Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fare to Roos. Isla

If someone jumps in your cab in Manhattan and requests Roosevelt Island, simply drive up Third Avenue (or down Second Ave) and over the upper level of the Queensboro Bridge.

Take the 21 Street exit (fork right) and make a right unto 21st Street, which goes under the bridge. Drive past the Queensbridge Housing Project on the left and make a left unto 36 Avenue.

Follow that straight over the little draw bridge that brings you into Roosevelt Island. There is only one way in and one way out by car.

Upon dropping off, what I like to do is go back down 21st Street, but instead of getting back on the bridge to Manhattan, I continue through the heart of Long Island City and make a right unto Jackson Avenue, or cut over to PS 1 and Courthouse Square. Sometimes there'll be a fare there. Otherwise, it's over the Pulaski Bridge into Greenpoint. Down McGuinness.

Perhaps a right on Greenpoint Ave. and a left on Manhattan Avenue, or a quick loop around the bars on Franklin. On Driggs by McCarren Park there are some bars two. If all of that yields no passengers, go down Driggs through Williamsburg and up Bedford Ave. and down Wythe Street and back up Bedford again, from down by the Willie Bridge. If none of this works, head down Metropolitan to Union or Lorimer. Something's gotta give in these parts!


  1. depending on feeling out your fares, to see what they are like, or what they are up for in the way of boldness. you can beat a few traffic lights by after making the right on 21st off the upper roadway of the bridge, to then make the first left, down to the end, that's one stop sign, then one red light, make the right there at Vernon boulevard, take that to 36th street and make your left there at the bridge, day or night it's faster.

    Ask your passengers if they prefer that. and if they are too tired, angry or distracted to ask, then go with the former route mentioned on your post.

  2. most definitely. i almost mentioned that, but i did not want to complicate it too much. however, it really isn't that much more complex than the better known way.