A sad chapter in Staten Island history is the story of the Willowbrook School. Health care facilities were been unusually prevalent on Staten Island, and generally known for excellence – except one, which was shut down by the state in 1987 due to poor conditions and abuse of the residents.
The Willowbrook students were whisked away to a facility in upstate New York, and nearly 50 of them are still living. Now the Willowbrook story is documented in an exhibition at the nearby Paul Smith College.
Once it is finished traveling, the exhibit is expected to be housed permanently at the remaining Willowbrook structures left, which are now part of the College of Staten Island.