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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Child Center Of NY Welcomed As New Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Beacon After School Provider With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Yesterday In Schoolyard

The Child Center of New York was welcomed as the new Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Beacon After School Program provider with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the schoolyard yesterday afternoon.

Celebrating the Child Center of NY PS/IS 217 Roosevelt Island Beacon After School ribbon cutting ceremony on its first day of providing services was NYC Council Member Ben Kallos, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal, Child Center of NY VP of Youth Development Nicholas Ferreira,  PS/IS 217 Principal Mandana Beckman, PS/IS 217 PTA President Erin Olavesen and PS/IS 217 students.

Following the Ribbon Cutting, students asked for and received their own piece of the ribbon as a souvenir.

According to this Press Release from Roosevelt Island NYC Council Member Ben Kallos:
Residents, elected officials, school and program administrators gathered yesterday September 18 at PS/IS 217 to welcome Child Center of NY to Roosevelt Island as the Beacon after-school program provider. In April of 2017, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) issued a request for proposal (RFP) for providers to offer Beacon after-school programming at the Roosevelt Island school to a growing population of school-aged children on the Island. By mid-summer, DYCD had selected a winner, Child Center of NY. Today the doors to the new Beacon after-school program were opened by Council Member Ben Kallos, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and other community leaders including Mandana Beckman Principal at PS/IS 217 where the programming will be held.

The Child Center of NY is based in Queens New York and has been a children’s care provider since 1953. Each year its services reach more than 26,000 children and families across New York City.

The programs and services offered by Child Center of NY are:
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Behavioral Health
  • Health Homes & Family Integrated Care
  • Prevention and Family Support
  • Youth Development
Beacon Youth Programs that will be serviced by Child Center of NY on Roosevelt Island are:
  • Academic Enhancement: Activities designed to help with school, including tutoring, homework help, reading clubs, and financial literacy
  • Life Skills: Activities designed to increase personal responsibility, self-esteem, and confidence.
  • Career Awareness/School to Work Transition: Activities designed to educate young people on career opportunities and assist with the transition to work or higher education
  • Civic Engagement/Community Building: Activities designed to strengthen leadership skills, community awareness, and civic responsibility.
  • Recreation/Health & Fitness: Activities designed to promote healthy lifestyles such as cooking programs and organized sports.
  • Culture/Art: Activities designed to provide students with opportunities to express themselves through music, dance, photography, and drama.

Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation Invites Neighbors To Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur High Holiday Services

The Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation reports:

Celebrate Rosh Hashanah with your neighbors at the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation’s High Holiday services.

At the RIJC, the oldest and longest-serving Jewish congregation on the Island, you will find members of all generations worshipping as a progressive, egalitarian and friendly community. Our spiritual leader, Rabbi Leana Moritt, has established a special warmth and, after 10 years here, knows every member and their family.

Erev Rosh Hashanah services will be held on Wednesday evening, September 20th at 7:30 pm in the sanctuary at 548 Main Street, down the stairs marked Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance. Access via elevator is also available through the breezeway at 556 Main Street.

Morning services will be held on Thursday, September 21 at 9:15 am, followed by tashlich at 1:30 pm; we will gather to symbolically relieve ourselves of the past and toss bread into the East River.

Child care is available for children ages two to ten. There will be a children’s service on Thursday, September 21 at 11:00 am.

Second day services will be held on Friday, September 22 at 9:15 am.

As part of Selichot and the preparation for the High Holy Days, Rabbi Moritt dedicated the new white Torah mantles and Ark curtain, which were donated by three congregant families.

 Image From Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation

(Donors of White Torah Mantles and Ark Curtain. Left to right: Steve and Rita Meed, Rabbi Leana Moritt, Jamie Silverstein, Aviva Diamant and Steve Kaufman.)

For more information about the High Holidays and Yom Kippur services on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30, worship services and programs throughout the year, please visit for details. You may call Nina Lublin, RIJC president, at 212-688-0003.

We look forward to seeing you for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Shanah tovah u’metukah.
More information available at the RIJC web site.

SPONSORED POST - Have you heard there’s a new Roosevelt Island Party Planning business in Town?!

Bespoke My Heart is a party/event planning, supplies, and rental boutique now serving Roosevelt Island since July 2017!

