Day 800

Lincoln Correctional Facility

March 9th, 2014

This minimum-security prison across 110th Street from Central Park has in recent years been home to Malcolm X assassin Thomas Hagan and disgraced former Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski (he of the $6,000 shower curtain and the vodka-urinating ice sculpture of Michelangelo's David).

Constructed in 1914, today's prison was originally the headquarters of the Young Women's Hebrew Association, serving as a dormitory and education center. (The roof, now caged, featured a garden in those days.) Presaging its current role as a place of involuntary confinement, the building saw later use as Army housing and as a school. In both cases, like today, it was surely filled with inmates dreaming of their eventual freedom.


  1. tom says:

    never knew their was an actual prison in manhattan…fitting though as manhattan has enough criminals- especially in suits to require one!

  2. thomas says:

    Looks like they cool that entire building with one window unit. :-)

  3. KnowsNose says:

    Nice location across from the park, people in private residences are paying small fortunes for the location, location, location. Yoko still at the Dakota?

  4. Gigi says:

    When I’m in the park and take pics of the Harlem Meer this building is often in my shots, but I never knew it is a prison. You really learn something new each day, thanks Matt!

  5. Queen mushi says:

    How stupid are u to not knoe you was blind to the corrections vans they say NYC correctional :(( right in front of the building was u blind to the roof caged up smh

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