The RENWICK RUINS

  • March 31, 2012 · 1:00 PM
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Let's visit the abandoned Smallpox Hospital also known as the Renwick Ruins. The Hospital was designed by James Renwick Jr.

******* We will not be entering the RUINS******

We'll be taking a loop around the Island (approximately a little over 5 miles walking round trip). We will first visit the Renwick Ruins and then make our way over to the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse (formerly known as the Blackwell Island Lighthouse).

Estimated time: 2 - 3 hours

This event will be outdoors and will involve light to moderate walking. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear the proper footwear. Bring snacks and water. Bug spray and SPF recommended. This activity is NOT recommended if you will have difficulty walking several miles outdoors. Walk/Hike at your own risk.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Without inclement weather/rain, there should be plenty of outdoor natural light. Bring the proper camera bags suitable for outdoor conditions and walking/hiking.

Feel free to bring binoculars.

DIRECTIONS Public Transportion and Driving:   http://maps.google.com

AFTERWARDS, feel free to join us at:

Riverwalk Bar and Grill

(646) 833 - 7050

(the bar area)

425 Main Street

Roosevelt Island, NY

Their menu can be seen at their website: http://riverwalkbarandgrill.com

For Itinerary, please see Discussion Board - Itinerary for this Saturday

 

 

 

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  • Tess

    Since our March Roosevelt Island meetup, 11 other meetup groups have scheduled Roosevelt Island for the Spring....we were going to repeat this event over the summer, but since Roosevelt Island is the latest meetup hotspot...we'll wait for a different season.

    April 8, 2012

  • Tiffany

    I had a great time walking around the island. Had never been there before, so it was all new to me. Great bunch of fun people!

    April 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great outing, in spite of the windy/chilly weather. Thank you Tess!!

    April 2, 2012

  • Steve H

    Statue incident? Fence jumps? Money bags with groping claws? Was I at the same place as you?? Pictures, or it never happened ;) Awesome fun, everyone.. thanks for braving the "weather" and helping make it a great day!

    April 1, 2012

  • Steve H

    *Looks left.. * Why yes.. *looks right..* yes indeed. *shuffles feet* That'd be.. CRAZY ;-P Nothing to see here. Just a nice, peaceful, quiet walk in the parks.

    April 1, 2012

  • Donald P.

    It started out windy and misty but our group took no mind to the weather and persevered. It ended with no wind and a cloudy sky. Tess our organizer was sweet and informative of the the island. My family had a wonderful time

    April 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    enjoyed hiking w Tess & co!

    April 1, 2012

  • Billy

    Almost didn't come--glad I did. Roosevelt Island is just plain weird--in a good way. I love bridges, and this walk had plenty. Loved the East German parking garage, the Czech Republic guy doing wood carving near the lighthouse, the decrepit ship's bow whatever thingy, the vapid Sabrina statue (hell, I'd vandalize it, too), the statues by puppy-killer Tom Otterness, the creepy drawing of Roosevelt greeting a child, the Serpico-esque hill near the ruins, and that euphoric California burger. Bless you, Tess.

    April 1, 2012

  • Donald P.

    It was an encredible day, no hot burning sun to contend with. Pictures are incredibly color saturated on cloudy days. No problem Tess we all had a good laugh ! Thanks again. And see you soon

    April 1, 2012

  • Tess

    It was a peaceful and smooth day, if there were people climbing all over the tram, trying to break into a lighthouse and chasing each other inside the ruins....NOW, that would be CRAZY....Imagine....

    1 · April 1, 2012

  • Tess

    It was cold, raining, dark and dreary...it was PERFECT! Thank you everyone for coming out to Roosevelt Island, once home to an Asylum, Smallpox Hospital and Prison (all at the same rime), now an island of luxury apartments (resilient New Yorkers). Thank you for the support and the beautiful pictures of this eccentric island!! - Again, sorry Don about the statue incident :D

    April 1, 2012

  • Patricia

    Great tour/hike, Tess. Thank you!

    April 1, 2012

  • Robert L.

    A very fun group of people, wonderfully guided by Tess on the best day (misty and gloomly) for a tour of The RENWICK RUINS. Thank you Tess!

    March 31, 2012

  • Jerry

    Thank you Tess, for a wonderful day, and be sure to view the photos I added.

