Here's a neat video showing the history of Rosie Izzle (and its many name changes) since the 1600s. All in about a minute.
Brief History of Roosevelt Island from Joohee Marie on Vimeo.
It was produced by Joohee Marie, a student and resident of the island. Nice work.
I would have liked a mention of the vacuum-tube trash system (completed in 1976), but you can't have everything. (Hat tip: Roosevelt Islander blog.)