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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Long Lines Past The Turnstyle And Down Stairs Greet Roosevelt Island Tram Riders On First Evening Commute With Only Single Tram Cabin Running For Tram Station Repairs - It Was Horrific Says One Resident

A Roosevelt Island Tram rider shares these photos and reports:
It's now 6 PM

Line is stretched beyond turnstiles


Roosevelt Island East River Ferry Service Begins August 29 Says Mayor deBlasio Today

NYC Mayor Bill deBlasio announced today that Roosevelt Island Ferry Service will begin August 29 during a press briefing at Long Island City's Hunters Point Park South LIC Landing Deck.

Here's ferry service briefing from earlier today.

Will have more on Roosevelt Island ferry service tomorrow.

Stay tuned.

Cornell Tech Given Red Banner Welcome To Roosevelt Island By RIHS - You're Invited To August 5 Explore Roosevelt Island Together Community Day

Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) President Judy Berdy offered a red banner welcome to Cornell Tech at the RIHS Visitors Center Kiosk yesterday. Ms Berdy shares these photos and reports:

The RIHS has welcomed our new neighbors with a banner celebrating the arrival of Cornell Tech.

Standing on the terrace of the Visitor Center Kiosk are: Bill Willard (kiosk staff), Judith Berdy (RIHS President), Floyd Young, Jane Swanson, Julie Delay, Jesse Rivera, Scott Yost, Andrew Ferrera, and Andrew Fowler of Cornell Tech.
Also, welcomed was Cornell Tech Director of Capital Planning Andrew Winters.

As reported July 19:
... The Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech campus and new Tech Cafe were originally scheduled to open on Monday July 17. However, the campus and cafe public opening has been delayed for a few days. According to a Cornell Tech spokesperson the campus and Cafe opening:
... will be a rolling process over the next couple weeks,...
and students/staff will begin moving into the Residential building starting August 1....
 The Twitterverse reports:
On August 5, the Roosevelt Island community is invited to explore the new Cornell Tech campus.

According to Cornell Tech:
Co-hosted by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Dean Dan Huttenlocher
Saturday August 5, 2017
Cornell Tech
2 West Loop Road
  • Free Family Fun
  • Breakfast
  • Close up look at the Cornell Tech building exteriors
  • DJ
  • Fun photo station
  • Activities for kids
  • Giveaways
Registration required
Please RSVP 

The event is open to Roosevelt Island residents and Cornell Tech community only.
Click here to Register.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

You're Invited To Share Ideas To Help Roosevelt Island Senior Community With Cornell Tech Women In Technology & Entrepreneurship In New York Program Tea And Cookie Chat Wednesday July 26

The Cornell Tech Women In Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York program is hosting a Tea and Cookie Chat seeking your ideas to help Roosevelt Island Seniors.

According to Cornell Tech:


Will you help with a student project?

Are you an older adult? Do you have parents or grandparents on RI? Are you interested in volunteering with older adults?

Cornell Tech’s WiTNY Summer Guild students want to hear your ideas about how to help the Roosevelt Island Senior Center better serve older adults on RI.

Please join us for conversation, tea and cookies

Wednesday, July 26th from 10am - 12 noon

at one of these locations:
  • Roosevelt Island Senior Center (546 Main St.)
  • Gallery RIVAA (527 Main St.)
Feel free to drop in anytime between 10:00 and 12:00

while the students are there.

Your thoughts and ideas will be most welcome!

Questions? Please contact Jane Swanson or 646-220-1505

WiTNY (Women in Technology & Entrepreneurship in NY) is a partnership between Cornell Tech and CUNY to increase the number of women in tech in NYC. Summer Guild is a program for recent high school graduates who will begin a CUNY college in the fall.
Here's more on WITNY

and a presentation by WITNY Founding Program Director Judith Spitz to the July 25, 2016 Roosevelt Island Construction and Community Task Force meeting.

What are your ideas to help Roosevelt Island Seniors?

RISA invites You To July 25 Screening For Echoes Of History Documentary - Featuring Interviews With Roosevelt Island Seniors About Life During President Franklin D. Roosevelt Era

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

Hi Everyone,

In 2016, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy launched a new initiative that paired two high school interns from Studio in a School’s Bloomberg Arts & Culture Internship Program with a documentary filmmaker

to capture and document stories from older New Yorkers who lived during the FDR era, including members of the Roosevelt Island community.

