How this New York island became a mass grave

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And why Hart Island is changing after the coronavirus pandemic.

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Hart Island, a small piece of land off the Bronx in New York City, resurfaced in national headlines in April 2020, when New York City was the epicenter of the US coronavirus pandemic. News footage of the island’s cemetery showed trenches being filled with pine coffins, and sent shockwaves around the world. But these mass burials taking place during the pandemic are just the most recent in Hart Island’s long history.

Hart Island’s “potter’s field” cemetery dates back to 1869, and for over 150 years has served as a burial ground for over 1 million New Yorkers. Over the years, infrastructure problems and a lack of reliable public access have earned Hart Island a tainted reputation.

A 2021 analysis by Columbia Journalism School’s Stabile Center and THE CITY found that over 2,300 New Yorkers were buried on Hart Island in 2020. That’s more burials than any year during the AIDS epidemic, another recent health crisis. They also found that New York City is on pace to bury one in 1 in 10 Covid-19 victims on the island. The analysis of these burials shows who is more likely to be buried on Hart Island: Black and Latino residents, frontline workers, and those who have little access to health care.

To understand how this ties together and what’s next for Hart Island, watch the video above.

This story was produced in collaboration with THE CITY and Columbia Journalism School’s Stabile Center of Investigative Journalism, as part of “MISSING THEM,” THE CITY’s ongoing collaborative project to remember every New Yorker killed by COVID-19.

