Saturday, December 01, 2012

Roaming Roosevelt Island: Meditation Steps

(The second installment of a new feature documenting our adventures in and around Roosevelt Island. Click here for the full series.)

And now for your moment of zen...

One of Roosevelt Island's biggest selling points is its unobstructed view of Midtown and the Upper East Side. So it's not surprising that someone decided to build a place to sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Welcome to the Meditation Steps, which were constructed sometime in the late 1960s or early '70s  no one's quite sure when. (Anyone creating meditation objects back then was probably stoned out of his gourd, so the exact timing may be lost to history.)

The Meditation Steps were renovated this year at a cost of $359,000, according to the Roosevelt Islander blog. They're now sporting Brazilian hardwood — strong enough, we hope, to survive a New York winter.

The view itself is pretty, though not the best Roosevelt Island has to offer. You can see FDR Drive with a mid-risey portion of the 60s in the background.

Bringing children to the Meditation Steps doesn't lead to much meditation. Mostly they use them for running, shrieking, nearly tripping down the stairs and hugging random objects.

But kids always live in the moment. It's hard to get more zen than that.