Roosevelt Island is that sliver of land between Manhattan and Queens. Its only about 2 miles long. There are four ways to get there.
- You can take an aerial tram which looks both cool and scary. While biking across the Queensboro Bridge I've seen the tram being worked on and have literally stopped to watch. Its crazy watching these guys dangling on a harness so far above the East River. If you don't know what I am talking about just check out this video...
- The F train to the Roosevelt Island stop.
- Q102 bus from Astoria.
And lastly, my favorite...
- Biking over the Roosevelt Island Bridge! To get there I bike over the Queensboro Bridge to Vernon Boulevard which leads you right over to the Island's Bridge. Easy peasy! Once you get there, you can pretty much bike the entire perimeter of the island.
On the south end of Roosevelt Island there is a beautiful memorial named the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. I've seen it from a distance and wondered what it was. I could see the slabs of white granite from both Gantry State Park in Queens and when I rode the Circle Line.
When you first walk up (bike up) to the memorial, it is imposing and serene. The trees are all lined up perfectly leading you to the tip of the island. At the end it feels like an open airy room looking out on the river. You could walk right into the river, though there are people who work there specifically to make sure you don't do that.
The park is named the Four Freedoms Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke of in a speech he made on January 6, 1941. The freedoms he spoke of were: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear.