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Photographer explores NYC’s forgotten island: VIDEO

North Brother Island in the East River was abandoned 50 years ago
May 24, 2014 10:00AM

As interest in urban exploration grows, it seems like North Brother Island, one of New York’s “best kept secrets,” is getting a lot of attention.

Uninhabited for more than 50 years and accessible only via boat, North Brother Island sits in plain sight in the East River and permission to access the island is rarely granted by the Parks Department.

But recently, photographer Christopher Payne was granted rare permission to visit the island over the course of several years, according to the BBC. And Payne‘s images are now on display in the book: “North Brother Island. The Last Unknown Place in New York City.” [BBC] Christopher Cameron