We hopped on one of the world’s only commuter aerial trams and got off on a small island in the East River named Roosevelt Island. Our destination is Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park, a memorial to our 32nd president and his vision for a more just and equitable world based on four universal liberties: freedom of speech & expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
Free and open to the public, the park welcomes visitors from around the world, including architecture and design enthusiasts, thousands of New York City (NYC) students, and those looking for a little tranquility amid the bustle of this busy city.
We were lucky enough to visit while Four Freedoms Park Conservancy, the nonprofit that operates and maintains the park, was running its annual intergenerational documentary program. The program invites rising high school juniors to work with the conservancy’s education staff to produce social media content and a short documentary film about the four freedoms and the experiences of elders who lived through the Roosevelt administration.
We chatted with three students about why learning from the past is so important and what the four freedoms mean to each of them, but it’s best if we let them tell you themselves; check out their short documentary film here.
We had a great visit to the Memorial and encourage those in NYC to check out the space for themselves. Visit their website to learn more about their programs and events, and follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to get the latest updates.