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FDR Four Freedoms Park

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1 FDR Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044 40.750808 -73.960412
At East Rd.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-468-0195 Send to Phone

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Official Website

fdrfourfreedomspark.org

Hours

Thurs-Sun, 9am-5pm

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Roosevelt Island

Parking

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There is no parking specifically for Four Freedoms Park, but there is limited street parking available on Roosevelt Island.

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A visit to FDR Four Freedoms Park mimics the experience of being at the bow of a ship but without any hints of seasickness. The sleek, triangular memorial park, located on the southernmost tip of Roosevelt Island, juts into the East River, providing visitors with a stunning, open view into the water with the glittering Queens and Manhattan skylines visible on each side. Designed by architect Louis I. Kahn in 1973, when “Welfare Island” was renamed “Roosevelt Island,” the four-acre park wouldn’t become a reality until 2012. The park is made entirely of granite and has promenades, a vast sloped lawn, a meditation area called “the Room,” and tree-lined allées that point to the site’s main attraction: a 150-pound bronze bust of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt—an enlargement of artist Jo Davison’s original sculpture. Behind the bust, words from Roosevelt’s famous “Four Freedoms” speech are inscribed on a granite surface that faces the United Nations headquarters.

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