NYC’s Largest Pride Flag Is Unveiled on Roosevelt Island

A huge 100-by-30-foot Pride flag now graces a giant staircase on Roosevelt Island.

Hanging on the Grand Stairs in Four Freedoms State Park, the Progress Pride Flag was installed as a symbol of solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community and as a reminder of the collective progress needed to achieve the Four Freedoms proclaimed by President Franklin. D. Roosevelt are outlined. in 1941 – freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

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“Four Freedoms Park Conservancy’s mission is unique and simple: we create public programs, commission public art and produce installations to trigger the protection of fundamental human rights. President Franklin Roosevelt articulated these in 1941 in what now seems astonishingly prescient: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. This is what The Progress Pride Flag stands for: inclusion means inclusion in all freedoms, from economic security to freedom from fear and of course freedom of expression,” said Howard Axel, CEO of Four Freedoms Park Conservancy.

The installation is also part of a series of special public offerings commemorating the 10th anniversary of the State Park, which opened to the public in 2012.

To help launch the Progress Pride Flag stint at Four Freedoms Park, the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy tapped Ballet Hispánico to celebrate and teaching at the Free to be You children’s festival in the Park on Saturday 18 June.

You can view the flag yourself for free Wednesday through Monday from 9am to 7pm. Just take the streetcar at East 60th St. or the Second Avenue F train to Roosevelt Island.

“We are proud to send this bold message of inclusion and acceptance to FDR Four Freedoms State Park,” said Erik Kulleseid, New York State Parks Commissioner. “Thanks to the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy for helping to make the park welcoming and open to all — and reiterating what it means to be free.”

Progress Pride Flag Four Freedoms State Park
Photo: Courtesy of Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

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