Last Friday, I checked another item off my NYC bucket list when we rode the tram over to Roosevelt Island. For those of you not in NYC, Roosevelt Island sits east of Manhattan Island in the middle of the East River. It’s a tiny piece of land with only about 11,000 people living on it. And it’s a great place to take in a different view of the city.
I’d been to Roosevelt Island before, but used the subway to get there. The idea of taking the tram up in between buildings and over the river all for the cost of a subway ride was something I had to try.
So on Friday we set off to the east side and arrived at the tram railway station (between 59th & 60th on 2nd Ave).
Once we were airborne, we took in all the sights – the cars and river below, the buildings around us, the bridges at eye-level, and distant views of the Williamsburg Bridge and Lower Manhattan.Once we arrived on the other side (it’s about a five minute ride), we found a seat by the water, in the shade, and chilled out as we looked across at the city and marveled at how fast the water in the East River was passing by. A playlist of 90s hip hop and r&b kept us going back and forth, saying, “This song takes me back to when…”
It was hot as can be that day, so we slowly walked around the island. We talked about our greatest joy and challenge from the previous week. We laughed a lot. Yes, we sure do. If you make a trip to Roosevelt Island, you can also check out the lovely park that’s on the end of the island, opposite from where the lighthouse sits. There’s also the ruins of the smallpox memorial hospital or take some time to ride a bike. Even if it’s just a short time, pack a lunch, take the tram, and enjoy a different side of Manhattan.