Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, & Criminal in 19th-Century New York

Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, & Criminal in 19th-Century New York

Today it is known as Roosevelt Island. In 1828, when New York City purchased this narrow, two-mile-long island in the East River, it was called Blackwell?s Island. There, over the next hundred years, the city would send its insane, indigent, sick, and criminal. Told through the gripping voices of Blackwell?s inhabitants, as well as the period?s city officials, reformers, a Today it is known as Roosevelt Island. In 1828, when New York City purchased this narrow, two-mile-long island in t...

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Title:Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, & Criminal in 19th-Century New York
Author:Stacy Horn
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1616205768
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:284 pages pages

Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, & Criminal in 19th-Century New York Reviews

  • Peter F
    Jun 09, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

    4 stars There is a 2 mile strip of land just off New York City's shoreline. Currently known as Roosevelt's Island, when it was purchased in 1828 it was named Blackwell's Island. The first building built on the Island was the Penitentiary in 1832. The original building was to be ...

    I don't read a lot of nonfiction work; if I do, it's usually about horses or airplanes. Every once in a while a title comes across in the Book Pages magazine we get at the library that looks intriguing - such was the case with this particular book. From the get-go, it's an interest...

    The title of this book leaves nothing to the imagination. It is exactly as it suggests: an account of the lunatic asylums, penatenturies and workhouses, mostly located on Blackwell?s Island, in 19th-century New York. While ultimately disturbing and disheartening, there were no facts ...

    This thoroughly researched book examines the states administration of mental health and other services to the poor. Somethings just don't change. While well intentioned the actual care for the mentally ill has been a disaster. The conditions described were hard to read. Taking a bath i...

    This book gives a look at what life was like for the poor, insane and criminals sent to Blackwell's Island in New York City during the 1800's. The best parts were the stories of actual people like Sister Mary Stanislaus and Adelaide irving. The hero of the book was the Rev. William Fre...

    A quick read on the history of a piece of NYC that no longer serves its original purpose. And an honest view of the impacts of good intentions that aren't matched by actions. ...

  • L.M. Ransom
    Jun 18, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

    4 stars There is a 2 mile strip of land just off New York City's shoreline. Currently known as Roosevelt's Island, when it was purchased in 1828 it was named Blackwell's Island. The first building built on the Island was the Penitentiary in 1832. The original building was to be ...

    I don't read a lot of nonfiction work; if I do, it's usually about horses or airplanes. Every once in a while a title comes across in the Book Pages magazine we get at the library that looks intriguing - such was the case with this particular book. From the get-go, it's an interest...

  • Sue
    May 16, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

  • Kathy
    Mar 31, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

    4 stars There is a 2 mile strip of land just off New York City's shoreline. Currently known as Roosevelt's Island, when it was purchased in 1828 it was named Blackwell's Island. The first building built on the Island was the Penitentiary in 1832. The original building was to be ...

    I don't read a lot of nonfiction work; if I do, it's usually about horses or airplanes. Every once in a while a title comes across in the Book Pages magazine we get at the library that looks intriguing - such was the case with this particular book. From the get-go, it's an interest...

    The title of this book leaves nothing to the imagination. It is exactly as it suggests: an account of the lunatic asylums, penatenturies and workhouses, mostly located on Blackwell?s Island, in 19th-century New York. While ultimately disturbing and disheartening, there were no facts ...

    This thoroughly researched book examines the states administration of mental health and other services to the poor. Somethings just don't change. While well intentioned the actual care for the mentally ill has been a disaster. The conditions described were hard to read. Taking a bath i...

    This book gives a look at what life was like for the poor, insane and criminals sent to Blackwell's Island in New York City during the 1800's. The best parts were the stories of actual people like Sister Mary Stanislaus and Adelaide irving. The hero of the book was the Rev. William Fre...

    A quick read on the history of a piece of NYC that no longer serves its original purpose. And an honest view of the impacts of good intentions that aren't matched by actions. ...

    Extremely interesting of NY and Blackwell Island and a reflection of what was happening all over the country at that time. The author has so much work in this book. Well done ...

