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Floating Between the Streets of New York

  • Aug 25, 2012 · 2:00 PM
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Aerial Tramway & Visitor Center

Roosevelt Island Map

Meeting Point: Small green space south to the Roosevelt Island Tram Station in Manhattan @ 59th Street and 2nd Ave.

Meetup Start: 2pm, tram departs at approximately 2:15pm.


Have you ever taken the Roosevelt Island Tramway? If not, now is your chance!

The Roosevelt Island Tramway is an aerial tramway that spans the East River, connecting Roosevelt Island to Manhattan. Each cabin fits about 110 people and travels for 3 minutes one way. At its peak it climbs to 250 ft (76m) above the East River, providing views of the East Side of Midtown Manhattan, Roosevelt Island and Queens. You can use any Metrocard to pay for the tramway; it’s the same amount as a single ride on the subway.

This Meetup will start with the tram ride from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island. First, we will visit the recently opened Southpoint Park before we head out to the island’s northern tip, location of a cute little Lighthouse. On our way, we will pass the Backwell House, the Chapel of the Good Shepherd and a Tom Otterness’ Sculpture, called “Marriage of Money and Real Estate”.

I recommend staying until the sun sets behind Manhattan and taking some night shots of the skyline. Sunset is at 7:38pm. The tramway runs until 3:30am.

For those who are afraid of heights or enclosed spaces, but would like to attend the Meetup on the island, you can take the F-train to the Roosevelt Island stop and walk 2 blocks south to the aerial tram station. There is a small Visitor Center, which is housed in an old subway entrance station, please wait there. Make sure you’ll be there at around 2:15pm so we can pick you up.

As always: please be on time. Give yourself enough time to travel and check the subway schedule & service notifications for that day. I will not wait for latecomers. Should you be late for any reason, you can always try to catch up with us following the route as described and shown above. The island is small and the group of photographers probably easy to spot. I expect to be at the Southpoint Park until 3:30pm and we will reach the Lighthouse probably around 4:30pm.

In case some of you feel exhausted from all that walking, there is a Red Bus line running across the island. The bus fare is 25 cents, but be aware that the largest bill accepted on the bus is only $1. So bring some coins!

• Bring your camera, charged batteries and empty storage cards. I recommend bringing a tripod if you want to take night shots of the skyline.
• Make sure you bring comfortable shoes and a sweater, in case you stay after sunset.
• Though there are some stores and restaurants on the island, I would recommend bringing something to drink and eat.
• Sunscreen, glasses, and hats are also recommended, hoping that the weather is going to be awesome!

• Please be courteous and update your RSVP accordingly. If you RSVP “yes” and you can’t make it, change your RSVP to “no”.
• If you have any questions, text me only before the day of the event. Please make sure you identify yourself in your message so I know who you are. Thank you!

I’m looking forward to seeing you soon and don’t forget to bring a smile with you as well

Verena 347.644.RENA

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  • James

    Loved it! I had a blast!

    September 26, 2012

  • Maria Llaque H.

    Darn so sorry I had to miss this one!

    August 29, 2012

  • Gill

    The meet up was Fantastic. It was great to see everyone and see how a few work. This event was very well organized and was handled

    August 27, 2012

  • Verena

    Thank you everyone for joining us and making this a wonderful and fun meetup. I'm looking forward to the next one.

    August 26, 2012

  • KevinO

    Awesome meet with awesome people

    August 26, 2012

  • Luis F

    Very interesting experience walking about Roosevelt Island South to North. The people were very friendly. I learned a few things as well. Good opportunity for some nice pictures.

    August 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great organization, great communication with Verena.

    August 26, 2012

  • ismail

    It was Great Sally sure know how to get us all on one page to take great photos

    August 26, 2012

  • Sally

    A hazy but nice day to shoot photographs. Thanks Verena for today; you did a great job and looking forward to your next event :)

    August 26, 2012

  • Shyam K.

    Very well organized and was a learning experience.

    August 25, 2012

  • LCJ

    It was a very nice day for it. Very nice friendly people, Interesting things to photograph.

    August 25, 2012

  • Henry

    Another great meetup by this group!

    August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Verena and Sally for making this meetup possible. Had a great time and took plenty of pictures.

    August 25, 2012

  • Carey

    Great meet up. Thanks for setting it up Verena!

    August 25, 2012

  • Verena

    Thanks everyone for joining us. It's been a lot of walking, but I hoped you enjoyed yourself and I'm looking forward to your pictures postings. I had a lot of fun today :)

    1 · August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes!!! nice meeting everyone!! :-))

    August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great! Thanks! Nice meeting everyone!

    August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We had fun!! Great shots! Thanks Verena!! :-)

    August 25, 2012

  • Carey

    Is there anything to eat on the island if I get there early?

    August 25, 2012

    • Sally

      There is a Starbucks and a few restaurants near the Tram. But the meetup point is on East 59th Street and 2nd Avenue, not on the Island.

      August 25, 2012

    • Carey

      Ok. Thanks Sally!

      August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, but am having tire problems and may not make it to the Island. If not at meeting site, then not coming.

    August 25, 2012

  • Sally

    This is the first in our meetup... we currently have 100 RSVPs!!!

    1 · August 21, 2012

    • Sally

      No. Usually 50% or less shows up.

      August 24, 2012

    • Gill

      I do hope a good size of people show for I am looking forward to meeting everyone

      August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will drive to island and meet group at tram stop.

    August 24, 2012

    • Verena

      ok, thanks for letting us know in advance. we will meet you at the visitor center right next to the tram station

      August 25, 2012

  • Verena

    Thanks, Sally!

    1 · August 23, 2012

    • Sally

      wwweeeee!! :)

      1 · August 23, 2012

  • Greg

    with my luck it will be my weight that tips the scale, snaps the cable, the cabin falls into the river and Spiderman won't be there to catch us.

    August 8, 2012

    • Verena

      Don't worry guys, I'll bring an extra rope ;)

      2 · August 8, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      hmmm, maybe Greg can go on the first Tram and we can see if it holds...

      August 21, 2012

  • Ana

    The lighthouse at the northern end of the island offers some nice vistas. Also catching the Manhattan skyline at sunset (for those staying long enough) should provide interesting possibilities...

    August 5, 2012

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