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Edgewood State Hospital News Archive -
These articles are the result of countless hours of research at libraries and online. One of the best resources for early articles was Suffolk Historic Newspapers.
Many of the later articles were contributed by site members and we thank them for their contributions.
If you have any news clippings you would like to contribute to this collection, please contact us.
If you read these articles closely, you will notice that the facts stated in an article do not always match up with those stated in other aticles. Some of the facts that do not always match up include hospital capacity, dates of constuction, the number of acres in the complex, pricetag for demolition, and the town where the complex resided. I find it interesting that one of the articles having to do with the demolition of the complex dates back to 1978. It is obvious that the demolition plans were debated for years, and the demolition ended up being much more expensive than originally planned for.
To view a news clipping, click the title.
Although I have been able to uncover a good bit of information on the early days of Edgewood/Mason, you will notice that all of the early articles were TEXT ONLY. I came across a few pictures of the construction of Pilgrim, but none of the construction of Edgewood. Does anyone have these in the vault? If so, please contact us.

STATE GETS TRACT FOR NEW HOSPITAL New York Times
Date: 11/29/1939
COMMENTS: This is the earliest news clipping I am aware of. This article explains that the State has found land to build an extension of Pilgrim State Hospital. At the time of publication, the name was had not yet been chosen.

PROPERTY SOUGHT FOR MENTAL HOSPITAL IN BRENTWOOD SECTION The Long Islander
Date: 11/30/1939
COMMENTS: Interesting early article that explains the reasoning behing choosing this particular parcel of land. The original name for the parcel was the "Squaw Pit Claim", with "squaw" being defined as an American Indian Woman. The original name for Commack Rd. was apparently "Babylon-Commack County Road".

SUFFOLK TO HAVE NEW STATE HOSPITAL AT DEER PARK Suffolk County News
Date: 12/1/1939

HOSPITAL WON'T BE NAMED AFTER TOWN Suffolk County News
Date: 1/19/1940
COMMENTS: This article is the earliest known mention of the name Edgewood State Hospital. Babylon township did not want their town names on the project for some reason.

FOUNDATION LAID Suffolk County News
Date: 8/23/1940

PILGRIM HOSPITAL FINISHES NEW UNIT New York Times
Date: 2/28/1942
COMMENTS: Although this article does not mention Edgewood Hospital per se, it does mention completed construction of Pilgrim's buildings 81, 82, and 83. Together with Edgewood, this new construction became known as Mason General Hospital, while under the control of the Army.

NAME PICKED FOR HOSPITAL Suffolk County News
Date: 3/27/1942

PICK NAME FOR HOSPITAL The Long Islander
Date: 4/2/1942
COMMENTS: At the date of publication, the main building had been completed but was empty. Using these articles as a timeline, construction of the main building must have taken place between February 1940 and April 1942.

ARMY TO TAKE HOSPITAL New York Times
Date: 5/28/1943
COMMENTS: This article does not mention Edgewood either, but does mention the Army's intention of taking over Pilgrim State. Although the article implies the Army will take over the entire Pilgrim State complex, I do not know this to be true.

ARMY LEASES PILGRIM HOSPITAL New York Times
Date: 7/1/1943
COMMENTS: This article does not mention Edgewood either, but does mention the Army's completed takeover of Pilgrim State.

STATE HOSPITAL LEASED TO ARMY New York Times
Date: 6/10/1944
COMMENTS: This is the first mention of the name "Edgewood." Note the spelling error. It is my understanding that there was a shortage of materials and laborers because of the war, which prevented the State from finishing the Hospital.

ARMY TAKES OVER MASON GENERAL HOSPITAL New York Times
Date: 6/23/1944

SENIOR SONGSTERS FIRST ENTERTAINERS IN EDGEWOOD HOSPITAL The Long Islander
Date: 12/7/1944

H.H.S Masque Continues Fine Work The Long Islander
Date: 2/22/1945

SENIOR SONGSTERS ADOPT WARD OF SOLIDERS AT EDGEWOOD HOSPITAL The Long Islander
Date: 10/4/1945
COMMENTS: A quick internet search for "Senior Songers of Huntington" does not return any hits. I wonder if a Huntington historic society has information and pictures.

