New York Farm Colony - Staten Island, NY

Correction: Thanks to a diligent viewer of the site it has come to my attention that this is actually the New York Farm Colony and not Willowbrook State School.

Hidden away in a wooded area on Staten Island. The Willowbrook State School was an asylum for mentally retarded children from the 1930's to 1987. At its peak, the hospital had over 6000 residents and was rife with scandal. In 1965 Robert Kennedy toured the site and declared the conditions "living in filth and dirt, their clothing in rags, in rooms less comfortable and cheerful than the cages in which we put animals in a zoo".

Abandoned since 1987 the site is in very serious disrepair. The structural integrity of the buildings were questionable at best. Because of that I chose not to venture inside any of them.

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I am 100% positive that this

I am 100% positive that this is NOT the Willowbrook state school. These are the abandoned buildings that belonged to the old Seaview Tuberculosis ward and farm colony. you can find more of these buildings (if you dont mind walking through thorns and over grown trees and what not) decaying behind the newer Seaview Hospital by walking through the Staten Island greenbelt along the blue trail. I myself have searched the woods looking for the remains of the willowbrook state school. the only ones that still exist are used by staten island college. if anyone is interested in actually learning more about this, watch the documentary "Cropsey"

The pictures above are of the

The pictures above are of the New York Farm Colony. I was just thier today. The farm colony has been on the same property as seaview for over 100 years. The campus actully is spit into. East and west side divided by a main road. Some people if they weren't paying attention would say this is Willowbrook State School. Both facilitys are side by side and both follow along the statan Island Green Belt. But as mentioned above the actual Willowbrook campus is now the college of Staten Island. Most if not all the buildings have been reused. It is a great place to wander with many buildings still standing but in very poor shape ie. No roofs - staircases etc....

Thanks for sharing your pics

Apparently it hasn't been

Apparently it hasn't been abandoned by the taggers.

It's amazing how quickly

It's amazing how quickly places like this return to nature. This website has other such sites in the NYC area:

http://abandonednyc.com/

I grew up on Staten Island

I grew up on Staten Island during the 50's through the 70's, just down from Moravian cemetery. On the "Sunday drive" my parents and I would drive past Willowbrook State Hospital and that is what the large sign that was just before the lake said. (there was a large pond actually more toward the road. The building was seeable from the main road but set back.
I often wondered about the place and my parents and others would tell me stories. As a matter of fact my "uncle Phil" use to work there for a short period of time and the stories he told would make your hair stand on end.

I am 100% positive that this

I am 100% positive that this is NOT the Willowbrook state school. These are the abandoned buildings that belonged to the old Seaview Tuberculosis ward and farm colony. you can find more of these buildings (if you dont mind walking through thorns and over grown trees and what not) decaying behind the newer Seaview Hospital by walking through the Staten Island greenbelt along the blue trail. I myself have searched the woods looking for the remains of the willowbrook state school. the only ones that still exist are used by staten island college. if anyone is interested in actually learning more about this, watch the documentary "Cropsey"

Hey no disrespect, but I am

Hey no disrespect, but I am 99% positive that the photos posted are the New York City Farm Colony, from a different part of Staten Island. I haven't been to Willowbrook, but unless the buildings there are identical to those at the Farm Colony, which I would doubt given the difference in building dates. From cursory research, the Willobrook facility has largely been transformed into part of the campus of the College of Staten Island, while the New York City Farm Colony remains a large abandoned complex of buildings in the woods.

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