Roosevelt Island Commerce & Culture
While limited (relative to other NYC locations), Roosevelt Island is not without dining. Local restaurants can be found along Main Street, joined by the occasional takeout chain. While two miles may not seem like that much distance for an entire island, Roosevelt Island does offer plenty of sightseeing. Specifically, there is Four Freedoms Park, a four-acre memorial dedicated to President and island namesake Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which can be found at the island’s southern tip. Remnants of the island’s past remain, including the Gothic Revival ruins of the Smallpox Hospital, the only ruin in the city to be designated a New York City landmark. Towards the northern end of the island is The Octagon, formerly the entrance to an asylum, now incorporated into an apartment complex. Generally speaking, though, you can easily catch views of the Manhattan and Queens skylines from various angles on this island.