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Cool Listings, Roosevelt Island

Images courtesy of Development Marketing Team

Roosevelt Island may or may not be the city’s “best-kept secret,” as the listing says when it comes to getting more space for less. But it’s not often you find a three-bedroom, two-bath co-op on New York City’s waterfront, minutes from the Upper East Side, for $1.36 million. In the 19-story Westview at 625 Main Street, this recently-renovated home offers river views and luxury finishes.

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Art, Roosevelt Island

Image credit: Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation

A monument honoring trailblazing investigative journalist Nellie Bly opened to the public on Friday. The structure was designed by Amanda Matthews of Prometheus Art to bring attention to women who have overcome adversity. Located at the tip of Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island, the monument is named after Bly’s first published work, “The Girl Puzzle.” 

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Events, Midtown West, Roosevelt Island, Staten Island, Sunnyside

Credit: Max Guliani for Hudson River Park

Pent-up aggression, post-Halloween boredom, or just a desire to do something useful with your jack-o-lanterns that have seen better days–they’re all good reasons to join in the fun at a pumpkin smash. Post-holiday pumpkins make fabulous compost material, and several (free!) events around the city are offering a chance to “squash” your way to a greener community while teaching kids about composting. To quote Noreen Doyle, president and CEO of Hudson River Park: “By encouraging our community to smash, bash and crash their leftover pumpkins into compost, we can all play an active role in working towards a greener future.”

Pumpkin smashing and more ways to recycle unwanted goodies

Design, Hotels, Roosevelt Island

Photo credit: Noah Fecks

New York City is full of rooftop bars, most offering a sky-high snapshot of the Big Apple’s expansive skyline. But a new cocktail lounge on Roosevelt Island is providing an even bigger picture, with 360-degree views of three boroughs and a unique perspective of the Queensboro Bridge. Opening this Friday, the aptly named Panorama Room sits on the 18th-floor of the Graduate Roosevelt Island, the first hotel to open on the island.

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Art, Events, Roosevelt Island

All photos by Max Touhey

For the seventh year running, Roosevelt Island‘s waterfront rental building Manhattan Park has hired a local artist to transform its pool deck into a colorful art installation and “Pop-Up Pool Party.” This year’s mural comes from Brooklyn-based Melissa Dadourian, who created a technicolor geometric pattern over four-and-a-half days, using 36 gallons of paint. Though the pool is primarily for building residents, a number of seasonal memberships and day passes are available.

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Architecture, Design, Hotels, Roosevelt Island

All photos courtesy of Steve Freihon Photography

Roosevelt Island’s first hotel recently opened as part of Cornell University’s new tech campus. Graduate Roosevelt Island rises 18 stories, contains 224 rooms, and boasts incredible views of the Manhattan skyline, Queensboro Bridge, and beyond. The hotel aims to offer a “scholastic retreat” for the Cornell community and New York City visitors, with playful touches like a 12-foot statue of artist Hebru Brantley’s Flyboy in the lobby and neon light fixtures inspired by a Cornell science project in the guest rooms. There’s also a ground-level restaurant and an indoor-outdoor rooftop bar and lounge.

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Architecture, Green Design, Roosevelt Island

All renderings via Rescubika Studio

In response to the idea of the “city of tomorrow,” one that will become carbon neutral by 2050, French architecture firm Rescubika created a proposal for a 2,418-foot tower on Roosevelt Island. With wood construction materials, 36 wind turbines, 8,300 shrubs, 1,600 trees, 83,000 square feet of plant walls, and nearly 23,000 square feet of solar panels, it would be the world’s tallest “carbon sink” tower–one that absorbs more CO2 than it releases.

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Events, Roosevelt Island

A playful art installation has returned to Manhattan Park, a waterfront rental on Roosevelt Island. Every summer since 2015, an artist is selected to transform the building’s pool deck with a dazzling 8,500-square-foot mural. This year, as part of a partnership with Corcoran New Developments, Pliskin Architecture, K&Co, and Manhattan Park, artist Alex Proba from Studio Proba designed the sixth annual pop-up mural, with a mix of colorful shapes and forms spread out across the outdoor space.

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affordable housing, housing lotteries, Roosevelt Island

Photo by Shinya Suzuki on Flickr

Applications are now being accepted for 313 mixed-income apartments at a new high-rise rental on Roosevelt Island. Developed by Related Companies and Hudson and designed by Handel Architects, Riverwalk Park is a 21-story permanently affordable building, part of a nine-building planned community on the Island. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 40, 50, 80, 130, and 165 percent of the area median income can apply for the apartments, ranging from a $506/month studio to a $3,432 three-bedroom.

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Art, Events, Green Design, Roosevelt Island

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Rendering courtesy of Murr Architekten

Arts organization FIGMENT, the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY), and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) have just announced the finalists in the 2020 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition. The competition is an annual program that invites designers to create a temporary architectural pavilion that is efficient and sustainable while considering the life cycle of the building materials used. This year’s pavilion will be in Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island.

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