Why coronavirus burials are just the latest chapter in New York’s plague history


New York City’s intertwining of parks and mass burial sites continues as the coronavirus death toll rises and victims are buried on Hart Island

As the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic in New York City continues to rise, grisly drone footage captured this week showed bodies of victims being buried in a trench within the city limits.

The footage also offered a grim glimpse into a little-known part of New York where the still functioning potter’s field of Hart Island holds more than a million bodies: overwhelmingly the poor, the anonymous and the unclaimed.

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