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Why Nobody Is Allowed To Visit This Tiny Island In New York

But the island isn’t off-limits because of its colorful past. The ban is because of its new inhabitants, an eclectic set of migratory birds.

U Thant Island is now enjoying a third (or fourth) life as a bird sanctuary. A flock of double-breasted cormorants is a permanent installment on the oneness arch.

The island is off-limits to protect the birds’ habitat, meaning that you can get arrested by the Coast Guard if you attempt to make landfall on it.

Shame, really. A chunk of land like that could go for millions on the city’s housing market.

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