The Roosevelt Island Walking Tour
Architecture -- History -- Interesting Pictures and Stories
A Walking Tour or Slideshow of the Past and Present
The walking tour or the slideshow focuses on the history and architecture of Roosevelt Island and includes some interesting pictures and stories
about when the island was known as Welfare Island and before that: Blackwell's Island.
The information, surviving buildings / structures and pictures will help us understand the islands past
The Walking Tour or the Slideshow of Roosevelt Island Includes:
- The landmark Blackwell House
- The landmark Chapel of the Good Shepherd,
- The landmark Octagon Tower (Lunatic Asylum),
- Bird S. Coler Hospital opened 1952, Now: Coler-Goldwater Hospital since 1996
- Redeemed Christian Church of God since 1997
- "Sabrina" the mythological Celtic goddess
- The landmark Lighthouse from 1872 restored 1975 - decommissioned
- Welfare Island Bridge,now: The Roosevelt Island Bridge
- Franklin D. Roosevelt's: Four Freedoms Park - closed on Tuesdays
- Goldwater Memorial Hospital (For Chronic Disease) opened in 1939 as The Welfare Island Hospital for Chronic Disease - closed
- Strecker Laboratory, 1892,
- Smallpox Hospital, 1856 the remains are gated off from the public but visible
- An out door sculpture in the East River "The Marriage of Money and Real Estate" E Pluribus Unum
- The Roosevelt Island Subway Station opened 1989
You will find out about:
The walking tour is about 3 hours long & starts with tramway ride to Roosevelt Island (everyone pays their own fare each way).
- New York City Water Tunnel # 3
- Nelly Bly the 1st woman reporter & the Lunatic Asylum on the island
- The penitentiary that was on the island
- The male and female Alms Houses & the Workhouse on the island & more
- The history of Roosevelt Island and its development.
Roosevelt Island is 2 miles long & the tour takes us from one end of the island to the other (back & forth , over 4 miles)
enjoying the beautiful views of Manhattan, Queens and Hells Gate the site of the General Slocum disaster.
We will use the free Red Bus service to for part of the tour.
Each participant is given an itinerary with 14 stops including 6 of the island's New York City landmarks.
All stops are fully discussed.
The slideshow presentation includes all the information in the walking tour
The Walking Tour Meets in front of the Tram on 2nd Ave. between E. 59 St. & 60 St.
#4 #5 #6 to E. 59 St. & Lexington Ave. E & F to Lexington Ave.(53 St.)
About three hours long for the walking tour. About 1 to 1½ hours long for the slideshow
The walking tour &/or slideshow is given by Alfred Pommer a college graduate, an author, a Licensed New York City Guide & an informative native New Yorker
with over 25 years experience researching, creating and leading walking tours in Manhattan's many diverse neighborhoods.
Alfred Pommer wrote 3 Manhattan guide books published by The History Press
"Exploring Manhattan's Murray Hill" "Exploring New York's SoHo" "Exploring the Original West Village"
Interested in a Private Walking Tour or Slideshow ?
Call: (212) 979-2388 for details www.nycwalk.com
Or : E Mail Me