Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, New York City

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  • ​ Beautiful park with modern architecture celebrating the four human freedoms (speech, worship, from want, from fear) identified by President Roosevelt, hence the name of the park. Great views of Manh...  read more »
  • The FDR Memorial Park is exquisite in its simplicity, a magnificent tribute to FDR and a beautiful park to enjoy. Located on Roosevelt Island in the middle of the East River, the park requires some ef...  read more »
  • Beautiful. Typical target who is local to NYC and or researched enough. You can go there by subway or tram.
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  • The Roosevelt island is a hidden treasure in NYC, less traveled by tourists. The 'Four Freedoms' is a beautiful park on the southernmost tip of this island. It was open in 2012, even though the original design was done decades ago. There is a statue of FDR with a quote from his 'Four Freedoms' speech printed on the other side. UN building can be clearly viewed from the park. The NY subway line 'F' will take you to Roosevelt island, but the best way to get there is the Roosevelt Island Tram. That gives you an incredible view of the city, Queensboro bridge and the island itself. Just before reaching the park, there is an abandoned Small Pox hospital which is also of historical significance.
  • A beautiful island tip ruined by the construction of a park that makes all the mistakes parks / plazas designed in the 1970s did. Sadly it was built between 2005 and 2012 exactly as Kahn Specified in his plans from 1974. The result is a steril, uninviting, and poor tribute to President Roosevelt. If it wasn't the only formal park on the island with a semi-captive audience it would be like most other 70's sterile granite parks... Empty and abandoned. Come walk to enjoy Roosevelt Island! But don't come to be inspired by this park.
  • This is a true New York Jewel that is seldomly visited by locals. It’s a Park, its Architecture, Its Landscape Design, Its Fresh Air, Views, Trees and much more. The easiest way to get here is to take the Roosevelt Island tram from East 60th and Second avenue and to the South you start to see the Park BUT I recommend you take the subway and walk. Walk towards the Queensboro Bridge and you will have inspiring views of Manhattan to your right; the future Cornell-Technion University, Long Island City and the remnants of the Old Smallpox Hospital to your left. The memorial to President Franklin D. Roosevelt was announced by Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Mayor John Lindsay in 1973, and yet due to financial instability, the death of its architect Louis Kahn, and changes within NY State leadership, plans for the memorial were put aside. Gina Pollara completed Khan’s work with the help of his detailed sketches in 2014. My favorite way to make a grand entrance to the park is by using the stairs at the base of the triangle. As you go up you start to see the lawn, trees and perimeter walls converging on FDR’s bust made by Jo Davidson; all on a downward slope pointing to the river. To the right you see Manhattan, to the left Queens and in front one can see Brooklyn; the park is surrounded by water. Behind FDR’s bust you can see the Four Freedoms that were part of his 1941 state of the union address which are a tenet of American Values and still hold true after more than a half century: Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. I believe Khan would have wanted to make the park entirely out of concrete but the final version was completed with a magnificent granite-and lots of it. The park follows Khan’s signature architectural style: clean lines, intriguing perspectives, spare landscaping, triangular lines that draw the eye. All this makes for a one-of-a-kind experience very worthwhile visiting- even for New Yorkers.
  • A Washington DC style memorial to FDR and his four freedoms speech, the park is located at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. Excellent views of the city are visible from throughout the park. The lawn and trees are well kept and the park is clean. The memorial is not usually crowded and is a more peaceful part of New York.
  • A great hidden treat to reward the somewhat long walk from transit. Beautiful views of Manhattan, and the design of the park itself is great as well. The park is a nice tribute to one of our most well-known presidents.
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