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Monday, November 20, 2017

Roosevelt Island Tram Station Heat Lamp Very Hot Tonight - Placed Too Close To Temporary Construction Wall Says Resident

The Roosevelt Island Tram Station heat lamps help keep riders warm while waiting to board the cabin.

But one resident reported this evening:

Heat lamps 6 inches from board-wall @tram

Must be 125-175 degrees up there. They built it right under the heat lamps. Clearly dumb idea.

Sue's Tech Kitchen Coming To Roosevelt Island - Dining Meets Entertainment Meets Tech Education Holiday Spectacular For The Whole Family At The Bridge On Cornell Tech Campus

Sue's Tech Kitchen Tour is coming to Roosevelt Island at The Bridge building on the Cornell Tech campus.

According to this press release from Sue's Tech Kitchen:
Randi Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media, is bringing her family-friendly, tech-infused, “snack-hacking” concept Sue’s Tech Kitchen (STK) to New York City for BETA testing just in time for the holiday season. The Holiday SpecTECHular will launch on November 25 at New York City’s brand new tech hub, The Bridge at Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island. The creator of the award-winning children’s show Dot. brings an interactive, immersive, puzzle-solving spectacle for all ages that encourages a healthy relationship with technology and inspires kids to embrace STEM skills.

Sue’s Tech Kitchen will revolutionize family fun, allowing guests of all ages to engage with cutting-edge technology and each other. Guests of Sue’s Tech Kitchen will experience interactive STEM-inspired holiday attractions, like candy coding, 3D printed treats, liquid nitrogen desserts and silent science discos. Littlstar will power the Sue's Tech Kitchen’s Virtual Reality Corner, featuring Raising a Ruckus, the first episode of a new VR animated series, and a variety of immersive NBA experiences. Sue’s Tech Kitchen will also feature guest appearances, special performances, and STEM lessons from “Sue’s Chefs,” as well as introduce guests to Randi’s favorite techie holiday gifts from Presenting Partners Foodstirs, Tech Will Save Us, Thursday Finest, Piper, Primo Toys and more.

Conceptualized by Zuckerberg and designed by a team of tech experts, engineers, and scientists, Sue’s Tech Kitchen features technologies from all corners of the modern imagination, empowering kids and adults to engage with tomorrow’s technologies. Guests will be immersed in a futuristic technology experience all while enjoying surprise appearances, performances and a STEM-inspired holiday market. Guests will enjoy this BETA experience by getting a taste of what Sue’s Tech Kitchen has in store in the coming months and years as it continues to expand.

“After the success of our “Beta Taste” in Chattanooga earlier this year, we knew we had something very special with Sue’s Tech Kitchen,” says Sue’s Tech Kitchen creator, Randi Zuckerberg. “As a mother myself, I’m always looking for places to bring my children that will be fun and enriching for everyone. I couldn’t wait to bring Sue’s Tech Kitchen to New York City to share it with my own family and all families. New York City is such a magical place during the holiday season that it was the obvious choice for our next stop. We can’t wait to share in all the fun and excitement this winter and bring families together in a creative way. ”

The press release continues:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Celebration Of Life For Judi Arond Dinerstein 3 PM Saturday November 18 At Roosevelt Island Good Shepherd Community Center

The Roosevelt island community lost a long-time friend and neighbor, Judith Arond Dinerstein, on September 14, 2017. Judi was a beautiful “fixture” on Roosevelt Island since 1976. She participated in many Island and off-Island groups and activities. Before there was Facebook, there was Judi, the original social networker who brought people together. She was well known by residents as an effervescent, friendly neighbor who knew everyone by name.

Judi was born in New York on November 22, 1950. She was raised in Queens, a real New York gal. Judi became an RN and worked for 27 years as a nurse and unit director at Bellevue Hospital. She was an avid sailor, accomplished musician and long-time docent at Carnegie Hall.

Judi was board member and the Summer Program Director at The Center for Learning and Living, an adult education school in New York City. She maintained that a place to learn and socialize was an antidote to social isolation in retirement. When the school lost its space and closed, Judi used her networking powers to find a new space, mobilize the board, work on the finances, find an administrator, locate professors and reach out to former students. Watching her generate the school anew, simply through the power of conviction was an inspiration.

Judi enjoyed the community garden, social activism, travel and the arts. She was an avid supporter of many Island organizations and events. For the past 11 years Judi had the opportunity to enjoy winters in Florida. While there she was a member of an orchestra, volunteered at an adult day program for people with memory loss, took classes and created a large community of friends in Florida. She never stopped!

