Kings Park Psychiatric Center
Kings Park Psychiatric Center has been closed for many years and Long Island officials often debate the future of the property.
Backstory and Context
Kings Park State Hospital was built on Long Island in an effort to solve the issue of overcrowding at surrounding institutions. The patient population peaked at 9,300 patients in 1954 before an emphasis on treating mental disorders with medications led to a gradual decline in the number of patients admitted. Kings Park State Hospital closed in 1996.