Mother Nature has slowly reclaimed North Brother Island in New York City. Today, dense vegetation has seeped into the island's 25 decrepit buildings, some of which date back to the 1880s. Among the decaying structures on this island in the East River is the Tuberculosis Pavilion, which once housed the infamous Typhoid Mary, an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid who infected dozens of people while working as a cook. The island now serves as a bird sanctuary and is off-limits to the public; access requires special permission from New York City’s Parks Department.
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