Roosevelt Island on the Web Links as appearing in the July 25 Main Street WIRE.
Huffington Post/Jim Luce - WIRE as a Hyper -Local Newspaper
Roosevelt Islander - Staten Island Ferry Passes Roosevelt Island
Roosevelt Islander - Flashback To Early Roosevelt Island Life at PS/IS 217 Reunion
Roosevelt Islander - Water Rescue At Subway Pier
Roosevelt Island 360 - Call Boxes Out Of Service
Roosevelt Island 360 - Main Street Crosswalks
RIOC - New Tram Station Design
Roosevelt Island Dogs - Dig Holes In Dog Run
Roosevelt Island Dogs - Gates Fixed
Retro Info - Octagon Sabrina Statue Defaced
NYC Ania - Roosevelt Island BBQ
Kabbyray - Start blog from Small Roosevelt Island apt
Crains - Roosevelt island Zip Code 10044 3rd Fastest Growing In NYC
NYC Grid - Roosevelt island Photo Blog
You Tube - Roosevelt Island Reunion at Southpoint Park
You Tube - Tram in 3D
I Love Public Space - Visits Southpoint Park
Huffington Post - NYC Green Energy Includes RI Tidal Turbines
Leisure Class - Ritzy Party For FDR Memorial Supporters
Daily News - No Legible Warning About Eating East River Fish
Washington Post - Riverwalk Renter's Remorse
Queens Gazette - Blackwells Island Jail Not Good Enough For Queens Inmate
Gadling - Undiscovered Roosevelt Island
Streetsblog - RIOC Modifies Overnight Bike Storage
Queens Chronicle - Skyscraper Proposed Opposite RI For Halletts Cove Astoria
Architectural Record - Work To Begin At FDR Memorial
NY Times - Phase 1 Approved For Roosevelt Park
Art Info - Long Delayed Kahn Park Inches Forward
You Tube - Visits Renwick Ruins Smallpox Museum
You Tube - Walk Off Baseball Win At Firefighters Field
You Tube - Skeletons Play Michael Jackson at Southpoint Park
Red Orbit - Floating Docks Create Water Power
Huffington Post - Spooky Renwick Ruin
NY Times - Hospital Employee Moves From Subsidized Southtown Apt
Brooklyn Heights Blog - Expanded Ferry Service Town Hall Meeting
Runemployed - Running Roosevelt Island
Google Earth - Roosevelt Island Bridge
While Waiting - Summer Movies Outside Apartment
Design Trust - Picnic At Southpoint Park
Land Force - Vertical Farm
Unleashed Hounds - Zog Softball Winning Streak Holds
NYC10044 - Archive of past Main Street WIRE issues
Friday, July 24, 2009
Roosevelt Island on the Web Links as appearing in the July 25 Main Street WIRE.
Things To Do This Weekend In New York City and Roosevelt Island - Buckwheat Zydeco, Coney Island Sandcastles, Diane Birch, Judy Collins& Bearded Bards
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 ideas:
Tonight head on over to Prospect Park for Celebrate Brooklyn with Buckwheat Zydeco. According to Free NYC:
The Prospect Park Bandshell should be a fun place to spend your Friday night. The swamp boogie accordion master Buckwheat Zydeco and his band take to the stage tonight and share the bill with the Holmes Brothers, whose harmony-filled blend of American roots music jumps from church to the juke joint.I saw Buckwheat Zydeco performing several years ago at the Montreal Jazz Festival and had a wonderful time.
Saturday is the 19th annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest. From NYC Parks Department:
Saturday, July 25, 2009Roosevelt Live will also be presenting Jones Street Station with Diane Birch on Roosevelt Island's Riverwalk Commons starting at 4 PM:
12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
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Come to Coney Island's 19th Annual Sand Sculpting Contest and Unity Day Celebration! Try your hand at building the best sand sculpture--there will be cash prizes for the best sculptures by kids and adults. If that's not enough, there will be international entertainment, dancing, live music, clowns, face painting, and information tables.
After an appearance this week as musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman and the release of her hit album Bible Belt, rising Billboard star Diane Birch (dianebirch.com) will be playing a free concert at the Roosevelt L!VE. Opening the show, will be Brooklyn's own Jones Street Station, who recently took part in a hugely successful summer tour with Ben Kweller.On Sunday Judy Collins will be performing a free Concert at 2PM on Governors Island. From NBC New York:
Celebrated folk singer Judy Collins will perform this summer on Governors Island as part of Trinity Wall Street’s Folks on the Island concert program. Free ferries to Governors Island will leave every hour, on the hour, starting at 10 a.m. from the Battery Maritime Building in lower Manhattan, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry. For travel directions and more information,...Also on Roosevelt Island this weekend, in addition to Jones Street Station with Diane Birch from Roosevelt Live on Saturday, the Farmers Market is open as usual as is Gallery RIVAA, the Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association which is exhibiting the show titled Holocaust - Never Forget, Never Again. There will be another performance of Roosevelt Island's own Bearded Bards, 5PM at the Public Library on Saturday.
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. There will also be Light Jazz performed outside of The Trellis restaurant on Friday and Saturday evening, weather permitting.
The MTA is reporting no Roosevelt Island F Train subway advisories this weekend and neither is RIOC with Tram advisories but there will be a parking advisory for the Motorgate Garage and adjacent Main Street.
Check out some other ideas on what to do in New York City this weekend from the NY Times Urban Eye and Spare Times, Free NYC, NY Post Weekend Calendar and Newyorkology.
Bruce Willis Shooting A Couple of Dicks On Roosevelt Island - Motorgate Garage and Main Street Parking Advisory Issued
Bruce Willis is coming to Roosevelt Island so watch out because he intends to shoot a couple of dicks. Don't worry that does not mean you or anyone else on Roosevelt Island because A Couple of Dicks is the name of a new movie being shot at the Motorgate Parking Garage next week. According to RIOC:
Movie being shot is called "A Couple of Dicks" and it stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. Apparently a Cop Comedy being directed by Kevin Smith. They'll be at Motorgate Monday, July 27 and Friday, July 31. Should be interesting.RIOC has issued a second advisory regarding Parking at the Motorgate Garage to include adjacent Main Street:
Next week RIOC will be working with Warner Brothers Pictures and appreciates your cooperation in regards to several upcoming parking advisories. We apologize for any inconvenience during this time.
