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AscendWithPride, Four Freedoms Park


A remarkable moment in time, AscendWithPride, a sun-soaked expression of barriers torn down, folks of all ages and genders. All walk into FDR Four Freedoms Park to appreciate and share gay pride on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

On the way to Four Freedoms Park for AscendWithPride.
Paved trail through landscaped Southpoint Park, all ages, all genders, everyone welcome, on the way to Four Freedoms Park.

On a landmark day, FDR Four Freedoms Park added a fifth pillar, the freedom of sexual expression to those…

  1. Freedom of speech
  2. Freedom of worship
  3. Freedom from want
  4. Freedom from fear

…for which we fought in World War II.

No stroll through Roosevelt Island’s Southpoint Park is complete with taking in the preserved remains of the Renwick Designed Smallpox hospital near the entry point to Four Freedoms.

June 15th, 2019, it was as if even the forces of nature got in on the act of perfection as AscendWithPride unfolded under perfect skies and mild temperatures.

Inside the Park for AscendWithPride

AscendWithPride Flag in Four Freedoms Park
The largest gay pride flag in New York history, also a place to sit, appreciate, talk and, on the right, encourage voter registration.
We’ve come so far. Four Freedoms Park arranged social and family activities on the lawn, the Freedom Tower in the far distance.
In a subtle swing at inclusion, the park invited visitors to enjoy something different, Lebanese food. Beer and wine were available elsewhere.
All shapes, sizes, genders, ages, appreciation on a sunny day, welcome to FDR Four Freedoms Park.

New York City’s largest gay pride flag, featured as part of #AscendWithPride, welcomes visitors to Four Freedoms Park until June 30th.

Four Freedoms Park is on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in New York City. The United Nations is directly across the East River. Best way to travel is by subway (F Train/Roosevelt Island), NYC Ferry (Astoria Route) or the Roosevelt Island Tram, accessed at 59th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan where transfers from the subway system are free.


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