This season’s Yeezy show, entitled, Season 4, was shrouded in a bit of mystery. Invitees received an email on Wednesday morning instructing them to meet at a location on the Upper West Side in Manhattan in order to board a bus that will shuttle them all to the show’s until recently undisclosed venue; it was later confirmed as Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island.
As a state park, West's choice of venue, which is owned by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, likely required quite a bit of planning. Between special events permits, sound permits and an array of insurance (including city-required property damage insurance of at least $1,000,000.00), the making of West's show is no small (or inexpensive) feat. And in case that's not enough, the park is closed all day in preparation for the show, which began over an hour and a half later than scheduled. According to Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Acting President Susan Rosenthal, “We found out about it Friday [September 2nd] afternoon. We made a decision for safety reasons to close Southpoint park during the event.”