Saturday, June 9, 2012

Running Adventures: Roosevelt Island

I woke up today and decided I wanted to try running somewhere new.  There's a tiny island between Manhattan and Queens that I've never been to so I figured I would give it a shot.

I ran over the Queensboro Bridge....

past some sleeping taxis and inspirational graffiti in Long Island City....

across the Roosevelt Island Bridge and onto Roosevelt Island!

Roosevelt Island isn't very big(only about 2 miles long) but it has a lot of history.  There was a penitentary(Mae West, Boss Tweed and Billie Holiday all served time there), a lunatic asylum, and a smallpox hospital(ruins below).

After exploring a bit(and taking a ton of photos!) I decided to take the sky tram back.  I ran about 6 miles and my legs were too tired to run or walk back.  Honestly, the tram was probably the most fun part - I felt like I was on a ride!

My legs are pretty beat now but I'm so happy I did this today.  I've lived in NYC for almost five years and there are still SO many things that I haven't seen or done.  I feel like I should make a list of all of the stuff I want to see here and try to cross some things off the list this summer.

1 comment:

  1. I've never run on Roosevelt Island, but now it looks like I'll have to make a trip there. Looks like fun! I've lived in NYC my whole life and there's still SO many things I want to do to. I actually never took the sky tram!