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An island of graves, yearning to be free: Let the public visit Hart Island

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We have sponsored legislation in the City Council to transfer jurisdiction from the Department of Corrections to an agency far better suited to a mission of public access, historic preservation and management of the island’s natural environment: the city’s Parks Department.

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Säsong 19 - Det sista avskedet

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Del 10 av 10. Det sista avskedet. På ön Hart Island utanför Manhattan begravs de okända och oönskade. Konstnären Melinda Hunt har i över tjugofem år tid arbetat med att länka ihop öns döda med eventuella anhöriga i livet. Vi möter konstnären och forskaren Jae Rhim Lee, som skapat "the mushroom death suit"; en dräkt med invävda svampsporer som äter upp kroppen och renar den från gifter. Vi träffar också Margareta Magnusson, som skrivit en bok om hur man döstädar, alltså slänger och rensar i livet för att underlätta för de efterlevande. Programledare: Lina Thomsgård.

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Inside the mysteries of Hart Island in the Bronx, the cemetery of the unknown

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Darryl Alladice and his brother, Paul, were born and raised in New York City. In 1987, Paul was striving to become an actor in New York. Darryl moved to Boston to pursue a music career. By 1997, the two had grown distant, talking every few months.

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A Rare Tour Of Hart Island, NYC's Isle Of Lost Souls - Part II

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Part 2 of a series on Hart Island, New York City's potter's field where more than 1 one million people have been buried in mass graves since 1960.

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A Rare Tour Of Hart Island, NYC's Isle Of Lost Souls

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Hart Island is New York City's potter's field. It is a tiny island off of the coast of the Bronx in Long Island Sound where more than one million people have been buried since the 1860s.

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Events

Historic Boat Tour from Manhattan to Hart Island

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The Historic Districts Council and The Hart Island Project will narrate a 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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Hart Island Project Annual Meeting & Peekskill Open House

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The Hart Island Project Annual Meeting will be held at 10 AM on June 3, 2017. It will be followed by an open house in participation with Peekskill Open Studio. There will be a free trolley from the Metronorth train station to the downtown area. Maps available at the gazebo.


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Unique Places of Death NYC & Secret Island: Performance & panel discussion

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Composer and multimedia artist Volker Goetze presents live performance excerpts of new compositions for African harp, dulcimer, bass clarinet, trumpet, percussion and New York City sounds and visuals. 

Volker Goetze uses live performance combined with 3D immersive audio and 360 video to fully capture the “Unique places of Death;” places in New York City listed in the Traveling Cloud Museum database. 

“Secret Island” is a photography and music project about the forgotten borough of New York – Staten Island – telling the untold stories about historic events which shaped Staten Island going back to the prehistoric ice age up until today.

The concert will consist of 20 minute excerpts of both projects followed by a panel discussion with the composer and Melinda Hunt director of The Hart Island Project. Music for this event is commissioned, in part, with a 2016 composer's commission from the New York State Council on the Arts and Exploring the Metropolis Performing Arts Residency courtesy of Con Edison. free tickets

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Memorial Event for Rosalee Grable

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Celebrating the one year anniversary of Rosalee Grable's death and subsequent burial on Hart Island with song and good spirit. We can't visit her grave on Hart Island but we can gather and remember a great person.  


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Historic District Council Presents: Celebrating Hart Island Public Lecture

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City Cemetery on Hart Island is the largest municipal burial ground in the United States. Located in the Long Island Sound, just a stone’s throw from City Island, Hart Island was purchased by New York City in 1868 for the purpose of opening a Branch Workhouse for older boys from the House of Refuge on Randall’s Island. One hundred and fifty years later, young misdemeanants still bury unclaimed bodies in common graves at City Cemetery. Last year, around 1200 bodies were released for city burial by the Medical Examiner. Hart Island is the final resting place of over one million people and counting.

Formed in 2011 to raise awareness, support for family and friends of the buried, and access to records and maps, The Hart Island Project hosts a storytelling platform called the Traveling Cloud Museum. This award winning digital platform has made the burial process, which is largely unchanged since 1872, visible. The organization works to dispel popular misconceptions about Hart Island including a belief that New York City is running out of burial space.

This lecture and discussion will focus on how this historic burial process serves New Yorkers and explore its potential as a park and urban natural burial facility. Rich in history, Hart Island may hold the secret to a sustainable, ecological municipal burial practice.


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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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