    Horrifying. How did we go from locking up everyone who is mentally ill to just letting them roam the streets homeless. A shocking reflection on how the mentally ill have been and ARE treated. ...

  • Michele
    May 09, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

  • Jill Hutchinson
    Aug 18, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Apr 18, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

  • Sarah Furger
    May 07, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

  • Karen
    Jun 07, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

    4 stars There is a 2 mile strip of land just off New York City's shoreline. Currently known as Roosevelt's Island, when it was purchased in 1828 it was named Blackwell's Island. The first building built on the Island was the Penitentiary in 1832. The original building was to be ...

    I don't read a lot of nonfiction work; if I do, it's usually about horses or airplanes. Every once in a while a title comes across in the Book Pages magazine we get at the library that looks intriguing - such was the case with this particular book. From the get-go, it's an interest...

    The title of this book leaves nothing to the imagination. It is exactly as it suggests: an account of the lunatic asylums, penatenturies and workhouses, mostly located on Blackwell?s Island, in 19th-century New York. While ultimately disturbing and disheartening, there were no facts ...

    This thoroughly researched book examines the states administration of mental health and other services to the poor. Somethings just don't change. While well intentioned the actual care for the mentally ill has been a disaster. The conditions described were hard to read. Taking a bath i...

    This book gives a look at what life was like for the poor, insane and criminals sent to Blackwell's Island in New York City during the 1800's. The best parts were the stories of actual people like Sister Mary Stanislaus and Adelaide irving. The hero of the book was the Rev. William Fre...

    A quick read on the history of a piece of NYC that no longer serves its original purpose. And an honest view of the impacts of good intentions that aren't matched by actions. ...

    Extremely interesting of NY and Blackwell Island and a reflection of what was happening all over the country at that time. The author has so much work in this book. Well done ...

  • Diane S ☔
    Sep 29, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Aug 30, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

    4 stars There is a 2 mile strip of land just off New York City's shoreline. Currently known as Roosevelt's Island, when it was purchased in 1828 it was named Blackwell's Island. The first building built on the Island was the Penitentiary in 1832. The original building was to be ...

  • victor harris
    Aug 29, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

    4 stars There is a 2 mile strip of land just off New York City's shoreline. Currently known as Roosevelt's Island, when it was purchased in 1828 it was named Blackwell's Island. The first building built on the Island was the Penitentiary in 1832. The original building was to be ...

    I don't read a lot of nonfiction work; if I do, it's usually about horses or airplanes. Every once in a while a title comes across in the Book Pages magazine we get at the library that looks intriguing - such was the case with this particular book. From the get-go, it's an interest...

    The title of this book leaves nothing to the imagination. It is exactly as it suggests: an account of the lunatic asylums, penatenturies and workhouses, mostly located on Blackwell?s Island, in 19th-century New York. While ultimately disturbing and disheartening, there were no facts ...

    This thoroughly researched book examines the states administration of mental health and other services to the poor. Somethings just don't change. While well intentioned the actual care for the mentally ill has been a disaster. The conditions described were hard to read. Taking a bath i...

    This book gives a look at what life was like for the poor, insane and criminals sent to Blackwell's Island in New York City during the 1800's. The best parts were the stories of actual people like Sister Mary Stanislaus and Adelaide irving. The hero of the book was the Rev. William Fre...

    A quick read on the history of a piece of NYC that no longer serves its original purpose. And an honest view of the impacts of good intentions that aren't matched by actions. ...

    Extremely interesting of NY and Blackwell Island and a reflection of what was happening all over the country at that time. The author has so much work in this book. Well done ...

    Horrifying. How did we go from locking up everyone who is mentally ill to just letting them roam the streets homeless. A shocking reflection on how the mentally ill have been and ARE treated. ...

    Apart from booking a flight, we rarely consider New York City from a geographic perspective. This internationally-renowned metropolis does not often bring to mind the image of islands scattered like so many glacially-deposited game pieces on a field of Atlantic blue. We're aware, of co...

    Horrifying. A sad reminder of how we treated the mentally ill, elderly, and poor. And really, how they are still treated. ...

    Audio #144 Well-written microhistory Focus on late 19th century All topics in title are discussed ...

