Roosevelt Island was one of the first places that I have been when I moved to New York – and is also the subject of one of the first videos of my YouTube channel. This residential island located between Manhattan and Queens it’s a great place to visit – and it’s good to escape from Manhattan. Many people relate Roosevelt Island with the Roosevelt Tramway – that makes the path between Manhattan and the small island. There is also a subway line to got here- F – but using the Tramway is much more beautiful and fun. I was there on Saturday with some friends and I had never wrote a post about the place (just the video), so, I took the opportunity to take some pictures and recommend, once again, this program in New York.
Some tourists – it was my case, when I visit the place for the first time – may think that this tour ends at the Tramway station on Roosevelt Island. But no: before returning to Manhattan, it is worth exploring this friendly island. Oh, before I forget, remember that you get a ride in the Tramway with your Metrocard – and the station is located at 60th St and Second Avenue. The path is super fast and the Tramway passes next to Queensboro Bridge, a fantastic view!
After you get off the Tramway, walk toward south. The path includes views to the East River, Upper East Side and you can also see buildings like Chrysler Building, Empire State, ONU building and One World Trade Center. All this path has trees – some were flowering – and stools for those who want to sit and relax.
After a short walk, you wil see the Smallpox Hospital ruins, which are in restoration process and will be converted in a historical center. This hospital was designed by the same architect who designed St. Patrick’s Cathedral. For those who do not know, Roosevelt Island housed several hospitals and a prison. Walking a little more, you arrive at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, a park built in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, open from 9 am to 7 pm (closed on Tuesdays). The park has a modern footprint and is super cute. Not to mention the beautiful view to the river – you can also see the iconic Pepsi sign, located in Long Island City – I have already shown the place in this post here.
Cool, right? Remember that the structure of the park has public restrooms and drinking fountains. If you want to explore more of the island, you can walk to the north, to the Lighthouse Park, which will give you another fantastic view – there is a lighthouse there too. Remember that there are free buses that circulate on the island too – it can be good if you get tired of walking. Cool, right? I love this tour and, above all, if you are using an unlimited MetroCard, it’s free! You want to get a better idea of this tour? Just press play and check out the video I shoot there!
Laura Peruchi is a Brazilian blogger, author, and entrepreneur. She has lived in Manhattan with her husband since 2014. Since then, she has shared on her blog varied content about the Big Apple. From travel tips, including unusual things to do, shopping tips, etiquette, restaurants, and a lot more, her blog has become a reference in Portuguese (also available in English) for anyone planning a trip to New York City.