Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays And Seasons Greetings From Bike New York - New Web Page And Sign Up For Roosevelt Island Only Bike Maintenance Class

Image From Bike NY

Bike New York's Roosevelt Island Community Outreach Manager Caitlin Goodspeed reports:
Last week we launched our new website,! I am especially excited about the page that is dedicated entirely to Roosevelt Island. You can find it under the education tab on the main page. I will be updating the page frequently with news from the island.

Also, we have a Bike Maintenance 101 class for Roosevelt Island residents only happening on Sunday, January 25th from 11-1 at Sportspark Gym. People must email me at (new email) to register. There are a limited number of spots for this class! We recommend that people bring their own bikes to practice on, but it's okay if you come sans bike.

Thank you and have a happy holiday!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos Shot And Killed By Gunman While Sitting In Their Patrol Car On Bed Stuy Brooklyn Street Saturday Afternoon - Targeted Because They Were NYPD, Horrible.

Two police officers sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn were shot at point-blank range and killed on Saturday afternoon by a man who, officials said, had traveled to the city from Baltimore vowing to kill officers. The suspect then committed suicide with the same gun, the authorities said.

The officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were in the car near Myrtle and Tompkins Avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant in the shadow of a tall housing project when the gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, walked up to the passenger-side window and assumed a firing stance, Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said. Mr. Brinsley shot several rounds into the heads and upper bodies of the officers, who never drew their weapons, the authorities said....
NYPD Commissioner William Bratton and NYC Mayor Bill deBlasio had this to say at press conference yesterday about the killing of the two NYPD officers.

Patrolmen Benvolent Association (PBA) President Pat Lynch blamed Mayor de Blasio and:
... those that incited violence on the streets under the guise of protest that tried to tear down what NYPD officers did every day....
for the shooting of the officers.


NYPD Chief Of Detectives Robert Boyce gave this briefing on the shooting earlier today

NYC must find a way to heal from this brutal killing of Officers Liu and Ramos.

As previously reported the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee recently:
... approved by a 13 to 0 vote a proposed resolution condemning the decision by the Staten Island Grand Jury not to issue an indictment of the NYPD Officer in the choking death of Eric Garner. The resolution will be sent to the full RIRA Common Council for discussion at the January 2015 monthly meeting....
Will RIRA still go forward with this resolution after the shooting of Officers Liu and Ramos?

More information on the proposed RIRA resolution regarding the Eric Garner case here.

UPDATE - 12/22 - RIRA Public Safety Committee Chair Erin Feely-Nahem issued this statement on behalf of the Public Safety Committee:
The cold-blooded random murder -- execution style -- of two New York City police officers is without any mitigation to be unreservedly condemned. The RIRA Public Safety Committee offers our condolences to the families of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, has tried to link these murders to the recent legitimate and overwhelmingly peaceful protests against the longstanding pattern of police killings of innocent, unarmed people (almost always African-American) by NYPD officers, most recently and notoriously the killing of Eric Garner.

The deranged killer in Brooklyn falsely sought to identify his criminal act with the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York. There is no rational connection between legitimate protests against police brutality and unjustified killings of innocent, unarmed civilians with no legal accountability and the cold-blooded murders of police officers who are carrying out their legitimate authority.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Blackwell House Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony Today, Last Chance For Holiday Gifts From Mrs. Claus At RIHS Visitors Center Kiosk Plus Songs & Stories From Matt Katz At Gallery RIVAA Sunday On Roosevelt Island This Weekend

Things to do on Roosevelt Island this weekend.

Chanukah Menorah Light Ceremony at Blackwell House tonight:
Roosevelt Island
Family Public Menorah Lighting
Saturday Evening, December 20th
The 5th Chanukah Light
6:30 PM
In front of Blackwell House
Music!! Dreidels!! Hot Drinks!! Hot Latkes!! Doughnuts!! A Gift for all!! Chanukah Gelt
Meet Mrs Santa Claus at the Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) Visitors Center and purchase some Christmas/Chanukah/Holiday Gifts:

Come meet Mrs. Claus

In Person This Weekend!



