Opened in 1856, this smallpox hospital on the southern tip of Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) was part of a multitude of public institutions to care for New York City's unfortunate and destitute.

The island sits between Queens and Manhattan, and was easily accessible by ferry; it was home to a prison, insane asylum, and other similar facilities.As of 1872, an annual number of 7,000 patients were treated, with an average of 450 deaths.

The island was renamed Welfare Island in 1921, and in the 1950s many of the institutions on the island became obsolete and were abandoned.

coordinates : 40°45'05.89"N 73°57'34.50"W
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  1. Anonymous // Sunday, October 26, 2008 2:17:00 PM  

    There is something so sad, yet so beautiful about this building, I am so happy you put these pictures up, all of these pictures from your various posts. What a unique and wonderful idea for a blog. keep on bringing the forgetten places of the world back to life on this site, I can't wait to see what's next!

  2. The Artificial Owl // Monday, October 27, 2008 1:28:00 AM  

    Thanks Nacie, I'm very glad you appreciate the blog.

  3. Mikey Hell // Monday, December 22, 2008 8:56:00 PM  

    Holy crap, that's in GTA 4 and rendered amazingly similarly

  4. Anonymous // Sunday, January 18, 2009 10:58:00 AM  

    Yes, thats in gta 4, and it looks just the same, the baems suporting the bay windows are also in gta 4. They xeroxed the building

  5. Anonymous // Tuesday, April 14, 2009 5:15:00 AM  

    It was also in one of the Spiderman movies