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Chronicles: The Insane of Blackwell’s Island

Blackwell's Island Insane Asylum Octagon, 1970s

New York City holds many secrets and for many years, those secrets were held on Blackwell’s Island, now known as Roosevelt Island. Receiving little more than a footnote in the pages of history, the N.Y.C Insane A.B.C (New York City Insane Asylum Blackwell’s Island) built in 1834, was a weekly news item for the years the facility was open, from ... Read More »

Chronicles: Renwick Smallpox Hospital

Renwick Smallpox Hospital, Roosevelt Island

In the mid-1800s, the smallpox vaccine was readily available in New York but despite that, the city continued to suffer outbreaks of the often deadly disease. This continued plague on residents was due to the high amounts of immigrants arriving each day. To try and abate smallpox from spreading throughout the boroughs, a hospital was built on Blackwell’s Island in ... Read More »

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