An Abandoned Island in The Middle of NYC
The experimental drug treatment for young addicts started in the 1950s and the idea was to remove kids from the criminal jail systems. After landing on the island and the initial “cold-turkey” drug withdrawals, they lived within a strict school system located in a new pavilion originally constructed in 1943 to host tuberculosis patients. The halls that were once filled with 100 boys and 50 girls at a time are today eerily silent.
‘Collections’, models in Rick Owens photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia, July 2012