    I won a free copy of this book in a on Goodreads. Nonfiction: Roosevelt Island ( NEE Blackwell Island ) was originally purchased in the 19th century to house facilities created to tuck away the insane, the ill, the indigent, and the criminals from the general public. The injustic...

    A good source of information if you are doing research about this place. Engaging? No, but I don't think it is supposed to be; it is just a recount of history. I personally didn't enjoy it because I am not interested in the subject, but I do recognize its information and historical val...

    To my surprise, this is the second of Horn's books that I finished reading. Didn't realize until later that she also authored The Restless Sleep: Inside New York City's Cold Case Squad , another history/true crime book that I previously read. Though the topics are different between...

    You will need a strong stomach to tolerate the depravity, cruelty, and sadism that marked the treatment of criminals and the insane in one of NY's most infamous settings. Whatever reforms that were introduced proved to be piecemeal as powerful political forces controlled the institutio...

  • Diana
    Jun 17, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

  • Michael Kearney
    Jun 10, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

    4 stars There is a 2 mile strip of land just off New York City's shoreline. Currently known as Roosevelt's Island, when it was purchased in 1828 it was named Blackwell's Island. The first building built on the Island was the Penitentiary in 1832. The original building was to be ...

    I don't read a lot of nonfiction work; if I do, it's usually about horses or airplanes. Every once in a while a title comes across in the Book Pages magazine we get at the library that looks intriguing - such was the case with this particular book. From the get-go, it's an interest...

    The title of this book leaves nothing to the imagination. It is exactly as it suggests: an account of the lunatic asylums, penatenturies and workhouses, mostly located on Blackwell?s Island, in 19th-century New York. While ultimately disturbing and disheartening, there were no facts ...

    This thoroughly researched book examines the states administration of mental health and other services to the poor. Somethings just don't change. While well intentioned the actual care for the mentally ill has been a disaster. The conditions described were hard to read. Taking a bath i...

  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Aug 27, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

    4 stars There is a 2 mile strip of land just off New York City's shoreline. Currently known as Roosevelt's Island, when it was purchased in 1828 it was named Blackwell's Island. The first building built on the Island was the Penitentiary in 1832. The original building was to be ...

    I don't read a lot of nonfiction work; if I do, it's usually about horses or airplanes. Every once in a while a title comes across in the Book Pages magazine we get at the library that looks intriguing - such was the case with this particular book. From the get-go, it's an interest...

    The title of this book leaves nothing to the imagination. It is exactly as it suggests: an account of the lunatic asylums, penatenturies and workhouses, mostly located on Blackwell?s Island, in 19th-century New York. While ultimately disturbing and disheartening, there were no facts ...

    This thoroughly researched book examines the states administration of mental health and other services to the poor. Somethings just don't change. While well intentioned the actual care for the mentally ill has been a disaster. The conditions described were hard to read. Taking a bath i...

    This book gives a look at what life was like for the poor, insane and criminals sent to Blackwell's Island in New York City during the 1800's. The best parts were the stories of actual people like Sister Mary Stanislaus and Adelaide irving. The hero of the book was the Rev. William Fre...

    A quick read on the history of a piece of NYC that no longer serves its original purpose. And an honest view of the impacts of good intentions that aren't matched by actions. ...

    Extremely interesting of NY and Blackwell Island and a reflection of what was happening all over the country at that time. The author has so much work in this book. Well done ...

    Horrifying. How did we go from locking up everyone who is mentally ill to just letting them roam the streets homeless. A shocking reflection on how the mentally ill have been and ARE treated. ...

    Apart from booking a flight, we rarely consider New York City from a geographic perspective. This internationally-renowned metropolis does not often bring to mind the image of islands scattered like so many glacially-deposited game pieces on a field of Atlantic blue. We're aware, of co...

    Horrifying. A sad reminder of how we treated the mentally ill, elderly, and poor. And really, how they are still treated. ...

    Audio #144 Well-written microhistory Focus on late 19th century All topics in title are discussed ...

  • Kalendra Dee
    Jun 07, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

  • Eli
    Jun 24, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

    4 stars There is a 2 mile strip of land just off New York City's shoreline. Currently known as Roosevelt's Island, when it was purchased in 1828 it was named Blackwell's Island. The first building built on the Island was the Penitentiary in 1832. The original building was to be ...

