Although this suggests I am in NYC, I am actually currently in Texas! Misleading a bit, I know. I am having the best time--visiting family, exploring the hill country, swimming, eating a million tacos, enjoying central AC and driving everywhere, and sweating my eyeballs out in this 100 degree heat. (That last one was sarcasm. 😓) Although, I must admit, I find myself missing NYC and am excited to get back into the rush. The grass is always greener...or something like that.
Our Roosevelt Island tram adventure was actually awhile ago, but looking through the pictures I am thinking we need to ride it again. Maybe I'm the only person in the world who thinks it's fun and if you actually live on Roosevelt Island and take this commute everyday then you may wonder why indeed I am dedicating an entire post to your (most likely) daily hellish commute. But let me just say I find it awesome that a mostly glass tram car with dozens of people suspends in the air over the East River on little wires. 😮
It's definitely one of the best free views of the East side of Manhattan (and Astoria if you like Queens), and it's a free transfer with your metro card. If you live in NYC, it would be a fun afternoon trip to check out RI just because. If you're visiting for a few days from out of town, I'd say maybe not worth your time..
1) When the tram doors open, make a mad dash for the right or left side of the tram, and smash yourself up against the windows so you have the best view.
2) Don't ride during rush hour. Ever.
3) Walk around RI for a bit afterwards. There is a beautiful trail that runs alongside the island, the FDR memorial, the ruins of an old hospital, and a lighthouse (but that is on the opposite side.)
Happy tram ride adventures!