North Brother Island

Kayaking is the use of a Kayak for moving across water. Over the years, kayaking has evolved into a popular water sport especially lands with vast water sources. It is distinguished from canoeing by the sitting position of the paddler and the number of blades on the paddle. And of course, discovering a lot more of places, like this one:


This island, called ‘North Brother,’ was abandoned and is re-discovered by two friends in September 2012, who were kayaking from New York City to their place in Connecticut.

One of the most interesting facts about North Brother Island is that it has the Riverside Hospital which isolated patients with smallpox. Right before it closed in the late 1930s, it expanded to include patients with other diseases which needed to be quarantined. It is said that the island housed a treatment center for adolescent addicts in the 1950s and the treatment center closed in the early 1960s, and the island is currently a bird sanctuary.


The old Riverside Hospital was also home to the famous ‘Typhoid Mary,’ who lived at the hospital for over two decades until her death. It also was home to six lepers who moved in shortly after it opened. The city tried to sell the property in the 1970s, but getting materials to the island and high construction costs were deemed to be too excessive for potential buyers.


It is said that in the 1980s, it has been considered as a prison site, but building in upstate New York proved to be a cheaper alternative, so the North Brother Island has abandoned like forever… Till the day those two buddies were kayaking when they happened to come across this deserted island…




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