This is the morgue in the Ellis Island Isolation Hospital, which occupies the abandoned southern 2/3 of the island. Built in 1902, and abandoned in 1930, the hospital was primarily a waystation for immigrants who arrived and were judged ill - some were cured and allowed into the country, and many more were held in small rooms, many with views out to the Statue of Liberty, waiting for boats to deport them back to their countries of origin. But for thousands, the hospital complex would be their final destination - hence the need for an eight-tray morgue inside the autopsy theatre where visiting doctors could observe the final medical procedures performed on anonymous immigrants before their interment on Hart Island. Ellis island went by two names back in those days - “The Island of Hope” and “The Island of Tears”. For the relatives of those who wound up in this room, the latter most certainly applied.
VH1 Jump Start: Candlebox “Far Behind”
I’m about 73% sure you probably don’t remember this song, but if you spent any time on alt-rock radio in the mid-90s you’ll know it from the first few notes and definitely when the chorus kicks in.
I couldn’t tell you the first thing about Candlebox now or what they’re doing, but I know they were signed to Madonna’s label and this was Maverick Records’ big hit before Alanis Morissette broke out a couple of years later. Mostly I just remember this as one of the bowling alley jams that was always during my parents’ league while I tried to finish my math homework *slash* con my folks out of quarters to go play Mortal Kombat and Killer Instinct in the arcade.
So much hair going on in this group though:
Forever upset that I wasn’t born in the 70s so I could’ve been grown enough in the early 90s to have a long-haired boyfriend with poor fashion sense.