- FDR Four Freedoms Park
Roosevelt Island; fdrfourfreedomspark.org
Big sky, sea breezes, a little peace and quiet—all the ingredients of a great getaway, sans the LIRR ticket. The 40-years-in-the-making Four Freedoms Park, architect Louis Kahn’s memorial to FDR at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, finally opened in October, and it was worth the wait. A four-acre lawn lined with two rows of littleleaf linden trees slopes down to a granite point in the East River, where it faces the United Nations, which Roosevelt himself inspired. Like the best modern art, the memorial makes you see the familiar anew. You feel a sanctified stillness in the middle of the city, and far removed from midtown, just a tram ride away.
Best Day Trip
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).