Judi leaves behind a legacy of love, friendship, and an appreciation for continued learning and growth. For thousands of people, whether they were touched by her personally or through her work for charitable causes or lifelong political activism, the world is a better, kinder, and more just place.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Marty Dinerstein, parents, Ronnie and Hank Arond, her brother, David, nephew, Josh, and his daughter Khalila, niece, Elisa, her step-daughter Rhonda and her husband, Doug and their children, Jordana and Michael, step-daughter, Joyce and her husband, Phil and their children Ashley and Ethan. She was pre-deceased by her sister-in- law, Caroline.

What A Beautiful View Of NYC East River Waterfront & Queensboro Bridge Seen From Roosevelt Island Tram - Takes Your Breath Away

Click of full screen icon at bottom right of page for stunning view.

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend Due To MTA Electrical Work - Are We All Stuck On The Island This Weekend?

There will be no Roosevelt Island F Train service to and from Manhattan this weekend.

According to the MTA:
ELECTRICAL IMPROVEMENTS No F service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St and 57 St.

Q, R and free shuttle buses provide alternate service Weekend, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Nov 17 - 20

F Trains run via the E in both directions between Roosevelt Av and 5 Av/53 St

Shuttle buses operate between Queens Plaza and Roosevelt Island, making a stop at 21 St-Queensbridge.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
No F train service from Friday, 11/17/17 at 11:45 PM to Monday, 11/20/17 at 5:00 AM.

MTA will run free shuttle buses which will operate between Roosevelt Island and Queens Plaza beginning Friday, 11/17/17 at 11:45 PM thru Monday, 11/20/17 at 5:00 AM.

Additionally, RIOC will provide shuttle buses from the Roosevelt Island Tram Plaza to the Manhattan Tram Plaza. The first shuttle bus will operate from Roosevelt Island, Saturday, 11/18/17 at 11:00 AM, last bus from Manhattan will be at 7:30 PM on 11/18/17. Sunday, 11/19/17, bus schedule will be the same as Saturday.

Q 102 will operate normal regular schedule.
At Queens Plaza you can get the R, E or re-routed F Train to Manhattan.

I asked the MTA:
I asked RIOC President Susan Rosenthal:
Do you know what the MTA free bus shuttle time schedule is during the weekend F Train service outage?

Also, just want to confirm that the Red Bus Shuttle is on the hour from Roosevelt Island and Half Hour from Manhattan. Is that correct?
Ms. Rosenthal replied:
The MTA bus schedule ... will be on a continuous basis. Your statement re the Red Bus is confirmed.
Roosevelt Island will have ferry service and a single tram cabin operating too.
The pretend Roosevelt Island subway station is for Netflix TV show Maniac currently filming here.

UPDATE 11/18:

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Roosevelt Island Youth Program Soccer Championship Day Saturday November 18 - Come Out And See The Action At Octagon Field

Roosevelt Island Youth Program Executive Director Charlie Defino reports:

Roosevelt Island Youth Program

Soccer 2017 Championship Day

November 18th

Last weekend sixteen teams battled it out to get to Championship for their divisions, in both the Minors and Sophmores, games were settled in exciting overtime shootouts.

Upcoming: RIYP Championship games this week will be at 10am for Minors, 12pm for Sophmores, 2pm for Junior's and the Seniors at 4pm. Join us and your children for an exciting day of soccer!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Long Waits For Roosevelt Island Residents At Overcrowded F Train Station This Morning - No Roosevelt Island F Train Service In Either Direction This Weekend

There will be no Roosevelt Island F Train Service to or from Manhattan this weekend.

This morning, the Twitterverse reported long delays and crowds at Roosevelt Island F Train subway station.

Also, received report that internet not working this evening in Roosevelt Island subway station.

New Netflix TV Series Maniac Filming On Roosevelt Island Tonight

The new Netflix TV show Maniac, also known as Ronald, is filming tonight on Roosevelt Island. According to Netflix:

Emma Stone and Jonah Hill star in this remake of a Norwegian dark-comedy series about an institutionalized man who lives a fantasy life in his dreams.
The film crew started work yesterday transforming the Roosevelt Island Day Nursery entrance into a Roosevelt Island subway stop in the likeness of Visitors Center Kiosk.

Some strange window signage on Main Street for the filming too.

Former Roosevelt Island and Bronx Priest Cleared Of Charges Of Stealing Over $1 Million For His Boy Toy By Bronx DA Reports NY Daily News - Investigation Limited To Bronx Church Say Bronx DA

As reported December 10, 2015:

A lawsuit accuses former Roosevelt Island St Francis Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church priest of stealing over $1 million for his boy toy reports the New York Daily News and NY Post today....
An update. The NY Daily News tweets:

and reports:
... Peter Miqueli, 54, was at the center of a scandalous civil lawsuit parishioners filed in 2015. They alleged the priest, who worked at St. Frances de Chantal Church in the Bronx and St. Francis Cabrini on Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island, used the cash to pay a hunky boytoy for S&M sex.

