Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Roosevelt Island's Only Comedy Show (RIOC) Brings Night Of Stand Up Comedy Friday May 27 To Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance - Come Join The Fun

Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) presents Stand Up Comedy Night Friday May 27. According to the MST&DA):
R.I.O.C.s (Roosevelt Island's Only Comedy Show) brings some of the funniest and most original stand up to Roosevelt Island. From nationally touring headliners, to unique theme shows, to some of the best stand ups you've never heard of; each month will be hilarious, different, and right here on Main Street. The comedy is PG-13. Parents should use their discretion.

Hosted by Will Neville.

The May 27 Roosevelt Island Comedy night features:
Prices: All shows are
  • $10 for Roosevelt Island residents and MST&DA students (adult);
  • $5 for children and teens;
  • $25 for the whole family (3 or more members);
  • $15 for non-residents.
Click here to get tickets.

The Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance is located in the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center at 548 Main Street.

FDR 4 Freedoms Park Conservancy Hires Structural Engineers And Historic Preservation Experts To Study Stability Of Roosevelt Island's Abandoned Smallpox Hospital - On Site This Week

Yesterday, a tipster reported seeing work being performed at Roosevelt Island's abandoned Smallpox Hospital

in Southpoint Park

I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Acting President Susan Rosenthal:
There appears to be some work being done on the Smallpox Hospital today by Building Restoration Contractors Association.

What type of work is going on?

Is there a Smallpox Hospital restoration project starting?

Ms. Rosenthal replied:
We have not started any project. FFP has commissioned a study and have various third parties testing, etc. the structure.
FFP is the FDR Four Freedoms Park.

I followed up asking Ms. Rosenthal and Four Freedoms Park Conservancy (FFP) President Sally Minard:
Why is Four Freedoms Park conducting a study of the Smallpox Hospital in Southpoint Park which is RIOC property?

Why was there not a RFP seeking bidders to conduct the study?

Sally, what is the purpose of the Four Freedoms Park Smallpox Hospital study?
FFP's Stephen Martin has the answer:
The Conservancy is in the middle of a structural study of the Ruin. Funding comes through a grant we received in 2012 from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Several of the interior walls of the building were damaged during Super Storm Sandy. The State (as is the Conservancy) is very concerned for its stability. We’ve all seen it age significantly in just the past few years. As its neighbor, anything we can do to advocate for its longstanding, we will! (The timing is also nice, the result of this study should coincide with RIOC's Southpoint Park community planning study. Knowing how stable the structure is should be of great assistance to both RIOC and the community.)

This study will produce a round of engineering drawings, as well as soil profiles, floodplain review, etc. The team you may have seen on site are structural engineers and historic preservation experts. Their boom will be here until Friday.

In terms of the RFP, it was published a year ago and was widely publicized: The scope is very clear. Selection (which was decided by a team of preservation experts, RIOC, and others) went to a terrific firm known as Walter B. Melvin Architects. They have extensive experience working on Renwick structures. They recently stabilized the failing steeple of Renwick’s Grace Church.
Mr Martin shares these pictures adding:
The articulated boom allows structural and historic preservation team to look closely at upper floors and building core

and photograph the building core with Cornell Tech and 59th Street bridge in the distance.

RIOC Acting President Susan Rosenthal commented:
Stephen, thanks for the background and details. RIOC looks forward to the findings ( we passionately want to preserve the ruins) and it is great that the timing coincides with the proposal of the facilitator.
More information on the Southpoint Park Open Space Community Facilitator referred to by Ms. Rosenthal available at this previous post.

Check out this excellent history of the Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital.

Here's a gorgeous view from a drone flying over the Smallpox Hospital, FDR Park and Roosevelt Island East River waterfront.

Click on the full screen icon for better view.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Early Warning - No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan This Weekend Says MTA

According to this flyer posted on the Roosevelt Island F train subway station window

there will be no Roosevelt Island F Train service to Manhattan this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.

The MTA Weekender web site currently has no information about Roosevelt Island F Train service for the Memorial Day weekend.

Two Days Of Bike New York Freebies On Roosevelt Island - Helmet Giveaway May 26 And June 11 Bike Repair And Helmet Giveaway For Roosevelt Island Day

Bike New York will host a Helmet Giveaway on Thursday May 26 at Good Shepherd Plaza from 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM.

Also, on June 11, Bike New York will have another Helmet Giveaway as well as a Bike repair shop for Roosevelt Island Day at Good Shepherd Plaza.

Children and Adult helmets will be available while supplies last. One helmet per person.

Take a virtual bike ride around Roosevelt Island.
Click on the You Tube Full Screen icon for a great view.

Roosevelt Island Living Library & NY Public Library Free Spring Gardening Program For Parents Children & Caregivers Starts Thursday May 26 - Registration Now At Roosevelt Island NYPL

A Living Library (A.L.L.) founder Bonnie Sherk reports:

A.L.L. Gardening, Literacy, Multi-Arts, Science, Nutrition, Local History/Ecology FREE


Thursdays May 26 – June 29 4:00-5:00 p.m. RI Living Library & Think Park (summer schedule TBD)

Register Now at the RI Library - 524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island Enrollment Limited to 25 Families (Caregivers included) with Children (ages 4-14)


Come Grow With Us!

