in front of the gate to leave before we timidly entered. Below are a few pictures to give you an idea of the absolutely staggering amount of fish.
In other, less cool news, a kid drowned trying to swim in the East River two weeks ago. He was 21, and by the description of where he and his friends were at, it sounds like they were out on the Con Ed walkway off of Kent Avenue. Having fished out there a bunch of times when the Con Ed building and tanks were still up (easier to hide from cops), I can attest to the strength of the current just in that stretch of 50 or so feet from shore. I don’t know if he jumped in that section of the water or out toward the Manhattan side of the walkway, which I have to assume is even worse. It’s a real shame; he just turned 21 and was about to graduate from college. I don’t know if he was drunk or what (the article seems to imply they were out drinking earlier), but that is some water you don’t want to jump into sober unless you have a REALLY good reason. I hope people start realizing the East River isn’t a place to fuck around swimming because, aside from the myriad diseases you can probably get from swallowing that water, Denton isn’t going to be out on the North 5th pier every time with a rope to save you (G can tell you that story).