Updated: May 23, 2020
All the appreciation I received for my first blog motivated me to write yet another one.
This time, it’s about one of the famous islands of New York City, the Roosevelt Island.
Roosevelt Island (formerly known as Welfare Island) was named after Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) in 1971. The island lies the east of Manhattan and toward the west of Queens that is connected with cable car.
The island is around 2 miles in length. So to go around the entire island you have two choices, 1. Walking, which could be tiring and 2. Taking the Red Bus which is worked by the Rosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) which is free for travelers.
We picked the second choice and waited for the transport at its stop. In the interim, I strolled around to tap the photos of the cable car station on the island
Finally, Northbound transport arrived which was to drop us as the Octagon Apartments.
The Octagon was before a hospital yet was of late changed into housing.
Minutes from the Octagon is the Light House Park. This park is on the north end of the island.
As we took a tour through the park from the east side of the island, we could feel the cool wind of air.
Moving ahead we reached a point where we could see the lighthouse and East River and a distant perspective of the Randall’s Island Park. The park was amazingly wide. Towards the east was the borough of Queens and the Manhattan skyline toward the west.
While we played and clicked pictures on the garden and walked towards the lighthouse, the climate was getting cooler and sky overcast.
Next, we began strolling back to the transport stop, this time from the west side of the island. The west of the island gives an amazing view of Manhattan.
Next, we took the Southbound Red Bus that keeps running from Octagon toward the Southpoint Park and got down at our destination stop. We wandered for a couple of minutes before reaching the park beneath the radiant Queensboro bridge that connects Manhattan to Queens.
This photo was taken on the Queens’ side of the island. We walked across the island and sat down for some time to appreciate the engineering excellence of Manhattan and also saw the Queensboro Bridge from the Manhattan side.
The Southpoint park situated on the southern end of the island gives an astonishing view of Manhattan. This park fills the need of an incredible outing spot. By the time we reached the park, it started raining softly.
Past the Southpoint Park and to the compelling southern end is the Four Freedoms Park. Just before the Freedom’s Park is a Small Pox Hospital. This healing center was pronounced as one of the “spooky spots” on Roosevelt Island. It effectively treated smallpox patients till 1950s and is as of now set apart as one of the landmarks of New York City.
And finally, we achieved the last spot of our trip, The Four Freedom’s Park. This is the most current fascination on the island.
We walked along the west side of the park taking a look at FDR Drive alongside the East River.
Enjoying the view, we, at last, reached the enormous grass of the park.
This immense yard had pathways on both the sides to get to the end of the park.
And those pathways gave an elevated view of Manhattan.
Walking along the pathway, we approached the end of the park, where a statue of Franklin D. Roosevelt is set up by Louis Kahn. The words of the Four Freedom Speech are engraved on the other side of the statue.
This park gives a breathtaking view of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
From the other end of the park.
And some more pictures while walking back to the tram station
This place, I would say is one of the best places I visited in New York City.
How to get there: Making a trip to this island is basically straightforward. You should simply take the Jamaica-bound F subway and get down at Roosevelt Island stop. Or you could get down at Lexington Ave/63rd St stop, stroll around 0.2 miles to the Manhattan Tram Station at E59th St and 2nd Ave and take the Roosevelt Island Tram to the island. In order to ride the tram, you just need the MTA Metro Card. Also, for individuals going from New Jersey, you have to take PATH to the 33rd St and after that take the F subway from 34th St-Herald Square station.
Best time to visit: Spring, Summer, and Fall
I thoroughly enjoyed my day at the island. For people who enjoy waterfronts and parks and also photography, this place is a must visit with the cable car ride being the cherry on the cake.
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