Those of us in Travelzoo's New York office are eagerly awaiting summer and its street festivals, rooftop lounges and concerts at Central Park. However, we're far from the only ones who love these spots, and sometimes we need a break from the crowds.
Goldwater Hospital, which has been servicing the community for nearly a century, will be closing in a few months. Cornell's new Tech campus will be built on its site. Many of the patients have already been transferred out and some wards now lie empty.
When Google gives you $10,000,000 in office space, you take it, right? Well, that is until you open a school for geniuses on New York City's forgotten island. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you now have a reason to travel to Roosevelt Island.
One of the great things about raising a family in the D.C. area is that fun can be had around every corner. I was recently reminded of this to my delight when a wrong turn while looking for parking on the National Mall led me straight to Roosevelt Island.
Regardless of what Tuesday's debate results herald in its instantaneous wake, all Americans and those who admire us should take stock the morning after to recall the essential principles that have animated our nation's abiding purpose as the four freedoms at last summarize with lapidary precision.
Recently I met with Norwegian painter and public artist Vebjørn Sand and I pitched him on Roosevelt Island as his next location. I then pitched the president of RIVAA, Tad Sudol. One week later we all met in RIVAA Gallery to explore possibilities.
Looking like they were removed from the Scottish countryside or constructed as set dressing for a Shakespearean play, the remnants of the gothic hospital are a site to see: Ivy encrusted walls and high archways greet the few visitors that make it here.
Roosevelt Island's Main Street has to be one of the most depressing places in New York City. Lined with ugly, box-shaped brown buildings that block out the sun, it seems to exist in perpetual darkness.