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Rachel M. W. ~ born August 1992. No longer residing in Tofino, B,C. Living to discover the bigger picture without any real initiative..

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Hope aka The Book Of Alice - Constellations Of Reflection, 2014    Drawings: Tempera, Watercolors on Paper
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Collapsing main staircase inside the Doctors’ Cottage on North Brother Island.  The central section of this building - which this staircase used to connect - is mostly collapsed; it would be extremely unwise to venture into this part of the building.  So of course, I did.
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Abandoned North Brother Island, New York
North Brother Island, located in between Queens and the Bronx in New York, has a long and fascinating history. The entire island has now been abandoned for nearly 50 years.
In the 1880s, the island was used to build a hospital complex to quarantine and treat people suffering from smallpox and typhoid fever. This hospital was home to the infamous “Typhoid Mary”. She was forcibly isolated twice by public health authorities after infecting 51 people with typhoid, three of whom died, over the course of her career as a cook. She spent nearly three decades in isolation on North Brother Island until her own death.

The hospital was later turned into housing for World War II veterans attending school on the GI Bill. In the 1950s, the island was home to one of the first juvenile drug rehabilitation centers in history. It remained in operation until the island was abandoned in 1963.

They tried to sell the island to private investors in the 1970s but the cost of construction, transportation to the island, and the noise from Laguardia airport discouraged anyone from buying it.

In June, 2013, it was announced that two architecture students are planning to construct a learning school for autistic children on the 20-acre island. It is currently unknown if and when this project will come to fruition.

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This is where I need to explore.

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It really blows my mind that so many New Yorkers are unaware that, right in the East River, off the Bronx, there sits 20 acres of abandoned island with a storied history.  North Brother Island was many things over the years - it opened as an extension of Riverside Hospital in 1885, treating smallpox patients overflowing from the Renwick building on Blackwell’s Island.  During this period, it was home to “Typhoid” Mary Mallon, and was the site of the wreck of the General Slocum.  Closing in the late 30s, it reopened again in the 40s to provide housing for GIs who had come back from the war, and finally, from 1953-1963, was a draconian drug rehab facility for court ordered juvenile offenders.  Abandoned now for over half a century, the island has faded into memory for most of New York City.  Pictured here is a room on the top floor of the Nurses’ Building in winter; while clearly the building isn’t in great shape - and vines are climbing in through the window - it’s held up rather well over time.
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The Mount view from the cemetery
I am learning how to compromise the wild dream ideals and the necessary realities without such screaming pain.
by Sylvia Plath - Journals 1953 (via
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