The tram station is located on 59th Street and 2nd Avenue and the fare is $2 each way, but I was able to use my Metrocard (yay for monthly unlimited!). I loved the view of the city as well as the bridge and was on the bridge within 10 minutes. Once on the island I hopped on their bus for a quarter and took it around the north side of the island for a little tour. The two-mile long island is so cute; although it's mostly a residential area, they have their schools, supermarkets, plazas and a library. I wish I had walked along the river/park, but like seven years ago, I was famished and just wanted to head back home for food. At least this time I actually got to my destination before giving up.
The whole trip took less than a half hour and before I knew it was flying back to another island and the view of Manhattan as it was getting closer to dusk was lovely.