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NEW YORK -- Hart Island, a massive burial ground near the Bronx borough of New York City, is eroding, unearthing human bones along the shoreline, CBS New York station WCBS-TV reports. Advocates said the city hasn't done anything – until now.
"Skeletal remains are literally just coming out of the earth," Melinda Hunt of the Hart Island Project told WCBS.
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On Monday, 174 exposed bones were recovered from the Hart Island cemetery. It's a giant potter's field on an island where the East River meets the Long Island Sound.
More than a million unclaimed New Yorkers with no family or no money are buried there, including many infants.
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But years of storms have eroded the island's shores, unearthing graves.
"Entire skeletons are sort of falling out of the hill onto the beach, and then they're washed away with the tide," Hunt said.
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Hunt has been monitoring the situation since the 1990s, demanding that the city's Department of Corrections, which runs the island, do something.
"They know that it's happening because I learned about it from the correction officers, who referred to this area as 'bones beach,'" she said.
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