For Sale: Upstate New York Prison

Photo: Empire State Development

The New York State economic development office is currently accepting bids for a 325-acre property on a mountain near Saratoga Springs … that used to serve as a tuberculosis sanitarium and state prison before it closed last year. So, maybe a bit dark and depressing — but the view! Those interested in buying might include Civil War history buffs — the former prison is neighbors with the cottage where President Ulysses S. Grant wrote his memoirs. Or maybe someone wants the perfect set for the inevitable miniseries or movie about the recently concluded prison-escape drama further north? Anyone with schemes, brilliant screenplay ideas, or more practical ideas concerning agriculture or green energy better hurry, though. The deadline for bids is July 7.