New York is More Than Just Manhattan

If I had a dollar for all of the times a New York City mayoral candidate said some version of that I’d be a millionaire. But for many of us New York outsiders, we too often equate New York City with just Manhattan and sometimes Brooklyn while leaving out the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, and the other smaller islands that are as much a part of the city’s fabric and history as everywhere else. There is a recent article in the New York Times that recommends some really cool parts of the city outside of Manhattan.

Roosevelt Island in the East River has a great deal of well-preserved nineteenth century architecture and is well worth exploring. It was originally the home of many of New York’s prisons and mental hospitals before the former moved to Rikers Island in the 1880s. The southern end of the island boasts the recently completed Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park which has incredible views of the Manhattan skyline and was decades in the making. The northern end of the Roosevelt Island has a remnant of a mental hospital where legend has it that an inmate built a fort to defend against a future British invasion of New York.

This picture should tell you how well the fort worked.

Also mentioned is Wave Hill in the Bronx. This grand old manor was rented out to some rather famous people in our history including future President Theodore Roosevelt when he was a child, and Mark Twain in his later years. It is one of those oases in New York where you find it hard to believe that you’re in the biggest city in the country. The article also shows some love for Staten Island’s Snug Harbor. Snug Harbor was originally built as a retirement home for old sailors and it now has a beautiful botanical garden and is a local center for the arts. The area has been a historical landmark since the 1970s boast some wonderful architecture directly inspired by ancient Greece.

New York is a big and wonderful city and all of the boroughs have a lot to offer. The next time you’re thinking of checking out New York, try looking for cool places in the outer boroughs. You’ll be surprised at what you may find.

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