The Roosevelt Island Tramway got the green light to begin running on Tuesday.
The 3-minute ride offers commuters and tourists breathtaking views of the city from up to 250 feet high.
The overhaul features new gondolas with bigger windows and longer seats. The tramway also was upgraded to resist high winds and includes electrical and mechanical backups.
In 2006, 69 people were stranded for hours in midair because of mechanical problems.
About 10,000 people live on Roosevelt Island. It's a 2-mile-long, 800-foot-wide strip of land in the river between Manhattan and Queens. It's also accessible by bridge and subway.
The freshly reopened tram isn't the only project underway on Roosevelt Island. Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is constructing a new public park to honor the former governor and United States president. The park, scheduled to open to the public in Spring 2012, is being built with private donations. Check out the above rendering to see what it will look like.