OSSINING, N.Y. -- Sing Sing -- the famed prison that has housed the likes of spies Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, cannibal Hamilton Howard “Albert” Fish, and numerous fictitious felons -- is a point of pride for Ossining, according to a report by The New York Times.
The maximum security facility, built in the early 19th-century out of locally quarried marble, sits on a 75-acre site on the edge of the Hudson and is surrounded by homes, schools, churches and parks.
The New York Times quoted the village manager as saying the iconic prison has put Ossining on "the map."
That is why, The New York Times story said, plans for a prison museum -- in the discussion stage for nearly two decades -- have recently gotten more traction among folks interested in local history.
According to the Times story, some local officials feel a museum could not only boost tourism, but could help plans for the revitalization of Ossining's downtown area.