On the morning of March 29, 2010, the FDR Four Freedoms Park construction team broke ground. With one Komatso backhoe loader and a Caterpillar, our small excavation team began to move the earth in search for bedrock to support the Room. Here is a photo of Day 1!
Below is an aerial photograph of Roosevelt Island taken circa 1987. Back then, the southern tip's elevation was then nearly at sea level. (In the 1950s and 60s the elevation of the southern tip grew as New York City landfill was deposited there.) The image also shows the working Delacorte Geyser and the City Hospital! The Island is always changing. Next development: Cornell!