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Because North Brother Island is so remote and difficult to access, it has not been stripped of artifacts to the same extent as many abandoned hospitals found on the mainland.  Here, on a window ledge in the Maintenance Shop, a number of copper keys, displaying over half a century’s oxidation, are sitting atop calcium stalagmites - the deposits of calcium which, over the years, drip through a concrete ceiling and form mounds where they fall.  Although the keys have not been stolen, the fact that they are not integrated into the calcium suggests that a visitor did indeed disturb them - they were clearly placed here in the not-too-distant past.

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