Rare, uninhabited Bronx island donated to New York City Parks Department
On November 20th The Trust for Public Land donated South Brother Island , one of New York City ‘s last wild places, to the New York City Parks Department. The Trust for Public Land purchased the property from a private landowner using $2 million in federal grants secured by Congressman Jose E. Serrano.
Located a half a mile off the shoreline of the Bronx, the seven-acre, uninhabited island in New York’s East River is a key nesting colony for several types of shore birds, including the Great Egret, Double-crested Cormorant, Snowy Egret, and Black-crowned Night Heron. The Parks Department intends to keep the isolated island protected in order to study the wildlife and to develop a plan to best preserve and use the island.