Soaking Up Sunshine on Roosevelt Island

Soaking Up Sunshine on Roosevelt Island

It's official: New Yorkers are sick of winter. The countless flurries of the past few weeks  placed February 2014 as the city's second-snowiest February on record and it looks like the white stuff will keep coming. So when I heard predictions of temperatures in the low 50s and lots of sunshine during a recent weekend, I knew I had to cure my cabin fever with an outdoor adventure. Where better to do it than Roosevelt Island? A friend and I met up in the Upper East Side and ventured out to the strip of land in the East River via the Roosevelt Island Tramway at E. 59th St. and Second Ave. While the sights from the tram were spectacular, nothing beat the views of the Manhattan skyline we took in as we strolled on the promenade to the end of Roosevelt Island. The southernmost tip features a pleasant seating area to gaze at the lower end of Manhattan, where my friend and I soaked up the sun for a few hours. It was a perfect way to take in beautiful city sights in a calm, relaxing outdoor environment. When warmer weather finally makes its way to NYC, I'll be back to Roosevelt Island—this time to chill out at the Meditation Steps just north of the tramway. For a mere $2.50 spent on transportation, it is perhaps one of the finest, and least expensive, ways to catch a gorgeous glimpse of the Big Apple.