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Islands of New York City


Watuppa, from water front, Brooklyn, Manhattan., Digital ID 482815, New York Public LibrarySometimes, from beyond the skyscrapers, the cry of a tugboat finds you in your insomnia, and you
remember that this desert of iron and cement is an island
-Albert Camus; American Journals (April/May 1946 entry)

In the quote above, Camus reminds us that this skinny piece of land, on which are built so many buildings and skyscrapers, is in fact, an island. What struck me about this quote today weren't its emotional implications but rather the fact that "Island" is not the immediate impression one gets of Manhattan. New York City, however, is actually comprised of many islands - all of which have interesting stories of their own. I enjoy islands for the peculiarities they tend to develop so I decided to take some of the next few weeks to highlight a few lesser known islands which make up this great city.


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