American Graffiti in Plainview
One beautiful Saturday we made our way to the Shattuck Estate, an abandoned mansion in Plainview, New York. Being very easy to find and not a struggle to get to, it was a no-brainer to visit. Not much is known about the construction of this home. Somewhere in the early 1900’s successful New York City attorney, Edwin Paul Shattuck, bought the estate. Shattuck lived in the home until his death in 1964. The homes golden age was from the 1920’s – 1940’s.
|Edwin Paul Shattuck|
Mr. Shattuck was the personal attorney for 31st President, Herbert Hoover. The two were best friends and died within three days of each other. I can assume that Hoover must have visited this grand estate at one time or another.
Edwin was a member of the Shattuck family; known for founding the Frank G. Shattuck Company, which operated many things including the well-known food chain of the time, Schrafft Foods.
|This reminds me of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air|
Nassau County purchased the property back in the early 1970’s, and wanted to develop the land for residential and commercial purposes. In 1972, Carl Ross, a resident of Plainview, fought to turn the Shattuck Estate and it is 138-acre parcel into a preserve – it was a success!
The mansion has mostly been forgotten about and left to nature. As we can see from the photos, local teenagers have found the spot and frequent it as a hang out to drink beer and spray graffiti.
There are two types of abandoned properties one can explore. Ones that are easily accessible, like this one, and ones that are a struggle to get to (Hart Island). These easy ones get trashed with litter and spray paint, which, in my opinion, takes away from the experience. I prefer the locations that lurk in the shadows – that’s where true adventure is found. Nonetheless, we had a fun time checking this place out. Until next adventure, I bid you adieu.