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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Long Lines Past The Turnstyle And Down Stairs Greet Roosevelt Island Tram Riders On First Evening Commute With Only Single Tram Cabin Running For Tram Station Repairs - It Was Horrific Says One Resident

A Roosevelt Island Tram rider shares these photos and reports:
It's now 6 PM

Line is stretched beyond turnstiles


Roosevelt Island East River Ferry Service Begins August 29 Says Mayor deBlasio Today

NYC Mayor Bill deBlasio announced today that Roosevelt Island Ferry Service will begin August 29 during a press briefing at Long Island City's Hunters Point Park South LIC Landing Deck.

Here's ferry service briefing from earlier today.

Will have more on Roosevelt Island ferry service tomorrow.

Stay tuned.

Cornell Tech Given Red Banner Welcome To Roosevelt Island By RIHS - You're Invited To August 5 Explore Roosevelt Island Together Community Day

Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) President Judy Berdy offered a red banner welcome to Cornell Tech at the RIHS Visitors Center Kiosk yesterday. Ms Berdy shares these photos and reports:

The RIHS has welcomed our new neighbors with a banner celebrating the arrival of Cornell Tech.

Standing on the terrace of the Visitor Center Kiosk are: Bill Willard (kiosk staff), Judith Berdy (RIHS President), Floyd Young, Jane Swanson, Julie Delay, Jesse Rivera, Scott Yost, Andrew Ferrera, and Andrew Fowler of Cornell Tech.
Also, welcomed was Cornell Tech Director of Capital Planning Andrew Winters.

As reported July 19:
... The Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech campus and new Tech Cafe were originally scheduled to open on Monday July 17. However, the campus and cafe public opening has been delayed for a few days. According to a Cornell Tech spokesperson the campus and Cafe opening:
... will be a rolling process over the next couple weeks,...
and students/staff will begin moving into the Residential building starting August 1....
 The Twitterverse reports:
On August 5, the Roosevelt Island community is invited to explore the new Cornell Tech campus.

According to Cornell Tech:
Co-hosted by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Dean Dan Huttenlocher
Saturday August 5, 2017
Cornell Tech
2 West Loop Road
  • Free Family Fun
  • Breakfast
  • Close up look at the Cornell Tech building exteriors
  • DJ
  • Fun photo station
  • Activities for kids
  • Giveaways
Registration required
Please RSVP 

The event is open to Roosevelt Island residents and Cornell Tech community only.
Click here to Register.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

You're Invited To Share Ideas To Help Roosevelt Island Senior Community With Cornell Tech Women In Technology & Entrepreneurship In New York Program Tea And Cookie Chat Wednesday July 26

The Cornell Tech Women In Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York program is hosting a Tea and Cookie Chat seeking your ideas to help Roosevelt Island Seniors.

According to Cornell Tech:


Will you help with a student project?

Are you an older adult? Do you have parents or grandparents on RI? Are you interested in volunteering with older adults?

Cornell Tech’s WiTNY Summer Guild students want to hear your ideas about how to help the Roosevelt Island Senior Center better serve older adults on RI.

Please join us for conversation, tea and cookies

Wednesday, July 26th from 10am - 12 noon

at one of these locations:
  • Roosevelt Island Senior Center (546 Main St.)
  • Gallery RIVAA (527 Main St.)
Feel free to drop in anytime between 10:00 and 12:00

while the students are there.

Your thoughts and ideas will be most welcome!

Questions? Please contact Jane Swanson or 646-220-1505

WiTNY (Women in Technology & Entrepreneurship in NY) is a partnership between Cornell Tech and CUNY to increase the number of women in tech in NYC. Summer Guild is a program for recent high school graduates who will begin a CUNY college in the fall.
Here's more on WITNY

and a presentation by WITNY Founding Program Director Judith Spitz to the July 25, 2016 Roosevelt Island Construction and Community Task Force meeting.

What are your ideas to help Roosevelt Island Seniors?

RISA invites You To July 25 Screening For Echoes Of History Documentary - Featuring Interviews With Roosevelt Island Seniors About Life During President Franklin D. Roosevelt Era

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) President Barbara Parker reports:

Hi Everyone,

In 2016, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy launched a new initiative that paired two high school interns from Studio in a School’s Bloomberg Arts & Culture Internship Program with a documentary filmmaker

to capture and document stories from older New Yorkers who lived during the FDR era, including members of the Roosevelt Island community.

Using an inter generational approach that introduces young historians to FDR’s policies through interviews with the people directly affected by them, these stories will not only remind people of the tremendous impact Roosevelt had on this country, but connect a younger generation to a political legacy that continues to shape their lives today.

RISA will be sharing this wonderful documentary with the community Tuesday, July 25th) from 6:30-7:30pm at the Senior Center, 546 Main Street - 12th floor Multipurpose Room.

Hope you all can join us.

For more information contact us at:

Monday, July 24, 2017

Long Time Roosevelt Island Resident & Artist Arline Jacoby Profiled By NY Times Sunday Routine

The July 21 NY Times Sunday Routine feature profiled long time Roosevelt Island resident Arline Jacoby

Click here for the full NY Times article.

Here's Ms. Jacoby welcoming Chinese artists to the June 24 Opening reception at RIVAA Gallery for Exhibition of Liaoning Province Artists Association in China.

The Roosevelt Island Daily has more on Ms. Jacoby including this video

from her 2011 Made In America Gallery RIVAA exhibit.

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