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After Decades of Delays, NYC's Newest Park is Ready for Picnicking

October 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like New York City’s newest memorial is finally ready for the masses. It may be decades overdue, but yesterday officials cracked the champagne bottle over the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, right in the middle of the East River.

Designed by Louis I. Kahn long before his death, the project was kind of in an off-again-on-again situation for many, many years. The finished park sits right at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island—of course—smack dab between Manhattan and Queens. In total the new memorial takes up a good chunk of real estate, as it’s about four acres surrounded with around 120 trees.

At the point of the park there’s a huge bust of the former president and a white granite open-air plaza. Words from Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech are forever engraved onto one of the panels of granite to serve as a reminder of his vision for freedom shortly before World War II.

Despite the dedication it looks like the grand opening is still roughly a week away, as the place is scheduled to open up to the public on October 24. While you’re waiting feel free to waste some time over at their website in preparation for your visit. After all, you just have to visit, especially since the New York Times calls the place the city’s “new spiritual heart.”

[Photo: Facebook via Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park]

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