Friday, October 24, 2014

No Manhattan Bound Roosevelt Island F Train Service This Weekend Says MTA - Weekend Disruptions May Be Over By February 2015

The MTA reports that there will be no F Train subway service from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan this weekend.

According to the MTA:
F Coney Island-bound trains run via the M from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts Weekends, 11:15 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, until Oct 27

Trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza.

No Coney Island-bound F service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St and 57 St.
How long will these Roosevelt Island F Train weekend subway service disruptions last? Maybe, it will be over by February 2015.

During the October 22 meeting of Community Board 8's Roosevelt Island/Transportation joint committee, CB 8 member Larry Parnes reported the MTA believes that F Train Roosevelt Island weekend subway disruptions may be over by February 2015.

Mr. Parnes also noted that the MTA says an entrance to the F train Lexington Ave/63rd station may be open at third avenue/63rd street in the fall of 2015.

Here's what Mr. Parnes had to say.

More on the October 22 CB 8 joint Roosevelt Island/Transportation Committee meeting, including discussion of Roosevelt Island Bus Service, ferry service, Bike Lanes and Motorgate improvements, at this previous post.

You're Invited To Gallery RIVAA Opening Reception For New Exhibit "The Diary" 6-9 PM Saturday October 25 - Also Roosevelt Island Photographer Paul Katz's Prints Available At Farmers Market Blowout Sale On Saturday Too

Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA will be hosting an opening reception Saturday October 25 starting 6PM for their new exhibition The Diary.

According to Gallery RIVAA:
RIVAA is excited to invite you to the opening reception of its another new show "THE DIARY" by famous artist CHRISTIAN PARASCHIV on Saturday, October 25th from 6 - 9 PM at Gallery RIVAA.

Date: October 25th, 2014
Time: 6-9pm
Venue: Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island
Also, Roosevelt Island resident Lloyd Woltz reports:
With colder weather soon approaching, the Paul Katz Photography table at the Saturday Green Market (adjacent to Motorgate)

will be holding a "We Need the Room in Our Apartment Blowout Clearance Sale" on October 25th and November 1st (weather permitting) -- the table's final days at the market this year. A wide selection of prints

Image Of Paul Katz Photograph

from renowned photographer  and late, long-time Island resident Paul Katz,

  Image Of Paul Katz From Reserveinc

will be available for only $5 (for framed 8" x 10") and $10 (for unframed 13" x 19") -- great opportunity to get your "stocking-stuffer" holiday shopping done early!
More on the late Paul Katz's photography at previous post.

Report From RIOC President Charlene Indelicato - Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade, Bicycle Education & Safety, Sportspark Classes & Advisories

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato sends the following report to the community.
Halloween Parade Extravaganza

Roosevelt Island’s annual Halloween Parade Extravaganza will take place Saturday, October 25 on Main Street beginning at 12 p.m. at Blackwell Park (500 Main Street). This event is sponsored by Urban American, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and the Roosevelt Island Youth Center with contributions from Island House, Westview, Rivercross, Cornell Tech, the Roosevelt Island Seniors Association, The Octagon, and the Roosevelt Island Explorers. The parade begins at Blackwell Park and travels down Main Street, culminating in a community celebration at Capobianco Field. In the event of inclement weather, the festivities will be moved to P.S./I.S. 217. Every year, hundreds of Roosevelt Island families come out to watch and take part in this island tradition, showcasing their creative costumes, playing games and enjoying the holiday in a safe and fun way. Come visit the RIOC & Public Safety tent for take-home art projects, a chance to win prizes, and for Halloween safety gear and tips! On behalf of everyone here at the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, I wish you a safe and happy Halloween.

Bicycling on Roosevelt Island

Last Tuesday, October 14th, members of RIOC’s staff conducted a walkthrough of the Island’s roadways with several representatives from Bike New York. In the near future, the cycling nonprofit will provide us with a list of suggestions for possible upgrades or changes to the Island’s streets. As we move forward, RIOC will continue to assess our current transportation infrastructure and will evaluate the need for specific changes to the Island’s striping, signage and roadways. Our number one priority is the safety of everyone on our streets, whether they be cyclists, pedestrians, or motorists.

Over the past year, Bike New York has been working with RIOC to run a specialized bike safety and education program specifically tailored to the needs of Roosevelt Island residents. This program, which focuses on providing free educational classes and amenities to cyclists in the community, is sponsored entirely by the Saks Kavanaugh Foundation. The Foundation founders, Betty Saks and Bart Kavanaugh, are New Yorkers and avid cyclists. Their Foundation's mission focuses on promoting health and wellness, with a special focus on "movement" and the important role it can play in the lives of children. RIOC has been working closely with Bike New York and the Saks Kavanaugh Foundation to bring bike education, bike safety and bike programs year round to Roosevelt Island.

