Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month - Roosevelt Island's NY State Senator Jose Serrano Hosts MNN Represent NYC TV Program To Address Domestic Violence Issues

The Manhattan News Network (MNN) October 19 Represent NYC program featured Roosevelt Island's New York State Senator Jose Serrano hosting a discussion on Domestic Violence Awareness. According to MNN's Represent NYC:
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and current statistics show that nationwide, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will experience some form of domestic violence, which equates to nearly 20 people per minute being victims of domestic violence. The problem of domestic violence is one that plagues all segments of our population, but recent high-profile cases have brought increased awareness of the need for action.

On Sunday's new episode of Represent NYC, State Senator Jose M. Serrano, representing the 29th Senate District which covers neighborhoods in the South & West Bronx, East Harlem, Roosevelt Island, Upper Yorkville, Central Park, and the Upper West Side, brings a panel together to discuss the issue and to shine a spotlight on solutions to this pervasive problem....

Represent NYC Episode 7: Domestic Violence Awareness with State Senator Jose Serrano from Manhattan Neighborhood Network on Vimeo.

Click here for more MNN information on domestic violence.

Lost Then Found 1909 Queensboro Bridge Lamppost Finds New Permanent Home At The Roosevelt Island Historical Society Visitors Kiosk

From the Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS):

A permanent home for a 1909 lamppost base from the Queensboro Bridge.

After a two-and-a-half-year campaign to move a 6,000 pound lamppost base to Roosevelt Island,

Image From Francine Lange

the bronze piece of history finally found a resting spot next to the Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) Kiosk. A reunion of sorts, the lamp base at one time stood behind the kiosk when it too was stationed at the Manhattan side of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. (The kiosk served as one of five trolley stations commuters entered to board trolleys traveling over the bridge.)

The entire lamp went missing in the 1970s and RIHS President Judith Berdy (pictured in front of the base)

Image From Francine Lange

said it may have been moved when the Roosevelt Island Tramway was built.

Several years ago, after a passerby spotted the base in a Department of Transportation signal yard in Queens, Ms. Berdy raised the funds to have it moved to Roosevelt Island. You may now view the ornate base in its new home.
RIHS President Judy Berdy adds;
On October 14th the finishing touches were placed on the lamp base. The decorative ornamentations have been replaced the the base. The foundation received a coating of stucco. The missing borough plaques will soon be replaced on the four sides (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens). There will be a formal ceremony celebrating the placement in November. Arnold Apria of Cornerstone Conservation and his crew are very talented and their work is very impressive.

 Image of Ms Berdy With Bill Laderer of Long Island Landscape In Front of Lamppost

Thanks to all our friends and supporters who helped with the project, especially Janet Falk who was instrumental in our fund raising and communications efforts.

Mitch Waxman (The Newton Pentacle Blog) describes in Queens Brownstoner how he found the lamppost base lying around at the NYC S.E.M./Signals Street Light Yard:
... Back in 2011, I was trudging home in a deep snow when something caught my eye.

Something about this object was familiar to me, but its identity eluded. My thoughts keep drifting toward mental catalogs of midtown Manhattan transportation centers for some reason. Grand Central perhaps? Simple observations of the object revealed it to be metallic, and designed to exhibit a cuprous patina. Were it composed of copper or white bronze, as it is designed to appear, this would be a small fortune sitting out in the snow (from a scrap metal point of view)...
Click here for the full story by Mr.Waxman in the Queens Brownstoner.

You're Invited To It's My Park Day Tramway Plaza Planting And Cleanup With East Midtown Partnership Sunday October 26 - Afterwards, Drink Specials And Snacks At Bloom's Tavern

According to the East Midtown Partnership:
On Sunday, October 26, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, join us as we prepare Tramway Plaza, on Second Avenue between East 59th Street and East 60th Street. for the winter and next spring's growing season. We'll clean up the flower beds, plant bulbs, and make sure the only publicly-accessible open space in East Midtown Manhattan is ready to look better than ever in 2015!

Donuts and coffee will be provided for all volunteers, and after we're done with our chores we'll head to Bloom's Tavern (208 East 58th Street, between Second Avenue and Third Avenue), where proprietor Noel Donovan promises us drink specials and snacks.

