Main | Friday, May 18, 2007

Morning View - Smallpox Hospital

The southernmost building on Roosevelt Island is the ghostly shell of New York City's former Smallpox Hospital, which is lit nightly by the floodlights you can see in the grass, for maximum eerie effect. Just across the East River from the United Nations, it was the first hospital in the nation to treat and quarantine smallpox victims. Smallpox Hospital was built in 1856 by James Renwick Jr., better known as the architect of St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Smithsonian. I snapped this picture and high-tailed it outta there on my bike, because even in broad daylight, that's some spooky shit.


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