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Although an apostrophe is often used in Randall's, it's not an official part of the name. The definitive authority calls it Randalls. This makes sense, because possessives were universally removed from place names in the late 19th century, and only a few places got them back (see Martha's Vineyard#Exploration) What makes this frustrating is that the park conservancy on the island uses the possessive, perhaps influencing sources like Seitz (the Other Islands of New York City). Although it's unusual to alter the name of an organization, it's more painful to give variations on a name. The New York Times removes the apostrophe when discussing the group (ref), and I've done the same here for simplicity and uniformity. Fitnr (talk) 22:25, 24 October 2013 (UTC)
I'm going to edit the article to at least mention that the island is also called Randall's. While the federal government has indeed largely banished apostrophes, I'd take issue with the claim that the federal government is the definite authority for a non-federal place's name. The city government, which would probably be the best source for such matters, refers to the island as Randall's more often than not. See, for example, Randall's Island Park. YukonSam (talk) 20:01, 8 January 2015 (UTC)
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