Hart Island, which sits at the western end of New York's Long Island Sound, boasts more than 850,000 residents - all of them dead. The island is now used primarily as a potter's field, but in its past it has housed a POW camp, a rehab facility, and a women's insane asylum. The island is now completely abandoned
The Pavilion building, built in 1885, was originally an Asylum for women. It handled the overflow from the Asylum on Roosevelt Island, and typically received chronic cases. In the 1970s, it was last used as a drug rehab facility called Phoenix House. People have reported all kinds of paranormal phenomena here, such as hearing voices and seeing apparitions.
Hart Island is an island off of the Bronx in NYC. At one time there was a reformatory and a drug rehabilitation center. In the 1920s, an amusement park was built there by a black man who called it Negro Coney Island.
A view of the chapel on Hart Island (located in the Long Island Sound, near the Bronx neigborhood of City Island). Hart Island housed Confederate prisoners during the Civil War, and later served as a cemetery and missile base. Today it is managed by the New York City Department of Correction.
The Scariest Places in America | HART ISLAND, NEW YORK CITY | Many New Yorkers don't even know about this 101-acre island, which sits in the Long Island Sound and is part of the Bronx. Once a Nike missile base, the island has been home to prisoners and psychiatric inmates, and as the country's largest cemetery, is currently a mass burial site for the city's unclaimed and unidentified dead. Burials are handled by volunteer inmates from Riker's Island.