UPPER EAST SIDE, NY — A ribbon was cut Wednesday to mark the completion of a long-awaited renovation of the Blackwell House, a historic building on Roosevelt Island whose rehabilitation has been years in the making.
The house, built in 1796, is the oldest building on Roosevelt Island and will become a museum, housing the island’s historic artifacts, archives and records.
The $2.9 million renovation was funded by the office of City Councilmember Ben Kallos, the Roosevelt Island Development Corporation (RIOC) and the city.
During the ceremony, Kallos said the push to renovate Blackwell House began during the tenure of his predecessor, Jessica Lappin — who was also in attendance Wednesday — but was delayed more than 13 years due to battles with city agencies over funding.
“To be clear, projects like this should not be celebrating their Bar Mitzvah at their ribbon cutting,” Kallos said.
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