The Bronx DA did not investigate the salacious sex claims, but the Archdiocese did, a Church official said, and found “nothing has been brought forward to substantiate them.”...
Click here for the full NY Daily News article.

Here's statement from the Bronx District Attorney regarding the investigation and reaction from a group of parishoners at the St Francis de Chantal Church in the Bronx.

The Bronx DA's investigation was limited to allegations in the Bronx and did not include any allegations regarding Roosevelt Island activities.

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner Thursday, November 23 At Senior Center

The Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) annual Thanksgiving Dinner,

in collaboration with the RI Senior Center Carter Burden Network,

will take place Thursday, November 23 from 1-4 PM at the Senior Center (546 Main Street).

Please RSVP to the Senior Center Staff or Wendy Hersh by November 19.

More pictures from the RIDA 2016 Thanksgiving Day Dinner.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sponsored Post - You're Invited To Cornell Tech Cafe Happy Hour On The Patio 4-7 PM Thursday November 16 - Beer, Wine, New Food Menu & Outdoor Heat Lamps Too

The Starr Catering Group Cornell Tech Cafe is hosting Happy Hour On The Patio tomorrow night, Thursday, November 16. Come enjoy a glass of wine, beer or another beverage as well as a variety of new food options and enjoy the fantastic views from the Cornell Tech Cafe Roosevelt Island campus.
Don't worry if it's a bit cold tomorrow night, there will also be outdoor heat lamps too.

The Cafe is rolling out a new breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. 

Try some of the delicious Cornell ice cream too.
Stay tuned for more exciting developments at the Cornell Tech Cafe.
UPDATE 11/16- Discount Voucher at the Cafe thru November 30.

Always Room On Top Of Cabin When Roosevelt Island Tram Gets Overcrowded - Just Buckle Up And Wear Your Helmet

Here's an up close and personal view riding on top of the Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin from the Impractical Jokers TV show.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Take A Look - Gorgeous Nighttime Aerial Photo Above Roosevelt Island From Chopper 2

Roosevelt Island Manhattan Tram Station Platform Renovations Causing Difficulties For Baby Strollers And Wheelchairs - RIOC Says Additional Signage And Tram Attendant Will Help

The Roosevelt Island Tram Stations Platform Repairs project began last July 26 and is expected to be completed by the end of December. During this time, only a single Tram Cabin is in operation, often resulting in very, very long lines for riders. Also, the reconfiguring of the Manhattan Tram Station passageway

and turnstyle

during renovations has caused difficulties for riders with strollers and wheelchairs to access the Tram Platform.

For example, Roosevelt Island Mom Jennie Smith shares this November 3 message she sent to Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal:
Good Morning Ms. Rosenthal,

I just wanted to let you know about an experience that I had last evening with hopes you will encourage the tram operators to have more consideration for families with strollers and the disabled population of this island .

The new closure due to the renovation on the Manhattan side does not have a gate by the turnstile. I didn't realize this and the tram operator told me the only solution was to take both of my 1.5 year olds out, fold the stroller, put the stroller over the turnstile and let the kids run under. When I flatly said no, I wasn't going to do that, he then said with much irritation that it was ok that I turn around, go back to the area of the elevator on the south area of the platform where there is an emergency gate that he let me through with much hesitation.

My point is, this should be the standard for strollers at this time and all others that may have mobility issues. I hope they are not giving wheelchair bound people the same hard time.

Also, the path to the turnstile is very narrow and having to swipe at the turnstile and then having to back up while a line is forming is near impossible for me who is strong on my feet and is a falls hazard for anyone with mobility issues. I'm sure this is a violation of the ADA act.

There should be a sign and an attendant manning the emergency gate area to avoid this congestion and encouraging those who need it to use the gate, rather than rolling their eyes, huffing and puffing and suggesting there is no other way except the turnstile.

I looks forward to your reply on this matter,
During the November 9 RIOC Real Estate Development Advisory Committee meeting (audio web cast of meeting here), I asked about Manhattan Tram Station access for strollers and wheelchairs.

RIOC Vice President of Operations Shelton Haynes responded that he was aware of the problem and that additional signage and Tram Attendant assistance will be made available

to make it easier for strollers and wheelchairs to use the emergency gate.

RIOC Director Faye Christian added that tourists and others should be encouraged by RIOC staff to move up as close to the front of the platform as possible

in order to lessen the length of lines.

