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Civic Benevolence on Staten Island

16 September 11:00am - 1:00pm
Venue: Staten Island
New York
10314

In the early 20th century New York City dedicated for the welfare of New Yorkers a swath of land in Staten Island almost the size of Central Park to three institutions: the New York City Farm Colony for the Indigent, Seaview Hospital for tuberculosis patients, and, in the 1940s, the Willowbrook State School for the Insane (See Geraldo Rivera's expose on YouTube) -- institutions for which the city built numerous structures, but that lasted only about 50 years. With guide Jean Arrington we'll explore the Willowbrook School campus (Now the College of Staten Island) and the grounds of Seaview Hospital, some of whose 37 landmarked buildings are finally being repurposed. We'll walk along the edge of the Farm Colony with glimpses of derelict landmarked buildings. (This tour was originally scheduled for May 13 but had to be postponed.) Cost: $30 / $20 Members