Hart Island

The Department of Correction is responsible for operating and maintaining New York City's public burial ground, which is located on Hart Island, in the Long Island Sound. The department has created a database of Hart Island burial records to help you determine whether someone has been interred on Hart Island, using basic information, such as name, date or location.

Visiting Hart Island

Hart Island is open to the public. There are two types of Hart Island visits: general visits to a gazebo area on the island and burial site visits for family members of those who are buried on the island. Each type of visit takes place once per month and all visitors must be registered before the visit day. Details of each type of visit are included in the Hart Island FAQ. For more information, please call the Hart Island Information Line at 718-546-0911.

Hart Island Grave Site Visit Request Form


For the Media

Members of the media interested in Hart Island should contact the Department's Office of Public Information at 718-546-0631.

Hart Island Resources