Roosevelt Island is a narrow stretch of land on the east of Manhattan. There is nothing exciting there but the journey to the island is quite fascinating. One easy option to get there is using the Roosevelt Island Elevated Tramway. It looks like a ski lift and flies passengers over the water, providing amazing views of the city and its bridges.
According to the New York Times, Roosevelt Island had a series of names in the past. It was also home to a penitentiary and the New York City Lunatic Asylum, before residential development began in the 1970s.
As you leave the Lower East Side board at Delancey/Essex Street. You have several options to choose from but it is a bit tricky to get to the tramway stop. What I did was this: I took the F or M line (orange) to 23rd Street. From there I walked to Madison Square Garden to look at the Flatiron building and the Grand Lodge of New York Freemasons.
I have no photos of the Freemason’s Lodge as they didn’t allow me inside in my pink shorts!
The Flatiron Building
The Flatiron Building looks quite amazing with the narrow shape and tall windows. A multitude of people were taking photos and some were sipping cafes on the benches. The gardens were very nice with everyone enjoying the mid-October heat. From here the best option is to walk to the 23rd Street stop of the 4, 5, 6 line (green) and get off at 59th Street.
The Roosevelt Island Elevated Tramway
The Tramway stop is a short walk from the 59th Street station. They accept the regular Subway pass so it is well worth a trip (check out the video below).
From the West side of the island the views are amazing and there is grassy area to sit. I had my dinner here and watched the sun set then headed back to Manhattan.
By this time it was dark and I was tired so I went back to PABT to catch a bus to Fort Lee.
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