RIOC Engineering Consultant Mike Russo also reported that the Tram Platform repair project is on schedule for substantial completion by the end of December although there may still be some punch list items to be finished in January.

Annual Roosevelt Island Seniors Association Thanksgiving Dinner Party Sunday, November 19 - Please RSVP To Attend

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) President Barbara Parker reports;

Hi Everyone

Join us again this year for our annual

Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner Party Celebration Including Musical Entertainment

(A Special Tribute to Judi Arond)

Sunday, November 19th

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

546 Main Street Community Center

RSVP Your Attendance 


Over 60 people attended last year's RISA Thanksgiving Dinner Party.

More info on RISA available at their web site.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Roosevelt Island Public Purpose Grant Community Review Process For Applicants November 14 & 15 At Good Shepherd Community Center

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Purpose Grants process begins tomorrow. According to RIOC:

Public Purpose funds first became available after the construction of Manhattan Park in 1989 when New York State allowed the fund to be established in lieu of the developers paying sales tax on construction materials. The RIOC Board of Directors approves the allocation of these funds yearly based upon the recommendation of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA). Not-for-profit community organizations are welcome to apply for a Public Purpose Grant by following the application process below.

Public Purpose Funds should be allocated to benefit Roosevelt Island residents, enhancing their quality of life through education, artistic and cultural enrichment, improved health or a better environment...
Please be advised that the 2017 Public Purpose Grant community review process for applicant proposed programs and projects will be conducted on Tuesday, November 14th & Wednesday, November 15th at the Good Shepherd Community Center, 543 Main Street. Presentations are open to the public and will be an opportunity to learn more about the programs and projects from community groups who are seeking funding. At the conclusion of each presentation, time will be reserved for questions and answers by public attendees and members of the Roosevelt Island Resident Association’s Public Purpose Grant Committee. The schedule of presenters will be posted at on Monday, November 13th.
Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Purpose Funds (PPF) committee Chair Dave Evans adds:
There are ten applicants for PPF:
  • Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA), 
  • Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS), 
  • Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association (RIVAA), 
  • Wildlife Freedom Foundation (WFF),
  • Life Frames,
  • Island Kids,
  • More  Arts Inc,
  • Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MSTDA), 
  • RI Swimming and
  • PS/IS 217 PTA
I am not aware of any public announcement by RIOC informing Roosevelt Island community groups about submitting applications for PPF funds as done in prior years. Are you?

More info on the Roosevelt Island Public Purpose grants process available at RIOC's web site.

Jim Bates, Roosevelt Island Community Leader & President Of RI Disabled Association Died Saturday November 11, Enabled Not Disabled Memorial Service Wednesday November 15 At Good Shepherd

Roosevelt Island resident Jim Bates died Saturday, November 11.

Jim Bates, or Uncle Jim, as he was known by many on Roosevelt Island, was one of our neighbors who contributed greatly to making Roosevelt Island a special place to live.

Jim Bates was the President of the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA),

a Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council member for his building (2-4 River Road) and the driving force behind the FDR Hope Memorial Committee. Jim Bates was also a Veteran of the US Coast Guard.

RIRA President Jeff Escobar reports:
As many of you may or may not already know, one of our most beloved colleague, community member, leader, advocate and stalwart supporter of life on Roosevelt Island, Jim Bates, passed away this last weekend. Jim, our RIRA council member from 2-4 River Road, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and passed away on Saturday morning, Veterans Day. Words cannot begin to express the sadness and sorrow all of us on Roosevelt Island feel at this loss.

There will be a memorial service for Jim this Wednesday, November 15 at 10:00 am at the Good Shepherd Church on Roosevelt Island. Please consider attending if you are able to. Also please consider using the following link to contribute generously to help his family defray the accumulated debt associated with his passing and funeral. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Please also feel free to pass and share the above information to your neighbors, friends and your respective building constituents.
According to the Jim Bates You Caring page:
... His neighbors will long remember the stubborn New York native who rolled down Main Street with the sign, "Enabled, not Disabled" on the back of his wheelchair. Jim fought to create a world where people with disabilities were welcomed into all areas of life and not seen as a burden or an afterthought, but important, central, contributing members of society....
Here's Jim Bates in action advocating for the "Enabled Not Disabled" to play wheelchair basketball at Sportspark,

for the FDR Hope Memorial

and for Roosevelt Island Public Purpose Funds for RIDA in 2015.

The memorial service for Jim Bates will be held 10 AM Wednesday November 15 at the Good Shepherd Church (543 Main Street).

If you are able, please consider helping the family with the costs of his passing and funeral.

Jim Bates will be missed.

