Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Brooklyn Hipster Duo Matt And Kim Play Hey Now Over The East River On The Crazy Roosevelt Island Tram Thing

The Roosevelt Island Tram was the site for hipster rock duo Matt & Kim performing Hey Now last March 27.

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reported the March 27 Matt & Kim Tram gig.

Matt and Kim performed at Roosevelt Island's Southpoint Park, before there was a FDR Memorial, in 2006.
More on Matt And Kim from their web site.

The Bluegrass band Hot Rize performed on the Tram recently too.

RIOC President Charlene Indelicato Reports On Roosevelt Island Cultural Center Clean Up Practices, July 4 Festivities, Con Ed Gas Line Town Hall & More During May 21 RIOC Board Of Directors Meeting

Image Of Cultural Center Entrance

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato's report to the May 21 RIOC Board of Directors (full video web cast of Board meeting here) includes:
  • Thanking Directors for approving new General Counsel (despite reservations of Board Members on the process - more to come on this subject),
  • Urges users of the newly renovated Cultural Center to keep the premises clean (she noted the RIOC Board Meeting took place at the Cultural Center on the set of upcoming Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance's Little Shop Of Horrors set which was more preferable set to their previous show - Urinetown),
  • Says Con Ed Town Hall Meeting on New High Pressure Gas Line has not been scheduled because Con Ed has not presented a doable plan yet and
  • July 4 Fireworks on East River will be a challenge for RIOC but Public Safety and 114th Precinct will be ready (She did not specifically say whether Southpoint Park will be open to public or not).
Here's the RIOC President's Report from Ms. Indelicato.

During May 14 RIOC Real Estate Advisory Committee meeting agenda item on the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center (full audio web cast here), I asked about the fee policy for Roosevelt Island groups that could not afford to pay for its use. RIOC's Chief Financial Officer Frances Walton and Permits Director Donna Masly said they thought the fee policy was reasonable for all.

Here's the full May 14 RIOC discussion on Roosevelt Island Cultural Center.

and Cultural Center fee schedule.

Image From RIOC

RIOC Cultural Center permit info here.

Roosevelt Island Women's Health Organization And Cornell Tech Offer Stroke Awareness And Healthy Brain Aging Seminar May 27 - With Dr. Matthew E. Fink Chairman of Neurology and Neurologist in Chief New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

The Roosevelt Island Women’s Health Organization (RIWHO) has joined with Cornell Tech, Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center to offer a series of health related seminars to the Roosevelt Island community (Men welcome too).

The third seminar in the series will be on the topic of Stroke Awareness and Healthy Brain Aging.

RIWHO sends the following invitation for its May 27 Monthly Seminar:
The Roosevelt Island Women’s Health Organization

Stroke Awareness and Healthy Brain Aging

Dr. Matthew E. Fink

Chairman of Neurology and Neurologist in Chief
New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Wednesday, May, 27th

546 Main Street, 12th floor, 6:30 pm

Refreshments Served - Men Welcome

Cosponsored by:

Cornell Tech

New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. Fink will present general education about Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease, the fifth leading cause of death and leading cause of permanent disability in the US.  Dr. Fink will focus on Stroke prevention and the various modifiable behavior patterns, such as diet, nutrition, lifestyle, etc., that can help prevent this disease and promote healthy brain aging.  He will also speak to the recognition of Stroke warning signs and symptoms, as well as the treatments available for Stroke and the capabilities New York-Presbyterian Hospital offers to treat this devastating preventable disease. Time is brain – don’t miss this lifesaver!
Here's more on Stroke Prevention

from Doctor Fink.

Previous RIWHO/Cornell Tech health seminars were on topics of Back Pain and Nutrition.

Monday, May 25, 2015

It's Memorial Day, Thank You For Your Service To All Members Of U.S. Military and Their Families

In addition to enjoying ourselves this Memorial Day weekend with a day off from work, friends, family and outdoor barbecues, let's remember the men and women of the United States Military who are currently serving our country, those veterans who have done so in the past, those who gave their lives and their families.

 From History.com:

Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the American military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer...

