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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movie Tonight At Southpoint Park - Summer Days And Summer Nights With Grease Starring John Travolta And Olivia Newton-John

Image From RIOC

Tonight's Roosevelt Island Summer Outdoor Movie at Southpoint Park will be Grease.


According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
If you love the 50s era, then don’t miss out on this weekend’s Outdoor Summer Movie Series featuring Grease! The free event will take place at Southpoint Park at 7 PM on Saturday, July 7. Stop by early to enjoy music and a fun game of movie trivia! A great variety of food and drinks will also be available for purchase. See you there
Sincerely,

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
Tell me more about Summer Nights:



The remaining schedule for Roosevelt Island Outdoor Movie Schedule at Southpoint Park is:
July 20th- Tangled
July 21st- The Help
August 4th- Lion King
August 11th- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Friday, July 6, 2012

Leave The Gun, Take The Cannoli With La Bella Torte - Roosevelt Island's First Mobile Food Truck Makes It's Debut Tonight With Italian Pastries

Image of La Bella Torte Food Truck

Roosevelt Island's first mobile food truck made its debut this evening, La Bella Torte, specializing in Italian deserts. According to La Bella Torte web site:
Welcome to La Bella Torte, a dessert truck specializing in Italian Pastries. Started by Joe and AnnMarie Glaser after finding themselves out of work. He a plumber, she a secretary, they found themselves with a love for baking, and a need to make money. So they gathered their resources, went to culinary school and came out pastry chefs. Once that was done they decided to take over the world one cannoli at a time, so they found a truck grabbed their cakes and took it on the road....
Here's their truck menu:
Cannoli
Banana Nutella Cake
Rosemary Olive Oil &Blood Orange Cake
Cake Truffles
Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart
Cholate dipped Keylime Pie
Tiramisu
 Image of La Bella Torte Cannoli From NY Street Food

According to NY Street Food:
... In the cannoli, I opted for the chocolate chip filling, which Joe squeezed fresh into the pastry shell.  He then sprinkled some confectioner’s sugar on top.  Some people, like my father-in-law, will only eat cannolis if they are freshly filled.  I totally understand.

The thick, creamy filling was awesome.  And there was some nuance to it, with what tasted like a hint of nutmeg in the cream filling.  Most bites had chocolate chips too.  Excellent cannoli, Joe.

A rosemary olive oil cake didn’t sound all that appealing to me at first, but my wife wanted to try it, and Joe suggested it too.  I usually associate rosemary and olive oil with chicken, not cake, but this was superb....
When I saw the La Bella Torte Food Truck about an hour ago, it was parked on the West Promenade between the Tram and Subway Station.

More Food Truck are on their way to Roosevelt Island.

GREAT NEWS - Roosevelt Island's Brand New Waterfront Restaurant Pier NYC Opens Tomorrow Morning 11 AM, See You There - Are You Ready For A BBQ Love Ballad?


There was a brief one day delay, but just learned that Roosevelt Island's Pier NYC waterfront restaurant, owned by the guys from the Riverwalk Bar & Grill, passed its Health Department inspection today and will be open for business this summer starting tomorrow at 11 AM. A GREAT DAY FOR ROOSEVELT ISLAND.

Aerial View Image of Roosevelt Island Pier NYC From Judy Berdy

Here's a quick tour of the area from earlier today



and one customer, Christopher John, who can't wait for the place to open.


You Tube Video From Thrillist

The menu from this previous post:
BBQ MENU

BBQ Sandwiches

Pulled Pork $8

Pork Belly $8

Rib Tips $8

Lamb Sausage $8

Beef Brisket $9

Burnt Ends $10.50

Smoked Turkey $12

Home Cured Pastrami $12

###

SANTOS SEAFOOD SHACK

Raw Bar Selections

Served with cocktail sauce, lemon, and housemade Tabasco

Oysters

Naked Cowboy

Long Island

Hama Hama

Washington State

$2 each

Oyster of the Day

$MP

Cherry Stone Clams (East Coast)

$1 each

Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail (four shrimp)

