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April 9, 2019

Our friend and neighbor Ursula Beau-Seigneur passed away March 27, 2019.  A Memorial Service celebrating her life will take place on April 24 at the Cabrini Chapel at 504 Main Street at 6:00PM.

Ursula was active in the Roosevelt Island Historical Society for many years.  She was a writer and editor of our book, Images of America: Roosevelt Island in 2003 and the author of the text for its maps of the Island.

Quietly, Ursul...

December 30, 2018

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation received $25 million on December 20, 2018, promised five years ago as part of a deal awarding Cornell Tech the rights to the 2.62-acre parcel of land that rings the new campus. The money had been included in this year’s $168 billion state executive budget proposed earlier this year by Governor Andrew Cuomo and then passed by the New York State legislature. According to the December 16, 2013 letter of agreemen...

October 4, 2018

Roosevelt Island's distinguished history in medicine, healthcare, and treatment of communicative diseases, is on display as part of the fascinating exhibit “Germ City” at the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY). 

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) contributed historic objects from its collections to this exhibit, including a sign from Goldwater Hospital. Coler Hospital loaned an iron lung, a nearly-obsolete mechanical respirator fitt...

June 29, 2017

On a podium, under a clear tent, with blue sky above and a panoramic view of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens beyond, renowned journalist Tom Brokaw expressed admiration for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a man who fought to reassure a nation and promote freedom around the world, even as his own body left him trapped and dependent on others. 

Brokaw was the guest of honor at Four Freedoms Park Conservancy’s fundraising event – the annual Sunset Garden...

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