Sunday, June 25, 2017

Roosevelt Island Residents Online Advanced Ticket Registration For July 4 Fireworks Celebration At Southpoint Park & FDR Four Freedoms Park Begins Monday June 26 12 PM

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) will open July 4 Fireworks Celebration online advance ticket registration for Roosevelt Island residents only beginning Monday June 26 at 12 PM.

Click here for Roosevelt Island residents advanced July 4 ticket registration starting 12 PM Monday June 26..

Make sure to include the password shown in flyer.

According to RIOC:
... All attendees must register online to receive a free ticket to the fireworks viewing at Southpoint Park and Four Freedoms Park. You can register for up to FOUR free tickets PER HOUSEHOLD, using your name, home address, and email address. Children ages 4 and under do not need tickets.

Individuals registering multiple times will be eliminated from the system and WILL NOT RECEIVE TICKETS....

... The capacity for the event is 2,500 attendees total at both locations. Tickets guarantee access to both Southpoint Park and Four Freedoms Park...
Please note, registration tomorrow is only for Roosevelt Island residents.

General registration opens 1 PM Wednesday, June 28.

The advanced ticket registration information with password was supposed to have been sent to all residents from your building management.

Order Your Roosevelt Island Fresh Food For Seniors Mixed Bag Of Locally Grown Fruits & Vegetables At The Senior Center June 26, 27- Only $8 A Bag

Wendy Hersh reports on the return of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's Fresh Food For Seniors Program To Roosevelt Island.

According to Ms. Hersh:
Fresh Food For Seniors

Only $8.00 a Bag!!!!

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer’s Fresh Food for Seniors Program lets you order a mixed bag of fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables from local farmers. The program is pay-as-you-go, cash-only.

1. Place your order for a pre-packed, $8 bag of fresh food at:
Roosevelt Island Senior Center from 11am-1pm.

2. Pick up your produce the following Wednesday from 1pm-5pm, at the same place, and enjoy the best seasonal fruits and vegetables!

Order Date: June 26th & 27th Pick up: July 5th

For additional information, contact Wendy Hersh at
(646) 361-6469.

All bags must be picked up on deliver date!!!!!

Sponsored by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer & the Roosevelt Island Senior Center a program of the Carter Burden Network

Friday, June 23, 2017

Watch Pippin Performed By Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Teen Program - It's Wonderful!!!!!

The Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) Teen Theater Program performed Pippin last May.

Take a look at Act 1 from this very talented group of young people.

Click on the full screen icon for better view.

Check out the various programs available at Roosevelt Island's MST&DA.

Roosevelt Island R&R Summer Series Of Classical Music Begins Saturday June 24 At Good Shepherd Center - Bach, Janacek & Beethoven

The Roosevelt Island R&R Summer Series Concerts starts tomorrow, June 24 at the Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street)

Image From R&R Concerts

According to R&R Concerts:
The 2017 Summer Series begins this Saturday!

Bach Sonata No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017
Janáček Violin Sonata
Beethoven Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96

with Ralph Allen and Benjamin Hochman

7:30 pm Saturday, June 24, at Good Shepherd Center

2017 Summer Series

Saturday June 24 at 7:30
Thursday July 6 at 7:00
Friday July 21 at 7:30
Monday August 21 at 7:00

Concerts are presented at Good Shepherd Center with no admission fee.

Help kick off a second decade of extraordinary classical-music performances, and support the series with a tax-deductible contribution that will expand our schedule and keep the concerts free.

The 2017 Season is underwritten by Hudson/Related's Riverwalk Point and Pierre Courmont and Raymond M. Wapner Burton J. and Florence M. Kirshner and many more.

Details on these and additional fall concerts at

Do you play?

The Classical Musicians' Rehearsal Symphony Orchestra, also based on Roosevelt Island, is New York's only dedicated reading orchestra, welcoming the participation of musicians across the classical spectrum.

Coming up...

Thursday, June 29 12 noon until 2 p.m.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 5: Op. 67, C minor

Details at
Ah! Bach

Here's Glenn Gould-Yehudi Menuhin-J.S.

