New York attractions: New places to go in NYC in 2012
Find out what’s happening with New York attractions that are debuting this fall, including the Slipper Room and the Public Theater.
Tue Oct 16 2012
Photograph: Paul Warchol
FDR Four Freedoms Park
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Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
What it is: After four decades of stops and starts, this four-acre plot at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island will finally open this week. The space commemorates the 32nd President’s famous “four freedoms” speech, and will offer postcardworthy views of the Manhattan skyline.
Why you should care: The saga behind the project’s development is compelling enough to warrant attention. It’s been 40 years since Mayor John Lindsay and Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller announced the memorial; however, the plans languished until 2005, when an exhibition at Cooper Union revived interest in the project. The park was designed by the late renowned architect Louis I. Kahn (this is his only commission in the city) to anchor the waterfront space along the East River. Amenities include a large green expanse planted with 120 linden trees, a massive bronze bust of FDR designed by Jo Davidson and a Wi-Fi network. Roosevelt Island (212-204-8831, fdrfourfreedomspark.org). Opens Wed 24.—Amanda Angel