Using an inter generational approach that introduces young historians to FDR’s policies through interviews with the people directly affected by them, these stories will not only remind people of the tremendous impact Roosevelt had on this country, but connect a younger generation to a political legacy that continues to shape their lives today.

RISA will be sharing this wonderful documentary with the community Tuesday, July 25th) from 6:30-7:30pm at the Senior Center, 546 Main Street - 12th floor Multipurpose Room.

Hope you all can join us.

For more information contact us at:

Monday, July 24, 2017

Long Time Roosevelt Island Resident & Artist Arline Jacoby Profiled By NY Times Sunday Routine

The July 21 NY Times Sunday Routine feature profiled long time Roosevelt Island resident Arline Jacoby

Click here for the full NY Times article.

Here's Ms. Jacoby welcoming Chinese artists to the June 24 Opening reception at RIVAA Gallery for Exhibition of Liaoning Province Artists Association in China.

The Roosevelt Island Daily has more on Ms. Jacoby including this video

from her 2011 Made In America Gallery RIVAA exhibit.

Roosevelt Island July 4 Fireworks Tickets Distribution, 1 Tram Cabin Running During Station Repairs, Open Projects & More On Agenda Of RIOC Operations Committee Meeting Today

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee is meeting later today. According to RIOC:






PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee Meeting of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. at the RIOC Administrative Office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


Review of Open Projects
Discussion of Fourth of July Family Fireworks Celebration
Discussion of Relocation of A Living Library Site
Update on Island Transportation
Discussion of Project Management
Any Other Committee Business that may be Brought Before the Committee.


The Open Meetings Law of the State of New York requires that all public bodies conduct meetings, convened for the purpose of officially conducting public business, in a manner open to attendance by the general public to observe and listen.
The subject of the Tram Station Repairs with only one Tram Cabin running thru Winter 2018 is sure to be one of the discussed.
An audio web cast of the meeting will be available soon thereafter.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Plane's Flight Path Returning Home To Roosevelt Island Gives Wonderful View Of Governor's Island, Brooklyn, Lower/Midtown Manhattan East River Waterfront & Queens

Always glad returning home to Roosevelt Island after a trip out of town. Even better when the view from my plane's flight path travels over Governor's Island, Brooklyn, Lower/Midtown Manhattan, East River Waterfront and Queens on the way to landing at LaGuardia Airport.

Enjoy the view.

The view taking off over Boston Harbor was pretty good too.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Roosevelt Island Summer Outdoor Movie Showing Coming To America Saturday Night July 22, At Firefighters Field - It's Very, Very Funny

The 2017 Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movie Series continues Saturday night, July 22, at Firefighters Field

Image From June 30, 2017 Showing of Back To The Future

with the showing of Coming To America.

Hudson Related Files Plans For Roosevelt Island Riverwalk Residential Building 8 With 21 Floors And 341 Units - Does RIOC Know?

According to the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

The Real Deal adds:
Related Companies and Hudson Companies have filed plans for the eighth building in their Riverwalk rental complex on Roosevelt Island.

The developers plan to build a 21-story residential building at 460 Main Street, according to documents filed with the city’s Department of Buildings on Wednesday. The building would have 341 units and span 253,974 square feet....
Click here for full article.

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

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Roosevelt Island Library Closes Early Today Due To Extreme Heat - Air Conditioning Must Be Fixed At Roosevelt Island Public Library

The Main Street WIRE tweets:

The Twitterverse reported yesterday about the extreme heat

Roosevelt Island Summer Outdoor Movie Showing Finding Dory Friday Night July 21, At Firefighters Field

The 2017 Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movie Series continues Friday night, July 21, at Firefighters Field

Image From June 30, 2017 Showing of Back To The Future

with the showing of Finding Dory.

Image From RIOC

Roosevelt Island Ferry Terminal Sign Spotted, Dock Construction Under Way, Service On Schedule For August - It's Time To Get On The Ferry!!!!!!

As reported July 14, construction work has started on the Roosevelt Island Ferry dock

and service is on schedule to begin in August, the exact date is not yet known.

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse even spotted the future Roosevelt Island Ferry Terminal sign!!!!
I think Roosevelt Islanders will agree with Bay Rizz that it's Time To Take The Ferry!!!!!
The Roosevelt Island Ferry route is Astoria, Roosevelt Island, Long Island City, East 34th Street, Wall Street and back.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

NYC Heat Advisory Thru Tomorrow - Roosevelt Island Cooling Center At Senior Center 9 AM - 9 PM

It's very, very hot.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for New York City. Therefore, on Wednesday, 7/19/17 and Thursday, 7/20/17 the cooling center will remain at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center (546 Main St) from 9AM to 9PM.

