Sunday, April 30, 2017

Yahoo, Roosevelt Island Sportspark Pool Re-Opening tomorrow, May 1 Says RIOC President

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal reported April 20 that she hopes the Sportspark pool re-opens May 1.

A reader asked this morning about the pool:

Sportspark? Is it open tomorrow? Is there open swim?

The answer is yes.

RIOC President Susan Rosenthal confirmed that the Sportspark pool will open tomorrow, adding:
Will update when more information available.

I Spy A Gorgeous Photo Of Chrysler Building Seen Through Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossoms

From the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

Saturday, April 29, 2017

You're Invited To International Jazz Day Celebration Sunday April 30 At Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA

Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA invites you to their International Jazz Day Celebration tomorrow. According to Gallery RIVAA:

International Jazz Day Celebration

Jazz Session

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Come and celebrate International Jazz Day at Gallery RIVAA
After the Roosevelt Island International Jazz Day concert, check out the International Jazz Day Global Concert


Midnight Power Outage At Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Station Today - No Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Service, Maintainers Are On Scene Says MTA

Shortly after midnight this morning, power went out at the Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Station:

Since that time and as of 8:35 AM, there is no Roosevelt Island F Train service in either direction.
According to the MTA:
Service Change Posted: 04/29/2017 8:21AM

Due to a loss of power at Roosevelt Island, F Subway trains are bypassing Roosevelt Island in both directions.

Maintainers are on scene making repairs.

For service in and out of Roosevelt Island, take the Q102 bus.

Allow additional travel time.
The 18 consecutive weekends of Roosevelt Island F Train subway service to and from Manhattan is over.

UPDATE 9:50 AM - The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
F train service is still temporarily out of service on Roosevelt island due to a black out at the station.
alternant transportation use is the Q102 BUS TO QUEENS PLAZA OR THE ROOSEVELT ISLAND TRAM TO 60 STREET
UPDATE 10:55 AM - Power and service restored to Roosevelt Island F train station.

It was a nightmare said worker.
UPDATE 6:20 PM - According to RIOC:
Due to power outages specific to the Roosevelt Island F train station, the elevators and escalators are out of service; therefore the RIOC Red Bus will provide shuttle service to and from Manhattan.

Schedule information is as follows:

ROOSEVELT ISLAND TO MANHATTAN: Departs hourly from the Roosevelt Island Tram Plaza at the Visitor's Kiosk beginning at 7:00PM. Additional stops are located at 546 Main St. (opposite Good Shepherd Plaza) and 580 Main Street (opposite 591 Plaza).

MANHATTAN TO ROOSEVELT ISLAND: Departs hourly from the southwest corner of 58th Street and 2nd Avenue beginning at 7:30PM. Additional stops are located at 645 Main St. (P.S./I.S. 217), 579 Main St. (M&D Deli), 543 Main St. (Good Shepherd Plaza), 425 Main St. (Riverwalk Bar & Grill), and the Roosevelt Island Tram Plaza. The last trip from Manhattan will be 10:30PM.

If you have any questions, please call the Public Safety Department at 212-832-4545.

Thank you for your patience.
UPDATE 9:15 PM - Here we go again. Power is out at the Roosevelt Island F Train subway station tonight.
UPDATE 10:30 AM 4/30 - Power was restored again to the station early in the morning and Trains are stopping at Roosevelt Island.
UPDATE 8:50 PM 4/30 - Frank Farance shares this video taken Saturday morning from passing F Train of Roosevelt Island subway station in dark

because of the power outage. Click on full screen icon for better view.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Roosevelt Island Octagon Field Comfort Stations Closed Until Further Notice Says RIOC Due To Emergency Plumbing Repairs - Portable Toilets On Site

 Image From Field Finder

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Please be advised that, due to emergency plumbing repairs, the Octagon Comfort Station is currently closed until further notice. Portable toilets are on site today, Friday, April 28th. Due to the heavy use of the Octagon Field, they will be serviced and cleaned daily.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Check Out Roosevelt Island Soup Lady Margot Reiss Every Saturday At Farmers Market - Watch How Soup Is Made At Queens EDC Entrepreneur Space Kitchen Business Incubator

Roosevelt Island resident Margot Reiss is the Kitchen 36 Homemade Soup Lady at the Roosevelt Island Saturday Farmers Market. Ms. Reiss sells her soups rain or shine in good weather and bad.

According to Ms. Reiss:
All of our soups are made from scratch using local and seasonal ingredients, fresh herbs, fresh meat (never frozen), dried beans (never canned), non-GMO products where available, such as non-GMO canola oil, and our dairy comes from family farms.

