Adirondack Chairs Catch Some Sun in Four Freedoms Park


Last weekend, facing driving winds and cold, an exuberant team of volunteers assembled Adirondack chairs for FDR Four Freedoms State Park. It was I Love My Park Day. You could appreciate their dedication, but the chairs had to wait for a sunnier day.

Steady stream of visitors on a Thursday afternoon.

by David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

Adirondack Chairs Find a Home

Visitors become active shapers of the park experience as Adirondack chairs are shuffled from place to place.

Adirondack chairs are a type of outdoor furniture that originated in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The chairs are characterized by their wide, slanted seats and high backs, which make them very comfortable to sit in.

Now scattered across the slopping meadow inside the heart of the park, they add a colorful touch to the sun-kissed green. Bit by bit, visitors become part of the lively setting as they maneuver the chairs to fit their needs.

Some settle in the shade under now fully leafed linden tree rows. Others let the sun wash over them.

Even though this was a weekday afternoon, plenty of visitors strolled the park, pausing for photos with the Manhattan skyline accented by the lindens.

My job was taking pictures and recording the scene, but the temptation to try on one Adirondack chair finally proved irresistible. I ended my mission by drinking in the view under linden tree rows and across the river.

A now semi-distant Manhattan seen through the trees from the comfort of an Adirondack chair in FDR Four Freedoms State Park.

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