Docked off the Bronx in Long Island Sound, New York City, the Vernon C. Bain Correctional Center prison barge is recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest operational prison ship in the world. Yet many New Yorkers might be surprised to find out it exists.
The barge was built as a result of overcrowding prisons in 1980s New York City. It has evolved throughout the decades to house different types of inmates, and in many respects, it's no different than a conventional prison. The top left section of the barge has a caged in recreational area made up of basketball courts.
Bain has been in operation for three decades—but if New York's skyrocketing land values continue unabated, floating buildings may eventually become the norm.
Image: Nick Stango.