As an expansion of their current educational efforts, Bike New York has been working with our Transportation department to develop specialized road safety classes, which will focus on sharing the road with motorists as well as basic safety practices. The classes will be provided for our bus drivers and other vehicle operators. In addition, Bike New York will be designing classes specifically for Roosevelt Island residents that address the unique transportation situations and conditions that may arise on our roads and promenades.

In addition to adding classes, Bike New York is expanding its ongoing awareness campaign to include further educational efforts. Look for Bike New York representatives in your building and door-drops of educational materials, along with increased outreach efforts in our local schools. As we move forward, we also plan to involve Cornell Tech in an effort to create a “master plan” for the implementation of bike paths on the Island. We will continue to work together with agencies such as Bike New York and Cornell Tech to make sure residents and members of our staff are educated about bike safety and to ensure the safety of our transportation network.

We encourage you to contact the Bike New York Community Outreach Director, Caitlin Goodspeed, at to learn more about classes and bike amenities offered by Bike New NY that are specifically geared to Roosevelt Island residents.

Sportspark Classes

If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to stay active, low-cost and free fitness classes are available at the Sportspark Pool and gymnasium (250 Main Street). Swim classes available at the pool include a popular “Mommy & Me” water safety class, which teaches children aged six months to three years old basic swimming skills and introduces them to moving around in the water. Twice-weekly “Master Swim” classes focus on more advanced swimming skills, including a variety of strokes and techniques. The pool is also open for “Open Swim” twice a day, seven days a week. Zumba and Yoga classes, as well as ping pong play, are available throughout the week in the gymnasium. For more information on these classes or to see a calendar or what Sportspark offers, visit our website at or email Eddie Perez, Sportspark Supervisor, at

RIOC Advisories

Keeping all Island residents informed and prepared for the unexpected is a high priority for us at RIOC. In order to help keep the public up to date on events or situations that may impact daily life, we provide the RIOC Advisories service, a local community and emergency alert system. If you would like to receive these alerts, visit our website at and subscribe today. Remember, if we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you.

In the upcoming weeks, RIOC will complete an upgrade of our advisory system, which will allow subscribers to select which categories of alerts they would like to receive. New options for contact methods, such as phone calls and text messages, will also be added. These improvements are scheduled to be implemented during the month of November, so keep an eye out for announcements and instructions once the new system goes live.

Upcoming Roosevelt Island Bike NY Classes And Events - Sunday Bike Maintenance 101 Class, November 6 Street Skills & November 16 Historic Ride

Bike New York's Roosevelt Island Community Outreach Manager Caitlin Goodspeed reports on upcoming bicycle classes and events:
We have a couple (free) classes coming up at Sportspark

The first class is for Roosevelt Island residents only. It's a Bike Maintenance 101 class designed to teach participants how to do basic tune-ups and repairs on their own bikes. It's happening this Sunday from 1pm - 3pm. Here is the registration link.

The second class is happening November 6 at 6:30pm. It's a Street Skills class where we teach people what their rights and responsibilities are as a New York City cyclist. We want people to feel confident and comfortable on the city streets! You can click here to register for this class.

In Other News:

This Saturday will be the last day of the Bike New York Pop-Up Shop! We will be handing out free bike lights to anyone who stops by on their bike.

There will be a Roosevelt Island Historic Bike Ride on Sunday, November 16 at 1:30pm led by Janet Falk, island resident and member of the Roosevelt Island Historic Society. More details to come! If you are interested, please email me at

Roosevelt Island Jobs Available As FDR Four Freedoms Park Conservancy Executive Assistant To President/CEO And Park Facilities Manager

The Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park Conservancy is seeking an Executive Assistant for its President (Posted October 23) and a Park Facilities Manager. According to Idealist:
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park is a Memorial to President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The Memorial was designed by Louis I. Kahn and opened to the public in October 2012.

The Park is operated by the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation under a Cooperative Agreement. In addition to funding, operating, and maintaining the Park, the Conservancy's mission is to celebrate and honor the life and legacy of FDR and the Four Freedoms through educational initiatives and public programming.

Job Description

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Executive Assistant (Assistant) will be responsible for providing him/her with administrative support. The Assistant will manage projects, tasks, and relationships for the President & CEO as well as perform general and executive office administrative duties for the Director of Development and the Board Chair on an as needed basis.

The ideal candidate is an energetic, highly responsible, focused, and motivated individual, able to multi-task and respond to a wide variety of responsibilities and assignments. He/she will also be committed to and have a genuine belief in the mission and values of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms Park.

