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New York’s Haunting and Forgotten North Brother Island

Set sail for North Brother—a forgotten island in the midst of the Big Apple.

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  • Photo Credit: Christopher Payne
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  • Photo Credit: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
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  • View of Manhattan From the Shore of North Brother

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  • Remnants of the Boiler Plant From the Roof of the Morgue

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  • Natural Sky Light From Inside the Boiler Plant

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  • The Facade of St. John-By-the-Sea Church

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  • A Side View of St. John-By-the-Sea Church

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  • Remains of the Service Building’s Auditorium

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  • North Brother’s Morgue in the Fall

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  • North Brother’s Morgue in the Summer

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  • The Tuberculosis Pavilion in the winter. The building is the island’s largest structure and served as housing for juvenile drug offenders.

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  • The Tuberculosis Pavilion in the Spring

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  • The Tuberculosis Pavilion in the Summer

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  • A grammar book from 1930. North Brother had its own school, P.S. 619, for the children with communicable diseases who were quarantined on the island. It later served the island’s juvenile drug offender population.