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Roosevelt Island

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Address: New York City, NY
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Getting there is the highpoint

Roosevelt Island is all about the journey rather than the destination. It's a relaxed place to hang out, but the best part is the tram ride to and from.

Reviewed 10 February 2017
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

I am native to NY State but don't live in NYC. Still, I have seen, read about and heard about Roosevelt Island since if was a kid... but I have never taken the trip across. I had just an hour to kill after an appointment on the upper east side and this seemed like the perfect time. I took the... More 

2 Thank Bill R
Brooklyn, New York
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706 reviews
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

something new to do out of the city and a wonderful view while travelling across the river but not much once your there

2 Thank LAFAMILLEG11231
Sydney, Australia
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788 reviews
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

Roosevelt Island is all about the journey rather than the destination. It's a relaxed place to hang out, but the best part is the tram ride to and from.

2 Thank Riddoch88
Seattle, Washington
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Spent an afternoon here for a wedding. Great spot that is a lot more relaxed that the rest of downtown. It has some nice views of the city. Cool breezes coming off the water and the monument is interest to see also.

Thank markpaterson747
Essex, England
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183 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

It was our last day but as we had a late flight home we had time to tick another NYC attraction off my bucket list. We forgot our metrocards so paid $3 each each way. Great views both ways and lots of photo opportunities of manhatten. The island is nice for a walk. Get shots of the UN building and... More 

Thank jennyq7
Atlanta, Georgia
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70 reviews
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Reviewed 10 January 2017

We took the tram over and didn't really expect much because I hadn't read up on the island. We were very pleasantly surprised by the park. It was nice to get away from the crowds in NYC and just walk through a quiet park for an hour. The views of Manhattan were great. I really enjoyed the FDR monument.

Thank lydia3121
Sydney, Australia
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61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We walked from the south end of Central Park to the tram stop (cable car) and used our metro card to get across To our surprise it was a free ride as we had just used our card to get Central Park The cable car was packed but we still had good views down the river. When we got off... More 

Thank Marianne H
Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 27 December 2016

Getting to Roosevelt Island could not be simpler — just take the tram using your MTA card at 60th Street and 2nd Avenue. It's a short trip across the river to the island (you can also take the F train). Enjoy the nice view. The walk to Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is short and provides some wonderful views across... More 

2 Thank loganaimone
Newbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Considering how close this is to 2 of the boroughs and easy to get to, it doesn't feel like it has many visitors, so you can enjoy some chill out time here away from the hustle and bustle. There's a bit of a high street, a few eateries, lots of park land, and you can do a whole lap in... More 

Thank GLWayne
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 28 November 2016

The Roosevelt Island is located between Manhattan and Queens and does not have many tourist attractions, being an average residential neighborhood. The best part of the visit would be a cable car ride over the river. A brisk walk to view Manhattan skyline (East side) and to take a picture would do the trick. The FDR park is small and... More 

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