New York island where more than one million people are buried in a potters field is to be opened to the public so they can visit loved ones in potters field


NYC mayor signed a bill that transfers control of the nations largest public burial ground, Hart Island, from the city corrections dept to the parks department

Read more…
Screen shot 2019 12 06 at 4.56.36 pm

Hart Island to become parkland, making graves easier to visit


NEW YORK - A small island in the Long Island Sound that is home to the nation's largest public burial ground will soon be easier to visit and explore.

Read more…
Screen shot 2019 12 06 at 5.20.05 pm
Fox5 News

'They Are Now Free:' 1M Graves Liberated From Corrections Dept


NEW YORK CITY — More than one million New Yorkers buried in unmarked graves on an island off the coast of The Bronx are no longer a part of the penal system.

Read more…
Screen shot 2019 12 06 at 5.14.16 pm
Kathleen Culliton | Patch

De Blasio signs bills increasing access to Hart Island


Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation Wednesday that overhauls the city’s management of Hart Island, the largest potter’s field in the nation where an estimated million New Yorkers were laid to rest.

Read more…
Screen shot 2019 12 06 at 5.07.52 pm
Gabriella Bass/New York Post

The Buried AIDS Story


When the AIDS epidemic hit in full in the 1980s, the city began sending the death victims to a separate area south on the island. "Parts of the unknown story of the AIDS epidemic are buried on Hart Island. It is totally unacceptable that the island is still there as an open wound. We have to go through a process that honors these people." says Melinda Hunt to Blikk.

Read more…
Grave sites 1993
©1993 Melinda Hunt/The Hart Island Project
load more


There are no upcoming events

Past events

Hart Island Bill Signing with Mayor De Blasio


On Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Mayor De Blasio will sign bills transferring jurisdiction of Hart Island from the Department of Correction to the Department of Parks and Recreation. 

Blue room city hall
NYC Design

#Giving Tuesday 2019 - Please contribute.

Read more…
Giving tuesday 2019 letterbox

Jail for the Dead: How New York City Buried the Unclaimed - A conversation with Thomas Laqueur & Melinda Hunt

Website image
Part of the Death and After Series hosted by the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life

Public Lecture - The Aura of the Dead in a Disenchanted World - by Thomas Laqueur


Aura—the breath of enchantment—that makes the body of a saint or a unique masterwork of art special is said to be on the wane, done in by technology and secularization. But the bodies of the dead and even their ashes, indistinguishable one urn from other, have lost little of their potency. This lecture explores the ways in which the aura of mortal remains function to create sacrality in the absence of God and other worlds beyond our own.

This event is cosponsored by the Department of History, the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Part of the Death and After series at IRCPL.

Read more…

Hart Island Project Annual Meeting


The Hart Island Project annual meeting is free and open to the public. Please join us to learn about our initatives.

Screen shot 2019 06 01 at 4.15.37 pm
Neighborhood Preservation Center
load all past events
The Hart Island Project © 2019
Website by Studio Airport