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Year in Review: The Psych Hospital

2011 was an active year for the Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital grounds. Look back with us.

The past year Kings Park Patch reported plenty of news and features about the community's most famous landmark and hottest topic, the Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital. Take a look back with us.

1. - Perhaps the biggest news came only a few months ago when the New York State Department of Parks and Recreation unveiled plans to demolish the bulk of the structures on the grounds within two years. And though according to consultants on the project these won't be Vegas-style demolitions, .

2. - With change coming to the park area, we thought is would be interesting to see what Kings Park Patch readers would want to see happen on the grounds. The results weren't surprising, a mix of civic-backed proposals for a quiet park to senior centers and full-blown community hubs. Among our readers, there wasn't a consensus.

3. - Halloween season brings out the ghost hunters, and a condemned old psychiatric hospital is a prime target. However, that doesn't mean it's a safe thing to do. In fact, it's very dangerous.

4. - A fascinating look at the history of the hospital premiered at the Stony Brook Film festival over the summer.

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