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Friday, November 24, 2017

Spider-Man Takes Bathroom Porta Potty Break On Roosevelt Island

More Spider-Man Roosevelt Island adventures here.

You're Invited To Community Town Hall Presentation About Cornell Tech"s Impact On Roosevelt Island Monday November 27

A Community Town Hall Meeting about Cornell Tech's Impact on Roosevelt Island will be held 6;30 - 8:30 pm Monday, November 27 at the Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street).

You will hear from local elected officials and Cornell Tech representatives. There will be a question and answer period after the presentation.

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving From Roosevelt Island - Tradition, Family, Food, Football, Parade, History And Alice's Restaurant

Happy Thanksgiving Day wishes to everyone out there in Roosevelt Island land and elsewhere. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Image of Rockefeller Center Turkey from The Onion

Since Thanksgiving is a day all about about Tradition, here is my traditional Thanksgiving Day post started in 2007.
In addition to family, great food, the Macy's Parade, Miracle on 34th Street, March of the Wooden Soldiers and football, listening to Arlo Guthrie's rendition of Alice's Restaurant on WNEW-FM was, for me, a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition.

A former station DJ remembers Thanksgiving and Arlo Guthrie this way on the blog All Mixed Up Radio.
Every year a couple of days before Thanksgiving, it starts. It's slow at first, and then turns into a non-stop avalanche of phone calls. And no matter how many times a station runs promo announcements telling people exactly when it will be played, the calls still come.
"What time are you playing 'Alice's Restaurant?'"...
Yes, in the olden days people used to listen to music on the radio. Imagine that!

Here's a snippet of Alice's Restaurant with Arlo Guthrie and Johnny Cash

and the full song with scenes from the movie.

More nostalgia. Take a look at some of these Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Floats from 1927 thru 1968 via Buzzfeed.

 Image of 1927 Felix the Cat Macy's Thanksgiving Float From Buzzfeed
Image of 1935 The Marx Brothers Macy'sThanksgiving Float from Buzzfeed

 Image of 1940 The Tin Man Macy's Thanksgiving Float From Buzzfeed

Roosevelt Island Historical Society President Judy Berdy shares a Thanksgiving  story from Roosevelt Island's past when it was known as Welfare Island and housed a penitentiary. Also, former blogger Roosevelt Island 360 tells us about the first Roosevelt Island Thanksgiving in 1975.

Happy Thanksgiving Roosevelt Islanders!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Roosevelt Island Retail Update - First NYC Taking Temporary Main Street Space For STEM & Robotics Educational Programming Before Moving Into Permanent Home At Cornell Tech Campus

Roosevelt Island retail update.

A tipster reported yesterday seeing work being done inside one of the long empty Roosevelt Island storefronts at 544 Main Street. The Tipster learned that the new tenant to occupy the space will offer STEM (Science, Technology Engineering & Mathematics), 3D printing and advanced technology educational programming.

I asked Main Street Retail Master Leaseholder Hudson Related about the new tenant.  Hudson Companies representative Alex Kaplan replied:

NYC First will be taking space in Roosevelt Landings temporarily. NYC First runs educational programming related to STEM including robotics classes and competitions for youth. They will be in our space through the spring when they will take a permanent space in the Cornell Tech campus. We think it will be a nice temporary use and compliment the Music & Play Station across the street.

First New York City is:
... a regional office of FIRST®, the 501c3 nonprofit organization created to inspire youth to pursue further studies and careers in science and technology and to help students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to compete in the technologically-driven global economy.

FIRST® programs all share two basic components:
  • engagement of students in the creative, hands-on, minds-on process of technological innovation; and
  • bringing communities together to celebrate the achievements of kids working smart in science and technology.
Participation in FIRST® has a positive impact on the lives of students, increasing college attendance, majors in science and engineering, participation in internships and co-ops, and involvement in community service.

Reported in February 2017, that the Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Troop 3001 Roaring Lions team finished third and reached the semi-finals in NYC First Lego Robotics competition.

Welcome to Roosevelt Island, First New York City.

More information on First New York City available at their web site.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How Cool Is This? Roosevelt Island Tram Featured In Macy 2017 Holiday Window Display

Take a look at the Roosevelt Island Tram in the 2017 Macy's Holiday Window Display

and the unveiling of this year's wonderful windows. The Roosevelt Island Tram appears at the 53 second mark.

UPDATE 11/24 - A Roosevelt Island resident speaks for many: