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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  • August 8, 2017
    We went by cable car, the idea was to not lose but we thought it was cute. We only went to the park bordering the river. There are beautiful views, the island is very small and neat.
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  • July 30, 2017
    This is one of the few areas in NEW there have not been too busy yet. Super cozy little island. Here one can get away from the bustling Manhattan in under 5 min.
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  • July 28, 2017
    We took the free cable tram over to Roosevelt Island and did a quick morning walk-about on the day of our departure. There was only one of the two trams working when we visited, due to maintenance or ...  more »

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