Arthur Kill Correctional Facility

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Arthur Kill Correctional Facility was a medium security correctional facility opened in 1976 and operated by what was then the New York State Department of Correctional Services. Arthur Kill was located in New York City in the Borough of Staten Island, along Arthur Kill Road in the Charleston area. The prison had a capacity of 931 male inmates. In 2011 the prison had 408 employees, including 315 security employees.[1]

The prison property bordered Arthur Kill, a waterway that separates Staten Island from New Jersey. The 260-acre (1.1 km2) Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is also located across from the prison site. Part of its site contains buried truck trailers and is potentially contaminated; the decision was made to "deal" with the abandoned trailers' contents in this way.

The site formerly served as a 650-bed drug rehabilitation center, with an indoor swimming pool (closed when it became a prison)[2] Sixteen housing (dormitory) units, the medical building and the SHU or Special Housing Unit were built just before or while it was a prison. In the summer of 2006, the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility was used to shoot scenes for the juvenile detention center shown in the film Tenderness.[3]

The facility was closed in 2011 as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's prison closing program.[4] The property itself was sold in 2013 to Broadway Stages, which already operates soundstages elsewhere in the city. Pending regulatory approvals, Broadway Stages plans to demolish the prison and build five new soundstages on the site.[5]


  1. ^ Annese John and Tom Wrobleski. "N.Y. Gov. Cuomo orders Staten Island's Arthur Kill Correctional Facility closed." Staten Island Advance. Friday July 1, 2011. Retrieved on September 19, 2012.
  2. ^ "PRISON IS OPPOSED ON STATEN ISLAND; Plan to Convert Drug Center Criticized at Hearing". The New York Times. April 21, 1976. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  3. ^ Benanti, Carol Ann (August 2, 2006). "Arthur Kill prison to appear in film". Staten Island Advance. 
  4. ^ "Governor Cuomo Announces Closure of Seven State Prison Facilities" (Press release). June 30, 2011. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ Hutchinson, Bill (February 18, 2014). "Correctional Facility on Staten Island into $20M movie backlot". New York Daily News. 

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Coordinates: 40°33′02″N 74°13′43″W / 40.55056°N 74.22861°W / 40.55056; -74.22861