Friday, April 10, 2020

Roosevelt Island Volunteers Led By RIDA President Wendy Hersh Deliver Groceries And Meals Daily To Our Seniors And Homebound During Coronavirus Pandemic

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) President Wendy Hersh shares these photos and reports:

So it's been quite a few weeks...working remotely from home non stop. 8hrs a day...


and at the same time making sure those in need and those unable to come out in my community receive their breakfast and lunch every day as well as making sure our weekly grocery donations are distributed along with that.

What's On Your Coronavirus Music Playlist - Check Out Emergency Contact Music Video From Moose, A Roosevelt Island Resident

Roosevelt Island resident Chris "Moose" Rohifs captures the Coronavirus Pandemic times we live these days with the release of his new music video - Emergency Contact. According to Moose:

Add this one to your quarantine playlist! Roosevelt Island resident "Moose" releases funky medical-themed single and music video "Emergency Contact" about hope and providing support during difficult times.
Play the video, it's very good.



Moose adds his:
... fun and romantic pop sound, by turns danceable, silly, and heartfelt, is inspired by his relationship with his wife of 12 years. He started making pop tunes as Valentine’s Day presents for her, and it got out of hand. She's gonna get herself into real trouble one of these days to make sure he’s ready to deliver on all his promises from the songs. She gave him the pet name Moose, which is an upgrade from “Moo.” He figures a musician can be named “Seal,” so Moose should be okay....
Image From Music By Moose

Check out more Music By Moose at his web site.

Roosevelt Island Virtual Zoom Talent Show Tonight, Sign Up Now to Share Your Talent And Watch Every Friday At 7 PM - Have Fun And Connect With Your Roosevelt Island Neighbors

So, you want to be a local star, or maybe just have a little bit of fun staying home on a Roosevelt Island Friday night during the Coronavirus Pandemic shutdown?

Roosevelt Island resident Kaja Meade reports:

New Week! New Talent Show! Join us as a performer or audience! This regularly scheduled show is open to all Roosevelt Island residents to preform OR watch. The show begins at 7pm Fridays on Zoom. Meeting ID: 634 771 949

If you would like to be IN the show preforming your talent: Please sign up here Sign-up Genius

We know that Roosevelt Island's Got Talent! We hope that you will consider joining in this week. We are looking for a number of talents from people of all ages – be as creative as you can! The purpose is to HAVE FUN, and connect with each other as an island community. Professional quality talent is NOT necessary. Ideas include: Singing, Dancing, Cooking, Pet tricks, Origami, Knitting Tutorial and Showcase, Hair Techniques (like French Braid), Makeup Tips, Cooking, Baking, Karate, Rhythmic gymnastics, Magic tricks, Juggling, Dog Tricks, Crafting, Impressions, Comedy, Windowsill Gardening, and more!

Reminder: if you would like to WATCH the show, please join here Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 634 771 949

For updates, check Instagram @rooseveltislandlove
More info on Roosevelt Island's Got Talent here.

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan This Weekend - 50 MTA Workers Die From Coronavirus, Subway Ridership Down 93%, Stay Home Unless You're Providing An Essential Service Or An Emergency


According to the MTA:
ELECTRICAL IMPROVEMENTS Apr 10 - 13, Fri 9:45 PM to Mon 5 AM Coney Island-bound F trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av to 5 Av/53 St

Trains resume regular service at 47-50 Sts.

No Coney Island-bound F service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St and 57 St.

The Roosevelt Island Tram and Red Bus are operating and here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Winter Schedule.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Sponsored Post - Here's What Can You Do To Help Roosevelt Island And NYC During the Coronavirus Covid 19 Pandemic - Fill Out The 2020 US Census Right Now


Roosevelt Island residents are asking what they can do to help during the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic? One easy, yet very important task to help all New Yorkers, is to fill out the 2020 US Census



Here's the Roosevelt Island Census Tracks response rate as of April 9.

Help Roosevelt Island and all of NYC by filling out the 2020 Census right now.

Friends Of Coler Organizing On Roosevelt Island To Help Coler Rehab & Nursing Care Center Patients & Staff During Coronavirus Pandemic - Seeking Donation Of Personal Protective Supplies And Volunteers To Pick Up And Sanitize 3D Printed Face Shields From Cornell Tech Makers Lab This Weekend, Can You Help?

As previously reported, the Friends Of Coler are a group of Roosevelt Island residents organizing to help the patients and staff of NYC Health & Hospitals Corp (HHC) Coler Facility during the Coronavirus pandemic. The Friends Of Coler are responding to calls for help from highly vulnerable patients and staff like this plea for N 95 masks by a Coler nurse



and this response submitted by a Coler resident to an online suggestion box set up by the Friends Of Coler:

I'm a resident of Coler Hospital. Last week they brought a patient from Elmhurst hospital and put him in my room. A 3 bed room right between me and my other roomate. Within days this patient developed a fever and couldn't breathe. He would cough the whole night, and was given a breathing machine that wasn't helping him to much. 2 days ago he was sent back to the Hospital. Then last night, Hospital workers came and took the bed he was on away. When i asked why they said they had to disinfected. What does that tell you? That my life was put in danger by administration being irresponsible and careless.
Here's an update today from Friends Of Coler.
Friends of Coler are coordinating together on Roosevelt Island to help Coler Rehab & Nursing Care Center during the COVID-19 crisis.

Roosevelt Islanders remain very worried for friends, family, neighbors living and working at Coler Rehab and Nursing Care Center. We are continuing efforts to get detailed oversight to provide the safest medical practices available and get supplies to Coler staff and residents.

