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“Much cheaper then a helicopter flight”

Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram
Ranked #51 of 1,111 things to do in New York City
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Sprockhoevel, Germany
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“Much cheaper then a helicopter flight”
Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

If you have a ticket for the subway, you don't have to pay anything for that "flight". You may use the cabin as often as you wish. It is a beautiful view and you can make terrific photos. For me it is a must and I have been four times in New York and I do it every time again.

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upstate NY
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Our son lives in Manhattan so we visit often. Nonetheless the tram is right near the top of my list for breathtaking views especially on the cheap. Do it at night and you can see so much of the area sparkling with lights. Kids will love it as it is a unusual perspective and vista. Like hovering in a slow moving helicopter. The view from Roosevelt island, of the city, is not too shabby either once you get there. One of my very favorite memories and nearly as dollar friendly as the Staten Island Ferry.

Visited December 2011
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“Cheapest helicopter ride over the city”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

I've got to say that I actually took the tram as I had things to do on the island but I wouldn't hesitate recommending it as an attraction in it's own right.

We took it at dusk and as it slowly ascended over the city you get spectacular views over town and of the looming bridge it runs parallel too.

Not a huge amount to see on the island but some lovely views over the river- or just come straight back, there's plenty to take in.

Visited October 2012
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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“Nice Views for a subway fare”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

The Tram is a great way to get an interesting view of NYC for the price of a subway fare. The whole trip only takes a few min. and offers some nice photo ops. Kids will love it too.

Visited October 2012
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“Visit the more peacefull side of NY”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

Used the aerial tram to get to the island, during the 10 minutes trip you have a great view of the city. Made a nice walk around the island and had lunch in the local diner. It is nice to see the city from a different point.

Visited October 2012
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