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Friday, September 22, 2017

New Yorkers Helping Puerto Rico Devastated By Hurricane Maria - Roosevelt Island Donations Being Taken At Saturday's Farmers Market Tomorrow

New Yorkers are helping provide disaster relief to Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico.

Roosevelt Island residents can help out with donations of needed items at the Farmers Market tomorrow.

According to Help Now NYC:
Donation Relief

Making a financial contribution to a volunteer agency involved in disaster relief is the best way of helping people in need after a disaster.

Donate cash to The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. Donations are being accepted for Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria.

Currently, the City encourages donation of items that are critically needed for recovery. These items will be delivered to families directly affected by the storm. Below is a list of items New York City is collecting to send to those affected by Hurricane Maria:

Baby food
First aid supplies
Feminine hygiene products

Please note the City is only collecting the items listed above. All donated items must be non-perishable, not second-hand, nor contain any liquids of any kind. Open or unsealed donations of food or hygiene supplies will not be accepted. Wet wipes will also not be accepted. Any other items will be kindly returned....

Donations are also needed for the victims of the Mexico earthquake.

Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, E Train Too But No Tram Elevator Or Chairlift Working - Red Bus Shuttle To Manhattan Running

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend. Also, there will be E Train Roosevelt Island train service to and from Manhattan as well:
E Trains run via the F in both directions between W 4 St and 21 St-Queensbridge
But, there will be no Roosevelt Island Tram elevator or chair lift working this weekend.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Due to the ongoing Tram platform renovation project, the Tram Elevator and Chairlift on the Manhattan Platform will be temporarily out of service on Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th. During this time, RIOC’s Transportation Department will provide shuttle bus service to Manhattan and R.I. departing from the Southwest side of 2nd Ave between 58th & 59th Street. Shuttles will leave on the hour from Roosevelt Island and on the half hour from Manhattan beginning at 11 AM. The last shuttle bus will depart from Manhattan at 7:30 PM.

Tram Elevator and Chairlift access on the Manhattan Platform will resume on Monday, September 25th.

We apologize for the inconvenience.
During the September 7 RIOC Board of Directors meeting (full video web cast of meeting here), RIOC President Susan Rosenthal reported on the Tram elevator and chair lift being out of service

this weekend.

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Roosevelt Island Disabled Association Flea Market Saturday, September 23 At Church Plaza, Final Market For Year - Come Browse, See Bargains & Buy

Wendy Hersh reports:

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) Flea Market 10 AM to 4 PM Saturday, September 23, at the Good Shepherd Church Plaza. It's the final Market of the year.

Come browse & see the great bargains.

For more information, please email.

You can also contact Pilar or Lisa at the RI Senior Center Carter Burden Network (546 Main Street)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Gorgeous Photo Of East River Waterfront & NYC Skyline Sunset On Last Night Of Summer Seen From Roosevelt Island

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:

UPDATE 11:30 PM - Also, Earth Wind & Fire Day coming to a close.

Roosevelt Island Retail Update -Riverwalk Swan Nail Salon Closes Shop, BubbleCool Tea & Music Together Opening In The Coming Weeks Say Hudson Companies

The Roosevelt Island Swan Salon Hair and Nail shop in the Riverwalk Southtown complex went out of business today and closed up shop.

According to this sign posted on the store window, the Swan Salon closed because of personal reasons.

I asked the landlord of the space, Hudson Related, if a replacement tenant has been found yet. According to a Hudson Companies spokesperson:
New Swan Hair & Nail will be closing. New Swan proudly served the Roosevelt Island community since 2006 and Hudson & Related would like to wish New Swan all the best in their future endeavors.

In the near future, we look forward to enhancing the retail market to complement our ever evolving and growing community.

In other news, Hudson & Related look forward to the openings of BubbleCool and Roosevelt Island Music Together in the coming weeks.
Unlike the many vacant Roosevelt Island Main Street retail spaces, there has not been an empty Riverwalk store space for many years. Hope Hudson Related finds a new tenant soon.

Any suggestions for new retailers in the space?

Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival Saturday September 23 - A Wonderful Event Painting Murals, Live Music, Dance, Amusements & More Fun

A wonderful Roosevelt Island event returns this weekend. The annual Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday September 23.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp:
Join us Sat., September 23rd for a free, family-friendly day of art & music at the 2017 Fall for Arts Festival, 11 AM - 4 PM, with a live music performance in Southpoint Park from 4 - 6 PM. Bring your family and friends for an amazing, fun filled day of an artistic showcase of painting, free make-and-take art workshops, face painting and henna designs, and a variety of classes and performances.

The Fall for Arts Festival will take place at Southpoint Park (south of Tram Plaza), on the Lawn South of Rivercross (south of 505 Main Street), and Gallery RIVAA (527 Main Street), with additional activities in Four Freedoms Park.

More info at

This event is presented by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation in partnership with Gallery RIVAA.

Here's an excellent video about the 2015 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival from Qifan Cheung

and more scenes from the 2015 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Roosevelt Island Resident Requests Help For Mexico After Devastating Earthquake Yesterday

Horrific tragedy in Mexico yesterday as it was struck by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. According to the NY Times:

Two strong earthquakes, 12 days apart, have shaken Mexico this month, crumpling buildings, sending panicked people into the streets, and together killing hundreds of people who were unable to escape the destruction....
Click here for the full NY Times article.

Roosevelt Island resident Susy del Campo Perea, a Mexican national, asks:
Could you please donate to the Mexican Red Cross that is in need of so many things to help my people, my Mexico where we had 2 earthquakes back to back and where buildings crumble down and are still falling apart?

The images are horrible, places I know.

Mexicans of all sorts, sizes, ages, have been working all day and all night to move every piece of rock to get people out.

Mexico needs you RI!!

Dogs are looking for persons under the rumble of collapsed buildigs. They need to eat.

Citizens with motorcycles are transporting Paramedics, drs and volunteers. They need gas.

We need picks and shovels to keep working.

We need insulin, gauze, sterile water, surgery gloves, working gloves, cribs, diapers.

Buzzfeed reports:
... Water, medicine, and other provisions are needed....
and has more info on how you can help people affected by the Mexican earthquake.

UPDATE 9/21 - NY Times has more on how to help the Mexico earthquake victims.

Build And Fly Your Own Kite In Honor Of International Peace Day & UN General Assembly At Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park Saturday, September 23

The Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park (FDR Park) invites you to Build and Fly A Kite to honor International Peace Day and the UN General Assembly. According to the FDR Park:

Let's go a flight a kite!
Saturday, September 23
11am – 4pm

Drop-in to our free kite-making workshops on Saturday at FDR Four Freedoms Park and build your own kite as part of Roosevelt Island's Fall for Arts Festival! In honor of International Peace Day and the UN General Assembly, design your kites with symbols of freedom and peace and then fly them on the great lawn.

12pm – 4pm: Free kite-flying demonstration by acclaimed kite-flier Archie Stewart.
12pm – 1pm: Roosevelt Island branch Library and author Marie Letourneau present a special storytime session at the Park.
1pm – 1:30pm: Real life stories from human rights heroes relating the four freedoms to today’s time.

Activities are free and suitable for all ages. Registration is recommended; drop-in between 11am and 4pm.
More information and registration at the FDR Park web site.

Jane Goodall on International Peace Day.

As Ms. Goodall says, small acts of individual kindness contribute to Peace.

UPDATE 1:30 PM - Former Cornell President David Skorton, who was instrumental in bringing Cornell Tech to Roosevelt Island, and current Secretary of the Smithsonian has an International Peace Day Challenge.

Chabad Of Roosevelt Island Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur High Holiday Schedule - L'Shanah Tova

The Chabad Of Roosevelt Island wish their Roosevelt Island friends and neighbors a happy, healthy and Sweet New Year. Below is the Chabad of Roosevelt Island Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur High Holy Day schedule.

For more information,

contact Chabad of Roosevelt Island

L'shanah tova.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Child Center Of NY Welcomed As New Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Beacon After School Provider With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Yesterday In Schoolyard

The Child Center of New York was welcomed as the new Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Beacon After School Program provider with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the schoolyard yesterday afternoon.

Celebrating the Child Center of NY PS/IS 217 Roosevelt Island Beacon After School ribbon cutting ceremony on its first day of providing services was NYC Council Member Ben Kallos, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal, Child Center of NY VP of Youth Development Nicholas Ferreira,  PS/IS 217 Principal Mandana Beckman, PS/IS 217 PTA President Erin Olavesen and PS/IS 217 students.