$12

Other Seafood Selections

Rock Shrimp Roll $12

Chilled rock shrimp, celery, onion, charred scallion, aioli, toasted potato roll

Crispy Crab Cake $10

Lump crab, lettuce, tomato, onion, old bay aioli, toasted potato roll

Wild Striped Bass Ceviche $10

Ecuadorian style ceviche, house made tortilla chips

Spanish Gazpacho $8

Tomato and lobster salad, smoked paprika oil

Daily Addition $MP

###

DESSERTS BY ALLYCAKES

Baked with love and fresh ingredients; no preservatives

Specialty Cookies

Mudslides

Classic Chocolate Chip

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal

$2.25 each

Bars

Chocolate Toffee Fudge Brownies

Macadamia Nut Bar

$3.25 each

Pier NYC Exclusives

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie

Rooseland Munch

$3 each

###

BEVERAGES

Assorted Sodas $2 – 3

Assorted Snapple $3

Assorted Bottled Water $2 – 5

Fresh Squeezed Grey Goose Screwdriver 10

Fresh Squeezed Prosecco Mimosa 8

Frozen Patron Margarita $10

Frozen Bacardi Daiquiri $10

FLASQ Wines: Chardonnay, Merlot & Cuvée Blanc $12

Heineken $8

Heineken Light $8

Corona $8

Corona Light $8

Pabst Blue Ribbon $5

Budweiser $6

Bud Light $6

IPA (YTD) $7

Summer Ale $7

Amstel Light $8
Some readers have expressed disappointment that no vegetarian dishes are listed on the menu:
How about adding any side dishes or salads for vegetarians? I know my husband would love to try you out, but there's nothing for me to eat!
Let's see - maybe vegetarian meals will be added.

See you at Roosevelt Island's Pier NYC.

UPDATE 4:40 PM - Just learned Pier NYC will be open tonight 6-9 PM just for drinks. Cash only.

What Happened On Roosevelt Island's Main Street July 4 Evening? Reports Of Fighting And Large NYPD Presence Sweeping The Street Clear

Received this message from a Roosevelt Island resident about 12:30 AM July 5 morning

tons of cops by Blackwell Park.........NYPD
and received other reports of disturbances occurring on Main Street and at Lighthouse Park July 4 evening. Yesterday, I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Leslie Torres, Vice President Fernando Martinez and Public Safety Director Keith Guerra:
I understand there was an incident last night on and around Blackwell House that required a large presence by the NYPD to respond.

Also problems at Lighthouse Park and Main Street.

Please provide details as to what occurred.

Thank you
Have not received any response back from RIOC nor has the Daily Public Safety Report for July 4-5 been published on the RIOC web site as of the time this post is published. However, RIOC Press Spokesperson advises that they will have a response soon.

RIOC Director David Kraut was a witness to some of what happened on Main Street July 4 evening. Mr. Kraut reports:
From my regular "office seat" inside The Trellis I noted large crowds of young people streaming south around 11:30 or so. I'm pretty sure these were off-island kids; I didn't recognize any. A few tussles broke out, including one up Main Street to the north, one right outside The Trellis just around midnight, with some kids shoving each other around the street-side tables, later another one down towards Blackwell house. 

I observed two unmarked NYPD vehicles, three other NYPD units and a NYPD van, all lit up. They were moving slowly down Main Street, sweeping the street clear. Also two PSD units were making a tandem sweep. No officers of either command got out of their vehicles in view of The Trellis. I don't know if any officers went on foot in the vicinity of Blackwell House, as I was crossing Main Street to go home at that time. A young island resident told me that there was some kind of barbecue being held somewhere on the island, possibly in Lighthouse Park, and alcohol had been sneaked in, and the bad behavior was a result of that alcohol. I could not say who was drinking or how much, nor the age of the participants, which varied from older teens to young adults. That's all I know
I spoke with the NYPD Public Information Office yesterday and was told they did not have any information regarding July 4 Roosevelt Island incidents but they will look into matter and get back to me.

Also, received this advisory from RIOC earlier today:
Starting this weekend, the Public Safety Department will be increasing its presence in Lighthouse Park. During the weekend, two PSD officers will be stationed at the park's entrance from 5 PM to 12 AM on Fridays and 7 AM to 12 AM Saturdays and Sundays. Officers will be checking to make sure that people entering the park are not bringing prohibited items into the park. The list of prohibited items is posted outside the park and include personal grills, barbecues (except in designated areas), alcohol, illegal drugs, speakers, amplifiers and fireworks. In addition to the officers stationed at the entry point, other PSD officers will be patrolling the park to make sure that visitors are following the rules and staying safe.

Sincerely,

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
Will update when more information obtained.

UPDATE 2:10 PM - Earlier today I sent this inquiry to RIOC:
I am following up on email below regarding disturbances which occurred on Main Street and Lighthouse Park the evening of July 4.

Does RIOC have any comment on what occurred?

