Every time I turn around, I learn or experience something new to add some kind of joy to my life. It’s my life’s motto actually. And isn’t that super in a city like New York where that can happen literally every day? This time out my new experience was riding the Roosevelt Island Tram. My trip was back in late April after I went to the Hanami viewing on Roosevelt Island. You can see that post here. I took the F train coming to the island but I decided to take the scenic view back towards Manhattan.
What’s So Special About The Roosevelt Island Tram?
One thing that makes this tram special, is that it is the only one in the city. And although we have lots of ferries, trains, and buses, seeing the city from an elevation makes it a singular experience. Roosevelt Island isn’t populated by a relatively large number of people so it doesn’t get much attention by the majority of New York residents. It is a living museum going back to the times when there were quarantines and prisons secluded to the island. So there is not a lot of commercial development there. And lastly, at least for me, it is out of the way without much car traffic, which makes it a quiet place to have a day trip. It makes Roosevelt Island a destination for people who don’t live there. Photographers love to go there for its picturesque scenery, especially for the occurrence of Manhattanhenge. I’ve discovered lots of lovely shots this year.
What Is the History of the Roosevelt Island Tram?
The tram has been in operation since July 1976 after the trolley system was permanently removed from the island. And has been in operation ever since except for the renovation process in 2010 and repairs that led to that renovation. It was built as a temporary way to get back and forth until the subway station to the island was finished but kept after its completion because of its charm. It costs the same as a subway ride and although still privately owned, it accepts MetroCards, making it a picturesque and convenient trip.
What Do I Think Of The Roosevelt Island Tram?
The trip is really quick and didn’t give me much time to take pictures. Also, the island was very crowded so the tram was like a can of warm sardines. Although I did take video but because of the crowds, I have a lot of scenes with the top of children’s heads. I mean, I tried. Riding the tram was great, especially because I took a step towards challenging my fear of heights. The height off the ground made me look at skyscraping towers and the beauty of the Queens bridge in a new way which I loved.
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Until our next rendezvous….