Real Estate: He Smells a Rat

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Rat Island as seen from City Island

You may have seen the New York Times piece about Rat Island… a hunk of rock just off City Island, “with views of New Rochelle,” that went on the auction block Sunday.

According to the New York Post, the new Rat Packer is Alex Schibli, a 71-year old retiree, who paid $160,000 for the island which was valued at $265,000. He has promised to leave the property intact.

“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,” Mr. Schibli told The Post.

The City Island resident been picking up beer bottles on the lonesome rock for years. “Rat Island is a flat rock but it’s a very special rock, at least to me,” he reportedly explained.

Rat Island, by the way, apparently has no rats. Legend has it the name comes from escaped prisoners at Hart Island swimming across the channel.

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