UPDATE 3:05 PM - Roosevelt Island resident and FDR Hope Committee member Marc Diamond adds:
Jim's vision of a memorial dedicated to FDR's disability will be realized. The scope of the project has been reduced so that less than $100,000 is now needed to build the plaza for the sculpture and a timeline that explains the interrelated history of Roosevelt Island, polio, and FDR. The timeline culminates with the vision that all communities become like Roosevelt Island: accessible, inclusive, and welcoming.

Contributions to the project can be made by supporting any of the fundraising efforts toward tribute stones on the plaza, or starting a new tribute, at To inquire about making a major contribution, contact Marc Diamond at

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day 2017 - Thank You To All Members Of The United States Military For Your Service

Today, November 11, is Veteran's Day.

 According to
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as "the Great War." Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars...

If you know a Veteran or see one on the street today, please take a brief moment to thank them for their service to our country. Also, don't just thank them today but do it throughout the year and thank our active duty soldiers as well.
Here's info on Roosevelt Island Veterans Association and Roosevelt Island POW/MIA Flag.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Both Man And Canine Enjoy Wonderful Views From Roosevelt Island

According to the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

Roosevelt Island Youth Program Soccer League Playoffs Start Saturday, November 10 At Octagon Field - Championship Games Next Weekend

Roosevelt Island Youth Program Executive Director Charlie Defino reports:

Playoffs Begin tomorrow for Roosevelt Island Youth Program Soccer.

This weekend the Roosevelt Island Youth Program Soccer will begin it's playoff season, round one on Saturday, November 11, starting at 9:30 AM and continuing thru the day till 7 PM.

After a hard fought season our playoffs bracket is set.

The winners will move on to Championship Weekend on November 18th, times to be announced. So even if it's cold, take some time out of your to support the youth of Roosevelt Island.

It's Official, Roosevelt Island Is Amazing, Not Lame Says Time Out New York

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:

Here's the Time Out New York article.

For better and worse, the secret about Roosevelt Island, is no longer secret.

Roosevelt Island Never Ending Story - When Will Nisi/Trellis Restaurant Finally Re-Open, Next Week We're Told, Again

Roosevelt Island Main Street Master Retail,Leaseholder Hudson Related Principal David Kramer was told by Nisi/Trellis

owner Kaie Razaghie yesterday that the restaurant's long delayed re-opening will occur next week. Mr Kramer relayed his conversation about the Nisi restaurant opening to those attending last evening's Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Real Estate Development Advisory committee meeting. Others at the meeting were told Nisi would open after Thanksgiving.

A good indication that Nisi will open soon is that they are hiring staff. According to this sign displayed on the front door window:
Dear Neighbors,

In an effort to bring you a spectacular dining experience, we are putting together a team of passionate, energetic and experienced members from our community. If you or someone you know is excited to join us, please send resume and pictures to

Thank you and see you soon

Kaie and Alex

Roosevelt Island is anxiously awaiting the return of Kaie, Alex and the opening of Nisi.

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, R Train Service Too

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Also R trains to and from Roosevelt Island this weekend:
PRIORITY REPAIRS R Trains skip 5 Av/59 St, Lexington Av/59 St and Queens Plaza in both directions Weekend , Saturday and Sunday, Nov 11 - 12

Trains are rerouted via the F in both directions between 57 St-7 Av, Manhattan and 36 St, Queens, making stops at the Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge F Stations.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Hold Your Breath And Watch Fantastic Aerial Views Up,Down, & Across Roosevelt Island - Drone Swooping Across Cornell Tech Campus, Lighthouse Park, Queensboro Bridge & East River Waterfront

Take a look at this fantastic aerial drone footage taken from Roosevelt Island recently. Click on the full screen icon at bottom right of video and it will seem like a roller coaster ride up, down and across Roosevelt Island.

According to the Drone Pilot:

It was one of my favorite experiences so far as a drone pilot, Roosevelt island is an amazing place with beautiful buildings and a really amazing view.
And more Roosevelt Island drone aerial views.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Will Roosevelt Island Giant RI Monument Sign Be Approved At RIOC Board Real Estate Committee Meeting November 9? Should It?

Will a final version of the Giant RI Monument

Image Of RI Monument Mock Up

that was displayed in mock up form near the Tram and Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) Visitors Center Kiosk last September 26 be installed on a permanent basis somewhere on Roosevelt Island?

That decision may be made at the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Real Estate Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) meeting tomorrow, November 9.  Among the items on the November 9 REDAC Agenda is:
Discussion of the RI Welcome Monument Placement
During the October 19 RIOC Board Meeting Public Session, RIHS President Judy Berdy spoke for some in the community who do not want to see the Giant RI monument installed, particularly if it placed near the Visitors Center Kiosk.