As a reminder, a cooling center will be made available when the heat index becomes dangerously high. Individuals without air conditioning, particularly those at risk for heat-related illness, should use established cooling centers during a heat wave.

Floating Above Queensboro Bridge Evening Traffic Jam On Roosevelt Island Tram -What A Gorgeous View!!!!!!!!

From the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

Traffic is crazy and my secret entrance is guarded....Tramming it home

A post shared by Spade (@spadedv) on

Roosevelt Island Community Invited To Explore Cornell Tech Campus on Saturday August 5 - Take A Virtual Walk Around Campus Today

The Roosevelt Island community is invited to explore the new Cornell Tech campus

 on Saturday August 5. According to Cornell Tech:
Co-hosted by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Dean Dan Huttenlocher
Saturday August 5, 2017
Cornell Tech
2 West Loop Road
  • Free Family Fun
  • Breakfast
  • Close up look at the Cornell Tech building exteriors
  • DJ
  • Fun photo station
  • Activities for kids
  • Giveaways
Registration required
Please RSVP 

The event is open to Roosevelt Island residents and Cornell Tech community only.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Roosevelt Island Tram Platform Repairs Begin July 24 - Update, Only 1 Tram Cabin In Operation Thru Winter 2018 Says RIOC

As reported July 13, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) will begin Tram Station platform repairs beginning July 24.

As a result of the Tram Station platform repairs, only one Tram cabin will be operating at a time. Today, RIOC announced the following update:

Beginning July 24th

One of the goals of the Roosevelt Island Operating Cooperation (RIOC) is to enhance the experiences of all residents and island visitors. In doing so, we have identified necessary infrastructure improvements needed for both the Manhattan and Roosevelt Island Tramway stations. The Tram platforms will be removed and replaced at each station.

We sincerely apologize, as we realize that these renovations will be inconvenient and burdensome for all commuters.

During these renovations, only one Tram cabin will be in operation at a time.

Red Bus shuttle service will be available to and from the Roosevelt Island and Manhattan Tram stations. Shuttles will begin at 10:00 AM, departing from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan on the hour and returning from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island on the half hour, with the last pick-up at 8:30 PM.

Please allow for additional travel time in anticipation of increased wait times and follow posted directional signage upon exiting the Tram.

The project is expected to last through Winter 2018. For more information, please call 212-832-4540. Thank you.
More info at previous post.

UPDATE 7/24:
This afternoon, I asked RIOC President Susan Rosenthal:
Did the tram station repairs start today?

I'm told they are delayed?

Any update?
Ms Rosenthal replied:
There is no delay. The mobilization and staging was scheduled for today and tomorrow and the actual work begins Wednesday.
... single cabin operation was always slated for Wednesday.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Roosevelt Island F Train Service Disruptions This Afternoon Due To Smoke Condition In 63rd Street Tunnel - FDNY On Scene

According to the MTA:

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Gone Fishing - On Roosevelt Island

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:

Friday, July 14, 2017

SPONSORED POST - Check Out The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market For Fresh Fruits, Vegetables & Homegrown Products - Open Every Saturday, Rain Or Shine At Motorgate Plaza

The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market under the Motorgate Ramp is open early morning to mid afternoon on Saturdays in good weather and bad.

The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market currently features a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

There are Peaches,



Potatoes, Onions,


Zucchini , Cucumbers

Pickles, Basil,

and much more including an assortment of tasty and healthy Berries,

 Jaleapneos, Peppers, Ginger Root,

and juicy watermelons.

The Farmers Market accepts credit and EBT cards for payment too.

Eat Fresh, Eat Local, Eat Healthy.

Visit the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market

every Saturday early morning until mid-afternoon under the Motorgate Ramp.

See you there!!!!

Roosevelt Island Ferry Dock Construction Begins With Crane & Barge Spotted - Service On Schedule To Begin In August Says RIOC President

Kathleen asked yesterday:

Has anyone heard any updates on when the ferry will be starting?? Supposed to be August 2017, correct?
Yesterday, I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal
I just noticed this large barge and Crain where ferry dock is to be located.

Is this the start of Roosevelt Island Ferry Dock construction?

Any update on ferry status?
Ms Rosenthal replied:
You are correct. That is the start. We do not have a precise starting date but no change from August.

