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Photos from: New York Burying its Covid-19 Dead on Hart Island, Says New York Medical Examiner




City burials started shortly afterward.In 1869, a 24-year-old woman named Louisa Van Slyke, who died in Charity Hospital, was the first person to be buried in the island's 45-acre public graveyard. The cemetery then became known as "City Cemetery" and "Potter's Field". By 1880, The New York Times described the island as "the Green-Wood of Five Points", comparing an expansive cemetery in Brooklyn with a historically poor neighborhood in Manhattan. The newspaper also said of Hart Island, "This is where the rough pine boxes go that come from Blackwell's Island", in reference to the influx of corpses being transported from the hospitals on modern-day Roosevelt Island.



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