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”



Fall For Arts

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On Saturday. October 10th, the RIHS participated in our Fall For Arts.  Our kids had a great time coloring images of our landmark structures.










November Issue of Blackwell’s Almanac

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Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s most recent newsletter is now available!

 Vol. 1 No. 4 Blackwell’s Almanac click link to view.



Issue 3 of Blackwell’s Almanac, RIHS Newsletter – Available now

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Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s August Newsletter

 Vol 1 No 3 Blackwell’s Almanac   Click link to view.



Monarch Event on Roosevelt Island Saturday, July 18th

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Click MonarchEventSatJuly182015 to see the colorful flyer.

iDig2Learn hosts a free Monarch Butterfly Corridor planting on Roosevelt Island this SAT July 18th from 11 AM to 3 PM Rain or shine.  Meet at RI Community garden main gate at 11 AM.
In partnership with RIOC, RIGC, RIHS, RIYP and the Girl Scouts, iDig2Learn will host a planting of the milkweed plant that monarch butterflies, which have suffered a severe loss of habitat, heavily depend upon.  These destinations will serve as a flight corridor for monarch butterflies on their migrations south to warmer weather every fall.
Thanks to generous grants provided by Citizens Committee for NYC, City Gardens Club of NYC and Grow to Learn NYC, and fiscal sponsors 217PTA and RI Youth Program, this event is free.
Please join us as we form a managed milkweed haven together and restore wildlife micro-habitats here on Roosevelt Island.




The Rocky History of Roosevelt Island

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Here’s a link to an article by Judith Berdy, which was published on on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

The Rocky History of Roosevelt Island

At its heart, this American landmark is a a living, historical embodiment of the major issues Hillary Clinton wants to champion. By Judith Berdy




Blackwell’s Almanac (Vol 1 No 2) Now available

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Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s Newsletter

Blackwell’s Almanac (Vol1,No2) Click link to view



Link to Blackwell’s Almanac – RIHS Newsletter

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Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s Newsletter

2015  Blackwell’s Almanac (click to view)



“The Roosevelt Island Tram” Video by Allison Pichert Walker

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In a video produced by documentary filmmaker Allison Pichert Walker, Judith Berdy, president of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, discusses the importance of the Tram to the Island. Says Ms. Berdy: “Without the Tram, we’d be a very boring, subway-oriented community.” (Visit Ms. Walker’s website to learn about her work with nonprofits.)

This is “The Roosevelt Island Tram” by ap on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love…




Fisher Landau Center for Art – Special Exhibit

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The Roosevelt Island Historical Society

Invites you to visit the

Fisher Landau Center for Art,

Long Island City, N

Special Exhibit:

2014 Fisher Landau Center for Art

Fisher Landau Center for Art – website

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Meet at 11:30 a.m.

Transportation to be advised.

Donation: $25- members, $35- non-members

Reservations: 212-688-4836,

Join us for an optional lunch following the visit at a local restaurant.