For more than 140 years, Hart Island, part of the Bronx, has served as Potter’s Field for New York, the city cemetery where the indigent, and others, are buried. Covering 101 acres in at the western end of Long Island Sound, the site is the final resting place for more than 800,000 souls and is the largest tax-funded cemetery in the world. New York City’s Department of Correction runs the island, and visitation is restricted to those who can document that a family member is buried there. Inmates from Rikers Island perform the work of clearing fields and burying the dead.
Artist Melinda Hunt has studied and chronicled the island for nearly 20 years, producing a book of photographs, a film documentary and a series of drawings of the dead, among other works. She has also used New York’s Freedom of Information Law to get public burial records from 1985 to 2007 and has made them available on The Hart Island Project website. WNYC spoke with Hunt about the history and mysteries of the island. An edited transcript:
More than 50 years after the Dodgers left Brooklyn, many in the borough still think of the lovable Bums as their team. Fans fondly recall the glory days of the 1955 World Series and legendary players like Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, and a young Sandy Koufax. WNYC spoke with Michael Shapiro, author of "The Last Good Season: Brooklyn, the Dodgers, and Their Final Pennant Race Together," about the lasting appeal of a team that’s long gone. An edited transcript:
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died on Tuesday morning after suffering a massive heart attack.
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The Wildlife Conservation Society and ...
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A report released earlier this week ...
WNYC's Ben Walker hopped on a Galapagos bus ferrying political pilgrims to the inauguration from New York City. He spoke with some of the passengers and has this to report.
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