    I don't read a lot of nonfiction work; if I do, it's usually about horses or airplanes. Every once in a while a title comes across in the Book Pages magazine we get at the library that looks intriguing - such was the case with this particular book. From the get-go, it's an interest...

    The title of this book leaves nothing to the imagination. It is exactly as it suggests: an account of the lunatic asylums, penatenturies and workhouses, mostly located on Blackwell?s Island, in 19th-century New York. While ultimately disturbing and disheartening, there were no facts ...

  • Renee Ortenzio
    Jun 17, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

    4 stars There is a 2 mile strip of land just off New York City's shoreline. Currently known as Roosevelt's Island, when it was purchased in 1828 it was named Blackwell's Island. The first building built on the Island was the Penitentiary in 1832. The original building was to be ...

    I don't read a lot of nonfiction work; if I do, it's usually about horses or airplanes. Every once in a while a title comes across in the Book Pages magazine we get at the library that looks intriguing - such was the case with this particular book. From the get-go, it's an interest...

    The title of this book leaves nothing to the imagination. It is exactly as it suggests: an account of the lunatic asylums, penatenturies and workhouses, mostly located on Blackwell?s Island, in 19th-century New York. While ultimately disturbing and disheartening, there were no facts ...

    This thoroughly researched book examines the states administration of mental health and other services to the poor. Somethings just don't change. While well intentioned the actual care for the mentally ill has been a disaster. The conditions described were hard to read. Taking a bath i...

    This book gives a look at what life was like for the poor, insane and criminals sent to Blackwell's Island in New York City during the 1800's. The best parts were the stories of actual people like Sister Mary Stanislaus and Adelaide irving. The hero of the book was the Rev. William Fre...

    A quick read on the history of a piece of NYC that no longer serves its original purpose. And an honest view of the impacts of good intentions that aren't matched by actions. ...

    Extremely interesting of NY and Blackwell Island and a reflection of what was happening all over the country at that time. The author has so much work in this book. Well done ...

    Horrifying. How did we go from locking up everyone who is mentally ill to just letting them roam the streets homeless. A shocking reflection on how the mentally ill have been and ARE treated. ...

    Apart from booking a flight, we rarely consider New York City from a geographic perspective. This internationally-renowned metropolis does not often bring to mind the image of islands scattered like so many glacially-deposited game pieces on a field of Atlantic blue. We're aware, of co...

    Horrifying. A sad reminder of how we treated the mentally ill, elderly, and poor. And really, how they are still treated. ...

  • Lectus
    Mar 23, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

    4 stars There is a 2 mile strip of land just off New York City's shoreline. Currently known as Roosevelt's Island, when it was purchased in 1828 it was named Blackwell's Island. The first building built on the Island was the Penitentiary in 1832. The original building was to be ...

    I don't read a lot of nonfiction work; if I do, it's usually about horses or airplanes. Every once in a while a title comes across in the Book Pages magazine we get at the library that looks intriguing - such was the case with this particular book. From the get-go, it's an interest...

    The title of this book leaves nothing to the imagination. It is exactly as it suggests: an account of the lunatic asylums, penatenturies and workhouses, mostly located on Blackwell?s Island, in 19th-century New York. While ultimately disturbing and disheartening, there were no facts ...

    This thoroughly researched book examines the states administration of mental health and other services to the poor. Somethings just don't change. While well intentioned the actual care for the mentally ill has been a disaster. The conditions described were hard to read. Taking a bath i...

    This book gives a look at what life was like for the poor, insane and criminals sent to Blackwell's Island in New York City during the 1800's. The best parts were the stories of actual people like Sister Mary Stanislaus and Adelaide irving. The hero of the book was the Rev. William Fre...

    A quick read on the history of a piece of NYC that no longer serves its original purpose. And an honest view of the impacts of good intentions that aren't matched by actions. ...

    Extremely interesting of NY and Blackwell Island and a reflection of what was happening all over the country at that time. The author has so much work in this book. Well done ...

