Lost City in the Woods
April 25, 2008 8:10 AM   Subscribe

North Brother Island has cool birdsand old buildings. It used to be a quarantine zone for victims of infectious disease. posted by owhydididoit (14 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I love this dirty town.
posted by Busithoth at 8:27 AM on April 25, 2008

A great write up from Forgotten NY.
posted by johnjreiser at 8:43 AM on April 25, 2008

Nice! I am inordinately fascinated by "recent" ruins.

Here's the island on Google Maps.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 9:03 AM on April 25, 2008 [1 favorite]

Google Maps = old and busted
Virtual Earth Bird's Eye View = new hotness
posted by johnjreiser at 9:09 AM on April 25, 2008 [2 favorites]

Nice ruins. Sweet. I wanna go there.

What I find kind of surprising is that this isn't owned by some mega-rich person who lives on it, in some splendiferous abode. Some captain of finance, say, who works daily in NYC and returns each night to his own little island. Boat dock, tennis court, swimming pool, jogging path, plenty of trees... amirite?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:14 AM on April 25, 2008

"used to be a quarantine zone"... "USED" to be???

Do you think that blue thingie with feathers on its head is a "bird"?

(chuckles) Oh my dear, you are SO naive. Next thing you'll be telling me is that this is a work of fiction.
posted by Mike D at 9:15 AM on April 25, 2008

posted by Artw at 10:56 AM on April 25, 2008

Virtual Earths views are awesome, but Google was worth it for me just for the ability to zoom out and realise where it is. When they say NY they really do mean NY!
posted by Artw at 11:02 AM on April 25, 2008

Further upstate, the Bowne Hospital in Poughkeepsie was originally intended to house tuberculosis patients; in 1957, the grounds were renovated into Dutchess Community College, with Bowne (Hall) serving as classroom space.
posted by Smart Dalek at 1:29 PM on April 25, 2008

Waterfont: A Walk around Manhattan by Phillip Lopate has a chapter on North Brother Island. Based on the book I've been wanting to kayak there for awhile. I always try to check it out when I'm fling into LaGuardia.
posted by Xurando at 2:24 PM on April 25, 2008

So cool. They've already converted all our tuberculosis sanitariums here in Chicago into other stuff so there's no spooky ruins to poke around. I'm jealous.
posted by Jess the Mess at 7:04 PM on April 25, 2008

God I need a canoe. Does anyone have a canoe I can borrow? I am serious.
posted by unknowncommand at 9:10 PM on April 25, 2008

MeFi meetup/slasher movie!
posted by Artw at 9:27 PM on April 25, 2008 [1 favorite]

Hmmm. Well, this sounds like a worthy expedition.
posted by iamck at 10:02 PM on April 25, 2008

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