Also, how many Public Safety Officers were on duty the evening of July 4 and what level was the highest ranking officer supervising on July 4 evening.

Thank you.
RIOC's Press Spokesperson responded:
The issue was the disbursement of a large 4th of July crowd from Lighthouse Park. When PSD shut down the park, the crowd traveled southbound. Some stopped in front of the M&D Deli, and some continued down toward Blackwell Park. A fight broke out in front of the Deli around midnight. The initiator was apprehended by PSD and summonsed for Disorderly Conduct. NYPD assisted PSD with crowd control on the island. NYPD K-9 units were at the Subway to ensure safe entry into the Subway system.
UPDATE 7/8 -The Public Safety Report for 7/4 - 7/5 was not published on RIOC's web site. I asked RIOC for a copy which was provided. Here it is.
7/4/12 - 7:00 AM to 7/5/12 - 7:00 AM
Aided - Refused medical attention.

Minor Accident - Vehicle sustained a small scratch after scraping a pillar.

Aided - Transported to hospital.

Found Property - Secured in PSD.

Unsecured Door - Secured by management.

Graffiti - Search conducted with negative results.  Service Dept. to clean area.

Disorderly Conduct - Subject was summonsed.

Aided - Transported to hospital.

Fireworks - Two sets of fire crackers confiscated and individual was warned and admonished.
The Daily Public Safety Report made no reference to the Main Street fighting other than the mention of a Disorderly Conduct summons being issued.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Birthday America, July 4 Is Independence Day - Today Is Also 5th Anniversary Of Roosevelt Islander Online Blog

Image of John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence from US History

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA - JULY 4 IS INDEPENDENCE DAY.

As we all know, there's more to the Fourth of July holiday than fireworks, bbq, burgers, beer and flag waving. Not that there is anything wrong with that but...

What the Fourth of July is really about is the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain.This previous post shows the text of the Declaration of Independence, a reading of it from then Senator John F. Kennedy and on a slightly less serious note, South Park's version of the decision by American colonists to declare independence and go to war against England.


Today is also the 5th Birthday of the Roosevelt Islander Online Blog. Independence Day and the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration viewing previously held at Southpoint Park on Roosevelt Island has a special place in the life of the Roosevelt Islander Blog because it was the subject of the first post and the reason for the blog coming into being way back on July 4 2007. The subject -  my objection, some might call it a rant, (all in CAPS because I didn't know any better) to RIOC charging $18 to gain entry to Southpoint park to view the fireworks when other NYC public venues did not charge a dime.

Here's some of what the Macy's July 4 Fireworks on the East River looked like from Southpoint Park in 2008 (the last time they were held on the East River before being moved to the Hudson River) and a report on the Good, Bad and Ugly of that night.



Happy Birthday America!!!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

No Macy's Fourth Of July Fireworks Viewing From Roosevelt Island Or Other East River Locations Again This Year - Sign Online Petition To Bring Macy's July 4 Fireworks Back To East River Next Year


Unfortunately, there will be no viewing of the Macy's July 4 Independence Day Fireworks celebration from the Roosevelt Island, Brooklyn or Long Island City waterfront again this year as the Macy's Fireworks Celebration will be set off from barges in the Hudson instead of East River for the fourth straight year.

As reported in the Queens Gazette:
... officials at the 114th Precinct are advising residents that the move will prohibit a view of the fireworks from Roosevelt Island. Officials said the best viewing location would be from Manhattan’s west side, as well as New Jersey....
and:
... Queens police officials this week issued a reminder to the public that, again this year, they will not be able to view the annual Macy’s fireworks display from sites along the East River in Long Island City.

NYPD Queens North Borough Commander, Assistant Chief Diana Pizzuti, is reminding residents that the annual Macy’s July 4th fireworks extravaganza will take place again this year over the Hudson River – thus eliminating any view of the fireworks from the Western Queens waterfront....
According to this statement from NYC Public Advocate Bill De Blasio's office:
For 32 years, Macy’s graced New Yorkers with a spectacular 4th of July fireworks show on the East River. But in 2009, the lights went dark for 4.7 million residents from Brooklyn & Queens. What was told would be a one-year hiatus on the Hudson has now become the new norm – leaving more than half the city out of the July 4th celebration and surrendering to New Jersey the event’s many economic benefits for local business.

Now, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, State Senator Dan Squadron, Councilmember Stephen Levin, and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz have joined forces to demand that Macy’s return the fireworks display to its rightful place on the East River waterfront to ensure it is, once again, a party that all New Yorkers can benefit from and enjoy.
Here's the full press release plus online petition and press conference to bring the Macy's 4th of July fireworks back to the East River.




