Five historic bronze lamps that once graced the front of the former Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York City from 1939 until 2013 and were stolen in late December have been recovered, according to Judith Berdy of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society. [Read more…] about Stolen Historic Goldwater Hospital Lamps Recovered, But Damaged
The Roosevelt Island Historical Society has reported that six historic bronze lamps that graced the front of the former Goldwater Hospital in New York City from 1939 until 2013 have been stolen from an open air semi-visible storage area at what was once Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital’s south campus at 1 Main Street, Roosevelt Island. [Read more…] about Historic Bronze Lamps, Remnants of Goldwater Hospital, Have Been Stolen
The most recent episode of Empire State Engagements features a conversation with Dr. Lizabeth Cohen Professor in the Department of History at Harvard, who discussed her Bancroft Prize-winning book Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019). [Read more…] about The Struggle to Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age
Roosevelt Island, formerly Blackwell’s Island (and later Welfare Island), has had many layers of medical history. From the construction of the almshouses in the 1830s onward, the island has housed the ill, displaced, criminals and unwanted poor of the city. [Read more…] about Roosevelt Island and Public Health History
Nellie Bly gained her reputation as a reporter when she exposed poor conditions at the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. Bly reported on issues of importance to women, producing an important interview with Susan B. Anthony and covering major events in the suffrage campaign.
A free lecture, Nellie Bly: From Blackwell’s Island to Well Beyond, has been set for Thursday, June 14th at 6:30 pm at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, 525 Main Street. [Read more…] about Nellie Bly: Blackwell’s Island And Beyond
The Roosevelt Island Historical Society has issued a call for action to oppose a proposed “RI” art-piece dubbed a “Welcome Monument” planned for placement outside the Roosevelt Island Historical Society Visitor Center Kiosk.
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) is now soliciting public comments to gauge community support for the proposed 3-D, 10-foot-tall RI welcome-monument / sign. [Read more…] about Controversy Over Proposed Roosevelt Island Sign
The New York Public Library, Roosevelt Island Branch are planning to host a free lecture by Gary Urbanowicz on The FDNY on Blackwell’s and Welfare Island, on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm.
The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) has a long apresence on Roosevelt Island, according to FDNY historian and author Gary R. Urbanowicz. [Read more…] about NYC Lecture: FDNY On Blackwell’s, Welfare Islands
Roosevelt Island Library has announced they will host an art deco lecture on Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 pm.
“Art Deco Metropolis: Magnificent Buildings of Modern New York City” will be led by noted architectural historian and author Anthony W. Robins.
Mr. Robins is the author of three books on New York City architecture, including New York Art Deco: A Guide to Gotham’s Jazz Age Architecture. A Q & A and a book signing will follow the lecture. [Read more…] about Roosevelt Island: NYC Art Deco Lecture Thursday
The Roosevelt Island Library will host historian and author Anthony W. Robins, who will give a lecture titled Art Deco Metropolis: Magnificent Buildings of Modern New York City, on Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 pm.
The Chrysler Building, the Waldorf-Astoria, and Rockefeller Center are among the hundreds of Art Deco monuments during the 1920s and ‘30s and that shaped the image of New York City as the world’s Modern Metropolis. [Read more…] about NYC Lecture: Art Deco And Modern New York
The Roosevelt Island Historical Society will host a free lecture on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:30 pm, “Metropolitan Hospital Goes to the Great War” by Judith Berdy, President Roosevelt Island Historical Society, at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island .
The wounded and dying soldiers on the battlefields of the Great War required a new level of medical care. Roosevelt Island’s Metropolitan Hospital played a role as one of a number of American hospitals that sent doctors, nurses and other staff members to run base hospitals in Europe during World War I. [Read more…] about Lecture: Metropolitan Hospital Goes to WWI