Exploring New York highlights cool spots around the city that are worth checking out. Have you visited New York landmark islands? Let us know in the comments.
NYC from another perspective
There are dozens of great spots for the perfect city picture in NYC, like the famous observatories with amazing views. But if you’re looking for a different photo-spot and want to see the city from another perspective, you must visit its islands.
The two-mile long and one street wide Roosevelt Island is located between Manhattan and Queens on the East River.
How to get there?
Take the Roosevelt Island Tramway for the aerial view. The cost is $2.25 with MetroCard or single pass (one-way); it departs every 15mins every day from 6 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. You can also take the NYC Ferry for a $2.75 one-way ticket, or the F train subway line, which has a stop on the island. The Roosevelt bridge (which connects to Queens) is another option to walk, bike or drive into the island.
What to see?
Chapel of the Good Shepherd
Austere church from 1888.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
This park is the first memorial dedicated to the former President Roosevelt. It’s located on the southern tip of the island.
Smallpox Hospital Ruins
Built in 1854, it was the first major U.S. hospital dedicated to the care of victims of smallpox.
Blackwell Island Lighthouse
Fifty-foot-tall stone lighthouse located at the northern tip of Roosevelt Island, built in 1872.
The Octagon Tower
The octagonal tower, built in 1834, now part of a luxury buildings complex, was originally a mental hospital
Views from the Tram and Island
There you have it! If you’re visiting New York City take the opportunity to walk around the often overlooked Roosevelt Island, it offers amazing views of Manhattan’s skyline, and it’s perfect for a break from the chaos of the city.
Where: Between Manhattan (west side) and Queens (east side) on the East River. - See details on the various options to get to the island.