On the night of Sept. 1 1858, a mob of villagers stormed the grounds of the quarantine station on Staten Island and set fire to almost all of the buildings in the hospital complex. Image via Public Health Chronicles.
In 1858, before Staten Island consolidated with the rest of New York City, the New York Marine Hospital housed around 1,500 persons suffering from infectious diseases. The practice of medicine was in a less sophisticated state and in the 19th century this was the City’s best defense against new diseases, such as smallpox, cholera, typhus and yellow fever. While quarantine is a practice that strictly limits the civil and human rights of an otherwise “free” person, the architecture of the City’s many islands reflect this once mainstream practice. On September 1, 1858 the site was burned down in a mob protest that stemmed from community outrage about the hazards of housing a quarantine hospital of this scale in what was essentially their backyards. (more…)
Yesterday we rounded up Boardwalk Empire‘s filming locations in Brooklyn, where much of the series has been filmed. Today we’re showing you some of the places in Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island that served as the backdrop for the show’s action.
According to the New York Post, this East Village restaurant was Joe the Boss and Lucky’s meeting place in the 7th episode of the current season. It was also turned into Whiting’s Pharmacy for a day this June. Aside from serving as the set of Boardwalk Empire, John’s of 12th Street is a popular Italian Restaurant. It converted its top floors into a speakeasy during Prohibition, serving alcohol in espresso cups. Patrons are said to have included some of the characters depicted on Boardwalk Empire. In fact, the restaurant attracted a lot of mob types. Perhaps it was the appeal of the original tile floors (which remain intact today) or the immense wax candelabra at the back of the restaurant. (more…)
Greenbelt’s unruly forest surrounds Farm Colony structures. Image via AbandonedNYC
Abandoned for over 40 years, the Staten Island Farm Colony today is a creepy memento of its dark and troubled past. Situated in the center of Greenbelt’s lush forest, the Farm Colony’s decrepit structures are enveloped in trees and vines, and are only visible from November-May according to AbandonedNYC. (more…)
Freshkills Park was open on Sunday for the Parks department’s annual “Sneak Peak”
The Department of Parks & Recreation opened up 300 acres of the burgeoning Freshkills Park on Sunday for its fourth annual “Sneak Peak” – the one day a year the public gets to see what will one day be the world’s largest landfill-to-park conversion.
In anticipation of the Sneak Peak, dozens of park enthusiasts braved the chill last Monday evening atop the High Line to hear James Corner, the park’s master planner, and Eloise Hirsch of the Parks department discuss the park’s progress thus far and – much lengthier – its future.
artist rendering of the New York Wheel, the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, coming to Staten Island. via NYCMayorsOffice
Did you know that Staten Island was the fastest growing borough in New York City from 1990-2010? Learning this fun data, we thought it was time to recap the city’s vision to transform the waterfront of this oft-forgotten borough into a world-class destination. The St. George Waterfront Restoration Program, announced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2012, calls for a new retail complex of 350,000 square-feet and the world’s tallest Ferris wheel, which will measure 625 feet tall and draw an expected 4.5 million visitors every year, according to the Economic Development Corporation’s press release.
One New York City lighthouse we didn’t include in our Foursquare List on the Lighthouses of NYC is the West Bank Lighthouse, near Staten Island. That’s because it’s been privately owned since 2010 by a man named Sheridan Reilly.