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Abandoned places hiding in plain sight in the world's biggest cities

Love Exploring Logo By Jacqui Agate of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 31: Floating in New York City's East River, North Brother Island is steeped in somber tales. It's best known as the home of the Riverside Hospital, which opened in the 19th century: the infirmary treated those with contagious diseases, including infamous patient Typhoid Mary. It was then used to house soldiers after the Second World War, before eventually closing in the 1960s. Today birds are the only residents of its ramshackle buildings, which are now overcome with greenery. The island is off limits to the public, but visitors can typically take in the view with a kayak ride on the river.

North Brother Island, New York City, New York, USA

Floating in New York City's East River, North Brother Island is steeped in somber tales. It's best known as the home of the Riverside Hospital, which opened in the 19th century: the infirmary treated those with contagious diseases, including infamous patient Typhoid Mary. It was then used to house soldiers after the Second World War, before eventually closing in the 1960s. Today birds are the only residents of its ramshackle buildings, which are now overcome with greenery. The island is off limits to the public, but visitors can typically take in the view with a kayak ride on the river.

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