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More on the Roosevelt Island ferry service and dock at this previous post.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes Bonus Card Diamond Rewards Items For July 14 - July 27 - Weekly Sales & Specials Too

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

Diamond Rewards customer loyalty program items for July 14 - July 27 are now available .
Examples of featured items purchased from July 14 - July 27 that earn you big points include
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  • Vita Tops Muffin Tops earn 75 points,
  • Windex Cleaner earn 50 points,
  • Hunt's BBQ Sauce earn 25 points and
  • many more shown in flyer below.

According to Gristedes:
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Look for the Diamond Rewards label on the shelf or the product
If you have a Gristedes Bonus Savings Card and provided your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Diamond Loyalty Program.

You can sign up for a Gristedes Bonus Savings Card online or in store - just make sure you give your email address and whether you are a new or existing Bonus Savings Club member, in order to be eligible for the Diamond Rewards Loyalty program.

Also, Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket invites you to check out their:
  • Groceries, 
  • Organic & Gourmet, 
  • Snacks
  • Meat, 
  • Fresh Produce, 
  • Seafood, 
  • Frozen, 
  • Deli &;
  • Fresh Bakery
Department Offerings for July 21 - July 27

and shop at Gristedes for these July 21-July 27 Specials.

Don't forget the 10% Roosevelt Island Seniors Discount on Tuesday and Wednesday and Sign Up for the Gristedes Diamond Loyalty Rewards Program.

More Gristedes Supermarket information available at their web site, Facebook Page and Twitter feed.

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

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

F Trains run local in both directions between 71 Av and 21 St-Queensbridge Weekends, 11:30 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, until Aug 7

Trains stop at 67 Av, 63 Dr, Woodhaven Blvd, Grand, Elmhurst, Roosevelt Avs, 65 St, Northern Blvd, 46, Steinway and 36 Sts.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sponsored Post - NYC Office Of Emergency Management Wants You To Know Your Hurricane Zone And Be Prepared - Roosevelt Island Is Zone 2 & 3

The New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM) wants you to be prepared and Know Your Hurricane Evacuation Zone.

According to the NYC OEM:

It’s Hurricane Season: Make Sure You Know Your Zone and Have a Plan

Hurricane Sandy left an indelible mark on the minds of all New Yorkers, but especially for the residents that experienced some of the storm’s most devastating impacts. New York City’s geography makes it especially vulnerable to wind and flooding. With sustained winds of more than 74 mph, hurricanes can flatten homes, topple trees and turn loose objects into deadly projectiles. Storm surge, the “dome” of ocean water that is pushed ashore by the winds and low barometric pressure of a hurricane, is the most serious hurricane-related hazard. And a storm’s driving winds and torrential rains can cause massive and dangerous flooding in low-lying and poor-drainage areas.

To ensure that New Yorkers are prepared for the 2017 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, the New York City Emergency Management Department is urging everyone to take steps to be ready if a storm approaches. Roughly three million New Yorkers live within the city’s six hurricane evacuation zones, which were revised in 2013. Hurricane evacuation zones are based on coastal flood risk resulting from storm surge, the geography of the city’s low-lying neighborhoods, and the accessibility of these neighborhoods by bridges and roads. The City may order residents who live in a zone to evacuate depending on a hurricane’s forecasted strength, track, and storm surge. If you are ordered to evacuate as a storm approaches, do so as directed.

NYC Emergency Management encourages residents to take key steps to prepare for hurricane season:

Know Your Zone – Find out whether you live in one of the City’s six hurricane evacuation zones by using the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder or calling 311 (212-639-9675 for video Relay service, or TTY: 212-504-4115). If you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, have a plan for where you will go if an evacuation order is issued for your area. The City strongly recommends that evacuees stay with friends or family who live outside evacuation zones. For those who have no other shelter, the City will open evacuation centers throughout the five boroughs. Consult the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder or call 311 to identify which evacuation center is most appropriate for you.

Make a Plan – Make a plan so you know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate if a hurricane strikes.

Stay informed – Sign up to receive emergency updates and information online and via e-mail, text, phone, and Twitter through the City’s free Notify NYC program. Visit or call 311 to sign up.

Visit the NYC Know Your Zone website at or call 311 for more information about the city’s hurricane evacuation zones, hurricane hazards, and tips to prepare for storms.
Roosevelt Island is located in Hurricane Zones 2

Image From NYC OEM

and 3.

Image From NYC OEM

Most of Roosevelt Island,

Image From NYC OEM

including all of the residential buildings and Cornell Tech campus, are located in Zone 3.

