Roosevelt Island is a small narrow island in the East River to the east of Manhattan. Situated on the tip of the island are several parks, one of which is the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. It commemorates his 1941 speech in which he proposes all persons everywhere should have freedom of religion and speech, and freedom from want and fear. The park opened in 2012 and offers amazing views of Manhattan, the East River and Long Island for instance. Include in any Roosevelt Island engagement session!
On this hot summer day, we met near the entrance of the South Point Park. A hill offers a nice view of the Queensboro Bridge. After that, we made our way to the Four Freedoms Park. There was a colorful temporary art installation for Pride Month on the steps. It was quite shady under the tree lined walkways which led to the tip of the island.
For portrait shoots like an engagement or elopement session, there is no fee to photograph in the park. However, animals, except service ones, are not allowed. It is open 9AM-7PM, closed Tuesdays.
Also, don’t miss my Engagement Session Guide here!
For another scenic NYC area engagement session, see this Liberty State Park.