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UES IS HOME TO AMERICA’S MOST EXPENSIVE NEIGHBORHOOD
Forbes released its annual list of the country’s most expensive ZIP codes last week, and for the first time ever, a Manhattan neighborhood came out on top. The Upper East Side’s 10065 ZIP, which covers 60th to 68th Street between the East River and Central Park, boasts a median price of $6.5 million for homes. The most expensive residence actually has yet to be built, but will soon be a six-story limestone townhouse with an underground pool, a waterfall and a glass elevator—and a $40 million price tag.

Also in the running was Greenwich Village, ranked No. 6. According to Forbes, the main factor behind this year’s most expensive neighborhoods is “lack of inventory,” so it is no surprise that Manhattan ZIP codes rank highly.

President Bill Clinton glances at the camera during the dedication of the new on Roosevelt Island. It is the newest addition and New Yorks’s 214th state park.

LONG-DELAYED FOUR FREEDOMS PARK OPENS THIS WEEK
Almost four decades since it was conceived, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park opened to the public on Wednesday.

The four-acre memorial to the 34th president of the United States sits at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in the East River across from the United Nations building, and features tree-lined walkways, a large bronze bust of Roosevelt, and a granite monument with excerpts quoting the four essential freedoms named in his famous 1941 State of the Union address: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.

The park was originally designed by architect Lawrence Kahn, who died shortly after completing drawings in 1974. Financial troubles caused the city to shelve the project, but it was revived in 2005 by former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. William vanden Heuvel after a documentary on Kahn renewed interest.
“We hope visitors of different ages will understand that the four freedoms are the core values of democracy and that each generation has to be sure to protect them,” said vanden Heuvel in announcing the opening.

The park seeks to transform a nearby abandoned hospital into a visitors’ center over the next several years, and will work with Cornell University, which is opening a graduate school on the island, to build a dock for transporting guests via water taxi.

 

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