1 Looking up at the Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge - This bridge will take you from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island. You can also get there from Manhattan using the Roosevelt Island Tramway.
2 Officially titled the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, it is a double-decked cantilever bridge over the East River that was completed in 1909.
3 After years of decay and corrosion, an extensive renovation of the bridge was begun in 1987 and is still in progress.
4 There is talk about turning the Roosevelt Island power plant into a museum.
5 This is the roadway around Roosevelt Island looking across the East River towards Queens.
6 The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is an enduring tribute to the life and work of President Roosevelt.
7 This island had been called Welfare Island until the 1960s, when the New York Times championed renaming it for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and constructing a memorial to him.
8 In 1973, Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Mayor Lindsay announced the project and appointed Louis Kahn as its architect.
9 Louis Kahn finished his plans and died unexpectedly. Other major obstacles blocked construction until March of 2010 when, after 38 years after its announcement, work on the park finally began.
10 The park, located at the southernmost point of Roosevelt Island, is flanked by two beautiful small-leafed linden allees, leading to Roosevelt's monument at the very tip.
11 Looking down river towards the other major East River crossings - Williamsburg Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, and the Brooklyn Bridge
12 This boat was anchored and its occupants were enjoying an early evening of fishing.
13 Across the river is Gantry Plaza State Park, whose northern portion was the location of the former Pepsi-Cola bottling plant. This famous neon sign that was perched on the rooftop of the plant was preserved and moved into a permanent location within the park.
14 It was a great evening for a gala.
15 The focal point of Louis Kahn's design for Four Freedoms Park is a bronze head of President Franklin D. Roosevelt made by the great American portrait sculptor, Jo Davidson.
16 Posing with my friend, Kathy Sloane, who was very involved in raising money for this park. Davidson Modeled this bronze in 1933 during Roosevelt's first term in office.
17 Two guests enjoying the bronze - This monument reflects the vitality, intelligence, and determination of the man who over twelve years would devise the country's path out of the Great Depression and through the worst of World War II toward peace and prosperity.
18 This is a view from the park looking across the East River towards Manhattan.
19 On January 6, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech that shaped this nation, now known as the Four Freedoms speech. He looked forward to a world founded on four human freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
20 This is my driver, Rock, who is also a US Marine.
21 Another view of Manhattan
22 The walkways are granite paving stones.
23 This is John Danzer - Exterior Decorator and Garden Furniture Designer and a friend.
24 The granite for the park was obtained from the great Mount Airy quarry in North Carolina, which has been designated as the world's largest open faced quarry.
25 Posing with Kathy - Behind my head is the famous United Nations building.
26 Larry Rockefeller and his wife, Wendy - They are major benefactors for the parks of New York State.
27 This staircase is in honor of Ambassador William J. Vanden Heuvel who, determined to assure Franklin D. Roosevelt’s legacy for future generation, led the extraordinary effort to build this memorial.
28 Entertainment was provided by Peter Duchin, the pianist and bandleader, who played a lively rendition of "Happy Days Are Here Again." Interestingly, Duchin's father played at Roosevelt's first inaugural ball.
29 Ambassador William vanden Heuvel, Chairman of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, gave a poignant speech.
30 A photo with an old friend, Judith Scheide - Co-President of The Scheide Fund – Judith attended one of my cooking seminars many years ago.
31 Ambassador William vanden Heuvel and Judith Scheide
32 Jim Hamilton and Lucy Rockefeller Waletzky - Chair of the New York State Council of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
33 Head of Human Resources at MSLO - Rochelle DiRe, husband John, and sons Atticus, and Hudson
34 This gothic structure is the Smallpox Hospital. It was designed by James Renwick, Jr. (and is commonly known today as the Renwick Ruin). The Smallpox Hospital opened in 1856 and was abandoned in the 1950s. Architect James Renwick, Jr. also designed Grace Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
35 Roosevelt Island is home to many Canada geese and this proud mama was walking with her young hatchlings.
36 And off they went!