City Explores Limited Public Access To North Brother Island

Gothamist.pngBy Emma Whitford

The Parks Department said Thursday that it is willing to explore the possibility of "limited" public access to North Brother Island, the 20-acre abandoned island off of the South Bronx that's been closed to the public since 1963, overgrown with kudzu and poison ivy and strewn with crumbling 20th-century hospital facilities. Public access to the island has been a longtime pet project for Manhattan Councilmember Mark Levine, who recently acquired funding to study the feasibility of hosting small, seasonal tours.

"This is really a vision of limited, highly-curated public access that could be done in a way that respects the historical and natural integrity of the island," Levine told Gothamist on Thursday.

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