In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many of us have sustained damage to our homes and are without power or water — but the situation is improving.
With pride and camaraderie, New Yorkers have come together to see the city through this crisis. Thousands of individuals have offered to volunteer in the most severely affected areas. Others are welcoming friends and family into their homes.
Like much of New York City, Roosevelt Island sustained significant damage. Much of the island has been without power since Monday, but we are slowly getting back online.
It is thanks to the dedication of our remarkable construction crews and to the fortitude of Louis I. Kahn’s design that the Park weathered the storm with no damage. The promenades, forecourt and room were swept clean by the wind. The 125 trees are standing strong, although the wind has stripped their leaves. Lumber has washed onto the riprap on the east side of the Park, but cleanup is already under way.
This week, we join the rest of New York City in its efforts to recover. There is work to be done, but the progress is already visible. The Roosevelt Island Tramway has reopened, as has the 59th Street Bridge.
Our thanks go out to those who are working tirelessly and heroically to restore our city. From our location on the East River, the Manhattan skyline is a beacon of strength and resilience now more than ever.
Our thoughts are with you in the difficult weeks ahead.
Four Freedoms Park Conservancy
P.S. The Park will re-open to the public on November 8, offering a quiet space for reflection in the wake of this week’s events.