Councilman resurrects plan to turn graveyard to park


A Manhattan lawmaker has revived a plan to transform the Dickensian pauper’s graveyard on Hart Island into publicly accessible parkland — and led a rare media tour of the burial ground Wednesday to promote the idea.

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City Council proposes public park on Hart Island


THE BRONX -The City Council is pushing to create a public park and easier accessibility to Hart Island.

City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez introduced two bills about the island earlier this month.

The proposed legislation would transfer jurisdiction of the island from the Department of Correction to the Parks Department. It would also establish a public ferry service.

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Erosion unearths bones on New York’s island of the dead


NEW YORK (AP) — Storms and the tides are unearthing the long-hidden bones of Hart Island, creating eerie scenes of skulls, femurs and collarbones on this sliver of land where New York City’s destitute dead have for 150 years been sent off to be unceremoniously buried and forgotten.

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Bones emerge on Hart Island, where inmates bury New York paupers


Annette Gallo was 10 years old when her brother Peter sent her a letter, from his orphanage to hers: “Last Wednesday morning something bad happened to papa.”

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‘Bones Beach:’ Hart Island Erosion Unearths Human Skeletons


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Hart Island, a massive burial ground near the Bronx, is eroding, unearthing human skeletons along the shoreline.

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Hart Island Project Annual Meeting


The Hart Island Project board of directors invites you to meet with us on June 23, 2018 at Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201.

Enter at 254 Hicks Street and walk straight to the doors at the end of the sidewalk. Go through the doors and up the stairs directly to Guild Hall. Please let us know in advance if you require wheelchair access: 914-402-5992.

For more information send us an email. The media is welcome to attend.

See pdf announcement

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Past events

Mass for All Souls buried on Hart Island - 9 AM


St. Brendan Catholic Church is one block from the D train. For more information call 718-547-6655.

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Historic Districts Council Preservation Conference 9:30 - 3:00 PM


Join The Hart Island Project at the Historic Districts Council for a Participant-Driven Preservation Conference: Open to the Public!

Vote to hear us talk about how the Civil War influenced burials in New York City. 

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Bronx Parks Speak Up


Notice how Hart Island is missing from this map of greenspaces in the Bronx? It's time to speak-up. Please join The Hart Island Project for the 24th Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up on Saturday, February 24 from 11am-5pm. The tabling and networking time will begin at 11 am and last until 12 Noon. A free lunch is provided and we will have HIP t-shirts and DVDs for sale. 

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NY4CA Speaker Candidate Forum


The Future of NYC Culture and Arts: A conversation with New York City Speaker Candidates.

Moderator: Juan Manuel Benítez, Journalist, Anchor, Reporter, NY1 News.

The Hart Island Project is a community engagement partner. If you have any questions about the forum, please feel free to contact or at 917-923-4765

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Historic Boat Tour from Manhattan to Hart Island


Due to popular demand, the Historic Districts Council and The Hart Island Project will narrate a second trip to and around Hart Island, the city's Potter's Field. It will begin at Pier 66, West 26th Street and 12th Avenue in Chelsea. We will trace the original route from Bellevue Hospital, past Roosevelt Island, through the Hells Gate, past Riker's Island and on to Hart Island on the eastern edge of the Bronx in the Long Island Sound. This trip not recommended for young children. Please bring your own snacks and sunscreen.

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Water cannons saluting one million buried on Hart Island
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