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i 1st heard about hard island when i was working on a story about a formerly homeless man. he had lived in the tunnels underneath penn station. i think there was a photographer who photographed his little,
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the little house he had made himself there. and because of her work, he had been rescued. he'd been given a home and that he'd been found dead in that home. and he was going to go to heart island and it was there was such a sadness at the idea that this man who had finally achieved a home of his own was going to be dispossessed. it was going to be one of the multitude in these anonymous graves. mm. mm. i'm a new yorker and i believe that new york is more than you know, the old idea of the city on the hill new york is really what america is a mountain. and
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there is a tragedy inherent to in a big metropolis. there are all the stories of the chance has gone by mistakes or the bad childhood, bad choices or just bad luck. and that's something that any great metropolis contends was me. but there's something more here that you could have a loving family, a career money set aside. and you could still end up in a mass grave on an island, off limits to the public buried by inmates paid $0.50 an hour. oh,
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i me. ah when rises in from the sound carrying the clang of the bell bowing from nearby city island tolling its fitful warning? ah all around is desolate and sad. no kind hand the decorated graves with croaking of love and remembrance. i
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am even a headstone to show where is interred was once a human being i ah, my baby was already sick, so i already knew that there was a 5050 chance of him living or diane gave birth to him. i didn't have the financial to be able to bury him and stuff. so the hospital gave me a week for me to collect the money. i went to the
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welfare day after day, day after day the entire week that i was given. and they said no good. and at that point i didn't know my real mother. i didn't know my real family . so i was like, i really don't have nobody. i was alone out here. living actually literally alone. i can be ungrateful because me living on the public assistance. new york city has been helping my children a lot. but when it comes to my son, they fell to me completely because i put all my trust on them. i put my child's body in their hands to bury him. you know,
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is not the way i wanted, but i figure, at least he's gonna be buried. he'll be apiece. but he's, he was in, [000:00:00;00] ah, one heart island is open to new york is on the cusp of yet another enormous rush of growth. the city's population basically doubled every 20 years. ah, new york city is the commercial capital of america. is the center which publishing
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industry, ah, it's the center of fashion. and, of course, next to the glitz next to the glamour. next to the mansions, being built by a t steward of the vanderbilt's, you have the reality of the 5 points. the slums at the very, very difficult lives lived by most new yorkers. that is to say, the working class and poor new york is forced to create a whole series of institutions to deal with the realities of tens of thousands of immigrants coming into the city. continually. there was a sense, i think that these people needed to be separated out that the people were not comfortable seeing the insane seeing the pauper, seeing an elderly alcoholics on the streets of new york. mm hm. any of these institutions, prisons, lunatic asylums, hospitals, all were erected, created outside manhattan,
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on these islands in the east river. with there was welfare island, there were the quarantine islands and of course ellis island. and these were all various processing stations. part island was the terminal island in 18. 90 s. early 19 hundreds. every spring of the police department would have to fish out scores and scores of bodies that float the surface in the harbor and the rivers. what do you do with these bodies? are mostly low, totally anonymous. these folks went to hard island. this is a place that new york has to have up to service the reality of death. mm. i think new yorkers understand that there are always going to be inequalities in the city, huge inequalities, and they are in very sharp focus,
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but in death were equal. we all die alone. ah, in today's world you have so many families who are a stranger or just lost to each other, my distance by misfortune. ah, and yet to know that some one you once loved or that you hoped loved you is buried in a mass grave on hard island. that resonates trevor lu.
