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Monday, July 16, 2018

Sponsored Post - TINKERGARTEN: Outdoor Play Based Kid Classes Coming To Roosevelt Island This Fall - Sign Up Now For More Info

Roosevelt Island Mom and Tinkergarten Leader Natalia DiPalma reports

Tinkergarten is a program that brings early childhood education to a park near you. In our classes, kids enjoy the freedom of independent exploration through well-designed play-based activities to promote the development of critical capabilities, including self-reliance, creativity, persistence and problem-solving. Tinkergarten classes are led by a trained, certified community of leaders — often parents — who bring a healthy, social, and engaging learning experience to their community.

I'm a local mom and I recently finished my training as a leader. I have been accepted to offer classes this fall for kids ages 1-8 years old. Classes will be held on Saturdays. I will be offering Trial classes on August 11, 18, and 25. The fall season will start on September 8th. For more information, you can email me at or sign up to my mailing list. Here is the link to my classes: 

To the kids, it’s a chance to get messy, solve mysteries, make friends and have fun. For us, it’s a chance to get together with like-minded parents and learn effective ways to play and learn with their kids.

I also run Bespoke My Heart, a party planning company on the island, and will be offering Tinkergarten Birthday Parties: Wildy Fun and Rooted in Play! These parties can be held in your own home, yard, or a nearby park.


I grew up in Venezuela where dirt, trees, sticks, and nature were our go-to toys. My favorite game was to make arepas, a staple food, out of the mud. Now, as a New Yorker for more than a decade, I found a little haven -and a reminder of these childhood memories - in a little island I call home: Roosevelt Island. I am a mom of two adorable, curious boys, Santiago (3) and Mateo (8m). I enjoy cooking, baking, gardening, playing outdoors, dancing and singing silly songs with my boys, and planning activities and theme parties for them. I'm honored to be part of the Tinkergarten family, I look forward to enjoying all the greenery this island has to offer, and I can't wait to meet you and your little ones soon! - Natalia DiPalma

For more information about Tinkergarten, please visit our website.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center Hosting SUNY Downstate Medical Center For Genomic Psychiatry Research Study - Seeking Participants To Give Family History And Swab Sample Monday July 16 & Wednesday July 18, Will Receive $25 Or $50 Compensation For Your Time

The Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center is hosting the SUNY Downstate Medical Center Genomic Psychiatry Cohort research study on Monday July 16 and Wednesday July 18.

According to the SUNY Downstate Medical Center Genomic Psychiatry Cohort:
The Genomic Psychiatry Cohort was founded by Drs. Michele and Carlos Pato to enroll a large clinical cohort of patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, OCD, and control participants.

The GPC was formed from an initial population of ~10,000 participants from earlier studies. Over the past six years, we have enrolled an additional 23,000 participants. (~9,000 Caucasian, ~5,000 African American, ~8,000 Latino, ~1,000 other). Along with Downstate Medical Center participation we hope to enroll another 15,000 - 20,000 participants....
More info on the study here.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Cornell Tech Partners With Technion For Robotics Workshop Yesterday At Roosevelt Island Campus Teaching NYC High School Students Reverse Engineering, 3D Printing, Internet Of Things & More

Professors from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and their partners at Cornell Tech Jacobs Institute collaborated yesterday conducting two Robotics workshops for NYC high school students at the Tata Innovation Center on the Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island campus.

The first workshop was on Engineering and 3D Making.

According to the workshop sylabus:
Students will dissect a small machine, analyze how the parts function, then design and 3D print their improved solutions. Students will learn the principals of design thru reverse engineering and develop skills in project analysis, digital design and making.
The students, including several from Roosevelt Island, reversed engineered a computer fan component, redesigned it and 3D printed the new fan in the

Cornell Tech Makers Lab.

The second workshop

was learning about the internet of things by making a smart connected robot:
Students will create an app to control a robot using the internet of things platform ThingWork. The Cloud dashboard they produce will direct the robot to use sensors to weigh and sort objects. Students will learn Internet of Things concepts, smart connected products and robot communications.
Cornell Tech Director of K-12 Education Diane Levitt tweeted
Ms Levitt adds:

Earlier in the week, the Technion robotics instructors, led by Professor Igor Verner, held robotics workshops for NYC High School teachers as well.

Cornell Tech and Technion hope to do more such workshops in the future.