Following the Ribbon Cutting, students asked for and received their own piece of the ribbon as a souvenir.

According to this Press Release from Roosevelt Island NYC Council Member Ben Kallos:
Residents, elected officials, school and program administrators gathered yesterday September 18 at PS/IS 217 to welcome Child Center of NY to Roosevelt Island as the Beacon after-school program provider. In April of 2017, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) issued a request for proposal (RFP) for providers to offer Beacon after-school programming at the Roosevelt Island school to a growing population of school-aged children on the Island. By mid-summer, DYCD had selected a winner, Child Center of NY. Today the doors to the new Beacon after-school program were opened by Council Member Ben Kallos, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and other community leaders including Mandana Beckman Principal at PS/IS 217 where the programming will be held.

The Child Center of NY is based in Queens New York and has been a children’s care provider since 1953. Each year its services reach more than 26,000 children and families across New York City.

The programs and services offered by Child Center of NY are:
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Behavioral Health
  • Health Homes & Family Integrated Care
  • Prevention and Family Support
  • Youth Development
Beacon Youth Programs that will be serviced by Child Center of NY on Roosevelt Island are:
  • Academic Enhancement: Activities designed to help with school, including tutoring, homework help, reading clubs, and financial literacy
  • Life Skills: Activities designed to increase personal responsibility, self-esteem, and confidence.
  • Career Awareness/School to Work Transition: Activities designed to educate young people on career opportunities and assist with the transition to work or higher education
  • Civic Engagement/Community Building: Activities designed to strengthen leadership skills, community awareness, and civic responsibility.
  • Recreation/Health & Fitness: Activities designed to promote healthy lifestyles such as cooking programs and organized sports.
  • Culture/Art: Activities designed to provide students with opportunities to express themselves through music, dance, photography, and drama.

Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation Invites Neighbors To Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur High Holiday Services

The Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation reports:

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with your neighbors at the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation’s High Holiday services.

At the RIJC, the oldest and longest-serving Jewish congregation on the Island, you will find members of all generations worshipping as a progressive, egalitarian and friendly community. Our spiritual leader, Rabbi Leana Moritt, has established a special warmth and, after 10 years here, knows every member and their family.

Erev Rosh Hashanah services will be held on Wednesday evening, September 20th at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary at 548 Main Street, down the stairs marked Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance. Access via elevator is also available through the breezeway at 556 Main Street.

Morning services will be held on Thursday, September 21 at 9:15 am, followed by tashlich at 1:30 pm; we will gather to symbolically relieve ourselves of the past and toss bread into the East River.

Child care is available for children ages two to ten. There will be a children’s service on Thursday, September 21 at 11:00 am.

Second day services will be held on Friday, September 22 at 9:15 am.

As part of Selichot and the preparation for the High Holy Days, Rabbi Moritt dedicated the new white Torah mantles and Ark curtain, which were donated by three congregant families.

 Image From Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation

(Donors of White Torah Mantles and Ark Curtain. Left to right: Steve and Rita Meed, Rabbi Leana Moritt, Jamie Silverstein, Aviva Diamant and Steve Kaufman.)

For more information about the High Holidays and Yom Kippur services on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30, worship services and programs throughout the year, please visit for details. You may call Nina Lublin, RIJC president, at 212-688-0003.

We look forward to seeing you for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Shanah tovah u’metukah.
More information available at the RIJC web site.

UPDATE - The Maccabeats 2017 Rosh Hashana video.

SPONSORED POST - Have you heard there’s a new Roosevelt Island Party Planning business in Town?!

Bespoke My Heart is a party/event planning, supplies, and rental boutique now serving Roosevelt Island since July 2017!

Always planning a party in her head way ahead of time, Natalia DiPalma decided to put her skills to good use and venture on a party/event planning business. After months of brainstorming what’s needed in our community, she, and her husband Eric, founded Bespoke my Heart, LLC with a mission to bring new services, products, and the best innovative party and event experiences to our community at an affordable price . . . AND without the need to leave Roosevelt Island!

Serving Children and Families:


With all the changes and advances in child development and play, their goal is to bring a new movement in kids’ party planning/hosting: Imagination Play and STEM parties

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Bespoke My Heart offers mobile, unique and interactive parties catered to everyone’s needs: packages range from DIY solutions (“Party-in-a-box”) to an all-included service (“Oh My Heart”) where you don't have to do a thing . . . except show up - of course!  

