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Oct

19

RIHS Fall Benefit: An Exclusive Private Tour of the Art Installations at Cornell Tech

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The Roosevelt Island Historical Society

cordially invites you to the RIHS Fall Benefit:

 

An Exclusive Private Tour of the Art Installations at Cornell Tech

Tuesday, November 14th 6:30 p.m.
Cornell Tech Campus, Roosevelt Island

This special behind-the-scenes event features a private VIP tour of the five art installations of Cornell Tech.  Limited tickets.

An art expert will lead the tour.

Tickets are $50 each. Proceeds benefit RIHS.

To purchase tickets, click here for PayPal.






Instructions on the exact meeting location will be sent following your ticket purchase.

Questions? Contact Judith Berdy, RIHS President, jbird134@aol.com

Photo: ABSTRACTION, by Ilya Bolotowksy, Goldwater Hospital, 1940; one of the five art installations featured on the Tour.

Oct

4

Blissville: Hidden Corner of Long Island City

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Blissville: Hidden Corner of Long Island City

Film Screening and Discussion with Documentarian Hank Linhart

 – Free and open to the Public –

 Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m.

524 Main Street

New York Public Library – Roosevelt Island Branch

Get a fascinating close-up look at a hidden corner of Roosevelt Island’s nearby neighbor, Long Island City (LIC), in the one-hour film Blissville.

In Blissville, documentarian Hank Linhart captures the varied businesses in this historic neighborhood within LIC named after Neziah Bliss, who owned most of the land in the 1830s and 1840s. These include a sushi factory, an Afghan bakery, and a company that manufactures replicas of the Statue of Liberty. Blissville also documents the every day lives of LIC residents, including a rare glimpse into a community of the Romani (known in the English speaking world as gypsies).

The film Bilssville is based on research that Mr. Linhart began in 1989, suspended in 1996, resumed in 2012, and completed in 2017. Following the screening of Biissville, Mr. Linhart will lead an audience discussion.

The event, free and open to the public, is the second in the Society’s annual series of Fall Lectures.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue, the F train, or the NYC Ferry (Astoria route) to Roosevelt Island. Take the island’s free Red Bus 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.

Oct

4

Lecture: Art Deco Metropolis: The Magnificent Buildings of Modern New York

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Art Deco Metropolis: The Magnificent Buildings of Modern New York

– Free and open to the Public 

Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m.

524 Main Street

New York Public Library – Roosevelt Island Branch

 

The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, and Rockefeller Center are among the hundreds of Art Deco monuments during the 1920s and ‘30s and that shaped the image of New York City as the world’s Modern Metropolis. 

Photo Credit: Joyce Ravid

Noted architectural historian and author Anthony W. Robins will give an illustrated lecture on this enriching aspect of New York’s history. Mr. Robins is the author of three books on New York City architecture, including New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture (SUNY Press, 2017).  A Q & A will follow the lecture.

Coined in the 1960s to describe a style of French decorative arts, Art Deco now refers to design elements ranging from saltcellars to skyscrapers and produced anywhere in the world during the early decades of the 20th century, using abstract, stylized floral, geometric, or streamlined design.

The event, free and open to the public, is the third in the Society’s annual series of Fall Lectures.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue, the F train, or the NYC Ferry (Astoria route) to Roosevelt Island. Take the island’s free Red Bus 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.

Oct

4

Lecture: The FDNY on Blackwell’s and Welfare Islands

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The FDNY on Blackwell’s and Welfare Islands

– Free and open to the Public –

Photo Credit:

 Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

524 Main Street

New York Public Library – Roosevelt Island Branch 

 

The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) has a long and storied presence on Roosevelt Island, according to FDNY historian and author Gary R. Urbanowicz. Walk back in time when only one family lived on Blackwell’s Island, (now known as Roosevelt Island) and trace the development of the firefighters’ presence in the island’s community, up to today’s Special Operations Command.

Mr. Urbanowicz is the author of Badges of the Bravest: A Pictorial History of Fire Departments of New York City.

Mr. Urbanowicz

The event, free and open to the public, is the fourth in the Society’s annual series of Fall Lectures.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue, the F train, or the NYC Ferry (Astoria route) to Roosevelt Island. Take the island’s free Red Bus 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.

Aug

4

2017 August issue of Blackwell’s Almanac now available!

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Check out the latest RIHS issue of Blackwell’s Almanac

Click the link to read the 2017 August issue.

2017 August Blackwell’s Almanac

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 

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