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“Beautifully tranquil.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island
New York City, NY
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Ranked #100 of 1,633 things to do in New York City
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“Beautifully tranquil.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

Roosevelt Island can be reached on the F train to Queens. It is a sliver of land between Manhattan and Queens, that has been undergoing redevelopment. Currently it houses some new condominiums and a gorgeous park in the southern end, the Roosevelt Memorial Park. It is intended that this park will celebrate the disability of Roosevelt (something that was hidden as a weakness during his time) so as to inspired those with disabilities. It also houses the ruins of a 19th century mental asylum, which is haunting! The island offers beautiful views of Manhattan, especially the Chrysler Building! The island also has a shuttle bus that takes you around, cost is 25c per adult.

On the way back take the aerial tram. Is covered by metro cards and gives a wonderful view of Manhattan and the river.

Visited August 2013
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“Cool and unusual hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Get the brilliant cable car over which costs $2.50 each way (the price of a single fare on MetroCard - just add $5 to your MetroCard and swipe through the turnstile at the tram). The island is really peaceful and quiet, hard to believe it's only a 4 minute trip away from Manhattan. We spent 30 minutes exploring on foot - I recommend walking along the riverside to the ruined Smallpox hospital at the southern tip, with great views of the Manhattan skyline all the way. Inexplicably a huge monument to Roosevelt is being erected in this location, whilst the Smallpox hospital stands neglected and cordoned off!

Visited September 2013
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“Very nice and pleasant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

It a wonderful getaway on a hot day in NY. Not far from Manhattan, very quiet, peaceful and friendly. Walking along the water is very relaxing and one can feel the breeze even on a very hot day. A very nice place to spend a few peaceful hours outside of the Manhattan rush.

Visited August 2013
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“Tram Ride and Visit to Roosevelt Island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Just across from the east side of Manhattan is the quiet oasis of Roosevelt Island. Perhaps one of the choicest little surprises in all of NYC. By far the best part of your visit is how you get to the island -- by tram. We had visited NYC many times and always wanted to check out this sliver of land. The tram takes you up and over from midtown east to the island -- the views are spectacular. The island's history includes a location for a prison, a "lunatic asylum," and a small pox hospital. However, it is now a peaceful place with lovely parks, a promenade, and a stunning new memorial to FDR which only recently opened. At the north end of the island, which we did not explore, you will find housing for the island's residents. We talked to one woman on the tram who told us how much she enjoyed living so close, yet seemingly so far from Manhattan. She particularly enjoyed the quiet of the island, the parks, the lack of crime and its pristine condition. If you have time, this is a lovely way to spend a few hours, get some exercise and enjoy the views from the tram as well as from the island.

Visited August 2013
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“Nice day trip.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

There was a sense of isolation when my friends and I walked around Roosevelt Island, you could see the city, but not really hear it, which made our time there very tranquil. The Roosevelt Memorial is stark and cold, which adds to the feeling that you are far removed from anywhere else in New York. Don't expect much, its more a resting spot than a hotbed of tourist activity, but for someone who has lived here their entire ice, it was placed to rediscover.

Visited May 2013
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