Spectacular view of the Roosevelt Island
Roosevelt Island is a great place to see the city – downtown & especially uptown in its glory away from the crowds of the city. Roosevelt Island in the East River, between the boroughs of Manhattan and Queens, New York City. Administratively part of Manhattan, it is about 2.5 km long and 1/8 mile wide, with an area of 139 acres. In 1637 the Dutch governor Wouter van Twiller bought the island from the Indians, who called it Minnahanonck.
In 1828 the city acquired it and built a workhouse and penitentiary, which became notorious. Formerly known as Blackwell’s Island, it was renamed Welfare Island in 1921, and in 1973 its name was again changed to honour President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1934 the old institutions were replaced by city hospitals. In the 1970s the island was connected to Manhattan by an aerial tramway system, and moderate-income housing and shopping complexes were constructed there. A bridge connects the island to Queens.
Lying below the Queensboro Bridge, the island cannot be accessed directly from the bridge itself. Vehicular traffic uses the Roosevelt Island Bridge to access the island from Astoria, Queens, though the island is not designed for vehicular traffic and has several areas designed as car-free zones. Several public transportation options to reach the island exist. The Roosevelt Island Tramway, the oldest urban commuter tramway in the U.S, connects the island to Manhattan Island’s Upper East Side. Roosevelt Island station carries the F and <F> trains of the New York City Subway. The NYC Ferry also maintains a dock on the east side of the island and On-island transport is provided by the Red Bus service.
Roosevelt Island has about four Recreational fields
- Capobianco Field, located south of the Roosevelt Island Bridge ramp; measures 175 by 230 feet (53 by 70 m)
- Firefighters Field, located next to the ferry terminal north of Queensboro Bridge; measures 303 by 178 feet (92 by 54 m)
- McManus Field, located across from the New York City Department of Sanitation building at the north end of the island. As of 2019 it is currently closed for renovations. The park was renamed from Octagon Field in October 2019 to honor Jack McManus, the former Chief of the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department.
- Pony Field, located east of the Octagon; measures 250 by 230 feet (76 by 70 m)
In addition, the four-acre (1.6 ha) Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is located at the extreme south end of Roosevelt Island. Four Freedoms Park, a New York State Park, opened on October 24, 2012. The park is named after President Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s Four Freedoms speech, which he made to the United States Congress in 1941.Directly to the north is Southpoint Park, a seven-acre green space containing the landmark Strecker Lab and Smallpox Hospital buildings.
At the northern tip of Roosevelt Island is another park, Lighthouse Park, named after the Blackwell Island Light.The entire island is circled by a publicly accessible waterfront promenade.
Education on the Island
There are also some education insstitutions and facilities available at island.Roosevelt Island, like all parts of New York City, is served by the New York City Department of Education. Residents are zoned to PS/IS 217 Roosevelt Island School, which opened in 1992, combining schools at various locations on the island.Some of the locations that formerly housed the fragments of PS/IS 217 now house The Child School and Legacy High School, which serve K–12 special needs children with learning and emotional disabilities.
On December 19, 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that a Cornell University–Technion-Israel Institute of Technology graduate school of applied sciences, would be built on the island. The $2 billion facility includes 2 million square feet of space on an 11 acre city-owned site, which was previously used for a hospital. Classes began off-site in September 2012 at the Google New York offices, and the first classes on the Island campus began on September 13, 2017. The first phase of the campus includes main academic building, a graduate housing tower, and an innovation hub/tech incubator. Construction of a conference center and a hotel began in 2018
Below are some pictures and a spectacular view of the island,hope you are going to enjoy watching;
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