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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Roosevelt Island Youth Soccer Program For Kids 5-18 Starts October 1 At Newly Renovated Octagon Soccer Field - Tryouts Scheduled For Saturday September 21, Register For RI Soccer Program Now

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) reports that the 2019 Fall Youth Soccer Program begins Tuesday October 1 at the new renovated Octagon Field.


According to RIOC:
Youth Soccer- Fall Program

Roosevelt Island's most popular sport, soccer, will begin the 2019 season with tryouts Saturday, September 21st at Firefighter's Field beginning at 8:30 AM. The program, which was temporarily relocated to Firefighter’s and Capobianco fields last fall, will return to its original home, Octagon Soccer Field, in October. Register here!

This year’s season will officially begin on Tuesday, October 1st with practices held Tuesday and Friday evenings from 6- 8 PM and games played on Saturday's from 8:30 AM- 3 PM. The season will conclude with championship game play on Saturday, November 16th. The program will be compiled of teams in the following age divisions:

Kinderkickers (5 - 6 year-olds)
Minors (7 - 8 year-olds)
Sophomores (9 -10 year-olds)
Juniors (11-13 year-olds)
Seniors (14 -18 year-olds)

As previously reported, the renovated Octagon Soccer Field will re-open by end of September and the second phase of the renovation is currently underway which::
... will reconstruct paths and seating areas to meet ADA requirements, reconstruct the bathrooms, provide a new shade pavilion near the bathrooms, install new spectator seating and upgrade the planted areas....
The new artificial turf has been laid on Octagon Field



so play can resume while work continues on Phase 2 of the renovation.

Roosevelt Island youth can register here for the Soccer Program.

Monday, September 16, 2019

You're Invited To Magnificent Mushroom Workshop With Curiouseed Tuesday September 17 Presented By Roosevelt Island Seniors Association And iDig2Learn - Sign Up Now For Fundamentals Of Fungi Free Event, Space Limited

Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn Founder Christina Delfico reports


RI SENIOR ASSOCIATION & iDig2Learn Present

Magnificent Mushroom Workshop

Featuring ​Jie Jin aka JJ mushroom grower and founder of ​Curiouseed​.

Learn the fundamentals of fungi and the secrets of spores - plus build a take-home mushroom jar.

A few spots are left.

Don’t miss out on meeting JJ, a mushroom grower from Curiouseed, tomorrow 9/17 from 6-8pm at 546 Community Center at 546 Main Street. RSVP extended through tonight 9/16. Reserve your space and contact: riseniorsa@gmail.com
National Geographic introduces us to what we don't know about Mushrooms



More info about Curiouseed at their website.

Reserve your spot now for the Roosevelt Island Magnificent Mushroom workshop and contact: riseniorsa@gmail.com 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Get Rid Of Your Sensitive Paper And Empty Your Files At Roosevelt Island End Of Summer Shred-A-Thon Saturday September 14 - Sponsored By Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, State Senator Serrano And Council Member Ben Kallos

Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn Founder Christina Delfico reports:

FREE End of Summer Roosevelt Island Shred-a-thon! 10 am - 1pm SAT 9/14

It's like a Fall Cleanse for your apartment! Shred those Sensitive Papers for FREE!
Raid the closets, empty the files now because in less than two weeks the Shred Truck is back! 10am to 1pm - Motorgate Turnaround near Gristedes, 688 Main Street.

Start saving those sensitive papers for shredding now! Islanders asked and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Senator Serrano and City Council Member Kallos listened, and are sponsoring another Shred Truck date on September 14th to show their Earth Love and help Roosevelt Island stay clean and green. This is the best way to properly dispose of sensitive papers, you can even watch as it happens. Generous support from the Upper Green Side helps make this possible.

You can also bring your used batteries and your clean plastic bags, which don't go in the recycle bin, for proper disposal!

See you at the Shred.

Does It Say NO U TURN or TURN U NO - New Roosevelt Island Main Street Traffic Markings Confusing To Some Local Drivers

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) recently announced the long needed re-striping of Main Street. According to RIOC:

Re-striping Main Street Completed

On September 4, 2019, Main Street not only received new traffic striping, but also new STOP signs stenciled on the asphalt. These improvements will not only make our roadways safer for pedestrians, but also for drivers. Everyone, including bicyclists, are expected to follow all traffic signs and commands from Public Safety Department (PSD) personnel.
RIOC also stenciled signage to indicate that No U Turns are allowed.