ARMY WILL CLOSE 18 MORE HOSPITALS New York Times
Date: 1/11/1946
COMMENTS: Mahon?

ARMY RETURNS HOSPITAL New York Times
Date: 12/31/1946

LONG ISLAND WOODS FIRE NEARS EDGEWOOD STATE HOSPITAL New York Times
Date: 9/10/1953
COMMENTS: This article includes a picture but it is too fuzzy to be useful. Does anyone have a better copy?

BIG MENTAL HOSPITAL GETS DECENTRALIZED New York Times
Date: 6/24/1959

BRUSH FIRE AT HOSPITAL Publication Unknown
Date: 3/18/1962
COMMENTS: Check out everyone's favorite building, 155. The "circle" that surrounds the building is still visible on the recent aerial pictures.

BRUSH FIRE HALTED NEAR STATE HOSPITAL Publication Unknown, but believed to be Newsday.
Date: 4/29/1963

IT'S THE BIGGEST Publication Unknown
Date: 10/4/1964
COMMENTS: I love the opening line: "Pilgrim State Hospital in Grentwood is big." Thanks for the tip... and where can one find Grentwood on the map?

STRANGLED BY INDUSTRY Newsday
Date: 12/24/1975

STATE HOSPITAL TO BE TORN DOWN Newsday
Date: 1/27/1978
COMMENTS: I find the last paragraph interesting, where the Babylon Town Attorney claims the demolition would result in non polluting debris. What about the asbestos and PCB?

THINGS ARE LOOKING UP Newsday
Date: 2/13/1980
COMMENTS: This is from a Newsday article about high rise buildings in Long Island. Alhtough they show a picture of the main Edgewood building, the name Edgewood is never mentioned.

HIGH COST DELAYS DEMOLITION OF HOSPITAL Newsday
Date: 7/20/1980
COMMENTS: At the time, the plan was to demolish the buildings and use the rubble to fill in a lake to create a landfill. Charming...

GHOST HOSPITALS PERSITS New York Times
Date: 8/9/1981
COMMENTS: The beginning of the article is cut off. There is also a missing image up top which is supposed to be of Edgewood. Does anyone have a better copy of this article?

LETTERS These appear to be from Newsday.
Dates: 8/16/81, 8/30/82, 4/22/86

LONG ISLAND JOURNAL New York Times
Date: 1/3/1982

OLD HOSPITAL BURNS AS FIREMEN SIMMER Believed to be from Newsday
Date: 5/19/1983
COMMENTS: Article describes the fire fighters and public's frustration with the State's neglectful treatment of the complex.

ALIVE BY CHANCE Publication Unknown
Date: Believed to be 9/1985
COMMENTS: First in a series of articles that tells the story of Darrell Hanshaw. He was a laborer who was pushed down an elevator shaft. He would have most likely fallen to his death if not for the debris that stopped his fall. This one is hard on the eyes.
Contributed by Jim M, courtesy of MANOWAR, Sal V & D.P. Wrecking Crew.

PLANK SAVED MAN IN FALL Publication Unknown
Date: Believed to be 9/1985
COMMENTS: Second in the Darrell Hanshaw series.
Contributed by Jim M, courtesy of MANOWAR, Sal V & D.P. Wrecking Crew.

LABORER PUSHED IN SHAFT Publication Unknown
Date: Believed to be 9/1985
COMMENTS: Third in the Darrell Hanshaw series. This article says he was pushed from the fifth floor, but the other articles say it was the seventh...
Contributed by Jim M, courtesy of MANOWAR, Sal V & D.P. Wrecking Crew.

ARSON BLAMED IN NEW FIRES ON EDGEWOOD HOSPITAL LAND Newsday
Date: Late 1985?
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic.

