North Brother Island School for Autistic Children is proposing to take over a desolate land mass in the East River.

Not many people know that in between the Bronx and Queens, right in the middle of the East River is North Brother Island that was home to a quarantine hospital from 1885 to 1963. It has been in a state of ruin and disuse for the past 48 years.

The island has a warped history of death and decay having housed the infamous Typhoid Mary, drug rehabilitation centers and tuberculosis sanatoriums. Over the past decades, it has grown terribly unkept with ruins and overgrown vegetation.

The island is closed to the public but this island of despair could be transformed into one of hope and progress in the near future. Architecture students, Ian M. Ellis and Frances Peterson, have proposed that the island’s neglected resources be converted into a school that caters to autistic kids. Proposed as the North Brother Island School for Autistic Children, the project will transform the island and clear its negative stigma.

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