Also known as The Island of the Dead, it is run by the NYC Department of corrections and to visit you’d need to be either a convict, worker or a family member of someone that is buried on the island, and even family members are heavily supervised. Tresspass also leaves violators with a heavy fine and up to two years of imprisonment.

Hart’s Island was a POW camp for four months during 1865, 235 confederate soldiers died on the island. In 1870 it was a yellow fever quarantine station for New York and then in 1885 there was a women’s insane asylum which still stands today, and there was also a boys reformatory. Then in World War 2 it was handed to the Navy and it has also been used as a prison, TB Sanatorium and drug rehabilitation centre.

So all of this aside the Island has also been used for another purpose, the disposal of the dead for those that cannot be funded for a proper burial. 850,000 people have been buried there in mass graves and the number is not likely to stop.

Most of the people that are buried there died as unknown, unclaimed bodies. The homeless, mentally ill, alcoholics, transients, and other unfortunates from the minors to elders reside in the trenches and with such a gloomy history it’s not surprising that stories of the haunted come from the land.

A trench at the potter's field on Hart Island, circa 1890 by Jacob Riis

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