Friday, April 17, 2015

The New Normal? Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, That's 10 Weeks In A Row

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

That's 10 weekends in a row.

The new Roosevelt Island normal?

Roosevelt Island 2015 Motorgate Atrium Gallery Opening Saturday April 18 - Gallery RIVAA Curates Murals From 2014 Fall For Arts Festival

Image From RIOC

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)
Image From RIOC

You are cordially invited to attend the 2015 Motorgate Gallery Opening. The event will take place at the Motorgate Garage Atrium (628 Main St.) this Saturday, April 18th, at 11 AM. Come and celebrate the addition of new murals painted at the 2014 Fall for Arts Festival to the Gallery's collection! The Gallery opening is sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and curated by the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association. Immediately following the opening, a reception will be held at Gallery RIVAA, located at 527 Main Street. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

iDig2Learn Hosts Roosevelt Island Earth Day Celebration At Tram Lawn Saturday April 18, Plant Flowers, Art, Food & Volunteer - Also Participatory Budget Vote For Roosevelt Island Green Roof And Hearing Impaired Technology

iDig2Learn is hosting a Roosevelt Island Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 18, at the Roosevelt Island Tram Lawn.

Image From iDig2Learn

Christina Delfico of iDig2Learn reports:
9AM - Volunteers needed for iDig2Learn hosted Earth day event tomorrow on the Tram lawn. Please show up at 9 AM to help with set up and sign in so the children and their families can enjoy all the activities from 10 AM to 1 PM on the Tram lawn.

Our sponsors at Riverwalk, Shops on Main, Manhattan Park, Rivercross Tenants’ Corporation, and Roosevelt Landings support this free event for all ages.

iDig2Learn is hosting an Earth Day event Saturday (April 18), 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Tram lawn next to the Visitor Kiosk (rain or shine). Children and adults plant flowers and join in activities such as an archaeological dig box to hunt for shark’s teeth, a creative art activity for children with RIVAA gallery artist Connie Tanner, a “Jump-in!” exercise with Island mom Paulina Mansz, healthy food tastings courtesy of Laila Amatullah from the Roosevelt Island Women’s Health Organization, Book reading with Eva Bosbach, Earth-inspired art with Bonnie Goodman, a tree of life activity, and more. Special guests from NYC Parks, TreesCount! 2015, and you can learn more about joining a citywide initiative and tree stewardship.

This event is only possible with collaboration from RIOC, Girl Scouts, 217PTA, RI Youth Program, Beacon, RI Garden Club, RIRA, RIWHO, Roosevelt Island Historical Society, RIVAA Gallery, RI Parents' Network, LI Landscape Gardens, Fantastic Gardens, RI Explorers and countless volunteers.
Ms. Delfico spoke to the April 1 Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council about the Earth Day Celebration.

Ms. Delfico adds:
Participatory Vote Bonus:

Concurrent with the Earth Day event, there will be the 2015 Participatory Voting site at the RI Historical Society Visitors Kiosk near the Tram, from 11AM to 5 PM. If you are a District 5 resident, you are 16 years or older you can support the two island projects that made the ballot, and you don’t need to be US citizen or registered voter.
The two Roosevelt Island Participatory Budget projects you can vote for are the PS/IS 217 Green Roof

and installation of hearing impaired technology at the Roosevelt Island Public Library.

More information on Participatory Budget Voting at this prior post.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Roosevelt Island Historical Society Cherry Tree Blossom Walk April 25 - The Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossoms Will Be Beautiful, Some Already Are Blooming

It's getting close to that time of year when the Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossoms are in bloom

Roosevelt Island Cherry Tree Row By Goldwater Hospital now Cornell Construction Site Seen From Tram in 2012

and the annual Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) Cherry Blossom Walk:
Image From RIHS

Roosevelt Island Historical Society
Annual Cherry Blossom Walk
Saturday, April 25, 2015
11 a.m.
Meet at the RIHS Visitor Center Kiosk
Tram Plaza, Roosevelt Island
Suggested Donation $10-
r.s.v.p. to or 212-688-4836
Cornell Tech's Director of K-12 Education Jane Levitt reports that some of the Roosevelt Island Cherry Trees are blossoming now and tweets:
These Cherry trees are on the Queens side of Roosevelt Island next to Capobianco Field opposite PS/IS 217.

UPDATE 4/17 - Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Social, Cultural & Educational Committee Chair Lynn Strong-Shinozaki adds:
Saturday, 4/25 Cherry Blossom Walking Tour and Festival: Picnic, Food & Fun in Southpoint Park, plus Japanese Music and Dance at FDR Memorial.

