New York City is place with a lot of well kept secret places. Probably the best (or at least most interesting) of these places is North Brother Island. The island is located in the East River between Queens and the Bronx. Today, it’s completely abandoned, and nature is slowly reclaiming it.
Following the end of World War II, the island became home to returning veterans and their families in the midst of the post-war housing boom.
In the 1950s, the facility on North Brother Island was converted to treat adolescent drug addicts.
Treating heroin addicts was the specialty of the facility.
Upon arrival, they were usually confined to a locked room in the facility (most against their will) until their addiction was broken.
By the time the 1960s rolled around, the drug treatment facility closed down.
It’s suspected that widespread staff corruption was the cause of the shutdown.
From then on, the hospital remained abandoned, and the island uninhabited.
During the 1970s, attempts were made to sell the island to private investors, but to no avail.
Nature is slowly but surely reclaiming what it lost.
In a few years time, there might not be any standing buildings left on the island.
This is amazing. How can such a creepy treasure sit under the noses of the millions of people living in New York City without anyone knowing about it? Very cool. I just wish they gave tours of the island.