On Sunday, July 26th all cars must clear the roof of Motorgate by 7:00 p.m. Cars can park anywhere on levels 1 through 6 where the spot is not "reserved". Cars can be moved back to the roof after 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 27th. On Thursday, July 30th all cars must be clear of the 7th level of Motorgate until Saturday, August 1st at 7:00 p.m.
MAIN STREET PARKING (BETWEEN GRISTEDES AND 40 RIVER ROAD):
Parking on the East side of Main Street will be closed beginning Saturday, July 25th at 3:00 p.m. It will reopen on Monday, July 27th at 9:00 p.m.
Parking will be closed again in the same location on Thursday, July 30th at 7:00 p.m. It will reopen on Saturday, August 1st at 11:00 p.m.
Parking will be available in front of PS 217 during this time.
Every effort will be made to minimize disruption. Again, thank you for your continued cooperation.
Roosevelt Island Public Safety Town Hall Meeting - Good Dialogue With Honest Exchange Of Views Between Community and Public Safety Department
I thought Wednesday night's Roosevelt Island Public Safety Town Hall Meeting turned out to be a very positive experience for both the members of the community who attended as well as the Public Safety Department. The evening started with Public Safety Department Director Keith Guerra giving a presentation on how the community should behave when interacting with Public Safety Officers.
Following the presentation, several community members initially expressed offense at what some perceived to be a lecture by Mr. Guerra on how they should behave rather than on how the Public Safety Officers should behave when interacting with the community. Mr. Guerra explained that his presentation was based upon what he was asked to speak about and Roosevelt Island Residents Association President (RIRA) Frank Farance, who organized the event, quickly stepped in to confirm that was the case.
There followed approximately 2 hours of back and forth questions and comments between community members and Mr. Guerra as well as responses from NYPD Police commanders from adjacent Queens and Manhattan precincts. Many of the complaints came from residents of Eastwood/ Roosevelt Landings who felt that their children and teenagers were being unduly harassed by Public Safety Officers. A representative of Urban America, the owner of Eastwood/ Roosevelt Landings defended the Public Safety Department in these instances saying that children and teenagers should not be hanging out in the hallways and stairwells of the building and that the Public Safety Department has been requested to enforce that policy.
Another contentious issue was the treatment by the Public Safety Department of the parent arrested during the Little League incident. We learned during the meeting that all charges were dropped against the parent.
We also learned that since Mr. Guerra has become Chief of the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department (about a year and a half) there have been 10 complaints filed against Public Safety Officers from over 7,000 calls for service and that 7 of these complaints have come from people who have been arrested. In addition, according to Mr. Guerra, 7 officers were asked to leave the Department because they were not willing to perform at the level required of them.
I asked Mr. Guerra how Roosevelt Island residents can make complaints against actions by Public Safety Officers. He replied:
Some folks choose to make complaints to me verbally, and can do so by calling me or coming in to see me in person. Others choose to lodge their complaints in writing, and can do so by filling out a Complaint Form and submitting it. That complaint will be investigated by the Integrity Control Officer (ICO). The last option is to lodge their complaint with the CCRB. A paid investigator will receive the complaint and forward it to the appropriate body.The CCRB is the Civilian Complaint Review Board. The NYPD Commanders present at the meeting also said that their door is open as well if you wish to speak with them.
About the Public Safety Town Hall Meeting, Mr. Guerra commented:
I was happy to see so many residents in attendance at the meeting. I hope that my presentation was informative. The dialogue afterwards was healthy. Many people brought up valid points, but most just listened. Either way, I'm sure a lot was gained from the evening. I realize that there is still more work to be done and rest assured that I will give my best effort to improve relations between the residents and the Public Safety Officers here on the Island. I wish everyone an enjoyable Summer.Assembly Member Micah Kellner was at the meeting,
He issued the following comment:
Last night's meeting demonstrated why it's important that there be an independent and transparent mechanism for reviewing complaints about Public Safety. I am even more convinced now of the need for legislation that creates such oversight. The residents of Roosevelt Island deserve the same rights that others living in New York City currently access through the City's Civilian Complaint Review Board.
RIRA President Frank Farance had these comments:
Folks-Several readers of this earlier post on Public Safety Town Hall Meeting commented:
A "CONTINUUM OF PUBLICITY"
I learned something Wednesday night watching Director Guerra's presentation: he spoke eloquently of a Continuum of Force as a variety of steps that increase or decrease as the situation demands. That phrase nicely codifies what I've being expressing myself to RIOC: A Continuum of Publicity. In short, if RIOC is unresponsive to residents and their needs, the degree of publicity escalates. And it can quickly decrease, too. Fernando Martinez offered to set up several task forces on transportation, parking, etc., and to involve the stakeholders. I'm happy to hear this and I'm sharing this immediately with RIRA Common Council members. Hopefully, we (RIOC, RIRA, other stakeholders) can quickly establish these collaborative task forces.
COMMENTS ON RIRA TOWN HALL MEETING ON PSD
As the Moderator at Wednesday's meeting, I felt it would be inappropriate to insert my own comments. However, I do have some observations/comments:
- In essence, a judge dismissed the charges, yet Director Guerra kept insisting still that "a crime still might have been committed". This society starts with the presumption of innocence, which is then adjudicated by judge/jury. It is troubling that the head of Public Safety is telling the community that law enforcement doesn't accept the finality of the courts when there is no Guilty conviction. Really, it's statements like this that quickly erase good will from Public Safety ... and they contribute towards the lessening of respect for Public Safety.
- I hope that Director Guerra recognized that the community was *not* supportive of the woman carrying a baseball bat who refused to drop it when directed by officers1. Further Town Hall meetings with Public Safety and the community will be helpful for improving the relationship. RIRA is happy to host them. Already I received a suggestion from one RIOC Board Director to have the ACLU make a presentation on our rights as citizens. I hope Public Safety will attend that meeting so we can all (law enforcement, defense attorneys, the community) have a meeting of the minds.
After the close of Wednesday's meeting, Mr. Shane, Mr. Martinez, and I were having a conversation and I offered an apology, which I'd like to repeat in writing:
On 2009-06-03, I sent an E-mail with a Subject: line of "Report of abuse (torture?) at Public Safety". That was a poor choice of words. I made a mistake, I'm sorry.