This is what the Macy's July 4 fireworks looked like from Roosevelt Island the last time they took place on the East River in 2007 and 2008.

Curbed has a map of best places to watch the Macy's as well as other July 4 Fireworks.

RIOC Real Estate Committee Meeting In Executive Session Today on Southtown Riverwalk Buildings 7-9 Ground Lease Modifications For Hudson Related - CBRE Hired To Provide RIOC With Roosevelt Island Real Estate Services and Gound Lease Advice


The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Real Estate Development Advisory Committee will be meeting this afternoon in Executive Session (closed to the public) to discuss proposed ground lease modifications for Hudson Related Southtown's Riverwalk Buildings 7 - 9 (shown in picture above as future construction). According to RIOC:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the RIOC administrative office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.

AGENDA

1. Chair�s Motion for Executive Session to Review and Discuss Proposed Modifications to the Ground Lease for Southtown Buildings 7, 8 and 9;

2. Discuss Any Other Committee Business That May be Brought Before the Committee.
I do not know yet what type of ground lease modifications for Southtown Riverwalk Buildings 7-9 are being discussed and since the meeting is in Executive Session, closed to the public, will not be able to report on what happens today. More information on Southtown buildings 7-9 development available in RIOC's 2012-13 Budget including (Page 6):
... Southtown 7,8 & 9 – as noted in the budget for the past two years, the development of Southtown 7, 8 & 9 will have a significant impact on the future cash flow of the Corporation. The developer, Hudson/Related (HR) holds an option to develop the site that expires on December 31, 2012. Preliminary discussions appear to be positive although development would depend on market conditions. If development should not go forward the future cash flow would be significantly negatively impacted as detailed on page 13....
and (Page 13):
... Early discussions with Hudsion/Related appear to be positive although development would depend on market conditions. If Hudson/Related did not go forth with development of 7,8 & 9 they would owe the Corporation a de-designation fee of Approx. $1,500,000 and the net effect on projected cash flows would be as follows:....
As reported last April, Hudson Related exercised its option on building 7 and plans to start construction in early 2013.

Roosevelt Island ground lease issues were one of the reasons RIOC Chief Financial Officer Steve Chironis cited for hiring CBRE as a real estate consultant during the June 28 RIOC Board of Directors Meeting. CBRE is replacing RIOC's former real estate consultant Jones Lange LaSalle.

When asked by RIOC Director David Kraut if there is any urgency to approve CBRE as RIOC's new real estate consultant at the June Meeting, Mr. Chironis replied yes. Here's that portion of the discussion



and the full discussion in which Mr. Chironis asks the Board to approve CBRE as RIOC's real estate consultant explaining that CBRE is very experienced in ground lease issues having worked on similar issues at Battery Park City and provided a cheaper bid than Jones Lang LaSalle.

Monday, July 2, 2012

A Little Roosevelt Island Friday NIght Music With Palmer Egan At Riverwalk Bar & Grill - Also, Scientific Cure For Hangover?

Enjoyed listening to musician Palmer Eagan last Friday night at the Riverwalk Bar & Grill. Mr. Egan performed solo but he is also a member of Smoke and Mirrors, a Cape Cod based acoustic pop rock band. According to the Smoke and Mirrors web site:

Smoke and Mirrors is a vibrant acoustic pop rock band that's causing quite a stir on the local Cape music circuit! Smoke and Mirrors combines ear-catching melodies with a fueled rhythm section. This band produces a sound that can be compared to John Mayer, Dave Matthews, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Eagle Eye Cherry. They are a fresh, confident, and up and coming acoustic pop rock trio that is currently booking!

You Tube Video of Palmer Egan At Riverwalk Bar & Grill

Hope to see more of Mr. Egan at Riverwalk.

Also, in the unlikely event that you may have had a little too much to drink at the Riverwalk or elsewhere, here are some scientific suggestions to minimize the hangover.


You Tube Video of Scientific Hangover Cure via Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish

Cheers!!!

A Surprise Roosevelt Island Tram Wedding Proposal Today - Roosevelt Island Is For Lovers

 Image Of Roosevelt Island Tram Wedding Proposal

Had a very nice and unexpected experience on the Roosevelt Island Tram earlier today. While coming home to Roosevelt Island on the Tram, about a dozen Roosevelt Islanders, including myself, witnessed a young man announcing that today was his girlfriend's birthday.