33 TEENS CHARGED WITH TRESPASSING Newsday
Date: Mid 80s
COMMENTS: This article claims the buildings were abandoned in 1969. Other articles say it was 1971. Contributed by Ozztanic.

NEWS PLANS FOR 2 STATE PARCELS Newsday
Date: Mid 80s
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic.

BRUSH FIRES IN PINE BARRENS Newsday
Date: Mid 80s
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic.

HEARING TUESDAY ON EDGEWOOD PLAN Beacon or Pennysaver?
Date: 1986?
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic.

COPS SAY SUSPECT RESTARTED BLAZE Newsday
Date: 1986-1987?
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic.

BLAZE ON THE GROUNDS Newsday
Date: 5/7/1986

EDGEWOOD DEMOLITION EXPLAINED Beacon
Date: 7/24/1986

EDGEWOOD: BLOW 'EM UP SAY STATE REPORT Advertizer
Date: 8/2/1986

EDGEWOOD BUILDINGS: BLOW 'EM UP SAYS STATE Newsday?
Date: 1986?
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic.

NY: LET'S RAZE FORMER HOSPITAL Newsday
Date: 8/6/1986
COMMENTS: The end of this article is cutoff.

DEC TO ASK FOR $ TO RAZE EDGEWOOD BUILDINGS Suffolk Life
Date: 9/18/1987

STATE EXTENDS BID DEADLINE FOR EDGEWOOD DEMOLITION Newsday
Date: Early 1988?
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic.

EDGEWOOD: AN UNLIKELY END Newsday
Date: Early 1988?
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic.

CONTRACTOR TAKES OVER EDGEWOOD South Bay?
Date: Summer 1988?
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic.

EDGEWOOD DEMOLITION CONTRACTED Newsday
Date: 08/29/1988
COMMENTS: This article shows a picture of how the Edgewood Hospital complex would have looked as a condo complex!

A LOST SENSE OF THE FORGOTTEN Believed to be from The Pennysaver
Date: Mid/late 80's
COMMENTS: The article makes reference to "The Ruler of Edgewood" who seemingly lived there and knew all of it's "secrets". Does anyone know who this Ruler was?
This article is tough on the eyes, so be warned.
Contributed by Jim M and Ozztanic, courtesy of MANOWAR, Sal V & D.P. Wrecking Crew.

TEEN HURT IN HOSPITAL PLUNGE Publication Unknown
Date Unknown
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic.

LETTERS: EDGEWOOD SHOULD BE DEMOLISHED Newsday
Date: Mid/late 80's
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic

SEVERAL FIRES SET IN PINE BARRENS Newsday
Date: Mid/late 80's
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic

DEER PARK EYESORE'S FATE IN THE BALANCE New York Times
Date: 9/4/1988

EDGEWOOD POLICY DEBATED Beacon or Pennysaver
Date: 1988?
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic

EDGEWOOD RAZING STARTS Weekender
Date: 2/11/1989

LOOK OUT BELOW! Newsday
Date: 2/??/1989
COMMENTS: Rare demolition picture. Contributed by Ozztanic

RAZING OF HOSPITAL STARTS Newsday
Date: 2/??/1989
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic

WAITING FOR THE BIG BANG New York Times
Date: 2/12/1989

EDGEWOOD PRISON SLATED FOR DEMOLITION Newsday?
Date: 1989?
COMMENTS: Edgewood Prison? That's a new one. Contributed by Ozztanic

EDGEWOOD FACES ITS FINAL DAYS Newsday?
Date: 1989?
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic

ABANDONED HOSPITAL RAZED Newsday
Date: 8/17/1989

DEATH OF A DESERTED BUILDING Newsday
Date: 8/17/1989

IT HAPPENED ON LONG ISLAND Newsday
Date: 5/13/2005
COMMENTS: Contributed by Ozztanic

