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The full guide to Roosevelt Island in NYC

Visit Roosevelt Island in NYC, a two-mile-long, 800-foot-wide town that is blossoming with character

Written by
Jennifer Picht

If you’re looking for a scenic getaway, we highly recommend one of our many awesome day trips from NYC. But if you don’t want to travel too far, a journey to Roosevelt Island in NYC may be the relaxing escape you’re looking for. Apart from picturesque views of Manhattan and Queens, the two-mile-long, 800-foot-wide cloister is known for being a quiet town. However, there are plenty of things to do and see once you take the train or the tram over the East River: The Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association hosts art shows, you can check out historic New York attractions like the Blackwell Island Lighthouse and Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park definitely deserves a spot on our best NYC parks list.

How do I get to Roosevelt Island?

Take the F train to the Roosevelt Island stop. After ascending the escalator from New York’s deepest subway station, you’ll be floored by the stunning view of the East River. For an even better picture of the water, take the red, boxy Tramway Car at 59th St and Second Avenue.

What can I do on Roosevelt Island?

The area’s attractions include tennis courts, ball fields and Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, a tribute to our 32nd president. You can check out historic attractions like the Blackwell Island Lighthouse and the beautiful Chapel of the Good Shepherd.

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