Roosevelt Island Resident: Why Roosevelt Island and Stanford
Alex Fletcher is a Roosevelt Island resident and chemistry teacher.
The first time I laid eyes on Roosevelt Island I knew it was the only place in New York City that I would want to live. Where else in the city can you have a view of the Manhattan Skyline and river access and still be only minutes from midtown? The peaceful nature and tight knit community make Roosevelt Island feel like a peaceful suburb stuck right in the middle of the East River! You actually get to know your neighbors and going to the diner on a Sunday morning is as much a social event as the numerous community activities that occur practically every night. Living “up north” in the Manhattan Park building, I stroll daily down to Main Street and see how the island is changing day by day, with new stores coming in and improvements being made to the island facilities. It makes me proud to live here and excited for what the future holds for Roosevelt Island.
The intention for the community when it was founded was to be a forward thinking, inclusive population that demonstrated how better living could be accomplished in an urban environment. I can’t think of a better way to continue that tradition than to have Stanford join the Roosevelt Island community. The partnership has the potential to enrich the lives of island residents, Stanford students and New Yorkers beyond the scope of what is currently possible given that the city lacks a cutting edge research facility in the applied sciences. As a chemistry teacher, I see the future through the eyes of a scientist. I tell my students, “The more we learn about the world around us, the faster we are to build a brighter future.” Stanford is at the forefront of creating new ways of understanding our world and I believe that through their work that a brighter future is right around the corner.
- Alex Fletcher, Roosevelt Islander