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Bespoke My Heart parties are never one-dimensional and the experiences are all equally amazing. There are many options to choose from and each new party is unlike any other one created.  Their mobile play areas are fit for indoor and outdoor spaces,  and  include:

Shop 'Till You Drop! At the Marketplace Build and Fix at the Construction Site S'mores & More at the Campsite Be a Star on the Stage Sensory Table Prince & Princess Dress Up Unicorns and Rainbows Nail Salon Tattoos and Face-painting and much more!


Their “STEM Parties” take core educational concepts from the classroom and apply them to a party atmosphere. The results are amazing! Children have a blast and parents enjoy a more well-behaved and engaged gathering of beautiful young minds. Children can enjoy:

Little Picasso Paint Studio Art Station Play-Doh® Station Little Bakers Build a Robot Mad Scientists Dinosaur Dig and more!


Serving Adults and Businesses:
The fun doesn’t end with Kids Parties. Bespoke My Heart has been building up accounts with the Residential Buildings on the Island to bring fun and creative monthly events to our fellow residents. Look forward to one of their Karaoke Night events coming to a building community room near you in the next few months!

Showers, anniversaries or any party/event can also utilize the services of Bespoke My Heart to bring an added special touch, or even to coordinate the entire event from finding a space, to decorations, favors, catering, rentals and more!

BMH has also been instrumental in working with our new Cornell Tech neighbors, ensuring the opening events have everything they need to be successful.

Bespoke my Heart’s promise is to bring the best party service and affordability without having to leave our wonderful island.

At Bespoke My Heart we put the parts in parties. And our hearts, too!

They still have a few weekends available for outdoor parties!

Contact them at, by emailing or calling 646-397-8730.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Roosevelt Island Ferry Service On Astoria Route Suspended 9:15 AM - 3:40 PM Tuesday, September 19 Due To United Nations General Assembly

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

Due to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, service on the Astoria Ferry route will be Suspended between the hours of 9:15 am and 3:40 pm. Astoria service will be restored as of 3:40 pm from pier 11 and 4:05 pm from Astoria

for more information please visit:
Image From NYC Ferry

Wow - Check Out NASA Space Station Photo Of NYC Waterfront And Teeny Tiny Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island looks so tiny from the International Space Station.

The Waterfront Alliance tweets:

NYPD Arrests Man With Semi-Automatic Handgun On Board F Train At Roosevelt Island Subway Station This Morning

A Roosevelt Island tipster reported at about 7 AM this morning:

My husband was just at the subway and said the following: 5 police cars near subway. About 12 cops around one guy, cuffing him, near bench outside subway entrance.
According to the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:
In response to my inquiry, a NYPD spokesperson replied:
On Monday, September 18, 2017 at approximately 0614 hours there is a report for menacing. At the 169 Street Subway along the “F” line a 36 year-old male had a verbal dispute with a 27 year-old male suspect over seating inside of a subway car. The suspect pointed a semiautomatic handgun at the victim. The suspect was arrested at the Roosevelt Island Subway Station on board a southbound “F” train. The suspect was taken into custody and an unloaded firearm was recovered.



Criminal Possession of a Weapon

The Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Daily Report described the incident as follows:
9/18/17 – 0632 – 400 Main St. – Suspicious Activity – PSD/NYPD responded. NYPD arrested subject.

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You're Invited To Roosevelt Island NYC Council Member Ben Kallos District Town Hall Tuesday September 19 - Agenda Includes Free Pre-Kindergarten, Sanctuary Cities Services, Fire Safety, MTA Bus Service & More

Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos is hosting his annual 5th District Town Hall September 19 at Memorial Sloan Kettering, 430 East 67 Street. According to Council Member Kallos:

Please join me tomorrow, Tuesday, September 19 at 6 pm at our Annual Town Hall. The Town Hall is an opportunity for residents to hear from and ask questions of agencies that make our City run.