Meet Island neighbors at a Community Picnic at Southpoint Park
Saturday, April 25 at 11:00 am
Bring a blanket, food and fun

See You There!!

Fourth Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Roosevelt Island Historical Society

11:00am - 1:00pm Cherry Blossom Walk

Meet at the Visitor Center Kiosk at Tram Plaza

Suggested donation $10

Southpoint Park
11:00am - Community Picnic (bring your own food and blanket)

FDR Memorial Four Freedoms Park
1:00 pm Shamisen (Kicho Kai) Japanese String Ensemble
1:30 pm Japanese classical Dance (IchiFuji-kai Dance Association)

2:00 pm Samurai Swordsmanship (Iaikai)
2:25 pm Karate (JKA Karate Shiroma)

3:05 pm Koto (Masayo Ishigure and Koto Shamisen Ensemble)
3:40 pm Japanese blues (Kayo Yoshioka of Neo blues maki)
4:15 pm Japanese Taiko Drummers (Sohdaiko)

Gallery RIVAA (527 Main Street)
3:00 pm Japanese Ink Painting Workshop (open to all ages)
4:25 pm Gerald Starlight (Japanese flute)

Produced by The Roosevelt Island Residents Association

Funds For Roosevelt Island Youth Center, Garden Club And Zipcar License Agreement & Installation Of Gustav Kraitz Sculpture Among Items Of RIOC Board Of Directors Meeting Today

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board Of Directors meet later today.

 Image Of March 2015 RIOC Board Of Directors Meeting
A public comment session is held prior to the start of the meeting. Here is the Agenda:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Directors meeting will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater, 548 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York, for the purpose of transacting such business as shall come before the Board.






5:30 P.M.[1]

I. Call to Order

II. Roll Call

III. Approval of Minutes

1. March 26, 2015 Board Meeting (Board Action Required)

IV. Old Business

V. New Business

1. Authorization to Amend License Agreement with the Roosevelt Island Garden Club, LTD (RIGC) (Board Action Required)

2. Authorization to Ratify and Amend License Agreement for Zipcar Parking at Southtown (Board Action Required)

3. Authorization to Install the Kraitz Sculpture on Roosevelt Island (Board Action Required)

4. Authorization of Expenditure of Funds for Roosevelt Island Youth Center (Board Action Required)

5. Authorization to Enter into Contract with U. Arias, Corp for Landscaping and Maintenance Services (Board Action Required)

6. Authorization to Enter into Contract with Architecture and Engineering Group, PC for Motorgate Garage Repairs Design (Board Action Required – Materials to Follow)

7. President’s Report

8. Committee Reports

a. Audit Committee

b. Governance Committee

c. Operations Advisory Committee

d. Real Estate Development Advisory Committee

9. Public Safety Report

VI. Adjournment

[1] The RIOC Board Meeting will commence following a public comment period. The public comment period is not part of the meeting.
Below is March 31 memo from RIOC staff to RIOC President Charlene Indelicato and the RIOC Board in support of funding allocation to the Roosevelt Island Youth Center.
As you are aware, included in the Board approved FY 15-16 (April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016) Budget is a $175,000 disbursement for the Roosevelt Island Youth Center (“Youth Center”) — currently being operated by the Roosevelt Island Youth Program (“RIYP”). The Youth Center through RIYP offers programs vital to the Island and its youth, consistent with the General Development Plan and RIOC’s Mission Statement.

Programs provided by RIYP include a summer day camp, fitness activities, computer lab access and music instruction. RIYP also manages extensive after school activities, an organized sports curriculum and other recreational programs as part of the PS/IS 217 Beacon Program, for which it receives NYC funding.

RIOC intends to issue a Request for Proposals in the fall of this year for an entity to operate the Youth Center. However, in order to provide for efficient continuity of these programs, the budgeted funds for the current fiscal year should be pro-rated to the RIYP through December 31, 2015, in the amount of $131,250. RIOC would also require RIYP to continue to provide an appropriate accounting of the funds.

Based on the foregoing, we recommend the approval of the disbursement of $131,250 to the Roosevelt Island Youth Program.
Here's more information on the:
from the RIOC Board package materials.

UPDATE 11 PM - The authorization to approve funding for the Roosevelt Island Youth Center was approved by the RIOC Board earlier this evening.

RIOC staffer Sean Singh briefed the RIOC Board followed by a discussion among the Board members before approving the funding authorization.

RIOC Board member Margie Smith concluded the discussion on the subject by saying:
... The take away for the community is there's no danger that we will not have a Youth Center. We will. We will have one probably ad infinitum. Some of the State restrictions are getting tighter and we are working through that stuff now. We are very confident that we will work something out and that there will be very little, if any, disruption, to the Youth Center. There will be a Youth Center continuing on the Island....
Here's the discussion.

