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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

CBS Channel 2 News Visits Roosevelt Island And Gets Tour With RIOC Staff - Our Own Little Utopia Says RIOC, People Live Here For The Peace & Quiet

CBS Channel 2 news reporter Elle McLogan toured Roosevelt Island recently and spoke with Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Chief Operating Officer Shelton Haynes and Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson.

According to Mr. Haynes:

... It's our own little Utopia in the middle of NYC...
Mr Robertson responds to a question of why people choose to live on Roosevelt Island saying:
... For the peace and quiet...
Mr Robertson adds:
... When the island was first developed, there was a lot of concern and thought put into having a place that would be easily accessible to people with disabilities, that would be easily accessible for seniors, people with children, people with different incomes, and people of different cultural and racial backgrounds. That was one of the unique features of the island that a lot of people don’t know [about]. And the people that live here are very proud of that...
Watch the full Channel 2 News Roosevelt Island segment.

Monday, June 18, 2018

NYC First STEM Center Summer Program On Roosevelt Island For Middle School Students - Learn 2 & 3D Design/Fabrication, Laser Cutting, 3D Printers & More

NYC First CEO Michael Zygman reports:

NYC FIRST, one of the largest K-12 STEM education organizations in New York City, runs immersive, hands on robotics and STEM education programs that serve 7,000 students annually. We have been running our programs for nearly 20 years in New York City, and we are proud to have our first STEM Center in the city here on Roosevelt Island.

I wanted to let you know about an opportunity for Roosevelt Islanders that NYC FIRST is hosting this summer at our STEM Center, at 544 Main Street.

We're running three week-long summer courses from July 16 - August 3 for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders at a discounted price of $200 per week due to the generous support of our donors.

This program is a good opportunity for middle school students to learn about 2D and 3D design and fabrication, as well as physical computing, and to have them learn how to use laser cutters and 3D printers, among a range of other equipment at the STEM Center. You can learn more about our Summer Program here:

For questions from anyone who is interested, please feel free to email us at summer@nycfirst.org
Click here for more info on NYC First STEM Center which will be moving from current temporary location at 544 Main Street to the Cornell Tech campus in September.

Also, NYC First is:
... seeking Mentors to offer guidance to our students during open hours at the Roosevelt Island location. We are specifically looking volunteers who can offer 1-3 hours of their time each week and are regularly available one day a week (Tuesday - Friday) between 4pm and 7pm.

Responsibilities would include helping to monitor the space while offering your skills to help students with personal projects.
Mr. Zygman described the Roosevelt Island NYC First Stem Center during an Open House last January.



Check out NYC First Summer STEM program here.

Here's more on the



First STEM program.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Scenes From Saturday's Roosevelt Island Day - Flower Plantings, Rides, Games, Petting Zoo, Blood Drive, Bike Tune Up, Politcos, Concert And Lots Of Family Fun Festivities

It was a beautiful sunny Roosevelt Island Day Celebration


of flower plantings,


Rides,


Games


animal petting zoo


Bicycle Tune Up


and Blood Drive


Local elected politicians Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and State Senator Jose Serrano,
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney


and her Democratic Primary opponent Suraj Patel


chatted with Roosevelt Island residents as did local Democratic club seeking ballot petition signatures.
Here are more pictures from the June 16 Roosevelt Island Day (Click full screen icon at bottom right for better view)



and a tour of the Good Shepherd Plaza festivites.



Also, evening concert with Funktion - I Wanna Dance With Somebody.



One Roosevelt Island family celebrates their last Roosevelt Island Day.
The Roosevelt Island Garden Club has more.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Ear Drum Blasting Music Across East River Under Queensboro Bridge Disturbs Roosevelt Island Residents Last Night, Over 100 Complaint Calls To Public Safety - Queensbridge Native Nas & Kanye West Host Listening Party For New Album

About 10 PM last night, Roosevelt Island residents started hearing VERY, VERY, VERY LOUD MUSIC BLASTING through their apartment windows.

 I received this message:

Any idea what the loud music is about?
Over 100 Roosevelt Island residents called the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department to find out what was going on and to complain about the excessive noise.

In response, RIOC sent out this advisory about 11:20 PM
THERE IS A CONCERT IN QUEENSBRIDGE PARK WHICH IS CREATING EXCESSIVE NOISE ON ROOSEVELT ISLAND. NYPD HAS BEEN NOTIFIED AND THEY HAVE ADVISED THAT ANY NOISE COMPLAINTS BE DIRECTED TO 311.
It turns out Rapper Nas hosted a listening party and live streaming show for his new Kanye West produced album Nasir under the Queensboro Bridge between Vernon B'lvd and the East River next to the Queensbridge Housing projects where he grew up.
Today, RIOC Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson reported:
We received more than 100 calls regarding the Queensbridge Park music last night, which was actually a listening party for rapper Nas’ new album that was produced by Kanye West. Nas grew up in the Queensbridge Housing development. We did not receive any prior notice that this was taking place. We did learn that the organizers had a permit for the event...

... There’s not really much residents can do, besides calling 311.
The Twitterverse reports:
Kanye West must like the East River waterfront area. In 2016, he hosted a fashion show at FDR Four Freedoms Park. What's next?

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend F & E Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, Only 1 Tram Cabin Working & No Metro Card Machines At RI Tram Station - But NYC Ferry New Summer Schedule Has More Service

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



Roosevelt Island this weekend.

Also:

TRACK MAINTENANCE | 9:45 PM Fri, Jun 15 to 5 AM Mon, Jun 18 E Trains run via the F in both directions between W 4 St, Manhattan and 21 St-Queensbridge F Station, Queens
Remember only 1 Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin operating this weekend and for at least 2 more weeks.


And no Metro Card Vending Machines working at Roosevelt Island Tram station. Fill up your Metro Card at RI Subway or Tram Manhattan station.

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

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Annual Roosevelt Island Day Saturday June 16, Community Clean Up, Entertainment, Music, Games, Petting Zoo, Bike Safety, Blood Drive & More - Farmers Market Moves Temporarily To Rivercross Lawn Area For Day

Saturday, June 16, is Roosevelt Island Day. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

Roosevelt Island Day is this Saturday, June 16th. Come out and continue the tradition of celebrating Roosevelt Island in fine fashion! Starting at 9 AM, Good Shepherd Plaza will be full of volunteers, activities, entertainment, games and so much more! Look out for the petting zoo from 10 AM - 12 PM at the lawn south of Rivercross as well!

Don't forget to become a volunteer to get your free Roosevelt Island Day t-shirt! Go to http://signup.com/go/opyuzLp to sign up or check in at the RI Garden Club or Clean-up Crew tables between 9 AM - 12 PM this Saturday.

We are also very excited to welcome The Funktion- a funk, soul cover band- to bring the party to the Plaza from 6 PM - 8 PM.

Don’t miss out on a day full of fun!

RIOC adds:
Due to Roosevelt Island Day activities this Saturday, June 16, there will be no street parking all day from 523 - 543 Main Street, 465 – 475 Main Street, and on the roadway adjacent to the Rivercross Lawn area near 501 Main Street.

The Farmer's Market will be moved temporarily to the area just south of the Rivercross from Good Shepherd Plaza.
More on Roosevelt Island Day at previous post and very needed Blood Drive taking place too



that you can sign up for.