    Horrifying. How did we go from locking up everyone who is mentally ill to just letting them roam the streets homeless. A shocking reflection on how the mentally ill have been and ARE treated. ...

    Apart from booking a flight, we rarely consider New York City from a geographic perspective. This internationally-renowned metropolis does not often bring to mind the image of islands scattered like so many glacially-deposited game pieces on a field of Atlantic blue. We're aware, of co...

    Horrifying. A sad reminder of how we treated the mentally ill, elderly, and poor. And really, how they are still treated. ...

    Audio #144 Well-written microhistory Focus on late 19th century All topics in title are discussed ...

    I won a free copy of this book in a on Goodreads. Nonfiction: Roosevelt Island ( NEE Blackwell Island ) was originally purchased in the 19th century to house facilities created to tuck away the insane, the ill, the indigent, and the criminals from the general public. The injustic...

    A good source of information if you are doing research about this place. Engaging? No, but I don't think it is supposed to be; it is just a recount of history. I personally didn't enjoy it because I am not interested in the subject, but I do recognize its information and historical val...

  • Kate Olson
    May 28, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

  • Geraldine Kelly
    Jun 12, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

  • Antigone
    Oct 11, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

    4 stars There is a 2 mile strip of land just off New York City's shoreline. Currently known as Roosevelt's Island, when it was purchased in 1828 it was named Blackwell's Island. The first building built on the Island was the Penitentiary in 1832. The original building was to be ...

    I don't read a lot of nonfiction work; if I do, it's usually about horses or airplanes. Every once in a while a title comes across in the Book Pages magazine we get at the library that looks intriguing - such was the case with this particular book. From the get-go, it's an interest...

    The title of this book leaves nothing to the imagination. It is exactly as it suggests: an account of the lunatic asylums, penatenturies and workhouses, mostly located on Blackwell?s Island, in 19th-century New York. While ultimately disturbing and disheartening, there were no facts ...

    This thoroughly researched book examines the states administration of mental health and other services to the poor. Somethings just don't change. While well intentioned the actual care for the mentally ill has been a disaster. The conditions described were hard to read. Taking a bath i...

    This book gives a look at what life was like for the poor, insane and criminals sent to Blackwell's Island in New York City during the 1800's. The best parts were the stories of actual people like Sister Mary Stanislaus and Adelaide irving. The hero of the book was the Rev. William Fre...

    A quick read on the history of a piece of NYC that no longer serves its original purpose. And an honest view of the impacts of good intentions that aren't matched by actions. ...

    Extremely interesting of NY and Blackwell Island and a reflection of what was happening all over the country at that time. The author has so much work in this book. Well done ...

    Horrifying. How did we go from locking up everyone who is mentally ill to just letting them roam the streets homeless. A shocking reflection on how the mentally ill have been and ARE treated. ...

    Apart from booking a flight, we rarely consider New York City from a geographic perspective. This internationally-renowned metropolis does not often bring to mind the image of islands scattered like so many glacially-deposited game pieces on a field of Atlantic blue. We're aware, of co...

  • Rosemary
    Mar 29, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

    4 stars There is a 2 mile strip of land just off New York City's shoreline. Currently known as Roosevelt's Island, when it was purchased in 1828 it was named Blackwell's Island. The first building built on the Island was the Penitentiary in 1832. The original building was to be ...

    I don't read a lot of nonfiction work; if I do, it's usually about horses or airplanes. Every once in a while a title comes across in the Book Pages magazine we get at the library that looks intriguing - such was the case with this particular book. From the get-go, it's an interest...

    The title of this book leaves nothing to the imagination. It is exactly as it suggests: an account of the lunatic asylums, penatenturies and workhouses, mostly located on Blackwell?s Island, in 19th-century New York. While ultimately disturbing and disheartening, there were no facts ...

    This thoroughly researched book examines the states administration of mental health and other services to the poor. Somethings just don't change. While well intentioned the actual care for the mentally ill has been a disaster. The conditions described were hard to read. Taking a bath i...

    This book gives a look at what life was like for the poor, insane and criminals sent to Blackwell's Island in New York City during the 1800's. The best parts were the stories of actual people like Sister Mary Stanislaus and Adelaide irving. The hero of the book was the Rev. William Fre...

