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.
SCOUTS MUST HAVE A ROUNDTRIP LIRR TICKET TO/FROM PENN STATION AND THREE SUBWAY RIDES BEFORE MEETING TIME.
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.