I took the aerial tram to Roosevelt Island today, the first time I’ve ridden on that thing, and a bad day to do it. Saturday, good weather, crowds, one car out of service, subway not running… Once you get there, the views from the island are pretty unusual for New York City.
The romantic one below is looking east to the new apartments in the Long Island City area of Queens.
Strolling around the island is pleasant once you leave behind the apartments and the new Cornell University hi-tech campus. The old Renwick shell of a small pox hospital is carefully preserved.
Something went wrong with my HDR shot here – it would help to use a tripod – so I call it “Good Vibrations.”
The southern end of the island is now the finally completed Louis Kahn park dedicated to FDR’s Four Freedoms. It is shockingly abstract in form – a real jolt to the senses. That’s saying a lot since it is just a baseball hit away from the dense Manhattan skyline, which isn’t exactly an English garden landscape. It’s the austerity of the design, I suppose…
Not sure what he was doing there, but he had a retinue of photo-tech people, so I guess he wasn’t fighting super criminals.