Town Hall with Free Reusable Bags
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6PM
Memorial Sloan Kettering, 430 East 67th Street

Child care available upon request.
RSVP to reserve your free reusable bag at

This year the agencies in attendance will be:
  • New York City Parks Department - East River Esplanade Construction
  • New York City Fire Department - Fire Safety and Free Smoke Detectors
  • New York City Department of Education - Free Pre-Kindergarten
  • Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs - Sanctuary City Services
Metropolitan Transportation Authority - Bus Service

During the blackout period for the General Election on November 7 we are allowed to send information on certain events. As always, newsletters and events are available on and you can get daily updates by social media at and
I spoke with Mr. Kallos about Roosevelt Island transportation issues following the August 29 inaugural Roosevelt Island Ferry ride. Here's what he had to say.

Mr. Kallos won the September 12 Democratic Party primary for re-election to NYC Council representing the 5th District.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

3D Scan Photos Of Roosevelt Island Tram & 4 Freedoms Park FDR Head - Play Around With The Images, It's Fun

Very interesting photos of Roosevelt Island Tram and Four Freedoms Park FDR Head. According to Alban:

... I took the Roosevelt Island Tramway for the first time, great trip offering a great view over Manhattan and Brooklyn.

This Tramway was made by Poma, a French company :)

The scan isn’t great because I only had a 180° angle to shot it; and only from under. Pretty happy with how it turned out. About 35 pics processed on Recap360.
The sculpture is embedded in a square concrete sculpture so I wasn’t able to get the back. Still a decent result for only 29 pictures facing the sun. Processed with Recap 360
Play around with the images. It's fun.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Emergency Zombie Response Team Spotted On Roosevelt Island Today - There is No Safe Haven

First came the Zog Sports teams, then the Tourists and now Roosevelt Island may soon be overrun by Zombies.

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:

Be careful Roosevelt Islanders.

The Standards Sing, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme Cabaret Tribute Show September 16 & 17 At Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance

A Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme Cabaret Tribute concert is taking place at the Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) tonight and tomorrow afternoon.

According to the MST&DA:

The Standards Sing: Steve & Eydie” Cabaret show celebrating the lives and music of legendary singing duo, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme September 16th @ 7:30, and September 17th @ 2:30.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

The MST&DA is located at 548 Main Street.

Here's how you get to MST&DA.

And here's Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

singing Gershwin.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Special Two Day Gallery RIVAA Exhibition, Madagascar, Culture & Potentiality September 16-17

According to Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA:

Dear all,

Gallery RIVAA is pleased to invite you to a special 2-day exhibition "MADAGASCAR - Culture & Potentiality" on the weekend of Saturday September 16th from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 2017 from 10 am to 6 pm at Gallery RIVAA.

More info at Gallery RIVAA web site.

Roosevelt Island Youth Program Begins 16th Year Of Free Soccer Program Saturday, September 16 - Come Out To Octagon Park And Watch The Action

Roosevelt Island Youth Program (RIYP) Executive Director Charlie Defino reports:

The Roosevelt Island Youth Program's Free 16th soccer season will commence Saturday, September 16 at Octagon Field.

Games will start at 9:30AM and continue to 7PM. The league has 20 teams and 400 youth participating in the co-ed league With over 400 youth in the soccer league, 250 summer camp participants and over 143 after-school registrants, RIYP has now registered an um-duplicated count of slightly over 650 youth.

We expects to service approximately 1000 residents over the next year with a wide-array of services. We would love to see everyone on Roosevelt Island supporting the Soccer League, so come out and see our kids in action.
A sample of action

from prior year of RIYP Soccer at Octagon Field.

POW/MIA Flag Joins US Flag Flying Over Main Street Roosevelt Island Thru Efforts Of Resident West Point Grad & RIOC - Today Is National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Have you noticed the black and white flag flying beneath the American Flag at the Roosevelt Island Blackwell Turnaround on Main Street and wondered what it was about?

The flag symbolizes the American Prisoners Of War and Missing In Action during the Vietnam War. According to the National League of POW/MIA Families:
In 1970, an MIA wife and member of the National League of POW/MIA Families recognized the need for a symbol of our POW/MIAs....

... Other than "Old Glory," the League’s POW/MIA flag is the only flag ever to fly over the White House, having been displayed in this place of honor on National POW/MIA Recognition Day since 1982. On March 9, 1989, a POW/MIA flag that had flown over White House on National POW/MIA Recognition Day in1988 was installed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda as a result of legislation passed overwhelmingly during the 100th Congress. In a demonstration of bipartisan Congressional support, the leadership of both Houses hosted the installation ceremony. On August 10, 1990, the 101st Congress passed U.S. Public Law 101-355, which recognized the League’s POW/MIA flag and designated it “as the symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation”....

