Willowbrook Mile


“The Exposé”

This station tracks the journey of the exposure of the Willowbrook experience to public scrutiny. The Robert Kennedy visit in 1965, the Staten Island Advance series of articles depicting the poor conditions, and then finally the ABC News exposé led by journalist Geraldo Rivera, who mounted an explosive and realistic investigation into the conditions that were plagued by understaffing, overcrowding, and the cold, stark, inhuman institutional setting.