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Governors Island Ferry

NYC Aerial Nightmare or delight?

If we knew then that this Tramway had two breakdowns in 2006, I don’t know if we would have taken this 4 minute ride over to Roosevelt Island. However, if we didn’t we would have missed out on the beautiful city views only affordable at a peek of 250ft high above NYC for the cost of only Metro or free with your metro card transfer.

Besides, this was before it’s $25 million dollar renovation in 2010. Now, the 110 people capacity cars are equipped with blankets, water, food, and a toilet with a privacy curtain. Car attendants will carry cell phones with their radios.

This aerial tramway was one of the first in the world and was featured in over 15 films and TV shows including opening credits of City Slickers (1991).

The most popular scene was “a climactic battle in the 2002 film Spider-Man, in which the Green Goblin throws Mary Jane Watson off the Queensboro Bridge, and Spider-Man must choose between saving her or passengers on the tramway. Shooting of this movie caused the Tram to be out of service for weeks.

 

If you are planning a trip to NYC Roosevelt island has 1201 hotels in its area with ’98 5-star hotels with an average price of $194 per night’ or for a budget of under $100 you can choose from over 600 hotels.

While you are there you can enjoy the escape from NYC Highrises only an eye throw across the East River while experiencing a ‘A Day Away from the City Without Leaving the City’ or take the ride across to visit some museums, parks (Central Park), shopping centers like Macy’s, Barney’s, Tiffany & Co., Time Warner Center and Macy’s. Visit them before they close down like the famous Toys ‘R’ Us Times Square.

Some top places to visit in the area include:

Rockefeller Center
Chrysler Building
Grand Central Terminal
Broadway
Radio City
Times Square

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Jamaica Bay

Before the Summer goers busted out onto Jamaica Bay myself and my family decided to take the long train ride from Flatbush via the A train to see how summer-ready the beach was after Hurricane Sandy had ‘walloped’ it four years earlier in 2012.

Up these stairs, down those many stairs and we thought we were finally there only to discover that workers were still filling in sand like road pavers on most of the beach. All the steps were covered in sand! The workers were kind enough to leave us to go all the way up to the closed barriers then shout out at us that it was closed.

At least one of them was kind enough to redirect us to the entrance via 60th Street, where the new residential development was.  As we walked along the beach the ecological impact was not so visible except for the many broken shells covering the sand. There were even some surfers and runners who took advantage of the scarcity of people as we did.

It seemed to be a tight race to bring back the cities famous Jamaica Bay in time for summer but we have confidence in the people.

 

 

We had a great day playing in the sand but I wished I had brought me a grill instead of bananas to warm ourselves up in the early Spring sunshine. On our way out we began planning our next trip to NYC Transit Museum to see the underground impact of Hurricane Sandy and the responsive efforts of the MTA during this devastation.

 

Did you Know?

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The bay contains numerous marshy islands. It was known as Grassy Bay as late as the 1940s. Jamaica Bay is located adjacent to the confluence of the New York Bight and New York Bay, and is at the turning point of the primarily east-west oriented coastline of southern New England and Long Island and the north-south oriented coastline of the mid-Atlantic coast. The name derives from the nearby town of Jamaica, which in turn derives from “YAMECO”, a corruption of a word in the Lenape language spoken by the Native Americans who lived in the area at the time of first European contact. The “y” sound in English is spelled with a “j” in Dutch, the first Europeans to write about the area. This resulted in the eventual English pronunciation of “Jamaica” when read and repeated orally.

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Dogs are allowed to run without leash on Jamaica Bay?

Dog Friendly Areas

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Jamaica Bay Swim wear exist at JC Penny

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Things to do

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Other Important Links

Hurricane Sandy in Jamaica Bay

Hurricane Sandy’s Effects 

Hurricane Sandy Photos

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New York Transit Museum

Bringing Back The City: Mass Transit Responds To Crisis – Ongoing through 2017

A new exhibit offering a unique perspective on the vital, often unseen, work of New York’s transit employees. Using the events of 9/11, the 2003 Northeast Blackout, Hurricane Sandy and other severe weather events as examples, the exhibition reveals the critical role that mass transit personnel play in preparing for and responding to natural and man-made disasters.  Through a vibrant display of objects, photographs, media, and personal accounts, the exhibition highlights the technical and professional skills needed to restore public transportation service and get New Yorkers moving again after crisis strikes.  Explore the exhibit online>> 

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Staying at the Marriott’s

 

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To accommodate all the reasons you travel, Marriott offers 16 hotel brands across almost 4000 locations in more than 60 countries, including Fairfield Inn New York Manhattan/Financial District.

Whether on a business trip or pleasure, you can enjoy some of the main attractions, restaurants and shopping in not only Manhattan but Brooklyn with quick ferry rides in all directions.

For more information, including maps and a schedule, see the East River Ferry Website or check all our attractions by clicking here.

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