NYC News: Bronx Local Buys "Rat Island"

By - Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

{image-1} “Rat Island” a 2 ½ acre hunk of rock off the coast of the Bronx, was purchased Sunday at an auction for $160,000. The island boasts a rat population of exactly zero, and besides the legend that it was used as a base for typhoid victims in the 19th century, seems to have no other use than a small rock to get drunk on. Which, actually, isn’t that bad of an island. The buyer Alex Schibli has lived across from the island for 10 years and has actually built a pretty loving relationship with it. ““I can see it from my window. My wife and I kayak around it all the time,” he said, “I feel like it has always belonged to me.” He has also stated that he plans to not change the island at all, to maintain it’s pristine nature “It’s so lovely out here. You wouldn’t even believe you were in New York.” And, since he has already taken to caring and cleaning up the island after people litter bottles and trash, the island has seems to finally be in the hands of it’s rightful owner. {image-2} Text: Kellan Source: New York Post, Google

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