How this New York island became a mass grave

7-Apr, 2021
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And why Hart Island is changing after the coronavirus pandemic.
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Hart Island, a small piece of land off the Bronx in New York City, resurfaced in national headlines in April 2020, when New York City was the epicenter of the US coronavirus pandemic. News footage of the island’s cemetery showed trenches being filled with pine coffins, and sent shockwaves around the world. But these mass burials taking place during the pandemic are just the most recent in Hart Island’s long history.
Hart Island’s “potter’s field” cemetery dates back to 1869, and for over 150 years has served as a burial ground for over 1 million New Yorkers. Over the years, infrastructure problems and a lack of reliable public access have earned Hart Island a tainted reputation.
A 2021 analysis by Columbia Journalism School’s Stabile Center and THE CITY found that over 2,300 New Yorkers were buried on Hart Island in 2020. That’s more burials than any year during the AIDS epidemic, another recent health crisis. They also found that New York City is on pace to bury one in 1 in 10 Covid-19 victims on the island. The analysis of these burials shows who is more likely to be buried on Hart Island: Black and Latino residents, frontline workers, and those who have little access to health care.
To understand how this ties together and what’s next for Hart Island, watch the video above.
This story was produced in collaboration with THE CITY and Columbia Journalism School’s Stabile Center of Investigative Journalism, as part of “MISSING THEM,” THE CITY’s ongoing collaborative project to remember every New Yorker killed by COVID-19.
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  • What should a memorial for Covid-19 victims look like? This feature from Vox's The Highlight explores the role of memorials in processing our collective grief:

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    • New subscriber here. Time machine 2002 brought me here. Wow! Put your seatbelt on and takeoff your blinders folks. The fences are down, you don’t need to use the gate anymore.

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    • name it Cuomo Boulevard ?

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    • @ArtisticAlexismaybe the next is what it is..

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    • @yuch1102 because of NYC's weird laws there are only 2 crematoriums in the whole city.

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  • I think the women talking should stop whispering

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  • What if we had narrators that don't have speech impediments

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  • "CREMATION" is "EVIL"... but hey... let stock a lot of dead decaying bodies in caskets in one single place... Not judging the Christian background in the culture but... BOYS... you guys are really inefficient with this kind of problems...

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  • I lived in Manhattan and still had never heard of Hart Island. Are we sure it's on maps?

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    • it’s there look it up on google earth, great app ! or maps

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  • why is this video in ebonics?

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  • I lived in NYC my whole life and have literally never of this island before. Very informative Vox

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  • Just cremate the bodies

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    • It’s not that simple. In the U.S., it’s assumed by law the person wanted to be buried, unless stated otherwise on record. Many of these people either didn’t write anything, and even if they did, in this specific case, it would be hard to trace to them. Basically, bureaucracy doesn’t allow that.

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  • Everybody deserves the best memorial even with or without relatives.

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    • More than centuries.

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  • Kevin hart has a island?!

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  • What a beautiful irony. For those lacking heart are sent to hart. Have a heart to hart if you will.

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  • I worked for NYS parks for 8 years. Unfortunately not anymore, but if/when they get their hands on that, they will completely transform that place into a beautiful, inviting area.

    Matthew CubbonMatthew Cubbon3 kun oldin
  • A hard lesson of what incompetence and ignorance lead to

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  • Man, a cities' police department being one of the causes of a problem a city is facing? I'm absolutely shocked. /s

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  • Or you know...cremate them

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  • You’ve got to have Hart!

    Leo DaviesLeo Davies3 kun oldin
  • Cenotaphs are important. Having a place commemorating a human's existence is consoling for those in the future seeking family and friends, even decades and centuries later. My family has chosen cremation and scattering but we have cenotaphs placed on their parents' graves to document their existence.

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  • it is outrageous for me that there aren't any small ceremonies to this burials. This bodies are treated like medical byproducts.

    Krzysztof ZwolińskiKrzysztof Zwoliński3 kun oldin
  • I'm just surprised they aren't just cremated

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  • More like Hartless Island

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    • Which?

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  • To all people saying the island should me renamed. ❤Hart means heart in dutch. So it is already called heart island❤

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  • “She died in charity hospital probably of infectious disease, which was more common in the 19th century.” A dude just walked by wearing surgical gloves and a gas mask...

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  • Where else are the unclaimed dead going to be buried? THEY HAVE NO ONE!! STOP TYPING ! THEY DON'T NEED MEMORIALIZED! I'M NOT GOING TO GRIEVE PEOPLE I DON'T KNOW!