Bach-Violin Sonata No.4

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Gallery RIVAA Opening Reception For New Exhibit By Chinese Artists Saturday June 24 - Into The Classic: An Invitational Exhibition Of The Liaoning Province Artists Association

Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA is hosting an opening reception for a new international exhibit and you're invited. According to Gallery RIVAA:

Upcoming exhibition at Gallery RIVAA:
Date: June 24 - July 1, 2017
Title: "Into the Classic" An Invitational Exhibition of Liaoning Province Artists Association in China
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 24, 4-6pm

Gallery RIVAA presents "Into The Classic: An Invitational Exhibition of the Liaoning Province Artists Association"

PLC is hosting a special exhibition of eleven talented Artists from Liaoning Province in China.
Dates: June 24th through July 1st, 2017
Opening Reception: June 24th from 4-6 pm

These artists from China are members of Liaoning Province Artists Association. Led by Mr. Hongchen Lu, director of China Media Artists Association and director of Liaoning Province Artists Association, the artists brought over 30 pieces of their work to the "Into the Classic" exhibition. The works include oil paintings, pencil sketches and Chinese water color paintings.

Most of the artists were trained in China and some of them have had some Western education as well. Many of them have won national and international awards for their work. With disparate life experiences, their works show the influences of various artistic styles. They reflect the sentiments each of artists has about nature, life and the interplay of the two.

The group of artists includes: Hongchen Lu, Zidong Shi, Guangmao Zhang, Gen Wang, Shengnan Li, Dake Liu, Songming Li, Gaolu Han, Jianghua Li, Yi Niu, and Yan Zhou.

Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044.

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday & Fridays 6:00 - 9:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays 11:00am - 5:00pm

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Weekend - Tram Will Operate On Rush Hour Schedule 7 AM - 7 PM

According to the MTA:
F Jamaica-bound trains are rerouted via E the after 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av Weekend, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Jun 23 - 26

No Jamaica-bound service at 57 St, Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge.
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
The MTA has issued a weekend service advisory for the F train, which may affect travel plans. The Tram will run on a rush hour schedule from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM to accommodate any increase in traffic. Please plan your travel accordingly and visit or call 511 for more information.

For electronic updates on F Train service, sign up for MTA Alerts at

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 PTA Receives No Fee RIOC Permit To Manage Farmers Market - PTA Seeking Volunteers To Collect Rent From Farmers Market Vendors

The Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 PTA has been the long time manager of the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market.

Last week, a tipster reported the PTA asked for volunteers to help manager the Farmers Market. The tipster asked why the PTA is the Farmers Market manager?

217 PTA Urgently Needs Your Help for Farmer's Market Management & Event Planning for 2017-2018

Farmer's Market Volunteers Needed NOW!

Did you know that PTA Volunteers help manage the Roosevelt Island Farmer's Market?

We are in URGENT need of new community members to help the PTA manage the Roosevelt Island farmer's market. Our volunteers are primarily responsible for visiting the market on Saturdays and collecting rent payments from vendors. Ideally, a team of 2-3 people would help manage the market - taking turns visiting it each week.

Did you know that the rents from the farmer's market make up a sizable percentage of the PTA's annual operating budget?

The future of the RI Farmer's Market could be affected if we do not find new managers. Crucial funding for the PTA could also be put into jeopardy, which would result in cuts to the support and enrichments the PTA can provide 217.

So if you live nearby or regularly shop at the farmer's market, PLEASE HELP your community and school by getting involved today - email the PTA at
I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal:
... Does the PTA need a permit from RIOC to manage the Farmers Market and collect rents from the vendors? If yes, does the PTA have a permit to do so?

I don't ever recall any Request For Proposals from RIOC for a manager of the Farmers Market.

Do you think a RFP is required to manage the Farmers Market? If yes, will RIOC issue a RFP for the Farmers Market?
According to RIOC, the PS/IS 217 PTA received a permit dated April 7, 2017:
... for the purpose of operating a Farmers Market including the right to bring vendors, customers, personnel and equipment into the Licensed Premises. This permit is strictly for the following dates and times listed on the attached invoice....

