Posted by: Rachel | November 21, 2014


Today we went to Roosevelt Island. I’ve been curious about it for a long time but the last few visits just haven’t been conducive to visiting (remember that hurricane?). This time, though, we finally made it!

It wasn’t quite what I was expecting.

I thought that most of the island was a park, but apparently that’s the other Roosevelt Island.

Did you know that there are two Roosevelt Islands? You could’ve said something…

This one is in the East River between Manhattan and Queens. The other one is in the Potomac. Really. That one is Teddy, the one here in New York is Franklin. Good heavens.

In any event, we had a great day. You can get there by subway but I wanted to take the tram. What a ride!

And the island itself is lovely, if not very parklike. The rather manicured “park” at one end features a massive block of (I think) granite, with FDR’s “Four Freedoms” carved on it. If you can’t read it in the photo, it’s worth looking up I think.

The tram ride was surreal. Here’s how we spent the afternoon:








Quite a day, even if it wasn’t at all the Roosevelt Island I thought it was. Oops! Maybe someday I’ll visit the other one…

In any event, we certainly had fun. And, as to that, here’s a thought:


Stay warm (and have fun!)!



  1. I didn’t know there were two. I knew about the one in D.C. Who knew!

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    • Now we both know! 😉

  2. Great pics! Thanks

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  3. wonderful post; educate us. Yes, I know Roosevelt Island in the Potomac because I lived in DC for 10 years and because I worked for the National Park Service, which runs the island services and maintains it. What a fun story to discover the other. I was oblivious to that one.

    And I love Julia Child’s Be fearless. Absolutely.

  4. Glad you’re having such a good time. I go to decorate the Christmas Tree tomorrow (no volunteers). I asked for decorations and Mary Lou was the only one…soooo, I bought all new and the club is footing the bill. But it will be beautiful.

    Have a great Thanksgiving and will see you at the council meeting…let me know if I should bring a dish.


  5. I’ve never been to either island. I’m glad you had a nice day. 😀

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