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First a Mistaken Burial as a Pauper. Then the Indignities Piled Up.

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Karen Mary Connors lived alone and died that way in 2011. The only child of a New York City firefighter turned lawyer, she lived her final years cloistered in what had been her family’s summer home in the Rockaways, with only a few houses standing between her and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Families of New York's unclaimed dead get more access to graves

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Relatives of people buried at a New York City island that serves as the largest mass grave in the United States will have increased access to the cemetery under a modified lawsuit settlement announced on Tuesday.

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Hart Island, Mott Haven make 2017 ‘Six to Celebrate’ list

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The Historic Districts Council announced this year's picks for the "Six to Celebrate" list, which celebrates historic New York neighborhoods.

The chosen neighborhoods generally include acclaimed architecture or historical sites, but this year the council included Hart Island. 

Residents have been pushing to have the Department of Corrections turn the island over to the Parks Department. It has been used for years as a potter's field.

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Historic Districts Council Announces Annual List of NYC Areas Meriting Preservation

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The Historic Districts Council (HDC), New York’s city-wide advocate for historic buildings and neighborhoods, is pleased to announce that Hart Island is included in its Six to Celebrate, an annual listing of historic New York City neighborhoods that merit preservation attention. 

Six to Celebrate is New York’s only citywide list of preservation priorities. Profiles of each of the 2017 Six to Celebrate neighborhoods, as well as all past neighborhoods, are available by visiting www.6tocelebrate.org. 

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Advocates Call for Expanded Access to Hart Island

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Community advocates, U.S war veterans and City Council members called on the Parks and Recreation Department Thursday to increase efforts to make Hart Island more accessible to the public.

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Events

Open to the Public - Making Our Story Heard - Historic Districts Council 23 Annual Preservation Conference

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Join The Hart Island Project at the Historic Districts Council for a Participant Driven Preservation Conference on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 9 AM to 4 PM.

This day-long Conference will dive into campaigns to preserve communities throughout the city with sessions led by the participants.

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Bronx Parks Speak Up

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The Hart Island Project will host a table at the 23rd Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up beginning at 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The event is held at Lehman Colleges Faculty Dining Room in the MUSIC BUILDING AT 250 BEDFORD PARK BLVD. W. The theme of this year's Speak Up is "The Future of Bronx Parks and Open Space. Please come by and say hello. 


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(clockwise from top left): Bronx River Alliance, Karen Argenti, Clarence Eckerson.
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