Eerie images of New York tourist spot previously closed to public for 60 years
These are the eerie images of a New York tourist spot previously closed to the public for 60 YEARS.
Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital was where 1 out of 10 arrivals too ill to enter the US were sent to recover or die.
The 29-building medical complex, which opened in 1902, was in its day the largest public health institution in America.
It operated as a hospital until 1930 and was left to rot when the immigration station closed in 1954.
Ellis Island’s Main Building was restored and reopened as an immigration museum in 1990.
But the hospital complex on the island’s south side remained shuttered.
It stayed that way until October when officials opened the dilapidated buildings for public viewing.
The hard-hat tours take visitors through select areas of the 750-bed medical complex including large hospital wards, kitchens, laundry facilities and morgues.
Keen snapped Gordon Donovan, from New York, captured these incredible images.
He said: “The tour is for history buffs and especially photography lovers.
“The fading colours of the interiors, corroding machinery, metal stairs and doors, strong textures and challenging lighting are wonderful photography experiences.”
Superintendent John Piltzecker of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island added: “Even though much of the hospital equipment is no longer here, these special buildings are able to speak volumes.
“The National Park Service is pleased to work with Save Ellis Island in their efforts to bring visitors to the South Side to learn more about the island’s unique story through this special tour program.”