Monday, July 25, 2016

Extremely Hot NYC Weather Today - Roosevelt Island Cooling Center Open Until 9 PM With Assistance From RI CERT Team, It's Available So Don't Be Bashful To Use It

Another extremely hot day today. Heat index 100-105 in NYC.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) reports:
As a reminder, the Roosevelt Island Cooling Center, located at 546 Main St., will be open Sunday and Monday, July 24 July 25, from 9 AM- 9 PM when the National Weather Service issues a Heat Advisory for the New York City area.

This advisory is issued for New York City area when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is at least 95 degrees for two consecutive days, or 100 degrees for any length of time.

Individuals without air conditioning, particularly those at risk for heat-related illness, should use established cooling centers during a heat wave.
Roosevelt Island resident and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member Frank Farance adds:
RI CERT team is providing additional coverage at cooling center 5PM to 9PM so people can stay later.

 RI Cert Team Gwen Ryals, Frank Farance, Angela Grant At RI Cooling Center

We've been providing the extra converge at the cooling center since Friday, and will be there through this Wednesday.

Over the weekend, we found out that because CERT was at the cooling center, Public Safety was able to use its resources elsewhere, such as Lighthouse Park, to make sure things were quiet on Roosevelt Island. In my opinion, that's exactly the kind of stuff CERT was designed for: providing coverage so police/fire can go do other jobs that ONLY police/fire can do.

Us CERT volunteers were very happy to provide relief for our neighbors, there were several people who really really needed to be out of the heat.

If you have a neighbor who needs some cooling, e.g., they don't have air conditioning (or don't use it), encourage them to come to the cooler center, even just for an hour, to get some relief. There is a chilled water cooler there, too.

Everyone, please check on your neighbors. It's not just seniors, we had some 20-year-olds come in, too. Don't feel bashful. :-)
Great job by the RI Cert team in helping our neighbors stay safe and cool during this heat spell.

Roosevelt Island Marlins And Island Kids Host First Splash-A-Palooza Swim Class For RI Moms And Babies - Register Now For Upcoming Baby Marlins Summer Weekend Classes

The Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team Reports:

Splash-a-Palooza Makes Its First Splash at Sportspark!

Roosevelt Island Swim team and Island Kids hosted the first annual Splash-a-Palooza at the Sportspark pool last Sunday, July 17th. We had great time with the moms and babies from Island Kids toddler group! Young swimmers had an opportunity to practice basic water skills and have fun playing with toys, bubbles and flotation devices.

Families, interested in helping their children explore the aquatic environment and socialize with each other, are welcome to register for Roosevelt Island Swim Team’s 30 minute “BABY MARLINS” summer classes at Sportspark pool – 9am on Saturdays and Sundays. $15 per class. Pre-registration is required. Visit and select “Summer Season” tab for more information.
More information available on the Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team and Island Kids at their web sites.

Order Your Roosevelt Island Fresh Food For Seniors Mixed Bag Of Locally Grown Fruits & Vegetables At The Senior Center Today July 25 And Tomorrow July 26 - Only $8 A Bag

Wendy Hersh reports that you can order your Roosevelt Island Fresh Food For Seniors mixed bag of fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables today (July 25) and  tomorrow (July 26) at the Senior Center (546 Main Street) from 11:30 AM to 1 PM and 6-7 PM. Price is $8. Pick up is August 3rd from 2pm-5pm.

More information available at this previous post and from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who sponsors the program.

Ms Hersh shares this photo from the July 6 Roosevelt Island Fresh Food For Seniors Pick Up

and adds:
First pick up today for the Fresh Foods for Seniors bags....great success...52 bags with a great assortment.

Thanks to Dan Sadlier and Jeff Johnson for helping us pick up the bags to bring back to RI....

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Argentine Saxophonist Julio Botti & Tango Nostalgias Bring Tango Jazz To Roosevelt Island New Voices, New Sounds Sunday July 24 At Gallery RIVAA

Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA invites you to a special Sunday afternoon concert of Tango Jazz with Julio Botti and Tango Nostagias.

According to Gallery RIVAA:

TANGO JAZZ at its finest !

Dear all,

Please join us on Sunday, July 24th at Gallery RIVAA at 4:30pm as Julio Botti’s Tango Nostalgias introduces a fresh new voice to the nuevo tango movement pioneered decades ago by Astor Piazzolla and Pablo Ziegler, Piazzolla’s longtime pianist and a prolific composer and producer in his own right. For this coming out party for the young Argentinian saxophonist, an instrument not normally associated with tango music, Ziegler has re-arranged some of his most potent compositions specifically with Botti’s soaring soprano horn in mind.

Date: July 24th, 2016
Time: 4:30 pm
Venue: Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island

Hope to see you there!
Here's a taste of Julio Botti & Tango Nostagias.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Good News - Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, That's 7 In A Row - E Train Service Too

According to the MTA Weekender, there will be Roosevelt Island F train service

to and from Manhattan this weekend. That's 7 weekends in a row.


