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Park Spotlight: FDR Four Freedoms State Park

April 18, 2023

Located at 1 FDR Four Freedoms Park on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, FDR Four Freedoms Park is a stunning public memorial to the former president, which opened in 2012. Here are three things to know about FDR Four Freedoms State Park. 

Named After “Four Freedoms” Speech

The park is named after FDR’s famous “Four Freedoms” speech. In 1941, President Roosevelt delivered a speech to Congress in which he outlined the “Four Freedoms” that he believed should be enjoyed by all people around the world: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The park was designed to honor these ideals and serve as a tribute to FDR’s presidency.

Louis Kahn Designed the Park

The park was designed by one of the world’s most renowned architects. Louis Kahn, an American architect known for his striking modernist designs, was chosen to design the park in the 1970s. Unfortunately, Kahn passed away before the park was completed, and it wasn’t until 2012 that his original plans were finally brought to life. Today, the park is considered one of Kahn’s greatest masterpieces, and it has been recognized with numerous awards for its striking design and unique features.

What To See

The park offers breathtaking views of the New York City skyline. From the park’s elevated granite plaza, visitors can enjoy stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and the East River. It’s the perfect spot to take in the city’s beauty and enjoy a peaceful moment away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. The park is also home to a beautiful memorial to FDR, featuring his famous quotes etched into granite walls, as well as a visitor center with exhibits on FDR’s life and presidency.

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