Remember that scene from Spider Man where the dastardly Green Goblin separates a tram car from its wires and leaves a bunch of kids hanging until Spider Man saves them?
Then perhaps you recall the news features last spring when a tram car was stranded over the East River and the people inside had to be rescued mid-air.
That's the tram that connects the east side of Manhattan to Roosevelt Island, a small stretch of land between Manhattan and Queens.
Jonathan and I took an exploratory tram ride over to Roosevelt Island yesterday. Roosevelt Island is interesting...in the late 1800's and early 1900's it was mainly a site for prisons and insane asylums (leading to the name previous name, "Welfare Island"), but the city's unquenchable thirst for residential housing spilled over to the island, morphing it into a small community of high rise apartment complexes. A single Main Street runs up the middle of the island; there is one school, one post office, one grocery store--NYC's version of Mayberry?
Hmmm...I wonder if Roosevelt Island could use a church?