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Four Freedoms Park

James Andrew - Four Freedoms Park - photo Scott McBee

James Andrew – Four Freedoms Park – photo Scott MvBee

Less than five minutes from the island of Manhattan lies the East River’s Roosevelt Island. Once known as Blackwell’s Island (and host to grim 19th c. asylums, and prisons) and later Welfare Island, the late sixties and accompanying ideas of urban renewal saw a massive plan (spearheaded by Philip Johnson and John Burgee) to reinvent the island that we now refer to as Roosevelt Island. Indeed the island continues to blossom, and is known worldwide for its many important architectural masterpieces, not to mention its vibrant residential community.

The original renewal plan included constructing a memorial to President Roosevelt to be named Four Freedoms Park; an homage to Roosevelt’s legacy, and in particular, a celebration of his ’41 speech highlighting four guiding principles of freedom—namely: freedom of speech; freedom of worship; freedom from want; and freedom from fear.

Architect Louis Kahn - F.D.R.Four Freedoms Park

Architect Louis Kahn – F.D.R.Four Freedoms Park

The iconic architect, Louis Kahn, was chosen for the task, and he drew up a brilliant plan in 1973, but died unexpectedly soon thereafter. With the city in a finacial slump, the construction plans faltered, not to be fully realized until some 38 years later, (confirming one of our favorite adages, “delays are not necessarily denials!”). I was absolutely thrilled to have finally seen it with our very own Scott McBee recently while out on a little city adventure. This is one of those WIJW must see NYC gems.

To celebrate Roosevelt and Kahn, I dressed up Gatsby-style in a white and grey striped cotton suit by Gucci, Tom Ford purple and white gingham shirt, paisley bow tie, purple glen plaid cotton pocket square and white suede cap toe lace up shoes, vintage straw hat, purple alligator belt with silver buckle by Ralph Lauren, Rolex watch and my fragrance is Creed Orange Spice.


  1. Danny says:

    Blowing the “No White after Labor Day or before Memorial Day” truism nonchalantly out of the water…. But what will they say at Vanity Fair???

  2. Jeff says:

    James — Great shoes! What brand are they? When did you get them? I don’t think I’ve seen them on your blog before.

  3. Valentino B says:

    I love your shoes! By the way it looks like you’ve lost a lot of weight! Good for you! 🙂

  4. James Andrew says:

    Dear Danny,

    Thank You and I thought the grey stripes made it less white 😉



  5. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Valentino B,

    Why Thank You!

    These shoes are so divine- my first time wearing them.

    Well yes time to shed a few of those luxurious winter pounds – it’s almost speedo season after all.



  6. James Andrew says:

    Hello Jeff,

    Thank You!

    They are tremendous!

    By Tom Ford, and yes this is my first time wearing them.



  7. Oonagh says:

    Very Jay Gatsby – we like!

  8. I can only hope and pray that in the new movie “Gatsby” can even “touch you” in style and bearing!!

    I was an English major….love F.Scott Fitzgerald……did my “thesis” a million years ago on HIM (for my masters); and the last movie was “dead in the water”!! Mia Farrow, and Robert Redford. I damn near feel asleep! (some great critic said it reminded him of a body at the bottom of the pool for too long)….true. IT was so so so so bad!!!
    Cringe!! Did you ever see it? HOLLOW! Missed the point….completely.

    I don’t have high hopes…..do you????.I may not even see it!

    But I have printed you out! You will reside on my refrigerator (with ribbons….not magnets!!) as the true “Gatsby”


  9. Just so you know…….if Vanity Fair says anything……except “Bravo”!

    I will cancel my subscription!


  10. Dean Farris says:

    You look stunning James.

  11. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Oonagh,

    I am attempting to live up to my reputation as the “technological reincarnation of the Great Gatsby”.



  12. James Andrew says:

    My Dear Penelope,

    Funnily enough I share your sentiments!

    The film from the 70’s is so sublime I am afraid to venture beyond that.

    But perhaps I should embrace the new or at least be open to this idea.

    As you know I carry the monoker of the “technological reincarnation of the Great Gastsby” I guess I need to milk that for all that it is worth.



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