Come for the Cherry Blossoms, Stay for the Park


For many Roosevelt Island visitors, cherry blossoms are the draw. But FDR Four Freedoms State Park causes them to linger amid the thoughtfully sculpted serenity.

by David Stone

for The Roosevelt Island Daily News

FDR Four Freedoms, Stay for the Park

Roosevelt Island visitors stay for the park.
Shadows weave the paved walkways as the rows of Lindon Trees edge toward Spring.

No question, the cherry blossoms, springtime’s natural jewels, dazzle, but the tree-lined meadows plus the message of freedom dig deeper.

FDR Four Freedoms State Park commemorates President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms speech, given in 1941. The park is located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, offering stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and the East River.

There are also seasonal special exhibits on the grounds and a bust of FDR. The park is a great place to learn about American history and enjoy the outdoors.

©David Stone/The Roosevelt Island Daily News

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States. He was sworn into office in 1933, in the midst of the Great Depression.

FDR’s New Deal network of programs and agencies helped to lift the country out of the Depression and get Americans back to work. He also led the country through World War II, helping to defeat Nazi Germany. After his death in 1945, FDR’s Four Freedoms speech was remembered as one of his most enduring legacies.

In the springtime serenity of the park

As early spring slowly opens, strollers absorb the special pleasures of this one of a kind park.

But for some, it’s the quieter moments along sculpted planes breaking modern patterns.

Off the beaten path, FDR Four Freedoms State Park, East Side.

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