I attended the meeting last night and, while I did not ask any questions or give any comments, I thought the Public Safety Chief was very informative and the Community Interaction was productive. Hopefully, there will be more of these open dialogues, which can only help relations here on the Island we love.And:
While I don't particularly like Farance and his ways, I thought he did a good job moderating the meeting. He gave everyone in the audience an opportunity to speak in order, and allowed the guest speakers their opportunities to respond. Good Meeting.We also heard from the NYPD Commanders present that Roosevelt Island has a very low crime rate. All in all, it was a very positive meeting and hope that the dialogue between Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department and the community continues.
Roosevelt Island Elected Officials Express Concern Over Westview Rent Increases To DHCR Commissioner - Is Conversion Agreement Jeopardized?
Received a copy of the following letter from a Coalition of East Side Elected Officials representing Roosevelt Island to Deborah Van Amerongen, the Commissioner of NY State's Department of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR) regarding the ongoing Budget Rent Determination at Roosevelt Island's Westview building. The East Side Coalition is composed of Assembly Member Micah Kellner, Borough President Scott Stringer, State Senator Jose Serrano and Council Member Jessica Lappin.
COALITION OF EAST SIDE ELECTED OFFICIALS
C/O ASSEMBLY MEMBER MICAH Z. KELLNER
315 EAST 65TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10065
July 21, 2009
Hon. Deborah VanAmerongen
NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal
25 Beaver Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Dear Commissioner VanAmerongen:
We are writing to express our concerns with respect to the ongoing budget rent determination (“BRD”) at 595 Main Street and 625 Main Street on Roosevelt Island (“Westview”). We are informed that, in the year since the August 2008 hearing relating to the Westview BRD, the building’s owners have abandoned their initial request for an 88% rent increase, instead insisting that an increase of “only” 12-16% would be necessary. This dramatic shift in the owners’ position gives rise to troubling questions about whether the owners are using the BRD process to manipulate ongoing negotiations with tenants over a conversion agreement. Additionally, Westview Task Force, Inc. (“WTI”), through its advisor Chad A. Marlow, has alleged that DHCR may be in substantial violation of the statutes governing the BRD process.
As you are aware, in 2006 WTI negotiated with Westview’s owners a conversion agreement designed to fund a building rehabilitation while preserving affordability for residents. However, the resulting letter of intent was negated in 2007 by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s refusal to grant Westview a ground lease extension. In April 2008 the owners served their petition for an 88% increase in rent.
As we have previously expressed in testimony and in other communications with you, we believe that granting any significant rent increase at Westview would be destructive of the tenants’ efforts to negotiate a fair and reasonable conversion agreement with the owners, as well as of DHCR’s own stated goal of preserving affordability in the building. Moreover, we are concerned that the owners’ initial request for an extraordinarily high rent increase may have been intended to prejudice these ongoing negotiations. We believe that any increase would be unjustified, given the owners’ failure to implement energy efficiency measures in the building, to refinance the building’s mortgage, or to make proper use of funds raised by previous rent increases. For instance, a 2003 increase earmarked $752,000 for improvements to Westview’s elevators, yet residents report that the building’s elevators have not been modernized and the owners have not accounted for the money intended for this purpose. While there is no doubt that funds will be required for building rehabilitation, it would be inappropriate and unfair to place this burden on the tenants in the form of a rent increase—rather, the owners should fund the rehabilitation out of the profits they generate from any buyout agreement.
Finally, we are in receipt of a letter from Chad A. Marlow, who is advising WTI, to Assistant Commissioner Richard McCurnin, observing that any rent determination with respect to the first budget year of the BRD should be made using actual data now available for that period, as opposed to the projected data provided at the beginning of the BRD process. Mr. Marlow also alleges that DHCR is in violation of statutes governing the BRD process, in particular with regard to the requirements that the Division undertake a review of the housing company’s second-year budget 165 days prior to the end of the first year of the budget cycle (in this case, on January 16, 2009), and that it then pursue one of three allowable courses of action with respect to the BRD.
In light of the drastically different economic situation since the 2008 hearing, as well as the points raised by Mr. Marlow, which cast doubt on the legitimacy of the Westview BRD process, and the facts of this case, we believe that DHCR should terminate the current BRD without awarding Westview’s owners an unjustifiable rent increase, and start the process anew.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Very truly yours,
Micah Z. Kellner Scott M. Stringer José M. Serrano Jessica S. Lappin
Assembly Member Borough President State Senator Council Member
cc: Assistant Commissioner Richard McCurnin, DHCR
Opher Pail, Westview Taskforce Inc.
Johan Marfey, Westview Taskforce Inc.
Chad A. Marlow, The Public Advocacy Group LLC
Stephen H. Shane, RIOC
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Do you want to be the exclusive Snack Machine Vending Operator for Roosevelt Island location controlled by RIOC? If so, take a look at this Request For Proposals:
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation of the State of New York (R.I.O.C.) a Public Benefit Corporation is seeking a qualified and competent firm to provide exclusive snack (chips, gum, candy) and beverage vending machine services for various locations throughout Roosevelt Island. The purpose of vending in these areas is to provide the public with refreshments in a convenient and easily accessible location. The proposer will furnish, maintain and stock/replenish electronic snack vending machines with dollar validation as required...Also:
...The proposer must submit with the proposal a complete list of snack products to be furnished, including. Low fat and fruit products...A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for July 29 and the deadline for submitting a bid is August 10.
Re-Imagining Roosevelt Island's Blackwell Park - Your Opinions Sought For New Master Plan Prepared By Landscape Architect Lee Weintraub
Last week. I attended a tea party organized by RIOC's Rosina Abramson, VP of Planning & Inter-Governmental Affairs, to meet Lee Weintraub, the landscape architect selected to create a Master Plan for a new, re-imagined Blackwell Park (RIOC Board Minutes for May 2009 page 6-8).
RIOC and Mr. Weintraub were seeking ideas and input from members of the Roosevelt Island community regarding the type of recreational and pastoral area best suited for current day Roosevelt Island.
Ms. Abramson explains the reasons for this Re-Imagination of Blackwell Park:
Thanks for your interest. RIOC has retained the services, via a public competitive process, of LWLA (Lee Weintraub Landscape Architects) and team mates to lead a masterplanning effort in re-thinking the best options for a re-imagined Blackwell Park. It was triggered by the notion that when Southtown building 7 is started, the developer is obligated to replace the existing tot lot which would abut the building site. Rather than approach the siting of the tot lot on an ad hoc basis, the notion of re-imagining Blackwell Park designed about 40 years ago when the RI community was relatively unformed, emerged. Added to this is the opportunity to re-purpose "sculptural" aspects of the 33 year old tram infrastructure. Much like in Gantry State Park, where I commissioned Lee and his team to do the Queens West open space planning, Roosevelt Island's river front coupled with its iconic tram infra-structure provides a tremendous opportunity to better reference Roosevelt Island's past and future, while maintaining important elements of the park, so enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
The community process envisioned includes eliciting comments, preferences and ideas from community groups as well as establishing a working task force of approximately 6 representative community members to work with Lee and his team in the actual development of the master plan, by Dec. 2009. Community outreach started on June 17, when RIOC addressed RIRA leaders outlining the process and asking RIRA to designate two representatives. We're spending the summer meeting with a broad range of community representatives, as demonstrated by last night's gathering, before the task force is convened right after Labor Day to begin the hard work of developing a feasible master plan.
LWLA's team, in addition to Lee Weintraub, includes Jane Clark Chermayeff (environmental education/playground specialist); Joan Krevlin of BKSK Architects and Alyce Russo of Schall & Russo Planning Works, LLC. Alyce was Planning director with RIOC from the late 1980's through about 1995. Together, she and Lee led the award winning community planning process for Octagon Park.
If there is a need to re-imagine Blackwell Park, Mr. Weintraub is an excellent choice to undertake the Master Plan having been responsible for the new waterfront park in Red Hook's Erie Basin adjacent to Ikea as well as Gantry State Park.
Motorgate Parking Garage Advisory - Bruce Willis Coming To Roosevelt Island To Shoot A Couple of Dicks
Received the following advisory from RIOC regarding Motorgate Parking Garage:
Please be advised on Sunday, July 26, all cars must clear the roof of Motorgate by 7 p.m. Cars can park anywhere on levels 1 through 6 at that time.What is the special event that requires cars to be moved from the Motorgate Parking garage? A movie shoot. According to RIOC:
Cars can be moved back to the roof after 7 p.m. on Monday, July 27. On Thursday, July 30, all cars must be clear of the 7th level until Saturday, August 1 at 7 p.m.
When parking on levels 1-6 please use the visitor parking spaces only and not the reserved spaces.
These requests are being made to accommodate a special event and we appreciate your cooperation.
Movie being shot is called "A Couple of Dicks" and it stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. Apparently a Cop Comedy being directed by Kevin Smith. They'll be at Motorgate Monday, July 27 and Friday, July 31. Should be interesting.More information on the Bruce Willis, A Couple of Dicks movie is available from Screen Rant.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Roosevelt Island resident and Orphans International Founder Jim Luce writes a column for The Huffington Post. His most recent column is on Hyper-Local news focusing on Roosevelt Island's own local newspaper the Main Street WIRE. Mr. Luce writes:
...Tiny Roosevelt Island where I live -- a two-mile-long sliver in the East River -- has its fortnightly Main Street WIRE. My hometown paper is so hyper-local it ignores just about anything other newspapers are covering. Instead, it focuses on serving its 12,000 readers who live in our splinter of Manhattan, served by the world-famous Roosevelt Island Tramway.More on Hyper-Local news from News Innovation.
Just how hyper-local is The WIRE? So hyper-local that when Orphans International decided to make my 50th birthday part of a fundraiser, it made page 1.
... The Main Street WIRE will start its 30th year of publication this September. The paper's history parallels that of the island itself, going back to the days when New York State leased the land from New York City.
...When residents new to the community started asking What's going on here? there was a natural solution in the days before ubiquitous e-mail and proliferating websites: We need a newspaper!
... The editor-publisher, Dick Lutz, told me, "Our paper isn't immune from the effects of national economic trouble, but it's reasonably recession-proof because its local advertisers see it as an important community service. Advertisers, whose businesses are based elsewhere, see a need to reach the Roosevelt Island audience somehow."
Roosevelt Island Public Safety Town Hall Meeting Tonight - Improved Interaction Between Community and Public Safety Dep't Sought
The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) will be conducting a Public Safety Town Hall Meeting Tonight. Below is the Agenda.
TOWN HALL MEETING ONRIOC Public Safety Department Director Keith Guerra will be in attendance and forwards the following message:
Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 PM
Place: Good Shepherd Community Center, 543 Main Street
2. Presentation by Public Safety Department (15 minutes)
3. Discussion on Public Safety (up to 9:15 PM)
- Compliments and Complaints
- Questions, Answers, and Discussion
4. Discussion of Loss of Parking Spaces in front of PS/IS 217 (15 minutes)
5. Adjourn promptly at 9:30 PM
I have been asked to speak on the topic of Juveniles and Adults interacting with Public Safety. I will be providing a Powerpoint Presentation and host a question and answer period. I'm looking forward to meeting with the concerned residents on the island.I am sure that the May incident involving the arrest of the little league parent will be one of the issues discussed. Mr. Guerra prepared a report on the incident but RIOC prefers not to make the report public. RIOC President Steve Shane explains RIOC's position in his June 24 message (item 9):
...While the unfortunate events of May 30 on the ballfield are now receding into history, I would like to make clear that the matter has been thoroughly investigated and vetted internally. To answer concerns about RIOC’s possible prejudice looking into its own actions, we have invited an independent member of the community, RIRA’s former head of its public safety committee, to conduct an outside review of the matter. RIRA, unfortunately, has declined this offer, citing the gentleman's former law enforcement officer status (thus being familiar with arrest procedures) resulting in his potential prejudice. RIRA prefers instead to have such inquiry undertaken by the present head of its public safety committee, who has no law enforcement experience and had recently been personally involved in a dispute involving a member of her family with Public Safety. RIOC has respectfully declined such a review.Commenting on this incident, Assembly Member Micah Kellner, while acknowledging that he did not witness the event, states:
... I expect the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) and the Public Safety Department (PSD) to take steps to ensure that PSD officers are properly trained to respond constructively to disputes and act as mediators and not belligerents. In the longer term, I am working on legislation to create a civilian review complaint board that will bring community oversight to police officers employed by public agencies, ensuring greater accountability on the part of PSD and other similar security forces...Assembly Member Kellner and Council Member Lappin's letter is here.
... On June 4th, Council Member Jessica Lappin and I wrote to RIOC President Steve Shane, expressing our shared concerns on these matters and requesting a meeting to further discuss the incident. I have posted a copy of that letter in the Publications section of my website. I will continue to keep you updated on this serious matter.
