New York City from Roosevelt Island
While in New York in February 2015, a friend of mine and I took the aerial tramway (almost like a gondola lift) that goes from Manhattan and over to the island. It's bizarre to float by skyscrapers while being able to look into people's living room, before you cross the open East River over to the open island. You can use your subway Metro card for the fare.
Roosevelt Island is a narrow island in New York City's East River. It lies between Manhattan Island to its west and the borough of Queens on Long Island to its east, and is part of the borough of Manhattan
The island was called Minnehanonck by the Lenape and Varkens Eylandt (Hog Island) by New Netherlanders, and during the colonial era and later as Blackwell 's Island. It was known as Welfare Island when it was used principally for hospitals, from 1921 to 1971. It was re-named Roosevelt Island in 1971 after Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Although Roosevelt Island is located directly under the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, it is not directly accessible from the bridge itself. You can go there by subway. Located more than 100 feet (30 m) below ground level, the Roosevelt Island station (F train) is one of the deepest stations below sea level in the New York City Subway system.
However, the cool way to go over there is by the tramway, which we did.