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Friday, August 4, 2017

Scenes From Roosevelt Island NYC Runs 5 &10K Ice Cream Social - Course Is Fast, Flat And One Of A Kind Views, Next Race September 4

NYC Runs organizes 5 and 10 K races in New York City including on Roosevelt Island.

According to NYC Runs:

If you haven’t raced at Roosevelt Island before, you’re in for a treat. Fast, flat and with one of a kind views of Manhattan, Queens, and beyond: you’re going to have a blast!
Image From NYC Runs
Here are some scenes from the July 29 NYC Runs Ice Cream Social.



The next NYC Runs event on Roosevelt Island is September 4.

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend - But No Late NIght F Train Service From Manhattan August 7-11

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


to and from Manhattan this weekend.

And:
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,
But:
F Jamaica-bound trains are rerouted via the after 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av Late Nights, 11:45 PM to 5 AM, Mon to Fri, Aug 7 - 11

No Jamaica-bound service at 57 St, Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island, and 21 St-Queensbridge.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Roosevelt Island Water Main Break On Main Street In Front Of F Subway Station - Street Closed & Red Bus Re-Routed Says RIOC


A Roosevelt Island resident asked yesterday:
What's going on with all the water at the subway station?
Image From Frank Farance


Video From Frank Farance

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)
Due to emergency water main work by D.E.P in front of the subway station, West Main street will be closed to vehicular traffic from the rear of 405 W. Main street to the Blackwell traffic circle. Further, the Red Bus will turn around at the Tram traffic circle and continue north. Pedestrians wishing to take the Red Bus north of the tram should board the bus on W. Main street in front of the Riverwalk Bar and Grill. PSD will be posted in front of the subway station directing Red Bus riders to the bus stop in front of the Riverwalk Bar and Grill. Subway access will not be affected. This closure will remain in effect until further notice. The reopening of the road will be announced in a future advisory.

UPDATE 8/4 9:30 AM - According to RIOC:
Traffic Restored on Main Street

Following a previous delay, Red bus and Q102 service is utilizing its normal route.
UPDATE 9 PM -


According to


RIOC:
Due to emergency water main work by D.E.P in front of the subway station, West Main street will be closed to vehicular traffic from the rear of 405 W. Main street to the Blackwell traffic circle. Further, the Red Bus will turn around at the Tram traffic circle and continue north.

Pedestrians wishing to take the Red Bus north of the tram should board the bus on E. Main street in front of the Riverwalk Bar and Grill.

PSD will be posted in front of the subway station directing Red Bus riders to the bus stop in front of the Riverwalk Bar and Grill.

Subway access will not be affected. This closure will remain in effect until further notice. The reopening of the road will be announced in a future advisory.

Roosevelt Island Summer Outdoor Movie Showing Rebel Without A Cause Friday Night August 4 At Firefighters Field

The 2017 Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movie Series continues tomorrow night at Firefighters Field

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

with the showing of Rebel Without A Cause.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

You're Invited To August 3 Reception For Treasures From The Roosevelt Island Historical Society Collection Exhibition At Octagon Gallery

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society is hosting a reception for it's new exhibit - Treasures From the Roosevelt Island Historical Society Collection on August 3 at the Octagon Gallery. You're invited. According to RIHS:

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society

Invites You to a Reception for the Exhibit

Treasures from the Roosevelt Island Historical Society Collection

Octagon Gallery, 888 Main Street
Thursday, August 3, 2017, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

The exhibit, currently open, continues through August 15, 2017.

Through the years, the Roosevelt Island Historical Society has been collecting photographs, artifacts, plans, images, and other objects related to Roosevelt Island. Now you can see a selection of these treasures, which reflect the island's many dimensions and its history.


The exhibit opened on July 15 and will continue at the Octagon Gallery through Tuesday, August 15. Please join the RIHS for a reception on Thursday, August 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The reception and show are FREE and open to the public.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. After leaving either the tram or the subway station, take the Roosevelt Island red bus north to the last stop. Walk a few steps to the Octagon.

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society thanks Bozzuto Management and RIVAA for the use of the Octagon Gallery.
RIHS President Judy Berdy recently spoke to the Historic Districts Council (HDC) about Roosevelt Island fascinating history and present condition. According to the HDC:

Roosevelt Island: Fact, Fiction, Myth, Folktales, Fraud, Felons, + the Future," from this year's Conference. Listen to Judy Berdy, from the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, talk about Roosevelt Island's fascinating history.
Watch Ms. Berdy's presentation



it's very interesting.