But as one Roosevelt Island Driver shows us with this picture, is the No U Turn street marking clear?

Turn
U
No

Am I the only one that sees a problem with this?
Here are a couple of other views of NO U Turn or Turn U NO Roosevelt Island Main Street markings?

What do you see - NO U TURN or TURN U NO?

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, Tram & Ferry Service Too

After the last 4 weekends with no Roosevelt Island F train service to Manhattan, this upcoming weekend Roosevelt Island residents


will have F Train service to and from Manhattan.

Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Schedule. 

During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book spoke about Roosevelt Island F Train subway service. Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

More Than Reading Writing And Math - Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Students Learn Computational Thinking And Computer Science With Help Of Cornell Tech NYC K-12 Initiative Says School Principal Mandana Beckman

It's the first full week of school at Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217.

Principal Mandana Beckman describes computational thinking being taught at PS/IS 217 with the help of the Cornell Tech K-12 Initiative. According to Ms. Beckman:

When I think about the work that we have to do here at school, there's so much that we're doing to prepare kids for the future and that the world they live in today is about computational thinking, it is about computer science and we want to make sure that we're preparing them for that just as we prepare them to read, to write, to do math...

We really want the best for every single student here at PS/IS 217, so when they pick their career path they can think back to their experiences in elementary and middle school and how it had an influence on who they are in the future. It's been a great experience working with Cornell Tech and we're excited about what we're going to be doing tomorrow.


And here's more on the Cornell Tech NYC K-12 computer teaching initiative.

Here's more info on the Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 school ratings


and the Cornell Tech NYC K-12 School initiative.

RIOC Names Former NYPD Detective Anthony Amoroso As New Deputy Chief Of Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department - PSD Will Continue Community Policing Policies Established Under Retired Chief McManus Says RIOC


As reported last June, Jack McManus retired as Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Chief on July 1, 2019 and Deputy Chief Kevin Brown took over as Acting Chief.

 Chief McManus and Deputy Chief Brown At June 25 PSC Meeting Image From Frank Farance

Today, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced:
On Monday, September 9, 2019, Anthony Amoroso became the new Deputy Director of the Public Safety Department (PSD). He fills the former role once held by current PSD Acting Chief Kevin Brown. Director Amoroso is a resident of Monroe, New York, but grew up in Massapequa on Long Island. At the age of 20, he joined the New York Police Department (NYPD) where he worked for over 28 years. Director Amoroso achieved the rank of Detective First Grade. Mr. Amoroso comes to RIOC with an extensive training background Anthony was a senior detective investigator and instructor assigned to train all members of NYPD Detective Bureau.

During his tenure at the NYPD, Director Amoroso was:
  • Instructor Development Programs, designed to exchange and relay leading-edge ideas in the field
  • Developed and collaborated on innovative courses and lessons of various tactical operations for current and newly assigned Detectives, Supervisors and Undercover Officers.
Some of the certifications in training that Mr. Amoroso holds include:
  • Certified General Topics Instructor, State of New York Division of Criminal Justice Services
  • Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor, State of New York Division of Criminal Justice Services
  • Certified Firearms Instructor, State of New York Division of Criminal Justice Services.
  • In addition to training Mr. Amoroso was a patrol officer in the housing developments of NYC and he was a detective investigator in NYPD narcotics division.
I asked RIOC President Susan Rosenthal:
PSD Deputy Director Amoroso has an impressive background with NYPD.

Not mentioned in the announcement is if he has extensive experience with community policing which was prioritized with great success for the Roosevelt Island community by former Chief Jack McManus?

Kevin has said that community policing was a priority that would continue under his leadership.

Any additional info on community policing background?

Also, any info or timeline about the naming of a permanent Chief of PSD?
A RIOC spokesperson replied:
Deputy Director Amoroso is as committed to community policing as Acting Chief Brown and as Chief McManus was before him. It is a program that is obviously working on Roosevelt Island and we see no reason to change a winning formula now. We hope to be making an announcement about a permanent chief sometime in October.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Roosevelt Island Remembers 9/11/ NYC World Trade Center Towers Attack, 18 Years Ago Today


On the evening of September 10, 2001 the lower Manhattan skyline and World Trade Center Towers could be seen looking like this before it was forever changed.

Hard to believe that it's been 18 years since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, Pentagon, and the downing of Flight 93 in Shanksville Pennsylvania.

Earlier today, ceremonies were held to remember those who were killed.