RIOC President Rosenthal replied that the Giant RI Monument was approved by the RIOC Board of Directors and that the only remaining issue was where it was to be placed.

RIOC Director Margie Smith said her recollection was that the Board only approved going forward with the Giant RI Monument mock up display and that a final installation must be approved by the RIOC Board.

Ms Rosenthal and RIOC General Counsel Jaci Flug agreed to review the video of previous meeting discussion to determine what was agreed to.

I followed up by asking RIOC:
During the October 19 RIOC Board meeting discussion, there was a disagreement about whether the Board approved the installation of Hudson Related big RI logo signage.

Several Board members said they only approved the placing of mock up RI sign - not the final approval to install it.

RIOC President and General Counsel said the Board approved the installation of the Big RI Sign but not it's final location.

Has RIOC looked back at the video to see what was actually approved? The video no longer on the public RIOC web site.

Has it been determined what was approved, the installation or just the placement of mock up?
Ms. Flug replied:
I have reviewed the video which is very brief. In it, Margie makes a statement about relying upon what is in the materials and I have pasted what was written in the materials:
The Kiosks and wayfinding signs will be completed in accordance with the annexed cost estimates. The design and placement location of the welcome monument will not be finalized without the approval of the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board.
Ms Flug adds that the agreement between Hudson Related and RIOC states:
All Wayfinding Devices shall be installed in locations substantially as depicted on the renderings prepared by Calori & Vanden-Eyden dated April 11, 2017, attached hereto as Exhibit B. If during mockup or installation phase, Subtenant concludes that any of the proposed locations are structurally unsound or inadequate for installation, Subtenant shall propose alternative locations for RIOC's approval.

In all cases, the final locations of all Wayfinding Devices shall be subject to RIOC's final approval. The final design and location of the Welcome Monument shall be specifically approved by the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee of the RI OC Board of Directors following the mockup phase.
Here is the discussion with Ms. Berdy and the RIOC Board during the October 19 Public Session of the RIOC Board of Directors meeting.

Here's more from previous post on the Roosevelt Island Giant RI monument including various opinions on whether or not it should be permanently displayed.

Below is the RIOC REDAC Agenda for meeting tomorrow:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the RIOC Administrative Office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


1. Discussion of the RI Welcome Monument Placement

2. Review of the Crown Castle NG East LLC Proposal on Cell Service Infrastructure on Roosevelt Island

3. Review of Open Construction Projects

4. Any Other Committee Business That May be Brought Before the Committee
UPDATE 11/9, 9 PM - Following a presentation by Mr. Kramer and his staff in support of the Giant RI monument, RIOC's REDAC postponed any final decision in order to obtain views of the residents on the monument.

Will have more on issue including video of the discussion.

Roosevelt Island Senior Center Pop Up Holiday Market Call For Vendors - Sign Up For December 9 & 10 Dates

The Roosevelt Island Senior Center Holiday Market is calling for vendors:


Saturday & Sunday December 9th & 10th


The Roosevelt Island Senior Center
546 Main Street
Roosevelt Island, NY

New Merchandise and Crafts Only
One day only- $20 suggested donation
Two days- $25 suggested donation

For any questions or to reserve tables please contact

or Lisa and Pilar at the Senior Center.
Last year's Senior Center Holiday Pop Up Market donated proceeds from the table fees in the amount of 1 thousand dollars

to the Roosevelt Island Senior Center Carter Burden Network Program.

You're Invited To Blissville, Hidden Corner Of Long Island City Documentary Screening And Discussion Presented By Roosevelt Island Historical Society Thursday November 9

The second in a series of  Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) free monthly Thursday evening lectures continues tomorrow, November 9 at the NY Public Library Roosevelt Island branch.

According to RIHS:
Blissville: Hidden Corner of Long Island City

Film Screening and Discussion with Documentarian Hank Linhart

Free and open to the Public

Roosevelt Island Library, 524 Main Street

Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Get a fascinating close-up look at a hidden corner of Roosevelt Island’s nearby neighbor, Long Island City (LIC), in the one-hour film Blissville.

In Blissville, documentarian Hank Linhart captures the varied businesses in this historic neighborhood within LIC named after Neziah Bliss, who owned most of the land in the 1830s and 1840s. These include a sushi factory, an Afghan bakery, and a company that manufactures replicas of the Statue of Liberty.

Blissville also documents the every day lives of LIC residents, including a rare glimpse into a community of the Romani (known in the English speaking world as gypsies).

The film Blissville is based on research that Mr. Linhart began in 1989, suspended in 1996, resumed in 2012, and completed in 2017. Following the screening of Biissville, Mr. Linhart will lead an audience discussion.

