Saturday, September 20, 2014

Scenes From Today's Roosevelt Island Youth Program Fall Soccer League Season Opening Day At Octagon Field

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The Roosevelt Island Youth Program Soccer (RIYP) league

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2014 fall season

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started today at the Octagon Field.

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Here's some of the action.

More exciting RIYP soccer action coming up this season.

You're Invited To Gallery RIVAA Approach To A Portrait Opening Reception Tonight Saturday September 20 From 6-9 PM

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Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA will be hosting an opening reception Saturday September 20 starting 6PM for their new exhibition Approach To A Portrait.

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According to Gallery RIVAA:
You are cordially invited to the opening reception of RIVAA's another exciting show "Approach to a Portrait" on Saturday, September 20th from 6 - 9 PM at Gallery RIVAA.

Date: September 20th, 2014
Time: 6-9pm
Venue: Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island
Come to Gallery RIVAA's Approach to a Portrait opening reception tonight. View some art and meet some new an old friends.

As previously reported, Gallery RIVAA recently entered into a space sharing agreement for its premises with Cornell NYC Tech.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Good News Again, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Whatever Happened To Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Island Asks Bowery Boys

A little bit of Roosevelt Island history. The Bowery Boys report:

... From a New York Times editorial, January 30, 1972:

"It is astonishing, and becomes more disgraceful with every passing year, that within the city there is still no memorial to this great New Yorker (except for FDR Drive, a dubious honor). The opportunity is, however, immediately at hand. Welfare Island, now slowly undergoing a total reconstruction and rebirth, would take on a new symbolic significance if its name were changed to Franklin D. Roosevelt Island -- or, better yet, to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Island in honor of that extraordinary woman who was even more closely identified with New York City than was the president himself."

By the following year Mayor Lindsay submitted a proposal to re-name Welfare Island for the president and the first lady. From Jan. 21, 1973:

Click here for the entire Whatever Happened To Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Island Bowery Boys article.

At least Eleanor finally got her own Pier with tables and chairs on Roosevelt Island thanks to the Hudson Related waterfront food concession though this is the last weekend of its season.

Capture The Flag For Adults Turning Roosevelt Island Into A Giant Urban Playground Saturday September 20 - Roosevelt Island 5K Race Same Day Too

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:

According to the Roosevelt Island Capture The Flag event organizer Patchquilt:
You’ve never played

… till you’ve played with us.

Capture the Flag takes on a whole new life as Patchquilt brings it to the streets of New York. Stealth and speed will aid you as you take captives, guard your flags, free your friends from peril, and battle to become Capture the Flag champions. The epic game takes on a new twist with multiple flags and territories made up of the actual parks and streets of New York’s Roosevelt Island.

Where is it?

(and what else should I know)

We’re turning Roosevelt Island, a narrow island situated in New York’s East River into a giant urban playground. You can take in the scenery and travel by tram or hop on the subway, it’s just one stop from midtown. When you sign up for Capture the Flag, you’ll get to choose a team color. On the day of the event be sure to dress proudly in your team’s color. Capture the Flag is just for players over the age of eighteen. It’s an athletic event and intended for individuals in good physical health.
Roosevelt Island Capture the Flag takes place between 11 AM - 2 PM and costs $20 to participate. Blood Sweat & Cheers adds:
... After working up a powerful thirst, players can retire to nearby Riverwalk Bar & Grill for an after-party with drink specials....
Also, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) reports a 5K race about the same time as the Capture The Flag event:
Please be advised there will be a 5K Race on Saturday, September 20th, 2014, beginning at 9:00 AM that will take place around the perimeter of Roosevelt Island.

Please note that there will be No Parking from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM Saturday, September 20th, 2014 on the West Roadway between the Tram and the Subway (rear of 405 to 455 Main Street).

The race will be completely contained to a protected perimeter of the Island. Expect minor disruptions in Q102 and Red Bus service during that time.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Four Freedoms Democratic Club Roosevelt Island Meeting This Evening - NY State Senator Jose Serrano On Reforming Albany Corruption And Dysfunction, 76 Democratic Assembly Distict Candidate Rebecca Seawright And Republican David Garland Speak Too

Reported earlier today that the Four Freedoms Democratic Club (FFDC) was meeting tonight on Roosevelt Island.

Here's what happened.

FFDC President Kim Moscaritolo described the FFDC's attempt to reach out to Roosevelt Island residents interested in Democratic Party politics and then introduced our NY State Senator Jose Serrano.

Senator Serrano noted the diversity of his 29 Senatorial district, including Roosevelt Island, the South and West Bronx, East Harlem, Yorkville, Upper West Side and Central Park. Senator Serrano discussed the upcoming election season, dysfunction and corruption in Albany, the need for political reform, and the Republican State Senate Coup during previous legislative session.

Following Senator Serrano, NY State Democratic Party candidate for the 76 Assembly District Rebecca Seawright spoke to the FFDC

as did the Republican candidate David Garland.

If you are interested in participating in local Democratic Party politics, consider joining the Four Freedoms Democratic Club. They are making a good attempt to reach Roosevelt Island residents.

Update On Cornell NYC Tech Demolition Of Roosevelt Island's Goldwater Hospital - Column, Slabs, Windows Coming Down, Rubble Material Sorted And Electrical Duct Bank Installed On West Roadway

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Here's the most recent Cornell NYC Tech Construction Update

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describing the demolition

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of Goldwater Hospital.

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According to the Cornell NYC Tech Roosevelt Island construction update:
Construction Update
September 12 - September 26 Look Ahead

Structural demolition of Building C is approximately 45% complete. In the coming weeks, work will continue to alternate between active demolition of the remaining columns and slabs and sorting of the rubble materials.

The scaffolding for Building F, the northernmost building, is fully erect. The removal of windows is underway. Hand demolition of the northern portion of the fa├žade will begin late in the week of September 15th.

Interior demolition and abatement continues in Building E. Interior demolition is expected to be complete late in the week of September 15th. Interior abatement is ongoing on the upper floors and once interior demolition is complete, the work crews will move to the lower floors.

Later this fall, a new electrical duct bank will be installed along the west roadway. In preparation for this work, multiple test pits are being dug along the proposed location in order to verify underground conditions. As the proposed ductbank location falls mostly within the construction fence, the majority of test pits will be dug within the fence line. There will be a small number of test pits dug outside of the fence. During these times, flaggers will be used to ensure the safety of workers and any service vehicles utilizing the roadway.
More details on Cornell NYC Tech demolition procedures of Roosevelt Island's Goldwater Hospital at this August 25 previous post.