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NYC Urban Day Hike: Sunday, December 7, 2014

Meet at Manhasset Train Station at 8:20 AM sharp; board 8:46 AM train to Penn Station; take the "C" subway to 81st Street-Museum station.

  • American Museum of Natural History private tour of Dinosaurs Hall & Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall (special admission and tour by Bob Reilly)
  • Lunch at Patsy's Pizza at 61 West 74th Street (price includes 2 slices, salad serving and soft drink)
  • Hike to Central Park (Central Park West and 72nd Street); visit Sheep Meadow, The Mall, Shakespeare and Balto statues; pass through the Central Park Zoo; exit at Fifth Avenue and 60th Street.
  • Hike to First Avenue and board the Tram for ride over East River to Roosevelt Island
  • Hike to southern tip of Roosevelt Island to visit the Four Freedoms State Park dedicated to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.*
  • Take "F" subway to Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street (Jackson Heights)
  • Take "7" elevated train to Woodside-81st Street
  • Board next LIRR PW line train to Manhasset
Estimated time of return to Manhasset is 3:00-4:00 PM.  Please wear comfortable shoes as we will cover several miles walking.

$12 (pre-paid CASH for lunch) due with permission slip at 11/20 or 12/4 Troop meeting PLUS Scouts must purchase their roundtrip LIRR ticket and three subway rides before meeting time (approx. $25). Suggested personal spending money $20-$40.

*The four-acre park stands at the southernmost point of Roosevelt Island. Looking south, the visitor has a clear view of the United Nations building; to the north of the park is the Queensboro Bridge, which spans the East River. Approaching from the north, the visitor passes between a double row of trees that narrow as they approach the point, framing views of the New York skyline and the harbor. The memorial is a procession of elegant open-air spaces, culminating in a 3,600-square-foot plaza surrounded by 28 blocks of North Carolina granite, each weighing 36 tons. The courtyard contains a bust of Roosevelt, sculpted in 1933 by Jo Davidson.

At the point, the monument itself is a simplified, roofless version of a Greek temple in granite. Excerpts from Roosevelt's Four Freedoms speech are carved on the walls of this room-like space, which is open to the sky above.

The memorial is constructed entirely in Mount Airy Granite sourced from the North Carolina Granite Corporation. Over 140,000 cubic feet of Mount Airy Granite was used in the memorial's construction. In contrast with the hard granite forms, Kahn placed five copper-beech trees at the memorial's entrance and 120 little-leaf lindens in allées leading up to the monument.


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