New York’s tiny island that nobody is allowed to visit

New York is full of islets, but there is one that is not only small, but it is forbidden to visit it. The island is called U Thant Island and has a rich history, despite its small size.

U Thant Island is a small artificial island in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City. The island was originally named Belmont Island, but was renamed in 1977. This small islet, created during the construction of the Steinway Tunnel, is 100 by 200 feet (30 by 60 m) in size and is located in the East River. the south. of Roosevelt Island.

This small island was created in the 1890s, when William Steinway created two tunnels on the East River to connect Astoria to Manhattan. Construction waste created a reef that came out of the water. Steinway died before the work was completed, leaving August Belmont Jr. to work on it. The name of the small island was Belmont. However, the project failed and the island was deserted. A group called Peace Meditation at the United Nations, attended by UN officials and Guru Sri Chinmoy, adopted the land in 1977. The island was renamed after United Nations Secretary-General U Thant, a close friend of Chinmoy.

According to, access is restricted to the public because it is a protected area for migratory birds, including a small colony of crested cormorants. The waters around it are quite popular with anglers who rush to catch striped perch.

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