Four Freedoms Park: Social Welfare & the City Field Trip

September 17, 2016 • Post by

Filed to: ResearchTurnstile Studio

Research supporting educational field trips to Four Freedoms Park using the visible landscape to tell the history of public housing in New York City

Turnstile Studio was selected by the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy to conduct supporting research for an educational program focusing on the history of social welfare in New York City. Using the landscape visible from the park, located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in the East River, we identified a series of structures that typified different modes of housing to trace the history of housing for New Yorkers in need from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. Research included examining primary and secondary source materials from local archives, including the New-York Historical Society, the New York City Municipal Archives, the New York Public Library, and the La Guardia and Wagner Archives at La Guardia Community College.