Hart Island, New York

Hart Island may be the largest tax-funded cemetery in the world, with more than 800,000 burials since 1869, but it must also be one of the most difficult graveyards to visit. Located in western Long Island Sound, New York, the island has served as a burial ground for people who are unclaimed or whose families could not afford a funeral. Down the years it has also housed a prison workhouse, a women's insane asylum and a tuberculosis hospital.

Today, families wishing to visit loved ones who are buried there often have difficulty gaining permission, and face severe restrictions when they arrive. No unauthorised visitors are allowed.

A fascinating article about the island can be found on the Untapped Cities website. Click on the image below to take a look.