How did the POW/MIA Flag get raised on Roosevelt Island? It was on the initiative of Roosevelt Island resident Ross Wollen with the assistance of Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal and Director of Transportation Cy Opperman.

Mr. Wollen, a resident of Rivercross for almost 40 years, graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point NY in 1965. Over the years Mr. Wollen has hosted West Point Cadets and his Classmates on Roosevelt Island as they visit NYC for various events and reunions.

Among his frequent guests is Robert Jones, a West Point Classmate and good friend who joined the US Air Force as a Fighter Pilot upon graduation, and like almost all of the members of the 1965 Class spent time in the Viet Nam War several years after leaving the Academy. Mr. Jones was shot down over North Viet Nam close to his final mission, severely injured, captured and spent over five years in captivity, as a POW at various prison camps including the infamous Hanoi Hilton. There he was quartered, when not in solitary confinement or being privately tortured, with the Navy pilot, now Senator, John McCain.

Mr. Wollen wished to recognize and honor the service of his friend and West Point classmate, Robert Jones.

Roosevelt Island F & Bonus E Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend - MTA Tells RIOC Full Roosevelt Island Weekend F Train Service Expected Thru At Least October 16

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

F Jamaica-bound trains run local from 21 St-Queensbridge to Roosevelt Av Weekend, 12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, Sep 16 - 18

Trains stop at 36 St, Steinway St, 46 St, Northern Blvd and 65 St.
And there will be Roosevelt Island E Train service to and from Manhattan this weekend too.
E Trains run via F the in both directions between W 4 St and 21 St-Queensbridge

Weekend, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Sep 15 - 18
During the September 7 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors Meeting, RIOC President Susan Rosenthal reported:
... that the MTA told her there will be Roosevelt Island F Train service on weekends at least thru October 16. Ms Rosenthal added that the Roosevelt Island subway elevator will be out of service the weekend of the 23-24 and RIOC will provide a Red Bus Shuttle to Manhattan at that time....

Here's what Ms Rosenthal said:

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Channel 2 & 4 TV Stations Report On Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Campus Dedication Opening - Great Bloomberg TV Segment Too

Watch this great interview with Mayor Bloomberg and Cornell Tech Dean Dan Huttenlocher - particularly comments regarding contributions made by immigrants to the United States and the tech community.

More on the Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island campus dedication and official opening at this previous post.

U.S. Coast Guard Rejects RIOC Lobbying Efforts To Prohibit Recreational Boat Traffic Under Roosevelt Island Bridge During United Nations General Assembly Sessions Sept 12 To 25 - Intermittent RI Bridge Openings Continue To Put Residents At Risk For Delays In Emergency Responses

As reported last Monday, September 11:
Mid September is the the opening of the United Nations General Assembly Session and 2017 is no different than previous years in terms of its impact on Roosevelt Island residents. The opening of the UN General Assembly means the diversion of all East River boat traffic to the Roosevelt Island East Channel Queens side for security precautions due to our proximity to the United Nations resulting in the intermittent closings of the Roosevelt Island Bridge.Mid September is the the opening of the United Nations General Assembly Session and 2017 is no different than previous years in terms of its impact on Roosevelt Island residents. The opening of the UN General Assembly means the diversion of all East River boat traffic to the Roosevelt Island East Channel Queens side for security precautions due to our proximity to the United Nations resulting in the intermittent closings of the Roosevelt Island Bridge....
On September 9, I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal:
....Department of Transportation reporting intermittent closing of the Roosevelt Island Bridge again this year during upcoming UN Week.

Was any progress made with the appropriate authorities to direct boat traffic away from the Roosevelt Island Bridge during UN Week so that the Bridge is not closed so often?

As we all know, this has been a persistent problem for many years with the potential of delays for emergency vehicles to get on and off Roosevelt Island when the Bridge is closed.

Any statement from RIOC on this matter?
Roosevelt Island Bridge Raised To Let Sailboat Pass During 2010 UN Week Causing Ambulance To Wait

During 2014 UN General Assembly Week, a sailboat crashed

Image From William S

into the Roosevelt Island Bridge.

