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Take a Trip to Hart Island with New York Adventure Club

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Department of Correction Pier

299 Fordham Street

Bronx, NY 10464

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**While New York Adventure Club does not charge for events hosted by the NYC Department of Correction, a deposit will be required to discourage no-shows, which will be fully refunded upon attendance.

Join New York Adventure Club for a rare visit to Hart Island, which has been used as a Union Civil War prison camp, psychiatric institution, tuberculosis sanatorium, boys’ reformatory, and potter’s field.

While Hart Island is actively managed by the Department of Correction, New York Adventure Club has secured several spots to observe the island from a designated gazebo, which is the only approved viewing area for the general public.

Come with questions for the ferry captain, who has worked the route between City Island and Hart Island for over 10 years.

Sketchbooks for drawing, and Hart Island reading material to share with attendees, are highly encouraged.

Click here to see pictures from one of our last visits!

Hart Island Rules

· Have a government-issued photo ID (i.e., driver’s license).

· No contraband including cell phones, cameras, and other electronic devices are allowed. (There will be a secure lock box on the dock to leave these items for the duration of the visit.).

· Small tokens such as flowers may be left. No metal items are permitted to be left.

· Visitors may stay for up to an hour and a half.

*Attendees on waitlist will be notified if additional spots become available

What is Hart Island?

New York City purchased Hart Island in 1868 to serve as its Potter’s Field—a place of burial for unknown or indigent people. It is the tenth Potter’s Field in the City’s history. Previous NYC Potter’s Fields were located at the current sites of Washington Square, Bellevue Hospital, Madison Square, the NYC Public Library, Wards Island, and Randall’s Island. According to the New York City Department of Records and Information Services, the first burial records at Hart Island date back to May 1881 and continue to the present day (though there are several gaps during which no records are available).

A number of jurisdictions set aside public burial sites or “potter’s fields” for individuals who cannot provide for their own burial, who have not been identified, or for those whose next of kin cannot be reached.

The Department of Correction is responsible for operating and maintaining NYC’s Potter’s Field. Based on burial records, as many as one million people have been buried on Hart Island.


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Department of Correction Pier

299 Fordham Street

Bronx, NY 10464

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