This permit is subject to cancellation or termination at any time without prior notice by an officer of RIOC or an employee thereof so designated to act, who, in his/her sole discretion, determines that a violation has occurred....

... The License Fee Access Control Fee is hereby waived....
RIOC General Counsel Jacqueline Flug adds:
There was no RFP because RIOC was not procuring any services. RFPs are for procurement and done pursuant to State Finance Law and State procurement guidelines. RIOC does not operate the Farmer’s Market, we have simply given permission to the PA to use RIOC land for this. We have no other role in the Farmer’s Market. Accordingly, there are no plans for a future RFP either.
Below is the April 7, 2017 RIOC permit for the PS/IS 217 to manage the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market.

Click full screen icon to better read the permit.

June 23 Roosevelt Island Firefighters Field Outdoor Summer Movie Back To The Future Cancelled Due To Expected Rain Storm - Rain Date June 30

The 2017 Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movie Series was scheduled to start tomorrow with Back To The Future showing at Firefighters Field.

Image From 2016 Firefighters Field Outdoor Movie Showing Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

But, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced this afternoon:
Please be aware that the first movie showing in the Summer Movie Series, Back to the Future, has been postponed from tomorrow, Friday, June 23rd to next Friday, June 30th due to expected rain storms.
Below is the Roosevelt Island Summer Outdoor Movie Schedule .

and a little bit

of Back To The Future.

Roosevelt Island Resident Paul Feinman Confirmed As Associate Judge Of New York State Court Of Appeals Yesterday

Roosevelt Island resident Paul Feinman was confirmed yesterday as an Associate Judge of the NY State Court Of Appreals

The NY Times reports:
... Justice Feinman and his husband, Robert Ostergaard, a web publisher, live on Roosevelt Island. They are avid weekend gardeners and fierce Mets fans.

Justice Feinman is considered thoughtful and methodical, a judge whose decisions show empathy for the parties....
Click here for the full article.

According to this June 15 statement from Governor Cuomo's office:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will nominate Justice Paul G. Feinman to serve as an Associate Judge on the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. Justice Feinman is currently an Associate Justice on the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court and has served as a judge in New York for more than 20 years.

"Justice Feinman will be an exceptional addition to New York’s highest court," Governor Cuomo said. "He is a talented jurist who has dedicated his career to public service and standing up for a fairer and more just New York. While we continue to mourn the untimely passing of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, Justice Feinman will help ensure that the Court of Appeals upholds the highest principles of law and fairness that embody the very best of New York."

"It is a tremendous honor to be nominated to the Court of Appeals," Justice Paul G. Feinman said. "I thank Governor Cuomo for this opportunity to serve on the Court of Appeals and, if confirmed, look forward to working with my distinguished colleagues on the Court to continue to serve New York."

Justice Feinman has been nominated to fill the vacancy created earlier this year by the tragic death of the Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam. He is the eighth person that Governor Cuomo has nominated to serve on the New York State Court of Appeals. The Governor previously appointed Chief Judge Janet DiFiore and Associate Judges, Jenny Rivera, Abdus-Salaam, Leslie Stein, Eugene Fahey, Michael Garcia, and Rowan D. Wilson to the Court.

Justice Feinman was elected to the Supreme Court in 2007 and appointed Associate Justice of the Appellate Division by Governor Cuomo in 2012. He previously served as an Acting Supreme Court Justice from 2004 to 2007. Prior to that, he was a Civil Court Judge, first elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2006.

If confirmed, Justice Feinman would be the first openly gay person to serve on the Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Richard C. Failla LGBT Commission, which promotes fair treatment of LGBT issues and LGBT members of the court community. He was the President of the International Association of LGBT Judges between 2008 and 2011, and was President of the Association of Supreme Court Justices of the State of New York in 2015.

He began his legal career at the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, Criminal Appeals Bureau in 1985. From 1987 to 1989, Justice Feinman was a Senior Staff Attorney for the Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division in Manhattan. From 1989 to 1996, he was a Principal Law Clerk to Hon. Angela M. Mazzarelli. He received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1981 and a J.D. from University of Minnesota Law School in 1985.
Congratulations Judge Feinman.