If you love convenience and quiet, you cannot find a better neighborhood than Roosevelt Island, a serene oasis with abundant greenery and breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. Luxury doorman condos in high-rise buildings punctuate the south side of Roosevelt Island, a long, thin sliver in the East River just 700 feet from Manhattan island proper. The amenities of these modern condos include conference rooms, roof decks, and health clubs with yoga rooms. Toward the north of Roosevelt Island, a handful of rental buildings offer a range of options, from studios to three-bedrooms. Many of the apartment buildings have their own playgrounds or gardens, and best of all, a local shuttle bus allows you to meander around Roosevelt Island itself.
Yet much of Roosevelt Island remains car-free, which makes the area clean and green. With its slight remove and its reputation for safety, Roosevelt Island functions as a bedroom community, providing apartments for those whose jobs are on the East Side or Upper East Side, which can be reached by the popular Roosevelt Island Tram or a quick subway ride. While Roosevelt Island has always been self-sufficient as far as retail, with its own restaurants, dry cleaner and grocery store, the new condos on Roosevelt Island have also brought in new stores. But it's the great outdoors which is one of Roosevelt Island’s biggest draws. With spacious parks, promenades for biking and running, playgrounds, ball fields, and a racquet club, you may forget you are indeed in New York City, with the exception of the sweeping views of the East Side.
The Best of Both Worlds!
As one of the original "pioneers," I've watched our island grow & flourish over the years. I love the quiet, slower pace; green lawns, trees & river views in all directions, & still only 3 minutes to the UES & all of Manhattan. Lovely!
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