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. Using our world travel planner, New York City attractions like Roosevelt Island can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The island is small and is worth around her. The view of Manhattan is amazing. It takes only a few hours p the tour all over.
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  • My wife and I met a friend here on a recent visit we had to NYC. We took the subway and she had driven and parked. We basically walked to the memorial before she arrived and enjoyed that views of the ...  more »
  • Elspeth Island near Manchester, Manchester to the island to take the cable car about 5 minutes to reach, for visitors to make a visit to one of New York. The Elspeth Islands are also the last known scenes of movie spiders and green Devils.
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