With Kite Flight for Peace and Human Rights 2019, FDR Four Freedoms Park becomes more than a beautifully sculpted landscape washed in sun. From 11:00 a.m until 4:00 on September 28th, it lifts off as a beacon of joy and hope on Roosevelt Island.

Kite Flight for Peace and Human Rights
Kites carried in the breeze above FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. The United Nations is in the background. Photo: Four Freedoms Park Conservancy.

Every year, FDR Four Freedoms Park sets kites flying over its landscaped lawn on a day in September. Its timed to match up with the International Day of Peace and, locally, with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s Fall for Arts Festival.

Related: Photo Gallery from Kite Flight for Peace 2018

Kites strike a symbol of freedom, and you can learn how to make and fly them in workshops from 11:00 a.m. “Kite-making workshops are free and suitable for all ages.”

Register, please.

Although the workshops are free, please register here. This helps the Park make sure they have enough supplies on hand.

The joy of flying kites for peace, FDR Four Freedoms Park

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In keeping with its 75th Anniversary of D Day event in July, Four Freedoms Park adds Letters of Gratitude during Kite Flight.

Visitors are invited to “Share your messages of gratitude with Deployed Troops, Veterans, New Recruits & First Responders at our special letter writing station in partnership with Operation Gratitude.”

Storytime Sessions with the Roosevelt Island Branch Library

The Roosevelt Island branch Library will host story time sessions at 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m. Join one of our favorite librarians, Jennifer Minehardt, as she reads books about peace and human rights, plays games, and offer fun give-aways.

Kite Flight for Freedom and Human Rights 2019

How to Get to FDR Four Freedoms Park

FDR Four Freedoms Park fills the southern tip of Roosevelt Island with lovely green space.

  • By subway, take the F Train to Roosevelt Island. Free red shuttle buses will take you to Southpoint Park, a graceful gateway to Four Freedoms.
  • The Roosevelt Island Tram serves passengers from the Plaza on 2nd Avenue between 59th and 60th Streets. It’s a short walk south past Cornell Tech’s campus to Southpoint and Four Freedoms Parks.
  • MTA Q102 buses serve Roosevelt Island and travel as far south as Southpoint.
  • NYC Ferry’s Astoria Route lands on Roosevelt Island with shuttle buses picking up visitors every 15 minutes. Or you can take a short walk past Cornell Tech’s campus to the parks.
  • Driving is discouraged and parking is limited. The Motorgate Parking Garage is available immediately after crossing the Roosevelt Island Bridge. Shuttle buses to the parks board across the street.

Need help once you arrive? The Roosevelt Island Historical Society Kiosk at the Tram Plaza is a great resource.

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