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IN Travel & Adventure ON 31 Aug, 2015
North Brother Island amid the New York City was once self-sufficient and peaceful land for inhabitants, but many years ago, it turned into a spooky ghost town. After the World War-II, during the housing shortage, the island served as a life-saver home for war veterans. They left the place in 1952 until the shelter problem got resolved. After that, no life has been found on the Island accept some birds and tiny creatures who are being nurtured by the mother nature.
North and South Brother Island are the pair of small islands located in NYC's East River between the Bronx and Rikers Island. Abandoned since late 19th century this island can serve as a perfect backdrop for the horror movies. The site once has a hospital, but it's now uninhabited and designated as a bird sanctuary.
The History Channel has once covered the abandoned island for their fiction TV series. Scientists, structural engineers and other experts often come to this 'land without people' for speculation. They visit here in search of that "big reason" that left the place empty.
This auditorium has seats with a small stage for incarcerated students. The place in this forgotten land used to be self-sufficient. It could provide steam, water, electricity, telephone and fire alarm system of its own.
The island served as a house for war veterans and their families during the time of home shortage after the war. When the housing shortage ended in 1952, the vets left the island forever. Everything around the island is lusciously green and it looks beautiful.
The place that once saved several lives by giving them shelters now saved lives from being soiled. But the way they used to do that was not quite acceptable. Young drug addicts were sent to the hospital which was now the rehabilitation center. They were locked in a room, only with a bare mattress for several days. Juveniles were forced to undergo withdrawal systems without medications and assistance.
This hospital amid the North Brother Island has many spooky stories. One out them, the story about the infamous healthy typhoid carrier is totally weird. Mary Mallon was sent here against her will in 1915 for 30 years, until her death. It is believed that she had infected 51 people with the disease called typhoid by feeding them meal cooked by her.
The island was surrounded by various dreadful diseases: typhoid, diphtheria, venereal disease, heroin addiction, tuberculosis, smallpox, typhus, scarlet fever, yellow fever, and even leprosy. The island turned out into a cemetery and a ghost town. And very soon, the Island became lifeless.