The Aerial Tramway that connects tiny Roosevelt Island on the East River to the rest of Manhattan may not be the most practical commuting option available in New York City, but it is arguably the coolest. Riders can access the tram using their MetroCards, and for the same fare one would pay for a trip on the subway. Individuals with an aversion to heights might want to prepare mentally for the ride and plan to go on a day when there is little to no wind blowing outside. The entire commute lasts under five minutes and offers spectacular views of both Queens and Manhattan along the way.
- New York’s Aerial Tramway connects Roosevelt Island on the East River to midtown Manhattan
- Commuters access the Tram the exact same way as they access the subway, and for the same price as well
- The length of the tram ride is roughly three minutes, and during the brief trip breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline are visible
“what it lacks in practicality, it makes up for in sheer awesomeness.”