"The Farm Colony. It sounds remote. And it is — so remote that it was forgotten by just about everyone after it closed as a home for the aged poor in 1975. Everyone, that is, except Staten Islanders who chafed as the abandoned 96-acre campus fell into hopeless disrepair. But that's about to change. The @nyccouncil has approved a plan to sell 45 acres of the Farm Colony parcel to Raymond Masucci, a Staten Island developer. Their asking price: $1. In return, Raymond plans to rehabilitate 5 buildings, tear down 5 others, preserve the 112-year-old men's dormitory as a stabilized ruin, and build 344 condominiums — all for a much larger price tag of about $91 million. @hlswift photographed the greenhouse at #farmcolony while on #nytassignment in Staten Island." By nytimes on Instagram.
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