Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Netflix Marvel Daredevil Filming At Roosevelt Island Coler Hospital Today - RIOC Discusses Film Permitting And Production Company Financial Donations To Legitimate Community Groups

According to On Location Vacation, the Netflix series Marvel's Daredevil

 Image From The Wrap

is filming today at Roosevelt Island's Coler Hospital.

The May 18 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee discussed permitting procedures (full audio web cast of meeting here) including practices and policies for filming on Roosevelt Island.

RIOC Permits Coordinator Donna Masly outlined the procedures for obtaining a Roosevelt Island film permit.

RIOC Director Michael Shinozaki asked about RIOC policy for local community groups seeking financial contributions from production companies filming on Roosevelt Island.

Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Vice President Sherie Helstien said that she asks film production location managers for donations to RIRA.

RIOC President Charlene Indelicato advised that RIOC should not be in a position of deciding which community group is legitimate to receive donation from film production companies.

No decisions were made.

Here's the discussion.

Some may remember that in 2008, former RIOC President Steve Shane threatened former RIRA President Matt Katz with arrest or summons if Mr. Katz continued to solicit financial contributions from productions filming on Roosevelt Island.

Times have changed for the better on Roosevelt Island.

Monday, July 6, 2015

How Cute - Resourceful Roosevelt Island Geese Don't Let Cornell Tech Construction Gate Block Their Journey, They Duck And Find A Way

These Roosevelt Island geese don't let a Cornell Tech construction gate stop them from their journey. They go under the gate and if one can't fit, another way is found.

Where there's a will, there's a way.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Scenes From Macy's July 4 Fireworks Celebration At Roosevelt Island Southpoint And FDR Four Freedoms Park - An Awesome Night

For the first time since 2008, Roosevelt Island residents and visitors watched the Macy's July 4 Fireworks from Southpoint Park and FDR Four Freedoms
and it was FANTASTIC.

Yet Another RI'er reports:
Quick recap: it was awesome. I was afraid that it would be mobbed but it was far from it. It seems that pretty much everybody squeezed into the FFP and hardly anybody stayed in SP even though the view was excellent no matter where you were.
Here's the the opening

and finale of the 2015 Macy's July 4 Fireworks celebration at FDR Four Freedoms Park.

Great job by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) and FDR Four Freedoms Park - Thank You.

Will update with more pics later.

UPDATE 8:45 PM:  John Lee shows us 2015 July 4 fireworks seen from FDR Park with the Manhattan skyline in background

Image From John Lee

and Irina Hage has a view of fireworks from a Southtown Riverwalk building rooftop.

Images From Irina Hage

More 2015 July 4 Fireworks pictures from Roosevelt Island.
A photo posted by Joey (@joeychanco) on

A photo posted by Carolina. (@purinchun) on

Some were close enough to smell the Fireworks.

A video posted by @namelynorm on

A photo posted by Dana Vizcaino (@danavizcaino) on
Great job by the NYPD,

the US Coast Guard

and RIOC Public Safety Department keeping the event safe and secure.

One last look at the 2015 Macy's July 4 Fireworks Celebration from Roosevelt Island.

At the end of the Fireworks, the crowd exited Four Freedoms/Southpoint Park and headed home in a very orderly manner

passing the Cornell Tech construction site.

There was not much a a crowd at the subway station to leave Roosevelt Island.

After the fireworks, some went home and others watched Independence Day movie at Firefighters Field.
July 4 was done very well on Roosevelt Island this year.

Saturday, July 4, 2015


Image of John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence from US History

Friday, July 3, 2015

Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This July 4 Weekend - Will There Be Crowds Using F Train To See Fireworks From Roosevelt Island As In Past?

According to the MTA, there will be Roosevelt Island F train service to and from Manhattan this July 4 weekend.

The last time Macy's July 4 Fireworks were visible from Roosevelt Island was in 2008. Former neighborhood blogger Roosevelt Island 360 showed us the crowds

at F train subway station

 leaving Roosevelt Island after 2008 July 4 fireworks. According to RI 360:
... Overall I believe the MTA and NYPD did a good job of ensuring that the flow of riders did not result in one continuous burst of individuals trying to access the escalators, elevators, stairs and platforms all at once which could have lead to accidents at any of those points. The flow of individuals was staggered to allow for easy access down to the platforms and also to ensure the platforms were never overly crowded...
More from RI 360 on July 4 2008 Fireworks F train crowds.