Here's what the World Trade Center attacks looked like from Roosevelt Island on September 11, 2001.

Main Street Wire Image of 9/11 Smoke Burning From World Trade Center by Vicki Feinmel/Linda Heimer

Below is the Roosevelt Island 9/11 Remembrance Garden


and the plaque in the Remembrance Garden that honors Roosevelt Islanders who died in the terrorist attack:
Ed Beyea,
Anthony J. Fallone,
Taimour Khan,
Scott Larsen,
Kevin J. Smith and the firefighters who were based on Roosevelt Island
Deputy Chief Ray Downey,
Deputy Chief Charlie Kasper,
Battalion Chief John Moran, and
Battalion Chief John Paolillo.


Roosevelt Island also remembers former Public Safety Department Chief Jack McManus who is currently battling a 9/11 related illness.


Here's today's 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the World Trade Center.




Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Roosevelt Island Historical Society Lecture On Barren Island By Author Carol Zoreff Thursday September 12 At RI NYPL Branch - Learn Fascinating Story Of Family Living On Jamaica Bay Factory Island Long Ago Where Dead Horses Turned Into Glue

You're invited to join the Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) at the Roosevelt Island Public Library For Barren Island Book Lecture with author Carol Zoref.

According to the RIHS


AUTHOR CAROL ZOREF WILL DISCUSS HER NEW BOOK "BARREN ISLAND", the story of a family living in the factory island on Jamaica Bay. This is where the city's dead horses and other large animals were rendered into glue and fertilizer from the mid 19th century until the 1930's.

The Program will be at the Roosevelt Island Branch, NYPL, 524 Main Street, Thursday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m.

This program is sponsored by the RIHS in coordination with the NY Public Library.

All programs are free and open to the public!!!!!
Here's more on Barren Island and adjacent Dead Horse Bay.



Mark your calendar for the next round of public lecture events hosted by the RIHS on: February 13th, January 9th, December 12th, and November 14th. Stay tuned for more information about each program

NY State Senator Jose Serrano Announces $50 Thousand Grant To Support NYPL Branch Programming In 29th Senate District Including Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island's NY State Senator Jose Serrano announce today that the Roosevelt Island NY Public Library branch received a portion of a $50 Thousand grant to libraries in the 29 Senate District


Senator Joins NYPL Managers to Announce $50,000 in Library Operating Aid
According to press release from Senator Serrano's office:
Senator José M. Serrano today announced $50,000 in funding for libraries in the 29th Senate District. The funding was secured during this year’s state budget and will support library programming in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Roosevelt Island. Senator Serrano made the announcement alongside Managers from the New York Public Library (NYPL) at the Aguilar Branch in East Harlem.

"Libraries are critical to the wellbeing of our neighborhoods and provide New Yorkers with lifelong opportunities for learning and growing,” said Senator Serrano. “More than a place for books, libraries are often cornerstones of our communities and play a critical role in fostering reading skills, assisting in job-searching and professional development, helping English language learners, and closing the digital divide for those who don’t have access to a computer. The New York Public Library branches in my district have done a wonderful job of providing much-needed services and programming for children and adults, and I am proud to support them with this programmatic funding.”

"The New York Public Library is grateful to Senator Serrano for his generous support of his neighborhood branches," said Anthony Marx, President of The New York Public Library. "New York City's libraries are valued and trusted spaces that provide vital resources and services to all New Yorkers and on behalf of our patrons we thank him for this wonderful recognition."

The recipients of the funding in the Bronx are the NYPL High Bridge Branch, Mott Haven Branch, and Sedgwick Branch. In Manhattan, recipients include the NYPL 96th Street Branch, Aguilar Branch, and St. Agnes Branch, as well as the Roosevelt Island Branch.

Branch Managers at the presentation included Ashley Gonzalez from Aguilar Library, Deborah Allman from High Bridge Library, Jeanine Thomas from Mott Haven Library, Carlos Chavez from the Roosevelt Island Library, Samuel Ansah from Sedgwick Library, and Jennifer Ann Zarr from St. Agnes Library.
Senator Serrano spoke at last night's Four Freedom Democratic Club meeting on Roosevelt Island.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Starting Tomorrow, September 10, No Roosevelt Island Street Parking Without Credit Cards, Meters No Longer Accepting Cash Payment - Credit Cards Only, Debit Cards Not Accepted Either Says RIOC

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced today that Roosevelt Island parking meters will not accept cash but only accept credit cards. At this time, debit cards will not be accepted.
 


