Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island

 

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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.

Source: https://www.wnyc.org/story/silicon-alley-moves-roosevelt-island/

Source: https://www.wnyc.org/story/silicon-alley-moves-roosevelt-island/

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.

Source: www.tracysnewyorklife.com/roosevelt-island-day-trip-from-manhattan/

Source: www.tracysnewyorklife.com/roosevelt-island-day-trip-from-manhattan/

What to see?

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Source: www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/879737414

Chapel of the Good Shepherd

Austere church from 1888.

Source: www.amusingplanet.com/2015/12/franklin-d-roosevelt-four-freedoms-park

Source: www.amusingplanet.com/2015/12/franklin-d-roosevelt-four-freedoms-park

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.


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Smallpox Hospital Ruins

Built in 1854, it was the first major U.S. hospital dedicated to the care of victims of smallpox.


Source: www.atlasobscura.com/places/roosevelt-island-lighthouse

Source: www.atlasobscura.com/places/roosevelt-island-lighthouse

Blackwell Island Lighthouse

Fifty-foot-tall stone lighthouse located at the northern tip of Roosevelt Island, built in 1872.


Source: www.mountainsoftravelphotos.com

Source: www.mountainsoftravelphotos.com

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

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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.

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Source: www.octagonnyc.com/views

Source: www.octagonnyc.com/views

Where: Between Manhattan (west side) and Queens (east side) on the East River. - See details on the various options to get to the island.