Prall's Island

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Coordinates: 40°36′32″N 74°12′06″W / 40.60889°N 74.20167°W / 40.60889; -74.20167

Prall's Island, in the Arthur Kill, is shown in red

Prall's Island is an uninhabited island in the Arthur Kill between Staten Island, New York, and Linden, New Jersey, in the United States. The 89-acre (0.36 km2) island is one of the minor islands that are part of the borough of Staten Island in New York City.

The island is named for a descendant or descendants of early Staten Island settler Arendt Jansen Prall Van Naarden (c1647-1725) (in Dutch, Praal), probably his grandson Abraham Prall (1706–1775), a local farmer.[1] It was originally known as Dongan's Island, after New York Governor Thomas Dongan (1634–1715), who took the office in 1688. The name was later corrupted to Duncan's Island. Prall's Island did not take hold until the late 19th century. The island is now owned by the City of New York and is maintained by New York City Department of Parks and Recreation as a bird sanctuary.[2]

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  1. ^ Prall's Island - Historical Sign
  2. ^ Recent reports on wading bird and gull nesting activity at Prall's Island. Harbor Herons Nesting Survey Archived 2012-02-05 at the Wayback Machine