Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park

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One of the latest acquisitions of New Yorkers is the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, a park in honor of President Roosevelt, who with this speech, which made the 6 1941 of January to the Congress, was the precursor of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the UN of 1948.

The park is located on the island to which it gives its name, and is that the inhabitants of the island, by popular vote, decided to make this park on one of the tips of the island, on land where until now there was a hospital veterans and where the new headquarters of Cornell University in New York will be built.

Location of Four Freedoms Park

The monument can not have a better location, right at the height of Manhattan's 50th Street, in front of the United Nations, and with some Spectacular views of all Downtown and Midwtown Manhattan.

What are you in Four Freedoms Park?

If the views by the walk that we made from the metro or the cable car of Roosevelt Island, that will take us a few 10-15 minutes, are beautiful, those of the park are spectacular. As soon as we enter we find some stairs, which if we go up through them, allow us to see a spectacular view of Manhattan and Queens.

Views from Four Freedoms Park
Views from Four Freedoms Park

The beautiful monument to Franklin D. Roosevelt

The monument to Roosevelt is located right at the back of the park, next to the river, and in it we can read the famous speech of the Four Freedoms (in English, Four Freedoms Speech), whose excerpt in Spanish reads as follows:

In future days, which we intend to make safe, we long for a world founded on four essential human freedoms.

The first is freedom of speech and expression - anywhere in the world.

The second is the freedom of every person to worship God in their own way - anywhere in the world.

The third is the freedom to live without misery ... anywhere in the world.

The fourth is the freedom to live without fear ... anywhere in the world.

That is not the vision of a distant millennium. It is a definitive basis for a kind of possible world in our time and generation.

Franklin D. Roosevelt 6 January, 1941

Entrance to Four Freedoms Park
Entrance to Four Freedoms Park

When we have enjoyed these beautiful views, we have only to turn around and get back to the subway, well the Roosevelt Island cable car to return to Manhattan.

Four Freedoms Park hours

The opening hours of the park change depending on the date you are going to visit, in the year 2018 is as follows:

  • 1 from April to 30 from September: From 9 in the morning to 7 in the afternoon.

  • 1 October to 31 March: From 9 in the morning to 5 in the afternoon.

  • Closed every Tuesday.

How to get to Four Freedoms Park?

To get to Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, if we go by metro or cable car, which is what I recommend, we will go just as we left the public transport chosen towards the Queensboro Bridge, and just cross it underneath begins a pedestrian path, right next to the river, which takes us without loss to the park.

Roosevelt Island Slideshow

Finally and finally, we leave you a video where you can see the path to the park and some of the views from it:

Further information

For more information about the park, activities that take place, ... I recommend visiting the official website of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, in English.

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