You caught a glimpse of this earlier when I posted a before and after shot of Renwick Ruins, but here is the absolutely gorgeous new park in NYC known as FDR Four Freedoms Park. The park opened last October but this was my first time here since then.

The park is one of Louis Kahn’s last projects, designed in 1972 before his death. The 4-acre park is centered around FDR’s Four Freedoms Speech to Congress in 1941 and is constructed of giant slabs of granite pointing toward a giant bust of FDR at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island.

What’s interesting is that this memorial was supposed to be built a long time ago (as early as the mid 1970s) but never became a reality until recently due to disputes between major donors and how they would be recognized as contributors to this park’s building.

If you’ve got time, you should head on over to this park because not only will it offer amazing views of Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, but you can also enjoy one of the few places in NYC where there are virtually no crowds. Just perfect. :)

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