Why is Roosevelt Island also known as ...

Roosevelt Island, NY ApartmentsbreakCommunity ForumbreakWhy is Roosevelt Island also known as Welfare Island?

 
  • iCanHazSection8s
    2+ weeks old

    Why is Roosevelt Island also known as Welfare Island? And does this mean I should be able to find section 8 and subsidized housing in RI? Reason I ask, a friend referred to Roosevelt as Welfare Island and I couldn't tell if she was joking or not.

    • Kim K
      2+ weeks old

      There's a lot of Affordable Housing on Roosevelt Island that you will be able to find on your apartment search. Roosevelt Island was called Welfare Island because it was used for a repository for the "down and out".

    • Hi ,

      The Island was referred to as Welfare Island because it was owned by the City Of New York until the 1970s. It is actually a pricey rental area, similar to rents in Prime nabes of NYC.
      I hope this answered your question.