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Sunday, June 23, 2019

You're Invited To Meet Your Friendly Roosevelt Island Neighborhood Scientists, Weill Cornell Medicine Postdoc Pub Talk At Nisi Restaurant Monday June 24 - Topic, The Fast and the Furious: Talks About Sperm Migration And Social Dominance

The Postdoctoral Association of Weill Cornell Medicine is hosting their third neighborhood Pub Talk event at Roosevelt Island's Nisi Kitchen (559 Main Street) Monday June 24..

You're invited to attend.

According to the Weill Cornell Medicine Postdocs:
Come meet your friendly neighborhood scientists! Two researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine will discuss what they are doing in the lab to advance the scientific frontier in sperm migration and social dominance research. June 24, 2019 - 7:30 PM at Nisi Kitchen (549 Main Street, Roosevelt Island).

Up first, Katherine Lopez will present "Top Mouse: The Development of Social Dominance". Social dominance is an essential component of social behavior across a multitude of species, from insects to primates. The emergence of a dominant individual can be linked to genetics; however, this behavior develops even in genetically identical individuals in controlled laboratory settings. So, what makes an individual dominant? Is it nature (innate) or nurture (learnt)? Are all socially dominant individuals alike (e.g., are all dominant individuals aggressive/bullies?). These are a few of the questions that will be discussed.

Next, Melanie Balbach will present “Survival of the fittest: A sperm's journey to fertilization”. The sperm overcomes a number of barriers on its way from ejaculation to an oocyte. Melanie will discuss how the physiology of the sperm adapts to overcome these barriers on it’s journey to fertilization, as well as how the uterus and the oocyte provide assistance to help the sperm reach its destination. Her research into how the sperm fuels it’s engine to reach the oocyte can be used to develop male contraceptives and treat reproductive diseases.

We hope to see you there!

RSVP Here (not required for entry)
Here's video from a previous Pub Talk on Schizophrenia and Borderline Personality Disorders.

Friday, June 21, 2019

MTA May Consider Adding Second Entrance/Exit To Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Station - This Weekend F Trains To And From Manhattan, Both Tram Cabins Working And Ferry Service Too, That's 9 In A Row

Good news, for the ninth week in a row, Roosevelt Island residents will have weekend F Trains running to and from Manhattan, both Tram Cabins operating and East River Astoria Route Ferry service.

Here's the new NYC Ferry 2019 Ferry Summer Schedule. 

More good news. During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book reported that there are no planned Roosevelt Island F Train weekend disruptions until August 16 weekend.

Mr Book took questions on a variety of Roosevelt Island subway and bus issues including morning rush hours overcrowding and promised to look into suggested solutions to relieve overcrowding. Mr Book added that the MTA might consider adding a second entrance/exit at the north side of the Roosevelt Island F Train station to better handle large crowd situations (see 10 minute 20 second mark of video below)

though he advised that:
... nothing in the works yet...
Asked about the best way to receive info about service disruptions, escalator and elevator outages Mr. Book suggested following the MTA twitter feed or MyMTA app.

Also,  the MTA is undergoing a redesign of the Queens Bus Network but Mr Book had no info on how that might effect Roosevelt Island residents using the Q102.

Here's video of Town Hall discussion with MTA's Mr. Book.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes June 21 To June 27 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Free Delivery With $75 Or More Order

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

invites you to check out their June 21 - June 27 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales items.

Don't forget the 10% Roosevelt Island Seniors Discount on Tuesday and Sign Up for the Gristedes Diamond Loyalty Rewards Program.

More Gristedes Supermarket information

available at their

 web site, Facebook Page and Twitter feed

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Resident Spots And Films Roosevelt Island Liukoushui Hot Pot Noodle Shop Cooking Meat Outside In Alley Next To Bucket & Mop - Management Responds "Will Get To Bottom Of This" And Will Provide "Only The Highest Of Quality In Every Aspect Of Our Service"

 Outdoor grilling and BBQing is welcome here on Roosevelt Island but a Roosevelt Island restaurant cutting meat outdoors in an alley next to a bucket and mop is not a good thing. A Facebook video posted yesterday shows an employee of the recently opened Roosevelt Island Liukoushui Hot Pot Noodle Shop doing just that. According to the Facebook posting:

LiuKouShui hot pot noodle, I really don’t think the neighborhood is gonna enjoy this one. This is super unsanitary. And it was raining outside!!!
Video is here.

The RI Daily Tweeted:

I asked the restaurant's representative:
There is a Twitter posting of what appears to be a Liukoshi Hot Pot employee cutting meat outside of the restaurant.

... Is this normal practice?

Any statement?

 The spokesperson replied:
... first and foremost thank you so much for bringing this to my attention, we are going to get to the bottom of this. Of course hygiene and complying with NYS health code is our top priority.

We will make sure all of our staff adheres to the NYS health code and provides only the highest of quality in every aspect of our service.
A customer reacted:

Since the Liukoushui Hot Pot Noodle Shop on Main Street last month, I have heard good reviews from residents.

Opening Night Of 2019 Roosevelt Island Outdoor Movie Series At Southpoint Park Friday June 21 Showing Spiderman Into The Spiderverse - Let's Hope For Good Weather

Hopefully the weather will cooperate tomorrow evening for the opening of the Roosevelt Island Summer Outdoor Movie Series at Southpoint Park.

Image Of June 22 Outdoor Movie Showing of Wonder Woman at Southpoint Park

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) kicks off its 2019 Outdoor Summer Movie Series this Friday, June 21st at Southpoint Park (south of the Tram and Cornell Tech) with Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse (Rated PG).

Movie night fun starts at 7 PM, with the film showing beginning at sundown. Food vendors will be on-hand throughout the night and a trivia contest with prizes will be held just before showtime!

Bring your chairs and blankets and get there early to pick out a great spot to enjoy the film. Event will be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather. Admission is free.

Here's the trailer from Spiderman- Into the Spider-verse

and the remaining schedule of movies for the 2019 Roosevelt Island Summer Movie Series at Southpoint Park:
  • Friday July 12 - Crazy Rich Asians,
  • Friday July 26 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind,
  • Saturday July 27 - Captain Marvel,
  • Friday August 2 - Ready Player One
  • Friday August 23 - Clueless
Enjoy and have fun.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Check Out The Brand New Merchandise For Sale At Roosevelt Island Historical Society Visitors Center Kiosk - Proceeds Help Support Mission Of RIHS

Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) President Judy Berdy reports:

We have great new merchandise by designer Julia Gash.

We now have 24" X 36" print of the island poster, available at the RIHS Visitor Center Kiosk

Please see the Rivercross Display window for a sample of all our merchandise

Also: In the next window are the coloring book pages that were artistically filled in by our kids, and some adults...>Enjoy!!
Merchandise available at the Visitors Center Kiosk includes:

  • TOTE BAGS​​​​​​​​​ $20
  • APRON​​​​​​​​​​ $24
  • MAGNETS​​​​​​​​​​ $5
  • POSTCARD ​​​​​​​​​$1.50
  • KITCHEN TOWEL​​​​​​​​$10​​​​​​​​​​
  • ART PRINT 24” X 36”​​​​​​​​ $100
Merchandise sales help support the mission and activities of the RIHS. Ms Berdy described what RIHS does during her May 29 Public Purpose Grants Community Review Presentation.