Updated on March 21, 2019
Two islands in Manhattan quite unknown to tourists. They are quiet areas, whose main attractions are the parks and city views. If you have to choose, I prefer Governors, although neither of them is a must.
Runs in the East River between 47th and 86th streets. It can be reached by taxi, Uber or on foot by the Queensboro bridge, metro (Line F), or the most interesting and popular way, by cable car. You can take it nearby the entrance of the bridge, on the 2nd Avenue and 60th st. It costs the same as the subway or bus using the MetroCard ($ 2.75).
The northern part is basically residential, with little interest for tourists, it is convenient to focus on the southern part. All around it, there’s a walkway surrounded by green areas. The main attraction are the views of Manhattan.
At the southern end, little Franklin Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park was built.
You can only get there by the free ferry from Downtown terminal, operating only during the summer months. This island is constantly renewed and the intention is to create a large park and leisure center for Newyorkers and visitors.
Enjoy one of the best views of Manhattan skyline from Governors, and nowadays with few tourists.