(Boilerplant from Morgue Roof, Image Via Christopher Payne)
(Tuberculosis Pavilion Lobby, Image Via Christopher Payne)
It’s crazy to think that, with all those people crawling all over New York’s densely populated islands, there is one island which has been all but forgotten by the millions of citizens trying to get their bite of the Big Apple.
It’s called North Brother Island, and it sits in the East River like a monument to New York’s invisible past. During the 19th and early 20th century patients with infectious diseases were housed on the island, then it briefly housed returning WWII veterans before being left to slowly rot into the East River when it was closed to the public in the 1960s.
These stunning photographs by Christopher Payne show us what North Brother Island looked like not long ago- they were taken in 2008 and collected in the book North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City.