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Title: North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City
Authors: Christopher Payne
Publisher: Empire State Editions
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9780823257713
Language: English

Noth Brother Island, a small dot in the East River, was a minor piece of the New York archipelago until the late 19th century, when calls for social and sanitary reform combined to remake it as a hospital island, a place to contain infectious disease and, later, other societal ills.
Abandoned since 1963, North Brother Island is a ruin and a wildlife sanctuary, closed to the public and virtually invisible to it.
Photographer Christopher Payne was granted permission by New York City’s Parks & Recreation Department to photograph the island over a period of years.
The book includes a history by University of Pennsylvania preservationist Randall Mason, who has studied the island extensively, and an essay by the writer Robert Sullivan, who came along on one of the rare expeditions.

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Related: New York - Christopher Payne's web site

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