Monday, December 5, 2016

Great News - Contemporary Mexican Restaurant & Bar, Onda, To Open Summer 2017 On Roosevelt Island Says Main Street Retail Master Leaseholder Hudson Related - I'll Have A Margarita Please

Reported October 17 that a new ethnic restaurant will soon sign a lease for Roosevelt Island's 548 Main Street.

Image of Roosevelt Island's 548 Main Street Empty Storefront

Well, it actually happened!!!! A new restaurant will open this summer on Roosevelt Island's Main Street in a long time vacant space. According to Main Street Retail Master Leaseholder Hudson Related:
Hudson Related Retail LLC has signed a lease to bring a new contemporary Mexican restaurant and bar to 548 Main Street on Roosevelt Island. Onda will occupy an approximately 2,000 sq. ft. storefront in the Island’s retail center— known as the Shops on Main— and will be operated by D&D Restaurant Group. As the Island’s first sit-down Mexican restaurant-bar, Onda will serve authentic, rustic cuisine and offer both small and large plates in a modern setting. The restaurant, which plans to apply for a liquor license, is anticipated to open in Summer 2017.

“We are excited to help meet the desire of Roosevelt Island residents for more sit-down dining establishments and a wider diversity of food options,” said Alexandra Kaplan, Associate Project Manager at The Hudson Companies, on behalf of Hudson Related Retail LLC. “This restaurant will not only serve the existing residents of Roosevelt Island, but also the incoming students and faculty of the Cornell Tech Campus.”

"We are thrilled that another restaurant will soon open on Main Street, which has reestablished itself as the heart and soul of Roosevelt Island," said Susan Rosenthal, President/CEO of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC).

Cushman & Wakefield represented Hudson Related Retail LLC in this transaction.

In July, Hudson Related Retail LLC announced the signing of a lease for a café and wine bar located at 503 Main Street, which will serve juices, smoothies, and light fare such as paninis, salads, and bakery items. The café will be operated by same owners of Wholesome Factory—a gourmet and organic natural food market— and Island Wine & Spirits, two successful businesses on Main Street.

In 2011, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation designated Hudson Related Retail LLC, a joint venture between development firms The Hudson Companies and The Related Companies, to help revitalize Roosevelt Island’s Main Street retail corridor and bring in new amenities. This has included completing major arcade and storefront renovations, along with other capital improvements.
I'll have a margarita please. How about you?

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Wonderful Time At The Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - Local Kids Perform, Colorful Lights And Santa Claus Comes To Town

The Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony took place Friday evening, December 2, next to Blackwell House.

The weather was perfect, not too cold, but chilly enough to feel winter was coming, and no rain. The crowd

was entertained by young Roosevelt Island performers from the Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance,

PS/IS 217 Beacon Program After School kids

and the 116th Street Band

as everyone waited

for the arrival of Santa Claus and the lighting

of the Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas Tree

in front of Blackwell House

on Main Street.

Santa also greeted happy Roosevelt Island kids.

 Image From Jax Schott

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp's (RIOC) Erica Spencer-El and Jessica Murray hosted the program and introduced RIOC President Susan Rosenthal, RIOC Director Fay Christian and Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) President Jeff Escobar who all welcomed the residents wishing the crowd a happy holiday season.

Also, RIOC Public Safety Department Director Jack McManus and Deputy Director Kevin Brown wished everyone a happy Holiday Season and and Director McManus added a request for residents to say thank you to the Public Safety officers for their service to our community.

Good times. Nice job by RIOC.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket Bonus Savings Card Diamond Rewards Loyalty Program December 2 To December 15 - Get Exclusive Offers And Earn Points On Hundreds Of Items To Be Redeemed On Next Order

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

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Gristedes representative Bob Capano explains the new Customer Diamonds Rewards Loyalty Program, how to sign up to receive exclusive offers and earn points that can be redeemed on your next order.

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Look for the Diamond Rewards label on the shelf or the product
If you have a Gristedes Bonus Savings Card and provided your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Diamond Loyalty Program.

You can sign up for a Gristedes Bonus Savings Card online or in store - just make sure you give your email address and whether you are a new or existing Bonus Savings Club member, in order to be eligible for the Diamond Rewards Loyalty program.

Also, Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket invites you to check out their:
  • Groceries, 
  • Organic & Gourmet, 
  • Snacks
  • Meat, 
  • Fresh Produce, 
  • Seafood, 
  • Frozen, 
  • Deli &;
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Department Offerings for December 2 - December 8

Gristedes representative Bob Capano invites Roosevelt Island residents to check out their various product departments for all of your shopping needs.

Don't forget the 10% Roosevelt Island Seniors Discount on Tuesday and Wednesday and Sign Up for the Gristedes Diamond Loyalty Rewards Program.

More Gristedes Supermarket information available at their web site, Facebook Page and Twitter feed.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team Says Goodbye And Thank You To Coach Michael Gavrilchin And Welcomes New Head Coach Roman Sloudnov To Marlins Family

The Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team reports:

Michael Gavrilchin, the longtime coach of the Roosevelt Island Swim team, has left the Marlins to pursue other coaching opportunities and complete his degree in Sports Medicine. Over the seven years with our team, he has touched the lives of so many Roosevelt Island children and adults! Michael has helped us elevate Marlins to a new level, inspiring a generation of island kids to become competitive swimmers. While we are sad that he left, we know Michael will do a wonderful job in his new position.

