But were they ever really here?

Would you consider living on Roosevelt Island? The Times pops the question.

David Stone

This year, FDR Four Freedoms Park hosted the largest gay pride flag in New York history, but the Times says we have just a few residential towers and not much else.
This year, FDR Four Freedoms Park hosted the largest gay pride flag in New York history, but the Times says we have just a few residential towers and not much else.
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Would You Consider Living on Roosevelt Island? is the title of an article in the New York Times. Despair if you imagine this story does anything more than clarify the Times cluelessness about its own hometown. If it didn't make clear that the writer, Joyce Cohen, has never been here, you might think it's insulting.

Here's why.

A couple living in Palo Alto, California, Livia Polanyi and Martin van den Berg, tired of the sedentary, high tech town and decided to move to New York to get into "the flow of life."

As they contemplated the move, over the course of a year spent staying with friends and at AirBNBs, all around Manhattan, they happened on Roosevelt Island by accident. Cat sitting for a friend in Astoria, they caught a Q102 to connect with the F Train.

Roosevelt Island “...had an almost unworldly feeling, because there’s water on both sides,” Ms. Polanyi said.

Dictionary definition of "unworldly": not seeming to belong to this planet; strange...

If that planet is the one defined by the New York Times, that may be spot on.

But it's not, and the old gray lady needs an editor desperately.

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Getting It Wrong, Making It Worse

If the couple rode in from Queens on a Q102, they had to take something like the grand tour, north past Manhattan Park and swinging by the historic Octagon, but for reasons unexplored by the writer, they looked only at apartments in Southtown.

They considered a couple of places along with another option on the Upper West Side.

Spoiler Alert: They picked Roosevelt Island... but you're not going to like the summary.

In June, RIOC landed FIGMENT NYC for Lighthouse Park. Oops! The New York Times missed it, among much else.
In June, RIOC landed FIGMENT NYC for Lighthouse Park. Oops! The New York Times missed it, among much else.
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The Conclusion:

"Out on Roosevelt Island, with its handful of rental towers and not much else, they aren’t quite in the flow of life. The shopping isn’t great, Ms. Polanyi said, and restaurants don’t deliver. If she is exhausted and wants to take a cab home from Manhattan, the cost can be a daunting $50. But they’re close enough."

Which Roosevelt Island are they living on, really? It couldn't be the one where there are so many delivery bikes running stop signs, The Daily covered the resulting chaos. We agree that the "shopping isn't great." It hardly exists at all in Hudson Related's failed Shops On Main initiative.

But a "handful of rental towers and not much else...?"

Would someone who's been here more than a week take this couple on a short walk to Cornell Tech, FDR Four Freedoms Park or any of our historic sites and abundant parks? Please.

And, for God's sake, someone help them with a Lyft app so they don't have to pay $50 to get across the East River.

Before the Times publishes more crap like this:

“You have to hop on the F or the tram to get into the flow of life,” she said. “We are one step away from the city.”

No, ma'am, you're deep inside the city, just not the one the New York Times consistently fails to notice.

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