North Brother Island

History, Video

One of 36 (42 in low tide) uninhabited New York City Islands, North Brother Island is a 20-acre piece of land in the East River between the Bronx and Rikers Island that was once home to a quarantine hospital. Currently off-limits to the public, the island became the home of Riverside Hospital for smallpox patients in 1885; “Typhoid Mary” Mallon was quarantined on the island until her death in 1938. This drone video footage offers a rare and hauntingly beautiful view of the island’s decaying bridges and buildings overgrown by forest.

Watch this haunting video footage of the abandoned island

Events, History, photography

Remains of Riverside Hospital on North Brother Island, via Wiki Commons

Thanks to the underground world of urban explorers, there aren’t many parts of New York City that the public hasn’t seen. One such explorer, photographer Christopher Payne, took special interest in North Brother Island, the 20-acre piece of land in the East River between the Bronx and Rikers Island that was once home to a quarantine hospital and the residence of Typhoid Mary.

The island of building ruins and birds is not open to the public, but between 2008 and 2013 Payne was granted exclusive visitation access. He’ll share his photos and findings in an upcoming event at the Museum of the City of New York called “The Last Unknown Place in New York City: A Conversation About North Brother Island.”

More on the event

Daily Link Fix

  • Looking for a little getaway this fall? Design Sponge has mapped out the perfect Upstate art and design weekend.
  • A 1935 R6 city subway car is for sale on eBay, starting at $24,000, reports the Daily News.
  • City Councilmember Mark Levine hopes to give the public access to North Brother Island. Never heard of it? Gothamist has plenty of photos from a rare, illegal visit.
  • Be a kid again and enter the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s tree climbing competition this weekend. More on DNAinfo.
  • Wear your heart on your…sweater? Dezeen showcases the GER Mood Sweater by Sensoree, which changes color based on the wearer’s emotion thanks to LED lights around the collar.

Images: Subway car for sale via eBay (L); GER Mood Sweater via Sensoree


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