Roosevelt Island

Manhattan, New York City

4.5
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. Running from the equivalent of East 46th to 85th Streets on Manhattan Island, it is about 2 miles (3.2 km) long, with a maximum width of 800 feet (240 m), and a total area of 147 acres (0.59 km2). Together with Mill Rock, Roosevelt Island constitutes Manhattan's Census Tract 238, which has a land area of 0.279 sq mi (0.72 km2), and had a population of 9,520 as of the 2000 United States Census. It had a population of 11,661 as of the 2010 United States Census. 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 renamed Roosevelt Island (after Franklin D. Roosevelt) in 1971. Roosevelt Island is owned by the city but was leased to the state of New York's Urban Development Corporation for 99 years in 1969. Most of the residential buildings on Roosevelt Island are rental buildings. There is also a cooperative (Rivercross) and a condominium building (Riverwalk). One rental building (Eastwood) has left New York State's Mitchell-Lama Housing Program, though current residents are still protected. There are attempts to privatize three other buildings, including the cooperative.
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  • Sun

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Mon

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 18:00, 19:00 - 21:00

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Reviews

  • Melanie Hughes

    5
    - 10 August 2018 -

    An amazing green space to explore just moments from Manhattan. Fabulous views and so peaceful. I really enjoyed exploring the island

  • Bappy Zafar

    5
    - 09 August 2018 -

    I’ve been to Roosevelt Island probably few times! I also take a lot of my friends and family here to show the skyline, have the great experience with the tramway and let them understand NYC is has lot of beautiful places to pay a visit.

  • Kiara Di Paola

    5
    - 28 July 2018 -

    I’ve been to Roosevelt Island probably hundred times! I also take a lot of my clients here to show the skyline, have the great experience with the tramway and let them understand NYC is not only Times Square or skyscrapers! The island is peacefull, i like to get there by bike from Astoria when i can and there is a lighhouse all the way noth to the island, a cool public pool, an old smalpox hospital and you can also take the free red bus and go for a ride on the north side of the island!!!

  • James McInally

    5
    - 22 July 2018 -

    Our journey started with a cable car journey across the Hudson River along side queensbourgh bridge.... For only $2.75 on a metro card (one way) is well worth it... Tip is to get a metro card and load it up prior to making your way to the cable car... Just saves time and hassle as the queues can be big!! Once off the cable car the bus on the Isle is free yes FREE!! We took the bus to the light house then walked the length of the island down the path next to the river... There are cafe's and restaurants on route, a multi million dollar university campus has been built and has a cafe on its grounds, all are welcome... Then to finish off the day a look at the ultra clean/plush Roosevelt memorial area just beyond the ruin of the old small pox hospital... A quality day out at an extremely relaxed pace... Glad we didn't take the subway by taking the cable car...

  • abhilash patni

    5
    - 19 July 2018 -

    Calmest and most scenic place in NYC. Cruise from Roosevelt island to Wall Street highly recommended for the topmost view of Manhattan skyline. Only $2.75 one way for the cruise. Would recommend to take the ride during the sunset times. Multiple rounds will also be worth it.

  • Nichole Clayman

    5
    - 10 July 2018 -

    Roosevelt Island has a feel all its own. Many United Nations employees reside on the island so the population is extremely diverse and cultured. Beyond its diversity, the island also offers fantastic views of Manhattan, a waterfront running track, and a beautiful park on the south tip where they show free summer movies on a massive screen with the night skyline of Manhattan behind it. The ride into Roosevelt Island is also unique...a skylift takes you up between Manhattan buildings and over the river (make sure to have your camera ready) all for the price of a Metrocard swipe. On your return trip, walk over to nearby Dylan's Candy Shop for some retro sweets.

  • James McInally

    5
    - 26 June 2018 -

    Our journey started with a cable car journey across the Hudson River along side queensbourgh bridge.... For only $2.75 on a metro card (one way) is well worth it... Tip is to get a metro card and load it up prior to making your way to the cable car... Just saves time and hassle as the queues can be big!! One off the cable car the bus on the Isle is free yes FREE!! We took the bus to the light house then walked the length of the island down the path next to the river... There are cafe's and restaurants on route, a multi million dollar university campus has been built and has a cafe on its grounds, all are welcome... Then to finish off the day a look at the ultra clean/plush Roosevelt memorial area just beyond the ruin of the old small pox hospital... A quality day out at an extremely relaxed pace... Glad we didn't take the subway by taking the cable car...

  • Nichole Clayman

    5
    - 13 June 2018 -

    Roosevelt Island has a feel all its own. Many United Nations employees reside on the island so the population is extremely diverse and cultured. Beyond its diversity, the island also offers fantastic views of Manhattan, a waterfront running track, and a beautiful park on the south tip where they show free summer movies on a massive screen facing Manhattan. The ride into Roosevelt Island is also unique...a skylift takes you up between Manhattan buildings and over the river (make sure to have your camera ready) all for the price of a Metrocard swipe. On your return trip, walk over to nearby Dylan's Candy Shop for some retro sweets.

  • Samuel Schneider

    5
    - 06 May 2018 -

    Go here! Seriously, go here. The view is amazing. The island offers some of the best views of Manhattan. The island is all rich in history and is a sanctuary to kitties!

  • Md SHAKIR

    5
    - 28 April 2018 -

    One of the coolest places in nyc. So place to see in one nicest island between queens and Manhattan even though it’s belong to Manhattan. It would be great idea if you go in April because of all cherry flowers .

Roosevelt Island tours

Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise

Step aboard the teak decks of your elegant 1920s style yachts, the  Manhattan and Manhattan II, and enjoy a 2.75 hour cruise while learning about  NYC's architectural landmarks from the water. The "Around Manhattan" tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’...

Lower Manhattan Architecture Yacht Cruise

The Lower Manhattan Architecture Tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) New York Chapter, is general enough for visitors, yet detailed enough for the locals, design students, and professionals! Aboard the teak decks of our elegant 1920s style yachts,...

NYC Private Luxury Yacht Rental

There are none like her in the rest of the world. The Pangea is New York's top private yacht, and the only 30 passenger Coast Guard Certified Vessel that can be rented in the United States. She has been rented by celebrities, political leaders, Kings, Queens and business moguls... and she can be yours...

Manhattan Off-the-Beaten-Path Walking Tour

Did you know there are two Dutch colonial houses in Lower Manhattan? Take some pictures of those and then hop on the subway to West Village. Walk through the picturesque narrow streets where, back in the day, you could find several speakeasy bars. After a nice walk through West Village, head north...

Midtown Manhattan Private Walking Tour

Join us on this Private, not so traditional, walking tour of Midtown Manhattan to discover all the great landmarks and famous attractions from behind your camera lenses! From the Flatiron Building and Gramercy Park to Herald Square and Macy’s, MSG and Times Square, Theater District, Bryant Park and...

Roosevelt Island - Sightseeing Running Tour

Roosevelt Island is located just 950 feet from midtown Manhattan. Its a small island with just 2 miles in length and 800 ft in its maximum width. Its home to approximately 12,000 residents. Access to the island is limited with just one small vehicular bridge that connects with Queens, one subway line...

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