Nov 072011

Quite by accident, I came across the Roosevelt Island Aerial Tramway in New York City.

Walking along Second Avenue at 59th Street, I saw the tram leaving a platform and heading out alongside the Queensboro Bridge. Intrigued by this new discovery, I bought a ticket and took the ride high over the East River to Roosevelt Island, a residential community with parks, schools, historic sites and scenic views. It’s a short, four minute ride as the tram travels at about 16 miles per hour and climbs to 250 feet.

From the west side of Roosevelt Island, there are wonderful vantage points for views of Midtown Manhattan, the Upper East Side and passing boats. On the east side, the borough of Queens is across the river.

It’s well worth the $2.25 fare to take a fun ride and explore a quiet, less crowded area of New York City.

"On the Roosevelt Island Tram Crossing Over 1st Avenue"

On the tram over First Avenue

Looking back at the platform at 59th Street and Second Avenue

East River and Roosevelt Island

Upper East Side from tram over the East River

Tram arriving at platform on Roosevelt Island (you many want to zoom in to see better)

Manhattan from Roosevelt Island

For more information: Roosevelt Island Tramway


  32 Responses to “High in New York on the Roosevelt Island Tram”

  1. Quite great views from that aerial tramway. Will certainly have to ride that on our next visit to New York.

  2. Nice photo essay. You know when I was last there? 1977! It’s time to visit NC again 😉

  3. Great post and info! Love your photos. Boy – you were up quite high!!

  4. Nice shots, Cathy! It is always interesting to find “undiscovered” neighborhoods.

  5. What a great find! I will make a note to take this tram for my next visit to NYC. Oh gosh I just remembers I’m actually going this summer!

  6. Wow! I lived in NYC for five years and never made it to Roosevelt Island. This is awesome! What a cool way to see the skyline.

    • I’m sure there’s a lot of people in NYC who haven’t been there. Since it’s a quiet residential area without restaurants, clubs, etc. I’m sure they don’t think of it as a place to go. But it really is a fun ride and great views from the island.

  7. these are great Aerial photos

  8. Fabulous view – unless you suffer from vertigo 🙂

  9. I’ve always wanted to do this but never got the chance!

  10. We have a friend who lives on Roosevelt Island, so have had the opportunity to take that tram (which is pretty fun). Roosevelt Island itself is a little strange, isn’t it?

    • Hmmm.. maybe a little strange in that it’s so quiet yet so close to all of the Manhattan hustle and bustle. It did seem almost deserted when we were walking around. Great views there from there, however, and there’s some interesting history, too.

  11. Wow, great views, tha first picture is stunning!

  12. Nice photos – no idea when I’ll be in New York again but I would enjoy this ride 🙂

  13. Been to NYC lots of times, and never knew about this one–thanks for the tip!

  14. I didn’t know they had something like this in NYC! I’m definitely doing this next time we visit family in Jersey. Great shots!

  15. Sorry Cathy, thought I had been across. Hey is that tramway really that high? Gee, those are magnificent shots, great perspective!

  16. Looks like a fun ride! 🙂

  17. I have always wanted to do this. Next time I go to New York for sure! 🙂

  18. I always enjoy views of New York, you can visit many times and find something new and special every time.

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