FDR Four Freedoms Park

More than a year after its debut, we finally trekked to Roosevelt Island to visit the FDR Four Freedoms Park. The stark minimalism of this memorial was a beautiful contrast to the ever-present Manhattan skyline surrounding it.

The dramatic backdrop was a photographer’s dream and gave greater emphasis to President Roosevelt’s message during his famous 1941 State of the Union speech at the height of World War II. Nowhere in the world are those four human freedoms–freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear–more alive than in New York City.

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Stumptown Coffee Roasters

With its roots in Portland, you know that Stumptown Coffee Roasters will deliver a quality cup of joe. But Stumptown offers much more than run-of-the-mill coffee. In fact, this Greenwich Village location, New York City’s first standalone Stumptown shop, may just have the best latte in Manhattan.

In addition to its standard coffee and espresso offerings, their brew bar–with single origin espresso and host tastings–is also worth a visit.

Stop by this cozy shop for respite from a chilly winter day and enjoy a delicious, high-quality espresso drink brewed with a care and precision you can taste.

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Grand Army Plaza

We may be planning for a trip to Paris later this year, but we don’t need to go far for a taste of Parisian architecture.

Right around the corner from Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Brooklyn Museum is Grand Army Plaza, with its iconic Soldiers’ and Sailers’ Arch serving as New York’s version of the Arch de Triomphe.

It’s also a pretty spectacular way to greet visitors to Prospect Park.

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