Lost and Found in Goldwater
A Photographic Record
©Charles Giraudet 2014
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.
Save the dates for:
Great Spring Time Tours:
Roosevelt Island Historical Society
6th Annual Cherry Blossom Walks
Saturday, April 12th & Saturday, April 26th
Tours leave from the Visitor Center
Tram Plaza, Roosevelt Island
Suggested Donation: $10.00
The Roosevelt Island Historical Society
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.
Blackwell’s Island (1928)
By Edward Hopper
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.
Now available for purchase at the RIHS Visitor Center Kiosk, Tram Plaza,
or On-Line at
New merchandise is now available at the Roosevelt Island Visitor Center Kiosk!
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:
Historic Maps and Views of New York – $20
Fandex Family Field Guides: New York City – $12
NYC Eyeglass Focus Cloth – $2
New York City Subway Mouse Pad – $10
Design Ideas New York City Map Magnets: 50 Piece Set – $8
Roosevelt Island MetroCard Holder – $5
Dog Puzzles – $4 each
Queensboro Bridge and Empire State Building Card Holders – $5 each
Adam: The Doodles Man – $25
Rover: The Doodles Dog – $25
Mapkins: New York City – $4
F-Train Beanie Bear – $8
NYC F Line Subway Baby T-Shirt and Subway Map Onesie – $8 each
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!
Summer is a wonderful time to stop by the Roosevelt Island Visitor Center Kiosk! Visit today!
Signs of Times Gone By
Presented by Judith Berdy, RIHS President
Curated by Sean McGee
Exhibition, salvage store, or urban archaeological site, it’s up to you to decide as you are invited by The Roosevelt Island Historical Society to gaze upon Signs of Times Gone By presently on display in the Rivercross window on Main Street through the end of July. While there, reminisce upon moments recalled to mind by the familiar objects which once led you to so many memorable locations. As aging signs have been lowered across the island, new signs have been raised in the process. Their emergence marks an evolving transition for the inhabitants of Roosevelt Island.
The present exhibition, featuring familiar signs and markers from across Roosevelt Island, displays a crossroads of both time and place. One of the exhibit’s more intriguing goals includes the anticipation of a series of viewer posed questions and responses which may serve to engage visitors by stimulating conversations with many of the Island’s residents. Some of the dialogue may include the following: Whose interests were served by these signs? What was their purpose? When did you find them to be useful? Where were they located? Why were they located in those specific areas? How were you affected by them? Are these signs merely a reflection of “times gone by” or do they retain the capacity to serve a real purpose as they evolve?
We hope that your visit to Signs of Times Gone By triggers both memories and curiosity relating to the fascinating history of Roosevelt Island.
The Roosevelt Island Historical Society thanks both Hudson Companies and Inspiron Construction for their generous assistance with this exhibition.
Welfare Island in the Time of Edward Hopper
“Blackwell’s Island ” Edward Hopper, 1928
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.
Join Us For
JANE’S WALK NEW YORK
Date: SUNDAY MAY 5, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM –2:30 PM
Walk Host: Judith Berdy and members of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society
Accessibility: Fully Accessible
Description: Explore different parts of Roosevelt Island from the South FDR Memorial to our Northernmost parks.
Meeting Place: Roosevelt Island Historical Society Visitor Center Kiosk at the Tram Plaza
Ending Place: Roosevelt Island Historical Society Visitor Center Kiosk at the Tram Plaza
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.