There’s more to see...
Sign up to discover and save different things to try in 2015.
Visit Site
Marsha Charlton
Marsha Charlton • 2 years ago

The island was renamed Welfare Island in 1921, and in the 1950s many of the institutions on the island became obsolete and were abandoned.

Related Pins

Opened in 1856, this smallpox hospital on the southern tip of Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) was part of a multitude of public institutions to care for New York City's unfortunate and destitute. The island sits between Queens and Manhattan, and was easily accessible by ferry; it was home to a prison, insane asylum, and other similar facilities.As of 1872, an annual number of 7,000 patients were treated, with an average of 450 deaths. The island was renamed Welfare Island in 1921,...

The Abandoned North Brother Island and Riverside Hospital in New York – Abandoned Playgrounds

Welfare Island Insane Asylum

Renwick Smallpox Hospital on Welfare Island; Renamed Roosevelt Island in 1973. Abandoned in 1962; preservation effort was attempted in 1975 but failed and the building was left to collapse and decay. (©2004 opacity.us)

Abandoned asylum....These buildings are really beautiful, but the ones of the asylums and institutes really creep me out, especially the ones with the images of the beds and contraptions. I can only imagine the horrors that went on in places like these, especially the ones for the mentally ill.

Abandoned, haunted Smallpox hospital, Roosevelt Island, New York. Opened in 1856, this smallpox hospital on the southern tip of Blackwell's Island (now Roosevelt Island) was part of a multitude of public institutions to care for New York City's unfortunate and destitute. The island sits between Queens and Manhattan, and was easily accessible by ferry; it was home to a prison, insane asylum, and other similar facilities. An annual number of 7000 patients were treated...

Abandoned Smallpox Hospital is located on Roosevelt Island, a narrow island, in the East River of New York City. The Smallpox Hospital will be known as "Renwick Ruins" or "Renwick Smallpox Hospital". Roosevelt Island was known as the Welfare Island from 1921 to 1973.