The Roosevelt Island Tramway is a means of transportation little known to tourists and very loved and used by New Yorkers.
In today’s article we answer 5 questions about the Roosevelt Island Tramway:
The Roosevelt Island Tramway connects, as its name suggests, Manhattan with Roosevelt Island, an island in the middle of the East River, between Manhattan and Queens. To take the cable car you must go to the intersection of 59th Street and 2nd Avenue. The location is easily accessible by everyone, even tourists: to give you an idea, once you arrive in front of the Plaza Hotel (59th Street and 5th Avenue – Click HERE to read our article on 5 places you can’t miss, and not too touristy, within walking distance of Times Square) walk east for about 20 minutes on 59th Street and you will arrive in front of the cable car station.
In order to ride the Roosevelt Island Tramway you must have a Metro Card, which is the rechargeable card that allows you to ride the Subway in NYC (click HERE to read 5 things you absolutely must know before you miss the subway in NYC). The trip on the Roosevelt Island cable car will cost you exactly the same as a subway ride, so $2.75. If you bought an unlimited subway card you can also use it on the Roosevelt Island Cable Car.
Yes. 100%. If you want to get away for even a second from the traditional routes taken by all those who visit New York as tourists, go and try the cable car. You won’t regret it. The view during the trip is absolutely incomparable: you will see the Queensboro Bridge (in our opinion one of the most beautiful bridges in NYC) and the skyline of Midtown Manhattan (such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building).
On the outbound trip to Roosevelt Island we recommend that you stand at the rear of the cable car. Preferably on the right side so you are on the Queensboro Bridge side. From here you will have the best view of the Manhattan skyscrapers. Obviously, on the return trip, choose the same place, so in this case front side and left side.
Do not make the mistake that so many tourists make, that is to go back to Manhattan as soon as you get to Roosevelt Island. Enjoy this little island in the middle of the East River. Our advice is to take a beautiful walk north (in the direction of the Empire State Building) to admire the skyline of Midtown Manhattan in an even more special way.