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Usually, any story with the words “private island” in the headline catches our eye.But when we read about Rat Island, a rocky atoll located in the Long Island Sound near the Bronx that was put on sale in September, we quickly realised it wasn’t the type of private island retreat we generally cover.
However, we pretty shocked to find out that someone actually paid $160,000 for the island, which the New York Times called a “tiny parcel of vacant, mussel-littered land,” at an auction this weekend.
That’s a lot of dough for a 2.5-acre rock that reportedly housed typhoid victims in the 19th century, according to the New York Post.
So who is the lucky new owner?
According to the Post, it’s retired Port Authority worker Alex Schibli, 71, who has lived on City Island for 12 years and has a view of the isle from his home. He beat out seven other bidders to win the island.
As for the name, he’s thinking of ditching the “Rat” moniker and instead calling it “Malina Island,” for his 4-year-old granddaughter, he told the Post.
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