We recently went on an extensive hard hat tour of the abandoned Ellis Island Southside Hospitals, looking for a lot of of the JR artwork that hasn’t really been photographed or seen. In fact, our tour guide from the National Park Service came across JR pieces even she hadn’t seen before. The hard hat tour is sold out until March, but there are still dates available in March, April and May. The tours are a fundraising mechanism to rehabilitate the hospitals, once one of the most advanced healthcare facilities in the world.
The whole experience is quite an adventure, as you wander through dark corridors to look for artwork pasted onto windows, chairs,lockers and walls. All the photographs are real images from immigrants who came through Ellis Island, as well as health workers.
See more haunting photos inside the Southside Hospitals