Randall’s Island ‘tent city’ to shutter starting next week, mayor announces


The tent city on Randall’s Island erected to house the influx of asylum seekers will be taken out of use starting next week, the mayor announced Thursday.

Officially known as the Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center, the large tent facility opened to its first visitors on Oct. 19 after a controversial history that saw its original location inside the Bronx’s Orchard Beach Parking Lot abandoned due to flooding. The complex was designed to temporarily house single male migrants; however, Mayor Eric Adams says now, less than a month after it became operational, it is no longer needed.