Geography: The Islands: Rikers Island

Rikers Island

The City purchased Rikers Island in 1884 for $180,000. The original Island was 87 and one/half acres. From the late 19th century through the mid-20th, the Island was expanded by landfill to its current 415 acres. Today, the Island is the Department of Corrections' main base of operation, with 10 separate jails capable of housing up to 17,000 inmates. It is also home to the Departmentís Transportation Division and numerous other support operations such as, central laundry, central bakery, K-9 and Marine units.

The island is part of the Bronx although it is connected to Queens and has a Queens ZIP code.

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