Renwick Smallpox Hospital

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Renwick was used as a location to treat smallpox patients, but 13,000 lost their lives here before being dumped into the bay. The building was abandoned in the 1950’s and is now thought to be a dangerous place, often used as a drug den. For those who are brave enough to explore, they might see the ghost of an old woman or hear voices of those who died during the outbreak.

(Submitted by Chris Berglund)

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Geographic Information

E Rd
New York, NY 10044
United States

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40.751588656279196, -73.95958435528888
New York County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Long Island City, NY (0.7 mi.)
Manhattan, NY (2.2 mi.)
Weehawken, NJ (3.4 mi.)
New York City, NY (3.5 mi.)
Guttenberg, NJ (3.6 mi.)
West New York, NJ (3.8 mi.)
Hoboken, NJ (3.8 mi.)
Union City, NJ (3.9 mi.)
North Bergen, NJ (4.6 mi.)
Fairview, NJ (4.7 mi.)


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