Multiple news sources have reported that a Bronx man who bought Rat Island for $176,000 in 2011 has plans of converting it into an eco-friendly hotel.
Alex Schibli, who owns the rocky 2.5 acres, told Curbed New York that the hotel would be made up of pods that would follow the contours of the island instead of one big building.
A longtime City Island resident was not convinced this concept can work. She told thisistheBronX, “Pie in the sky. Thanks to rising waters, I don’t think it is two acres any longer, even at low tide, and at high tide, only two small rocky sections are above water. There was a house on it long ago, but not for many years, having been washed away in one nor’easter or another. But he has had fun with it.”
The New York Post adds that Schibli has teamed up with an architect who created renderings that shows ten wooden cabins and one small jetty on the island.