The Roosevelt Island Historical Society will host a film screening and discussion with Documentarian Hank Linhard on Blissville: Hidden Corner of Long Island City, on Thursday, November 9th at 6:30 pm at the Roosevelt Island Library.
The one-hour film Blissville takes a close-up look at a hidden corner of Roosevelt Island’s nearby neighbor, Long Island City (LIC).
In Blissville, documentarian Hank Linhart captures the varied businesses in this historic neighborhood within LIC named after Neziah Bliss, who owned most of the land in the 1830s and 1840s. These include a sushi factory, an Afghan bakery, and a company that manufactures replicas of the Statue of Liberty.
Blissville also documents the every day lives of LIC residents, including a glimpse into a community of the Romani (known in the English speaking world as gypsies).
The film Blissville is based on research that Mr. Linhart began in 1989, suspended in 1996, resumed in 2012, and completed in 2017. Following the screening of Biissville, Mr. Linhart will lead an audience discussion.
The event is free and open to the public. The Roosevelt Island Library is located at 534, Main Street, Roosevelt Island.
Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue, the F train, or the NYC Ferry (Astoria route) to Roosevelt Island. Take the island’s free Red Bus or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.