Coler Hospital,

Image From NYC OEM

Lighthouse and FDR Four Freedoms Park are located in Zone 2.

Watch video here of 2016 Roosevelt Island Emergency Preparedness Town Hall Meeting
Be ready.

Roosevelt Island Tram Platform Repairs Begin July 24 - Only 1 Tram Cabin Running At A Time, May Take Up To 6 Months

Ratso asked yesterday:

I hear that there will only 1 Tram beginning July 17th. Is this true? The reason is to fix the stations. It is supposed to last for 2 or 3 months. Can anyone verify this as fact??
I replied:
Yes. It is true. It may be up to 6 months of only 1 tram cabin running.

Today the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced:

Beginning July 24th

RIOC’s Infrastructure Improvement Plan includes much needed repairs to both the Manhattan and Roosevelt Island Tram Stations.

Unfortunately, improvements cannot be made without inconvenience. Please bear with us to ensure no tripping, and no slipping!

During this time, RIOC will provide free Red Bus service between Roosevelt Island and Manhattan.

We apologize in advance but our stations will be new and improved!

Thanks for your understanding,

RIOC Management Team

RIOC President Susan Rosenthal discussed the Tram Platform repairs and inconveniences to residents during May 25 RIOC Board meeting.

UPDATE 10:30 PM - From the Twitterverse:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fresh Direct Celebrating 15 Years Of Online Grocery Delivery Service - First Order Was 18 Cans Of Artichokes To Roosevelt Island, Was That Your Order?

The Fresh Direct online grocery delivery service company is celebrating it's 15 year anniversary.  Did you know that Roosevelt Island was one of the first neighborhoods receiving Fresh Direct service in 2002?

A resident received and shares this Fresh Direct 15 year anniversary promotional flyer.

According to the Fresh Direct flyer:
2002 Fresh Fact

The first ever Fresh Direct order - which contains nothing but 18 cans of artichokes - is successfully delivered to Roosevelt Island
Were you the first Fresh Direct customer - do you know who the Roosevelt Island resident was that received the first Fresh Direct delivery order of 18 cans of artichokes? Let us know.

Here's a 2016 report on how a Fresh Direct order gets delivered to your door

and 2016 NY Times conference on Food For Tomorrow with
  • Jason Ackerman, Co-Founder and C.E.O., FreshDirect
  • Matt Maloney, Founder and C.E.O., Grubhub
  • Matt Salzberg, Co-Founder and C.E.O., Blue Apron

What's your Roosevelt Island grocery and food shopping preferences?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Campus & Cafe Opening July 17 - Starr Catering Holding On Site Job Interviews For Tech Cafe Wednesday July 12

The Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech campus is scheduled to open July 17 including a new restaurant called the Tech Cafe operated by Starr Catering Group and located in the Bloomberg Academic building.

 Image Of Bloomberg Outdoor Terrace Space From Cornell Tech  3/29 Presentation To RI Town Hall

The Tech Cafe will will be open to the public and accommodate 180 seats at 48 tables with an additional 112 seat outdoor terrace serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

There will be 35-39 jobs available at the new Cornell Tech campus Cafe. Starr Catering Group is conducting onsite interviews for job opportunities at the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Cafe tomorrow, Wednesday July 12 from 9 AM - 6 PM on campus at 2 West Loop Road.

Before you come for an interview please fill out the online job application here.

Starr Catering Group's Guy Kellner previewed the new Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Cafe during March 29 Roosevelt Island Town Hall.

More info on the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Cafe at this previous post.

Remember to fill out your online application before going to the interview tomorrow.

Good luck!!!!

Click here for more information on jobs available at the Cafe and other Cornell Tech vendors.

UPDATE 7/14 - The Cornell Tech Campus Cafe will not be opening Monday, July 17.Will open at a later date and will post when new date is known.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Scenes From Yesterday's Roosevelt Island Hope Church Community Festival - Games, Food, Music, Dunk Tank & Epic Water Balloon Fight

On a beautiful late Sunday afternoon yesterday, the Roosevelt Island Hope Church hosted a free neighborhood summer festival at Good Shepherd Plaza with a community meal

carnival games enjoyed by young

and slightly older,

cotton candy,

and a dunk tank with Pastor Dan Sadlier the target.

Here are some scenes from the Dunk Tank (soccer coach John Palladino was also dunked),

the EPIC Water Balloon Fight,

music performance

and more.

Good times.

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