Rat island sold to local man for $160K

Many of us dream of having an island to call our every own, but you’d be hard-pressed to find very many people interested in Rat Island. Located a short distance from Bronx, NY, Rock Island is more or less a bunch of rocks piled atop one another, with a hint of grass here and there.

One man was interested, however – interested enough to buy it for $160,000. Alex Schibli, a retired Port Authority worker from Bronx, NY, got the winning bid in an auction for the island this past Sunday.

“It’s right off my property. It’s so close I can go swimming back and forth,” Schibli told the New York Post. “I can see it from my window. My wife and I kayak around it all the time. Once I knew it was up for sale, I just had to have it,”

To win the auction, Schibli had to outbid seven other bidders, including a fisherman, a nonprofit organization, and a family interested in buying the island and naming it after a family member.

Now that he has ownership over the island, he could do anything he wants with it, but Schibli wants to keep the island as-is.

“Rat Island is a flat rock but it’s a very special rock, at least to me. Some developers might build something on top of the island if they got their hands on it, but I believe it should be conserved, kept as is,”

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If there’s anything that will be changed, he notes, it will most likely be the name.

“I really don’t like the name ‘Rat Island,’ ” he said. “I would love to change the name to reflect something more natural,” he suggested. “Perhaps ‘Malina Island,’ after my 4-year-old granddaughter.”

Source: New York Post

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