Stunning views of New York City and a tourist destination without the tourists
Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park provides New Yorkers with a nice stroll, breathtaking views of Manhattan’s Midtown East and Turtle Bay, and a terrific shot at experiencing a tourist destination without the tourists. See something different in this marvelous city of ours just east of our community.
The Franklin D.Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is next to the creepy, I-can’t-believe-we-don’t-do-something-with-these-ruins-Small Pox Hospital located on Roosevelt Island between Midtown East and Long Island City. Interesting, the park is directly between the East Side Animal Hospital and our other location, the Long Island City Veterinary Center. The park was officially put down in the planning books in 2005, but wasn’t fully finished until October 17th, 2012. The architect was the famed Louis Kahn who designed structures the world over. The park spans 4 acres on the most southern tip of Roosevelt Island and features breathtaking views of Midtown East, the Queensboro Bridge and Long Island City. Clear up some space in your phone’s memory department; you’ll be taking a LOT of pictures.
In these strained times, it’s inspirational to read an excerpt of Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech that was delivered before Congress in 1941; ironically just a little-less-than a year before America’s declaration of war against Japan and our entry into World War II. The exerpt is below. Use the comment section to let us know how you feel about these sentiments today.
“In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.
That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called new order of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt, January 6, 1941
The Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park offers jaw dropping views of the UN, the Queensboro Bridge, and the iconic Coca Cola sign in Long Island City. Spend some time on the water’s edge on the west side of the park and enjoy a stunning view of Midtown East as the sun sets behind the iconic buildings of our neighborhood.
Yes, you can, but the park has rigid cleaniless guidelines. All visitors are asked to ‘carry out what you carry in’. If you forget to bring the food, you’re not out of luck. There is usually a food truck on the premises with some good nosh options.
Alas, you cannot. When you get to the park, you’ll see that its hyper-groomed grounds can not tolerate the burden of inappropriate dog urination or messy clean up attempts after dogs go to the bathroom. As far as we know, there are no dog walks in either of Roosevelt island’s city parks; not in the Four Freedoms Park nor the island’s northern-most Lighthouse Park. Surprisingly there are no veterinary offices on Roosevelt Island either. If you are a pet owner on Roosevelt Island, you can look to East Side Animal Hospital or Long Island City Veterinary Center for veterinary care. Both are easy commutes from Roosevelt Island. Otherwise, East Side Animal Hospital pet owners can enjoy the friendly, beautiful Andrew Haswell Green Park as the best nearby dog park on the East Side.
From Midtown East, you can use the tram, get off at Roosevelt Island and either walk south for 15 minutes to the park or take the Red Bus (it’s free) to the park. You can also take the F train to Roosevelt Island and walk or jump on the Red Bus.
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