The tiny island in New York City that nobody is allowed to visit

The tiny island in New York City that nobody is allowed to visit

There’s a tiny island on the East River that you’ve probably never heard of, and you’re not allowed to visit it.

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Most people have probably never heard of it but there is a tiny 100 by 200 foot island on the East River in New York City called U Thant Island. It’s right below Roosevelt Island and next to the United Nations headquarters and has more history per square foot than most places in Manhattan.

It’s origin dates back to the late 19th century when construction of an underground tunnel produced a tiny mound of rock that was originally named Belmont Island, after August Belmont Jr. who financed the construction project.

In the intervening years it was leased by a Buddhist spiritual group, crashed into by numerous vessels, and briefly occupied by a protesting artist.

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20 Responses

  1. Phryl says:


    *Like if you Agree!*

  2. Shame Shame says:

    Time to plan a vacation to New York.

  3. [Deleted] says:

    Being first feels as lonely as being there…

  4. adolf hitler says:

    Why did you even get to that island

  5. Rico Jay says:

    i live in NYC and have never heard of that island lol

  6. Wooden Spoon says:

    Useless entertaining information + amazing graphics and editing = Vox

  7. adolf hitler says:

    Well was it nice to see a broken arch and rocks

  8. YakuzYah #staʟe_memes says:

    This is literally sacrilege.
    Dumb liberal should have drowned.
    Like if you think leftists are disgusting racist pigs

  9. Jacob Haskamp says:

    “No one is allowed to visit”

    *visits island*

  10. TheNamesBart says:

    I’m going to visit it! Who’s with me??

  11. Kakashi Hatake says:


  12. Driz M says:

    If we were stranded in island, I would have sex with you all, it probably wouldn’t help us off the island, but whatever for fun i guess ?

  13. Claire Knight says:

    There should be a whole series just exploring underground/lowkey places in NYC, there’s so much history there. Always wonder how many places I pass whose rich story I’ll never know because of time or indifferent locals

  14. Sika Sakissa says:

    FAKE CANOE TIP. Watch, you won’t see any wave, wind, or even standing-up-to-get-a-photo action to cause it to capsize. Fake news.

  15. M B says:

    Guess what I’m the king of NYC and I visit whenever I want

  16. Nick Knapp says:

    EEEWWW he fell in the East River, that’s digusting!!

  17. TheSmokinApples says:

    Staten Island is an island that no one should visit.

  18. End Line says:

    Yeah, this is the place I would like to live in. Away from everybody.

  19. SupaEMT134 says:

    *_No one_* allowed to visit? No one??



  20. Debangsu Sarkar says:

    Kid visit out the next day.

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