We’re happy to announce that the next Public Space Potluck is coming up, next Thursday, July 9th at 6:30pm. As many of you correctly guessed, this month we’ll be investigating the public space on the oft-forgotten, historically rich, public space paradise of Roosevelt Island. We will meet on the Southern tip of the island, in Southpoint Park, and 11 acre oasis with views in all directions.
Just a hop-skip-and-a-tram away from Manhattan, Roosevelt Island is home to some fascinating NYC history, as well as beautiful parks that offer superb views of the city. More than 12,000 people inhabit the 2 mile long island, which was redeveloped in 1969 by the NY State Urban Development Corporation and architects Philip Johnson and Jon Burgee. At the time, the plan was visionary: a mixed income, traffic limited, residential community with visual and physical access to the waterfront. Most recently, the island received a boost from the Trust for Public Land to stabilize New York City’s only landmarked ruin, the remains of the Smallpox Hospital, designed in 1854 by architect James Renwick, Jr. (the architect behind St. Patrick’s Cathedral). This will be the scenic site for our potluck!
What: Design Trust Public Space Potluck: Roosevelt Island
When: Thursday, July 9th, 6:30pm – Dark
Where: Southpoint Park, Roosevelt Island
Who: Everyone is welcome!
RSVP is appreciated: email@example.com
As always, the Design Trust will provide the essentials: plates, utensils, cups, etc. We ask that guests bring with them a dish or drink to share. Feel free to invite your friends and spread the word!
To get to Roosevelt Island:
By Tram: Running every 15 minutes (7 minutes during rush hour), the tram reaches 250 feet above the East River. Board the tram at 59th Street and 2nd Ave — the fare is the same as a subway ride and you can use your Metrocard. When you exit the tram, walk south along Main Street until you reach the entrance to the park.
By Subway: Take the F train to Roosevelt Island. Walk south along Main Street until you reach the entrance to the park.
By Bike/Car: From Queens, via the Roosevelt Island Bridge at 36th Avenue and Vernon Blvd.
In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled. We will make an announcement via email to those that have RSVP’d and also post on the blog.