Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Roosevelt Island Historical Society President Judy Berdy Interviewed On CB 8 Speaks - Fascinating Story Starting With The Dutch, Prisons, Poor House, Lunatic Asylum, Hospitals, Landmarks, Mae West & More

Image From CB 8 Speaks

According to the Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS):
Recently, Community Board 8 member and Roosevelt Island resident Ellen Polivy interviewed Judith Berdy, President of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS). The interview is the latest in the 'CB8 Speaks' series. The online series, presented by Community Board 8, features discussions with notable community members.

In this enlightening dialogue, Ms. Berdy recounts the history of Roosevelt Island and the background of the RIHS, as well as the society's advocacy and preservation work. She describes RIHS programs and sheds light on several island landmarks, including the Octagon. Ms. Berdy also notes entertainer Mae West's brief stay in the Workhouse on Welfare Island (now Roosevelt Island). Ms. Polivy and Ms. Berdy each mention their favorite Roosevelt Island buildings and Ms. Berdy shares her proudest moment as RIHS president.
Enjoy the interview.