What Are The Issues Facing Senior Citizens And Homebound Elderly During Coronavirus Pandemic? Watch Video Of Zoom Virtual Town Hall Hosted By Roosevelt Island NY State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright For Answers

Roosevelt Island, Yorkville and Upper East Side NY State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright hosted a  Tuesday April 7 Zoom virtual town hall meeting on Coronavirus issues facing seniors and homebound elderly. Watch the video below.


According to Assembly Member Seawright's Facebook Page:
... we held our virtual Townhall Tuesday on the issues facing senior citizens and the homebound elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was a pleasure to hear from our special guest experts on senior and social services Robin Strashun of the non-profit Search and Care, and Marissa Block, Deputy Chief Program Officer of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House.

Young Roosevelt Island Tennis Player Taking Solo Drill Tips From Roger Federer - The Kid Is Pretty Good!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Watch Coronavirus Covid 19 Tele-Town Hall With Roosevelt Island And UES Elected Officials Hosted By NYC Council Member Ben Kallos - Informative Q&A Followed With NYC Health Commissioner Barbot And Colleague

Roosevelt Island NYC Council Member Ben Kallos together with other Upper East Side and RI elected officials participated in a Coronavirus Covid 19 Video/Tele-Town Hall last evening followed by a question and answer session with NYC Health Commissioner Dr Oxris Barbot and her colleague Dr Rey.


Here's video of the opening presentations by the elected officials

Sad News, 28 Year Veteran Of Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Corey Fischer Dies From Coronavirus Complications - He Was A Mentor To Fellow Officers, A Calming Voice And A Good Man Says RIOC President Rosenthal

Very sad news. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) today:

The Passing of Officer Corey Fischer, PSD


The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation mourns the passing of Officer Corey Fischer of the Public Safety Department (PSD). He passed due to complications from contracting the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Officer Fischer was a 28-year veteran of PSD and leaves behind a wife and children. He was a fine officer who dedicated his life to serving the Roosevelt Island community.

Flags on Roosevelt Island have been lowered to half staff in honor of Corey. We will announce more information about how we will celebrate his life and career in the coming days. We ask that all Roosevelt Island residents pause for a moment to remember the life of this good officer, husband, father, and friend.
RIOC President Susan Rosenthal adds:
We are all distraught. He was on the island for 28 years. He mentored so many of our officers; a calming voice and a good man.
Condolences to Officer Corey Fischer's family, friends and colleagues at RIOC and the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department.

UPDATE 6:30 PM - Condolences expressed by Roosevelt Island residents on Facebook page.

UPDATE 4/9 - Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee Chair Erin Feeley-Nahem adds:
Being on the front line is never an easy duty, and Corey Fisher did it for all of us, for 28 years. Thank you Officer Fisher for keeping us safe, before the pandemic, and during it. My deepest condolences to Officer Fisher’s family, and to his PSD colleagues who he served with, and who he will be missed by.

Wildlife Let Loose On Roosevelt Island - Did You See The Giraffe Snacking On Cherry Blossoms, Alligator Searching For Dinner And Frolicking East River Dolphins Too?

Roosevelt Island residents are accustomed to sharing our beautiful outdoor space and waterfront views with wildlife such as geese and other animals.


But the social distancing being practiced because of the Coronavirus may have provided an opportunity for some never seen before wildlife to pay us a visit.

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) shares these photos from the Underwood Archive of animals let loose on Roosevelt Island.

A giraffe snacking on our Cherry Blossomos
(c) Sharon Ayalon 2020

an alligator looking for dinner

Child Center Of NY Roosevelt Island Beacon Program At PS/IS 217 Offering Virtual Classroom Programs And Social Media Engagement During Coronavirus Closing

The Child Center of New York Roosevelt Island Beacon at PS/IS 217 is offering virtual classroom programs for Kindergarten thru High School students.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Coronavirus Patients Being Transferred To New Roosevelt Island Medical Center In Same Building But Separate Area Of Coler Nursing Facility Says NYC Health & Hospitals Corp - Adds Every HHC Health Care Worker Who Needs Protective Equipment Is Able To Receive What They Require, But Coler Nurses Say Not So

NYC Health & Hospitals Corp (NYC HHC) President Mitch Katz tweeted today:


I asked NYC HHC:
Roosevelt island Coler Staff are pleading to be supplied with N 95 Masks and Personal Protective Equipment to treat Coronavirus patients.

I'm told that the Staff was advised they will not get the equipment because Coler is considered a Nursing Home and not a Hospital. Will Coler Staff be supplied with N 95 Masks and PPE? If not, why?

Also, I'm being told that Coronavirus patients are being transferred to Coler which the Mayor said would not happen. Are Coronavirus patients now being transferred to Coler.
NYC HHC spokesperson replied tonight:
To address the need for ICU space in our hospitals, NYC Health + Hospitals has moved covid-19 patients to the Roosevelt Island Medical Center. The Medical Center is separate from the post-acute, nursing facility known as NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler. Roosevelt Island Medical Center is in a separate area with no overlap or shared space. No covid-19 patients were moved into the nursing facility.

​NYC Health + Hospitals facilities are on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic and our dedicated employees are working day and night to ensure that all our patients receive the individual care they need. We’re doing everything we can to keep our employees protected with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Every health care worker in our system who needs PPE is able to receive what they require.

Weill Cornell Medicine Doctor Michael Niederman Offers Advice And Answers Questions On Coronavirus, Prevention, Symptoms & Treatment, Read First Hand Brutal Account Of Husband & Wife Recovering At Home From Mild Coronavirus - Also Take Survey To Help Track Coronavirus


Here's the full video.



and an informative Twitter thread describing staying at home with Coronvirus

Roosevelt Island Dog Runs, Ball Fields And Playgrounds Closed Due To Coronavirus - Southpoint Park, Lighthouse Park And FDR Four Freedoms Park Remain Open


The Roosevelt Island Dog runs are closed too


as are Roosevelt Island ball fields