Rat Island, off New York City, sold to local man
Rat Island used to be the home of typhoid patients in New York City. Now, a local resident has bought Rat Island.
When you think of private islands, New York City's Rat Island may not pop up instantly in your mind.Skip to next paragraph
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Yes, it's an island like you might find in the South Pacific, but it isn't exactly luxurious.
It's really just a pile of rocks that once housed quarantined typhoid patients.
But the island sold at auction Sunday for $160,000. Real estate agent Ozzie Crisalli says he doesn't know what the buyer has planned for it.
Rat Island is located off City Island. It boasts 360-degree views of the water and measures about 2 1/2 acres — during low tide.