North Brother Island

How can an island in the East River in New York City be forgotten? Ah, because it's a protected nesting area, and therefore off-limits to the public. Still, this particular island has quite a history.
Of all the forgotten and mysterious places in the Five Boroughs of New York City, few have histories as rich and interesting as that of North Brother Island. Situated in the Hell Gate, a particularly treacherous stretch of the East River, North Brother was home to the quarantine hospital that housed Typhoid Mary, was the final destination of the General Slocum during its tragic final voyage, and was the site of an experimental drug treatment program which failed due to corruption. Riverside Hospital, the name of the facility on the island throughout its various incarnations, treated everything from smallpox and leprosy to venereal disease and heroin addiction; after the Second World War, it housed soldiers who were studying under the GI bill. The entirety of the island has been abandoned since 1963; over a dozen buildings remain, in various states of disrepair.

The Kingston Lounge not only has more on the history of the island, but lots of pictures of the buildings in their process of decay. Link -via Breakfast Links

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Amazing place. Always fun to go traipsing around the ruins of old buildings, even from an armchair traveller's point of view.
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Lead blocks, copper wire, heating plants, medical waste, who knows what else? This looks like a potential Superfund toxic waste cleanup candidate. Interesting story.
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I am breathless.... I love hearing about, and seeing pictures of, these kinds of places! Such memories remain there, it is fun and haunting to use your imagination to think about what happened in those times. Please, more articles like this one!
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