Tram passengers applauded and wished the young woman a Happy Birthday. Then the boyfriend asked if anyone had flowers that he could give to her. A strange looking man with an even stranger looking beard promptly handed over a bouquet of flowers he was carrying. Then the boyfriend asked if anyone had a birthday balloon he could give to his girlfriend. This time a female passenger happened to have a birthday balloon and gave the balloon to the Birthday Girl.

If you think this was a bit more than just a coincidence you are right because the young man had arranged the Roosevelt Island Tram birthday surprise of flowers and balloons for his girlfriend. But he was not finished yet. Seconds later he got down on his knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him. She said yes. Everybody applauded and congratulated the couple.

With their permission, here's a small bit of what happened.



Roosevelt Island is for lovers. It's a great place for proposals, weddings (here and here) and the Tram was voted the second most romantic spot in New York City.

Congratulations and Best Wishes to the Happy Couple!!!!!

Vehicle Damage To Parked Car At Roosevelt Island Motorgate Garage, Public Safety Increases Patrols Of The Area - RIOC Board Approves LED Lighting For Motorgate Garage

 Image Of Roosevelt Island Motorgate Garage

I sent the following inquiry to Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Director Keith Guerra:
The 6/26 -27 Public Safety Report indicates:

Vehicle Damage - To a vehicle parked in the Motorgate Garage. PSD increased patrols of the area and NYPD refused.
Please describe what was the damage, where did it occur in Motorgate, approximate time and any other relevant information including what is the current level of patrols at Motorgate.
RIOC's Press Spokesperson replied:
The damage -- a dent -- was reported at 6:35 pm. The owner noticed the dent in the morning though so it presumably occurred overnight the previous night.

An average of 24 patrols per day are made at Motorgate. They are performed anywhere between every 30 minutes and every 90 minutes, depending on staffing for the day and activity on the Island.
In other Motorgate Garage new, RIOC Directors approved a plan to install new LED lighting in the Motorgate Garage and fluorescent lighting in the stairwells during the June 28 Board Meeting. I asked RIOC when the new lighting will be in place and will update when an answer is received.

Roosevelt Island Business Networking Group Meeting Tuesday Morning 7:30 AM Riverwalk Bar & Grill - Local Entrepreneurs Meet, Share Stories and Potential Opportunities


You Tube Video of May 8 RIBN Meeting Intro

The Roosevelt Island Business Networking Group (RIBN) will be holding their next meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, July 3 7:30 AM. at the Riverwalk Bar & Grill (425 Main Street). According to RIBN:
Everyone Knows Someone Worth Knowing - Maybe a New Contact for You. Learn more on Tuesday 7/3 at 7:30 am at Riverwalk Bar & Grill

Our Business Networking Group meets to exchange contacts and ideas. Through conversation, members become acquainted with each others' businesses and current and potential clients, sharing suggestions and names for future growth. To present a talk about your business, please contact Tom Wood at Thomas_Wood@natfin.net
An update from the RIBN
The eighth meeting of the Roosevelt Island Business Networking Group welcomed about 12 members, ranging from herbal medicine specialist to residential cleaning services provider, at the Community Room of River cross on Tuesday evening, June 19th, for the bi-monthly meeting. As usual, the meeting kicked off with informal conversations and a business card exchange, as familiar faces and new members shared ideas about their respective small businesses and solo practices.

The member presentation by Chelsey Pendock of Innovision Advertising described the value of working with a small agency that can place ads in key broadcast outlets and publications.

The theme of "Everyone knows someone worth knowing" came into play after Debraj Addya spoke about his plan to sell sport fishing equipment online to markets in the northeast. In the group, two members had contacts in the fishing and online retail sectors that might prove helpful to Debraj as he develops his business.

Members are encouraged to meet with others in the group and consider what they have to offer and what they might need from a colleague. The Roosevelt Island Business Networking Group on LinkedIn continues to grow.

The next event will be held on Tuesday, July 3rd at 7:30 am at Riverwalk Bar & Grill. Please contact Tom Wood at Thomas_Wood@natfin.net to give a presentation. Members are welcome to bring Island friends and neighbors who are also small business owners and solo practitioners and expand the networking group.
More information on the Roosevelt Island Business Networking Group at Linked In and presentations from RIBN members at previous posts.

