I went to Roosevelt Island because I heard that the abandoned smallpox hospital is currently a cat sanctuary. I did not see one cat! I did however enjoy the beautiful views and a ride on the Tram.
The Renwick Smallpox Hospital was designed by the architect James Renwick, Jr. Though formally trained as an engineer, he became a self-taught architect by the age of 25.
In 1976, the building was designated a New York City Landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
James Renwick, Jr Biography Reference: https://siarchives.si.edu/history/featured-topics/stories/james-renwick-jr-architect-smithsonian-buildings
Cat Sanctuary Reference: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/roosevelt-island-cat-sanctuary
by Amber D'Amato