Jake Boswell, Jack Gruber Publish on Hart Island in the New York Daily News
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture Jake Boswell and lecturer in the Landscape Architecture Section Jack Gruber have published (with Melinda Hunt) “We need a plan for Hart Island: NYC’s public cemetery must include the public,” an opinion piece in the Daily News. The op-ed explores the future of city burials on New York’s Hart Island and a “recently completed burial capacity study.”
While we agree with the report’s conclusions on cremation, we believe current burial practices should be reconsidered. Hart Island is a beautiful location. Visitors comment on how majestic Long Island Sound feels when they are there. Moreover, Hart Island burials — while inhumane in their scale — are also the only natural burials available in New York City. We believe these are strengths the city can build upon for offering more humane burials and as a strategy for climate adaptation and landscape management.
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