There are other community perspectives on the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department as well. Mr. Shane forwards the following message:
I am forwarding this letter as a different example of PSD's standing in the community.The message from Cynthia Ahn of Roosevelt Nails follows:
I am writing this letter to express my special gratitude to RIOC, your leadership, and the Public Safety officers who work to make this island a safer and better place.In order for tonight's Public Safety Town Hall Meeting to be productive, I hope it is not going to degenerate into a venue for bashing or blaming either the community or Public Safety Department.
As you know, I am running a nail salon on Main Street. There have been incidents in the past where had a Public Safety officer not been passing by to notice a broken window in my storefront or a leaking pipe, my business and livelihood could have been seriously hurt. I recall their dedication to service as they stood watch at the front doors of my salon until the necessary measures had been taken to fix the respective situations.
When I have elderly customers who have trouble walking home alone, I call Public Safety, and the officers arrive promptly and ready to assist. I have yet to find any other community in New York City where the residents receive this kind of personal service.
Summer evenings on a bench with a friend near the river are spent peacefully and in security, because the Public Safety patrol car can often be seen passing by.
I am very proud to live on Roosevelt Island, where every time I step foot on the island soil, I feel comforted and at home, as though the entire island was my backyard.
Once again, I am grateful to you and to the Public Safety officers of this town.
Fellow blogger Roosevelt Island 360 earlier this morning tweets that:
F subway outage overloading Roosevelt Island tram lineWow - From the picture it looks like the line winds all the way down to the Roosevelt Island Historical Society Kiosk.
At a little before 10 AM the line was gone.
Twitter is great for getting immediate and fast breaking information or just gossip, staying connected with people and issues or nonsense. You can follow Roosevelt Island 360 on Twitter here and me here as well for any of the above.
I have also included a Roosevelt Island Twitter search feed on the middle sidebar column of blog so that any time Roosevelt Island is mentioned on Twitter, that Tweet appears on Roosevelt Islander.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Latest Update On Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Main Street Parking Spots Removal Controversy - With Illustative Pictures
Latest update on the recent removal of 12 Roosevelt Island Main Street parking spaces in front of PS/IS 217. To recap what has previously occurred:
... RIRA President Frank Farance sent a message to RIOC President Steve Shane objecting to the removal of 12 Main Street parking spaces in front of PS/IS 217 and the lack of communication between RIOC and the Roosevelt Island community prior to this action taking place as well as several other issues. After gathering the facts on the situation, Mr. Shane replied....Below is Mr. Farance's second reply to Mr. Shane. Mr. Farance has excerpted portions of Mr. Shane's response in blue and replied in red.
On 2009-07-15 18:17, Stephen Shane wrote:All images below are from Mr. Farance.... That having been said, the maintenance crew, reaching one of the long listed items for attention, painted the curb in front of the school yellow to indicate a "no parking" area and restored "no parking" signs to where they had previously been. You may remember that the signs which were mysteriously removed without RIOC's involvement had indicated no parking except for Board of Ed employees with placards. However, if there is no Board of Ed reason for keeping those spaces as "no parking", then they shall be returned to available street parking under the same rules as the rest of Main Street. No one was out to get residents. No one was out to get non-residents, as they are the only ones, I presume, who drive their children to school from off Island. The Board of Ed does ask DOT to restrict parking in front of their schools for drop-off by school buses in Manhattan. Roosevelt Island is not in Queens. ...
To Steve Shane-
Attached, please find several photos that quickly dispense with your arguments. Again, please let us know when the prior street parking arrangements have been returned.
First, is photo N1615 ("School Has Own 10 Parking Spots") that shows that the school's needs have already been addressed.
Second, is photo N1614 ("School Sign Say RIOC Permit Required") that shows the signage next to PS/IS 217: RIOC already issues permits to school staff, so RIOC is *already has knowledge* of the spots reserved for PS/IS 217.
Third, is photo N1634 ("RIOC/PSD Already Patrols School Parking Lot") that shows a PSD vehicle on patrol. Not only do you know about it, you patrol it, too.
Fourth, are photos surrounding PS 85 at East 57 St and 2 Avenue (two blocks from the tram). In photos N1646 ("Muni Meter in Front of School"), N1647 ("Parking Restrictions on North Side", i.e., E 57 St), N1649 ("Parking Restrictions on West Side", i.e. 2 Ave), and N1651 ("Parking Restrictions on South Side"), you see that muni-meter parking is available in the complete perimeter of PS 58 -- a Manhattan school.
Fifth, even if you pretended you wanted to do it like some schools (e.g., reserved parking because the school has no internal parking), RIOC has botched this again. When done correctly, the restrictions are "No Parking" (which does permit drop-off) and only during 7AM-4PM on School Days. RIOC does it incorrectly: signs are No Parking, No Standing, No Stopping (which does *not* permit drop-off) and the parking restriction is for 24 hours a day.
You mention that RIOC is here to serve the community, but you do it poorly: you don't know your own operations and your operations aren't done right ... the residents provide the expertise and knowledge, yet you're the one who is paid....
I continue to believe that cooperative communication to resolve issues is better than the scorched earth diatribe throwing approach. I know that you think, by your explicit statement, that such an approach is the only way to get action. I have never refused your call or failed to pay attention to your issues, as I have similarly treated all other residents of the Island. Indeed, because of the presumed responsibility you have as the duly elected head of RIRA, I have accorded you even greater priority in the attention line. I believe you do neither yourself or your constituents any favors by the approach you have adopted. Stephen H. Shane President & CEO Roosevelt Island Operating Corp. (212) 832-4540 x 319 (212) 832-4582 (fax)
Six weeks ago you and Rosina Abramson chided me for making my complaints public. At that point, I said that a public discussion seems to be the most effective way to get RIOC to take action. So I tried your "private" approach (just like many other residents) and it didn't work ... as the E-mail trails show. Multiple times I tried contacting you privately and I've strongly defended RIOC to other well-known/loud residents where RIOC has had good successes (I'm happy to share with those on the CC line my portions of the dialogue to show y'all how I've tried with RIOC). But it every case, you've ignored E-mails from me and other residents, you've ignored the requests, and only when I had to threaten "then I need to complain publicly" did you respond. In fact, I've told you that *RIOC Board Directors* have suggested that I make my complaints public.
