This week we, the Conservancy’s 2019 interns, sat down with Valentina Ortiz, a Visitor Experience Associate of FDR Four Freedoms State Park, to interview her about her thoughts on Roosevelt Island, the Park, and the Four Freedoms.
FFP: What is one thing you love about Roosevelt Island?
VO: I love that it is surrounded by water. The East River is very special because since the tide keeps changing it has a life of its own. I really like that.
FFP: If you could ensure one of the four freedoms for the whole world, which would it be and why?
VO: I would definitely ensure the freedom from fear. I come from Mexico, one of the most violent countries in the world right now. It is an amazing feeling to be in the US and not be afraid to walk the streets, not be afraid to be attacked in your own house, to not fear when somebody goes outside, as I do in my country. I definitely relate to that and I think it is so important that it would exist in many other countries.
FFP: What do you believe should be someone’s biggest take away after visiting FDR Four Freedoms State Park?
VO: I mean people will take away whatever their heart decides. But for me the park is more than a park; it’s more like a museum and it honors the marvel of art, it honors the marvel of architecture. I think it’s a unique masterpiece. It is more of an intuitive experience rather than a rational experience. That is what I would take away from here.
FFP: If you could go back in time and meet FDR what would you ask or say to him?
VO: I would say two things. I would say that for a man of white privilege he did good things. He did listen to the unions that were pressing on him to do all these social changes. And I would say why not leave one of the four terms for Eleanor to be president.