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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

 

May

9

May Issue of Blackwell’s Almanac – Available Now

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World War I recruiting poster. By war’s end, some 21,000 nurses had served overseas. Photo credit: American Red Cross and Library of Congress.

Click on the link to read the latest issue of Blackwell’s Almanac. Enjoy!

2017 May Issue Blackwell’s Almanac

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

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

2

Our next Free Lecture – Madison Square: The Vibrant History of a Unique City Center

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The Roosevelt Island Historical Society
Presents a Free Lecture

Madison Square: The Vibrant History of a Unique City Center

by Miriam Berman, Author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks

New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island
Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m.

 

An engraving by T. Schussler, A Rainy Night, Madison Square, depicts a small triangular plot of land formed by the crossing of Fifth Avenue and Broadway at 23rd Street. This night scene from about the early 1880s features a one-story building upon which sits a screen, onto which is projected by magic lantern a simple pronouncement: The Center of the United States — Here.

Let us take a look at this site and the immediate environs of Madison Square Park and its architectural treasures. Miriam Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks, will introduce the numerous personalities who were inspired to create some of their finest work in this dynamic neighborhood in a lecture at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m.

The lecture is sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, and supported by Riverwalk Point and Rivercross Tenants’ Corporation.  It is the third 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 date below for the remaining lecture in the series:

12/8/16        Green-Wood After 178 Years: Past, Present and Future

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.

2016 RIHS NYPL Logo  www.rihs.usriverwalkpoint-logo

May

3

Celebrate the Roosevelt Island Tram’s 40th Anniversary

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2016 Tram Pic Top 

2016 Tram 40th Text2016 Tram 40th Bottom 

Watch for details

Click the link for the full flyer 2016 May CELBRATE TRAM 40

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.

May

19

Blackwell’s Almanac (Vol 1 No 2) Now available

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Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s Newsletter

Blackwell’s Almanac (Vol1,No2) 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)

Oct

31

“The Roosevelt Island Tram” Video by Allison Pichert Walker

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In a video produced by documentary filmmaker Allison Pichert Walker, Judith Berdy, president of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, discusses the importance of the Tram to the Island. Says Ms. Berdy: “Without the Tram, we’d be a very boring, subway-oriented community.” (Visit Ms. Walker’s website allisonpichert.com to learn about her work with nonprofits.)

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