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we got married in 8982. and i got married at my sister's house because i never wanted a big wedding. i'm never the one to be in front of it. you know, where address and have all these people that, you know, sometimes you don't even know half of them. why would you want them? they're joining, but there were a lot of great times with, with bruce in the line. mm. when he started, but spiraling down that was in 84. we moved right next to a bar called lady, else. we used to go to lady l on on friday nights, got a babysitter for kimberly. and he started hanging out with a lot of different people and started drinking heavily in the bar was right next door, which is not the greatest thing. didn't think that anything of it when we moved to the house, but it happened and i remember back of bottles being under the bad hit in, you know,
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so and then they would argue constantly. so i just remember my childhood, not a wonderful. mm. you know, i think that he hurt his back at work and he got addicted to pain medication. and then cocaine than alcohol. and he just spiraled down hell. mm. ah, you would always enter my conscience. i always wonder if he is he okay, what is he doing? is he living on the streets? even when i would go to manhattan when i was younger, i would always wonder if i was him. you know, i'd always wanna give money to those people cuz i felt like that was my dad. like i hoped switch. people don't hope that he was either in the hospital her in jail where i would get that one moment that he was sober. and i never got it. and the fact that he was in a hospital and nobody contacted any family members and then hit his body for 3
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years. is crazy. ah, well, we've made our pilgrimage. civic going holy land. el salvador. were in el dante, better known as bitcoin beach, i'm country, is really ready to go for the coin hyper, but point is ation joining other countries around the world. the president has made big point legal center. people are using the coin to buy a coffee in san salvador, and it's making a huge impact on the population. well the pandemic notion, you know, born is a piece and
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you as a merge, we don't have with the we don't to look back. see, the whole world leads to take action to be ready. people are judgment, common crisis with we can do better, we should be better. everyone is contributing each in their own way. but we also know that this crisis will not go on forever. the challenge is great, the response has been massive. so many good people are helping us. it makes us feel very proud that we are in it together. ah, ah ah
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ah ah ah. so in the world to day, everyone knows america as the land of freedom and opportunity. because you see me in front of you now, but prior to seeing me here, you didn't know of me except for one day. he is less than a man. he is not america. he is the slave that built america. oh, this is the too soon. of every man and woman of color. now we,
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at the point, when we stumble upon a part of history that do encounter us as a people of color of honor, of respect, ah ha. and rack. as allan, at the time of 1860 was being conversed, and to champ astor me there was, must, in, over, 200000 soldiers come in. america was not america at that time. it was federal. see, in the south noon,
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up in the no. and what brought us together was this civil war wasn't for these men, we will not be free today. if it wasn't for those united states college troops, we will not be as proud as we are today. mm. mm. united states college troops would definitely go in that out. and there still are certain little indications that the us so a few bodies that still remain. mm. and it us knocking at the door who is there to open it? a correctional department. i've never so been familiar needed to have a correction officer direct me in prayer. mm
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hm. when the various began in 1869, the department of charities and correction was one city agency. and what happened more recently was the department of welfare pulled out of hard island and left the department of correction in charge of these burials. so it used to be that there was a dead house at the end of $26.00 street and a dock. and in the dead house, the bodies were, were unclaimed, were put in these boxes and then put on to a boat. there were 2 steam ships. one was called hope. and the other was called fidelity. ah,
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the gold fax up to the dead house and takes the coffins with their ghastly freight . they are shoved rudely down a slide like the various merchandise. and as they strike the deck, we hear the thud of the body in its rude receptacle. business is good to day. the shower on the stick says as we count the coffins, heaped up permits curiously. we think so too. we steam away and soon touch it. blackwell's island, or the bodies of those who died of smallpox and other contagious diseases are taken on board. charity hospital is also visited and contributes its quota. the coffins are bundled out to men who cart them away into a field. handling them is rudely as baggage masters to trucks at
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a depot. trenches are about 15 feet deep and 6 feet wide. the coffins are piled up like wood and cords or fuel and a cold pit, 13 d. as soon as the coffin is placed at the bottom of the trench, a barrow of dirt is thrown over it, and another coffin placed above children's coffins or chucked in at the feet of the others and helped to form a solid mass. the foot of earth is then thrown upon the upper one until the work is completed. thus, all nationalities rest close together. the merge is a close companion of the cease and the suicide is just beneath the pauper. there is no aristocracy.
