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Video: Inside Heart Island in Potter’s Field, New York, as the COVID Tomb grows

This story, in collaboration with Vox and the Stabile Center of Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School,I don’t have them, “CITY’s ongoing joint project to remind all New Yorkers killed by COVID-19. Reporters for this story are Haidee Chu, Rajaa Elidrissi, Jacob Geanous, Téa Kvetenadze, Cassidy Jensen, Josh Merchant, Savannah Tryens-Fernandes, Megan Zerez.


Hart Island, a small land off the Bronx, reappeared in the national heading in April 2020, when New York City became the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

Newsreels on the island’s cemetery showed a trench filled with pine coffins, sending shock waves around the world. However, these mass burials during the pandemic represent the most recent burial in Hart Island’s long history.

The Potter’s Field Cemetery on Hart Island dates back to 1869 and has been used as a burial ground for more than a million New Yorkers for over 150 years. Over the years, Hart Island has gained a dirty reputation due to infrastructure issues and lack of reliable public access.

A 2021 analysis The Columbia Journalism School’s Stabile Center and THE CITY have discovered that in 2020, more than 2,300 New Yorkers were buried on Hart Island. This is more burial than any year during the AIDS epidemic, another recent health crisis.

Stabile and THE CITY also found that New York City is at a pace to bury one in ten Covid-19 victims on the island.

Analysis shows who is likely to be buried on Hart Island: black and Latino residents, frontline workers, and people with little access to health care.

Watch the video above to understand how this is tied together and what’s next on Hart Island:

Video: Inside Heart Island in Potter’s Field, New York, as the COVID Tomb grows

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