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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Historical Society Free Lecture Thursday June 15 - Port Of Empire: How Jamaica Bay Nearly Became A Great Harbor

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) presents an ongoing series of free Spring Lectures.The next lecture is Thursday, June 15. Today is the last day to RSVP. According to the RIHS:

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society
Presents a Free Lecture
Port of Empire: How Jamaica Bay Nearly Became
a Great World Harbor

by Thomas J. Campanella

Cornell Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP)
26 Broadway, NY, NY
Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Reservations are required for this event. Please e-mail or call 212-688-4836 by today, June 13, 2017

By the early 1900s, Gotham's aging harbor facilities could barely keep up with the surging shipments into and out of the city. Officials feared that the completion of the Panama Canal would place an even greater burden on New York's port infrastructure, much of which dated from the Civil War era. The city needed to upgrade quickly if it was to maintain its position as America's leading port. Brooklyn had the answer—or so it seemed.

Thomas J. Campanella will share the story of how Jamaica Bay almost became a world-class harbor in a free lecture at Cornell's new Architecture and Planning (AAP) facility at 26 Broadway, New York, New York, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Thomas J. Campanella is Professor of City Planning at Cornell University and Historian-in-Residence of the New York City Parks Department, He has written for The New York Times, Salon, Wired and the Wall Street Journal, and splits his time between Ithaca and the Marine Park neighborhood of Brooklyn where he grew up. ,

This lecture is sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society and supported by Bozzuto Management and Amalgamated Bank. It is the final lecture in the Society's spring lecture series.

This event is FREE and open to the public, but reservations are required.

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society promotes awareness of Roosevelt Island's unique story and pursues the preservation of its landmarks and artifacts. For more information, please visit
Note that reservations are required for this event. Please e-mail or call 212-688-4836 today, June 13, 2017