This is a full-time salaried position. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and additional hours may often be required...
Click here for more information about the position.

Also, Idealist reports that the FDR Park Conservancy has a job available as a Park Facilities Manager (Posted October 17):
... Under the supervision of the Director of Park Operations and Facilities, the Four Freedoms Park Facilities Manager (Manager) is responsible for managing the Park facilities. Additional responsibilities will include supervision of Park Rangers and opening and closing of Park facilities.

Primary Responsibilities:

Supervising the maintenance of the Memorial granite, including monitoring for stains, dirt and marks; determining best methods for stain removal; updating maintenance manuals and overseeing the cleaning of granite....
Click her for more information on the job.

Good Luck.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NYC Runs Haunted Island 5 & 10K Race Coming To Roosevelt Island Saturday - RIOC Addresses Early Morning Race Noise Amplification Pollution Complaint

According to NYC Runs:
NYCRUNS Haunted Island 5K & 10K
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Firefighters Field - Roosevelt Island • 425 Main St Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

Rumor has it that Roosevelt Island has been overrun by all manner of scary things. Join us in the madness for this Halloween 5K & 10K with a superb after party including a great live band and a Halloween themed post-race spread. Goblins and ghouls of all ages are welcome.
Event schedule and times

Start time: The 5K begins at 9:30 AM; The 10K begins at 10:00 AM Address: 425 Main St. New York, NY

Courses: Please see our standard 5K and 10K course maps. You will enjoy one of a kind views of Manhattan, Queens, and beyond!...
Click here for more information on the Haunted Island race.

Last Sunday, there was another 10K race starting at Firefighters Field across the street from Southtown Rivercross apartment buildings. A resident reported about that race:
it's great that RI hosts monthly fun runs etc here on the streets and promenades. I only think it would be respectful of the organizers to refrain from playing their PA systems at 645am today.

also shouldn't the race organizers at least attempt to schedule the races on days that the subway service isn't curtailed?
This complaint was submitted to Roosevelt Island 311 See Click Fix about last Sunday's 10K:
noise pollution

why is the PA system for the 10k road race blasting and blaring today 630am on a Sunday morning? why is public safety doing nothing but helping assisting.

a little consideration would be appreciated
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) responded to the See Click Fix complaint:
We apologize for your inconvenience this past Sunday. The event was a permitted event, which is why Public Safety allowed it to take place. Any permitted events in the future will not be allowed to begin before 9am, and amplified sound will not be allowed any more than thirty minutes prior to their start time. Further, any speakers permitted will be pointed in the direction of Queens to help control the impact of their sound on the island. Please feel free to reach out with any additional questions.

Thank you
Saturday is also the Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade starting at 12 PM. There is no F train service to Manhattan from Roosevelt Island this weekend.

UPDATE 1-/24 - According to RIOC:
Notification issued 10/24/2014 at 4:06 PM. A 5K/10K race will take place around the perimeter of Roosevelt Island beginning at 9:30 AM on Saturday, October 25, 2014. There will be no parking on this date from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM on the West Roadway from the Tram to the Subway. From 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, there will be no Red Bus service at the Subway going North. All northbound bus passengers may utilize a temporary bus stop located on the East Roadway at 425 Main Street. Expect minor disruptions in Q102 and Red Bus service during that time.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group

NYPD Tram Rescue Drills Sunday October 26 From 6-10 AM - Only 1 Tram Cabin in Service At That Time And No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan This Weekend

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

Notification issued 10/22/2014 at 9:44 AM. Leitner-Poma, operator of the Roosevelt Island Tramway, has advised that on Sunday, October 26th from 6:00 AM until 10:00 AM, one Tram cabin will be in operation every 15 minutes due to a scheduled Tram Rescue & Evacuation Practice Drill with the New York City Fire Department (NYFD). Thank you for your cooperation.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
The MTA reports that there will be no F Train service from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan at that time either.

According to the MTA:
F Coney Island-bound trains run via the M from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts Weekends, 11:15 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, until Oct 27

Trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza.

No Coney Island-bound F service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St and 57 St.
The FDNY performed Tram Rescue Drills Wednesday, October 15.

UPDATE 10/24 - According to RIOC:
Notification issued 10/24/2014 at 10:49 AM. Leitner-Poma, operator of the Roosevelt Island Tramway, has advised that on Sunday, October 26th from 6:00 AM until 10:00 AM, one Tram cabin will be in operation every 15 minutes due to a scheduled Tram Rescue & Evacuation Practice Drill by Tramway personnel. Thank you for your cooperation.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group