COMMENTS ON THIS PAGE
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KorNDog   10/11/2013 11:11:02 AM
WoW! What a flash back in time. I can truly say that I missed this place. Even though I have only been to EDGEWOOD a handfull of times, it felt like home. As a metalHead from Babylon village we would go there just hang with our kind & live in Anarchy. I just wish I had photographed while there, but I never brought anything of value, just a leadpipe....just in case. It was real cool, but sometimes it got really dark....really quick! EDGEWOOD is NICE!
sammy   8/20/2010 10:32:46 PM
how ironic is it that i use to hang out in there? and we threw stuff at the police yet now i am a police officer for brentwood?
joe   10/11/2009 4:33:59 PM
I was doing some research on Cadman Frederick and it turns out he was definitely loaded. He bought acreage from Belmont's wife after he died. It sounds like some of the land was sold off and the remaining land is now Belmont State Park.

He had his hands in the coal industry and was also listed as a real estate agent for retirement land in Florida, in Life magazine from 1959.
joe   12/22/2007 2:52:14 PM
Surround yourself with affluence and opportunity will follow. :)
ADZAppa   11/24/2007 2:18:31 PM
Cadman H. Fredrick?!?!
Can You Get A Stinkier Rich Name If You Tried?!
The Families Who Sold Off The Property....
Damn It Must Be Good To Have A Name Like Cadman...
sabotage supertzar   12/22/2006 8:14:00 PM
jds and i own it you both act like you were the crew but all involved know the deal about the real edgewood crew
sabotage supertzar   12/22/2006 8:13:07 PM
jds and i own it you both act like you were the crew but all involved know the deal about the real edgewood crew
JERRY GONZALEZ   1/25/2006 12:19:15 PM
WHAT ABOUT THAT GUY BRUCE C. WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED ON THE GROUNDS BACK IN "83". I CANT FIND ANY INFO ABOUT THE CRIME. I NEW THIS GUY I MET HIM THROUGH BOBBY D. WHO THEN INTRODUCED HIM TO TIMMY S. WHO WAS LATER CONVICTED OF THE CRIME. HE WAS KILLED OVER A GOLD BAR(WICH WAS FAKE, I SAW IT). I REMEMBER THIS GUY HANGING AROUND CARLOS PIZZA WANTING US TO GO FOR RIDES WITH HIM(WICH WE NEVER DID). HE WAS VERY CREEPY ALWAYS HAD PORNO MAGS. WITH HIM. I REMEMBER THERE WAS TALK ABOUT ROLLING THIS GUY FOR THAT BULLSHIT GOLD BRICK. EVERYBODY NEW IT WAS FAKE. I GUESS TIM DID'NT.
ozztanic   5/14/2005 7:45:14 PM
Thanks for the info Joe.
Joe   5/12/2005 9:57:40 AM
Oz - It is open to the public. Check out the board at lioddities.com. There was some discussion about it.
ozztanic   5/12/2005 12:59:56 AM
Thanks Mike.
ozztanic   5/12/2005 12:57:57 AM
Joe,Can anyone off the street go into the Pilgrim museum?Where in Pilgrim is it located?I was planning on taking a trip there in the coming weeks anyway,so i'll check out the museum while i'm there.
mike   5/11/2005 11:06:20 PM
Thanx Oz, you are certainly an asset to this wonderful web-site
joe   5/11/2005 3:32:24 PM
Ozz - I think that model is still on display at the Pilgrim Museum on their grounds. Edgewood is not part of it.
ozztanic   5/11/2005 1:08:02 AM
I wonder if the pilgrim scale model mentioned in the "It's the Biggest artical" includes Edgewood.It would be nice to check out that model & some of those copies of the Pilgrim Press.Does anyone know if that model still exist & if there are old copies of the Pilgrim Press in the pilgrim museum?
ozztanic   5/8/2005 11:52:31 PM
The two early brush fire articals have some great pics of the buidings & grounds.Theres got to be more info on building 155 somewhere.
joe   4/13/2005 10:54:45 PM
Mike - I wonder the same thing. Nobody ever answered though.
mike   4/6/2005 3:11:51 PM
Who was this "Ruler", iownit perhaps!
jim m   2/25/2005 10:50:36 PM