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves...
More on Memorial Day from History.com,

Earlier today, President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery

and had these remarks in tribute.

We enjoy these 4 Freedoms because of their service.

Friday, May 22, 2015

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan This Memorial Day Weekend - Really MTA?

 According to the MTA:
F Coney Island-bound trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av to Canal St, then via the A to Jay St-MetroTech

Weekend & Holiday , 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Tue, May 22 - 26

Trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza.

No Coney Island-bound service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St, 57, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 34 St-Herald Sq, 23, 14, B'way-Lafayette Sts, 2 Av, Delancey St, East Broadway and York St.
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
Please be advised that the MTA has issued a weekend service advisory for the F train, which may affect travel plans. The Tram will run on a rush hour schedule from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM to accommodate any increase in traffic. Please plan your travel accordingly and visit mta.info/weekender or call 511 for more information.

For electronic updates on F Train service, sign up for MTA Alerts at mymtaalerts.com.

NYPD Law Enforcement Explorers Program Launched for Roosevelt Island in Response to Recent Shooting - Learn More At 7 PM Wednesday May 27 Meeting

Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos announced at last night's Town Hall Meeting the formation of a NYPD Explorers Program on Roosevelt Island for residents 14 - 20 years of age.

There will be a meeting about the Roosevelt Island NYPD Explorers with the 114 precinct on May 27 at the Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street)

 Ben Kallos reports in this press release today:
The Law Enforcement Explorers Program is coming to Roosevelt Island in a partnership between the 114th Precinct, the Public Safety Department and Council Member Ben Kallos’ Office, it was announced today. After a 20-year-old was shot in the abdomen on April 25 in the Roosevelt Landings Complex, stakeholders came together to find a safe and productive outlet for young Roosevelt Islanders. A May 27 event at Good Shepherd Center at 7 p.m., co-sponsored by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, the 114th Precinct, RIOC and the Public Safety Department will introduce the community to the Law Enforcement Explorers and young people sign up.

The NYPD Law Enforcement Explorers is an educational program for New Yorkers ages 14-20 aimed towards community service and laying the groundwork for a career in law enforcement. Students learn from the five experience areas: Life Skills, Service Learning, Character Education, Leadership Experience, and Career. Roosevelt Island youth will be transported to and from the 114th Precinct for the program, which will meet regularly. There are also opportunities to apply for additional programming. Each Explorer program has an Officer as an on-site Post Advisor, and there are about 4,000 posts across New York City. It only costs $24/year, which makes it a low-cost and effective way to prepare teenagers for college and career.

"Mentorship and training from NYPD Law Enforcement Explorers is our answer to recent gun violence on Roosevelt Island. We are providing youth ages 14 to 20 with programming that will set them on a path to free or low-cost college and a career. Answering violence with compassion will lift our community and our youth,” said Council Member Ben Kallos.

"We are excited to partner with our local elected officials and the 114th Precinct to bring the NYPD Explorers Program to Roosevelt Island. The initiative will help facilitate a broader understanding of law enforcement services and will provide for opportunities for our island youth to work closely with officers from our Public Safety Department and the NYPD. Participants will not only gain a working knowledge of law enforcement work, but will also have the opportunity to learn about the importance of service and giving back to their community,” said Charlene Indelicato, President and Chief Executive Officer, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation.

The NYPD Law Enforcement Explorers is one of the Department's best community programs geared towards our youth. The program is geared for individuals aged 14-20 looking to pursue a career in law enforcement. The 114 Precinct in conjunction with Councilmember Ben Kallos and Roosevelt Island Public Safety is very proud to host the first Roosevelt Island NYPD Explorer initiative. We are looking to target our Roosevelt Island youth. Anyone interested please join us on May 27,” said Captain Peter Fortune, Commanding Officer of the 114th Precinct.

"During my tenure with the NYPD, I commanded three (3) Patrol Precincts, each of which had an Explorer Post, giving me an opportunity to see the benefits of Exploring first hand. A sense of belonging, accomplishment, and good citizenship are a few of those benefits. I look forward to working with our local elected officials, the 114th Precinct, and our Public Safety Department in affording this opportunity to the younger people of Roosevelt Island,” said John McManus, Roosevelt Island Director of Public Safety.

