Monday, 19 October 2015

Island life in NY city

Last year I blogged about 5 things to do to see New York from a height and a different perspective. When visiting last year I got to do some of these, one of those being a trip to Roosevelt Island on one of NY's iconic images the red tram cable car.
Situated on the East River Roosevelt island, Roosevelt island is 2 miles long and about 800m wide. For many years the island housed asylums, several hospitals, a penitentiary and a prison, after closing all of the asylums and prisons, the island became an area for welfare housing.  It was not until the 1970's that the cable car and a subway accessed the island. This change the shape and the desirability of the island, allowing commuters to access the city.
The island houses some stunning architecture, parkland's and fabulous views onto the Manhattan skyline and can be accessed with a swipe of a metro card.
The cable car runs alongside the Queensborough bridge and offers great views of the bridge and its architecture. (many people travelling across at this point will recognise this scene from the closing scenes of The Amazing Spiderman.
Once on the island there are a number of parks and architectural points to visit along with historical points.
I had a good hour to myself walking the path along the river enjoying the view that this little island offers both onto Manhattan and Queens.
The views onto Queens offer you great views of 2 iconic signs of the borough; Silvercup Studios which has made and housed some of the best American TV & film outside of Hollywood, including Gossip Girl, Ugly Betty, Mad Men, Sex & the City, White Collar and The Sopranos. The other is the iconic Pepsi Cola sign, now residing within the Gantry Plaza State Park, previously sited on the top of the Pepsi Cola bottling plant.
The Manhattan views offer great sights of the river and the circle line cruises, along with the iconic buildings of the NY skyline.
One World trade centre, Chrysler building and the Empire State.
The parkland and conservation areas looked urban and bleak when I visited in December but had a wild charm that I enjoyed exploring. The gaggle of geese walking across the parkland were a joy to watch as they waddled in their line. I am sure that this area looks glorious in the spring and autumn, but I quite liked the place to myself in the midst of winter.
Roosevelt is a great thing to do, to see a different New York and I am so glad that I took the trip across the East River. Here's some more of my New York adventures.

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Monday, 19 October 2015

Island life in NY city

Last year I blogged about 5 things to do to see New York from a height and a different perspective. When visiting last year I got to do some of these, one of those being a trip to Roosevelt Island on one of NY's iconic images the red tram cable car.
Situated on the East River Roosevelt island, Roosevelt island is 2 miles long and about 800m wide. For many years the island housed asylums, several hospitals, a penitentiary and a prison, after closing all of the asylums and prisons, the island became an area for welfare housing.  It was not until the 1970's that the cable car and a subway accessed the island. This change the shape and the desirability of the island, allowing commuters to access the city.
The island houses some stunning architecture, parkland's and fabulous views onto the Manhattan skyline and can be accessed with a swipe of a metro card.
The cable car runs alongside the Queensborough bridge and offers great views of the bridge and its architecture. (many people travelling across at this point will recognise this scene from the closing scenes of The Amazing Spiderman.
Once on the island there are a number of parks and architectural points to visit along with historical points.
I had a good hour to myself walking the path along the river enjoying the view that this little island offers both onto Manhattan and Queens.
The views onto Queens offer you great views of 2 iconic signs of the borough; Silvercup Studios which has made and housed some of the best American TV & film outside of Hollywood, including Gossip Girl, Ugly Betty, Mad Men, Sex & the City, White Collar and The Sopranos. The other is the iconic Pepsi Cola sign, now residing within the Gantry Plaza State Park, previously sited on the top of the Pepsi Cola bottling plant.
The Manhattan views offer great sights of the river and the circle line cruises, along with the iconic buildings of the NY skyline.
One World trade centre, Chrysler building and the Empire State.
The parkland and conservation areas looked urban and bleak when I visited in December but had a wild charm that I enjoyed exploring. The gaggle of geese walking across the parkland were a joy to watch as they waddled in their line. I am sure that this area looks glorious in the spring and autumn, but I quite liked the place to myself in the midst of winter.
Roosevelt is a great thing to do, to see a different New York and I am so glad that I took the trip across the East River. Here's some more of my New York adventures.

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