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Rat Island goes up for sale, New York Times

Rat Island, a two and half acre island off of City Island in the Bronx, will be put up for auction this Sunday, reports the New York Times.

The island, which is uninhabited and owned by a retired marine contractor who now lives in Florida, is valued by the city at $426,000.

The island, which was bought by the city in the 1880s for Pelham Bay Park, has a rich and sometimes disputable history associated with prisoners, artists, and those placed in quarantine.



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