A RIOC spokesperson replied today:
As you know, the UN General Assembly convened on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 and will close on Monday, September 25, 2017. Daily sessions run from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. Due to the rerouting of recreational boat traffic to the East Channel of the East River during the UN General Assembly, the NYC Department of Transportation Division of Bridges will be required to raise the Roosevelt Island Bridge to allow the passing of these recreational boats during this event. According to the DOT Division of bridges, each opening should take anywhere from 8-12 minutes to complete.

For the past year, Public Safety Chief McManus and RIOC President & CEO Susan Rosenthal have been meeting with and lobbying, various City, State, and Federal entities to prohibit recreational boat traffic during this two week period.

In spite of our efforts and others who helped, including Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, who pled our case to the Commandant of the US Coast Guard, recreational boat traffic is still being redirected to the East Channel. We will continue our efforts to have this protocol changed.

During the last year, RIOC has been working with the NYC Office of Emergency Management and key representatives from FDNY, NYPD, NYC DOT Division of Bridges, NYC DEP, Health and Hospitals Corporation and Con Ed, to explore alternative emergency response options concerning the bridge during both the UN General Assembly and other situations where the bridge may get stuck or fail for any reason. By pre-staging emergency response vehicles and equipment, we are better prepared to respond to medical emergencies on Roosevelt Island. Furthermore, Con Ed has already pre-staged emergency gas and electric equipment on the Island in the event a gas or electric emergency were to take place and Con Ed trucks were unable to reach the Island due to a bridge malfunction.

During the UN General Assembly, and under the newly created Interagency Roosevelt Island Bridge Lift Protocol, the aforementioned City Agencies are responsible for the following:

Organize pre-event interagency conference call with Public Safety Agencies

Pre-Stage one Engine Company, one Ladder Company, and one BLS (Basic Life Support) Ambulance on Roosevelt Island. Alert Battalion 45 and Battalion 49 companies of Bridge Lifts.

Assign resources as appropriate on Roosevelt Island

Stage bridge oiler crew near bridge structure
Stage bridge electric crew near bridge structure

Pre-staged water maintenance equipment available at an on-island DEP Facility

Consolidated Edison
Emergency gas and electric equipment pre-staged on Roosevelt Island Gas and electric emergency personnel will deploy to Roosevelt Island via Tramway or Subway as necessary

Health and Hospitals Corporation
Standard resource deployment

RIOC and its Public Safety Department thank all of these agencies for working together to develop these first steps toward a stronger emergency plan.
Raye Schwartz speaks for many Roosevelt Island residents when she writes:
Somebody needs to let the Coast Guard and Dept. of Homeland Security know that at the least they should limit access to pleasure boats during this period, so that we are not put in danger for fire and ambulances to get through while the bridge is inaccessible - sometimes for ½ hr. at a time while sailboats and pleasure boats go up and down the river.

And, if anyone bothers to look at a map, 4 Freedoms Park is opposite the UN and a terrorist could fire a missile or grenade from there: oops, I’ve read too many John le Carre novels and seen too many Ian Fleming movies!

Seriously, that whole thing is just for show and really does little or nothing to protect the UN while putting over 12,000 residents and workers on this island in danger.
What will it take for the Coast Guard to prohibit recreational boaters from going under the Roosevelt Island Bridge - someone's death or serious injury due to a delay in emergency response?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cornell Tech Celebrates Official Opening Of Roosevelt Island Campus At Dedication Ceremony Today - Here's What Happened

Cornell Tech officially opened today with the holding of a a dedication ceremony this morning for it's Roosevelt Island campus attended by former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill deBlasio and leaders of the NY business and tech communities.

According to this press release excerpt from Cornell Tech:
Cornell Tech today celebrated the official opening of its campus on Roosevelt Island with a dedication event attended by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Cornell University President Martha Pollack, Technion President Peretz Lavie and Cornell Tech Dean Daniel Huttenlocher. Cornell Tech is the first campus ever built for the digital age, bringing together academia and industry to create pioneering leaders and transformational new research, products, companies and social ventures. Today marks the opening of the first phase of the Roosevelt Island campus, which features some of the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient buildings in the world....
Here's today's Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island campus dedication ceremony.

and video describing the mission and vision

of Cornell Tech.