Rat Island, the most appropriately named of any NYC island, could become a destination spot for overnight staycations. Located just off City Island in the Bronx, Rat Island is a 2.5-acre piece Manhattan schist bedrock that's privately owned by Alex Schibli, who purchased it for $176,000 in 2011. At the time, the City Island resident, who is a 10-minute canoe ride away, declared, "You wouldn’t even believe you were in New York. And there are no rats at all!"

Nothing has been built on the tiny isle, but Schibli may be changing that soon. According to the NY Post, "Plans are afoot to build a yoga, canoeing or fishing retreat on Rat Island... believed to be the only truly privately owned island in New York City."

"We are in the process of designing ideas for possible structures," architect Pablo Jendretski told the Post, which notes they are looking for an investor to make their eco-friendly vision a reality.

That vision is much like glamping—not quite luxury but not quite roughing it in the wilderness—there's no running water on the island, so they would rely on rain water, for example. And the tents would be quite close together, given the small plot of land they are working with, but the current renderings show large tents, with no windows on the side to keep things private.

Rat Island the Glamping Destination Spot (No Rats At All!) is a long way from becoming a reality, but we've reached out to Jendretski for more details on what the future could look like; we'll update if we hear more. In the meantime, what can we do with that giant slab of Manhattan schist jammed between buildings on the Upper West side? Throw some tents up there.

Rat Island's first owner was Thomas Pell, who got it in a deal back in 1654. During the 1800s, it was used as a typhoid quarantine hospital, housing around 40 people at the time. This was a common use for small islands in the area in those days, such as North Brother Island. In 2016, the Parks Department announced they were willing to explore the idea of limited public access to North Brother, so maybe they'll get into the glamping game soon, too...