New York City plans to house migrants on an island in the East River

August 08, 2023

New York City’s mayor, Eric Adams, announced a plan on Monday to house as many as 2,000 migrants on an island in the East River where a migrant center was set up last year and then taken down weeks later. The state will reimburse the city for the cost of operating a tent city for adult migrants on Randalls Island, Adams said. More than 57,200 asylum seekers are in the city’s care now, Adams said. City officials announced a plan last month to house 1,000 migrants in the parking lot of a state psychiatric hospital in Queens. More recently, city officials began last week to send migrants to recreation centers at two Brooklyn parks, McCarren and Sunset.