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Take Your ‘First Day Hike’ This Month at These Nearby Trails

January 5, 2021

Every year, state parks throughout the United States encourage people to start their year off right by going on a ‘First Day Hike,’ where they can both get some fresh air and also see the beautiful nature right outside their doors. Last year, nearly 55,000 people rang in the New Year this way, collectively hiking over 133,000 miles throughout the country!

If you spent your New Years Day like many of us, though – hanging out on your Octagon couch! – you can still get a First Day Hike in your own way by going on a hike this month. Strap up your sneakers and check out these trails in the Roosevelt Island area!

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park, located at 1 FDR Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island which is 10 minutes from your Octagon apartment, is a four-acre memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt that celebrates the Four Freedoms he articulated in his 1941 State of the Union address.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park, with its public initiatives and meaningful architecture in view of the United Nations, inspires each generation to define and defend President Roosevelt’s commitment to essential human freedoms.

Gantry Plaza State Park, located at 4-09 47th Rd, New York which is 12 minutes from your Octagon apartment, is a 12-acre riverside oasis that boasts spectacular views of the midtown Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building and the United Nations.

Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the park’s four piers or through the park’s manicured gardens and unique mist fountain. Along the way take a moment to admire the rugged beauty of the park’s centerpieces – restored gantries. These industrial monuments were once used to load and unload rail car floats and barges; today they are striking reminders of our waterfront’s past.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park

1 FDR Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

(212) 204-8831

Gantry Plaza State Park

4-09 47th Rd, New York, NY 10007

(718) 786-6385

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