“The RIRA Public Safety Committee supports the creation of services for this population, believing that if engaged in productive activities, with purposeful direction, there will be an improvement in the quality of life of all. We support this initiative,” said Erin Feely-Nahem, Chair of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association Public Safety Committee.

“Thank you to the Detective Negron with the 114th Precinct, Charlene Indelicato of RIOC and Jack McManus of the Public Safety Department for their excellent work to make this happen,” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “It is also my pleasure to with Erin Feely-Nahem of RIRA and follow her guidance in an effort to support all of the members of our community.”
Here's more on the NYPD Explorers program

and April 25 Roosevelt Island shooting at this previous post.

Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting Last Night Hosted By Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright With Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, NYC Council Member Ben Kallos, NY State Senator Jose Serrano & Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer - Here's What Happened

A Town Hall Meeting with Roosevelt Island elected officials hosted by Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright

was held last night at the Good Shepherd Community Center. In addition to Ms. Seawright,

participating in the Roosevelt Island Town Hall was Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Jose Serrano, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and NYC Council Member Ben Kallos as well as a large crowd of Roosevelt Island residents.
Also available to answer questions from residents was Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato, Cornell Tech's Jane Swanson and Ted Houghton from the NY State Department of Homes & Community Renewal, Sally Minard of FDR Four Freedoms Park and Caroline Kretz of Con Ed.

The Town Hall was moderated by Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council Member Joyce Short. Ms. Seawright began the Town Hall by announcing that she received information from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office that Roosevelt Island Public Purpose Funds will be restored for this year and will be on the agenda for June RIOC Board meeting.

Governor Cuomo's Deputy Director of State Operations for Policy Andrew Kennedy told Ms Seawright:
As discussed, I and staff at RIOC disagreed with the Authorities Budget Office findings with regard to RIOC’s ability to support vital community-based organizations that serve Island residents. We are committed to supporting the work of the organizations on Roosevelt Island as we have done in the past. To that end, RIOC staff will advance of those specific projects for board approval at the next RIOC Board meeting.
Ms Seawright then introduced Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer who discussed and encouraged applications to Community Board 8, which represents Roosevelt Island and the Upper East Side. Ms Brewer added that 16 and 17 year olds can serve on the Community Board and one already does.

Next up was NYC Council Member Ben Kallos who talked about:
  • Elected officials with RIOC acting as a team to serve Roosevelt Island,
  • Importance of Media for government transparency,
  • Participatory Budget,
  • Proposed Sutton Place 90 Story Skyscraper which will cast a shadow on Roosevelt Island and Queens ("billionaire should not take light and air from Roosevelt Island"),
  • Ferry Service,
  • Public Library and audio looping,
  • Public Safety NYPD Explorers Program for Youth,
  • Thanked his Roosevelt Island community representative Joe Strong, who is leaving for college, for his service and
  • more.

NY State Senator Jose Serrano spoke about the great diversity and commonality of his 29th district which includes Roosevelt Island, South and West Bronx, Randalls Island, East Harlem, Upper East Side, Central Park and the Upper West Side. Mr. Serrano noted the uniqueness of Roosevelt Island and emphasized his service commitment to Roosevelt Island, affordable housing, clean air, the Arts and community self determination.

Congresswoman Maloney spoke about:
  • Transformation coming to Roosevelt Island from Cornell Tech, 
  • Attending moving ceremonies at FDR Four Freedoms Park, 
  • Obtaining cameras for subway crime,  
  • Funds for Blackwell House renovation
  • Keeping the Post office open
  • Patent Office Opening at Cornell Tech Campus and
  • Space for community groups
Ms. Maloney added that Roosevelt Island is her favorite place to campaign.

Then came questions and answers from the audience on ferry service, new Con Ed gas line,

police protection, RIOC compliance with federal, state and city law, importance of Tram service, RIOC Governance, inviting Governor Cuomo to Roosevelt Island, affordable housing,

and specifically loss of Mitchell Lama housing

at Westview and Island House.