According to RIOC:
On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, all parking meters on Roosevelt Island streets will be converted to a cashless system. This means parking meters will no longer be able to accept bills or coins. Only credit cards will be accepted. This transition is part of RIOC’s ongoing commitment to embrace technology that cuts costs and improves efficiency of operations. Going to a cashless system will eliminate the need to regularly remove, transport and count currency from the machines. An overwhelming majority of customers – more than eighty percent (80%) - already use credit or debit cards to pay for street parking, so we expect this to be a seamless transition.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 212-832-4540 or visit our Occupant Help Center at https://rioc.tikkit.us/login
Roosevelt Island Historical Society President Judy Berdy shares this message she sent to RIOC in repsonse:
I think it is a drastic move to give residents one days notice for a change in the fee collection policy. Seven days notice with public signs posted a week before would be reasonable notification.

RIOC staff seems to think that we who live here have to jump at your commands instantaneously.

I hope to see a revised notification today with plenty of notice given on the no cash policy.

A Roosevelt Island car owner told me that the Southtown Parking meters have not been accepting cash for several weeks.

By the meters not accepting cash or debit cards,  Roosevelt Island residents without credit cards will not be able to park their car on the street.

More on Roosevelt Island parking at prior post.

UPDATE 2:45 - Roosevelt Island residents ask:
What about people who have high APRs on their credit cards?

How long will it be until they accept debit cards?

Or maybe an app that we can load money up on our phones.
And:
Will they accept the use of the ParkNYC app like rest of the city?
And:
What about people without credit cards or bank accounts? Are they just not allowed to park?
And yes, there are people, who for their own reasons, prefer not to pay for things electronically or via card.
UPDATE 9/10 - RIOC heard the community and adds debit cards to the parking meters. According to RIOC today:
Beginning Tuesday, September 10, 2019, all parking meters on Roosevelt Island streets will begin to be converted to a cashless system. This means parking meters will no longer be able to accept bills or coins. Only credit AND debit cards will be accepted. Our parking machine vendor was able to add debit cards at the urging of our residents and RIOC. We are also exploring the possibility of paying by a mobile phone app in the near future.

This transition is part of RIOC’s ongoing commitment to embrace technology that cuts costs and improves efficiency of operations. Going to a cashless system will eliminate the need to regularly remove, transport and count currency from the machines. An overwhelming majority of customers – more than eighty percent (80%) - already use credit or debit cards to pay for street parking, so we expect this to be a seamless transition. Unlike many other authorities in New York State, RIOC does not receive funding from Albany and must operate as efficiently as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 212-832-4540 or visit our Occupant Help Center at https://rioc.tikkit.us/login

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Hundreds Of Motorcycles, Ambulances & FDNY Emergency Vehicles Crossing Queensboro Bridge This Afternoon Frighten Roosevelt Island Residents With Thoughts Of The Worst, What Was Going On - It Was Run For Richie 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride

Roosevelt Island residents were startled and feared the worst this September Sunday prior to the 18th year anniversary of 9/11 World Trade Center attacks by what appeared to be hundreds of motorcycles, ambulances and Fire Department emergency vehicles with non stop blasting of sirens crossing the Queensboro Bridge. A Roosevelt Island resident texted:

Bridge full of ambulances - know what's going on?
And from theTwitterverse



I asked the NYPD 19th precinct:

The NYPD 19th precinct replied:



The NYC Emergency Management Department tweeted notice of the event yesterday:

Here's more on the Run for Richie 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Ride






You're Invited To Four Freedoms Democratic Club Meeting Monday September 9 At Roosevelt Island's Good Shepherd Community Center - Discuss Local Issues, Democratic Party Politics & Meet NY State Senator Jose Serrano

Are you interested in Democratic Party politics, meeting Roosevelt Island's NY State Senator Jose Serrano or learning how to get involved with community issues?

 State Senator Serrano/4 Freedoms Dems C

If yes, you're invited to stop by Roosevelt Island's Good Shepherd Community Center for some political talk and meet some interesting folks from the Four Freedoms Democratic Club.
Join Us for Our Annual Roosevelt Island Meeting
Monday, September 9, 7 to 9 pm

Our Club serves the 76th Assembly District, which includes Roosevelt Island, and every year we hold a meeting in Roosevelt Island to provide easy access to a meeting for our members and neighbors in this neighborhood. State Senator Jose Serrano's Senate district also includes Roosevelt Island and, as he has done in the past, he will join us at this meeting to discuss his plans and hear our concerns for the year ahead.

