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