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Monday, May 21, 2018

You're Invited To Open Doors Reality Poetry Night Presented By Coler Hospital Residents Harmed By Gun Violence Tuesday May 22 At Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA

Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA and the Angelica Patient Assistance Program are hosting a night of Open Doors Reality Poetry presented by Coler Hospital residents on Tuesday, May 22 from 6 - 8 PM at Gallery RIVAA (527 Main Street). You're invited.

According to Open Doors Reality Poets:
On Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018, from 6 to 8 pm, OPEN DOORS Reality Poets – alongside World Slam Finalist Joel François – will offer a glimpse into their complex perspective through a night of spoken word, a video chronicling members’ lives “before and after the chair,” and visual art.

OPEN DOORS is an initiative of the Angelica Patient Assistance Program, which seeks to improve the lives of economically disadvantaged New Yorkers living in long-term care facilities.

OPEN DOORS is a pioneering effort to harness the creativity and leadership potential of a group of men harmed by gun violence to become positive forces in their communities and beyond. Members receive artistic guidance, professional training, and a platform for their voices.

Members live at NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler on Roosevelt Island. They share a common thread but are not limited to that bond.

On May 22nd, take the time to see how a mile is traveled in their wheels. But don't feel sorry for these slick talking storytellers; lend them your heart and ears but check your sorrow at the door.
Open Doors adds:
LeVar Lawrence, who as a kid went from drawing on paper to drawing on walls in project staircases. In August 2005, a bullet severed his spinal cord. “Now instead of drawing with my hands I take pictures and manipulate them with digital art software.”
LeVar Lawrence writes:
Only if he had raised his arm about an inch or two / I wouldn’t have to be telling my story to you / ... I can’t even teach my son how to play ball / Or pick up and run if he needs me at the drop of a call / Is this a punishment for all the wrong that I did? / Now I’ve been sentenced to this wheelchair doing a life-sentence bid

Image From LeVar Lawrence
Here are some readings from the 2017 Open Doors Project Angelica Poety Slam at Gallery RIVAA.

More info available on Angelica Patients Assistance Program and Open Doors Reality Poets.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) Board Nominations Open Thru Monday May 21

Nominations are open for Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) Board Members.

For more info, please email RISA.

Report From RIOC President Susan Rosenthal - 2018 Macy's July 4 Fireworks Celebration On East River, Meeting With Citibke On Coming To Roosevelt Island, Summer Youth Center Plans & More

During May 17 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors meeting, RIOC President Susan Rosenthal reported:

1- 2018 Macy's July 4 Fireworks will be on East River this year giving Roosevelt Island fantastic views of the celebration,

2- Meeting next week to discuss bringing Citibke docking stations to Roosevelt Island. Talks will include possible locations.

3- Says receiving wonderful reports of RIOC Youth Center doing well.

Future plans for Roosevelt Island Youth Center. Planning summer basketball league, gardening program and Saturday teen nights. Beacon Summer Camp.

RIOC Closing Youth Center during summer for renovations of building. 2nd floor of Sportspark to be used by older youth when Youth Center building is closed during summer.

4 - Here's the complete RIOC President's Report from Ms Rosenthal including info on June 16 Roosevelt Island Day, which RIOC will be producing by themselves for first time, Tram Platform Repair work, Motorgate painting and repair and more.

You're Invited To Chabad Of Roosevelt Island Shavuot Dairy & Ice Cream Celebration Of 10 Commandments Sunday May 20

The Chabad of Roosevelt Island invite you to The Ten Commandments & Shavuot Celebration 10 AM Sunday, May 20 at the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center ( 548 Main Street). According to the Chabad of Roosevelt Island, the Celebration features:

Dairy Lunch & Ice Cream Party. Reading of the Ten Commandments followed by a scrumptious Dairy Buffet. Bring your kids for an incredible program and ice cream bash.

To RSVP or more information please contact

More info available at Chabad Of Roosevelt Island web site.

Stay Up All Night - a Shavuot song.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - F Train Service To And From Manhattan, Only 1 Tram Cabin Working & NYC Ferry Service Available

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.


SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS | 9:30 PM Fri, May 18 to 5 AM Mon, May 21 F Service is rerouted in Manhattan and Brooklyn...

... No F service at 57 St, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 23 St, 14 St, W 4 St, B'way-Lafayette St, 2 Av, Delancey St/Essex St, East Broadway, and York St.

F service operates between Jamaica-179 St and Lexington Av-63 St, and via the Q express to/from
Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr...

Image From MTA
Remember there will be only 1 Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin operating this weekend. As previously reported:
... Construction work on the Tram Station platforms, at both Roosevelt Island and Midtown Manhattan, will resume this Wednesday, May 16; and continue for up to 30 days reducing commuter service to one cabin. The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) will operate a free, weekday roundtrip Red Bus service from 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. to help alleviate evening rush-hour waiting and congestion...
Plan for long lines at the Tram Station.

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal reported to May 17 RIOC Board meeting on Tram Platform repair work resulting in only 1 Tram Cabin in operation for up to next 30 Days.

You can take the very pleasant Astoria Route NYC Ferry to and from Roosevelt Island.

UPDATE - New NYC Ferry Summer Schedule starting May 21.

Here's the Astoria Route schedule for Roosevelt Island.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Roosevelt Island Helix Repairs & Octagon Sports Field Renovations Among Items On RIOC Board Of Directors Meeting Today - Current Octagon Field Lights Still Need Fixing

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

Prior to the start of the RIOC Board meeting, there will be a public comment period. Sign up here to speak at the meeting.

According to RIOC:






5:30 P.M.[1]

I. Call to Order

II. Roll Call

III. Approval of Minutes

1. April 18, 2018 Board Meeting (Board Action Required)

IV. Old Business

New Business
Presentation/Update by Assistant VP of Capital Planning and Projects on the Helix Repairs.

Authorization to Enter into Contracts for Architectural and Engineering Services (Board Action Required)

Authorization to Enter into Contract with Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP for Design Services in Connection with the Octagon Sports Field Project (Board Action Required)

President’s report

Committee Reports

a. Audit Committee

b. Governance Committee

c. Operations Advisory Committee

d. Real Estate Development Advisory Committee

Public Safety Report

[1] The RIOC Board Meeting will commence following a public comment period. The public comment period is not part of the meeting.
Current Octagon Field Lights still need to be fixed reports Twitter.
May 17 RIOC Board meeting Agenda and Board materials here.