Roosevelt Island Ferry Dock Gangway Installed, Service On Astoria Route Starts August 29 Says Mayor deBlasio - RI Resident Wished Mayor Mentioned Benefits To Beleaguered Residents Instead Of Concentrating On Cornell Tech

The Roosevelt Island Ferry Dock currently under construction just north of the Queensboro Bridge on the East River


is starting to take shape with the installation of the gangway connecting the dock to land.


Take a close up view of the Roosevelt Island Ferry Dock as of yesterday



and Frank Farance shows us the installation of the Gangway on Saturday in double speed.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Visitor To Roosevelt Island Warns Of A Tragedy Waiting To Happen On Red Bus With Overcrowding And Unfolded Strollers - No Place For Elderly To Sit Too


A visitor to Roosevelt Island shares her concern about safety on the Red Bus.
Earlier this month, we visited your lovely and interesting island. We were horrified with the local free bus service.

We boarded at the first stop going south. There were two oversized motorized wheelchairs, one on each side of the bus. A couple of stops later, THREE LARGE STROLLERS, one a DOUBLE STROLLER, boarded. At the next stop another stroller boarded and positioned itself near the entrance of the bus.

Two elderly people tried to enter the bus. There were NO seats for them. There was NO aisle space to move to the middle or back of the bus. There were people standing in the entrance to the bus on top of the closed ramp.

At the next stop a woman with a WALKER squeezed herself into the bus, and remained at the entrance, standing between the door and windshield/dashboard.

Every time the bus stopped, the strollers and people rolled forward, passengers losing their balance, bags & etc flying in the air. Someone said it was "normal"........

In the event the driver would have had to suddenly slam on the brakes, EVERYONE, including the woman with the walker, would have gone through the windshield.

All the makings of a tragedy---just waiting to happen.
According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Strollers and Shopping Carts must be folded upon operator's request
and:
Boarding Restrictions

Hand baggage, instrument cases, bundles and parcels may be carried onto RIOC buses by customers provided that these articles can be carried on without inconveniencing other customers and/or the driver and does not obstruct the bus aisle or doors. Persons with unfolded strollers and/or shopping carts are not permitted to board RIOC buses unless the driver, at his or her sole discretion, determines that it will not cause an inconvenience or safety hazard to other customers or the driver. Orthopedic (wheelchair type) strollers for children with disabilities are permitted on buses just as wheelchairs are and must be secured in the wheelchair area. Bus operators must check strollers carefully to ensure that children with disabilities are not denied accessible service
More on Red Bus baby strollers 

 Image From 2012 Post

from previous posts here and here.

Baby Raccoon Spotted At Roosevelt Island Community Garden - Feasts On Grapes, Takes A Dip In Pond And Relaxes With A Sunday Afternoon Nap

Roosevelt Island resident Joyce Short shares this photo and reports on a new member of the Roosevelt Island Co:mmunity Garden.

At first I thought it was a cat as it rustled over my head in my grape arbor at the Roosevelt Island Community Garden last Sunday afternoon.


The rings on its tail signaled "alarm" and I skedaddled out from underneath.

Content with its fill of grapes, it descended for a dip in my pond, then sidled over to a neighboring cottonwood, at the middle of the community garden, to settle down for a midday nap.

Some gardeners explained that it lost its habitat when two trees were felled to make way for the new water tunnel roadway. What better alternative than a veritable fresh pantry with no natural predators!

Others I spoke to were aware we have raccoons. I was not, but I'm not shocked by it. I'd seen a big raccoon diving into a dumpster at Costco and actually had one sit under the table next to me at an outdoor restaurant in Astoria. Little wonder we have them here on Roosevelt Island!

This raccoon looks very healthy.... has a pretty, dense coat. I'm told it's a female, about 6 months old, who lost her mother.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Campus And Cafe Open To Public Today - Take A Virtual Walk Thru

The Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech campus opened to the public today.
The fences are down and the public is invited to explore the campus although there are still some areas off limits where construction work is being done. Take a walk thru with me.

Sponsored Post - You're Invited To Cornell Tech August 5 Explore Roosevelt Island Together Community Day, Register Today

According to Cornell Tech:
EXPLORE ROOSEVELT ISLAND TOGETHER Community Day
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.

UPDATE 8/1 - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Single Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin During Station Repairs Is Hardship Says Resident - At Least RI Tram Riders Not Stranded In Air Like Tram Passengers In Cologne Germany Today

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:


Another resident suggests:
How about covering the windows during peak hours to discourage tourists from using the tram?
If only the Roosevelt Island Tram ride across the East River was this fast, the lines would be much smaller.
Earlier today Tram Riders in Cologne Germany were stranded in the air and had to be rescued.


A Roosevelt Island resident remarked:
Let's hope this NEVER happens to us.
Here's more on the Tram Station repairs and single Tram Cabin operation as well as Roosevelt Island Tram Rescue Drill.