One of the things that I love to do here on the blog is suggesting not obvious places to go. Everyone has heard about Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Central Park, right? And New York, unlike what most people think, is much more than that – or shopping. Today, I list for you three small islands that are part of the city and will increase your script with breathtaking views.
Roosevelt Island is a residential island that is located on the east side of Manhattan, near Queens. Despite the fact thst F line subway has a station there, the best part of visit this island it to get a ride at the Aerial Tram – a kind of cable car, that makes the trip from Manhattan to the island. The view is beautiful and the ride is super fast. Once on the island, you can walk towards the south and enjoy the beautiful view of Manhattan while passing by the ruins of the Smallpox Hospital and makes a tour of the FDR Park. Go to the end and enjoy the scenery that will take your breath away (but remember that this park is closed on Tuesdays!). There is a bus that runs the island – which is free!
How to get there: Aerial Tram – 59th Street & Second Avenue (Metrocard).
Governors Island is an island that opens only during a period of the year (between May and September). It is located in the southern part of Manhattan and has an amazing area for picnics and sports. The view is privileged: you can see Manhattan’s skyline and even the Statue of Liberty. The structure is great: there are restrooms, food trucks and bike rentals. Undoubtedly, a great place to spend a summer afternoon! There are always special events there as well. Governor’s Island was a military base and restructuring for public use is not even complete – an area of the island is being invigorated and will stay beautiful. It’s The Hills, made with recycled materials, with lots of green area and the top will have a privileged view of 360 degrees.
How to get there: the access to the island is made by a ferry every day during the season and the ticket (round trip) costs only $ 2! The place from where the ferry leaves – and where you buy the ticket – is next to the Staten Island Ferry, easy. The first boat leaves around 10 am and the last leaves at 7 pm (weekends).
I believe many of you may have never heard of Randall’s Island. It is located in north of Manhattan, between Harlem and Astoria. It’s also where Governor’s Ball, famous music festival, takes place every summer. It is a residential island – the population is of 1,500 people – and dedicated to sports. One of the nice things of the island is the green area available and the wonderful view. Your tour starts by Wards Island Bridge, bridge for pedestrians and cyclists, linking Manhattan to the island. There is still the view of the East River, to the buildings of the Upper East Side, to the Queensboro Bridge and the Roosevelt Island. Randall’s Island picnics areas, space for walkings and bicycles, soccer fields, golf and the Icahn Stadium. Undoubtedly, a great place to spend a nice afternoon.
How to get there: take the 6 train to 103rd Street and walk east along 102nd Street to FDR Drive. Then, walk one block north directly onto the crossover leading into the Footbridge.
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.