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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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  • CABLE CAR HELICOPTER TOUR Island within Manhattan Island summer arts, theatre and other free activities  more »
  • You have to go there by cable car, accessible with you metro card. When you walk to the end of the island, it offers a nice view of the city, but keep in mind: Currently they're doing some constructio...  more »
  • Take the overhead tram to Roosevelt Island and head for the very inexpensive bus that will take you around the island. Go to the northern tip where there's a garden, lighthouse, and great views of the...  more »