We thank Coach Michael for his dedication to Roosevelt Island Swim team, and for passing the baton to our new Head Coach - Roman Sloudnov! We are proud to welcome Coach Roman to the Marlins family and look forward to his leadership contributions.

Our goal for the upcoming season is returning to the renovated Sportspark pool and building a stronger Learn to Swim program and competitive team, while continuing to foster an environment where success at the pool is equally as important as children's social development and academic progress.

Coach Roman graduated magna cum laude from Missouri State University with a BS in finance, and worked with swimmers at Drury University, MO (Division II swim team), trained elite athletes for Brazilian Olympic trials at Gremio Nautico Uniao, Brazil, and, before joining the Marlins, coached for Match Point swim team in Brooklyn. As a professional swimmer, he represented Russia in four Olympic games (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012). Coach Roman is an Olympic Bronze Champion, multiple time World Champion in 100m breaststroke, 2000 and 2001 World record holder in 100m and 200m breaststroke, 2001 European Swimmer of the Year, and the first person to ever swim 100m breaststroke in under 1 minute.

This is an exciting time to be part of the Roosevelt Island Swim Team, we are eager to see our swimmers progress under Coach Roman's stewardship!

Coach Roman and Coach Michael with Roosevelt Island Swim Team members Mira (Juniors) and Tim (Future Stars)
More information on the Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team available at their web site.

Roosevelt Island Job Available As Director Of RIOC Parks & Recreation

Are you looking for a job on Roosevelt Island?

How about a position with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) as Director of Parks & Recreation?

According to Indeed job search web site:

Director of Parks & Recreation
Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation - Roosevelt Island, NY
$90,000 a year

TITLE: Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation

REPORTS TO: Vice President of Operations

SALARY RANGE: $80,000 – $95,000


Under the general direction of the Vice President of Operations, the Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation will assist in the supervision and management of recreational programs, maintenance and usage of fields and parks, and coordination of special events and filming.
Click here for more info and to apply but can't promise you'll be working

with Amy Poehler.

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Weekend And Next 2 But Roosevelt Island Tram Service Returns To Normal With Both Cabins Operating Starting December 3

First the bad news.

 Image From MTA

According to the MTA:
F Jamaica-bound trains are rerouted via the E after 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av

Weekends, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Dec 2 - 5 • Dec 9 - 12 • Dec 16 - 19

No Jamaica-bound service at 57 St, Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge.
Now the good news. Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins will be in service starting tomorrow. Hopefully, the long lines will be gone.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Please be aware that, on Saturday, December 3rd, the Tramway is scheduled to return to its regular service schedule, utilizing both Tram cabins.

Please note the last Red Bus shuttle from the Tram to Manhattan will be on Friday, December 2nd at 8 PM, and the last shuttle from Manhattan will be at 8:30 PM Friday.

Thank you for your patience during this necessary work.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

RIRA And RI Parents' Network Thank Main Street Sweets Owner Scot Bobo For Contribution To Roosevelt Island Community On Day Ice Cream Shop Closed Business

Coach Scot's Main Street Sweets closed it's business yesterday.

Since the closing announcement earlier this month, residents have expressed sadness that our only ice cream shop is no more, but also appreciation for owner Scot Bobo and his family
for creating a community space that was enjoyed by many.

At last night's Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) meeting, RIRA Common Council Member Adib Mansour and Roosevelt Island Parents Network Coordinator Eva Bosbach thanked Scot Bobo for his contribution and service to Roosevelt Island.

Mr. Bobo thanked everyone who came in the shop and said:

... All we did was provide the space. Roosevelt Island provided the community. It's a great community.

Keep the community together. Wherever the next space is, we're the community and that's all we need...
Thank you Scot. Nice job. Your efforts were appreciated by many.

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony At Blackwell Plaza Friday December 2 - Music, Gifts, Prizes & Santa Claus

It's that time again for a wonderful Roosevelt Island tradition - the lighting of the Holiday/Christmas Tree in front of Blackwell House tomorrow night, Friday December 2.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
On Friday, December 2nd at 7PM, you are cordially invited to attend Roosevelt Island's annual holiday season kickoff event, the Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting Ceremony. Join us at Blackwell Plaza (500 Main St.) for a free celebration of our close-knit community, featuring performances by the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, the Beacon Program, and the 116th Street Band. Also, don’t miss a visit from a very special guest! Make sure to bring your camera!.

For more details visit:

Many thanks to our generous contributors:

Amalgamated Bank | Urban American | The Octagon | Hudson Companies | Wholesome Factory | Gristedes | Piccolo Trattoria | Starbucks | Island Wine & Spirits | Roosevelt Nails | Fuji East | Bread & Butter Market | Cornell Tech
Here's the 2015 Lighting of

Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas Tree.

More scenes from 2015 Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting here.

Good times.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association Had A Great Thanksgiving Dinner - RIDA Thanks Adult And Kid Volunteers Who Helped

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) President Jim Bates reports on and shares these photos from the RIDA Thanksgiving Day Dinner. According to Mr. Bates:

The Roosevelt Island Disabled Association had a great Thanksgiving dinner for its members.

About 40 RIDA members attended our Thanksgiving Dinner

this year

at the Roosevelt Island Carter Burden Senior Center.

RIDA thanks the volunteers who served our Thanksgiving Dinner

including Lisa Fernandez, the Director Of Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center and her husband.

Also, thank you to the Children from the Islamic School of Roosevelt Island

who made cards with a piece of chocolate and gave one to each RIDA member along with serving desert.