According to
June 17 NY Times article:

Why This Overlooked Residential Island in N.Y.C. Wants Tourists 

With a tech campus, a chic hotel, ample green space and its famous tram,
Roosevelt Island would like more visitors, please….

… Although many locals are thrilled about the attention the island is
getting, the population of around 14,000 is still not enough to keep these new
businesses thriving, said Shelton J. Haynes, the president and chief operating
officer of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, which functions like a
local government.

“These small businesses definitely need tourists to come in,” he said. “Many
were hit very hard during the pandemic. Especially now, they need a hybrid
of residents as well as tourism to stay alive.” The corporation is
considering a series of free tours, both on foot and by bus, to bring in
more people, Mr. Haynes said.


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