Roosevelt Island Tram New York

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Roosevelt Island Tram – Riding high above the city

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.

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Details about this spot



2nd Ave & E 60th St, Manhattan, New York

Opening Times

Sun - Thu 06:00 - 02:00, Fri - Sat 06:00 - 03:30


Per ride: US$ 2.75


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)