This meeting takes place in the basement of the Church of the Good Shepherd, located at 543 Main Street on Roosevelt Island, just a short walk from the tram and subway stops.

Senator Serrano addresses the FFDC at our 2018 Roosevelt Island Meeting

Also save the date for October 21st meeting when we return to our regular meeting place -- Draesel Hall, which is next to the Church of the Holy Trinity at 316 East 88th Street. Councilwoman Carlina Rivera will join us for our October meeting.

Our remaining 2019 monthly meetings:

Monday, November 18

Monday, December 9

These meetings will also take place at Draesel Hall, which is next to the Church of the Holy Trinity at 316 East 88th Street.
Here's more info on Four Freedoms Democratic Club.

Friday, September 6, 2019

RIOC President Reports To Roosevelt Island Community - Citibike Coming Next Spring, Seawall Improvements To Access Soutpoint Park Waterfront, Capital Projects Tracker, Upcoming Hudson Related Retail Presentation, Soccer Field Opening Soon & More

As reported August 30:

Last Thursday, August 22, RIOC staff together with representatives from NYC Council Member Ben Kallos' staff, met with Citibike to discuss bringing the bike sharing system to Roosevelt Island. During a conversation I had with Ms Rosenthal, she said of the Citibike meeting:
We met with Citi Bike today. They’re doing an analysis and will come back to us in a month or so with possibilities we can present to the public.

During yesterday's September 5 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors Meeting, RIOC President Susan Rosenthal announced during her President's report that Citibike docks should be available on Roosevelt Island by this spring. Mr. Rosenthal added that discussions are currently underway regarding number and placement of the docks and no decision have been made yet.



Ms Rosenthal's President Report also included:
Here's the full RIOC President's Report from Ms Rosenthal.



A full video web cast of the September 5 RIOC Board meeting should be available on RIOC web site.

Roosevelt Island Weekend Transportation - 4th Weekend In A Row Of No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan - Watch Video Of MTA Rep Talking Roosevelt Island Subway Service

There is no Roosevelt Island F Train service to Manhattan again this weekend.


for the 4th weekend in a row.

According to the MTA:
TRACK MAINTENANCE Sep 6 - 9, Fri 9:45 PM to Mon 5 AM Coney Island-bound F trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av, Queens to 5 Av/53 St, Manhattan

Trains resume regular service at 47-50 Sts.

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

Travel Alternatives:
For service to these stations, take the F to 47-50 Sts and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F.

For service from 21 St-Queensbridge and Roosevelt Island, take the F to Roosevelt Av and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F....
Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry 2019 Ferry Summer Schedule. 

During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book spoke about Roosevelt Island F Train subway service. Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below. 



And the Roosevelt Island subway station escalator from the street to the mezzanine is still out of service since last April. After many delays, the MTA now says it will be fixed by September 30.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Roosevelt Island Residents Association Kicks Out Press And Public At Monthly Meeting Last Night To Discuss Discovery Of RIRA Bank Account Financial Irregularities - Investigation By Law Enforcement Under Way RIRA President Says Today

At last evening's September 4 monthly meeting of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA),

 Image Of September 2019 RIRA Meeting

I and 3 other members of the community attending the meeting were asked to leave so that the RIRA Common Council could discuss in Executive session, meaning without the public present, the following agenda item:
7. Call for Executive Session - Treasurer's Resignation
This afternoon, RIRA President Lynn Strong-Shinozaki sent out the following statement regarding the subject of the Executive Session:
On August 27, 2019 RIRA President Lynne Strong-Shinozaki discovered irregularities in the RIRA bank account.

Officers of the organization initiated an internal investigation, during which the Treasurer resigned.

An official investigation by law enforcement is underway and RIRA is fully cooperating with the authorities.

At present, there appears to be no loss of funds in the account.

Because an investigation is underway, there are limits to what may be publicly discussed. RIRA will provide updates as permitted.

In the meantime, the RIRA Common Council and its committees look forward to continuing our efforts to improve the quality of life on Roosevelt Island and to represent the interests of residents.

All questions about this matter should be directed to RIRA President Lynne Strong Shinozaki.
I asked Ms. Strong-Shinozaki:
If no funds were lost, what were the irregularities in the RIRA bank account.
Will update when more info available.