Always planning a party in her head way ahead of time, Natalia DiPalma decided to put her skills to good use and venture on a party/event planning business. After months of brainstorming what’s needed in our community, she, and her husband Eric, founded Bespoke my Heart, LLC with a mission to bring new services, products, and the best innovative party and event experiences to our community at an affordable price . . . AND without the need to leave Roosevelt Island!

Serving Children and Families:


With all the changes and advances in child development and play, their goal is to bring a new movement in kids’ party planning/hosting: Imagination Play and STEM parties

“We believe kids parties should be fun, unique, enjoyable events that promote safe and constructive/educational play for children ranging from infant to 10 years of age.” - Natalia DiPalma

Bespoke My Heart offers mobile, unique and interactive parties catered to everyone’s needs: packages range from DIY solutions (“Party-in-a-box”) to an all-included service (“Oh My Heart”) where you don't have to do a thing . . . except show up - of course!  

All of their packages include entertainment, decorations and party rooms on the Island! They can customize everything including:
Invitations Favors Paper Goods Tables Backdrops Balloons Food, Cakes, Deserts and more!

Bespoke My Heart parties are never one-dimensional and the experiences are all equally amazing. There are many options to choose from and each new party is unlike any other one created.  Their mobile play areas are fit for indoor and outdoor spaces,  and  include:

Shop 'Till You Drop! At the Marketplace Build and Fix at the Construction Site S'mores & More at the Campsite Be a Star on the Stage Sensory Table Prince & Princess Dress Up Unicorns and Rainbows Nail Salon Tattoos and Face-painting and much more!


Their “STEM Parties” take core educational concepts from the classroom and apply them to a party atmosphere. The results are amazing! Children have a blast and parents enjoy a more well-behaved and engaged gathering of beautiful young minds. Children can enjoy:

Little Picasso Paint Studio Art Station Play-Doh® Station Little Bakers Build a Robot Mad Scientists Dinosaur Dig and more!


Serving Adults and Businesses:
The fun doesn’t end with Kids Parties. Bespoke My Heart has been building up accounts with the Residential Buildings on the Island to bring fun and creative monthly events to our fellow residents. Look forward to one of their Karaoke Night events coming to a building community room near you in the next few months!

Showers, anniversaries or any party/event can also utilize the services of Bespoke My Heart to bring an added special touch, or even to coordinate the entire event from finding a space, to decorations, favors, catering, rentals and more!

BMH has also been instrumental in working with our new Cornell Tech neighbors, ensuring the opening events have everything they need to be successful.

Bespoke my Heart’s promise is to bring the best party service and affordability without having to leave our wonderful island.

At Bespoke My Heart we put the parts in parties. And our hearts, too!

They still have a few weekends available for outdoor parties!

Contact them at, by emailing or calling 646-397-8730.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Roosevelt Island Ferry Service On Astoria Route Suspended 9:15 AM - 3:40 PM Tuesday, September 19 Due To United Nations General Assembly

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

Due to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, service on the Astoria Ferry route will be Suspended between the hours of 9:15 am and 3:40 pm. Astoria service will be restored as of 3:40 pm from pier 11 and 4:05 pm from Astoria

for more information please visit:
Image From NYC Ferry

Wow - Check Out NASA Space Station Photo Of NYC Waterfront And Teeny Tiny Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island looks so tiny from the International Space Station.

The Waterfront Alliance tweets:

NYPD Arrests Man With Semi-Automatic Handgun On Board F Train At Roosevelt Island Subway Station This Morning

A Roosevelt Island tipster reported at about 7 AM this morning:

My husband was just at the subway and said the following: 5 police cars near subway. About 12 cops around one guy, cuffing him, near bench outside subway entrance.
According to the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:
In response to my inquiry, a NYPD spokesperson replied:
On Monday, September 18, 2017 at approximately 0614 hours there is a report for menacing. At the 169 Street Subway along the “F” line a 36 year-old male had a verbal dispute with a 27 year-old male suspect over seating inside of a subway car. The suspect pointed a semiautomatic handgun at the victim. The suspect was arrested at the Roosevelt Island Subway Station on board a southbound “F” train. The suspect was taken into custody and an unloaded firearm was recovered.



Criminal Possession of a Weapon

The Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Daily Report described the incident as follows:
9/18/17 – 0632 – 400 Main St. – Suspicious Activity – PSD/NYPD responded. NYPD arrested subject.