  • Juli
    Jul 06, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

  • Terry Pearson
    Mar 22, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

    4 stars There is a 2 mile strip of land just off New York City's shoreline. Currently known as Roosevelt's Island, when it was purchased in 1828 it was named Blackwell's Island. The first building built on the Island was the Penitentiary in 1832. The original building was to be ...

    I don't read a lot of nonfiction work; if I do, it's usually about horses or airplanes. Every once in a while a title comes across in the Book Pages magazine we get at the library that looks intriguing - such was the case with this particular book. From the get-go, it's an interest...

    The title of this book leaves nothing to the imagination. It is exactly as it suggests: an account of the lunatic asylums, penatenturies and workhouses, mostly located on Blackwell?s Island, in 19th-century New York. While ultimately disturbing and disheartening, there were no facts ...

    This thoroughly researched book examines the states administration of mental health and other services to the poor. Somethings just don't change. While well intentioned the actual care for the mentally ill has been a disaster. The conditions described were hard to read. Taking a bath i...

    This book gives a look at what life was like for the poor, insane and criminals sent to Blackwell's Island in New York City during the 1800's. The best parts were the stories of actual people like Sister Mary Stanislaus and Adelaide irving. The hero of the book was the Rev. William Fre...

    A quick read on the history of a piece of NYC that no longer serves its original purpose. And an honest view of the impacts of good intentions that aren't matched by actions. ...

    Extremely interesting of NY and Blackwell Island and a reflection of what was happening all over the country at that time. The author has so much work in this book. Well done ...

    Horrifying. How did we go from locking up everyone who is mentally ill to just letting them roam the streets homeless. A shocking reflection on how the mentally ill have been and ARE treated. ...

    Apart from booking a flight, we rarely consider New York City from a geographic perspective. This internationally-renowned metropolis does not often bring to mind the image of islands scattered like so many glacially-deposited game pieces on a field of Atlantic blue. We're aware, of co...

    Horrifying. A sad reminder of how we treated the mentally ill, elderly, and poor. And really, how they are still treated. ...

    Audio #144 Well-written microhistory Focus on late 19th century All topics in title are discussed ...

    I won a free copy of this book in a on Goodreads. Nonfiction: Roosevelt Island ( NEE Blackwell Island ) was originally purchased in the 19th century to house facilities created to tuck away the insane, the ill, the indigent, and the criminals from the general public. The injustic...

  • Marilyn Katz
    Mar 14, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

  • Ti.Me
    May 30, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

  • Cavak
    Feb 08, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

    Book received from NetGalley. Review to come. ...

    Solidly researched and well constructed history of Blackwell?s Island. Horn pulls no punches - this is a nasty slice of American history. While it is extremely dark and unpleasant, it is certainly something 21st century Americans should consider when looking at our current correction...

    A chilling account of the infamous Blackwell?s Island. Set within viewing distance of glittering Manhattan, Blackwell Island was home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Built in the 19th century and touted as the most humane and modern faciliti...

    A sad at times heartbreaking revealing look at how we treated the mentally ill first locking them up in horrible conditions then throwing them out on to the streets.A harrowing look at a horrible time in our history.All students of history should read this, ...

    Though we all know how awful many if not most mental health facilities were, even into the 20th century, this book was a revelation. In the 1800?s, Blackwell?s Island, now Roosevelt Island in New York?s East River, was home to a lunatic asylum, prisons, hospitals, poor houses...

    4 stars There is a 2 mile strip of land just off New York City's shoreline. Currently known as Roosevelt's Island, when it was purchased in 1828 it was named Blackwell's Island. The first building built on the Island was the Penitentiary in 1832. The original building was to be ...

    I don't read a lot of nonfiction work; if I do, it's usually about horses or airplanes. Every once in a while a title comes across in the Book Pages magazine we get at the library that looks intriguing - such was the case with this particular book. From the get-go, it's an interest...

    The title of this book leaves nothing to the imagination. It is exactly as it suggests: an account of the lunatic asylums, penatenturies and workhouses, mostly located on Blackwell?s Island, in 19th-century New York. While ultimately disturbing and disheartening, there were no facts ...

