When the appropriately named Panorama Room opens its doors later this month, on the 18th floor of the first and only hotel on Roosevelt Island, it will offer a new way to see New York City.
Roosevelt Island isn’t typically at the top of many must-do lists for NYC. Even locals hardly ever make it to the island, which is often confused with Randall’s Island or Governor’s Island (both seeming to be more popular). But when Mayor Michael Bloomberg greenlit the Cornell Tech project back in 2011 as a way to stimulate the tech economy in the city, Graduate Hotels won the bid for a hotel alongside the campus. Graduate Roosevelt Island began welcoming guests on June 1, with hospitality company Call Mom (The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt, Genghis Cohen, Winsome, and other spots across the country) at the helm of the restaurants and bars, which include the ground floor eatery Anything at All and the Panorama Room.