The event, free and open to the public, is the second in the Society’s annual series of Fall Lectures.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue, the F train, or the NYC Ferry (Astoria route) to Roosevelt Island. Take the island’s free Red Bus or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.
Here's the trailer from Blissville documentary

Blissville...An Investigation, ( Trailer ) from Hank Linhart on Vimeo.

and more info available at the Blissville Stories web site.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Scenes From Saturday's Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash, Turning Halloween Waste To Compost For NYC Parks With NYC Compost Hosted By Big Reuse

The first Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash took place last Saturday on the Manhattan Park lower lawn.

As previously reported by Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn Founder Christina Delfico:
... the 2017 Pumpkin Smash on Roosevelt Island becomes part of the Department of Sanitation’s official citywide efforts to reduce landfill waste. This is historic and it is happening right here, be a part of it!

This event is made possible by RIOC, NYC Compost hosted by BigReuse, Manhattan Park, Roosevelt Island Garden Club and iDig2Learn

In Collaboration with 217PTA, RI Parents' Network, Island Kids, Girl Scouts, Gristedes, Wengerd Farm, RIRA, RIYP, NYC Ferry Operated by Hornblower, Cornell Tech and RI Explorers

Children, families and anyone with a pumpkin, squash or gourd to recycle for compost can come smash pumpkins, eat pie and drink apple cider from our Wengerd farm market and enjoy coffee donated by Gristedes....

... We hope everyone will learn that plant based materials, like pumpkins, can be composted and returned to the earth rather than trashed and trucked to landfill....
Ms Delfico and her friend Maria describe the Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash

Here are some more scenes of the fun times at the Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Take The Roosevelt Island Sportspark Survey - RIOC Seeking Your Ideas For Future Programs And Amenities Residents Want For Sportspark

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) is seeking your ideas for future programming at the Sportspark facility.

Sportspark Image From Google Maps

According to RIOC:
Please take a few minutes to provide feedback to help guide the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) meet the needs of current and future users of the Sportspark facility. Your comments will also identify new ideas and opportunities for programming and amenities. Once the survey is completed, please leave your email address in the space indicated to enter into a drawing for a chance to win a FREE 6-month pool membership at Sportspark!

Click here to begin the survey.

Thank you!
RIOC adds:
Sportspark, located at 250 Main Street, is a 107,000 sq. ft. indoor athletic facility equipped with a pool, gymnasium, several multipurpose rooms and changing room areas. The facility offers multiple indoor athletic and general fitness opportunities for all ages throughout the year.
Click here to take the Sportspark survey.

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Island Services Committee (ISC) recently completed a 22 page report on the current condition of the Sportspark Facility. According to the ISC:
... This report will be sent to the appropriate people at RIOC for their review. Then we will schedule a meeting with RIOC’s Director of Parks & Recreation and the Sportspark staff to discuss how and when RIOC will address the facilities deficiencies. We hope we can hold the meeting before the end of November....
The ISC also reported that Cornell Tech students are working on a Sportspark report. The ISC adds that the Cornell Tech:
... Sportspark Team is looking into the future of Sportspark facilities and programs and ISC is working fix the present problems with the facility and programs. These efforts compliment each other.
Here's a 2015 report about what was then RIOC's ambitious plan for the future of Sportspark.

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Diamond Rewards customer loyalty program items for November 3 - November 16 are now available .
Examples of featured items purchased from November 3 - November 16 that earn you big points include

November And December Events At Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance - Alice Childress Reading, {title of show} Musical & Christmas Dreams

Roosevelt Island's Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA)

 Image From MST&DA

Executive Director Kristi Towey reports on upcoming events for November & December. According to Ms. Towey
November 6th and 13th @ 7:15pm in the Howe Theatre at the Cultural Center, Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, 548 Main Street - "Trouble in Mind" by Alice Childress, a staged script reading directed by Michael Rogers in collaboration with Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation.

Free event, ticket reservation recommended. Space is limited. Tickets can be reserved here.

November 10-12, and 17-19th - A musical theatre performance of [title of show].

 Here is the info for the show in an eventbrite link

December 16 & 17th - "Christmas Dreams" will play at MST&DA on Saturday & Sunday, December 16 and 17 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. both days.

$20 adults; $15 students and seniors.

Directed by Roosevelt Islanders, John and Kara Curtis. He writes -
My wife Kara and I are choreographing again, and I wrote the script. The music is mostly our own original music that we wrote and recorded in the group.

This year's show follows the story of a group of performers putting on their annual Christmas show. As in all of our shows, it's a story about people.

