The Forgotten History of Roosevelt Island: A Walking Tour

April 14, 2019 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Back by popular demand! Situated on the East River between Manhattan and Queens, Roosevelt Island was once a site of healthcare innovation. It was here that antiseptics and cutting edge hygienic practices were first used to prevent infection and that physical rehabilitation was embraced for patients with injuries or chronic diseases. Led by Judith Berdy, president of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, this walking tour explores the Island’s abandoned hospitals and laboratories such as the Smallpox Hospital, the Lunatic Asylum, Goldwater Hospital, and the Strecker Memorial Laboratory, and the stories they tell about New York City’s historic approach to public health.

The tour will take place rain or shine and begin promptly at 1:30 pm at the Roosevelt Island Visitor Center Kiosk at Tram Plaza, which is accessible by the Roosevelt Island Tram with an active MetroCard. It will be about 90 minutes in length and conclude on Roosevelt Island.

This program accompanies our exhibition Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis (on view through April 28, 2019).

About the Tour Guide:
Judith Berdy is president of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, which promotes awareness of the Island’s unique story and the preservation of its landmarks and artifacts. The Society recovers, maintains, and disseminates the record of Roosevelt Island’s heritage from colonial times to the present. It collects artifacts, documents, publications, photographs, prints and other media recording the history of the Island and its inhabitants and makes its collections accessible to the public through tours, lectures, exhibitions and publications.

Price: $30 for Museum of the City of New York and New York Academy of Medicine Members | $45 General Admission

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Location
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US

The Hospital Zone at Ellis Island: A Walking Tour

March 23, 2019 1:30pm – 3:00pm

The Ellis Island Hospital was once the gold standard of medical care in the United States. As the country’s first public health hospital, it served the millions of immigrants who passed through its doors upon entering the country. Shuttered for over 60 years, the complex has sat abandoned, decaying into complete disrepair. Join us for a private hard hat tour of the hospital zone including the infectious and contagious disease wards, the kitchen, staff housing, the autopsy room, and the laundry room with guides from Save Ellis Island.

The tour will take place rain or shine. It will begin promptly at 1:30 pm and meet in front of Castle Clinton at Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. We will travel together by ferry to Ellis Island. The tour will be approximately 90 minutes in length and conclude on Ellis Island. Sturdy close-toed shoes are recommended.

Guests may stay on the Island for further sightseeing following the tour or return by ferry. Tickets include roundtrip ferry transportation and the tour.

This program accompanies our exhibition Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis (on view through April 28, 2019). 

About Save Ellis Island:

Founded in 1999, Save Ellis Island is a non-profit committed to preserving and restoring the historic hospital buildings on Ellis Island. They work to ensure future generations will be able to discover the rich history and preserve the stories of the millions of men, women and children who passed through its gates.

Price: $30 for Museum of the City of New York and New York Academy of Medicine Members | $45 General Admission

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Location
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US

Harlem: The Migration and Integration of America’s African Voice

February 23, 2019 11:30am

The migration of African Americans from the South to Harlem fostered a direct dialogue with immigrant African descendants from the Caribbean and the broader diaspora. At this time, Harlem was also the city’s second largest Jewish community. This proximity fostered black engagement with the area’s immigrant Eastern European and Russian Jews. From this evolved the rhythms and language of the American Songbook. This walking tour focuses on those points of interaction—theaters, religious institutions, and cultural venues—that shaped that dialogue.

Tickets: $30

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Location
Apollo Theater
253 West 125th Street
New York NY 10027 US