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Roosevelt Island, Noguchi museum, & outdoor sculpture show

Roosevelt Island was once a shelter for paupers, convicts, and the insane--so it's perfect for our group! We'll take the aerial tramway (using Metrocards) to the island, where we'll visit the new Four Freedoms Park, designed by famed architect Louis Kahn; see the ghostly ruins of a smallpox hospital created by the designer of St. Patrick's Cathedral; view a beautifully preserved mansion from 1796 as well as the Eastside skyline; and see other oddities on the former Welfare Island, now a strikingly quiet residential neighborhood in the middle of the East River. After lunch (bring your own), we'll explore the rest of the island, cross a bridge to Astoria, and walk to a beautiful museum devoted to renowned Japanese-American sculptor, landscape architect, and designer Isamu Noguchhi. We'll end the day at the annual spring show at nearby Socrates Sculpture Park, featuring contemporary outdoor artworks.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING DETAILS SO YOU'RE PROPERLY PREPARED.

PACE: Moderate (about 2 mph), NOT SLOW. PLEASEIF YOU PREFER TO WALK SLOWLY, THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT EVENT FOR YOU.

DISTANCE: About 4 miles. We'll finish at around 5:30  PM, but you can leave earlier, of course.

LUNCH: Bring your own; we'll eat at around 2 PM.

COST: $1 for me (in part to cover Meetup's organizer fee), and $10 ($5 seniors and students) for the museum, which we will probably reach by around 3:30 PM.

TRANSPORTATION: 6 train Lexington/59th St. or F train to Lexington/63rd St. For more details, consult hopstop.com, tripplanner.mta.info, or both, since each is occasionally inaccurate.

WAITING LIST: Be patient. If you're in the top 20 on the list (shown below the main list on the right side of this page) at any time before the walk starts you can come.

IF YOU CAN'T COME: No need to let me know. But please change your RSVP online if you previously said yes.

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Visiting Roosevelt Island was a wonderful way to spend the day. Thank you Ron for organizing the trip and being such a well-informed guide! I met some very interesting lovely people, saw some amazing sights, and learned many things about New York that I did not know.

    June 10, 2014

  • Kathleen

    Very good

    June 10, 2014

  • iris r.

    Interesting walk and great people! Thanks Ron.

    June 8, 2014

  • san san h.

    great trip to explore the new places with awesome people. thanks Ron.

    June 8, 2014

  • Rosemarie

    A interesting walk with many historic sites, well organized. Thanks Ron

    June 8, 2014

  • jeanne l.

    grean

    June 8, 2014

  • Pamela C

    Good pace for walk, excellent itinerary, group members very nice.
    Will do more walks with Ron.,

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Alice T.

    Very good and organized. The leader has a few sheets of paper from which he explained history of the buildings we passed by.

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    great trip

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Amy

    Fabulous as always! - Thank you Ron.

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Wai-Leng

    A very good walk for me today. I am glad that I came.
    Good job, my leader and thank you!

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Joseph D B.

    It was another great walk thanks to Ron. He seems to have the magic touch when it comes to organizing his walks. Keep on meeting up Ron!!!

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Alice T.

    Indeed a suitable walk for our group! Ha. Thanks for Ron's organization.

    June 7, 2014

  • Leo

    First meetup with this group. It was very organized and met some great people.

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Pamela C

    2:05 we are walking along the Manhattan side of the island to the northern tip meet us there

    June 7, 2014

  • Leo

    I'm already at the other side of the Tram. I took the F train to Roosevelt Island directly. Guess I'll just wait for the group here.

    June 7, 2014

  • Tobey H.

    Running late, I don't think I'll be able to make it! Sorry!

    June 7, 2014

  • cardel

    Looking forward to this Tour I've never been to Roosevelt Island before

    June 7, 2014

  • Sheila

    Hi, though I'm on the wait-list, I'd really wanna join u guys! I lived near Columbia university, is there anyone living nearby or we could go together? Plz Let me know!

    June 6, 2014

  • Wendy

    Would I be able to meet the group at Roosevelt Island and find you? Or must everyone meet at the Tram?

    June 6, 2014

    • Ron

      Take the F train to Roosevelt Island and meet us at the tram, a block or two from the subway, somewhere between about 12:15 and 12:30; not sure exactly when we'll arrive, and we'll probably be coming in two shifts since the trams don't hold more than 20 people.

      June 6, 2014

    • Wendy

      Fantastic. I was wondering about that! I live very close by...so I'll see you there!

      June 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. I am from North Carolina and am new to the group. Would anyone be willing to share their mobile number in case I get lost on my way to Roosevelt Island? If, so, please email me!

    June 6, 2014

    • Wendy

      Hi Elizabeth, if you email me, I'll send you my cell. My email is [masked]

      June 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Already committed to attending another meetup
    Wish I could attend...

    June 6, 2014

  • Susan

    You usually do your groups on the weekend. is this a typo or are you doing the walk on a tuesday?

    June 3, 2014

    • Ron

      Typo. The walk is on Saturday.

      June 3, 2014

  • Heloisa de M.

    Oh no!!! I can not make it Tues. or Sat. What happened to the Harlem one on Sun. ?

    June 3, 2014

    • Ron

      Couldn't get reservations for a group tour of St. John the Divine, so we're skipping Harlem for now.

      June 3, 2014

  • Ann

    I'm looking forward to 'exploring' Roosevelt Island & meeting members of the group. Sounds like a great afternoon!

    June 3, 2014

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