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Roosevelt Island, New York City

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Take the short aerial tram ride to Roosevelt Island, a thin strip of the city with an entirely different feel. Wedged between Manhattan Island and Long Island, the area was at one point in the 20th century populated predominantly by hospitals, earning it the name Welfare Island, until the name was changed to honor Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1971. From here you can appreciate fantastic views of Manhattan in a surprisingly peaceful setting. The small island only measures about 3.2 km (2 mi) long and a maximum of 240 m (800 ft) across at its widest, providing a delightfully quiet contrast to the city that never sleeps. As you wander the streets, soak in the stories of the former smallpox hospital, lunatic asylum, and other quirky bits of New York history. To visit Roosevelt Island on your trip to New York City, use our New York City trip builder.
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  • Small island in the middle of the River, arriving with cable car away for big city noise to the small island with dining spots.
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  • Take the tram or F train to get here. The only bridge connects to Queens. Main Street has a few restaurants. You can walk along the perimeter of the island.. 3.5 miles. It offers beautiful views of ea...  more »
  • It is not more than another small attraction of NYC. It is a means of transport more, in fact you can take it with the metrocard. It runs from the southern part of the Upper East Side to Roosevelt Island. And you can see Manhattan from a little higher, moving between some buildings and above the deck where there are vehicles. Once on the island is to make a picture with a different Manhattan view. Little more should do, the lighthouse at the end, a park and the ruins of the old hospital. All very expendable, I went with the time right and made photos and returned to take the cable car to return to Manhattan.  
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