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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.

 

Dec

4

RIHS Holiday Windows at Rivercross and Holiday Kiosk Shopping

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Come visit our holiday windows in Rivercross, located next to the Subway Sandwich Shop, every day in December.  Enjoy our windows done almost entirely of items available for sale in the RIHS Visitor Center Kiosk.

The Kiosk is open daily (except Tuesday) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.  

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Our tree of gifts is full of great items to buy, especially all kinds of buses, trains, taxis, and even our tram!  

 

Our mischievous squirrel, Geraldine, is at it again, eating Santa’s treat of cookies while waiting for him to arrive.  Our other friendly squirrels, Gerard and Jeanette, are busy coloring our Coloring Book!! They are snuggled up in bed and having a fun time reading all those books about Roosevelt Island.

Thanks to our super decor elf, Karine Wong, for her creative talents along with Judith Berdy, Judy Connorton, and Ellen Jacoby!

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.

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Nov

24

Shop This Saturday, Nov 26th 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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SHOP THE VISITOR CENTER KIOSK

(at the Roosevelt Island Tram Plaza)

Saturday, November 26th

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Cards, Gifts, Toys, Puzzles, Magnets, Stuffed Squirrels, Pins, Tram Puzzles, Model Trains and much more………….

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society

 

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.

Jan

29

Link to Blackwell’s Almanac – RIHS Newsletter

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Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s Newsletter

2015  Blackwell’s Almanac (click to view)

Sep

5

Tour of the City College of New York Campus

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The Roosevelt Island Historical Society

Tour of the City College of New York Campus

With Tour Leader Dalton Whiteside

Tuesday–September 30, 2014 (rain date October 7)

Our tour will begin at 10:30 a.m., starting at the north end of the campus at the crossing of 141st Avenue, just near the Hamilton Grange National Memorial (at 414 W 141st St, New York, NY 10031).

After a stroll by the historic home of our nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury, we will continue on to City College’s iconic Perpendicular Gothic campus and its subsequent buildings that were later built to house various disciplines of the college. Along our tour, we will visit the Great Hall, Lincoln Corridor, and a Shepard’s grand Reception Room.

Additionally, we will cover the history of several significant buildings that preceded some of the present campus structures, their importance in the community, and untimely ends.

Next, we will arrive at what is sometimes known as the “South Campus” where you will have the opportunity to visit the Architecture Library and view the Spitzer School of Architecture’s newest exhibit on the renowned architect, Antoni Gaudi.  Some original models have been brought from Spain especially for this exhibit that highlight his unique works. If the weather holds we can ascend to the building’s roof for great views of the city.

Lastly, we have the wonderful opportunity to explore the newly constructed Science Research Center buildings whose land holds a fascinating history of being the former home of the Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart.

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To register for this tour e-mail rooseveltislandhistory@gmail.com

Fee is $25- for RIHS members and $35- for guests

For more information call (212) 688-4836

(lunch will be optional at local restaurant)

May

9

Welfare Island in the Time of Edward Hopper – Free event – May 14, 2013

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Welfare Island in the Time of Edward Hopper

“Blackwell’s Island " Edward Hopper, 1928

“Blackwell’s Island ” Edward Hopper, 1928

EDWARD HOPPER’S VIEW OF BLACKWELL ISLAND

The announcement that Edward Hopper’s 1928 painting Blackwell Island would be auctioned at Christie’s on May 23rd has sparked a revival of interest in this work.

The painting is the subject of a lecture by Judith Berdy, President, Roosevelt Island Historical Society, in a program sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, on Tuesday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m.

The painting features the north end of what is now Roosevelt Island and its dark silhouetted buildings includes the Metropolitan Hospital dome and other hospital buildings.  The lecture will incorporate period photographs to explore the context of Hopper’s 1928 work.

Blackwell Island, owned by a private American collector, has frequently been exhibited at leading museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The work has never been auctioned before.  The painting is being auctioned by Christie’s on May 23rd and will be on view at Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza from May 19 to 22, 2013.

The event is FREE and open to the public.