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Roosevelt Island, New York City

Categories: Islands, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web
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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  • Beautiful island located along the East River, accessible by simple and comfortable cable car. It is a haven of peace and it is very nice and relaxing to sit on its benches, admiring Manhattan in front of you and the flow of life. In fact, vision ranges from 57 but up to 42 but when you are in front of the UN building. At the southern tip of the island there is the pretty Four Freedom Park. For us it remains always a most enjoyable attractions in NY.
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  • I know, hidden gem is a well worn cliche but in this case it is more than deserved. I guarantee the best pictures you will take off the New York skyline will be taken from Roosevelt Island. 
  • if you are visiting new york city, you should not miss this place. this is a wonderful place to see the view of Manhattan. It has two different views in day & night time. try to have visit in both tim...  read more »
  • I rollerbladed this whole island (not technically as Four Freedoms park wasn't opened at that time) and it took about an hour (I stopped several times). There's a little lighthouse in the northern tip of the island. Love their view of the city and Queens. You can also get here by walking over from Queens.
  • Coolest place in NYC to visit. Definitely.
  • If you want to get away from the city in a new way, take the tram to Roosevelt Island. The 4 Freedoms Park at the southern tip, the glorious cherry trees that bloom in the spring along the western shore, and just the small town feel make this a close place to get away.
  • A part of Manhattan, yet so quiet and peaceful. Definitely a must visit.
  • Great views of Manhattan
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