So it's not that I prefer public complaints (I really could my valuable time do many other things), it's back to the same point: public complaints are the most effective way with RIOC. You've just proven that to everyone (again): without the public complaining, the red bus would go back to its unreliable schedule, RIOC would still be tinkering with unsafe/faulty lighting in Motorgate, and residents would-be/are suffering from less on-street parking.
So I do myself and my constituents a favor by adapting to a style that gets RIOC to respond the most effectively. It's really about how RIOC chooses to respond to the community. Taking away 22% of the street parking with no input, no review, and no notice to the community ... and putting forward a set of faulty arguments to defend RIOC's actions ... that's what the community sees.
UPDATE - 7/29 - The parking spaces have been returned.
RIOC Board Nominees Smith & Shinozaki May Have To Wait Until September For Appointment By NY State Senate
The Times Union Capital Confidential Blog lists Roosevelt Island residents and RIOC Board Nominees Michael Shinozaki and Margie Smith as:
... people who have been nominated by the governor to a range of positions and whose nominations may not get a final vote until September when the Senate is tentatively scheduled to return....Mr. Shinozaki was nominated to the RIOC Board by the Governor on July 16 and Ms. Smith on June 15.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Today is the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. At the time it was an unbelievably exciting event. Unfortunately, it now seems that for many people, it is just a big yawn.
For those who are still excited by the exploration of space and for those not alive at the time to experience those days, the social media guide Mashable put together a collection of You Tube Videos to pay tribute to those remarkable people responsible for putting men on the moon. From Mashable:
Forty years ago, on July 20th, 1969, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first human beings to set foot on the moon. The Apollo Program, though, was a decade-long project involving millions of dollars, thousands of scientists, and constant competition with the Soviet Union. The result was one of mankind’s most remarkable achievements.Click here for the You Tube Man To The Moon Timeline.
We felt compelled to find some way to pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of when man first stepped on the moon. We showed you last week How To Experience the Apollo 11 Moon Landing in Realtime, but we’re taking it a step further, by taking you step-by-step through that mission utilizing YouTube as a medium. This is the Apollo 11 mission, from Kennedy’s famous speeches to Apollo 11’s recovery, in the form of YouTube videos.
The BBC reports on what the astronauts in the Shuttle Endeavor are doing today.
... In the second outing of their mission, David Wolf and Thomas Marshburn emerged from the International Space Station 220 miles above the Earth. They went outside to add some spare parts. Inside the station, astronauts worked to fix a broken toilet. The repairs were successful....
You can now also explore the moon in Google Earth.
... That's why I'm so excited about the release of Moon in Google Earth, which is launching today at the Newseum in Washington D.C. This tool will make it easier for millions of people to learn about space, our moon and some of the most significant and dazzling discoveries humanity has accomplished together. Moon in Google Earth enables you to explore lunar imagery as well as informational content about the Apollo landing sites, panoramic images shot by the Apollo astronauts, narrated tours and much more. I believe that this educational tool is a critical step into the future, a way to both develop the dreams of young people globally, and inspire new audacious goals....
More Space news and features are available at Space.com, Hobby Space and The Space Show.
Roosevelt Island Public Safety Reports - 7/6 Thru 7/19 - Peeping Tom, Bed Bugs, Indecent Exposure, Passport Found & Public Safety Town Hall Meeting
I recently started a new feature on the blog. Every day, I am posting the current Roosevelt Island 24 hour Public Safety Report on the inside right sidebar, just below the RIOC Directors email address. You can now read a daily log of the incidents for which the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department responded to the previous day rather than wait for the weekly or bi weekly compilation of aggregated reports, though I will continue to post the aggregate listings like those below from time to time.
RIOC is still posting the most current Daily and June 2009 Monthly Roosevelt Island Public Safety Incident reports on their web site. Also, available is a breakdown of Roosevelt Island Public Safety incidents by location and category (the Blotter) for the months of June 2009.
There will be a Public Safety Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, July 22 8PM at the Good Shepherd Community Center. RIOC Public Safety Director Keith Guerra and Commanders from nearby Police Precincts will attend and be available to answer questions from the Roosevelt Island community.
Below are the Roosevelt Island Daily Public Safety Reports for July 6 - July 19, 2009. Incidents include:
- Bike Taken From Rack (7/6)
- Peeping Tom (7/7)
- Bed Bug Reported (7/8)
- Indecent Exposure (7/9)
- Flag Taken From Kiosk (7/10)
- Criminal Possession of Marijuana (7/11)
- Egg Thrown In Hallway/Apartment (7/13,14)
- Pickpocket (7/14)
- Taking Photos While Standing on Rocks From West Seawall (7/14)
- Parrot Found on Apartment Ledge (7/15)
- Excessive Cab Fare Charged From Kennedy Airport (7/15)
- U.S. Passport Found in Mailbox (7/16)
- Red Bus Rider Yells at Driver (7/17)
- Gang Graffiti (7/17) and
- Trespass - 2 subjects entered apartment while tenant inside.
Found Property - PSD officer found bike. Bike was secured at PSD.
Unsecured Premises - PSD officer found a gate open. Officer secured premises.
Escort - Tenant requested someone removed from her apartment. PSD responded and escorted person out of apartment.
Found Property - Bike owner reported to PSD that he broke off in bike lock and requested PSD assistance. PSD clipped lock and owner retrieved bike.
Dispute - PSD responded for dispute between two males. Both subjects were separated. Both parties refused not to pursue the matter and went their own separate way.
Aided - PSD and EMS responded for aided. Aided stated she was not feeling well and was transported to hospital.
Verbal Disagreement - Between two parties. PSD responded and corrected condition.
Escort - PSD escorted person to apartment to retrieve his belongings. Person picked up property and left apartment.
Petit Larceny - Owner reports bike was taken from bike rack. Owner refused NYPD.
Unsecured Premises - PSD officer observed open door. Search was conducted and appeared in order. Door was secured by PSD.
Noise Complaint - Tenant complained to PSD that tenant under him was playing music too loud. PSD spoke to resident and music was turned off.
0700 hrs 07/07/09 - 0700 hrs 07/08/09
Petty Larceny - Victim Reported to PSD that two subjects took property that was left attendant. Search was conducted with negative results. Owner refused NYPD .
Reckless Endangerment - PSD officer responded for report of objects being thrown out of window. Search was conducted with negative results.
Aided - Reported to PSD that she fell. EMS was called and aided transported to hospital.
