Dec

4

RIHS Holiday Windows at Rivercross and Holiday Kiosk Shopping

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Come visit our holiday windows in Rivercross, located next to the Subway Sandwich Shop, every day in December.  Enjoy our windows done almost entirely of items available for sale in the RIHS Visitor Center Kiosk.

The Kiosk is open daily (except Tuesday) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesdays.  

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Our tree of gifts is full of great items to buy, especially all kinds of buses, trains, taxis, and even our tram!  

 

Our mischievous squirrel, Geraldine, is at it again, eating Santa’s treat of cookies while waiting for him to arrive.  Our other friendly squirrels, Gerard and Jeanette, are busy coloring our Coloring Book!! They are snuggled up in bed and having a fun time reading all those books about Roosevelt Island.

Thanks to our super decor elf, Karine Wong, for her creative talents along with Judith Berdy, Judy Connorton, and Ellen Jacoby!

Nov

27

Free Lecture – GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

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The Roosevelt Island Historical Society
Presents a Free Lecture

GREEN-WOOD CEMETERY: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

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with

Jeff Richman, Historian of Green-wood Cemetery
at the
New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island
Thursday, December 8th  at 6:30 p.m. 

 

Learn about the final resting place of 570,000 permanent residents, where the 178-year- old cemetery has been and where it is going. Jeff Richman will talk about the landscape design, trees, sculptures, buildings and more.  We will see 19th century photographs along with contemporary images.

The lecture is sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, and supported by Riverwalk Point and Rivercross Tenants’ Corporation.   It is the fourth 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 dates below for our spring 2017 lecture series. Please send your suggestions for lecture topics to  rooseveltislandhistory@gmail.com or call 212-688-4836.  

Thursday, March 2

Thursday, April 6

Thursday, May 4

Thursday, June 8

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.

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Nov

24

Shop This Saturday, Nov 26th 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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SHOP THE VISITOR CENTER KIOSK

(at the Roosevelt Island Tram Plaza)

Saturday, November 26th

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Cards, Gifts, Toys, Puzzles, Magnets, Stuffed Squirrels, Pins, Tram Puzzles, Model Trains and much more………….

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society

 

Nov

9

November Edition of Blackwell’s Almanac Available

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Click on the link to view the PDF

2016-November Issue of  Blackwells 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.

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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.

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Join us at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

New York Public Library Branch

524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island

All programs are free and open to the public.

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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

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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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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.

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