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Angus Beef
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Adin P that would be beautiful! I’ve researched this island many times, maybe something like that would change the presents at night time.
Angus Beef
Angus Beef 3 महीने पहले
New subscriber here. Time machine 2002 brought me here. Wow! Put your seatbelt on and takeoff your blinders folks. The fences are down, you don’t need to use the gate anymore.
WolfsH0ok 3 महीने पहले
name it Cuomo Boulevard ?
Katie Maloney
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@yuch1102 because of NYC's weird laws there are only 2 crematoriums in the whole city.
Dirt Cobain
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What a great video vox! Little Big stories like this often go unheard
Andrea Smith
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They are going to demolish the buildings
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American mayors are extremely corrupt.
Nusrat Parveen
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Why does she sound so weird?
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Charles godwin
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Why do i feel like this will become a cash grab for those that didnt care enough when they were alive or dead
Araxie Rose
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The fact that families regularly go into debt because they have to bury a loved one continues to baffle and outrage me to this day.
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Jay Ricco
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1937 they were sending a lot of babies over to hart island more than adults
CheJN 2 महीने पहले
Never Forget Hart Island Historical Park
Flak153 2 महीने पहले
Or you could save taxpayers a shitload of money and just have people cremated
Kal -
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You can go to the heart Island project Online and look at all of the graves there and each individual‘s information if it is known. So if you think a loved one might be buried there, you can contact the project to provide information about said person
Pablo de Silvestro
Pablo de Silvestro 2 महीने पहले
Way too small graves, we need more deaths to curb global warming
Cody Conyers
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Pose season 2 episode 1 brought attention to this island. I wasn't aware of it prior.
TheDon Willie
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why put dead bodies in such a high value area
Elaine Evans
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Disney star Bobby Driscoll is buried on Hart Island.
Biz Ness
Biz Ness 3 महीने पहले
Go to the end of city island off to left you can’t see the island
Yacov Steinberg
Yacov Steinberg 3 महीने पहले
Make the whole island a memorial park for the Covid Pandemic and it's victims
shamus peters
shamus peters 3 महीने पहले
so the big deal is ??? most wanted "free" burials!!!
Travis Kyle Raagas
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Orlando Trujillo
Orlando Trujillo 3 महीने पहले
They should bury more people at sea
Real Estate Investments Worldwide
Real Estate Investments Worldwide 3 महीने पहले
I think I might get buried on hart island to stand for all those that were forgotten ❤️
Loud Mime
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The first time I knew about Hart Island was a depiction of it in Pose FX. It was such a heavt scene to watch because of all the loneliness and pain
Matthew Haverkamp
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How many people on Heart Island came from nursing homes? Nice job Cuomo and De Blasio.
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This comments are full of edgy people
Saad Qureshi
Saad Qureshi 3 महीने पहले
Probably haunted as well.
Bitemyshinny Metalass
Bitemyshinny Metalass 3 महीने पहले
New York leaders should do the right thing and transform the once corrections facility into a cemetery memorial park and make it more accessible to the public.
Mr Ramdom
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That is horrible
Rasyid Ridha
Rasyid Ridha 3 महीने पहले
I'am the 666 😈
TheTruffleShuffle 3 महीने पहले
If only we stopped burying bodies and went with the countless other methods of disposal, instead of polluting the ground with chemicals stored in those caskets and bodies and using up precious land
Bmanritchie 3 महीने पहले
OF COURSE it can be changed. 1-Make every burial a natural grave 2- Plot a couple trees per person 3-Name those trees according to person buried underneath 4-Rename the island in place for the largest ‘human forest’ in the world
Tennesseean 3 महीने पहले
Should of used a crematoria for the excess bodies.
Max Berardi
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she really pronouncing that u
Aly pixar
Aly pixar 3 महीने पहले
Great video
Alparslan Korkmaz
Alparslan Korkmaz 3 महीने पहले
Nice video.
screenwriterjohn 3 महीने पहले
Here I think the dumping ground for unwanted New Yorkers was...New Jersey!
n3 al
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when disposing bodies it must have only 2 criterias is it environmental friendly, is it economical.
me go
me go 3 महीने पहले
You dont pronounce the 'g' sound in the word long. They should listen when their going to hire someone to narrate. Annoying as fudge
Luca C
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You did such a great job explaining. Thank you!
Frances Locke
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What a good friend that woman is. I'm honestly moved. I wish more people in the world were that loyal and kind.
Victor 3 महीने पहले
i can't not hear how you pronounce burial...
Red Langley02
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They called it Island of the dead or The Dark Zone Island.
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Max Power
Max Power 3 महीने पहले
This was very touching. I hope NY can heal. ♥️🗽
MouseChesee 3 महीने पहले
I think the women talking should stop whispering
Kiyoone 3 महीने पहले
"CREMATION" is "EVIL"... but hey... let stock a lot of dead decaying bodies in caskets in one single place... Not judging the Christian background in the culture but... BOYS... you guys are really inefficient with this kind of problems...
Sean Gose
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This was so sad.
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Horror the making
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Minute 0:44 what in Gods name is that creature?
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i can't get past the fact that you pronounce buried weird. Sorry.
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I lived in Manhattan and still had never heard of Hart Island. Are we sure it's on maps?
Biz Ness
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Go to the end of city island and you can see it
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it’s there look it up on google earth, great app ! or maps
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why is this video in ebonics?
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The person who voices this is really suited to her role!
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I lived in NYC my whole life and have literally never of this island before. Very informative Vox
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zxcy tdfxy 3 महीने पहले
Just cremate the bodies
12D_D21 3 महीने पहले
It’s not that simple. In the U.S., it’s assumed by law the person wanted to be buried, unless stated otherwise on record. Many of these people either didn’t write anything, and even if they did, in this specific case, it would be hard to trace to them. Basically, bureaucracy doesn’t allow that.
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Everybody deserves the best memorial even with or without relatives.
MistaFadora 3 महीने पहले
Thats gonna be the best land of oil in a few centuries
That’s So Fetch!
That’s So Fetch! 3 महीने पहले
More than centuries.
Han Chong
Han Chong 3 महीने पहले
Kevin hart has a island?!
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Matthew Cubbon
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I worked for NYS parks for 8 years. Unfortunately not anymore, but if/when they get their hands on that, they will completely transform that place into a beautiful, inviting area.
Rod 3 महीने पहले
A hard lesson of what incompetence and ignorance lead to
DiamondCalibre 3 महीने पहले
Man, a cities' police department being one of the causes of a problem a city is facing? I'm absolutely shocked. /s
Rafsan Ahmed
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DOC can't even take care a prison in Brooklyn forget about an island.
Anne Green
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Michael JF
Michael JF 3 महीने पहले
Or you know...cremate them
Darren Davies
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You’ve got to have Hart!
lohphat 3 महीने पहले
Cenotaphs are important. Having a place commemorating a human's existence is consoling for those in the future seeking family and friends, even decades and centuries later. My family has chosen cremation and scattering but we have cenotaphs placed on their parents' graves to document their existence.
Krzysztof Zwoliński
Krzysztof Zwoliński 3 महीने पहले
it is outrageous for me that there aren't any small ceremonies to this burials. This bodies are treated like medical byproducts.
baw1369 3 महीने पहले
I'm just surprised they aren't just cremated
Alex K.
Alex K. 3 महीने पहले
More like Hartless Island
Spencer 3 महीने पहले
That woman is disgusting
That’s So Fetch!
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Bosse Ursem
Bosse Ursem 3 महीने पहले
To all people saying the island should me renamed. ❤Hart means heart in dutch. So it is already called heart island❤
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“She died in charity hospital probably of infectious disease, which was more common in the 19th century.” A dude just walked by wearing surgical gloves and a gas mask...
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Maitreya Nikose
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Ayo Hart Island gonna be the new Middle East in the next thousand Years! Oil Baby! LESGOOOOOO
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sad and very interesting to learn about. I'm from around Colma, California- that is mostly its 17 cemeteries. but to have such a place for the relatively unknown and alone? thats something else
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Tatianna D 3 महीने पहले
I actually learned about Hart Island through Pose strangely enough
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wouldn't it be cheaper and cleaner for the city to cremate unclaimed bodies and just have a memorial?
Aaron 3 महीने पहले
A lot of these issues would be solved with cremation instead of burial. Then keep the ashes in a warehouse for, say, 5 years in case a relative or loved one comes to claim it. No more issues about access or skeletons floating into the water or anything else.
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