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Hart Island

Address: Bronx, NY
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Ranked #20 of 25 Attractions in Bronx
Type: Islands, Nature & Parks
Owner description: No visitors are allowed on this 101-acre, uninhabited island, home to Potter's Field, the City...
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Type: Islands, Nature & Parks
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.

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English first
Bronx, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 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.

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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70 reviews 70 reviews
29 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 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...

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Connecticut
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 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... More 

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New York City, New York
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149 reviews 149 reviews
40 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

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

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