Four Freedoms Park to be completed by Fall 2012.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is a memorial to Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms, located at the southernmost point of Roosevelt Island, in the East River between Manhattan Island and Queens in New York City. It was designed by the architect Louis Kahn.

Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Mayor Lindsay announced the project in 1973 and the appointment of Louis Kahn as its architect. In short order, the Governor became Vice President of the United States, Louis Kahn finished his work and died unexpectedly, and the City of New York approached bankruptcy. It required patience, memory and determination – on March 29, 2010, 38 years after its announcement, construction of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park began.

The Park will be complete Fall 2012 and will be an inspiring civic space and a beacon of America’s purpose and commitment to freedom.

The surrounding nature in the meddle of Manhattan inspired our report to go there and take these gracious photographs shown here. Be aware of copyrights…

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The Tramway of Roosevelt Island is back!

The Roosevelt Island tramway is back on the move this Tuesday, November 30, 2010, after nine months overhaul.

is there a new app. on the air ???      photo Maria Casotti©

The new and improved aerial link between Roosevelt Island and Manhattan, at 59th St. and Second Ave got the green light from the Roosevelt Island Operation Commission (RIOC) after a massive maintenance and renovation project that began in March, and cost above $25 millions.

The state-of-the-art system now features new gondolas with bigger windows, longer seats and the promise of better views and seating during the three-minute ride high above the East River.

The windows go almost down to your feet so the views are much more larger than in the older models. Also, the reworked system was designed to be more stable in high winds, and includes operational and electrical backups to eliminate electrical and mechanical malfunctions.

employee looking if there is any problem under the new Tram             photo Maria Casotti©

In my way back to the Roosevelt Island, traveling inside the South car, we heard a strong noise that bought we all some fear; everybody remembered the power outage in 2006 that left 69 commuters dangling for hours. Fortunately, after a thoughtful search from one engineer, nothing wrong was found and the new Tram continued its goes and comes, almost 24 hours a day, weekly.

What a view! More photos to come…

all photos by Maria Casotti@

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2010 Halloween Parade in Roosevelt Island

In sunny autumn day of New York, Kids, adults, politicians, everybody gather together to have fun at the 2010 Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade.

Starting on Main Street at Blackwell House, the Parade finished at the PS/IS 217 Schoolyard.

One perfect event produced by Urban American Roosevelt Landings (Doryne Isley is the Manager) and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp – RIOC (Leslie Torres is the President and CEO) and the people of Roosevelt Island.

Congratulations!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above Helen Roht, with her 95 years of true Life; that special lady left us couple months after…

Watch the movie Halloween Parade 2010 here:

http://youtu.be/YH8dsuCH_PU

 

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Welcome from New York 10044, Roosevelt Island.

Roosevelt Island is located between Manhattan and Queens, to its east, running from Manhattan’s east 46th to East 85th streets. Its famous  “Tram”, The Roosevelt Island Tramway, is an aerial tramway that spans the East River and connects the island to Manhattan; 10044 is its our unique zip code.

DSC_9876Since March 1, 2010, the tram has been closed for a modernization program, expected to be completed in six months (November 2010).

the 2Tram of Roosevel IslandRoosevelt Island is only two miles (3 km) long, with a maximum width of 800 feet (240 m), and a total area of 147 acres (0.59 km2); it also has its own community newspaper, The Main Street WIRE, founded in 1979 and published every two weeks.

The newspaper confines its coverage to Roosevelt Island matters, a community within New York City that is operated by the State (not the City) of New York, with a local “authority” called the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) in charge.

In this blog I will try to bring news and photos taken on the Island; this is also your space:

Maria Buchanan

photojournalist

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Fall for the Arts of Roosevelt Island

One entire day of arts and music, theatre, crafts, all sponsored by RIOC.                         photos by Maria Casotti ©

The Fall for the Arts event brings kids, oldies and all in between; is funny and people really have a nice time.

A  beautiful slide show can be seen here:

http://youtu.be/vlYFI6r8d9E

photos are here:

http://thebestportraits.dotphoto.com

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