Even the biggest skeptic, becomes slightly unnerve when they enter a crumbling husk of a building. It might be due to the fact that a once vibrant, livable space is now empty and decaying, reminding us of our own mortality. Or it might be our rampant imagination wondering what nefarious strange things happen in such eerily quiet places.
Well New York’s Farm Colony is a few places that actually has a documented history of nefarious strange things happening behind its crumbling walls. These are one of the few abandoned complex of buildings that are open to the public (unofficially of course, enter at your own risk). If you are looking to see a side of New York far off the beaten path, then The Staten Island Farm Colony should definitely be added to your itinerary.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “You’re going to send me to the poor-house”. Before the establishment of the social security/welfare system there were numerous “poor-houses” located all over the United States. In the 19th and 20th century, able-bodied people would be offered food and shelter in exchange for working on “poor-farms”. These were essentially really sad hippie communes with fewer guitars and bongos. Eventually with the establishment of a social security system these poor-houses or poor-farms became depopulated and eventually all but completely abandoned. The Staten Island Farm Colony was one of these types of complexes.
The Seaview Hospital also shared land with the colony and it was the premier tuberculosis clinic in the states in the beginning of the 20th century. Although it held on longer than the colony the hospital also closed down in the 70s. And that’s where the really interesting things started taking place. Many people have speculated that various unsavory activities have taken place and they 80s these speculations were confirmed when a young woman with Down syndrome was found in the wooded area around the compound in a shallow grave. Some people have even claimed that the former residence of the Farm Colony still roam the grounds, as ghosts.
I know that this seems a little absurd for a travel suggestion, but it’s something that will quite possibly disappear in the next few years as the land has recently been sold. The area is scattered with many early century buildings, all covered inside and out with elaborate graffiti. The former Seaview Hospital and Farm Colony are also surrounded by dense forest which is a very surreal landscape considering they are located in the very urban Staten Island. Even if you are a paranormal skeptic/cynic, the entire vista is extremely strange, mystical and evidence of tragic times past.