The Department of Correction is responsible for operating and maintaining New York City’s public burial ground, which is located on Hart Island, in the Long Island Sound. The department has created a database of Hart Island burial records to help you determine whether someone has been interred on Hart Island, using basic information, such as name, date or location.
Visiting Hart Island
Hart Island is open to the public. The Department provides limited access to an area set aside for reflection and facilitates visits by community groups and others seeking to honor the memory of those who are interred on the island. For more information, contact the Office of Constituent Services at 718-546-1500.
For the Media
Members of the media interested in Hart Island should contact the Department’s Office of Public Information at 718-546-0631.
Hart Island Resources
City Council Testimony, September 27, 2012