Bones Discovered at MTA Construction Site on Forsyth Street are Not Human

Posted on: August 21st, 2019 at 5:00 am by

Yesterday morning, construction workers on Forsyth Street unearthed bones. A subsequent investigation determined that the remains were not human.

As we’ve been reporting, the MTA is currently replacing the subway ventilation plant fifteen beneath the roadbed. Already in the works for three years, installation of this new Emergency Ventilation Plant isn’t slated to conclude until August 2022.

The digging uncovered these bones at around 11:00am yesterday morning, just outside Sara D. Roosevelt Park. A spokesperson from the 5th Precinct later confirmed they belonged to an animal.

Photo: Citizen App

Had the discovery been related to a human, however, it would make historical sense, as this whole area was once a burial ground.

Indeed, much of this parkland and perimeter served as a segregated potter’s field for African Americans. Even the MTA reportedly designates the area around the park as sensitive for the finding of remains.

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