At Kitchen 36 our soups are slow-simmered in small batches to bring out the flavor of the ingredients. We do NOT use soup starters, preservatives, additives, or any artificial ingredients. Our soups are also LOW in salt and fat, but big on flavor. There is NO SUGAR in any soup except for our Black Bean and Curried carrot, which contains a drop of raw cane sugar. Each batch we make takes about eight hours from start to finish. All of our soups are packaged immediately after cooling and frozen to preserve their freshness.

We offer a variety of Beef, Chicken, Vegetarian, and Vegan choices. The soups vary sometimes due to availability of seasonal ingredients. Please check our "News" page for updates on what we're serving up each week. Soups are sold frozen in 16 oz or 32 oz containers. Soups can also be purchased at the Roosevelt Island Farmer's Market. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at

Check out the menu and prices here.

Ms Reiss makes her soup at the Queens Economic Development Corporation Entrepreneur Space Kitchen business incubator close by in Long Island City.

Recently, Roosevelt Island resident Frank Farance visited Ms. Reiss who shows us her operation
This is Margot's operation, she makes wonderful soups!

Also, a time lapse video of the 6 hour soup preparation in 90 seconds from Mr. Farance.

Mr. Farance has more pictures of Margot Reiss and the Kitchen 36 soup preparation at the Kitchen Incubator here.

Ms Reiss hopes to start an online ordering system soon too.

Stop by the Farmers Market on Saturday, say hi to Margo and try out the soup. Check out the Kitchen 36 web site for more information.

The Streak Continues, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, That's 19 In A Row - Local F Service To Queens Too

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

That's 19 weekends in a row of Roosevelt Island F train service to and from Manhattan. The last Roosevelt Island weekend F train service disruption was December 16-19, 2016.

F Jamaica-bound trains run local from 21 St-Queensbridge to 71 Av Weekend, 12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, Apr 29 - May 1

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

Paul Calendrillo New York Art Gallery Closing Tomorrow, But Looking For New Roosevelt Island Space And Hoping To Re-Open Soon - You're Invited To Closing Reception April 29

Roosevelt Island resident Paul Calendrillo,

owner of the Paul Calendrillo New York Art Gallery,

reports the Gallery will be closing tomorrow but hopes to open in a new Roosevelt Island space soon.

According to Mr. Calendrillo:
We Are Moving

Gallery will close permanently on April 29th

Join us for our closing reception on Saturday

April 29th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Our run here at 507 Main St. has been financially rewarding and we have enjoyed introducing some of the most promising New York artists to Roosevelt Island. We sincerely appreciate your warm response to our artists and us.

Here are some interesting facts. Approximately 50% of our sales have been from “off the Island” clients. We have talked to hundreds of people, many of whom have never visited the Island and found it very convenient and beautiful once they came. Although the space has been vacated for some time, we had five businesses approach us to inquire renting the space on a longer-term basis and one did. This occurred from our first week in operation.

We developed a loyal following that came to every exhibition and even tourists stopped by to sign our guest book. We even included a few Island residents in one of our shows. For these reasons, we are pursuing new space on the Island. Check the local press coverage for news or sign our guest book and include your email address if you would like updates directly from us. Thanks again for all your support.

Paul and Marian Calendrillo
I spoke with Mr. Calendrillo last September about his plans for the Gallery.

The Calendrillo's did a great job with their Gallery. Hope they open in a new space soon.

A new tenant will be taking over the space.

Garbage And Rat Playground In Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Courtyard - Principal Says School Not Allowed To Use Dumpsters And Sanitation Department Does Not Always Remove Garbage On Scheduled Days

A Roosevelt Island tipster reports:

PS/IS 217 doesn't put their garbage in containers

and it's a playground for rats as you can see from the video.

It's disgusting/disturbing. I've talked to our landlord about it and they've said they reached out but there's been no change.
I asked Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Principal Mandana Beckman about the garbage and rat problem raised by the tipster's complaint.

Ms Beckman replied:
As the community knows, a determination was made by the DOE to remove trees from PS/IS 217's rear courtyard that were, unfortunately, growing unevenly and leaning. These trees and their roots had created potential hazards to our building, and also made our rear emergency exits unusable for our students, creating a safety concern for our students and staff. We have also heard concerns about rats in the area, and share those concerns.

217 is anxious to replant this area, to remove the tripping hazards, and to replant and beautify the rear courtyard. At this point, our plans are on hold due to an unexplained cancellation due to weather by the only DOE contractor responsible for root grinding and removal. We urge the DOE to help us ready this area for planting this spring, and also to assist with the leveling of the land and rat abatement.

Despite raising concerns with the NY Department of Sanitation, 217 has been advised by the Sanitation Department that 217 is not permitted to use dumpsters and the Sanitation Department from Queens does not always come to remove the school's garbage on the scheduled days.

We look forward to working with the community to improve the situation. We also look forward to working with our PTA, students, parents and members of the community to replant and rebuild this Spring.