|Looking north at Roosevelt Island.|
For the uninitiated, it's a sliver of land situated in the East River between Manhattan and Queens. There's no bridge from Manhattan, so you have to take the subway or a tram (a charming red gondola that soars above the Queensboro Bridge).
|Coming from Manhattan.|
|Elliot enjoys the view from the tram.|
That is, unless you're a small child, and then it seems nearly ideal. The island has a ton of open space, with plenty of playgrounds and greenery. Since it's hard to get a car here, there also isn't much traffic. Elliot and Alice have a blast running around the paths and grassy knolls.
The population is only about 10,000 residents, making it a similar to Capitola. (If Capitola were in the middle of New York City.)
And because we're just across the river from Manhattan, the views are amazing.
|The sight from our living room.|
Let's ignore the fact that living on an island in New York City is not especially unique, in that Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island are all on islands.
At least I can feel superior to the Bronx.