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  • NORTH BROTHER ISLAND

    September 11, 2004
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    South Brother Island (foreground), North Brother Island (background)   On June 15, 1904, the General Slocum, an excursion vessel on the way to Long Island for a church picnic outing, burst into flames in the East River. Over 1200 lost their lives. Slocum Captain William Van Schaick drove the vessel toward North Brother Island, one [...]

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  • AN ISLAND JUST FOR U

    May 1, 1999

    Smack in the middle of the East River, near the UN Headquarters, is an artificial island built in the 1890s. U Thant Island was named for the Burmese secretary-general of the United Nations between 1961 and 1971.   The island was built¬†by subway pioneer August Belmont, who was completing the Steinway Tunnels under the East [...]

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