Once a leper colony and quarantine zone, North Brother Island is now home to nothing but crumbling walls and a healthy handful of ghosts missing their eyes and noses. Located a measly 350 yards from the Bronx in appropriately named, Hell Gate, it was shut down in 1963 and has been closed to the public since.

Update: So it looks like we've been here once before. But you know what, today I am Queen of all Traffic and what I say goes. Click away, you crazy diamonds.

[Via The Daily Mail, photos from Ian Ference]