F Trains run local in both directions between 21 St-Queensbridge and 71 Av

Weekend, 12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, Jul 23 - 25

Trains stop at 36, Steinway, 46 Sts, Northern Blvd, 65 St, Roosevelt, Elmhurst, Grand Avs, Woodhaven Blvd, 63 Dr and 67 Av.
and E Train service for Roosevelt Island too:
E Trains run via the F in both directions between W 4 St and 21 St-Queensbridge

Scorching Hot Weather In New York City Next 5 Days - Roosevelt Island Air Conditioned Cooling Center Open This Weekend 9 - 5 PM

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
As a reminder, the Roosevelt Island Cooling Center, located at 546 Main St., will be open Friday, July 22, Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24, from 9 AM- 5 PM when the National Weather Service issues a Heat Advisory for the New York City area.

This advisory is issued for New York City area when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is at least 95 degrees for two consecutive days, or 100 degrees for any length of time.

Individuals without air conditioning, particularly those at risk for heat-related illness, should use established cooling centers during a heat wave.
Stay cool.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Will There Be A Roosevelt Island Public Outdoor Viewing Of 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony This Year?

The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Brazil takes place August 5 - 21.

During the 2012 Olympic Games held in London, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) hosted a public outdoor viewing of the Olympics Opening Ceremony

using a large inflatable screen at the Riverwalk Commons lawn. It was a wonderful evening with Roosevelt Island residents from all over the world gathered together to cheer their home country teams entering the Olympic arena.

On July 18, I asked RIOC President Susan Rosenthal and the RIOC Directors:
During the 2012 Olympics, RIOC put up a big outdoor screen in Southtown for a public viewing of the opening ceremonies.

It was very popular among the residents and brought out alot of people.

Does RIOC have plans to do the same for 2016 Olympics?  The date is Friday August 5.
So far, I have not received an answer from RIOC if they intend to have a public viewing of the 2016 Olympics opening ceremony this year.

RIOC previously scheduled an outdoor movie showing of Across The Universe at Firefighters Field for August 5.

Will update if I receive more info.

CBS This Morning

and the Wall Street Journal

have more on the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Relaxation Group For Woman Every Saturday Morning This Summer - Also, RI Moms On The Move Walk, Exercise & Chat Group Friday July 22

The Roosevelt Island Parents' Network (RIPN) is hosting a Saturday Morning Relaxation Group for Women.

According to Prafulla Ragireddi:
We meet once a week on Saturday mornings from 7:30 to 8:30 for this summer.

Image Of Saturday July 15 RIPN Relaxation Group

Group's focus is on mindfulness (mindful breathing, meditation and gentle yoga).

Please RSVP if you wish to join us.
Also, RIPN Coordinator Eva Bosbach adds:
Please join us for the RI Parents' Networks' free RI Moms on the Move (RI MoM) walk, exercise,

chat and play on Friday July 22, 2016 (instead of Monday), at 9:30am at the Tram kiosk.

Since we will be exercising on the grass, bring a blanket/mat for you and the kids and some toys to share to keep them busy.

The walk and exercise will be lead by Saskia.

We hope you can join us!

Please send me a short e-mail if you are interested in joining us.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Roosevelt Island Jobs Available, Cornell Tech Seeking Assistant Director Of Public Safety For New Roosevelt Island Campus - Senior Developer, Ass't Director Career Management & User Experience Designer Too

Are you looking for a job on Roosevelt Island?

If yes, and you have public safety and security experience, Cornell Tech may have a job for you on its new Roosevelt Island campus

to open for the start of the Fall 2017 semester.

Cornell Tech is seeking an Assistant Director of Safety and Security. According to Cornell Tech:
The Assistant Director of Safety & Security has responsibility for the direction and leadership of the safety and security of Cornell Tech and, as such, plays a major role in the safety and security of the entire campus community. Reporting to the Senior Director of Facilities Operations, the Assistant Director is expected to lead, promote, and support the Department of Safety & Security (DSS) as a comprehensive, customer-sensitive campus security enforcement unit within the physical boundaries of the Cornell Tech campus, and to coordinate DSS activities with those of local law enforcement, fire, and safety services. This role plans, organizes, directs and administers the overall emergency response, security planning, and compliance initiatives for DSS. This includes development and administration of safety education, safety policies, emergency management and enforcement of Campus policies. The Assistant Director is responsible for all operational and administrative matters of the DSS, and will represent the campus’s interest in security matters with senior administrators, local officials, faculty members, community members, students, staff, and others.
Click here for more information and to apply.

Cornell Tech also has current jobs available for:
Good luck.

Cornell Tech Chief Administrative Officer Juliet Weissman described their academic program and introduced Floyd Young, the new Director of Facilities Operations (who will oversee campus security)

during June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting.