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Roosevelt Tram Reopens



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    NEW YORK - APRIL 18: A rescue cage gets in position to rescue people aboard the Roosevelt Island Tram car that was suspended closest to Roosevelt Island April 18, 2006 in New York City. The Roosevelt Island Tramway reportedly lost power around 5pm leaving two tram cars, carrying approximately 70 people, suspended above the East River for hours until a rescue effort using a bucket system began to bring the passengers to land. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

    The East River aerial cable car system that links Manhattan and Roosevelt Island has reopened after a nine month overhaul.

    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.