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Randalls Island is in New York County, which is better known as Manhattan, one of the five boroughs of New York.
The community was named for landowner Jonathan Randal.
The latitude of Randalls Island is 40.796N. The longitude is -73.922W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone.
In the 19th century, island institutions housed juvenile delinquents, sick and poor immigrants, alcoholics and the mentally ill.
Most institutions were forced to close in the early 1900s, to make way for construction of the Triborough Bridge. The bridge, supported by Randalls and Wards islands, opened in 1936.
With the filling in of water to the south, Randalls Island was joined with Wards Island.
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New York County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Randalls Island political report.
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