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Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park
Ranked #153 of 1,175 things to do in New York City
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 1 May 2014

Four Freedoms Park, is a beautiful modernist tribute to FDR with great views of Manhattan (specifically Midtown, the Upper East Side with the UN and Chrysler Buildings visible) - However, what was even more enjoyable than the stark beauty of the park, was the Tram Ride over the East River followed by the Cherry Tree lined walk from the station to the park. The tram departs from Manhattan at 2nd Ave and 60th Street E and is easily accessible by a short walk after taking the subway to LexingtonAve/59th Street Station. The ride will cost your MetroCard the standard $2.50 each way, but thankfully you'll have a transfer credit on your card to use when you return to the subway station. The Tram carry's you aloft about 20 stories on its journey, which takes 5 to 6 minutes... half that time is spent gliding amongst tall buildings far above the streets below (amazing views in all 4 directions, savour it). After the departing the station, head west and walk along the East River to enjoy the views of the city, and... if you're there in Spring (late April) you'll be treated to about half a mile of blooming Cherry Trees, GO EARLY TO BEAT THE CROWDS.

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Reviewed 3 November 2013

The FDR Four Freedoms Park opened in 2012 and is still in the progress of being built. You climbed up a series of steps and at the top, looked down along a row of trees to a bust of Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the bottom of the row. Roosevelt Island is probably the closest you can get to Manhattan without actually being on it. The park is beautifully done and a wonderful tribute to the only president to serve four terms in office. As with all places in NYC, parking is horrible. The memorial is near a hospital and all parking was restricted to hospital personnel. They were in the process of renovating some old buildings in the area for a museum. This will be a very nice addition to the park. They are closed on Tuesdays.

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Reviewed 18 October 2013

I agree with the other reviewers that there is no guide or plaque or anything here. But the VIEWS are amazing. And the park itself is very beautiful. Great area to walk around in. Take the tram as well and make a 1/2 day of it.

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Reviewed 4 August 2013

You can't really compete with the views you get from the southern point of Roosevelt Island. This FDR memorial, designed by Louis Kahn before his death almost 40 years ago, is a perfect in its simplicity. Take the Roosevelt Island tram for some great aerials views before you arrive. It's a short and scenic walk south from there. The walk to the park was part of the experience of the place. If you're looking for a peaceful, well designed park with spectacular East River views it's worth the journey to Four Freedoms Park. If you're looking a lot of action and entertainment once you arrive, this probably isn't the place.
A great gift to the city, finally built.

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Added to the great location and great Louis Kahn monument to a great president, there is now a nice FOOD TRUCK on the northeast side of the memorial. So far it's only there on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but it's a great addition, since there was previously no place nearby to even get a bottle of water. Good luck to the new Katchkie Truck from Great Performances and Katchkie (organic!) Farm!

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