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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.