New Carter Burden Senior Center And RIDA Tech Pals Program For 40 Roosevelt Island Homebound Seniors And Adults With Disabilities Seeking Applicants - Designed To Improve Access To Services, Independence And Social Connectiveness - Do You Know Someone This Might Help?

The Carter Burden Network (CBN) Roosevelt Island Senior Center and Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) are starting a new Technology Program for Roosevelt Island homebound adults and seniors with disabilities.


According to CBN and RIDA:
Tech Pals is designed to improve access to services, independence, and social connectedness for homebound seniors and adults with disabilities through a holistic approach using technology. Funded in part through a generous grant from the New York Community Trust.

Participants will receive:
  • A free Amazon Echo Show smart screen device (valued at $230)
  • One-on-one in-home device setup and training/technology education
  • Ongoing troubleshooting assistance, as needed
  • Access to virtual services through the CBN Roosevelt Island Senior Center (case management, presentations, and socialization)
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Open to Roosevelt Island-based homebound seniors and adults with disabilities who have limited interaction with others due to their disability
  • Participants must have Wi-Fi and a mobile phone with SMS (texting) capability
  • Participants must be willing to participate in program activities including pre and post surveys, a social media group, and in-home device setup and training Participants must keep the devices for themselves for the 2-year project period
Interested candidates should inquire with CBN's Roosevelt Island Senior Center Outreach Coordinator Yulisa Santana, in person by phone or by email.

Roosevelt Island Senior Center
546 Main Street
Roosevelt Island NY 10044
646 - 870-8763
SantanaY@CarterBurdenNetwork.org
If you or someone you know may be interested in the Tech Pals program, please contact the Carter Burden Network's Roosevelt Island Senior Center.

Roosevelt Island Octagon Soccer Field To Open For Play By End Of September After Being Closed More Than One Year For Replacement Of Unsafe Artificial Turf Surface, Renovations To Continue On Comfort Station, Seating Area, Paths And ADA Accessibility Thru Summer 2020 - Soccer Field Will Be Renamed For Retired PSD Chief Jack McManus Upon Completion Of Renovations

The Roosevelt Island Octagon Soccer Field has been closed since August 17 2018 due to unsafe conditions of its artificial field turf.


After long delay due to difficulty securing a qualified contractor, renovation of Octagon Field and replacement of the artificial turf began in May 2019.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced yesterday that the first phase of Octagon Field renovation will be completed later this month which will allow the Soccer Field to reopen for play by the end of September. Work on Phase 2 of the renovation, which includes Comfort Station improvements began yesterday.


According to RIOC:
Beginning Wednesday, September 4, 2019, the comfort station and adjacent paths of Octagon Park will be closed until Summer 2020. Two temporary toilets, including one ADA accessible unit, will be installed for public use while the comfort station is closed.

This second phase of the Octagon Field and Comfort Station improvements will reconstruct paths and seating areas to meet ADA requirements, reconstruct the bathrooms, provide a new shade pavilion near the bathrooms, install new spectator seating and upgrade the planted areas.

RIOC is coordinating with the Phase 1 team to ensure safe operations throughout the site. Ongoing Phase 1 improvements to the field are expected to be completed on schedule in late September. Once the field reopens, fencing and other temporary measures will be adjusted to allow people to access the field safely.


We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation while we make these improvements. If you see any unsafe activities at the construction site, please contact PSD at 212-832-4545 or report it by using our Occupant Help Center.
During the RIOC March 7,2019 RIOC Board of Directors meeting, Project Manager Prince Shah describes the Octagon Field renovation project.



Once the Octagon Soccer Field opens for play later this month, the next issue will be how much time is available for local community kids and adults to use the field instead of it being permitted to outside groups and corporate leagues.

Upon completion of the renovations, the Octagon Field will be re-named for retired Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Chief Jack McManus 

 Image From Adib Mansour

who was the soccer coach many local kids.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hurricane Dorian Not Expected To Affect NYC Metropolitan Area - Roosevelt Island Public Safety Monitoring Progress Of Storm With NYC Emergency Management And NYPD

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)


Roosevelt Island residents need to be prepared in event of a Hurricane - Know Your Zone info here.

Here's more on Hurricane Dorian.