No Tickets Left For Roosevelt Island July 4 Macy's Fireworks Viewing At Roosevelt Island Southpoint And FDR Four Freedoms Park - But, You're Invited To Free July 4 Outdoor Movie Showing of Independence Day

There are no tickets left for viewing the Macy's July 4 Fireworks at Roosevelt Island's Southpoint and FDR Four Freedoms Park. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

Please be advised that tickets to the 4th of July Family Fireworks Celebration at Southpoint Park and Four Freedoms Park are no longer available.
If you do have tickets, more info from RIOC here.

But, there is a free July 4 Roosevelt Island outdoor movie screening of Independence Day

Image From RIOC

at Firefighters Field.

Image of Firefighters Field Outdoor Movie

According to RIOC:

Join us this Saturday July 4th, 2015 at Firefighter’s Field at 6PM to watch the Oscar Award winning film Independence Day (1996)!!

... There will be music, games, food and more! It will all begin at 6 PM.

... We encourage attendees to bring a blanket or a lawn chair and join in on the fun with friends and family.

Also, RIOC advises:
Please be advised that on Saturday, July 4, 2015, visitor parking at the Motorgate Garage will be limited to ensure adequate parking for residents and patrons with a monthly permit. Residents without a monthly access card should be prepared to show proof of residency when approaching the 36th Avenue bridge.

As a reminder, fireworks are not permitted in New York State, including on Roosevelt Island, at any time.
Have a fun and safe July 4!

UPDATE 6:25 PM - From RIOC:
Visitors to Lighthouse, Southpoint and Four Freedoms Parks are advised that the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department (PSD) will be conducting security spot checks of containers, backpacks and oversized bags that are brought into the parks and special events on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Visitors are reminded that alcoholic drinks, outside grills, illegal drugs, and other illegal items are strictly prohibited within the parks.

As a reminder, fireworks are not permitted in New York State, including on Roosevelt Island, at any time. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Recap Of Hillary Clinton's June 13 Roosevelt Island Campaign Launch At FDR Four Freedoms Park - A Grand Success Says FDR Park Conservancy President And Thanks RIOC For Its Assistance

FDR Four Freedoms Park Conservancy President Sally Minard sent this June 15 message to Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato regarding the June 13 Roosevelt Island Hillary Clinton campaign launch.

Dear Charlene,

I want to report that the Hillary for America campaign launch event at Four Freedoms Park on Saturday was a grand success.

Every one played their part. The Conservancy staff, the Hillary for America Campaign, Roosevelt Island management and Public Safety Department, and N.Y.State Parks, all collaborated to prepare for and implement a complex event. You were particularly helpful on a crucial issue and at a critical moment when arrangements had to be made to insure a sufficient emergency evacuation plan for the anticipated number of guests. We are grateful to you and Frances and Susan, Jack and Lynda, Donna and Erica, Arthur and Robert and Fernando, for working with us to make the event happen, safely and correctly.

As you know, security was under the supervision of the State Department Secret Service. The plan they developed coordinated the NYPD, Roosevelt Island Public Safety and N.Y. State Parks officers to provide the security required for a former President and Secretary of State. The crowd proved to be happy, patient and very excited throughout the proceedings. There were no incidents that we were aware of to mar the event.

It was a wonderful day all around. The responsibility to make it work for the Campaign, the candidate, for Roosevelt Island and for the Park was heavy, when so many things both within our control and out of it, can go awry. But even the dark clouds that threatened before the program started, changed course and moved somewhere else for the rest of the day. Our good fortune with the weather gods continues. I hope some of you saw the event on C-SPAN or subsequent news coverage. It was a remarkable sight.

Secretary Clinton called about 4:00 Saturday afternoon, before flying to Iowa, to express her gratitude for the hard work of all those involved who made this launch so successful for the campaign. She referenced the profound associations and extraordinary beauty of the place. She said the entire day surpassed her expectation. It was generous of her to call and share her appreciation on an historic day for Roosevelt Island and for FDR Four Freedoms State Park.

When the Cornell ground breaking ceremony is over tomorrow, there will be a welcome break in the stream of major events at the Park. Please feel free to call anytime if you have comments or suggestions.

All the best,


Sally Minard

President & CEO

Four Freedoms Park Conservancy
Here are some scenes from the June 13 Hillary Clinton Roosevelt Island campaign event.
Hillary Clinton

 Image Of Hillary Clinton at Roosevelt Island Campaign Event From Olya Turcihin

 gave a shout out to Roosevelt Island in her speech

and made one Roosevelt Island young girl very happy.

Image Of Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton From Olya Turcihin

Ms. Clinton's full Roosevelt Island speech is here.