Perhaps we went at an odd time, but it was surprisingly nice to find a place so calm and quiet a heartbeat away from Manhattan. Roosevelt Island felt like its own world, an undisturbed bubble in the middle of a constantly moving tide, so we passed a good amount of the afternoon admiring the the bustle of the city from a distance.
There are times when something is done really well, you can't possibly think of any other outcome aside from what exists. Louis Kahn's work on the Four Freedoms Memorial feels like that to me. If you're ever in search for a quiet place to think, take the cable car over.