Report From RIOC President Leslie Torres - Updates On Roosevelt Island Street Furniture, Meditation Steps, Mobile Food Vending, See Click Fix, Southpoint Park Spraying and Condolences


You Tube Video of RIOC President June Report To Board Of Directors

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Lesie Torres sends the following report to Roosevelt Island residents.
Greetings Roosevelt Islanders! I want to remind everyone that one of the highlights of summer on the Island, the Summer Outdoor Movie Series, begins this Saturday at 8:00 pm at Southpoint Park with a screening of Captain America: The First Avenger. Bring a blanket or a chair and arrive early to join in the pre-show festivities. The park is ADA accessible and the Red Bus will stop at the nearby bus stop every 15 minutes.

Street Furniture in Good Shepherd Plaza

In response to residents’ requests for street furniture in Good Shepherd Plaza, we will be installing several eight-foot-long benches to the west side of the newly refurbished plaza. The benches will be in place by July 1. Additionally, we are working with RIRA to determine what other street furniture we can install in the plaza to meet the community’s needs.

Meditation Steps

We are happy to announce that contractors have begun work on reconstructing the Meditation Steps. With its serene setting and spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and the East River, the Mediation Steps is a cherished public space, and this project will only enhance it. We are looking forward to re-opening the site once the work is completed.

Mobile Food Vending

In an effort to encourage mobile food vendors to come to Roosevelt Island, RIOC’s Operations Committee has decided to allow vendors to operate on the Island for free for the month of July. The permit application is available on our website.

SeeClickFix

Since we launched our partnership with SeeClickFix last year, we have received – and acted on – many requests for service that residents have made via the innovative place-based reporting platform. I would like to remind residents that using SeeClickFix is the best and most efficient way to alert RIOC to neighborhood concerns like potholes, graffiti, litter, broken streetlights or any other non-emergency issue.

Once a resident submits an issue, RI311 can acknowledge the request, route it to the proper RIOC department and update residents once it has been resolved. Through SeeClickFix, community members can also view, comment on and vote to fix problems submitted by their neighbors.

RIOC’s SeeClickFix website can be found here: http://rioc.ny.gov/RI311.htm. Residents can also download the iPhone, Android, and Blackberry apps here: http://www.seeclickfix.com/apps.

Spraying at Southpoint Park

On Wednesday, June 20 RIOC closed Southpoint Park for a regularly scheduled herbicide spraying. I can assure residents that we always use an organic herbicide that is not harmful to humans or animals. While the park was closed, RIOC groundskeepers did additional work, including cutting and removing weeds. The park was back open the next day for all to enjoy.

Condolences

I want to conclude this week’s column by extending my condolences to Roosevelt Island Historical Society president Judy Berdy and her family. Judy’s mother Ruth, who had lived on Roosevelt Island for the last year, passed away last weekend. The Berdy family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Good Times At Southpoint Park Roosevelt Island Outdoor Movie Showing Of Captain America Last Night

Image Of Roosevelt Island Southpoint Park Movie Showing of Captain America By Irina Hage

I was not able to attend last night's Roosevelt Island Outdoor Movie Showing of Captain America at Southpoint Park (returning to Southpoint Park after being held at Firefighters Field for the last several years) but residents Jordan Riley and Irina Hage were in attendance. I asked them how was it and what they thought of the new venue?

Ms. Riley shares this photo from the evening

Image From Jordan Riley

and reports:
There were around 100+ people, and yes it seemed well organized with multiple snacks available for purchase and chairs for attendees. It seemed to be a better location than last year with better views around the screen and better suited for viewing the movie.
Ms. Hage adds:
it was a really wonderful evening, the location is wonderful,

Image From Irina Hage

you can always see the skyline with the Empire State Building.

Image From Irina Hage

That evening they had red-white-red lighting - it looked like RIOC had ordered it ...

The site is much smaller

Image From Irina Hage

than from last year, but though it crowded a bit,

Image From Irina Hage

it had much more atmosphere sitting completely within a park.

Image From Irina Hage

As in last year we used some mosquito spray.
Here's the remaining schedule for the Roosevelt Island Summer Outdoor Movie Series:
July 7th- Grease
July 20th- Tangled
July 21st- The Help
August 4th- Lion King
August 11th- Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Beat The Heat With First Sunday Jazz Salon At Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA Tonight 5-7 PM - Come Dance, Listen To Music, Admire The Art, Hang Out With Old and New Friends


Gallery RIVAA will be hosting its monthly First Sunday Jazz Salon later today from 5-7 PM.

Stop on by, dance, enjoy the music and art as well as new and old friend.

A small sample of the fun at Gallery RIVAA's June First Sunday of the Month Jazz Salon.


You Tube Video of Gallery RIVAA June 3 Jazz Salon

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