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North Brother Island, USA

From series “Abandoned Places of the Earth with Distinct Marks of Civilization”
Fans of walking through the deserted places have to visit Island North Brother in the United States. This island is located near the airport of La Guardia. Since the late 19th century, New Yorkers tried to avoid the island. Some do not run the risk of walking on it even these days. In 1880, the large hospital was opened here. There were patients with the most dangerous and contagious diseases: typhoid, smallpox, scarlet fever, and leprosy. For years, an unauthorized entry to the territory of the island was not admitted. The hospital has existed here until the 30s of the last century.

North Brother Island, USA Later, it has been converted into a rehabilitation center for drug-addicted teenagers, which was closed in 1963. Today, nature reigns on the abandoned island of North Brother. In summer, you can admire buildings covered with ivy and take a stroll through the picturesque forest. However, many locals still do not dare to visit the island. Some of them believe that it is probable to contract dangerous diseases. Others are afraid to find among the ruined buildings the restless souls of patients, for whom North Brother has become the last refuge in life.

One of the first of contemporaries who wasn’t afraid of the tragic history of the island was the photographer Christopher Payne. In 2008, he has visited the island and made incredibly spectacular pictures of landscapes and dilapidated buildings. Since then, a number of those wishing to visit the island increased significantly. It’s not difficult to reach the uninhabited land. It is situated in the East River, only 350 meters off coast. Next - Teufelsberg


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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Nationallink, Inc.' located in 1.04 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Metro Luxury, Inc.' is located in 1.6 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Black Start NYPA,' in 0.94 km
Supermarket: 'F & J Masters Sales Corporation' in 0.82 km
Parking: 'Sheridan Garage' in 1.3 km
Apotheek: 'Ronald A. Mohammed, RPH' in 1.1 km
Police station: 'Bronx Sanitation Department' in 1.62 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Port Morris Deli Restaurant' in 0.72 km
Railway station: 'Melrose' in 3.13 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Manhattan Airport - in 14 km
 »  Teterboro Airport TEB - in 15 km
 »  John F Kennedy Airport JFK - in 19 km
 »  Essex County Airport CDW - in 33 km
 »  Linden Airport LDJ - in 35 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near North Brother Island

Opera House Hotel

Located in 2 km from North Brother Island
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Rooms: 60
Each room at the Opera House Hotel features a flat-screen cable TV, microwave, and refrigerator. They also have an iPod docking station and a leather … More: photo, rates and booking
Uptown Madison Deluxe

Located in 3 km from North Brother Island
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Rooms: 1
The apartment at Uptown Madison Deluxe includes a fully-equipped kitchen complete with a refrigerator, dishwasher and kitchenware. There is also a … More: photo, rates and booking
North Broadway Deluxe

Located in 4 km from North Brother Island
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Rooms: 1
Each room at North Broadway Deluxe offers a modern décor. A separate living area features a flat-screen cable TV. A dining area with 6 seats is … More: photo, rates and booking
West Harlem Deluxe

Located in 5 km from North Brother Island
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Rooms: 1
The West Harlem Deluxe includes a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, refrigerator, and stove. The apartment has an en suite bathroom with a hair … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Unisphere
7 km - Unisphere
One of the largest and symbolic fountains in the world is located in New York. It is the Unisphere Fountain, located in Meadows-Corona Park, opened on the occasion of the 1964-1965 World Exposition. The theme of the exhibition was quite interesting and was 'the …
Grand Central New York
8 km - Grand Central New York
New York central railway station is also in a list of the world known landmarks. It was built at the beginning of the 20th century and stands out from the other by the architectural concept. The main symbol of the historic station is the huge Tiffany clock. The station …
Empire State Building
9 km - Empire State Building
An excellent viewing platform, from which you can see the city in all its glory can be found in New York. The deck located in Empire State Building is especially popular among tourists. The height of this historic skyscraper is 381 meters. It was built in 1931, and, …
High Line Park
10 km - High Line Park
A lot of amazing picturesque parks wait for locals and foreigners in New York. The most unusual one in the district of Manhattan is the High Line. It was recently opened in the abandoned railway viaduct that was in ruins for more than a decade. Now, it is planted with …
New York
12 km - New York
New York is also in a list of cities where one of the main danger is the water. Today it is one of the largest and the most populated cities in the world. When a disaster comes, a great number of people dies. For example, when the Sandy hurricane came to New York, 43 …
Waterfront in New York
13 km - Waterfront in New York
Vacation in New York will be not so memorable without the walk along the embankment. The first equipped embankment has appeared in Manhattan district. At the beginning of 2011 was worked out the unified plan of the coastline development. According to the plan, there …

Top destination around North Brother Island - New York

Celebrities and other rich and famous people arrive in New York every day, and, without a doubt, they choose the best hotels for their stay. The Plaza remains one of the most luxurious hotels in the city. It has virtually no competitors in terms of the design and quality of service. Fans of old comedy movies know this hotel very well as one of the episodes of Home Alone was filmed at The Plaza. Guest rooms are made in the French style and are decorated with massive crystal chandeliers and furniture made of rare sorts of wood. The bathrooms look impressive with skillful mosaic and 24k gold finish. Suites have not only standard electronics but also iPads. The respectable hotel will not disappoint even the most hard-to-please clients.

Park Avenue is the location of a no less famous hotel - Waldorf Astoria New York . Frank Sinatra lived in one of the luxurious rooms of the hotel for several years. Nowadays, everyone can book that legendary suite. In addition to premium rooms with posh design and elements of décor made of precious materials, the hotel offers a wide range of extra services. The hotel has a fantastic Bull and Bear Steakhouse restaurant that serves national cuisine dishes and signature meat delicacies. Beer fans are always welcome at Oscar’s beer restaurant, and travelers, who enjoy dining in stylish places, can try signature delicacies in Peacock Alley that is open in the hotel’s lobby. The legendary hotel offers more than 1,200 guest rooms of different categories.
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