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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tourist Says Roosevelt Island is the Coolest Thing!



A fish-outta-water recently visited Roosevelt Island and provided nutshell version of Roosevelt Island history and this recap of trip to Roosevelt Island.

You've never heard of Roosevelt Island? Well, unless you are a HUGE dork, you really have no reason to know about it.
...You basically have Small Town, USA plopped right into the middle of the East River. With incredible views of Manhattan, to boot! There is some car access via some bridges that were added in the 1980s, and there's even a Subway stop now, but you still don't go there unless you have a reason to.

As you can imagine, with access limited like this, and with that small-town-island feel, crime is virtually non-existent. There are biking/jogging paths around the perimeter of the island, and a shuttle bus (cost $0.25) runs every 15 minutes in a loop around the island. "Around" isn't really accurate, since there's really just 1 street (you guessed it, "Main Street") that forms a spine on the island so the bus really runs up-and-down the island (and not "around").

The tram ride (which conveniently starts adjacent to my new favorite grocery store, underneath the Queensboro Bridge, that I recently gushed about) is one of the most incredible experiences ever- it's like a ski-left tram but instead of rising above the alps, you are floating amidst a sea of residential skyscrapers!!
I think you liked Roosevelt Island.
Image is from fish-outta-water blog.

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