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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Roosevelt Island Resident & iDig2Learn Founder Christina Delfico Gives Free Talk On Monarch Butterfly Migration Hosted By Green Park Gardeners NYC Saturday February 24 - Monarch Butterflies Are New Yorkers Too

Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn founder Christina Delfico will be the guest speaker for a free talk about Monarch Butterflies at the NY Public Library 67th Street Branch hosted by the Green Park Gardeners NYC.

According to Green Park Gardeners NYC:

“Monarch Butterflies are New Yorkers Too!”

Saturday, February 24, 2018

2-3:30 pm

67th Street Branch NYPL - 328 East 67th

Join Green Park Gardeners NYC and Monarch advocate and master environmental educator Christina Delfico for a fascinating look at the longest insect migration in the world, that of Monarch butterflies. Learn about their marvelous 3,000-mile flight, their impressive life cycle, and the plants needed to survive their journey from Mexico through New York City to Canada and back. Discover amazing facts about these beautiful creatures and how we can create habitat to welcome them to our East River corridor.

Check out these pictures of the Monarch Butterfly Migration stopping off at the Roosevelt Island community garden.

Here's more info on Green Park Gardeners NYC and iDig2Learn.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Where to Park Car On Roosevelt Island And How Much Does It Cost - RIOC Eliminates Overnight Street Parking Fees

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson reports today (pictures are from Roosevelt Islander):

Roosevelt Island residents can now park their cars overnight for free in any of the Islands’ 225 street parking slots.

Free off-meter parking will apply to any vehicle parked on the street from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

During daytime and early evening hours, drivers must still pay and display a parking slip, from a parking meter machine,

on their dashboard. The cost will remain 50 cents for each 15 minutes Monday through Saturday; free all -day Sunday.

The MotorGate garage, which has more than 1,300 parking spaces, will continue to host monthly and daily parking customers at its current rates.
Mr Robertson adds:
Parking Spaces on Main Street, Roosevelt Island

West side of Riverwalk buildings

31 (out of 34, 3 spaces being designated loading and unloading) parking spaces on the West side (From meditation steps to the tram) These spaces are currently at the rate of two dollars per hour (15 minutes for 50 cents) with a Maximum 2 hour limit.

From 501 Main Street to 625 Main Street, there are 40 parking spaces with a Maximum 45 minutes limit at a rate of 15 minutes for 50 cents.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Bubble Cool Cafe Owner Brings New Roosevelt Island Food Truck To Main Street Tonight - Serves Chicken, Beef, Pork & Shrimp Dishes

A new Food Truck made it's Roosevelt Island debut this evening on Main Street across from Starbucks

The new Food Truck is owned by the same people who own the Bubble Cool Bubble Tea Cafe

and serve Chicken, Shrimp, Beef and Pork box servings with rice, salad and soup.

During the afternoon, the Truck is located in the Bryant Park area and will come to Roosevelt Island for dinner hours.

The new Roosevelt Island Food truck is not named yet and pricing not known.

Welcome to Roosevelt Island.

With A Litlle Bit Of Snow, Roosevelt Island Kids Will Sled On Anything This Year - Will Cornell Tech Campus Hills Be Available For Sledding Next Year?

It a nice warm day today so difficult to think about having fun in the snow.

However, Roosevelt Island kids anticipated a fun day of sledding for last Saturday at the Southtown Hill based upon weather predictions of up to 7 inches of snow.

We did not get much of a snowfall but that didn't stop some adventurous Roosevelt Island kids from sledding on the Souththown Hill snow/dirt mixture.

The Southtown Sledding Hill will be gone by next winter as construction on Southtown Riverwalk Building 8 is expected to be underway.

With the loss of the Southtown Hill, where will Roosevelt Island kids be able to sled?

How about the sloping hills

of the Cornell Tech campus? 

Roosevelt Island resident Joyce Short asked that question during the January 25 Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Community & Construction Task Force meeting.

Cornell Tech Director of Operations Floyd Young replied that the grass on the campus hills are still developing so they need to keep people off the grass.

But once they are developed in a year to a year and a half, Cornell Tech will revisit the idea of sledding on the campus hills.

Maybe an Olympic Skeleton sledder

medal winner will come from Roosevelt Island?

Roosevelt Island Youth Center Contract And Seawall Repair Negotiations On Agenda For Executive Session At RIOC Operations Advisory Committee Meeting February 27 - Gallery RIVAA Public Purpose Funds Modification In Public Session

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, February 27. Among the items on the Agenda is the Youth Center Operator Contract

 The discussion will be held in Executive Session closed to the public. The seawall railing item will also be held in Executive Session.

According to RIOC:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee Meeting of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 5:30 P.M. at the RIOC Administrative Office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


1. Discussion of Modification of Public Purpose Fund Grant to RIVAA Gallery.

Chair’s Motion for Executive Session to Discuss:
Legal Matters in Connection with the Youth Center Operator Contract Award
Seawall Repair Negotiations.
According to the NY State Open Meetings Law:
§100. Legislative declaration.

It is essential to the maintenance of a democratic society that the public business be performed in an open and public manner and that the citizens of this state be fully aware of and able to observe the performance of public officials and attend and listen to the deliberations and decisions that go into the making of public policy. The people must be able to remain informed if they are to retain control over those who are their public servants. It is the only climate under which the commonweal will prosper and enable the governmental process to operate for the benefit of those who created it....
... §103. Open meetings and executive sessions.
(a) Every meeting of a public body shall be open to the general public, except that an executive session of such body may be called and business transacted thereat in accordance with section one hundred five of this article....
... §105. Conduct of executive sessions.
1. Upon a majority vote of its total membership, taken in an open meeting pursuant to a motion identifying the general area or areas of the subject or subjects to be considered, a public body may conduct an executive session for the below enumerated purposes only, provided, however, that no action by formal vote shall be taken to appropriate public moneys:
a. matters which will imperil the public safety if disclosed;
b. any matter which may disclose the identity of a law enforcement agent or informer;
c. information relating to current or future investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense which would imperil effective law enforcement if disclosed;
d. discussions regarding proposed, pending or current litigation;
e. collective negotiations pursuant to article fourteen of the civil service law;
f. the medical, financial, credit or employment history of a particular person or corporation, or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or corporation;
g. the preparation, grading or administration of examinations; and
h. the proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property or the proposed acquisition of securities, or sale or exchange of securities held by such public body, but only when publicity would substantially affect the value thereof.
2. Attendance at an executive session shall be permitted to any member of the public body and any other persons authorized by the public body....

Monday, February 19, 2018

No F, But There Is Roosevelt Island Subway Service To Manhattan Via The R This President's Day Weekend - MTA Did Not Tell Us

Reported last Friday that there is no Roosevelt Island F Train service to Manhattan this President's Day weekend.

But, apparently there is R Train service

 Image From MTA

from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan this weekend and the MTA did not inform us.

According to the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse: