I grew up on a small island in the middle of New York City.
Located in between Manhattan and Queens, Roosevelt Island offers city dwellers a laid back place to call home.
We’ve got parks galore, restaurants, a lighthouse, tons of walking space and even a national memorial.
Best of all, an aerial cable car soars over the East River: bringing visitors and residents onto “The Roc.”
Visiting Roosevelt Island in the Summer of 2014
After a six month backpacking adventure across South America, I returned home to Roosevelt Island to visit my mom.
During that visit, I took my camera for several walks.
These are my favorite photographs.
The Roosevelt Island Light House
Also known as the Blackwell Island Lighthouse and the Welfare Island Lighthouse, this beacon of light was constructed in 1872.
Once a favorite hangout spot, Lighthouse Park has been under renovation since Hurricane Sandy flooded Roosevelt Island in 2012.
As far as I can see, the work is done. However, there is still a big fence around the lighthouse. I can’t wait for it to be gone.
The Roosevelt Island Community
The best part about Roosevelt Island is that it offers a small slice of suburban living in the middle of New York City.
Community is very important here; and I still run into someone I know every time I walk down the street.
During my most recent visit home, I reconnected with a large group of dear childhood friends for a picnic. It was pretty much the best day ever!