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Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram

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Address: 59th Street and Second Avenue, New York City, NY 10022
Phone Number: 212 832 4555
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a fun and cheap way to see Manhattan

My advice? Take the F train to the Roosevelt Island station, walk out and ramble around the Island. It offers great views of the city. Then, with your MTA card, get in the Tram... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

My advice? Take the F train to the Roosevelt Island station, walk out and ramble around the Island. It offers great views of the city. Then, with your MTA card, get in the Tram and ride back to Manhattan with your camera ready to take great photos as you approach the terminal. Try to stay on the side that faces... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Plan on spending $5.50 total for a roundtrip on the aerial tram. Great views of the Queensboro Bridge and surprisingly the tram was extremely smooth. You will have a great time even if you are afraid of heights. Roosevelt Island has great views of the river and nice parks where local recreational leagues meet up for games of dodgeball. Great... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

It is a nice opportunity to spot New York City from the height without paying for classic viewing points as Empire State Building or Top of the Rock. It costs as a usual metro ride, takes around 5 minutes and no queues were noticed. And don't forget to walk around Roosevelt Island..))

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Pittsburgh, Pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

If you purchased a subway pass you should definitely include a ride on the tram, as it is free with your pass. The views were amazing. It is also a short walk from the subway. We included a stop at Dylans candy as it is right there when you get of the subway.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

...and quite extraordinary in a city. I know those things from going up a mounain/hill but not within a city. At least I've been to no other place like that. If you have a subway ticket (day ticket or something like that) you can use that to get on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This smooth ride over the East River to Randall's Island providing great views of Manhattan Island is great both in daylight or during the night when the city lights come on.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We did this on a clear sunny day last week and the views were brilliant. It is only a few minutes each way but I think it's worth it. Make sure you get off on Roosevelt Island and walk down to the end to Four Freedoms Park where you'll find even more great views.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a fun, inexpensive experience in NYC that I don’t think is on the radar of most tourists. The cost is only a subway ride each way [we had a 1-week unlimited metro pass anyways]. The cable car ride itself is a unique experience that gives you a great urban view. And once on Roosevelt Island, you can have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Easy access, it accepts subway cards and you get a great view of the city going and coming. We took the free bus around the island but there isn't much to see there. But the back and forth is awesome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I have been to NYC many times and had never heard of this Tram until I saw it on a TV show. For 2.25$ you get AMAZING views while on the tram and from Roosevelt island, and no tourist crowds. A must which I will visit again on my next NYC trip.

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