Sponsored Post - Summer Sunset Sundays At Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park - Enjoy Twilight Evenings With Unparalleled Views Of Manhattan & Queens

The Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park invites you to Summer Sunset Sundays in July.

Enjoy twilight evenings at the Park on Sundays in July as we stay open until 8:30pm. Summer Sunset Sundays will take place on July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.

Free; no registration required.

The location of the Park offers unparalleled views of both Manhattan and Queens.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan, 57th Street F Train Station Closed Thru December, Both Tram Cabins Working & NYC Ferry Service Has More Summer Service

According to the MTA:

STATION ENHANCEMENTS | 9:45 PM Fri, Jul 13 to 5 AM Mon, Jul 16 Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via E the after 47-50 Sts, Manhattan to Roosevelt Av, Queens

No Jamaica-bound service at Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge.
STATION ENHANCEMENTS | Until December 2018 57 St F Station is closed
Both Roosevelt Island Tram Cabins are in operation and the MTA Vending machine at Roosevelt Island Tram station is working.

There is Roosevelt Island ferry service on the Astoria Route. Here's the new summer schedule for Roosevelt Island ferry service.

UPDATE 7/15 - Roosevelt Island has R Train service to and from Manhattan this weekend. Resident Janet Falk reports:
On Saturday 7/14, I waited for the F subway to Manhattan around 5:30 pm. There were at least 60 people on the platform waiting to go to Queens. Suddenly, there was a loudspeaker announcement that there was “No subway service to Queens.” All the passengers left.

A few minutes later, some passengers arrived on the platform. Then an R train arrived, and the newly arrived Queens-bound passengers boarded it.

The MTA signs posted in the subway were WRONG, as was the RIOC advisory. There is no F service, but there is R service running partially on the F route to and from RI.
According to the MTA:
R trains run in both directions between 57 St-7 Av and 21 St-Queensbridge , making stops at Lexington Av/63 St and Roosevelt Island, resuming normal service at 36 St, Queens.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Roosevelt Island Public Safety Officers Complete Training In Use Of Naloxone As Antidote For Opioid Overdose - PSD Officers Will Carry Portable Pocket Size Injection Device

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson reports:
The opioid public health crisis that began years ago in other parts of the country recently surging across New York City, now has an additional opponent to combat: the 39 men and women of the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department.

Roosevelt Island PSD Special Patrol Officer Yeison Gutierrez holding the emergency pouch of Naloxone

This week, half of the department’s officers completed a special training, which allows PSD to carry a portable-pocket size device that injects the opiate antidote, naloxone, at the emergency response scenes of drug overdoses. The second half of officers will complete the training next week.

“Naloxone, also called Narcan, saves lives by immediately reversing the effects of heroin, a citizen could be suffering from,” PSD Chief Jack McManus said Thursday after announcing the move to allow the peace officers to carry and administer the prescription medication

More than 20,000 City of New York Police Department (NYPD) police officers also carry naloxone.

During the past three years, there were an estimated 2,700 overdose deaths in New York City; a toll that’s more than twice the combined numbers of murders and traffic deaths recorded in the city during that same period.

Some of the biggest jumps in overdose incidents and death rates for heroin use in the metro area include youth between the ages of 18-to-34 years old; and of citizens living in the North Bronx, eastern Queens, Westchester County and Long Island, city and federal data show.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half a million-people died, across the country from drug overdoses between 2000 and 2015. Opioid use specifically is increasing, with heroin deaths tripling nationwide in the same period. Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose.

In September 2016, the U.S. Office of the Attorney General issued a memorandum calling the opioid epidemic a “public health crisis.” The memorandum called for the use of naloxone to prevent overdose deaths.

Police officers, who increasingly end up serving as first responders in drug overdose situations, have played a significant role in fighting the overdose epidemic in other cities across the county.

“This crisis has become a national public health emergency,” McManus said. “I’m very proud that our department is not only prepared to enforce laws about narcotics, but also potentially save lives of those suffering from narcotics, as well.”

This training was the last chapter in a series of mental health sessions; focusing on family, mental health and senior citizens. RIOC acknowledges the work of Island resident Lynne Shinozaki in producing this series.
NYC Health has more on opiod overdose and use of Naloxone as an antidote.

Fortunately, there have been no reported incidents of opioid overdoses on Roosevelt Island.