Biggest one yet: City opens immense Randall’s Island migrant center for 3,000 people as officials plead for fed aid amid crisis


The Randall’s Island Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center (HERRC) — the city’s largest such facility to date — opened on Sunday as Adams administration officials continue to plead for federal assistance to aid with the migrant crisis.

The “tent city” erected on Randall’s Island Soccer Field 83 encompasses three large, reinforced canopies dedicated exclusively to housing sleeping quarters. The scene of each cot filed against one another inside of room after room is not only striking to the eye, but also a stark reality, according to Theodore Long, the Senior Vice President of Ambulatory Care and Population Health at New York City Health + Hospitals.