The long, hot days of summer can be a brutal experience in the city. The concrete and asphalt reflect the heat back up at you, and the dry air seems to suck all the moisture out of your skin. But just across the river, there’s a cool green oasis waiting for you.
by David Stone
A Cool Green Oasis – Plus
Roosevelt Island is home to FDR Four Freedoms State Park, a green respite from the dry, oppressive heat of Manhattan and Queens.
With its shaded paths and refreshingly cool breezes, the park provides a much-needed escape from the city’s blazing summer temperatures.
Looking for an escape from the heat this summer? Head on over to FDR Four Freedoms State Park. An oasis of serenity and comfort awaits.
Every year, 370 people on average die from heat-related causes in New York City, and there aren’t enough public cooling centers. Even elsewhere on Roosevelt Island, there is no relief overnight when heat-related illnesses are most frequent.
But in the park, there’s peace and coolness available to everyone. That’s a freedom too often not celebrated for its life-giving values.
Freedom Is Nature. Freedom Is Quiet
Even when the occasional helicopter or floatplane passes, they are distant, part of another world across the water.
And Just One More Thing
Hats off to the New York State Parks. The department’s commitment to keeping FDR Four Freedoms Park vibrant shows up everywhere.