Roosevelt Island
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia15,388 contributions
May 2022
This was my third time in NYC, but the very first time I've visited RI.
We were very delighted with our visit we planned beforehand, so I advise this itinerary.
Take the Astoria Line (AS) ferry boat from Pier 11 in lower Manhattan. That's the starting point, but you can also catch it from other stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn as well (2 stations on both sides - Google the stops).
However, I suggest taking it from the starting point at Pier 11 as you will be rewarded with amazing (and very cheap - 3,25 $ pp) city views from East river for around 30 min what it takes to reach RI.
Disembark at RI and explore it. Great views of Manhattan skyline, nice walk by the river to the FDR freedom park and smallpox ruined hospital. You can also take the red bus which takes you to the northern tip of RI where's the lighthouse.
When finished take the RI Tramway cable car to transfer back to Manhattan, seeing the area from bird's perspective.
Count on around 2-3 hours for a memorable visit with a budget slightly over 5$ pp.
Written June 19, 2022
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Skye B.
United States97 contributions
Oct 2022
I saw a picture of "The Girl Puzzle Monument honoring Nellie Bly" and wanted to see it up close. This is one of the best art installations that I've ever seen. The work is beautiful but is also in a gorgeous location. It's located in the Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island. The installation's backdrop of the skyline and the East River adds to the beautification of the art. Will definitely visit again.
Written November 6, 2022
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Robinmolieres
21 contributions
Oct 2022
Not just for fans of FDR, Roosevelt Island has something for anyone looking for views of midtown, and the peace that comes from green spaces surrounded by water.
If you are a fan of the man, make a pilgrimage to the tip of the island and Four Freedoms Park.
The cafeteria at Cornell tech has great food at reasonable prices. Sit in the sun on the terrace looking up at ther Queensboro Bridge and Manhattan slurping a Strawberry Kick smoothie and feel grateful for all this city has to offer.
Written October 30, 2022
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK17,752 contributions
Dec 2021
Having visited NYC and Manhattan many times I had never been to, or to be frank didn't even know about, Roosevelt Island (RI). So on a trip in December 2021 I decided to take the RI Tramway from 59th Street over to the Island and I am glad I did as the Tram ride was exciting (only 4 minutes long but great fun) and RI itself was interesting. It gave great views across the river to Manhattan, the FDR Four Freedoms Park was great, as was the Lighthouse, the Smallpox Hospital ruins were interesting and there are shops and restaurants too all easily accessible on foot or using the free shuttle bus service. Go into the Visitor Center to get a Map ($1) of the Island to help you explore. Well worth a visit to get a break from the noise and bustle of the City.
Written February 23, 2022
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Rushil Dedhia
Mumbai, India167 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Roosevelt island is a great place to see the city - downtown & especially uptown in its glory away from the crowds of the city. Hardly anyone comes here. Make your tou walk all the way to the smallpox hospital ruins. There are nice benches on the way to sit & enjoy the view. Highly recommend this!
Written July 14, 2022
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40Acres
Atlantic City, NJ54 contributions
Aug 2022
I spent a week in NYC in August, and it was hot and by mid-week my feet/ankles/legs had "had it". I took a bus up from my hotel to the tramway, and took the tramway over to Roosevelt island which was fun (great scenery). There's free bus steps on the Island (steps away from the tramway) which took you around in a loop over most of the island. I stopped at one of the stores and bought lunch. I did walk to the end of the Four Freedoms Park (to the South) which was well worth it.

Beautiful views of the NYC skyline, cool breezes off the river, interesting river traffic. I sat in one of the Adirondack chairs for quite a while, where I ate my lunch, rested my feet, enjoyed the view (and maybe I dozed a little).

All this for less than $10 in public transportation fees (plus lunch). It was a great day trip.

I took the bus back to the ferry terminal and left the island on the East River Ferry, which was a great experience in and of itself.
Written September 2, 2022
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Leonardo Martins
Sao Paulo, SP193 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Getting there is already a must-see, the modern, efficient Tramway (paid with Metro Card) gets you at Roosevelt Island in 4 minutes with a stunning view.
There you'll find the visitor's center, where the island monuments will be explained to you. An MTA Hybrid Red Bus rounds the island for free so that visitors can catch a glimpse of the Island.
The Franklin Roosevelt Four Freedom Park is the main attraction there, it honors the longest term president ever in the American History, and showcases an amazing view to the city’s skyline.
Written January 3, 2020
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN2,618 contributions
May 2020 • Business
First of all, it’s fun to arrive by tram (see previous review). You get a neat ride and a nice view for a couple bucks and some change (each way). The island is small, a couple miles end to end, and there is a red bus that will take you all over. There is an abandoned small pox hospital that’s interesting to see and photograph and a pretty walk along the river. The FDR freedom park was closed when I visited. From what I understand, the island and tram can get crowded during festivals or when the tree blossoms bloom. Worth a trip, especially if crowds are low.
Written May 29, 2020
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Wildegoose
London, UK42 contributions
Sep 2022
A lovely walk around the island. Please visit the tourist info booth first and pick up a 1$ map and chat with the friendly volunteers. We stopped at the college cafe for a bite to eat and a drink. Reasonable prices and relaxed atmosphere. The tramway is a great way to get there (we did $3 one way ticket from the machine) and left by the subway. Outdoor cat sanctuary was an added bonus! as well as outdoor sculptures.
Written September 30, 2022
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JKW3
Livermore, CA755 contributions
Jul 2022
I expected more from the island. Largely my disappointment is in that we visited on a Tuesday, and Four Freedoms Park is closed on Tuesdays! It never occurred to me to check the hours of a park. We were walking the path around the island, and right after we viewed the Smallpox hospital, there was a locked gate closing off entirely the southern tip of the island, the pathway, and Four Freedoms Park. Call me sorely disappointed!
Written July 27, 2022
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