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  • sad and very interesting to learn about. I'm from around Colma, California- that is mostly its 17 cemeteries. but to have such a place for the relatively unknown and alone? thats something else

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  • I actually learned about Hart Island through Pose strangely enough

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  • Just cremate them.

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  • wouldn't it be cheaper and cleaner for the city to cremate unclaimed bodies and just have a memorial?

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  • A lot of these issues would be solved with cremation instead of burial. Then keep the ashes in a warehouse for, say, 5 years in case a relative or loved one comes to claim it. No more issues about access or skeletons floating into the water or anything else.

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    • bruh sus

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  • problem is cops are in charge of it

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  • You know this seems like kinda appropriate for covid

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  • That's a sad situation...... I didn't even know hart island existed.

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  • China virus

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  • Why didn’t they just cremate the unclaimed bodies ?

    Nicholas CheshireNicholas Cheshire4 kun oldin
  • I can already see so many potential problems with "if they can't contact anyone" Phones aren't a right in this country. Internet access isn't a right in this country.

    Gaasuba MeskhenetGaasuba Meskhenet4 kun oldin
  • Shoutout to all of the "forgotten" souls buried here, and Roderick and Anita Perry.

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  • Always gotta turn into a race thing..

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    • Are you surprised that race has had significant effects on American history?

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  • Such a sad story about Roger. RIP

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  • Wasn't this video released a couple years ago?

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  • These commenters would rather spend $5 on a dead person than $5 on a living person who actually needs it

    Dani MastersonDani Masterson4 kun oldin
  • This is easy to fix to a degree - Found families need to have the same priority as actual families. That's the Christian thing to do, that's the Muslim thing to do, that's the Jewish thing to do, that's the Buddhist thing to do...

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    • Well the normal no-religion thing to do, is to make a memorial statue and make sure none of the bodies ever become unearthed.

      Dani MastersonDani Masterson5 kun oldin
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  • American mass graves. Its been along time since that’s happened

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  • Watch top5s

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  • My mother is buried here I found her grave after 27 years

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    • So sad hun

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  • I love stories like this so much. That's life at its core, most humane aspect it could be. As the US is escaping the horrors of Covid-19, these stories featuring the dark sides seem off, but still very much relevant to the lives of those amazing but often marginalized people in New York society. Thanks Vox for bringing this to worldwide audience like us. I really appreciate it.

    Nhật Lê MinhNhật Lê Minh5 kun oldin
  • Anita looks like aughra from dark crystal

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  • This is so sickening. Why don’t they just do burial at sea

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  • Why care for the dead when we don't care for the living

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  • Why don’t they cremate them ?

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    • @Dani Masterson how do you mean ? Burying bodies uses a lot of energy ?

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    • Cremation uses a lot of energy

      Dani MastersonDani Masterson4 kun oldin
  • Why do I feel like New Yorkers have an island for everything. Like they got that one spooky island where they put infected ppl, they got a prison island...not to forget Ellis and Liberty Island. This one is just an addition to the collection at this point.

    Emre CakiralEmre Cakiral5 kun oldin
    • Ikr , they have islands as if its a collectible

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    • i learned recently that they have an island where they send 1/3 of the cities waste and trash to be burned

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  • Heard about Hart Island in Pose.

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  • ‘We need to change the way we bury the dead’

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  • When Your dead it doesn't really matter were your buried lol

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  • i wadctrehherfdn

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  • Just cremate everybody.

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  • cuomo needs to go, de blasio needs to go. id honestly rather a republican than them.

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  • Heart breaking that they'll only let family members recognized by law claim someone's body. Roderick clearly left paperwork indicating that he saw Anitta as his next of kin, even if he didn't have the knowledge to realize that he should have had her made legally his next of kin. (I don't know if New York inherently has fees for this one. If it does, that's another systemic barrier reinforcing traditional family structures). Something for everyone to think about. Who is your legal next of kin? Do you have one? Would you trust them to make medical decisions while you're unconscious, arrange your funeral, or raise your kids?

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  • this makes me remember how much I preferer cremation than burial at some point we will run out of burial places.

    Jack RobertsJack Roberts5 kun oldin
  • "it was a training ground and prisoner of war camp for the union army." What they mean is: "it was a training ground and a prisoner of war camp for captured confederate soldiers." Union - north. Confederate - south. New York - north.

    Mark WeaverMark Weaver5 kun oldin
    • what are you trying to say here? what does that have to do with anything? you sound like you might be a sore loser

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  • All bodies should be cremated instead of injected with embalming fluid and buried, wasting land.

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  • Waiting for the race claim.... ah there it is...

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    • Are you a conservative because I am.

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  • Rip

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  • i hope one day to be "booried"

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