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Location address: Bronx
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Hart Island, sometimes referred to as Hart’s Island, is a small island in New York City at the western end of Long Island Sound. It is approximately a mile long and one quarter of a mile wide and is located to the northeast of City Island in the Pelham Islands group. The island is the easternmost part of the borough of the Bronx. The island has been used as a Union Civil War prison camp, a lunatic asylum, a tuberculosis sanatorium, potter’s field, and a boys’ reformatory.
The thriller “Don’t say a Word” staring Michael Douglas, ends on Hart Island. The setting of the graveyard fits nicely in the atmosphere of the movie.
Linked themes: Film
At various times, the Department of Correction has used Hart Island for a prison, but it is currently uninhabited.
Hart Island was a prisoner of war camp for four months in 1865. 3,413 captured Confederate soldiers were housed. 235 died in the camp and their remains, along with those of Union soldiers buried on Hart Island, were moved to Cypress Hills Cemetery, Brooklyn in 1941
Linked themes: Crime and justice
Hart Island contains the potter’s field of New York. A potter’s field is a place for the burial of unknown or indigent people. This is the largest tax-funded cemetery in the world. More than 850,000 dead are buried here, one third of them infants and stillborn. Approximately 2,000 a year are buried here.
Linked characteristics: Peculiar