Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Self Guided tour of Hart Island

Hart Island is just a dingy ride away from City Island. I heard that there are inmates who come there to dig graves for the John Does and other unclaimed bodies. Last week I went exploring when there was no one there. Weekends are the best time to go. I checked out a bunch of abandoned buildings. The building pictured above was like a huge dormitory. Multiple community shower bathrooms, rooms with old bed springs and mattresses, washing machines and a lot of other miscellaneous stuff.
You can hardly see it but there are a bunch of burial markers. Also, you cant see it in the picture but there were these vent type pipes coming out of the ground like they have at landfills. I have read a few different ways the buried the bodies. But the general idea is each body gets a coffin and they stack a few on top of each other.

Hart Island History Menu This website you should visit, a lot of this I can see from by boat.

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