A two-mile island in the East River that runs along Manhattan’s East 46th to 85th Streets
For those who want it all—quick access to the pulse of Manhattan, but a serene escape at day’s end—Roosevelt Island provides the best of both worlds. A convenient, quiet community with a small-town feel, this self-sufficient satellite is ideal for residents with careers on Manhattan’s East Side, thanks to the elevated tram that takes them over the river with the swipe of a MetroCard. But it’s the island’s manicured parks, waterfront promenades and other outdoor delights that are perhaps its biggest draws. In fact, if it weren’t for the sweeping views of the United Nations, the Chrysler Building and the 59th Street Bridge, it would be easy to forget you’re in New York City.
On Roosevelt Island’s south side, high-rise doorman buildings feature luxury amenities like roof decks, swimming pools and health clubs. Further north, rental buildings with their own playgrounds and gardens offer a selection of studios to three-bedroom apartments. A local shuttle bus takes residents to and from their island destinations.