Photo a Day: Day 2. This picture was taken on the Roosevelt Island Tramway on the way to Roosevelt Island which is between Manhattan and Queens in the East River. The bridge on the right is the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th street bridge. The Simon and Garfunkel song ‘The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)’ is apparently about this bridge. The bridge doesn’t allow you to get to Roosevelt Island.
Roosevelt Island is only accessible from Manhattan by the tram, or the F tran. There is a bridge from the island into Queens.
The interesting thing about Roosevelt Island is that it is mostly populated with hospitals and apartment buildings. In the future one of the two hospitals on the island is going to be torn down and replaced with a campus of Cornell University, which I imagine will substantially change the island.
There are ruins from an old Smallpox hospital on the Island, which are actually pretty disappointing to check out.