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May

24

Port of Empire: How Jamaica Bay Nearly Became a Great World Harbor

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The Roosevelt Island Historical Society
Presents a Free Lecture

Port of Empire: How Jamaica Bay Nearly Became
a Great World Harbor

by Thomas J. Campanella

Cornell Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP)
26 Broadway, NY, NY

Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m.  

Reservations are required for this event. Please e-mail rooseveltislandhistory@gmail.com or call 212-688-4836 by June 5, 2017

By the early 1900s, Gotham’s aging harbor facilities could barely keep up with the surging shipments into and out of the city. Officials feared that the completion of the Panama Canal would place an even greater burden on New York’s port infrastructure, much of which dated from the Civil War era.  The city needed to upgrade quickly if it was to maintain its position as America’s leading port. Brooklyn had the answer—or so it seemed.

Thomas J. Campanella will share the story of how Jamaica Bay almost became a world-class harbor in a free lecture at Cornell’s new Architecture and Planning (AAP) facility at 26 Broadway, New York, New York, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Thomas J. Campanella is Professor of City Planning at Cornell University and Historian-in-Residence of the New York City Parks Department,  He has written for The New York Times, Salon, Wired and the Wall Street Journal, and splits his time between Ithaca and the Marine Park neighborhood of Brooklyn where he grew up.  ,

This lecture is sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society and supported by Bozzuto Management and Amalgamated Bank. It is the final lecture in the Society’s spring lecture series.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required.

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society promotes awareness of Roosevelt Island’s unique story and pursues the preservation of its landmarks and artifacts.  For more information, please visit www.rihs.us

 

Apr

21

Reminder: Annual Cherry Blossom Walk

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Reminder:
Join the Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s

Annual Cherry Blossom Walk

Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 11 a.m.

Suggested Donation:

Adults – $15; Seniors & Students – $10

Reservations Requested

Join the Roosevelt Island Historical Society for this delightful spring walk, led by RIHS President Judith Berdy. You’ll enjoy the beauty of the season and learn about our fascinating island.

The tour leaves from the Visitor Center Kiosk, Tram Plaza, Roosevelt Island.

To participate in this walk, please call
212-688-4836 or email rooseveltislandhistory@gmail.com
Space is limited, so reserve your place promptly!

www.rihs.us

Mar

20

4/6/17 – Lecture “Metropolitan Hospital Goes to the Great War”

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Metropolitan Hospital Goes to the Great War

Base Hospital 48, Mars-sur-Allier, France

The wounded and dying soldiers on the battlefields of the Great War required a new level of medical care. Roosevelt Island’s Metropolitan Hospital played a role as one of a number of American hospitals that sent doctors, nurses and other staff members to run base hospitals in Europe during World War I

Presented by Judith Berdy, President of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society

at the

New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island

Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

The lecture marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I on April 6, 1917 and is sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society. The event is FREE and open to the public.

It is the second in the Society’s annual series of spring lectures.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. Take the red bus (no charge) or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society promotes awareness of our Island’s unique story and pursues preservation of its landmarks and artifacts.

For more information, please visit www.rihs.us

Mar

7

March 19 -Tour of the Three New Second Avenue Subway Stations

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The 72nd Street Station features the work of mosaic artist Vik Muniz.

Photo credit: Judith Berdy.

If You Missed Our First Tour:
Join the Roosevelt Island Historical Society
on a Tour of the Three New Second Avenue Subway Stations
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Meet at 1 p.m. at the Roosevelt Island Subway Station
Suggested Donation: $15.00

On Sunday, March 19, Roosevelt Island Historical Society president Judy Berdy will lead an encore tour of the three new Second Avenue Subway Stations: 72nd, 86th and 96th Streets.

This is a wonderful opportunity to admire the artwork and innovation of this dramatic expansion of public transportation.

Meet at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 19th at the Roosevelt Island Subway Station, in the waiting area on the upper level, just past the turnstile.

Reservations requested. E-mail rihistory@gmail.com

or call 212-688-4836or 917-744-3721.

www.rihs.us

Mar

4

Save April 30th for the Great Springtime Tour

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Save the date for:

Great Spring Time Tour:

Roosevelt Island Historical Society

9th Annual Cherry Blossom Walk

Sunday, April 30th

11 a.m.

Tour leaves from the Visitor Center

Tram Plaza, Roosevelt Island

 Suggested Donation: $15.00 adults/seniors

Reservations requested: rooseveltislandhistory@gmail.com

or

212-688-4836

www.rihs.us

Feb

21

Roosevelt Island Historical Society Sponsors Lectures at NYPL

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NORTH BROTHER ISLAND:

THE LAST UNKNOWN PLACE IN NEW YORK CITY

With Christopher Payne

Travel to a place frozen in time: North Brother Island, which few have heard of, sits in the East River between The Bronx and Riker’s IslandChristopher Payne, photographer, will explore the colorful past, present, and future of this island in a lecture.

New York Public Library Branch
524 Main Street on Roosevelt Island
Thursday, March 2, 2016
at 6:30 p.m.

North Brother Island once was the site of Riverside Hospital, a quarantine hospital originally situated on Blackwell’s Island, and later to residences for veterans, and finally a juvenile drug treatment center. Today, it is a wildlife sanctuary, home to the Black-crowned Night Heron and nature is reclaiming the abandoned buildings.  It is closed to the public and Payne was granted permission by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to photograph and document the island.

Learn about the notorious past (residents included Typhoid Mary) and view spectacular photographs at Payne’s lecture, sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

This is the first in a series of spring lectures sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

            The event is FREE and open to the public.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. Take the red bus (no charge) or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.

 

Nov

27

Free Lecture – GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

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The Roosevelt Island Historical Society
Presents a Free Lecture

GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

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with

Jeff Richman, Historian of Green-wood Cemetery
at the
New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island
Thursday, December 8th  at 6:30 p.m. 

 

Learn about the final resting place of 570,000 permanent residents, where the 178-year- old cemetery has been and where it is going. Jeff Richman will talk about the landscape design, trees, sculptures, buildings and more.  We will see 19th century photographs along with contemporary images.

The lecture is sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, and supported by Riverwalk Point and Rivercross Tenants’ Corporation.   It is the fourth in a series of fall lectures sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

All lectures take place at 6:30 p.m. at the NYPL branch at 524 Main Street. 

Save the dates below for our spring 2017 lecture series. Please send your suggestions for lecture topics to  rooseveltislandhistory@gmail.com or call 212-688-4836.  

Thursday, March 2

Thursday, April 6

Thursday, May 4

Thursday, June 8

These events are FREE and open to the public.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. Take the red bus (no charge) or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.

www.rihs.us
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Nov

9

February 2017 Edition of Blackwell’s Almanac Available

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Click on the link to view the PDF

February 2017 Blackwell’s Almanac 

Nov

21

Fall For Arts

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On Saturday. October 10th, the RIHS participated in our Fall For Arts.  Our kids had a great time coloring images of our landmark structures.

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Aug

17

Issue 3 of Blackwell’s Almanac, RIHS Newsletter – Available now

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Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s August Newsletter

 Vol 1 No 3 Blackwell’s Almanac   Click link to view.