Thursday, May 13, 2010

Come See How Roosevelt Island Disposes Of It's Garbage At Fast Trash Exhibit - Underground Pneumatic Tubes Are Pretty Cool!

Image of Fast Trash Exhibit's Roosevelt Island Garbage From Kate Milford

During the April 22nd opening reception for the Fast Trash exhibit on Roosevelt Island's unique pneumatic underground garbage disposal system, several people remarked on the very un- Roosevelt Island crowd of

Brooklyn hipsters present and even a Chelsea or SoHo-ish feel to the evening .

As Seinfeld would say - not that there's anything wrong with that so be prepared for more visitors exploring Roosevelt Island drawn by the Fast Trash Garbage exhibit at the Gallery RIVAA

particularly in view of recent mentions in Gizmodo and Urban Omnibus.

Juliete Spertus, the project's organizer, reports on the following upcoming events at Roosevelt Island's Fast Trash Exhibit:

Thursday, May 13, 7:15pm

The Public School New York class, “On pneumatics (puffs of air, natural magic)”: This single-session class will examine the genealogy and archaeology of "pneumatics," and its roots "pneu-" and "pneuma," against the backdrop of Fast Trash. For more information visit

Saturday, May 15, 5pm

The Center for Urban Pedagogy’s People and Buildings Film Series: CUP will be screening two documentaries about the politics of NYC garbage disposal in the Gallery: the rare 1979 documentary, Collection and Disposal, a Job for the Birds, a window into the City's garbage crisis, and CUP's own Garbage Problems. Benjamin Miller, author of Fat of the Land, will speak on transport and garbage after the films. For more information visit

Sunday, May 16, 2pm

Architectural League of New York’s Urban Omnibus meet up: Explore Roosevelt Island with landscape architect Donald Richardson of Zion Breen and Richardson Associates, designers of Paley Park in Manhattan and part of the team for the 1969 master plan for Roosevelt Island. Meet at 2pm in front of the Roosevelt Island Subway Station and end at Fast Trash. For more information visit

Sunday, May 23, TBD

East River waterfront walk starting in Queens and ending at Fast Trash on Roosevelt Island: Richard Melnick, president of the Greater Astoria Historical Society (GAHS) will lead the walk exploring East River infrastructure and Michael Heimbinder Executive Director, HabitatMap will give a garbage talk in the gallery. Time and details TBD. For more information visit and

So whether you're a Williamsburg/Bushwick hipster, Roosevelt Island resident or anyone else interested in a fascinating exhibit, come on out see how we get rid of our garbage. Ella Morton of Rocketboom did. She tweets:
Did you know that Roosevelt Island uses a series of tubes for garbage disposal? So cool
and made this video of her experience.

You Tube Video of Fast Trash From Rocketboom

The exhibit will be open until May 23. More information available from earlier post and at Fast Trash.