Joe   5/12/2004 12:18:48 PM
Stotic - it depends on what you read. The plot plans show that most of the land is in the Town of Babylon, but the Town of Huntington dividing line goes through it, just south of building 155.
Stotic   5/5/2004 9:07:03 PM
Is Edgewood in Town of Babylon or Islip?
wrathchild   3/6/2004 8:24:07 PM
yo big AD
AD   3/1/2004 7:33:19 PM
jds...whats up joe......AD
iownit   3/1/2004 3:01:30 PM
hell yea deer park train station to
Wrathchild   2/28/2004 10:40:26 PM
remember the nite owl???
iownit   2/28/2004 9:56:21 PM
rember the finish line?
iownit   2/19/2004 2:56:26 PM
i am a legend in deer park
iownit   2/19/2004 2:55:58 PM
ocr who are you what up soilder
OCR   2/19/2004 9:09:49 AM
the only person at the time was bryguy.and abduuuul.
iownit   2/18/2004 10:45:58 PM
jds who are you hint i was born in that building to
jds   2/18/2004 7:06:07 PM
Hey B, I mean iownit, i know some shit. the only reason why i might say that you put more hours in there then me is because you lived there for a short period. but i was in there before any of your crew. i was in there 78, 79 and all of the 80's. your crew didnt show up till mid 80's. Right?
iownit   2/18/2004 5:33:17 PM
i took a shit on bergan drive once i think it was on your front lawn devrooooooooooooooooooooo ah
iownit   2/18/2004 5:32:09 PM
jds you dont know shit
jds   2/18/2004 3:58:45 PM
That name was on the site trailer as well as the banner in front of the building during the demo and as well as the the name of the company that paid out the cash to anyone on bergen drive whose house suffered damage as a result of the implosion.
Joe   2/18/2004 3:12:34 PM
According to my research, the name of the demolition company was City Construction Development Inc. from Jersey City, NJ. In the demolition video, they interview someone from Precision Explosives who discusses some of the demolition.
I think City Construction Development is out of business, and Precision Explosives does not have a website. I only correspond via text. :)
I wonder who Ambrosia was. Where did you see that name?
jds   2/18/2004 2:52:49 PM
I think the name of the demolition company was Ambrosia or Ambrosino or something to those effects.
iownit   2/18/2004 11:04:56 AM
manowar remember this was a place to make money also where else could you go party have fun and go home all dirty with money in your pocket to party with at night metal gods copper ha ha to be cont
iownit   2/17/2004 1:25:29 PM
we used to slide down the crown on the outside of the building and walk on the ledge and come in a hatch talk about balls ozzy
iownit   2/16/2004 4:14:04 PM
i slept in the building when it was on fire it was wild 10th floor was mine haha guess who
PGM   2/11/2004 11:39:25 AM
Have you checked the American Journal of Nursing? We have a complete run of the first100 years. Also if it was a military hospital there should be some records in the National Archives in Maryland.
JIM M   2/10/2004 7:36:26 AM
OLD HOSPITAL BURNS AS FIREMEN SIMMER.......... JOE I FOUND THE ARTICLE AGAIN THE date is 5/19/83
Joe   1/26/2004 8:48:27 PM
New article posted - EDGEWOOD DEMOLITION CONTRACTED. Thanks again, Slappy.
Joe   1/9/2004 10:30:55 PM
New article posted - HIGH COST DELAYS DEMOLITION OF HOSPITAL. Thanks, Slappy.
JIM M   1/5/2004 10:27:52 PM
I agree great research
uboat commander   1/5/2004 1:45:53 PM
Very, very, nice documentation, good running history. Yes there is light at the end of the tunnel. Such a shame that Newsday archives will only go back too 1985. Since it is the L.I. Newspaper of choice for local news, they would have a large archive on news of all the L.I. Hospital activities.
Nice work Joe.....................................UBoat Commander
 
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