    This thoroughly researched book examines the states administration of mental health and other services to the poor. Somethings just don't change. While well intentioned the actual care for the mentally ill has been a disaster. The conditions described were hard to read. Taking a bath i...

    This book gives a look at what life was like for the poor, insane and criminals sent to Blackwell's Island in New York City during the 1800's. The best parts were the stories of actual people like Sister Mary Stanislaus and Adelaide irving. The hero of the book was the Rev. William Fre...

    A quick read on the history of a piece of NYC that no longer serves its original purpose. And an honest view of the impacts of good intentions that aren't matched by actions. ...

    Extremely interesting of NY and Blackwell Island and a reflection of what was happening all over the country at that time. The author has so much work in this book. Well done ...

    Horrifying. How did we go from locking up everyone who is mentally ill to just letting them roam the streets homeless. A shocking reflection on how the mentally ill have been and ARE treated. ...

    Apart from booking a flight, we rarely consider New York City from a geographic perspective. This internationally-renowned metropolis does not often bring to mind the image of islands scattered like so many glacially-deposited game pieces on a field of Atlantic blue. We're aware, of co...

    Horrifying. A sad reminder of how we treated the mentally ill, elderly, and poor. And really, how they are still treated. ...

    Audio #144 Well-written microhistory Focus on late 19th century All topics in title are discussed ...

    I won a free copy of this book in a on Goodreads. Nonfiction: Roosevelt Island ( NEE Blackwell Island ) was originally purchased in the 19th century to house facilities created to tuck away the insane, the ill, the indigent, and the criminals from the general public. The injustic...

    A good source of information if you are doing research about this place. Engaging? No, but I don't think it is supposed to be; it is just a recount of history. I personally didn't enjoy it because I am not interested in the subject, but I do recognize its information and historical val...

    To my surprise, this is the second of Horn's books that I finished reading. Didn't realize until later that she also authored The Restless Sleep: Inside New York City's Cold Case Squad , another history/true crime book that I previously read. Though the topics are different between...

  • Emily
    Jun 11, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...

    This book started out with a bang as the author set the stage for the description of the treatment of the poor, criminal, and mentally ill in NYC in the late 19th century. Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island) located on the East River across from Manhattan was the site of detenti...

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. As a New Yorker who has explored some of the ruins that could be found on what is now called Roosevelt Island, I was always interested in the stories of the island. Home to several hospitals as well as a prison in the 19th Century, then ...

    Fascinating read. At times this book can be quite depressing, but it does a great job of telling about the lives of those that tried to improve the conditions on the island. I cannot believe how horribly people were treated in the late 1800s. ...

  • David Beatty
    Apr 25, 2018

    A true to life horror story. I guess you could say, well, that's in the past, but is it really? Blackwell Island, New York, four institutions built to shelter, the poor, the mad, the sick or the mad, supposedly compassionately. Almst from the beginning this did not work, not enough mon...

    Thanks to Algonquin Books for this free review copy! OH MY GOODNESS. This book was a total binge read for me - I received it in the mail on Saturday, picked it up to read Sunday night at 7:30 and finished it by 1:30 on Monday afternoon. And then I proceeded to spend WAY too long onl...

    In 1828, New York City purchased a small island. Located in the East River, Blackwell Island was the perfect location for a new asylum. At first, the plans were for a humane facility to help the mentally ill, indigent and criminal elements in the city. They estimated the number of ment...

    An alarming, heartbreaking history of the handling of poor, ill, convicts, vagrants, and child criminals in NY City starting in the mid 19th century. Several locations are documented, with the focus mainly on the place known today as Roosevelt Island. As a native New Yorker who hel...

    I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Goodreads. This is an important book for several reasons. It tells the sad and very political story of what became Roosevelt Island in New York City and it tells, through some grim historical accounts, the mistreatment of this city's p...

    Interesting, sad look into the sad residents of early NY incarceration (criminal and "insane") facilities. ...

    This book is a well written and well researched on the horrors of the past. It is not light bedside reading, it is a great read for anybody interested in learning about the history of Roosevelt Island at this time. ...