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NORTH BROTHER ISLAND: THE LAST UNKNOWN PLACE IN NEW YORK CITY -- PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHRISTOPHER PAYNE. Randall Mason and Robert Sullivan. Empire State Editions, Fordham University Press, Bronx, 2014. Distributed by Oxford University Press. 144 pp. with 120 ills. (90 col.). 24 x 30 cm. LC 2013-956146 ISBN 9780823257713 In English.
Publisher's description: At first encounter, North Brother Island is among the most unexpected of places: an uninhabited island of ruins in New York City that hardly anyone knows, existing today almost in secret. But in some fundamental sense it is also quite ordinary, for just as they have in other parts of the city, people have lived, worked, studied, healed, and died here for centuries. The island has been bought and sold, used and re-used many times over. For a while, though, it was famous: In 1885, it became the home of the Riverside Hospital, which had been established to isolate and treat people with infectious diseases. By 1895, the hospital had grown to such an extent that the social reformer Jacob Riis wrote that there "was nothing like it in the world." Later, the island's reputation grew mostly in infamy: In 1904, the passenger steamship General Slocum caught fire in the East River, leaving more than a thousand souls dead on the shores of North Brother Island, the single greatest loss of life in New York City to that time; in 1908, the hospital received as a patient Mary Mallon, better known as "Typhoid Mary," who would die on North Brother in 1938. North Brother Island is both part of the City of New York and a world apart from it.
Artist(s):Payne, Christopher
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-2000 — Photography
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 158427
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