It has come to that time in the year where I refuse to be productive or leave my house. I become consumed by Netflix shows and blankets. So because I’m a hibernator, I am going to just write about all the funs times I had before the winter ruined life in the city for everyone.
One of the most unexpected things I did was going to Roosevelt Island. It was unexpected because before I got on that Tramway I had never heard of this island. I was pretty sure it was one of those islands from the scary movies (I’m too chicken to watch) where they keep all of the crazy people. Turns out, I think it’s one of the coolest parts of the city.
It’s not cool in like a hipster-Williamsburg kind of way. It’s cool in that it’s this kind of lost island in the middle of Manhattan and Queens. There are tons of brand new luxury apartments and there is even a subway stop. There is life on this island, but somehow I had never heard of it. There’s even a huge park on the island. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park sits on the tip of the island. Unfortunately, when we went the park had just closed (it closes at 5p.m.). But, the rest of the island has great views of the water and Midtown Manhattan.
It’s hard to find a place in the city that isn’t over run with people. And maybe when it’s warmer and the park is open it is, but when we were there it was like this calm quiet island right in the middle of two busy boroughs. It was really cool to feel like you had finally found a peaceful place to hang out that wasn’t overrun with people.
Of course, it also has a really fun way to get to the island. There is a tramway that goes right along the Queensboro Bridge. Makes the whole experience feel like you’re headed to a Disney park. Only way cheaper because the Tramway only costs one subway swipe ($2.50) not your entire life savings.
What hidden gems have you found in the city? Leave a comment below so I can add it to my list of places to see!
And of course, lots of pictures: