Roosevelt Island on the Web Links as appearing in the May 16 Main Street WIRE
Roosevelt Islander - RIOC Plans Fixed Red Bus Schedule Experiment
Roosevelt Island 360 - Seeks Paper Tram Model
Roosevelt Island Dogs - Applauds RIOC For Doggie Improvements
City Room - Gifted & Talented School Program Includes PS/IS 217
NBC New York - Lappin Explains The Deal With The Tram
You Tube - Roosevelt Island Recession
You Tube - Future of RI Subway Crowding?
Daily News - Speed Of Priority Mail
NY Observer - Octagon and Riverwalk Rentals
Roosevelt Live - Summer Concert Series
The Bowery Boys - Podcast Roosevelt Island History
Sail Net - Navigating East River Near Roosevelt Island
Daily News - NY World Laughter Day Led By RI'er
Newsday - Kelly Breslin Taught RI Children Tennis Dies
Retro Info - Bike Tour Passes Roosevelt Island
Contact Music - Rapper Visits Coler Goldwater Hospital
Chelsea Now - 95 Year Old RI Resident In Senior Talent Show
Veronica Wallstrom - BBQ At The Octagon
New York Nitty Gritty - Blackwell House From Above
In Love Of We - A Necessary Music
NYC Bridges 100 - Queensboro Bridge Centennial Fireworks
You Tube - Noah's Roosevelt Island Baseball Game
Friday, May 15, 2009
Roosevelt Island on the Web Links as appearing in the May 16 Main Street WIRE
Roosevelt Island Bike Rack Removals To Be Enforced At Tram and Subway Station For Now - Rest Of The Island To Be Determined Later
RIOC has decided that the Roosevelt Island Bike Racks are not to be used overnight during the hours of 2 - 5 AM and issued the following advisory.
For All Bike Racks On Roosevelt IslandI inquired of RIOC President Steve Shane:
There Will Be No Bicycle Storage Between the Hours of 2:00AM and 5:00AM.
Bicycles Found In Violation Will Be Removed By The Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department.
I have been hearing alot of complaints about the new bike rack policy of removing bicycles found chained to Roosevelt Island bike racks betweeen 2-5 AM.Mr. Shane replied:
I understand there is an issue with abandoned bikes chained to the racks but why change such a longstanding practice going back many years, particularly the bike racks on River Road by Manhattan Park.
Does the policy include River Road bike racks as well?
The managing agents at all housing groups have no problem. The bikes stored outside are rusty and unsightly. Since we did not want to be discriminatory, intended to make it Island wide. However, we will post signs and advisories by the Tram and Subway and will enforce there only, until further notice.So, let RIOC and your building management know if you object to this new policy or have any ideas on how to keep the overnight bike storage but remove the unsightly and abandoned bikes.
Roosevelt Island 360 has more.
Things To Do This Weekend In New York City & Roosevelt Island - Free Classical Music, LES Rooftop Films, Leonard Cohen & Roosevelt Island Walking Tour
Looking for fun or interesting things to do on Roosevelt Island or in some other part of New York City this weekend? Here are some suggestions.
The third 2009 Rosemarie & Robin Russell Family Concert Series will be held tonight, 8PM at Roosevelt Island's Chapel of the Good Shepherd (543 Main Steet) with a free classical music program of Bach, Mozart & Brahms. The musicians performing are:
- Ralph Allen, violin
- Geoffrey Duce, piano
...the Rooftop Films season officially begins Friday night. Head to the top of New Design High on the Lower East Side for a screening of short films, music from Cymbals Eat Pandas and an afterparty (with free beer!) at Fontana’s. If you want it enough, summer will eventually come.On Sunday afternoon, take a historical walking tour of Roosevelt Island with Bernie. According to Cititour:
ROOSEVELT ISLANDOne of my all time favorites, Leonard Cohen, is performing Saturday and Sunday night and is a NY Post Hot Pick:
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Tour this unusual Island Once called Blackwells Island, Welfare Island. A Place were the city's Undesirables were sent.
COHEN HEADClick here for some You Tube videos of Leonard Cohen performing First We Take Manhattan, Hallelujah, Democracy and others great songs.
He was here in February, but hallelujah, he's back. Legendary singer, songwriter and Renaissance man Leonard Cohen, who turns 75 in September, will perform at Radio City Music Hall tomorrow and Sunday at 8 p.m. It's part of his first American tour in 15 years. Tickets are $69.50 to $254.50 at radiocity.com; Sixth Avenue at 50th Street, 212-247-4777
On Roosevelt Island this weekend, in addition to tonight's classical music concert, the Roosevelt Island Health and Fitness Day will take place on Saturday. Also, the Farmers Market is open as usual on Saturday as is Gallery RIVAA, the Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association which is exhibiting the final weekend of Art From The Heart featuring the works of Coler-Goldwater Hospital patients. Another suggestion - RIOC has produced a great self guided tour map (PDF File) of Roosevelt Island for any visitor or resident looking to stroll the Island and learn something more about it.
The MTA is reporting no Queens Bound Roosevelt Island F Train subway service this weekend so plan accordingly.
F 179 St-bound trains run on the from 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt AvRIOC is not reporting any Tram Advisories for this weekend although there is a bike rack advisory for 2 - 5 AM.
Weekend, 12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, May 16 - 18
Check out some other ideas on what to do in New York City this weekend from the NY Times UrbanEye and Spare Times, Free NYC, NY Post Weekend Calendar and Newyorkology.
There will no Queens bound F service to Roosevelt Island this weekend. According to the MTA service advisory page:
F 179 St-bound trains run on the V from 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt AvMake your plans accordingly.
Weekend, 12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, May 16 - 18
For service to 57 St, take the F to 53 St-5 Av and walk.
For service to Lexington Av-63 St, take the F to Lexington Av-53 St and transfer to a Woodlawn-bound 4 or Pelham Bay Park 6 to 59 St and walk.
For service to Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge, take the F to Roosevelt Av and transfer to a Coney-Island bound F.
For service from 57 St, Lexington Av-63 St, Roosevelt Island, and 21 St-Queensbridge, take a Coney Island-bound F to 47-50 Sts and transfer to a 179 St-Jamaica-bound F.
Tomorrow is Roosevelt Island Health & Fitness Day. Go out and have some healthy fun! Events include Rock Climbing, Obstacle Course, Three on Three Basketball and Ping Pong Tournaments as well as a bunch of other good things like water polo and swimming with the Roosevelt Island Marlins.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Howard Polivy Confirmed As New RIOC Director - Will Participate In Today's May RIOC Board And Town Hall Meetings
The RIOC Operations Committee met Wednesday afternoon regarding the following agenda items:
1. discuss the construction projects to be presented at the May 14, 2009 meeting of the RIOC Board of Directors;The webcast of the meeting will be available soon and I will have more specific information on the meeting later. Among the items discussed at the meeting were:
2. discuss the Red Bus operations;
3. receive an update on the Tram Modernization Project; and
4. receive an update on the Green Rooms/Wild Garden Project.
- the use of an electronic card system for the Red Bus, similar to a subway Metro Card, that would allow quick entry using both the front and back of bus,
- whether residents prefer a more predictable, fixed Red Bus Schedule with greater time delays between buses or less predictable continuous loop schedule that would service a greater volume of people,
- the Amalgamated Bank is seeking approval for taking over the NYNB and exercising an additional 5 year lease extension option,
- Master Plan for the new Blackwell Park may include re-purposed Tram Parts from replaced system as part of a science oriented area,
- the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (FERI) will be making another public presentation regarding the proposed Kahn/FDR Memorial on May 26 at the Good Shepherd Community Center and
- There will be a groundbreaking ceremony at Southpoint Park for the Green Rooms/ Wild Gardens Park project as well as a Presentation of the Renwick Ruins Smallpox Hospital Stabilization efforts on May 28.
The May meeting of the RIOC Board of Directors will take place this afternoon at 4:30 PM in the Good Shepherd Community Center. Following the Board Meeting will be a Town Hall meeting in which residents can comment or ask questions of the RIOC Board and management. The Agenda for the meeting is as follows:
MAY 14, 2009
MEETING OF THE ROOSEVELT ISLAND OPERATING CORPORATION
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTER, 4:30 P.M.
I. Call to Order
II. Roll Call
III. Approval of Minutes
1. March 26, 2009 Board Meeting (Board Action Required)
2. April 22, 2009 Board Meeting (Board Action Required)
IV. Old Business
V. New Business
1. Authorization to Enter into Contract for Exterior Rehabilitation of the AVAC Building (Board Action Required)
2. Authorization to Enter into Contracts for Engineering Design and Landmark Consulting Services for the Good Shepherd Center's HVAC System (Board Action Required)
3. Authorization to Enter into Contract for the Design and Installation of a Fire Alarm System at Sportspark (Board Action Required)
4. Authorization to Enter into Contract for Swimming Pool Resurfacing at Sportspark (Board Action Required)
5. Authorization to Enter into Contract with a Landscape Architect for the Development of a Master Plan for the Blackwell Park Open Space Area (Board Action Required)
6. Ratification of Extension of Contract with Doppelmayr CTEC, Inc. for Operation and Management of the Roosevelt Island Aerial Tramway (Board Action Required)
7. Authorization to Consent to Contract Involving Former Employee of the Corporation (Board Action Required)
8. Committee Reports
a. Audit Committee
b. Governance/Operations Advisory Committee
c. Real Estate Development Advisory Committee
9. Public Safety Report
10. President’s Report
A “TOWN HALL” STYLE FORUM SHALL IMMEDIATELY FOLLOW THE ADJOURNMENT OF THE RIOC BOARD MEETING.On Monday, May 18, the Real Estate Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will meet to discuss commercial space rent arrears and receive a report on the status of the Main Street retail study.
The Town Hall Meeting is not part of the RIOC Board Meeting.
A webcast of these meetings will be available soon thereafter at the RIOC web site.
The Pavement Reconstruction of what's being called the New Main Street in Southtown adjacent to the Riverwalk buildings was taking place yesterday. It will be nice not having to climb up and over the large curb side ditches from now on. Hopefully this will keep for a while.
Bach, Mozart & Brahms Classical Music Program At Roosevelt Island's Rosemarie & Robin Russell Free Family Concert Series - Friday May 15 8PM
The third 2009 Rosemarie & Robin Russell Family Concert Series will be held this Friday, May 15, 8PM at Roosevelt Island's Chapel of the Good Shepherd (543 Main Steet) with a free classical music program of Bach, Mozart & Brahms. The musicians performing are:
- Ralph Allen, violin
- Geoffrey Duce, piano
- "...the program choices are great, the performers energetic and the space is great for chamber music." 3 viewers betw ages 20 to 59.
- "Wonderful music and musicians. It's rare to hear string trios; that was a real treat. I like the balance of Baroque, classical and contemporary pieces. Church acoustics were just right - not too echoey for the selection they played. And it was free! Great turn out; great flyers; great musicians! Thank you!!". From 2 visitors from New Jersey ages 20 to 59.
- "This event is comparable to a performance at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful concert with our community." From 3 local people betw ages 0 to 59.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Hunter College Access RI Studio Will Make Roosevelt Island Transportation Presentation To Elected Officials
Received the following information from State Senator Jose Serrano's office regarding the Hunter College Access RI Study:
Over the course of the past 10 months the students in the Master's of Urban Planning program at Hunter College have been working on their final studio projects. On Thursday, May 14, an event is planned to acknowledge the work of one studio with a presentation of their final report to elected officials.
AccessRI is an urban planning studio commissioned by New York State Senator Jose M. Serrano to conduct an accessibility study for Roosevelt Island.
"My office has been working closely with the studio group from Hunter College, and we are proud to see them present the fruits of their labor," said Senator Serrano. "It really is an inspiration to see such a talented group of urban planners tackle the issues that most concern residents of Roosevelt Island, everything from accessibility to governance."
The goal of the studio is to identify and address the key access issues of the Roosevelt Island community in a community-based plan. The accessibility plan will address transportation on and off the island, but will also consider the community's access to government, health, emergency services, retail and recreation.
The collaborative studio is made up of ten (10) graduate students from the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College under the guidance of Professor Laxmi Ramasubramanian, M.Arch, MCP, PhD. The students widened their definition of accessibility to include issues verbalized by the community through numerous public meetings, focus groups and interviews. The revised scope includes issues of access to a viable retail corridor, effective governance, and public spaces for residents of Roosevelt Island of all abilities.
Over the course of the semesters, students hosted community forums and open houses to meet with the Roosevelt Island community. They attended countless meetings of various organizations on the island. Their outreach efforts specifically targeted three special populations on the island: seniors, youth and differently-abled residents. They launched a blog to remain in contact with the community, organized an open review of their recommendations, and hosted a youth planning charette with the island's Girl Scout Troup. As part of their continued engagement strategy, the students set up an Advisory Committee of community stakeholders to guide the planning process. Members of this community will be invited to attend the event on May 14.
"This is a fantastic way to show those who may not be familiar with Roosevelt island just what it has to offer, and to show those who work and live on the island what it's capable of offering," said Serrano.
The event will be held on May 14, 2009 at 11am in the President's Conference Room at Hunter College, 17th Floor of Hunter's East Building.
New York State Senator José M. Serrano
Hunter College President Jennifer Raab
Representatives on Behalf of:
Congressman José E. Serrano, New York State Assemblymember Micah Kellner, City Councilmember Jessica Lappin, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.
For more information, please check out the studio blog at accessri.blogspot.com. Pictures from the most recent
events and information about the plan are updated regularly.
Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217 will be holding a second tour on Thursday May 14 for those interested in participating in the proposed Gifted & Talented Program at the school next year.
Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Jessica Lappin is encouraging all interested parents to attend the May 14 Open House at PS/IS 217. Ms Lappin press spokesperson sends the following message:
At Council Member Jessica Lappin’s request, the Department of Education (DOE) has announced the launch a new gifted and talented program at PS/IS 217 on Roosevelt Island. If there is sufficient demand for seats, the program is set to open for the 2009-2010 school year and will accommodate children in Kindergarten and First grade.and adds:
“We desperately need more gifted and talented seats in Manhattan,” Lappin said, “and Roosevelt Island is a natural place to add a program. We have capacity and, I believe, we have the demand. Now, parents won’t have to take their kids off the Island to enroll in a top-notch gifted and talented program.”
The school held its first open house on May 7 and will be holding a second open house at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 14. Parents interested in the program are encouraged to attend. All students who scored in the 90th percentile or better on the gifted and talented placement exam are eligible to apply for placement at the school.
The official launch of the program is contingent on sufficient numbers of students enrolling in the school.
“I hope that Roosevelt Island parents take advantage of this great opportunity,” Council Member Lappin said. “We’ve been talking about this possibility for years and I’m so glad that we’ve finally made it a reality.”
It is correct that the launch depends on having enough kids enroll in the program. The way the system works is that parents can apply to different G&T programs throughout the district. Then, in mid-June they’re offered specific seats and can opt whether or not to accept them. Regardless of how many kids on Roosevelt Island (or anywhere else) are eligible for G&T, if they choose to go to programs elsewhere, it will be bad for 217’s program.Roosevelt Island is in District 2. The NY Times reported:
... In District 2, which covers the Upper East Side and parts of Lower Manhattan, including TriBeCa, 26 percent more children took the tests, and 51 percent more passed, bringing the total to 586....And:
...While the city said, for example that it would accommodate the increase by opening as many as 24 new district gifted programs in September and creating up to 150 new kindergarten seats in more selective citywide gifted programs, many parents are unwilling to send their children to new or untested gifted programs....Which may be a problem for Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217 as expressed in this City Room Blog article:
...Noting that several of the programs were far from the overcrowded schools on the Upper East Side, he said, “A school bus to Chinatown or Chelsea or Roosevelt Island is an hour in the morning at rush hour...Last week, I asked the Principal of PS/IS 217 for comment about the Gifted & Talented Program but received no answer to date.
The above picture is what the current Roosevelt Island Manhattan side Tram Station looks like.
And below are two sketches of what it will look like come December 2009 following the completion of the Roosevelt Island Tram Modernization Program.
I inquired of RIOC President Steve Shane if there were any renderings of the Roosevelt Island side Tram Station and he replied:
Not yet. Will be less of an architectural statement and more focused on function.The architect Renzo Piano was originally contemplated to design the Tram Station. As reported in the Main Street WIRE's RIOC Column:
...Preliminary sketches of Renzo Piano's design were presented by Mr. Piano himself on January 20. When further developed, the plans will be shared with the community. We expressed our concerns to Mr. Piano that function be the principal guide, to be accomplished within budget and on time....But that did not work out.
According to the April 6, RIOC President's Report, item 3:
... With the withdrawal of Renzo Piano, Thornton Tomasetti has undertaken architectural work in addition to its previous structural engineering engagement....
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
The Roosevelt Islander Blog is fast approaching the end of it's second year, having started July 4, 2007 with a rant against RIOC charging $18 to view the Fireworks celebration at Southpoint Park. According to Statcounter, since readership statistics started to be kept on September 11, 2007 there have been 161,699 unique visitors to this site thru yesterday.
Last month saw the largest number of visitors. For the last 6 months, unique visitor statistics have been as follows:
- November 2008 - 8,470
- December 2008 - 8,096
- January 2009 - 9,056
- February 2009 - 8,638
- March 2009 - 10,934
- April 2009 - 13,467
Thanks to all the readers, those who comment and lend their expertise on particular subjects as well as those who send in their tips, suggestions and messages. Please continue to do so.
There will be no rant this year against RIOC's charging to view the Roosevelt Island July 4 Fireworks Celebration at Southpoint Park since the event has been canceled due to the City's decision to move the celebration from the East River to the Hudson River in honor of the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson's sail.
Blogger Roosevelt Island Dogs is back and informs us that there is a small dog play group scheduled for Wednesday May 13 at the Octagon Dog Run. RI Dogs also reports favorably on the work done by RIOC's Director Of Parks and Recreation Michael Smith. Mr. Smith:
... has been a most generous and valuable friend to the dog owning community of Roosevelt Island. In less than a year, Michael has:If you are a Roosevelt Island dog owner you should check out your own specialized blog. It is a valuable resource.
-installed a seating bench at the dog run
-installed a double gated entry at the dog run
-extended the dog run to make it longer
-installed (at the dog run) a special poop bag dispenser and trash can with a lid...
Also, remember though that there was a time Roosevelt Island Was A Place Without Dogs.
Below is RIOC's Dog Control Policy:
New York State and New York City animal control laws are intended to safeguard the health and safety of the public.
A dog control policy for Roosevelt Island intends to safeguard the health and safety of Island residents and visitors.
It is the intent of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) to have a policy that is consistent with the regulations of the City and State of New York. As such, it is the policy of RIOC that responsible dog owners on Roosevelt Island will:
� Have their dogs actively vaccinated against the disease of rabies and be able to provide proof of such vaccination;
� Obtain a license for their dog from the City of New York (New York City Dog License Law, Chapter 115 of the Laws of 1894 as amended);
� Attach a dog license tag to the dog�s collar when the animal is in a public place (New York City Health Code �161.04);
� Hold the dog on a leash no longer than six feet when the dog is in a public place (New York City Health Code �161.05);
� Remove their dog�s feces from any public areas (New York City Health Code �161.03 and New York Public Health Law �1310);
� Utilize only designated dog walk area(s) for off leash roaming of their dog.Effective immediately, Public Safety Officers will enforce this policy and issue notices of violations to dog owners who are not in compliance.
