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Roosevelt Island, A Walking Tour

Last spring FRIENDS visited Four Freedoms Park at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, now join us for the northern route! The island’s history is as varied as its many names – Minnehanonck, Varkens Eylandt (Hog Island), Blackwell’s Island, Welfare Island. On this tour we will visit individually-designated landmarks like the Octagon, a former Lunatic Asylum designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in 1839, and Blackwell House, built in 1706 (the sixth oldest house in New York City!). We will also learn about more modern development on Main Street, with a master plan designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee, including the unusual pneumatic garbage removal system!

Sunday, October 19th
1:00 p.m.

Meeting location will be provided upon ticket purchase and registration.

$15 members, $20 non-members

Click HERE to purchase tickets.


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