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“Hart Island”
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Ranked #38 of 64 things to do in Bronx
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Owner description: No visitors are allowed on this 101-acre, uninhabited island, home to Potter's Field, the City Cemetery of New York, where more than 800,000 unidentified bodies are buried.
Bronx, New York
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Hart Island”
Reviewed 22 January 2014

This is a potter's field. It is not open to the public. Over decades upwards of 700,000 indigent city residents have been buried there in plain pine boxes. The bodies are ferried there from the foot of Fordham Street on City Island. The gravediggers are inmates from Rikers Island, the NYC prison.

Visited September 2013
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Fairfield, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
192 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“you can see it, but can't get there”
Reviewed 11 January 2014

a great piece of NYC history....you can only see the island, you are not allowed to go on it and NY's finest are protecting it as well, but it is worth getting a look-see if you can...

Visited April 2013
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Connecticut
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“I can't get near it”
Reviewed 18 June 2012

One cannot visit Hart Island except under special circumstances. It is the cemetery for the poor, the unknown and the unclaimed. In the old days, these cemeteries were called "Potter's Fields" I understand that the Department of Corrections takes care of the island's burials and maintenance, using labor from the prison population and other employees.The Hart Island Ferry is moored at a dock down one of the streets on City Island. A white monument was erected there that acknowledges the various faiths of those interred there. It is a very poignant sentinel that acknowledges the humanity of those that are buried there. I'd like to know how one finds information about a family member buried there.

Visited July 2011
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
233 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“This is a cemetary”
Reviewed 11 March 2012

Potters field cemetary for impoverished people what could be more depressing ?

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