James Brown in concert 1973

James Brown performing at Rikers Island House of Detention, NYC 1973 The City purchased Rikers Island in 1884 for $180,000. The original Island was 87 and one/half acres. From the late 19th century through the mid-20th, the Island was expanded by landfill to its current 415 acres. Today, the Island is the Department's main base of operation, with 10 separate jails capable of housing up to 17,000 inmates. It is also home to the Department's Transportation Division and numerous other support operations such as, central laundry, central bakery, K-9 and Marine units.
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