Roosevelt Island, New York City

4.5
Island · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Take the short aerial tram ride to Roosevelt Island, a thin strip of the city with an entirely different feel. Wedged between Manhattan Island and Long Island, the area was at one point in the 20th century populated predominantly by hospitals, earning it the name Welfare Island, until the name was changed to honor Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1971. From here you can appreciate fantastic views of Manhattan in a surprisingly peaceful setting. The small island only measures about 3.2 km (2 mi) long and a maximum of 240 m (800 ft) across at its widest, providing a delightfully quiet contrast to the city that never sleeps. As you wander the streets, soak in the stories of the former smallpox hospital, lunatic asylum, and other quirky bits of New York history. Using our world travel planner, New York City attractions like Roosevelt Island can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I love coming here and walking around the Island. My favorite spot is the lighthouse at the north east part of the island. Walking or taking the shuttle bus is the best way of getting there. The...  more »
  • We took the tram over from Manhattan which was a fun ride and cheap. We had set up an account with Citibikes and checked out bikes at the tram station and round around the island. They have good...  more »
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  • Nice quiet space a tram ride across from Manhattan. Some senior and family housing and some quiet diner style restaurants.
  • Very nice views of the East side of Manhattan. I love the isolated feel of Roosevelt Island. The Roosevelt Island Tram is a very scenic and fun ride

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