Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Things to Do in NYC: The Tram to Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

In the two years that I've lived in NYC I've explored many areas and towns around the area but somehow hadn't made it out to Roosevelt Island. Roosevelt Island is an island in the East River right under the Queensboro bridge. It runs from 85th street on the UES down to 46th street. To get there you can take the tram over the Queensboro bridge.

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip
Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

The tram is only one of three commuter aerial tramways in the US and you can use your Metrocard to get on it. It's really fun to ride over the bridge and see the city in a completely new way rising up from 2nd Ave.

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip
Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

There is a bus on the island that takes you around but you can also walk to the main attraction-- the Four Freedoms park to the south. Here you can see the UN building across the river as well as the three main buildings of NYC all from one spot: the Empire State building, the Chrysler building, and the Freedom Tower.

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

And then there's the smallpox hospital that was abandoned in the 1950s.
Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip


Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

Roosevelt Island is a great place to visit if you're someone who doesn't like the hustle of exploring busy places. It was a really nice way to spend a quiet afternoon taking in the city. :)

Roosevelt Island, NYC Day Trip

Also see: Rollerblading on Randall's Island. :)

1 comment:

Maria said...

Awesome! There is also a Roosevelt Island in DC (in the Potomac River) and my first reading of your title threw me slightly ;) (ha!). This place looks cool and, of course, the aerial tram sounds sweet.

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