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biking to roosevelt island 
21st-Oct-2007 05:09 pm
al oe
does anyone know if there is a bike route (or what is the best bike route) to get to roosevelt island from queens? also, does the tram station have an address? there is a lot of information on how to take the tram from manhattan to the island, but not much about how to take the tram from the island to manhattan. i just want to ride it because i never have, and it seems like a big hassle to take the subway all the way into manhattan when i live close enough to ride to the roosevelt island side.

i've never ridden a bike over the queensboro bridge, is there a path? does the path let you off on roosevelt island?

21st-Oct-2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
There's no bike trail, there's the 36th Ave bridge that gets you here (I love on RI). What do you need to know about the Tram? Works the same way into Manhattan as from it. :)

If you want to bike from Manhattan to RI, you use the lower level (entrance on south side of 60th St east of 2nd Ave) and bike to Queens. Then you get off in queens and go west (all the way to Vernon Blvd is best as there are a lot less lights) and go to 36th Ave (right past Con Ed plant) and make a left onto the bridge and bike to RI. There's not much room to bike here tho, better for running. I usually ride my bike into Manhattan and bike on the Greenway there. :)
21st-Oct-2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
I went across the bridge the other day with my dog on a walk, but once I got to the RI side, I got a little confused as to where to go exactly. It seems to end on some kind of parking structure? I'd love to visit and actually walk around (it looks like a pretty place)- do you go right and take an elevator or stairs down?
21st-Oct-2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
You can walk right down the ramp or yes, there are stairs in the Motorgate garage to the right of those "mock toll booths" that will put you by Gristedes. Form there, pick a side and walk along the water. :)
22nd-Oct-2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I went today- what a gorgeous little place!
21st-Oct-2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
i'm in brooklyn, so i don't want to ride from manhattan. but when i did walking directions from hopstop, it was like, get on the queensboro and turn right on main street! which didn't seem right to me. i really want to take the tram, not go for a bike ride. it's just that i live in greenpoint, brooklyn, which is a lot closer to the roosevelt island end of the tram, and the fastes way to get there would be biking. what i can't find out is where the tram station -on- roosevelt island is, or how to get there without taking the tram from manhattan.
21st-Oct-2007 10:32 pm (UTC)
The Tram is on 60th and 2nd Ave in Manhattan, right by the entrance to the Queensboro Bridge. When you go to Google Maps, type in 10044 and look where the Queensboro Bridge passes over RI. That's where the Tram lets you off. :) Actually, if you type 400 Main St, 10044 into Google Maps, that should be pretty close to where it is.

Even tho you are closer to the RI side of the tram, you'll have to ride north to get on the 36th Ave bridge then come south again to get to the Tram. If you can take the 4/5/6 to 59th St or F to 63rd, you can walk to the Tram on 60th and 2nd Ave if that works better.
21st-Oct-2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
thanks! does the station on roosevelt island not have an address? they act like no one would ever start their trip on the RI side. but i've never been to RI. i just figured, if you moved there, and then were trying to get to the tram, you wouldn't know where to go!
21st-Oct-2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
I don't think it has an address, as it would be like addressing a subway station. :) There's only one St on RI, if you go south on Main St if you walk/drive from Queens, then you'll eventualy hit it. :)
22nd-Oct-2007 03:01 am (UTC)
Once you get to Roosevelt Island, just walk along the water in either direction and you'll eventually see the tram. I had a great walk from Queens to RI, and walked all the way around the island in not that long a time. It's gorgeous, and a wonderful place to hang out by water.
21st-Oct-2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
There is a bike path over the Queensboro bridge, but it doesn't let you off on RI.
The bridge from LIC to RI starts at 36th Ave and Vernon Blvd (I believe) and you can ride over that.
21st-Oct-2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
thanks. now i just have to find out how to get from that bridge to the station!
21st-Oct-2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
Walk south on Main St or take the RI Red Bus for $.25. :)
22nd-Oct-2007 02:05 am (UTC)
You can get there from Astoria via bike or foot.
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