FDR Four Freedoms Park: A new space is dedicated on Roosevelt Island (slide show)

Former President Bill Clinton, Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo help dedicate a new NYC park.

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  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

Photograph: Filip Wolak

Despite a last-minute spat between donors and organizers, the dedication of FDR Four Freedoms Park happened this morning on Roosevelt Island. A team of elected officials, including Mayor Bloomberg (who later took the Roosevelt Island Tram back to Manhattan), Governor Cuomo and former President Bill Clinton, trekked out for the event, which featured performances from the West Point Band and the P.S. 22 choir. The park itself, which officially opens on October 24, has taken nearly 40 years to complete, from inception to execution. But the space—designed by the late, noted architect Louis I. Kahn—is a beaut, with rows of trees, a stunning view of Manhattan and a massive bronze bust of FDR himself.


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