We will be discussing and signing copies of our book Long Island Oddities at the following dates and locations:
10/23/13 7PM Carle Place, Barnes and Noble
10/24/13 7PM Bay Shore, Barnes and Noble
10/30/13 7PM Lake Grove, Barnes and Noble
Pilgrim State Hospital was at one time the largest psychiatric hospital in the world. Though it is still in operation, parts of it are vacant, and owned by a private developer. Construction began in 1928, with patients arriving in 1931. Construction continued until 1938.
Pilgrim was built to elevate overcrowding from other hospitals and two provide a quiet rural setting for patients. By the 1950?s its population peeked at over 16,000, then came the era of deinstitutionalization, brought on by new medications, and patient right advocacy groups.
Today Pilgrim has a fraction of the patients it once did, its grounds littered with disused buildings awaiting redevelopment.
Suffolk Cummunity College's Brentwood Campus used to be the farm colony section of Pilgrim State Hospital.