The show is built around four dream ballet sequences, combining ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary dance. At the heart of the story is the dancers and their internal struggles to make Christmas special. One of the dancers in the story is a single mom trying to make it with her daughter who is also a dancer in the group. Another performer in the story lost a child in a tragic incident. She is trying to find faith at Christmastime when everyone is experiencing the joy of the season, but she is lost.

There is a section of the show that we dedicate to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT. We will be coming up on the fifth anniversary of the tragedy this year. When that happened, it had a profound impact on so many of us in the area here, including Kara and me. Can the performers overcome their own struggles in time to pull the show off? We will find out. "Christmas Dreams" is in the spirit of the classic MGM musicals, but also with a modern sense of gravitas. It will be a delight for fans of musical theater and dance, but even those who are not necessarily fans of this genre will likely see themselves onstage in the lives of the characters.

This year's cast is eight adults and 13 children. A number of our children are from Roosevelt Island, including some students from MST&DA. This is a great opportunity for our children to get to work alongside the adults.
Here's how you get to MST&DA

and click here for more info from the MST&DA web site.

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend And Tram Platform Repair Project On Target To Be Finished By End Of 2017 But No Metro Card Vending Machine At RI Tram Station Until January 2018

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Also, there will be E Train service to Roosevelt Island from Manhattan this weekend:
E Jamaica Center-bound trains run via the F from W 4 St to 21 St-Queensbridge Station Weekend, 11:45 PM Fri to 8 PM Sat, Nov 3 - 4
Remember, only 1 Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin running now through the end of 2017 due to the Tram Platform Repair Project.

Due to ongoing construction of the Roosevelt Island Tram Plaza platform, the MTA Metro Card vending machines will not be accessible from Thursday, October 26th, 2017 through Saturday, January 6th, 2018.

Please use the MTA Metro Card vending machines located on the Manhattan Tram Plaza or at the Roosevelt Island Subway station located at 400 Main St.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Roosevelt Island Youth Program Free SAT Prep Class - Limited Space Available, Sign Up Now For Classes Starting November 9

The Roosevelt Island Youth Program reports:

Free SAT Prep Classes Offered By Roosevelt Island Youth Program Starting Thursday November 9, 2017

Are you preparing for the SAT? Do you know someone who is? If so, take advantage of the preparation classes offered by Roosevelt Island Youth Program (RIYP) starting next week. Limited space available.

Make an appointment here.

Enter your full name in the "PARTICIPANT" column.

Select the date(s) you would like to attend, then click "DONE."

Tell us the topic(s) you need reinforcement in "CONTACT THE POLL CREATOR" section.

Roosevelt Island Youth Program, Inc.
506 Main Street
New York, NY 10044


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You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Seniors Association Appreciation Day Saturday November 4

The Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) President Barbara Parker reports;

Hello Everyone

Join Us For A Fun Filled Afternoon

This Saturday, November 4th 2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.

RISA Appreciation Day!

A Huge Thank You For All Your Support

546 Community Center

Please RSVP 


More info on RISA available at their web site.

Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash Saturday November 4, Turn Landfill Waste Into Compost For NYC Parks & Green Space Hosted By NYC Compost Project By Big Reuse - Pie, Apple Cider And Coffee Too

Come join your friends and neighbors for Pumpkin Smashing Time on Roosevelt Island this Saturday, November 4.

Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn Founder Christina Delfico reports:

The Smash is on! Save that mushy Halloween pumpkin. Don’t let it haunt the landfill.

Thanks to our weekly food scrap drop partners, NYC Compost Project hosted by Big Reuse, we invite you to join us for the Free Pumpkin Smash 2017 this Saturday, November 4th from 11 am - 2 pm

Thanks to Manhattan Park join us on Manhattan Park’s lower lawn

between buildings #20 and #30 down by the river. Across from the Post Office and alongside the East River facing Manhattan’s Skyline.

This Saturday, the 2017 Pumpkin Smash on Roosevelt Island becomes part of the Department of Sanitation’s official citywide efforts to reduce landfill waste. This is historic and it is happening right here, be a part of it!
This event is made possible by RIOC, NYC Compost hosted by BigReuse, Manhattan Park, Roosevelt Island Garden Club and iDig2Learn

In Collaboration with 217PTA, RI Parents' Network, Island Kids, Girl Scouts, Gristedes, Wengerd Farm, RIRA, RIYP, NYC Ferry Operated by Hornblower, Cornell Tech and RI Explorers

Children, families and anyone with a pumpkin, squash or gourd to recycle

for compost can come smash pumpkins,

eat pie and drink apple cider from our Wengerd farm market and enjoy coffee donated by Gristedes.