Roosevelt Island Teens On The Recession and What They Want To Be When They Grow Up - Will There Be Summer Jobs Available To Them?
Roosevelt Island teens discuss jobs, the economy and recession.
Very nicely done!
As I was walking past PS/IS 217 the other day, I noticed this sign for Summer Jobs through the Roosevelt Island Youth Program. Unfortunately, according to the sign, the deadline for applying for these jobs has passed - May 8 and there is no further information on these jobs at the RI Youth Program web site.
Governor Patterson announced last week that some of the money from the Federal Stimulus Funds would be used to increase the number of summer jobs available for New York State and City teenagers. According to the NY Times:
...Citing the soaring unemployment rate among New York teenagers and young adults, state and city officials announced on Saturday that money from the federal stimulus program would be used to expand the number of summer jobs.Let's hope that some of that stimulus money for Summer Youth Jobs comes to Roosevelt Island so that these kids can work and earn some money.
Gov. David A. Paterson said $18.5 million would be directed to the city so it can offer 51,000 jobs, an increase of 8,000 from last year.
“Spring is job-hunting season,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who joined Mr. Paterson and other elected officials at a news conference in Midtown Manhattan to provide details of the jobs program. “But as we know, these are not the best of times when it comes to landing work.”...
Monday, May 11, 2009
I was walking by Manhattan Park on Sunday and saw an unwelcome but familiar site. The turn from Main Street to River Road was blocked off again just as it was last December. This time the reason for the road closure was not to repair an underground water leak but to continue the Main Street Pavement reconstruction. According to RIOC:
Pavement Reconstruction Advisory
Weather permitting, contractors will continue working around New Main Street. The work will take place for the week of May 4th and buses will have to be re routed for a day or two around Sports Park.
Also the continuation of Main Street Pavement Reconstruction from 40 River Road/Main Street to the Octagon Soccer Field Comfort Station entrance.
One lane will be created and the work will be performed in two halves, first half will be on the North bound lane for two weeks and second half will be on the south bound lane for two weeks as well.
While the work is in progress 40 River Road bus stop will have to be relocated .
As reported last week, RIOC will be instituting a new fixed Roosevelt Island Red Bus Schedule during the non-rush hour morning weekdays. As explained by RIOC President Steve Shane:
As to the experimental red bus schedule, we have agreed with Frank Farance to try a schedule from 9:55 until 11:30 AM which contemplates a 45 minute loop for the 3 buses in service, departing Octagon at 9:55, 10:10, 10:25, etc.Mr. Shane also informs us that:
The Red Bus schedule experiment is planned for the week of 5/18-22. Of course we will advertise the schedule (see snide comments).The "snide" reader comment follows:
I can only hope the RIOC in their brilliance with the bus schedule actually PUBLICIZE the fact it is now on a schedule.....Other reader comments on the Roosevelt Island Red Bus:
Unlike the vague mess it is now...
Will RIOC finally have a starter in "midtown" checking actual performance versus schedule?And:
It seems most delays/congestion do not occur during off-hours but rather during the rush hoursIt's is a good idea to experiment with this approach and see how it works. I think extending the experiment to include the weekend of the 23-24 would be wise as well.
We need to experiment with what it takes to service all residents without bunching during rush hours.
Five Candidates Running For RIOC Board Nominations - Come Meet And Ask Them Questions On Tuesday Night 7 PM
Received the following from the Main Street WIRE Bulletin regarding the RIOC Board Nominee Candidates.
Five RIOC Board CandidatesMore information on the RIOC Board Nomination election available here.
Speak Tuesday Night at 7:00
Five residents have now entered the race for community nomination to the Board of Directors of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. They are:
They are schedule to speak tomorrow evening (Tuesday, May 12) at 7:00 p.m. at Candidates Night at the Good Shepherd Community Center.
Any candidate who wishes may publish a statement on this blog.