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Description of Pictures: Roosevelt Triangle
This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.
Acquired and dedicated in 1941, this park is named for Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882-1945), the 32nd President of the United States, who led the country through the Great Depression and World War II. Like his distant cousin Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), he received a Harvard education and became an active participant in New York State politics before becoming a national figure. Roosevelt was elected President in 1932 and was reelected three times, serving until his death—a tenure longer than that of any other US President.
FDR, as Roosevelt is popularly known, created a comprehensive network of social services under the designation “The New Deal.” The program helped to revitalize the depressed national economy and many of its initiatives, such as the Social Security Administration and the Federal Communications Commission, which remain in operation. As well as his expansive social policies, Roosevelt’s assured bearing brought confidence to the distressed public. Although he was unable to walk unassisted because of a debilitating attack of polio he had suffered in 1921, FDR was careful to present himself as a hale and jaunty optimist who was seldom seen without a grin. The President was one of the first national leaders to use the radio as a means of establishing a rapport with the American public. Among his many inspiring pronouncements, the most enduring is from Roosevelt’s first inaugural address: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
A World War I American AMSCO tank occupied Roosevelt Triangle until 1942 when it was removed along with military artillery displayed in many other small park triangles, and salvaged as material to support the war effort during World War II. The bronze sculpture that now stands in Roosevelt Triangle was donated by the Peter Putnam-Mildred Andrews Fund in 1976. This abstract piece, Harlem Hybrid, is the wo ...More...
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2019 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
(May/June) a two-day jaunt to New York City for my 62nd birthday,
(July) two-weeks out west for San Diego Comic-Con and sites in Utah,
(August) a four-day jaunt to Massachusetts to experience rain in another state.
That's it so far!