Unforgotten Episodes

Season ONE: Inaccessible looks at a series of inaccessible landscapes in New York City.

S1:E1 — Fort Totten Water Battery (4:56)

How History and Access Inspires Public Interest in a Remote Queens Park

The Fort Totten Water Battery was built in 1862 — opposite Fort Skylar in the Bronx — to protect the greater New York City region from invasion during that time. Obsolete and abandoned before it was ever completed -- the Water Battery is as a rare civil war era remnant, majestic in its incompletion, and relatively hidden in Northeast Queens.

As the Battery continues to remain unknown to most, investments in preserving history and increasing visitor access has helped inspire public interest in this remote Queens Park.

Featuring: Matt Symons, Joseph Czeisel, Paul DeBenedetto, Justin Rivers

Acknowledgement: NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, NYC Urban Park Rangers, Bayside Historical Society

Film Location: Fort Totten Park (Queens, NY)

S1:E2 — New York State Pavilion (4:37)

How Creative Collaboration Restored the Integrity of a Historic Queens Icon

The New York State Pavilion was originally built as a spectacular public structure at the 1964 Worlds Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Designed by architect Phillip Johnson as an icon for the world to see the pavilion served as a gathering space, a concert venue and even a roller skating rink, before it slipped into the realm of the forgotten.

As the Pavilion has started to emerge over the past decade, creative collaborative efforts, and renewed public interest have helped restore the integrity of this Queens icon.

Featuring: Janice Melnick, Mitch Silverstein, Stephanie Bohn, Gary Miller, Salmaan Khan, Phillip Buehler

Acknowledgement: NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, NYS Pavilion Paint Project, People for the Pavilion

Film Location: Flushing Meadows Corona Park (Queens, NY)

S1:E3 — Hart Island (4:41)

How Art and Advocacy are Enabling Access to a Mass Burial Ground in the Bronx

Episode Summary: Hart Island was purchased by the City of New York in 1868 — to serve as the public burial ground — off the coast of City Island in the Bronx. Operated by the Department of Correction for over 150 years — Hart Island is a hauntingly beautiful landscape, rich with historic remnants, and a final resting place for nearly a million New Yorkers. 

As visitation to the island remains a challenge, artists and advocates have been working to honor memories and increase access to New York City’s only public burial ground.

Featuring: Carleen McLaughlin, Melinda Hunt, Moses Gates, Freya Powell

Acknowledgement: NYC Department of Corrections, The Hart Island Project, Regional Plan Association

Film Location: Hart Island (Bronx, NY)