FDR: Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island, NYC

For an adventure, I visited Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

Having never been to Roosevelt Island, I did a bit of research ahead of time to better prepare myself for the trip. I don’t like subways so I planned to take the bus and the Roosevelt Island Tramway (RIT) from Manhattan.

On April 18, 2015, I caught the 7:36 train from White Plains to Grand Central (GC). I knew it would be warm that day so I dressed light. From GC, I took a bus on 3rd Ave and got off at 59th St for the RIT.

The RIT was new for me and as I had planned, I took a seat on one of the only two benches in the car. It was a bit bumpy going up at the start and then down at the end.
When I got to the Island, there was a race going on so the roadway south was closed to traffic including the Red Bus Line that I had planned to take. The Tourist Building near the terminal was also closed, so I took the walkway under the Ed Koch Bridge going toward the southern end of the island. I passed a number of buildings and construction but the bench lined pathway had great views of Manhattan.

When I got to the Island’s South Park entrance, there was the park’s only Comfort Station. I continued walking south and the entrance to the Four Freedoms Park was on the Manhattan side. It had taken me about 20 minutes from the RIT. There was a manned open Tourist Kiosk with info and other things (souvenirs and bottled water). The food truck on the opposite side of the park did not open till 12 noon.

The FDR Park is impressive and offers great views of Manhattan and Queens. One can even see the top of the Freedom Tower as one approaches the southern end. I am glad I went but it not somewhere I will return. There are other things on the Island but I did want to walk there.

FDR Park


FDR Park


Walkway leading to FDR Park
Walkway leading to FDR Park
FDR Park with Queens view
Walkway back to Tramway just below Ed Koch Bridge with Manhattan view
Roosevelt Island Tramway from Below Ed Koch Bridge




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