The tiny island in New York City that nobody is allowed to visit

The tiny island in New York City that nobody is allowed to visit

There’s a tiny island on the East River that you’ve probably never heard of, and you’re not allowed to visit it.

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Most people have probably never heard of it but there is a tiny 100 by 200 foot island on the East River in New York City called U Thant Island. It’s right below Roosevelt Island and next to the United Nations headquarters and has more history per square foot than most places in Manhattan.

It’s origin dates back to the late 19th century when construction of an underground tunnel produced a tiny mound of rock that was originally named Belmont Island, after August Belmont Jr. who financed the construction project.

In the intervening years it was leased by a Buddhist spiritual group, crashed into by numerous vessels, and briefly occupied by a protesting artist.

50 Comments

  1. King Smog on January 17, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Not a coincidence his canoe tipped next to the island. He couldn’t resist touching down upon its rough n rugged jagged razor sharp coastline right. Many have wanted to feast their feet upon this splendid behemoth like creation – but tis illegal so they get their thrills using synthetic narcotics like they are suppose to. How dare he enter this rigid area of decadence. He has been screen shotted, trust and believe a call to the NYPD well occur in a few mins to report this seemingly miniscual violation. For why follow any law if you justify breaking one? Next Vox we’ll show us how to make fetanyal powder

  2. Hunter Pearson on January 17, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Nobody- lets go to the tiny island lol

  3. Neil Deep on January 17, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    U CANT Island would be a better name.

  4. sutats on January 17, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    That’s an ingenious way to get on the island.

  5. The Esperanza Compromise By Jason Daniel Baker on January 17, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    A strange anomaly deserving correction.

  6. Twenty Fifth JT on January 17, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    U Thant visit the island… I mean it’s in the name.

  7. Aniqa Ahmed on January 17, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Intro is the beginning to a coming of age movie

  8. federico99 on January 17, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Why am I watching this?

  9. Alexander Li on January 17, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    How did this vid get millions of views…

  10. 2tone Phallus7 on January 17, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    Are you talking about the
    Mass graves off manhattan
    We had to put them somewhere

  11. M on January 17, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    What a waste of trip. At least you could have used a drone to have a whole view of the mini island and better content. Just saying

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  13. Christopher Norton on January 17, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Man, gotta work on the pronunciation of Uthant

  14. Andrei Anunciacion on January 17, 2022 at 7:08 pm

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  15. Thanos on January 17, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Disgusting water

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  17. Jeremy Reynoso on January 17, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    I always pass by this island and it’s so creepy

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    How does this dude capsize his boat in still water? Like bro

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  22. Can B on January 17, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    How about Hart Island?

  23. Giarrujd on January 17, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Uh you forgot Long Island.

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  26. DT NA on January 17, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    LOL!!!

  27. Athul Vara on January 17, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    I like this man

  28. sonya on January 17, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    the fact that you even touched that water should warrant you a fully paid water bill for the amount of time you should spend in the shower… that river is disgusting

  29. a regular person on January 17, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    This is the best video on this channel

  30. jaden yuki on January 17, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    He felt into poo water

  31. AgonizedGold on January 17, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    What a way to visit a 125 year old speck of land. You go to take pictures and footage, but your boat tips over and in a sense saves your life. That’s nice.

  32. Ishwar Singh Rawat on January 17, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    "Yep, that’s me."
    No, that’s all of us trying to managing our lifes.

  33. Powerlevelvlog1089 on January 17, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    0:02 that’s me

  34. The Sterling Collective on January 17, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    i guess u thant go to it

  35. rugiiman on January 17, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    maybe I don’t know enough about New York City but don’t they dispose sewage in there

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  38. Qdezy7 on January 17, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Was that Staten Island 🏝 👀

  39. bikinggal1 on January 17, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    liberty Island is New Jersey tho

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  41. cocoteeeie on January 17, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    As a New Yorker you taught me something new, never heard of this island.

  42. Reinhard Van Der Merwe on January 17, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Liberty island is in New Jersey.

  43. Robert Peterson on January 17, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Being a NYer, you are very brave to be in the East River!

  44. Kairos Comet on January 17, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Bro you just fell in new york water rip 😔

  45. Kathy Ordonez on January 17, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you (7) train for making this possible

  46. The industrial revolution and its consequences on January 17, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Google earth labels it as Belmont Island as of Jan 2021

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  48. Amber Diaby on January 17, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    you feel in the hudson river ???

  49. Brazilian Kaiser on January 17, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    That’s a disrespect to Mr Belmont

  50. MarlowPop on January 17, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Had to get surgery up in New York, and recognized the island from my hospital window from this video! Kinda nuts haha

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