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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. Wait-list as of 10/24/17.

An art expert will lead the tour.

Tickets are $50 each. Proceeds benefit RIHS.

Wait-list for tickets. Thank you for your support.


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

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 –

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 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.