Aug

24

NYPL Fall 2016 Lecture Series Begins September 8, 2016

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“The East River – The Heart of New York”

The Hudson may be the road to the ‘Inland Empire,’ as the Midwest was once called, but it was on the East River where New York lived and worked. This talk, by Bob Singleton, Executive Director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, covers the waterway that extends from Governors Island to Fort Totten.

Join us at 6:30 p.m.

New York Public Library Branch

524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island

All programs are free and open to the public.

www.rihs.us

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Aug

4

August edition of Blackwell’s Almanac is here!

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Click on the link below to read the most recent edition of Blackwell’s Almanac

2016 August Blackwell’s Almanac

 

May

22

Autopsy of a Hospital: Photographs by Charles Giraudet – Sunday, May 22, 2 pm-4 pm

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The Roosevelt Island Historical Society

Invites You to the Opening Reception for the Exhibit

Autopsy of a Hospital: Photographs by Charles Giraudet

at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler

Sunday, May 22, 2 pm-4 pm

From 2013-2015, photographer Charles Giraudet documented the final days of Goldwater hospital on Roosevelt Island, before that institution was demolished. Giraudet took some 15,584 photos inside the sprawling 2,106-bed hospital. He photographed every nurses’ station, kitchen, corridor, bedroom, and even the morgue.

Now, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler, with the assistance of the Architectural League of New York, is sponsoring a show of selected photographs from Giraudet’s collection. The images range from serene and beautiful to dark and disturbing. The opening reception takes place on Sunday, May 22 at the Coler canteen, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler, 900 Main Street, Roosevelt Island. The show continues at the Coler canteen from Monday, May 23 through Saturday, May 28 from 10 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 4 pm daily.

About the Photographer
Charles Giraudet‘s earliest memory takes place in his father’s photo studio in Paris, France. After completing his architecture studies, he moved to New York and worked on projects large and small for over 15 years. Giraudet came back to photography when he started to look at the camera itself as an architectural artifact—a room that captures light and fragments of life. A small camera collection ensued with which he has taken images around the globe. His interests revolve around concepts familiar to architects—perception, identity, memory, scale, transformation, the body in space, etc.—and the documentation of the human experience as it is manifested in space. From 2013 to 2015 he documented the de-commissioning and demolition of Coler-Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, NY, selections of which were published in the “Album” section of The New York Times.

The reception and show are FREE and open to the public.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. After leaving either the tram or the subway station, take the Roosevelt Island red bus to the last stop and walk west (toward Manhattan), then north to the main entrance of the hospital.

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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 

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

Mar

15

Spring Lecture Series Continues on Tuesday, April 12

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Roosevelt Island Historical Society

supported by Amalgamated Bank

and New York Public Library

Presents 2016 Spring Lecture Series

Tuesday, April 12th

6:30 p.m.

CHILDBIRTH IN 19TH- CENTURY AMERICA:

THE ROLE OF CHARITY HOSPITAL:

Lecture on Roosevelt Island

For centuries, Childbirth was a dangerous experience, for both women and their babies. In the 19th century, midwives, nurses and doctors at Charity Hospital, which operated on Roosevelt Island until 1957, were recognized as leaders/pioneers in making childbirth a safe experience. Janet Brickman, Professor of History at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, will describe some of their practices in a lecture at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island.

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All programs are free and open to the public.

New York Public Library Branch

524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island.

www.rihs.us

Mar

3

March 8, 2016 Next in the Spring Lecture Series

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Click for full details March 8, 2016 RIHS Spring Lecture Series

Roosevelt Island Historical Society

supported by Amalgamated Bank

and New York Public Library

 

Presents 2016 Spring Lecture Series

 

THE SS COLUMBIA AND RETURN OF THE

HUDSON RIVER DAY LINER

Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Steamboats ruled the Hudson River and many of America’s waterways in the early 20th century. The SS Columbia is one such steamboat; it transported fun-seeking residents from downtown Detroit on an 18 mile, 90-minute pleasure trip to Bois Blanc Island in Canada. Liz McEnaney, Executive Director of the SS Columbia Project, will share the history of the 113-year old boat, its status as a National Historic Landmark vessel and plans to revive the great tradition of steamboats on the Hudson River.

