Infamous New York island jail could have new, green life

New York City has an opportunity practically unheard of in modern times - a chance to decide what to do with an island bigger than London’s Hyde Park.

The city voted in October to close down its notoriously overcrowded, violent jail on Rikers Island by 2026, which has in its history held more than twice the number of prisoners it was designed for.

“There’s a lot of momentum for the island as a hub of green infrastructure, “said Moses Gates, vice president for housing and neighborhood planning at the Regional Plan Association, a New York-based urban research group.

“It’s an amazing opportunity and definitely doesn’t come along every day,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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