Investigation - Tenant reported to PSD that youth was peeping into tenant's window. Tenant chased youth away. Parent of the youth came into PSD and spoke with PSD supervisor. Incident referred to PSD youth officer.
EDP - PSD responded for aided screaming and creating disturbance. PSD notified EMS and NYPD . Aided was transported to hospital for evaluation.
0700 hrs 0708/09 - 0700 hrs 07/09/09
Aided - Youth fell while playing basketball. Parent was contacted and EMS responded. Aided transported to hospital.
Aided - PSD and NYPD responded for possible aided. Elderly female fell and was picked up. Refused medical attention.
Shoplifting/Robbery - Reporter stated to PSD that two male subject got on line to pay for item, but walked passed reporter with out paying and out of store. Reporter followed subjects out of store and stated to subjects to bring item back. One of the subjects walked back to the reporter and slapped him and fled. PSD made search with negative results. NYPD and EMS refused.
Family Dispute - Parents of a child came into PSD and stated they were having disagreement over visitation hours and custody of the child. Both parties were given info and referred to family court.
Aided - Lost balance and fell. PSD responded along with EMS. Aided transported to hospital.
Investigation - Reporter stated to PSD he was having problem with bed bugs. Reporter stated management was unable to assist. Reporter was referred to 311.
Aided - PSD and EMS responded for aided not felling well. Aided transported to hospital.
Investigation - Anonymous tip called in reporting suspicious activity. Upon PSD arrival, area was checked and all was in order.
Found Property - RIOC bus driver turned in cell phone to PSD that was found on bus. PSD called owner and will pick up. Phone secured at PSD.
Found Property - Female found driver license and turned it over to PSD. Property was secured at PSD.
Noise Complaint - Tenant called PSD to report loud talking and yelling out side of his apartment window. PSD officer responded and advised individuals to keep their voices down. Reporter called back again stating they placed object in door to prop it open. PSD responded back to monitor the area during the tour. No one returned and there were no further complaints.
7/9/09-07:00 AM to 7/10/09-7:00 AM
Noise Complaint/ Hazardous Condition-Loud Talking and improper use of exit door. Search made with negative results.
Criminal Mischief- Youth emptied glue onto the carpet of a building. Search made with negative results. UA notified. NYPD refused.
Aided- An ill person was taken to the Hospital by EMS.
Investigation- A report that a youth had allegedly exposed himself to three other youths. NYPD refused by parents. Search made with negative results.
Aided- Female with Multiple Sclerosis had a seizure. EMS responded and transport refused. Aided remained with the home attendant.
Aided- Female with Vertigo was escorted to her residence by Tram Employee. EMS refused. Female left with husband in apt.
Missing Patient- Gold Water Hospital patient. Search Made with negative results.
Unsecured Premises- Island Kids School. Search made and all in order inside and outside. Island Kids notified.
7/10/09-07:00 AM to 7/11/09-7:00 AM
Criminal Mischief- Broken Glass in lobby. Search made for subject with negative results. UA notified. NYPD refused.
Petit larceny- A flag was taken from the Kiosk Visitor center. NYPD refused. Search made for the subject with negative results.
Investigation- Parent of a youth reported he left apt and is believed to be in an unknown apt in the island. NYPD refused. Search made with negative results.
Aided- Pregnant female possibly in Labor. EMS refused. Female transported to the Tram by PSD. Doctor awaiting her arrival to Manhattan.
Reckless Endangerment- Unknown youth threw a beer can on to the patio of a resident. No injuries. search for the subject made with negative results.
Aided- Elderly female with a possible broken ankle taken to the hospital by EMS.
Investigation- Tenant reported that the front door to his apt was tampered with. UA responded and checked the door for any damages. NYPD refused.
Found Property- A cell phone. It was secured in PSD.
Found Property- Cell Phone locked and secured in PSD. Battery not working and unable to notify the owner.
Found Property- A Black wallet. It was locked and secured in PSD.
Burglary/Investigation- Friend of deceased tenant reported a missing TV from the apt. UA notified. Search made for subject with negative results. UA to change the cylinder of the lock. PSD to conduct further investigation. NYPD refused.
Unreasonable Noise- Car Alarm. PSD responded to tenant's apt and there was no answer at the door. Alarm continued to sound. Access was gained into vehicle and batter cable was disconnected. Noise ceased and summonses issued to the vehicle for unreasonable noise.
Trespass- Subject arrested by PSD.
Unlawful Possession of Marijuana-/Trespass- Two subjects arrested by PSD.
Open Container of Alcohol- Subjected arrested by PSD.
7/11/09-07:00 AM to 7/12/09-07:00
Lock Out- Resident accidently locked himself out of the apt. UA notified. PSD checked identification and UA provided access.
Aided- Pregnant female complained of labor pains. EMS transported her to the hospital.
Verbal Dispute- In apt. No injuries. NYPD refused. Person who started the dispute had left the apt.
Unsecured Premise- Blackwell House. Search made and interior and exterior in order. It was locked and secured by PSD.
Criminal Possession of Marijuana- 2 subjects arrested by PSD.
Found Property- A Purse. It was turned over to PSD by TA/PD who found it in the subway.
Owner/Resident of the Island. It was returned to her.
7/12/09-07:00 AM TO 7/13/09-7:00 AM
Aided- Ill person taken to the hospital by EMS.
Smoke Condition- In building. Smell of burnt food. Unable to locate the apt but windows were opened smoke cleared out. No injuries or property damage.
Domestic Dispute- Between Mother and daughter. Verbal with no injuries. Daughter left apt. NYPD refused.
Dispute- Between Male and female. Male escorted out by PSD. No injuries. NYPD refused.
Alarm- At 591 Main Street. PSD responded and all in order. The alarm was reset and ADT was notified.
Investigation- Between 2 males who asked a female for a cigarette. When told she doesn't have one they left without incident. Female was concerned.
7/13/09-7:00 AM to 7/14/09-7:00 AM
Alarm Response- At Warehouse and the Mini Bus Garage. Search made of these areas and all in order. The alarm was reset and ADT was notified.
Verbal Dispute- Between a resident and a male in apt. Male escorted out. No injuries.
Light House Entrance- The lock to the gate was missing. Search made and area in order. the lock was replaced and area secured.
Aided- Female needed assistance getting up. EMS responded, but aided refused to be transported to the hospital.
Misunderstanding- Between Home attendant and resident. No injuries and NYPD refused.
