Oct. 1 SUNDAY 1 to 3 PM
ROOSEVELT ISLAND — FROM HOGS AND MADMEN TO INNOVATION HOTSPOT
MEET: On Roosevelt Island at the tram station. Take tram from 2nd Ave & 60th St. Manhattan; or F train subway to Roosevelt Island, then walk to the tram station near 59th St. Bridge.
Set in the middle of the East River, Roosevelt Island served as a place to pasture swine for the Dutch, and later as the Blackwell family farmland. In the early 19th century the city bought the island and for 100 years used it to house the unsavory services of prison and madhouse. In the last few decades, it has become a thriving mixed-income town built from a Master Plan. And major changes are on the way.
• Preparations for the upcoming Cornell-Technion venture—their institute for innovation
• The Roosevelt Island Tramway, a picturesque & reliable transport
• Blackwell’s Farmhouse, a centuries-old residence
• Spectacular views of Manhattan