U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail recently published a great collection of vintage photos of Roosevelt Island, detailing a bit of its history along with each one.
- Roosevelt Island was called Minnehanonck by the Native Americans, meaning 'it's nice to be on the island'
- Two-mile-long island was first purchased by the Dutch, then used as farmland by the British
- In 1821, the Blackwell family sold what as then called Blackwell's Island to the city
- The city used the land to build a smallpox hospital, prison and insane asylum
- These institutions began to disappear in the 20th century, bringing a new age of high-rise living to the island
Check out the full article for more on the history of Roosevelt Island.