Get Rid Of Your Sensitive Paper And Empty Your Files At Roosevelt Island End Of Summer Shred-A-Thon Saturday September 14 - Sponsored By Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, State Senator Serrano And Council Member Ben Kallos

Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn Founder Christina Delfico reports:

FREE End of Summer Roosevelt Island Shred-a-thon! 10 am - 1pm SAT 9/14

It's like a Fall Cleanse for your apartment! Shred those Sensitive Papers for FREE!
Raid the closets, empty the files now because in less than two weeks the Shred Truck is back! 10am to 1pm - Motorgate Turnaround near Gristedes, 688 Main Street.

Start saving those sensitive papers for shredding now! Islanders asked and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Senator Serrano and City Council Member Kallos listened, and are sponsoring another Shred Truck date on September 14th to show their Earth Love and help Roosevelt Island stay clean and green. This is the best way to properly dispose of sensitive papers, you can even watch as it happens. Generous support from the Upper Green Side helps make this possible.

You can also bring your used batteries and your clean plastic bags, which don't go in the recycle bin, for proper disposal!

See you at the Shred.

Proposed RIOC Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget, Appointment Of New Legal Affairs VP And Executive Session Personnel Matters Among Items On Agenda For Roosevelt Island Operating Corp September 5 Board Of Directors Meeting - Public Comment Session Prior To Start Of Meeting Too

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors will meet 5:30 PM Thursday September 5, at the Cultural Center (548 Main Street).
 

 Image From June 2019 RIOC Board Meeting

You're invited to  attend, ask questions and share concerns about Roosevelt Island during the opening Public Session before the start of the meeting. Sign up to speak here.

Among the items on meeting Agenda are:
and an Executive Session (closed to the public):
  • Discussion of personnel matters
According to RIOC:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Directors meeting will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater, 548 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York 10044

AGENDA

SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 MEETING OF

THE ROOSEVELT ISLAND OPERATING CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

THE CULTURAL CENTER THEATER, 548 MAIN STREET,

ROOSEVELT ISLAND, NEW YORK

5:30 P.M.1

I. Call to Order

II. Roll Call

III. Approval of Minutes

1. June 25, 2019 Board Meeting (Board Action Required)

IV. Old Business

V. New Business

1. Appointment of Gretchen K. Robinson to the Position of Secretary and Vice President for Legal Affairs of the Corporation (Board Action Required)

2 . Presentation of the Proposed Budget FY 2020-21

3. President’s Report

4. Committee Reports

a. Audit Committee

b. Governance Committee

c. Operations Advisory Committee

d. Real Estate Development Advisory Committee

Public Safety Report

VI. Executive Session

1. Discussion of personnel matters

VII. Adjournment

__________________________

1 The RIOC Board Meeting will commence following a public comment period. The public comment period is not part of the meeting.
Don't know what the Executive Session regarding "personnel matters" is about but RIOC recently dismissed 2 long time staffers. A RIOC spokesperson explained:
Over the past year, RIOC's executive team has taken on the challenge of strategically planning the future of our organization. Unfortunately, this means we must say goodbye to colleagues who have been part of our RIOC family for quite some time. These decisions are difficult but necessary as RIOC constantly strives to become as efficient and productive as possible for our residents and stakeholders.
Here's the full Proposed RIOC Budget for fiscal year 2020-21.
An excerpt:
The Island is currently experiencing an economic boom in real estate with the construction‐in‐progress for Southtown Building 8 and 9, the completion of phase 1 of the multi‐billion‐dollar Cornell Tech campus site, and the evolution of the original residential complexes. These developments are the main drivers for the increased revenues and expenses mentioned below. This would support the need to increase funding to the Public Safety Department, Community Relations activity, professional support, training, etc. RIOC is contractually and statutorily required to maintain infrastructure and provide adequate service to the Island to accommodate this growth. Accordingly, RIOC is in the midst of significant infrastructure and facilities repairs and improvements as outlined on pages 8 through 10 of the budget. Changes year over year are discussed below:

The Proposed Budget FY 2020‐21 projects capital improvements in the amount of $40,881,000, an increase of $6,217,000 over the Approved Budget FY 2019‐20 amount of $34,664,000. The Proposed amount primarily consists of capital projects in the projected amount of $38,811,000, but also includes the capitalized purchase of equipment and vehicles in the amount of $470,000 as well as capital reserve and contingency in the amount of $1,600,000. Categories of projects include sports fields and parks, historic and landmark structures, infrastructure improvements, facilities and offices, special projects and the Tramway.

