The Roosevelt Island Historical Society
Tour of the City College of New York Campus
With Tour Leader Dalton Whiteside
Tuesday–September 30, 2014 (rain date October 7)
Our tour will begin at 10:30 a.m., starting at the north end of the campus at the crossing of 141st Avenue, just near the Hamilton Grange National Memorial (at 414 W 141st St, New York, NY 10031).
After a stroll by the historic home of our nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury, we will continue on to City College’s iconic Perpendicular Gothic campus and its subsequent buildings that were later built to house various disciplines of the college. Along our tour, we will visit the Great Hall, Lincoln Corridor, and a Shepard’s grand Reception Room.
Additionally, we will cover the history of several significant buildings that preceded some of the present campus structures, their importance in the community, and untimely ends.
Next, we will arrive at what is sometimes known as the “South Campus” where you will have the opportunity to visit the Architecture Library and view the Spitzer School of Architecture’s newest exhibit on the renowned architect, Antoni Gaudi. Some original models have been brought from Spain especially for this exhibit that highlight his unique works. If the weather holds we can ascend to the building’s roof for great views of the city.
Lastly, we have the wonderful opportunity to explore the newly constructed Science Research Center buildings whose land holds a fascinating history of being the former home of the Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart.
To register for this tour e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Fee is $25- for RIHS members and $35- for guests
For more information call (212) 688-4836
(lunch will be optional at local restaurant)
Lost and Found in Goldwater
A Photographic Record
TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014
Roosevelt Island Branch, New York Public Library
524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island
Goldwater Hospital’s closing gave photographer Charles Giraudet the opportunity to photograph for posterity this 75-year old building. Built by the WPA, Goldwater is a showplace of creative and forward-thinking architecture. Join Charles Giraudet and the Roosevelt Island Historical Society for a photographic walk through the now silent halls, byways and passages of this architectural masterpiece.
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. Lately, his projects have been revolving 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. He is currently documenting Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, New York, which is being demolished to make room for the new Cornell Tech campus.
Roosevelt Island Historical Society www.rihs.us
The New York Public Library Roosevelt Island Branch
This program is free and open to the public.
Join Historian Robert Singleton for a Fascinating Journey thru our Neighboring Borough
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11th
Roosevelt Island Branch, NYPL,
524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island
In the early years of the 20th century, Queens County underwent an enormous transformation.
The Queensboro Bridge of 1909 forever changed the landscape of this primarily rural area into the urban metropolis it is today. Forgotten Queens shows New York’s largest borough between the years 1920 and 1950, when it was adorned with some of the finest model housing and planned communities anywhere in the country.
Victorian mansions, cookie-cutter row houses, fishing shacks and beach-side bungalows all coexisted next to workplaces and commercial areas. Beckoning with the torch of the new century and a bright promise for those who dared to pioneer its urban wilderness, Queens flourished as a community.
Robert Singleton, Executive Director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society will take us on a journey thru these neighborhoods, moments from Roosevelt Island.
Evoking Edward Hopper’s “Blackwell’s Island”
Curated by Judith Berdy and Sean McGee
The Roosevelt Island Historical Society is proud to present the opening of a new exhibition, Evoking Edward Hopper’s “Blackwell’s Island”, at The Octagon Gallery, 888 Main Street, on Roosevelt Island. The Opening Reception will be held on August 12, 2013, from 5-8 pm in The Octagon Gallery. Evoking Edward Hopper’s “Blackwell’s Island” may also be viewed during normal Gallery hours from 10am-8pm daily, through September 7, 2013.
On May 23, 2013, Edward Hopper’s original oil canvas, Blackwell’s Island (1928), was sold at Christies for 19.2 million dollars during the auction house’s American Art sale. Hopper’s famous work has been previously exhibited by several prominent galleries, including the Carnegie Institute, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The most recent Roosevelt Island Historical Society exhibition, Evoking Edward Hopper’s “Blackwell’s Island”, will feature a full-size canvas reproduction of Blackwell’s Island, alongside photographs of the actual historical images which are part of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s collection of buildings, scenery, and people which Edward Hopper depicted in the work. The intent of the exhibition is to provide visitors with an historical exegesis of Mr. Hopper’s work while, simultaneously, personalizing it through a display within The Octagon, which is one of the buildings prominently featured in the painting itself.
