"ROOSEVELT ISLAND" Roosevelt Island by ForestqueenNYC

Roosevelt Island Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 42 photos

Roosevelt Island is in the East River between Manhattan and Queens. You can get there from Manhattan by the F train or the tram. If you need to go there by car you must drive across the 59th Street bridge and enter from the Queens side of the island.

It might be worth a trip to this island to get a great view of Manhattan. Great photo ops.

People who live here really love it. It seems to have a real sense of community spirit. It was once occupied by a lot of subsidized housing, but that is starting to change with the building of upscale and expensive apartment buildings and condos.

It has a very interesting history, as I have read on Wikipedia. I have told a friend, who lives on the Upper East Side directly opposite from the building in which I am staying, that I could swim across to her apartment. That is not actually true. I have been told that I would surely be swept out to sea if I tried it. And in fact they built a prison here, which housed both Boss Tweed and Mae West, because no one would be able to escape alive. That prison is no longer here. It has since been relocated to Riker's Island.

You can read more about Roosevelt Island by doing a google search or going directly to wikipedia.

Another website with interesting information.

See my two videos viewing Manhattan from Roosevelt Island and Roosevelt Island from Manhattan.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:One stop on the F train from Manhattan, Great Scenic View
  • In a nutshell:Really convenient to Manhattan for people who work there.
  • Last visit to Roosevelt Island: Aug 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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