The Zipcar, Landscaping and Motorgate authorizations were also approved. The Kraitz sculpture authorization and Garden Club license agreement were postponed.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Up Close And Personal View Of Roosevelt Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Conducting Tram Rescue Drills Last Sunday

Image Of Tram Rescue Drill From Frank Farance

Roosevelt Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member Frank Farance reports on and shares photos from Roosevelt Island Tram Evacuation Drill held Sunday April 12.

Roosevelt Island Tramway staff acting as "passengers" to be evacuated from the tram.
Posted by Frank Farance on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Getting explanation of rescue procedures from tram supervisor.
Posted by Frank Farance on Sunday, April 12, 2015

According to Mr. Farance:
Roosevelt Island Tram Evacuation Drill: As Tram staff explained: there are many redundant and backup systems to return tram cabins to stations, including having the second tram pull up side-by-side -- evacuation like this is a last resort. 

A second tram rescue is one of the options before resorting to passenger drop evacuation.
Posted by Frank Farance on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mr. Farance explains evacuation procedure for lowering Tram Riders to the ground from the Tram Cabin.
The passengers are first fitted into a "diaper" that is attached to the pulley (which holds 9000 lbs), then they would drop down (slowed by centrifugal braking) while rescue workers on the ground use guide ropes to reduce swaying, and they land on the ground (the 5 mm cable supports passengers up to 900 pounds). Notice that while the diaper holding the passenger going down, a second diaper on the other side of the pulley goes up to ready the next passenger. See passenger drop video below.

Photo 1/4: Passenger is readied, wearing orange "diaper".
Posted by Frank Farance on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Photo 2/4: Passenger descends as second "diaper" returns upward on other side of the pulley.
Posted by Frank Farance on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Photo 3/4: Passenger descends, workers below holding guide ropes so passenger doesn't sway.
Posted by Frank Farance on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Photo 4/4: Passenger lands, workers on the ground detach "diaper" to release passenger, workers above are readying the next passenger with second "diaper".
Posted by Frank Farance on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pulley holds 9000 pounds, has centrifugal brake that limits passenger drop speed, 5 mm drop cable holds 900 pounds.
Posted by Frank Farance on Sunday, April 12, 2015

The second part of the emergency drill is pulling the tram's haul cables back and swapping drive wheels (big orange gear) -- think of pulling a rubber band off a pulley. Here workers are bolting on sleeves onto the cables that are pulled back via hydraulic jack, which gives them enough slack to thread the haul rope on the backup drive adjacent to it (big yellow gear behind big orange gear). Truly amazing.

Main drive wheel (orange), backup drive wheel (yellow) is behind. Haul rope (the cable) is swapped onto the backup drive.
Posted by Frank Farance on Sunday, April 12, 2015

In order to pull the haul rope (cable) off the drive wheel, there must be some slack to pull it back. Workers bolting...
Posted by Frank Farance on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Roosevelt Island CERT team members: Georganna Galateau (Deputy Team Chief), Howard Polivy (Team Chief), Lynda Marmara (RIOC Public Safety Department Deputy Director), Frank Farance
Posted by Frank Farance on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mr. Farance also participated with NYC wide CERT Teams assisting following the March 26 East Village Building fire, explosion and collapse. He reports on the experience here.

More on NYC Office Of Emergency Management Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) here.

FDR Four Freedoms Park And American Institute Of Architects Offering Guided Boat Tour Around Roosevelt Island Saturday April 18 - Great Way To Experience NYC Waterfront And Learn About The Past, Present & Future Of Roosevelt Island

Would you like to take a boat tour around Roosevelt Island on Saturday April 18?

The FDR Four Freedoms Park tweets:
and adds:
The AiA and Four Freedoms Park Conservancy will jointly offer a special guided boat tour around Roosevelt Island. The tour will focus on Four Freedoms Park and the past, present, and future of Roosevelt Island. Stephen Martin, Conservancy Director of Design and Planning, will chronicle the fascinating and painstaking team effort that led to the faithful 2012 completion of Louis Kahn’s 1973 design for the FDR Four Freedoms Park located at the island’s Southern tip. Specific design goals and construction details of this uncompromising memorial will be clearly identified and discussed.
It's a two hour tour starting at 1:30 with the boat departing from the Chelsea Piers. Cost is $58 per person. More information here.

Here's a boat ride I took in 2013 on the Hudson and East River.

It's a great way to see the NYC waterfront.