Saturday, Dec. 20

Sunday, Dec. 21

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the R.I.H.S. Visitor Center Kiosk

Tram Plaza, Roosevelt Island, Great Gifts for the Entire Family

Refreshments and Treats
and see Matt Katz perform Songs & Stories Sunday at Gallery RIVAA.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend - That's 5 Consecutive Weeks Of Roosevelt Island F Train Service In Both Directions

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

New Roosevelt Island Grocery Delivery Service Starting Up - Road Runner Express Delivers From Costco And In Future Other Supermarkets Too, Free Delivery Until December 23

A new option for Roosevelt Island shoppers is now available. Road Runner Xpress is offering delivery services from Costco in Long Island City

to Roosevelt Island and in the future delivery from other supermarkets as well.

According to Chang Cai of Road Runner Xpress:
Get same-day or overnight delivery from Costco with RoadRunner-Xpress.

Here's how it works:

Shop for what you need all in one place, add items to your cart, select your preferred date and hour of delivery, and check out with Credit or Debit Cards.

We'll process your order in the store and arrange for a courier to bring it to your address during your preferred time of delivery.

Business Hour:
Our web store opens 24/7.
Our delivery hour: SUN 12:00PM-9:00PM
MON 11:00AM-9:00PM
TUES 11:00AM-9:00PM
WED 11:00AM-9:00PM
THU 11:00AM-9:00PM
FRI 11:00AM-9:00PM
SAT 12:00AM-9:00PM
Our holiday closures: Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, 2014
Any order placed after 7:00pm will be delivered next day
Delivery Fee:
Flat rate shipping fee: $5.00
Our office is currently located on Roosevelt Island. We started our first business here. We would like to be as close as possible to our customers to find out their grocery shopping problems and solve these problems. We are an independent small business company. Our company was founded on Roosevelt Island (June 1, 2014). Our website went online on Dec 18, 2014.

We are starting our service here on Roosevelt Island. We chose Roosevelt Island because we see adult residents are busy with their work and college students get back home late from school. We try to provide our services to save their valuable time.  Also, we see senior residents carry heavy grocery goods from supermarkets. We want to help and make their live more convenient.

More importantly, our good service does not mean high price. We guarantee most of our product prices are the lowest on the island. The only fee we charge is the $5 for flat rate same-day/over-night delivery. The good news is we provide free delivery from Dec 18 to Dec 23.

We are going to deliver goods from different supermarkets in the future. Currently we only deliver from Costco because food sources from Costco are fresh and cheap.
More information available at Road Runner Xpress.

UPDATE 12/21 - Road Runner Xpress adds that in addition to the $5 delivery charge, they charge slightly more for products than Costco.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cool Videos About Our Roosevelt Island Tram - Local Filmmaker Shows It's Importance To Our Community And Then Soar High Above NYC In Black And White

Here are two very good videos

showcasing the Roosevelt Island Tram.

First, Roosevelt Island resident and filmmaker Allison Walker illustrates the importance of the Roosevelt Island Tram to our community with the help of Roosevelt Island Historical Society President Judy Berdy and Roosevelt Island Tram Station Manager Culver Barry.

Second, soar above NYC on the Roosevelt Island Tram in Black and White. It's Beautiful.

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network RI MoM Walking And Exercise Group Meeting 10 AM Friday At Tram Kiosk

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Coordinator Eva Bosbach reports:

Dear all,

Our next free Roosevelt Island Moms on the Move (RI MoM) walk and exercise will take place tomorrow, Friday, December 19, starting at 10AM at the Tram kiosk.

We will walk to the south of the island on the Manhattan side and back, and end with some Exercise with Paulina,

as well as play and chat at the Rivercross playroom (thank you Beverly and Zachary!).

Please note: The Rivercross playroom has a very strict no food and no drink policy that must be followed in order to be able to use the playroom. This includes no snacks for children, as well as no water bottles for adults. Only baby bottles are allowed. If your child needs a snack, please feed them before entering.

Come, check it out and have some fun with us. Moms to be and moms of kids of all ages are welcome!

Looking forward to seeing you and your little ones there! :).  Feel free to contact me for more information on the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network.