Description

This island in the East River—a former farm, paupers' burial ground, house of refuge for juvenile delinquents and Civil War veterans' home—has been a recreation hub since the 1930s, when the Triborough Bridge was constructed, facilitating public access. Since then, Randall's Island has hosted both athletic milestones—such as Jesse Owens' victory in the 100-yard dash at the 1936 Olympic Trials—as well as cultural high water marks—both Duke Ellington and Jimi Hendrix have graced its stages. In addition to live performances, the island boasts facilities for tennis, golf, soccer, and baseball.