The Roosevelt Island Historical Society extends special thanks to those sponsors who helped make this exhibition possible including Christie’s, Becker + Becker, PRC Management, and Gallery RIVAA.
A dose of rich Island history isn’t the only thing you can receive at the Roosevelt Island Visitor Center Kiosk this summer! In addition to its large collection of regular merchandise, the Visitor Center Kiosk has recently added an entirely new array of wonderful products and Island memorabilia to its collection which you can purchase to call your own! New items on sale now include:
All items listed above are now available for purchase at the Roosevelt Island Visitor Center Kiosk, located next to the Island’s Tramway Station. Make your visit today!
Welfare Island in the Time of Edward Hopper
EDWARD HOPPER’S VIEW OF BLACKWELL ISLAND
The announcement that Edward Hopper’s 1928 painting Blackwell Island would be auctioned at Christie’s on May 23rd has sparked a revival of interest in this work.
The painting is the subject of a lecture by Judith Berdy, President, Roosevelt Island Historical Society, in a program sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, on Tuesday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m.
The painting features the north end of what is now Roosevelt Island and its dark silhouetted buildings includes the Metropolitan Hospital dome and other hospital buildings. The lecture will incorporate period photographs to explore the context of Hopper’s 1928 work.
Blackwell Island, owned by a private American collector, has frequently been exhibited at leading museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The work has never been auctioned before. The painting is being auctioned by Christie’s on May 23rd and will be on view at Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza from May 19 to 22, 2013.
The event is FREE and open to the public.
TIME TO UNWIND:
THE MOUNT VERNON HOTEL MUSEUM &
LEISURE IN JACKSONIAN NEW YORK
Built in 1799 and one of the eight oldest buildings in New York City, The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden interprets travel, leisure, work and play in diverse antebellum New York.
Dana Settles, Curator of Education, will describe the leisure activities of New Yorkers in the 1820s. Some highlights will include traditional toasts and activities in the taverns, and the guests who frequented these locales.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
The NYPL Branch Library, 524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island
Sponsors: The Roosevelt Island Historical Society and The New York Public Library, Roosevelt Island Branch
This program is FREE and Open to the Public
The Roosevelt Island Historical Society promotes awareness of our Island’s unique story and pursues preservation of its landmarks and artifacts.
This program is funded by the office of City Council Member Jessica Lappin
DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island.
Take the red bus for 25 cents or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.
Click here to view the FDR Four Freedoms Park website.
The park is open Thursday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. only.
On Friday, September 21st, over 50 members of Plattsburgh State University School Nurse Training Class of 1965 returned to Welfare Island, now Roosevelt Island. This group of students studied not only to be registered nurses but school nurse teachers. They were at Plattsburgh for an intensive four year program that ran all year. They received the equivalent of an RN and teaching degree in what would now take five years to complete.
The students spent their first and last year at Plattsburgh and came to NYC to do practical nursing at Metropolitan Hospital (The Met). By the time the Class of ’65 arrived, The Met had moved to Manhattan. Each day the students were driven from the Central Nurses Residence to The Met, which is located at 97th Street and First Avenue. The second year the students relocated to a residence, Draper Hall, which had been newly built in Manhattan.
The alumni had a tour of The Met on Thursday (9/20/12) and a full day of visiting the hospital and remembering their time there. On Friday (9/21/12), they came to Roosevelt Island where Judith Berdy, RIHS Board President, guided them on a full day tour of the island including Lighthouse Park, Octagon, Main Street, Southpoint Park as well as passing by many of our island landmark structures. Everyone was most impressed with the great views of The Met from Lighthouse Park; where a group photo was taken.
Though little is left of the sites some remembered, the island was most impressive to them and interesting memories were shared among the group. The nurses recollected how they became big city sophisticates and recalled that returning to campus was boring. It seemed that many of the students were busy swallowing goldfish.