Roosevelt Island

Known for its scenic beauty, innovative architecture, and community-focused design, Roosevelt Island is a hidden gem with a distinct charm.

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Roosevelt Island: A Tranquil Oasis in the East River

 

Welcome to Roosevelt Island

Nestled in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, Roosevelt Island is a unique and tranquil neighborhood that offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Known for its scenic beauty, innovative architecture, and community-focused design, Roosevelt Island is a hidden gem with a distinct charm. Join us as we explore the highlights of this serene and waterfront enclave.

Getting There

Roosevelt Island is accessible by the Roosevelt Island Tramway, the F train, and the NYC Ferry, making it easy for residents and visitors to reach this island retreat. The tramway provides breathtaking views of the city skyline during the short journey.

Four Freedoms Park: Architectural Gem

Designed by architect Louis Kahn, Four Freedoms Park is a stunning memorial dedicated to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The park's linear design, aligned with the United Nations headquarters, creates a harmonious and contemplative space with panoramic views of Manhattan.

The Octagon: Historic Landmark

Originally built as the main entrance to the New York City Lunatic Asylum, The Octagon is a historic structure that has been repurposed into a residential building. Its unique octagonal shape and waterfront location contribute to Roosevelt Island's architectural diversity.

Roosevelt Island Promenade: Riverside Strolls

The Roosevelt Island Promenade offers picturesque views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. Ideal for leisurely strolls and biking, this waterfront pathway allows residents to enjoy the serenity of the river while staying connected to the city.

Cornell Tech: Innovation Hub

Roosevelt Island is home to Cornell Tech, a cutting-edge technology and engineering campus focused on innovation and research. The campus features sustainable architecture and serves as a hub for collaboration between academia and industry.

Southpoint Park: Green Oasis

Southpoint Park, located at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, provides a green oasis with open lawns, waterfront seating, and scenic walking paths. The park's lighthouse and historic Smallpox Hospital ruins add to its charm.

Roosevelt Island Historical Society: Island's Heritage

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society preserves and celebrates the island's rich history. The society offers tours, exhibits, and events that delve into the past, including the island's role in public health and urban planning.

Main Street: Community Hub

Main Street serves as the central hub of Roosevelt Island, featuring shops, restaurants, and community services. The blend of local businesses and conveniences creates a sense of community, making Main Street a focal point for residents.

The Roosevelt Island Tramway: Aerial Commute

The Roosevelt Island Tramway offers a unique mode of transportation, providing stunning aerial views of Manhattan during the brief journey. The tramway connects Roosevelt Island to the Upper East Side, adding to the island's accessibility.

Roosevelt Island Cat Sanctuary: Feline Haven

Roosevelt Island is home to a cat sanctuary where a dedicated group of volunteers cares for feral and stray cats. The sanctuary, known as Cat Sanctuary NYC, provides a safe and humane environment for the island's feline residents.

Community Events and Farmers Market

Roosevelt Island hosts community events and a farmers market, fostering a sense of togetherness among residents. These gatherings provide opportunities for socializing, supporting local vendors, and celebrating the unique character of the island.

Final Thoughts

Roosevelt Island invites you to experience a harmonious blend of nature, innovation, and community spirit. Whether exploring the island's parks, enjoying waterside dining, or taking in the breathtaking views, Roosevelt Island offers a tranquil and welcoming retreat in the heart of New York City.

Around Roosevelt Island, NY

There's plenty to do around Roosevelt Island, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Very Walkable
Walking Score
78
Very Bikeable
Bike Score
100
Rider's Paradise
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including NYFoodBox, Cuffie Ridge Vegan Café, and Arrow & Archer Bespoke.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining · $$ 2.64 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.04 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 3.51 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 2.04 miles 26 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.32 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.31 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Overview for Roosevelt Island, NY

12,155 people live in Roosevelt Island, where the median age is 50 and the average individual income is $62,666. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

12,155

Total Population

50 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$62,666

Average individual Income

Schools in Roosevelt Island, NY

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The following schools are within or nearby Roosevelt Island. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Ps/Is 217 Roosevelt Island
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
5/5

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