Did you know there is a cable car in New York? Or should I say Aeriel Tramway. Actually one of two commuter cable car in North America. You travel at a maximum of 76 meters above ground level, so at times the buildings seem as if they could almost touch the cable car. And of course the views and photo ops are quite unique. The trip from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan is nearly a kilometer, travels at the speed of 26km/h and takes almost 5 minutes. You can see Queensboro Bridge, and fly over the West Channel of the East River, FDR, York Avenue, and first Avenue. The ride was originally intended to be temporary when it was erected in 1976, but even after the subway was built it kept going. Many commuters use it so try to avoid rush hour, there are also only about 10 seats and the rest is standing room, which can accommodate 125 passengers. The car makes 115 trips a day, leaving every 15 minutes. Wheelchair accessible.
From Manhattan: Tram Plaza, 60Th Street and 2ND Avenue. Nearest subway is Lexington Avenue/59Th Street. Head for Bloomingdales, then go East towards the Queensboro Bridge, and the station is there.
From Roosevelt Island: South end of the island on Main St. (West Road on some maps) at the southern terminal for the RIOC Roosevelt Island Bus. Here the island’s Red Bus meets the cable car and gives transport around the island for 25c.
06:00-02:30 daily and till 03:30 on weekends.
Every 7 minutes in rush hour, and otherwise 15 minutes.
$2 one way, or use a metrocard.
NYC Subway System
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