We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'd recommend burning the mystery dead in the future, destroying the buildings, restoring the marshes, and making this unique spot a nature preserve like Jamaica Bay, as part of the Gateway National Park system. The guys from Rikers can do that work for us, as it seems to be their favorite work assignment (and rightly so).
I would be happy to plan it all, for free. I am sure the mayor checks Maggie's on a daily basis for our advice and guidance.
I was a Correction Officer there in the early 80's. It was a good inmate detail for the CO's also. They were housed in connecting trailers on the island. The CO's had no firearms anywhere on the island. The boat that transported the Officers had the firearms.
We used to take the inmates to the baseball fields on Sun to let them play ball. The seats were on concrete slabs and were from the old Polo grounds. There is a cold war missle silo at one end. Very cold in the winter. Wow, over 30 years ago. Time flies.
this is a subject that is near and dear to me since I can see the smokestack on Hart Island from my home town of Port Washington. At some point in the late 1950s there was a miniature golf course, and the City used to ferry boys there for a recreational program, taking care to keep them separate from the inmates working at Potter's Field. It is estimated there are 600,000 persons buried on Hart Island, including the actor who was the voice of Peter Pan, Bobby Driscoll, Disney's first live actor under contract (and a brilliant child actor who later wound up a junkie.)