"In the heart of New York City lies an abandoned island." Thus begins Rachel Nuwer's Smithsonian piece on North Brother Island, situated between Manhattan and the Bronx and yet off many people's radar. Nuwer recounts the island's remarkable history, from uninhabited space to quarantine centre and back again.
The 2014 article was prompted by the publication of a book of photos by Christopher Payne, whose perspective is striking: "Most people view ruins as if they were looking into the past, but these buildings show what New York could be years from now. I see these photographs like windows into the future."