Roosevelt Island | Community Info | History | Real EstateRoosevelt is and island off the East River with Manhattan to its west and the Burroughs of Queens on Long Island shores to the east.
At 1.988 miles long and a width of just 787 feet you would be surprised at how much real estate one can build. Older homes on the island are pretty uniform in style. But more and more can be seen with the twinkle of new condominiums along the shore. In 2015 the work started on the renovation of the unique commuter tram started to the tune of about 25 million!
The public library system is planning a renewed branch that presently only has about 2000 square feet. The new library branch will be roughly 5,500 square feet, featuring a huge community meeting area along with great children and teen section. The new library should be finished sometime in 2017 or early 2018.
With the Gothic-Revival lighthouse built in 1872 to brighten the halls of the now demolished insane asylum, your sure to have a pleasant stroll from one point to the other.
In many years gone by some pretty famous people were held at the prison here. Mae West spent 8 days for obscenity charges. Billie Holiday served time there for prostitution and Dutch Schultz did a stint for burglary. Nellie Bly went undercover at the Women's Lunatic Asylum and wrote her book called 'Ten Days in a Mad House' (1887).
Back in July of 2015, Roosevelt Island was reported that the islands two mile long hike has been fitted to house urbanites looking for a little down time from the big city. Starbucks, sushi and a wonderful art gallery top off the pleasant parks and walkways. New residental rentals are due to be hitting the market for those looking to escape. The new "it" place to live has something for everyone.