When I want to ride in style, I don’t call a private car like a lot of Manhattanites. I take a hike down to the Roosevelt Island Tram station at 59th & Second Ave to hop on this sweet ride. It works with an unlimited MetroCard, so there’s no extra charge for me to take a quick trip across the East River. Either side of the tram offers sweeping views, but I prefer the south side where you get an up close look at the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and a brief glimpse into some high-class NYC apartments.
Once you’re on Roosevelt Island you can take a jaunt around the island or visit the brand new Four Freedoms Park dedicated to FDR. Sometimes I step it up a notch and bring a picnic to munch on while soaking in the incredible views. But I usually hop right back on the tram. The setting is serene, but with almost no bars or restaurants, the excitement still lies across the river in good old Manhattan.