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when i 1st heard of hart allentown from a physician who was at harlem hospital. and she was talking about infants that were born addicted to crack. and that they were buried in shoe boxes a 1000 at a time on hard island. and at that time, hard island was open to journalists and to academics. and so i decided that i was just going to get there. and it just so happened that that day was the very 1st day that these inmates had ever been on hard island. and these were
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a young man convicted of misdemeanors like turnstile jumping graffiti. so you know, they're not felons or anything like that. they're young men that couldn't afford a good lawyer or i used to live in red oak that was winter. the bad neighbourhood brought about a return all in brooklyn. and our new york city who's crazy in, in 89. it was cracked and stuff like that and we used to, so we'd in in drugs is buffalo done in our one a getting caught with possession and i went up going on. right. as oliver a little bit of time in those days it was, it was a 0. you could get anything, you get a knife or anything. 11 term that guy had a gun in there. it was like, like, like gladiator school every day. and so when i got short, short means that you go home, you don't have
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a lot of time left in your state and they gave me a job in the hodge, ireland. ah, you know they shackles on you did a little boss and didn't take you on the boat. i'm a little kid. could hang cos, i'm on the boat to get the boat's going to go down. i think the worse or whatever. and they take you to charlie and i still didn't know that harley was protest fuel. i heard a polish julie movies and stuff like that, but i didn't. i didn't even know what, what he meant. and there's only 2 offices, no french, no, not been. and there was just smell, i don't know what the snow was. so the next morning is raining. and they told you we're going to go, we're going to go to work in we will just be home,
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but it was grace. and then they will mass graves. we would in boxes and we're going to move them to put more boxes in there. and the people though, there are john doors or people that nobody wants to pay for people that get lost in the system. they were like 5 people. it was a big hole. it was corporate in the grave. and then the guys we will talk about them and they, they would just say crack babies. he even though who knows what they were therefore, but just a mentality dad does what? those were like undesirables or whatever didn't count or whatever i ah, ah, when our mayor took place, he was elected because of his campaign on our city, being a tale of 2 cities,
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the halves and i have not. and those who have not are usually the ones who are end up being buried on hard. um the difficulty in government, especially when you are the mayor and you are managing a very large city, the priorities of the public take shape and become the most important issue addressed. and not many people bring hard island to elected officials, attention. it is out of sight and out of mind to so many new yorkers, people just don't care that much unless they have a personal connection. oh, it shouldn't be so removed from the rest of the city. we should know what
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happens after people die. we should be able to see that space. oh, the fact that we're using inmates to maintain this active site where 1000000 souls are buried. where so much of new york city history is buried is dickensian. and it is a document of the inequality that is exist in this city. for centuries. i don't think the states is unique in this respect. for in this world are not powerful. you get forgotten pretty quickly, and hard island is exactly where our society and our country puts the people who are poor and forgotten. and you have, you know, a situation you couldn't make up in which you have the corn, forgotten people who are alive and are in jail,
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who are burying the poor and forgotten people who are dead for there is no shortage of growing tensions in eastern europe. there is the growing you bear with stand off over a legal migration. there are western reports. russia is amassing troops within its own borders. and of course, there is the self inflicted crisis of european energy supplies. it is no coincidence, some recalling this hybrid war, but who is hybrid war? against whom? there is a patch or water around the try a seal island that's in contention between canada and the united states. northern gulf, a main has suddenly become optimal for lobster and our populations here is exploded . one of the most valuable fisheries that ever existed. suddenly you had made an canadian fisherman in these waters. at the same time jousting for position and attention are high,
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violence is bound to happen. this is the last land border dispute between canada and the united states. it could be magnified to the point where there could be costs that would be significant to hope countries border dispute don't go away. they just ask her some things going to happen. join me every posted on me, alex simon. sure. but i'll be speaking to guess what the world of politics, small business, i'm show business. i'll see you then. i saw a message from an unknown account because it has a selfie with my passport as it profile picture. i saw pictures of my documents. it was, they also sent a credit contract. i had just 3 days comply with their demands to see if i
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didn't send money and they sent up an online hate campaign that i was supposed to be very dangerous man. with breaking news this. our streets are ablaze, and police have fired warning shots in rotterdam as the dutch government malls, tightening coated pass criteria elsewhere. austria takes things further with a full lockdown on the way, becoming the 1st european nation to impose vaccinations for everyone. also this our as to the end of the information gauge price we the jury find the defendant kyle, a written kyle, aged written health not guilty in the u. s. teenager col. rittenhouse, whose case has divided the u. s. amid massive media coverage is found not guilty on


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