    March 31, 2012

  • Eugene

    Thanks for a great hike today!

    March 31, 2012

  • michele

    Hope everyone had a great time..Would of loved to go but instead I got to experience and video,photo the birth of 2 baby lambs..What a wonderful day I had too!

    March 31, 2012

  • Donald P.

    Had a great time. Thanks Tess even my boys enjoyed it

    March 31, 2012

  • Ann

    If it's gonna be wet, I think I'll stay home and stop putting off the paperwork. :-) Do something unbelievable so you can brag about it on April 1!

    March 31, 2012

  • Craig

    Me and my +1 are definitely there. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger.
    I want to die peacefully, in my sleep, like my grandfather, not
    screaming, terrified, like his passengers.

    1 · March 30, 2012

  • Steve H

    BOOYAAHH!!! THAT'S what I'm talkin 'bout ;-D BRING IT!!

    March 30, 2012

  • Tess

    We're on for tomorrow. Rain or shine....

    March 30, 2012

  • Donald P.

    Let's hope the sun prevails. My knee can tell the weather better than the forcasters

    March 30, 2012

  • Steve H

    We're keeping an eye on the weather, folks. I see what the forecast is, but I'm also outside walking in the sun. So.. bear with us. IF we do have to reschedule, we'll update the event by Saturday 8am at the latest. So be certain to check your email or this page for updates.

    March 29, 2012

  • Ann

    Thinking of biking over the Q'boro bridge (to spare my feet:-) Anyone else game? http://www.nycbikemaps.com/spokes/video-bike-ride-across-the-queensboro-bridge/

    March 29, 2012

  • Elizabeth B.

    I'll definitely have to make a decision early on Sat. I live at the south end of Brooklyn, and it will probably take me close to 2 hours to get there, via subway and tram.

    March 29, 2012

  • Everett F.

    I wondered the same thing. The last report I heard was morning showers & possible clearing in the afternoon. My
    guess would be just see how that plays out....Friday nite
    into early Saturday morning............& reschedule if need be.

    March 29, 2012

  • Elizabeth B.

    What happens in case of rain?

    March 29, 2012

  • Steve H

    The city of NY doesn't "allow" a lot of things that people get away with. Shhhh... bring flashlights.. and beer/wine.. and sammiches! We'll quietly camp out into the night & sneak in >-) -- I may or may not be kidding. We'll find out Saturday. p.s. Don't tell anyone! -- p.p.s. For those prone to get lost or be late.. grab my cell# from my RSVP. Don't wait till the last minute.

    March 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Description is misleading. I assumed this was an urban exploration event of the ruins itself. Changing my RSVP.

    March 27, 2012

  • Craig

    All is not lost. I'll bring my bolt cutters................Just kidding. I'm still going. 1st time on Roosevelt (formerly Welfare) island. 1st Roosevelt Tram Ride. New perspective on NYC skyline. See the lighthouse. Great organizer. Outdoor activity. What's not to like? Go ahead and cancel. I dare y'all. Less is more!

    1 · March 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    We can't go in the ruins? I dunno if it's worth going now...:(

    March 27, 2012

  • Tess

    I'll send out an itinerary on Wednesday or Thursday...

    March 27, 2012

  • Tess

    No, we will not be able to enter the ruins, it's still under stabilization and still very dangerous. Meeting location will by the Tram on Roosevelt Island. The F Train stops is also close by.

    March 27, 2012

  • stephen

    we will be coming via the Tram... from there -where will we all be meeting?

    March 27, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can we actually enter? A fence looks like it's off-limits. If so, I'm in!

    March 27, 2012

  • michele

    anyone going into Grand central first?Maybe meet?

    March 27, 2012

  • michele

    Will you be able to give out a cell number in case we need to find someone?

    March 27, 2012

  • Craig

    Here's everything you need to know about getting to Roosevelt Island. http://www.rioc.com/transportation.htm There's even parking on the island from the Queens approach for $15 for the day, but it's a 'hike' from the parking garage to the Tram stop.

    1 · February 6, 2012

  • Tess

    Hi Richard, We'll be meeting at the TRAM station on Roosevelt Island.

    February 2, 2012

  • Tess

    Yes, the Tram will take you there and right at the meeting spot...

    February 1, 2012

  • Luis

    YES! So in!

    1 · February 1, 2012

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