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Kings Park Psychiatric Institute on Long Island was one of the first, as well as one of the largest industrial sized mental institution. Today it lies in ruins, a testimony to a dark chapter in our history, and another chapter in the Gothic Curiosity Cabinet. Go to A Gothic Cabinet of Curiosities and Mysteries to read the article

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Kings Park, New York

Kings Park Psychiatric Center was established in New York City in 1885, and was originally called Kings County Asylum. Originally in Brooklyn, it was a farm colony, where patients worked in farm related activities. Overcrowding forced the relocation to Long Island in the community of St. Johnland. The hospital grew to over 150 buildings, and at its peak housed nearly 10,000 inmates. 

Farming activities eventually gave way to frontal lobotomies and electro-shock, which gave way to Thorazine and other drugs. These drugs in theory allowed patients to live in the general population, and by the early 1990s, Kings Park was nearly empty. 

Today most of the buildings remain, and much of the grounds have been converted into Nissequogue River State Park. Asbestos and other pollutants complicate destroying the buildings, so they remain empty, increasingly falling in. People come from all over the country to sneak into and explore, and the site is well documented online. 

Of course there are legends about hauntings, far too many to relate here. To walk the grounds is to feel the scope of the problems of the mentally ill, and to look at the imposing structures, one can get a sense of the horror and terror many must have felt here. Kings Park was truly a city of the insane.

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King’s Park Psychiatric Center, Long Island, New York

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KIng’s Park Psychiatric Hospital, Long Island, New York

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Built 1915, Kings Park Psychiatric, Long Island, New York

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Built 1925: Kings Park Psychiatric Center, Long Island, New York

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KIng’s Park Psychiatric Hospital, Long Island, New York

Buried in this field are hundred of patients of Kings Park Psychiatric Center. These are those with no relatives or loved ones, no one who cared and were buried in the field, unmarked and mostly forgotten. Stories have it that you can still hear the cries of these lost souls in the night, though one must wonder as the subdivisions now butt right against the field. The road which leads to this hill is strewn with debris from the hospital, the place where all the waste is unceremoniously dumped. We can only hope that these unfortunate souls received a bit more dignity when they were lain to rest

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