Located between Manhattan and Queens in the East River, Roosevelt Island gives great views of the Eastern side of New York City.
Originally a hospital island, it now has a thriving community with its own subway station, shops, cafes & restaurants and a number of parks.
Although the Ed Koch Queensboro bridge spans high across the island, it is not possible to access Roosevelt Island.
The park at the southern tip of the island features a statue of Franklin D Roosevelt and gives panoramic views of the eastern side of Manhattan and down towards the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges.
A cable car ride of around 5 minutes is the best way to see the island with great views across the river. Metrocards can be used to pay for the tramway.
The Roosevelt Tramway (cable car) carries you above the East River, and can be found at Tramway Plaza on the corner of 2nd Ave/E 59th St (5 min walk from Lexington Av/59th St Subway station on the N,R,W lines).
For those not keen on heights, Roosevelt Island subway station serves the island and is on the F line.