Contact: Nicole Nelson: 212-308-6243/Bonnie Ora Sherk: 212-242-1700/Prem Dixit Nag: 845-443-0386
More on A Living Library at their web site

Monday, May 23, 2016

Roosevelt Island Tram Attracting More And More Visitors Causing Overcrowding On Platform And Cabins - Tourists Pushing To Take Pictures Big Pain For Residents

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:

UPDATE 5/24:

You're Invited To Community Board 8 Roosevelt Island Tram Station Elevator Replacement Presentation May 24 - Come Share Your Thoughts And Concerns

Manhattan Community Board 8 (CB 8) will meet tomorrow, May 24, for a Roosevelt Island Tram Station elevator presentation update.

Image of GC Eng Eng & Associates Tram Station Elevator Rendering From CB 8

According to CB 8:
Joint Meeting of Transportation, Parks & Recreation, and Roosevelt Island Committees

Parks and Recreation Committee Roosevelt Island Committee Transportation Committee

Meeting Date:
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 7:00pm
Meeting Location:
New York Blood Center
310 East 67th Street, Auditorium**,
New York, NY

Presentation by Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) and consultants GC Eng & Associates, PC regarding RIOC's Manhattan Tram Station Elevator Modernization Project. This project involves the replacement of the existing elevator and stair lift with 2 new ADA Compliant Elevators relocated adjacent to the Manhattan Tram Station at 60th Street and 2nd Avenue, and impacts Tramway Plaza.

**Wheelchair-accessible access is through the Blood Center’s garage entrance at303-319 E. 66th Street (betw. 1st & 2nd Ave.). Security will guide you to the Auditorium.

A Scott Falk and Charles Warren, Transportation Committee Co-Chairs
Susan Evans and Margaret Price, Parks & Recreation Committee Co-Chairs
Jeffrey Escobar and Larry Parnes, Roosevelt Island Committee Co-Chairs
 Image of GC Eng Eng & Associates Tram Station Elevator Rendering From CB 8

Below is the Roosevelt Island Tram Station elevator plan presented to April 12 meeting of CB 8's Roosevelt Island by GC Eng & Associates. According to the presentation. the new Roosevelt Island Tram Station will have:
  • Two New Glass Elevators
  • Increased User Capacity
  • ADA Compliant Elevators
  • Enhanced Destination Visibility
  • Greater Reliability & Maintainability  
  • Increased Lighting and Security
  • Improved Circulation

More on the April 12 presentation, including video, at this previous post.
... A Manhattan resident complained about the possibility of light disturbing the residents of that intersection, including those who live above the bar at the NE corner of 60th & 2nd Ave. Also, Larry Parnes, Co-Chair of the CB8 Roosevelt Island Committee, indicated that the park would lose some space – and since it’s a mapped park, various permissions would be needed before the public parkland could be taken over for the elevator structure.

Also, four trees would need to be removed from the park to make way for the elevator structure or perhaps removed and relocated within the park. A possible trade-off of RIOC installing a fountain at the center of the swirl pattern in the decorative pavement of the park – evidently a fountain there was always part of the original plan – to compensate the public for the loss of parkland, was discussed....
Come to the CB 8 meeting tomorrow to learn what is going on and to ask any questions you may have.

More Scenes From The Roosevelt Island Tram 40th Anniversary Celebration - Interview With Residents, Longest Serving Tram Operator Retiring Soon And Cardboard Trams On Display In Main Street Window

NY 1 has more on the Roosevelt Island Tram 40th Anniversary Celebration including comments from residents riding the tram. Kristi Towey told NY !:

... Seeing the skyline every day, it kind of gives you chills...
and Joyce Short:
... I don't think I sat down for the first 3 or 4 weeks because the view was so exhilarating...

The NY Post interviewed long time Roosevelt Island Tram Operator Greg Paravati who reports about meeting Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford and Faith Evans on the Tram.
Mr. Paravati added:
... "I love talking to people and making new friends. And I never get tired of these views,” he said, gazing out the window. “You should see the skyline when it’s all lit up at night. It’s breathtaking.”

This will likely be his last year.

“I haven’t even told my boss, but I think it’s time,” he said. “I’m sad to say it, but sometimes you have to move on."...
Also, Roosevelt Island Historical Society President (RIHS) President Judy Berdy reports that the Tram Cardboard Cabins

at the Visitors Center Kiosk

Image From Judy Berdy

made by Roosevelt Island children are now on display in the window of the former hardware store on Main Street. According to Ms Berdy:
The Model Trams have been moved up Main Street to the windows in the former hardware store

Images From Judy Berdy

They will be on view until June 15th.

Stop by and see if you can find yours!
Check out video of the full May 17 Roosevelt Island Tram 40th Anniversary Celebration

Roosevelt Island Wengerd Farmers Market Helps Reduce Plastic Waste By Giving Out Free Tote Bags Last Saturday

Christina Delfico reports:

Our own Roosevelt Island Wengerd Farms is ahead of the curve with tote bags given out for free at Saturday's Farmers Market to help us reduce our use of plastic bags!
According to BagitNYC:
On May 5, 2016, the New York City Council adopted the #BYOBag bill (Int. No. 209-A) that will require a 5-cent minimum fee on all carryout bags provided at check-out at all retailers in NYC. The bill goes into effect on October 1, 2016.

Thank you to all of our coalition members that made this happen!

To keep up to date on the NYC bill, follow BagItNYC on Facebook or @BagItNYC on Twitter.
Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos supported the bill.
There is still opposition to the 5 cent fee for plastic grocery bags.
What do you think?