City Council Member Revives Legislation To Turn Hart Island Burial Ground Into Park

May 08, 2018 - 6:58 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- A New York City Council member is reviving legislation that would turn an island where a million people are buried into a park. 
Hart Island is off the coast of the Bronx and has served as a burial ground for New York's poor and nameless for more than a century. It is maintained by the city's department of correction and prisoners bury the dead. Families could not visit the gravesites of loved ones until a 2015 lawsuit. 
Council member Ydanis Rodriguez said he is reviving legislation Wednesday that would put Hart Island under the parks department, which would maintain the island as a public park where people can access the gravesites. 
He also wants to establish a regular ferry service to the island.