After weeks of push and pull, the final district map released yesterday returned Roosevelt Island to its lifetime home in Manhattan. A first map yanked the community, along with chunks of the Upper East Side, into a Queens City Council district. But finally, common sense took the win.
by David Stone
From its earliest days, Roosevelt Island was always part of Manhattan. From Charlie Millard through the dynamic Jessica Lappin to the current Julie Menin. The community joined with its neighbors across the East River in City Council representation.
But in a bizarre twist, navigating through multiple demands following population changes in the 2020 Census, the New York City Districting Commission tugged Roosevelt Island into a Queens District.
Unfathomable negotiations also dragged Sutton Place and half of Hunter College into the same mix.
The Final Districting Map
Safely through the Districting Commission mapping process, residents may enjoy the way the final map positions Roosevelt Island as a remote outbreak between East River channels.
Seeing how invisible Roosevelt Island is to the city, you appreciate Short’s and Shinozaki’s efforts. They put the real community on the map.
The chorus they brought along with them couldn’t be ignored.