Cherry blossoms and the Franklin Roosevelt Four Freedom Park

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Cherry blossoms and the Queensboro Bridge

Roosevelt Island is one of my favorite spots in New York City. It is, like Central Park, a little piece of tranquility surrounded by the busy and noisy city. Other blog entries about the island I made are here, here, and here.

Roosevelt Island was renamed many times during the course of history. Here is a list of its names:
- Minnehanonck  (named by the Lenape Indians)
- Varckens Eylandt ((Hogs Island) named by the Dutch settlers)
- Blackwell's Island (named by the British)
- Welfare Island (from 1921 - 1973)

In 1973 it became Roosevelt Island as a tribute to former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt. At that time it was also the intention to construct a memorial for the former New York State governor and US President.

Statue of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by Jo Davidson
The famous architect Louis Kahn had even designed a plan. He carried the design when he died in 1974. The financial problems that the city had to face in 1970s unfortunately delayed the memorial extensively. Extensively!! The construction of the monument only started in 2010, at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. It was dedicated in October 2012 and is currently a NY State Park within the City of New York.

The Frank Roosevelt Four Freedom Park is inspired by the Four Freedoms Roosevelt mentioned in his State of the Union in 1941:
Freedom of speech
Freedom of worship
Freedom from want
Freedom from fear

I  had actually never been in the park since it opened. Since Sana wanted to ride the famous Roosevelt Island Tramway is was a perfect occasion to finally see what it looked like.

Strecker Memorial Laboratory in 2013

At the island we were welcomed by some colorful cherry blossoms. The park and the stabilized Renwick Smallpox Hospital Ruins were impressive, maybe a bit sterile but still very nice. For the first time it was now also possible to visit another structure at the southern tip of the island, the Strecker Memorial Laboratory. This building was heavily in ruins in the 1998s, later renovated as a power station for the subway, and now fully restored as part of the park. 

More pictures below! See also the nice old picture of the Strecker Memorial Laboratory. 
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