Criminal Mischief- Eggs thrown in hallway. No damage to door. UA notified. NYPD refused.
Criminal Mischief- Window cracked in the building. Search made with negative results. UA notified.
7/14/09-7:00 AM TO 7/15/09-7:00 AM
Criminal Mischief - Unknown subject threw eggs on apt doors. Search for the subject yielded negative results. UA notified and clean the door.
Past Grand Larceny - Female was bumped into by a male. She checked for her wallet and it was gone. The male had left. NYPD notified and conducting an investigation.
Trespass - 2 Subjects questioned by PSD. They were taking photos of the River while standing on the rocks from the West sea wall. they were warned and admonished.
Past incident of Exposure of a person - Male youth exposed his private parts to 2 female youths. Parent refused NYPD. Manhattan Management notified and PSD will monitor the area. Search for the subject yielded negative results.
Vehicle Accident - Vehicle parked in the breeze way and without anyone inside it rolled into a metal pole and chain. No injuries to anyone. No damage to property or vehicle.
Investigation of Harassment - Mother of adult son stated a business on the Island refused to allow her son access due to him always being intoxicated. NYPD refused.
Accident - PSD vehicle parked at 114 th Pct while Detective on an arrest. Upon return to the vehicle there was a dent on rear right bumper. No injuries.
Aided - Female ill. EMS responded and transport to the hospital was refused.
7/15/09-7:00 AM to 7/16/09-7:00 AM
Missing Youth- Guardian reported son missing. PSD conducted a search and located the youth. He was returned to the guardian.
Investigation- Parrot on ledge outside of an apt. Tenant in a hurry to go to work and will call Animal Care and Control upon her return from work.
Investigation- 2 Youths were charged excessive fare for a ride from John F. Kennedy Air Port to Roosevelt Island. NYPD responded and youths to file a report with The Port Authority Police.
Unlawful Possession of Marijuana- 2 Subjects arrested by PSD.
Investigation- Unknown Subject threw rocks at rear of apt and kicked the apt door. search conducted for the subject with negative results. UA notified.
Criminal Mischief-A flower Planter was tuned over and plants removed from another. Search conducted with negative results. Door person cleaned up the mess. RY Management notified.
Found Property- Bag found rear of a building. It was locked and secured in PSD.
0700 hrs 07/16/09 - 0700 hrs 07/17/09
Criminal Mischief- Overturned planter, search conducted for possible subject with negative results.
Found Property- A Nike Back pack, Property inventory file. Bag secure in sgt cabinet.
Property Removal- Owner of a Blue bicycle that was removed by PSD from a sign pole came to retrieve it.
Aided- PSD Responded to apartment in Roosevelt Landings for complaint that tenant have not been seen for months. All inside apartment was in order, no one inside
Aided- Aided transported to Mt. Sinia Hospital complaining of pain on the right leg, after falling inside apartment with a loose tile. super on scene, photo taken
Found Property- Anonymous male returned a GPS system that he found. No information was provided. system secured inside sgt cabinet
Found Property- NYPD Transit returned a cell phone found inside train platform. Item locked and secured in sgt cabinet
Found Property- Island resident returned US passport that he found inside his mailbox. Item locked and secured inside sgt cabinet.
07/17/09 0700hrs - 07/18/09 0700hrs
Harassment- Disgruntle passenger yelled at red bus driver, PSD responded and corrected condition.
Noise Complaint- Tenant complained about music coming from community room, PSD responded and corrected condition.
Aided- Male fell while using restroom, EMS and PSD responded, EMS picked aided up, aided had no injuries.
Disabled Vehicle- RIOC red bus shut off, towed to bus garage.
Gang Graffiti- While patrolling PSD observed graffiti on wall, Urban American notified.
Unsecured Apartment- Apartment was unsecured PSD respond, search area, secure area.
Trespass- While patrolling PSD observed people loitering in hallway, individuals were summons and released.
7/18/09-7:00 AM to 7/19/09-7:00 AM
Unsecured Apt- Search with negative results. No one inside. Apt was locked and secured.
Trespass- 2 Subjects arrested by PSD.
Grand larceny Auto ( Off Island)- Resident reported to PSD and NYPD responded.
Harassment- Between 2 Island residents. NYPD refused.
Aided- Elderly Male fell in apt and sustained a broken right hip. EMS transported him to the hospital.
Investigation- Unknown subject threw an object at a rear window. No damage to the window. Search conducted with negative results. NYPD refused.
Harassment- Between tenants. NYPD refused. Both advised to stay away from each other.
Unsafe Condition- 3 Bicycles chained in stairwell. UA notified. Unable to clip.
7/19/09-7:00 AM to 7/20/09-7:00 AM
Domestic Dispute- Between a Male and his ex girlfriend. No injuries and NYPD refused. Male escorted out of the apt.
Domestic Dispute- Between Female and her ex-boyfriend. No injuries. She will got to NYPD on her own.
Aided- A female fell and sustained injury to her right foot. EMS transported her to the hospital.
Trespass- 2 males subjects entered an apt while the tenant was inside. They fled with the apt keys. UA notified and replaced the lock. No injuries. NYPD responded. Search for the subjects with negative results.
Assembly Member Micah Kellner Distributes Free Reusable Green Tote Bags At Roosevelt Island Farmers Market This Weekend
I ran into Assembly Member Micah Kellner at the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market on Saturday morning. He was distributing free reusable tote bags and tweeted about it as well.
Giving away free tote bags at the Roosevelt Island Green Market. Don't take a plastic bag, Go Green!9:45 AM Jul 18th from mobile webMr. Kellner explains the importance of using these "green" tote bags instead of plastic bags for your grocery shopping on his blog.
The average American family uses 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store, but using just one tote bag instead eliminates 1,000 plastic bags from our waste system. Single-use plastic bags accumulate and persist on our planet for over 1,000 years. Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade—breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits that contaminate soil, waterways, and enter the food chain. New Yorkers throw out 5.2 billion (that’s “billion” with a “b”) plastic bags each and every year, causing irreversible environmental damage.I used my reusable tote bag that day saving at least 8 plastic bags with the one tote. The bag is very easy to carry and can be folded into a tiny size.
Last year, I distributed over one thousand free tote bags made from 100% recycled plastic bottles in my district and they became quite the fashion statement on the Upper East Side. I blogged about that effort in October of 2008, and I plan to do an even bigger push this year in my district....