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    Go visit Roosevelt Island (a narrow island between Manhattan and Queens in the East River) if you are looking to get away from busy city streets and are up to a nice walk in a quiet setting with fantastic views (good weather makes it even better). From Manhattan, you can take a tram (fun ride in itself) on the 59th St and 2nd Ave (adult fare $2.75 one way, small children ride for free). Alternatively, you can take subway (F train to Roosevelt Island stop). There is a bridge from Queens – you can drive there too. You can ride a bus once you are on the island (25c), but it’s better to walk – nice walk is along the river on the East side down to the South point – the views of Manhattan are spectacular. At the Southern tip of the island there is FDR Four Freedoms Park which was opened in October 2012. You can walk back to the tram along the West side and enjoy the views of Queens and bridges. There is a residential area north of the tram station with a couple of restaurants. One more thing: don’t forget your camera – there are lots of great photo opportunities on the island.

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    I love Roosevelt Island in the warm weather. It's so close to Manhattan and yet no one from Manhattan really goes there. You can easily take the tram (which is fun in itself) for the price of a subway ride, and you're there in just a few minutes. There are some cool buildings, like former insane asylums and the like. There is also a lot of unspoiled greenery and a pretty lighthouse. If you're a runner, this would be a nice place to run. Plus, you get the view of Manhattan, which is always nice.

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    Roosevelt Island is calm and peaceful. A nice change from it's neighbor across the East River. I particularly like taking my camera and walking to the southern tip of the island. There are great views of Manhattan and the abandoned shell of an old Smallpox hospital - It makes for some great photo opportunities.

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    If you've been to New York several times and are looking for something different to do, you should consider taking a little trip over to Roosevelt Island. Think of it as NYC's version of ile Saint Louis. The tram ride is short and fun, and you can go for a stroll around the island, or just sit near the park and watch the view.

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    Nice spot to capture cityscape and a little lighthouse

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Roosevelt Island is that long, skinny piece of real estate on the East River between Manhattan and Queens. With green streets and broad demographics, Roosevelt Island has a distinctly residential feel. Many UN employees who work across the river in Manhattan call the area home and while there isn't a bustling downtown, there are a few bars and restaurants on the island that locals faithfully frequent.


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