The East Midtown Partnership adds:
For more information contact info@eastmidtown.org or 212-813-0030. We also are hoping that this event will help us to get a Friends of Tramway Plaza group together.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Help Serve The Roosevelt Island Community By Running For the Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council - Application Deadline October 24 To Run For RIRA CC

There's still time, until October 24, for Roosevelt Island residents seeking to serve our community to submit applications as candidates for the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council. According to RIRA:

The purposes of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) are: 1) to represent the interests of its members to all governmental, quasi-governmental and private institutions that develop policy affecting Roosevelt Island and its residents; that supervise or manage our housing and that supervise or manage other Island operations; and 2) to ensure that the health, safety and welfare of its members and the quality of life in our community are maintained and improved.

Over the years, RIRA has represented the residents of Roosevelt Island in negotiations with the State of New York and other official entities. It is recognized as the official representative of Island residents....
RIRA President Jeff Escobar reported in his September 29 Report:
... nominations for a position on the RIRA Common Council and/or as an Executive Officer will open on Wednesday, October 1, and close on October 24 at 9 p.m. Nomination forms can be obtained by email from Nominations Committee Chair Aaron Hamburger (ashamburger33@gmail.com), or in hard copy at either our Public Library or at Public Safety (where there will also be a lock box to drop off your completed forms). As we have been saying in this column, running for an office to represent either your building or RIRA itself is the ultimate form of community service. If you are interested in running and/or have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Aaron at ashamburger33@gmail.com or 212-758-2623.
You can help make a difference and contribute to our Roosevelt Island community by joining the RIRA Common Council. If you are interested in running for the RIRA Common Council to represent your building, please contact Aaron Hamburger for more information.

Memorial Service For Anna Maria Mostrom, Roosevelt Island Bicyclist Critically Injured In October 8 Collision With Red Bus, Held Last Saturday At Swedish Church

An update on Roosevelt Island resident Anna-Maria Mostrom, the bicyclist critically injured after October 8 collision with the Roosevelt Island Red Bus 

Lynn Strong-Shinozaki reports:

Anna-Maria Mostrom's Memorial Service was held Saturday October 18 at The Swedish Church 5 East 48th St. at 5 pm. The small Church was over flowing in her honor. The service was beautiful. I had the honor of speaking with her family who made the courageous decision to donate her organs. I hope this inspires more people to do the same. For anyone who wants to send their condolences to the family they will be able to do so through the Swedish Church.

The Swedish newspaper Expressen reported on October 15 that Roosevelt Island resident Anna Maria Mostrom died. According to Expressen (via Google Translate)
... Late on Tuesday evening local time died Anna-Maria Mostrom shortly after the respirator turned off. The father wrote in a text message to Expressen that Anna-Maria went off at 22:50 local time, ie 4:50 this morning Swedish time. The whole family, with mom, dad, sister, boyfriend and the next few friends were gathered and had quietly got to say goodbye.

She rescues five to six lives, writes Ronny Mostrom in SMS....
Click here for the full Expressen article (via Google Translate) and previous posts on this tragic accident.

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Halloween Carnival 3-6 PM Friday October 24 - Pumpkin Patch, Games, Candy Bags, & Food Cooked By Roosevelt Island Firefighters

According to the Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 PTA:
Friday, October 24th, PS/IS 217 is having a Halloween Carnival. We'll have Bouncy houses, pumpkin patch, popcorn, candy sculptures, arts & crafts, delicious food cooked and served by the Roosevelt Island Firefighters... and so much more! It's open to the community. Early bird discount is $10 per child. Adults and children under 3 are Free.
More information available at the PS/IS 217 PTA web site. You can purchase tickets here and volunteer for the event too.

Also, don't forget the annual Roosevelt Island Halloween parade is on Saturday, October 25 starting 12 PM at Blackwell House.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Watch Roosevelt Island Baby Learn To Walk In One Minute - Very, Very Cute Time Lapse Video

Roosevelt Island dad Nick Turner posts this adorable video of his daughter learning to walk noting:

How our 1-year-old daughter Lucy became a biped — distilled down to about a minute.
To date, the video has over 1.1 million views on You Tube.

Good job Lucy.