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Despite the summery weather, with temperatures in the 80’s, the Island celebrated its Fall for the Arts festival last weekend. The festivities included the unveiling of the Island’s first Book Birdhouse, live music, art, activities for children, and at the end, the annual Kite Flight for Peace at Four Freedoms Park. 

The Book Birdhouse

A jazz concert in the RIVIVA gallery on Friday evening kicked off the weekend. On early Saturday, the Book Bird House,...

July 30, 2019

Last Thursday evening was one of those perfect New York City summer days beckoning you to spend time outdoors. 23 photography enthusiasts gathered at FDR

Four Freedoms Park to partake in a summer workshop, Filling in the Blanks.

The event was a BYOC event, bring your own camera, led by Brooke DiDonato, a visual artist from Ohio. DiDonato is known for her surrealist style in which she plays with spaces and environments to create captivating photos.


June 6, 2019

New York's largest pride flag, 12 feet by 100 feet, will be unveiled at FDR Four Freedoms Park on June 14. It will adorn the Park's iconic staircase through June 30 in celebration of World Pride. The official unveiling, open to the public, will take place on June 15 between 12:00-6:00pm, at an event called #AscendWithPride: An Afternoon with Friends & Family, along with digital platform resource Video Out and Drag Queen Story Hour....

April 16, 2019

On Saturday April 13, the eighth annual Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival was held. Like previous years, there was a morning tea ceremony, community picnics and food vendors, a Japanese Cultural Fair, and music and dance performances. The weather could not have been more beautiful.

Jim Luce, Island resident and founder and president of the J. Luce Foundation was the master of ceremonies. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney shared remarks, as did...

April 8, 2019

“I think it is essential that we, as Americans, not take our freedoms for granted,” explains artist Setsuko Winchester about her Freedom from Fear/Yellow Bowl Project. “Part of that process is to examine how we attain them, but also to examine how they can be taken away.” The Yellow Bowl Project will be displayed at FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island’s southern tip from April 12- April 14. Winchester will lead an artist's led talk artist-led t...

The Cherry Blossom Festival, organized by The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA), will be held on Saturday, April 13. SAVE THE DATE for a memorable afternoon.

Once again, as we celebrate the magnificent cherry trees in bloom on the Island and the breadth of Japanese culture in New York City, RIRA is pleased to sponsor the Annual Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival, in cooperation with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) an...

January 7, 2019

January 6 marked the the 78th anniversary of the famous Four Freedoms speech, President Roosevelt's eighth State of the Union address. The speech gave hope to the American people then entering war and served as as a symbol of our goals; to create a more just and equitable world based upon four essential, universal freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

You can listen to the famous...

December 1, 2018

Four Freedoms Park Conservancy announced the winners of their second annual sketch contest, Sketch 4 Freedom last week. The contest, held during the summer, invited artists of all skill levels to visit FDR Four Freedoms State Park and create artwork inspired by the theme, “celebrating public space.”

The first place winner was illustrator, designer, and artist Richard Clements for sketch entitled Serene Space. Clements often uses the City for drawing in...

October 7, 2018

As many of you may know, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy is the nonprofit responsible for

operatingand programming Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park on the southern tip of the island. The park, which was designed by acclaimed architect Louis Kahn, is named in honor of both President Roosevelt and his Four Freedoms address, which outlined FDR’s vision for a more just and equitable world.

Our mission, as stewards of this state park,...

September 24, 2018

Photos by Alexandre Tolipan 

Four Freedoms Park, surrounded by water on three sides with its expansive views of the Manhattan skyline, Long Island City and the Brooklyn Bridge offers a lot of family friendly programming this time of year. 

Last weekend they held their popular kite flight for peace where visitors were given blank white kites and invited to sit inside tents set up outside the Smallpox Hospital to decorate them. Jennifer Meinhardt, the bel...

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