5. Bayley Seton Hospital

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A floundering medical complex sits on a 20-acre campus in Stapleton on the North Shore of Staten Island.  Today, eight of Bayley Seton Hospital’s twelve buildings lie abandoned, the largest being the old Nurses’ Residence at its southeast corner. The grounds of BSH house Staten Island’s first hospital, an historic colonnaded structure built in the 1830s to serve ailing retired naval and merchant sailors, appropriately named “the Seamen’s Retreat.” The facility passed hands multiple times, finally to the Salvation Army who has failed to fundraise the amount needed to redevelop the site into senior housing.

Twelve foot chain link fences have been placed along the perimeter of the Salvation Army property, but the site is otherwise untouched. Fenced-off and boarded-up, a former Nurses’ Home ages in secret. The FOX show Gotham uses Bayley Seton Hospital as the setting for Arkham Asylum.