For sports fields and parks, the Proposed Budget FY 2020‐21 projects expenditures in the amount of $17,235,000, an increase of $8,609,000 over the Approved Budget FY 2019‐20 amount of $8,609,000. The increase is mainly due to the projected Lighthouse Park Expansion and Partial Reconstruction.

For historic and landmark structures improvement, the Proposed Budget FY 2020‐21 projects expenditures in the amount of $1,327,000, a decrease of $386,000 from the Approved Budget FY 2019‐ 20 amount of $1,703,000. The decrease is mainly due to the completion of the Hope Memorial (Construction/Granite procurement) in FY 2019‐20.
For infrastructure improvements, the Proposed Budget FY 2020‐21 projects expenditures in the amount of $16,831,000, a decrease of $3,357,000 from the Approved Budget FY 2019‐20 amount of $20,188,000. The decrease is mainly due to the projected completion of the Seawall‐Railings Replacement (Construction) in FY 2019‐20 and the phasing of the Southpoint Open Space Park – Seawall (Construction) over three years.

For facilities and office improvements, the Proposed Budget FY 2020‐21 projects expenditures in the amount of $1,043,000, an increase of $1,043,000 over the Approved Budget FY 2019‐20 amount of $0. The increase is mainly due to the projected improvement of the Motorgate Plaza and Atrium, the Youth Center Refurbishment and the Dayspring Church.

For equipment and vehicles, the Proposed Budget FY 2020‐21 project expenditures in the amount of $470,000, a decrease of $30,000 over the Approved Budget FY 2019‐20 amount of $500,000. The decrease is mainly due to the projected purchase of equipment in FY 2019‐20.

For lighting and signage, the Proposed Budget FY 2020‐21 projects expenditures in the amount of $0, a decrease of $280,000 over the Approved Budget FY 2019‐20 amount of $280,000. The decrease is due to the completion of the Signage and Traffic Analysis project in 2019‐20.

For the Tramway, the Proposed Budget FY 2020‐21 projects expenditures in the amount of $2,385,000, an increase of $664,000 over the Approved Budget FY 2019‐20 amount of $1,721,000. The increase is mainly due to the projected overhaul of the Tram Rope, the improvement to the Tram Plaza – Roosevelt Island, and the construction of the Tram Elevator – Manhattan.

For the miscellaneous, the Proposed Budget FY 2020‐21 projects expenditures in the amount of $1,600,000, a decrease of $63,000 from the Approved Budget FY 2019‐20 amount of $1,663,000. The decrease is mainly due to the engagement of an Owner’s Representative to facilitate the many projects offset by a reduction in the contingency....

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Roosevelt Island Subway Escalator Out Of Service Since Last April - MTA Announces Another Month Out Of Service Until September 30, Why Does It Take MTA 6 Months Or More To Fix Roosevelt Island Escalator?

As reported August 6, the Roosevelt Island F Train subway escalator from street to mezzanine has been out of service since last April.


The MTA has repeatedly claimed service will be resumed by May 20, then June 20, followed by July 31 and August 31.

The Roosevelt Island subway escalator has not been repaired as of today, September 3. Last Sunday, a Roosevelt Island Tipster reported:
Although I saw people working on the Roosevelt Island F train escalator earlier today, I also saw this updated sign. I don’t expect the escalator to be operational anytime soon.

According to the MTA Subway Elevator and Escalator web page:


MTA mechanics were seen working on the escalator last week


 and today


but why does it take 6 months or more to fix one Roosevelt Island subway escalator?

The MTA tweeted this explanation August 2:

Another Roosevelt Islander compares NYC subway to London's:

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Boat Crashes Into Roosevelt Island Bridge Early This Morning Snapping Off Mast - That's Why We Have Charts

The Twitterverse reports that a Catamaran crashed into the Roosevelt Island Bridge
 


this morning completely snapping off its mast.

The Long Island City Boathouse reminds boaters to be aware of the low Roosevelt Island Bridge with hashtag:
That's why we have charts

A recent Boston transplant to Roosevelt Island, and the new Dean at Cornell Tech notes:

A Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) spokesperson reports:
An inspection was conducted and completed by NYC DOT on the Roosevelt island 36th Avenue bridge. According to DOT there is NO structural damage to the bridge. The vessel that struck the bridge did have extensive damage to the mask. There were no injuries or any other damage.
Here's video of a March 2018 incident



of a sailboat hitting the Roosevelt Island Bridge and another incident of boat hitting bridge and capsizing in 2015, another crash in 2014 and
 
 Image From Rebecca Knell

2013.