City Island Ferry

Crossing the Sound

Welcome to Hart Island

On June 15, 2000, I and a group of some 60 historians and genealogists, visited Hart Island, taking advantage of a tour provided by the New York Correction History Society.

Although nearly summer, the day was cool and overcast with low fog drifting over the waters of Long Island Sound.  A small ferry brought us the short distance across the strait to the mist-shrouded shores of Hart island.

Unlike many other coastal islands, there are no resorts here, no expensive houses or manicured beaches; only silence, a handful of officers and a looming sign which reads: "Prison, Keep Off!".

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Text, images and page design by NYCHS June 15, 2000 tour participant Michael Harling,
author of Origin of the NYS Bureau of Identification.