Roosevelt Island is a narrow island in New York City’s East River where attractions include tennis courts, ball fields and Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, a tribute to our 32nd president. A journey to Roosevelt Island in NYC may be the relaxing escape anyone is looking for. The two-mile-long, 800-foot-wide cloister is well known for being a quiet town. The Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association hosts art shows. It is popular because of its picturesque views of Manhattan and Queens.