While not a traditional neighborhood, Roosevelt Island sports an eclectic collection of apartment complexes, landmarks, parks, and even some bars and restaurants. Resting in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, Roosevelt Island marches to the beat of its own drum.
Roosevelt Island in the 1600's and 1700's was largely private property that would change names depending on who owned it. One of the last private landowners of the island was Jacob Blackwell, who built the Blackwell House that still stands today as the 6th oldest house in NYC.
New York City bought the island in 1828 and used it for various purposes like hospitals and prisons. One of the many historic projects that's still standing is the Blackwell Island Light, a lighthouse marking an end to the prison and asylum construction. The last inmate left the island in 1935.
Access to the island was improved in 1930 when bridges connecting Manhattan and Queens finally added exits…
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