I hesitate to diss a memorial to such a monumentally important and admired person, but Four Freedoms Park let us down. The location has something going for it -- gorgeous views of Manhattan and Queens, barges and tugs moving up and down the East River, and a short but adventuresome cable-tram ride to and from Roosevelt Island. But the park itself is cold and uninspiring, and the organization that created and maintains it does nothing to draw in the visitor. No signage, no guide, no staff present at the site itself, nothing to tell why this site was chosen, why this design, what's the symbolic or architectural meaning of the allee of trees or the wall. You can buy the "dedication book" for $20, the woman at the entrance told us, but there's nothing else on hand. Want to honor and get a real sense of FDR? Save your time and effort for the memorial site in Washington, DC.
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