2016 RIHS SS Columbia 2016 RIHS SS Columbia color pic

All programs are free and open to the public.

New York Public Library Branch

524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island.

www.rihs.us

2016 RIHS Amalgamated Bank Logo

 2016 RIHS NYPL Logo

Feb

2

Latest edition of Blackwell’s Almanac available now.

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2016 February Blackwell’s Almanac click to read this edition.

Jan

6

2016 Spring Lecture Series Continues – Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m.

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Roosevelt Island Historical Society

supported by Amalgamated Bank

and New York Public Library

Presents 2016 Spring Lecture Series

2016 RIHS Lecture Series supported by Amalgamated Bank and New York Public Library Click for link

Willard Suitcase

THE STORIES OF THE SUITCASES

Tuesday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m.

When Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995, an employee discovered a large collection of suitcases in storage in an attic. Many of these pieces of luggage contained the personal belongings of former patients. Jon Crispin has photographed the suitcases and their contents; his images offer a window into the lives and personal stories of patients admitted between 1910 and 1960. He will share the photos and what they reveal about the past.

THE SS COLUMBIA AND RETURN OF THE HUDSON RIVER DAY LINER

Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Steamboats ruled the Hudson River and many of America’s waterways in the early 20th century. The SS Columbia is one such steamboat; it transported fun-seeking residents from downtown Detroit on an 18 mile, 90-minute pleasure trip to Bois Blanc Island in Canada. Liz McEnaney, Executive Director of the SS Columbia Project, will share the history of the 113-year old boat, its status as a National Historic Landmark vessel and plans to revive the great tradition of steamboats on the Hudson River.

CHILDBIRTH IN 19TH- CENTURY AMERICA: THE ROLE OF CHARITY HOSPITAL

Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

For centuries, childbirth was a dangerous experience, for both women and their babies. In the 19th century, midwives, nurses and doctors at Charity Hospital, which operated on Roosevelt Island until 1957, were recognized as leaders in making childbirth a safe experience. Janet Brickman, Professor of History at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, will describe some of their practices.

Willard Suitcase                              S.S. Columbia                                   Maternity Hospital

All programs are free and open to the public. New York Public Library Branch, 524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island. www.rihs.us

Dec

15

Roosevelt Island Featured on “$9.99 with Dave Evans” – Dec 16, 2015

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 ROOSEVELT ISLAND FEATURED ON “$9.99 with Dave Evans” Click here for flyer

 ROOSEVELT ISLAND TO BE FEATURED THIS WEDNESDAY

ON “9.99 WITH DAVE EVANS”

 

“Great Outdoors” will have its first airing this Wednesday, December 16th at 9pm.  Remember, our show airs on NYC Life, channel 25 for most, channel 22 on Optimum/Cablevision.  It will rerun as follows:

Fri 12/18/15       2:00pm
Sat 12/19/15      9:30pm
Tue 12/22/15     4:30am

Please tell those you know to watch and feel free to tag us on Twitter or any other social media you’re sharing the news on.

The station’s twitter handle is @nyc_media and Dave’s is @DaveEvans999.

You can also watch the episode anytime online, on our Video on Demand site:

http://a002-vod.nyc.gov/html/videos.php?id=3184

The link will go live at 9pm on December 16th.

Nov

21

Visitors Praise Kiosk Experience

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Each year, thousands of visitors stop in the Kiosk. Some swoop in, grab a map, and leave, while others are extremely interested in Roosevelt Island and spend time chatting with our staff. Two recent visitors were so pleased with their experiences that they took the time to follow up with e-mails to Judith Berdy.

“[…] thanks so much for remembering to send that!  And thanks for chatting with us on Saturday.  Another really enjoyable visit to RI!  Hope to see you there again soon – have a great week and all the best, Tom.”

“I want to thank you for taking time to help me understand and appreciate Roosevelt Island.  I spent more than three hours walking around, taking photos and visiting with people there before taking the tram back to Manhattan. The map was an incredible help.  Something else I got from you was the yellow Archtober brochure.  I attended four interesting tours and lectures which I would not have known about had you not told me about the annual event.  Anyway, now that I’m back in Portland, OR I found your card among my NYC papers and now you know that your presence at the information center on Roosevelt Island made a difference to my NYC experience.  Thank you.  YT,  Corlene”