David Erat of DCE IT Services is Long Island FAA-certified drone photographer and this time he has captured stunning footage of North Brother Island, an island that situated on the East River between The Bronx and Rikers Island and is uninhabited by humans.
The island was once home Riverside Hospital, a quarantine center that housed victims of smallpox and typhoid, including the infamous Typhoid Mary. The island is now home to thousands of native birds and it is just sitting next to the concrete jungle.
The northern of the islands was uninhabited until 1885, when Riverside Hospital moved there from Blackwell’s Island (now known as Roosevelt Island). Riverside Hospital was founded in the 1850s as the Smallpox Hospital to treat and isolate victims of that disease. Its mission eventually expanded to other quarantinable diseases. …Mary Mallon, also known as Typhoid Mary, was confined to the island for over two decades until she died there in 1938. The hospital closed shortly thereafter.