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Monday, August 19, 2019

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Concerts Presentation Of Last Gasps Of Favorite Composers - Final Works Of Haydn, Webern & Mendelssohn Friday August 23 At Good Shepherd

As reported earlier this year,the Roosevelt Island classical concert series organizers, R&R Concerts began their 12 season with a new name, Roosevelt Island Concerts.

According to Roosevelt Island Concerts:
Roosevelt Island Concerts is currently in its 12th season and has become a vital asset in the cultural life of Roosevelt Island. Augmenting its rich chamber music programming, the series has recently begun to present orchestral concerts under the direction of conductor Benjamin Hochman. The generosity of our audiences is an essential part of the series, complementing the support of individuals, corporations, and institutions in and beyond New York City. One of the few concert series in New York that produces both orchestral and chamber music concerts, the series is earning a reputation as an essential part of New York City’s rich landscape of classical music....
Take a listen here.

and attend live this Roosevelt Island Concerts presentation

 Friday August 23 (rescheduled from Tuesday, August 20).
Friday, August 23, 7:30 p.m.

Good Shepherd Chapel

Roosevelt Island Concerts Presents:


All things must come to an end; however, our favorite composers of the past have left fantastic catalogues of music behind for future generations to appreciate. On LAST GASPS, we take a look at the final works of three beloved Germanic composers, and appreciate the culmination of their musical endeavors.

Haydn - String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 103
Webern - Langsamer Satz
Mendelssohn - String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80

Salley Koo, violin
Ralph Allen, violin
Lisa Matricardi, viola
Iris Jortner, cello

Your generous contribution keeps the series affordable
Suggested donation: $20
Students & seniors: $10

For our contributors at Supporter level ($100) and above who would like reserved seats at this concert, please email with the quantity of seats requested.

For directions and information about the series, see our website at
Check out the Roosevelt Island Concerts web site to learn more about the orchestra, the artists and how to help with your support.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

You're Invited To Celebrate Roosevelt Island Nature At Lighthouse Park Microscopic Event Sunday August 18 - Get A Close Up View Of Hidden East River Marine Life, Peak At Plankton & More With iDig2Learn & NY Microscopical Scientists

iDig2Learn founder Chistina Ddlfico reports:
Join us this Sunday, August 18th at Lighthouse Park from 2-5 pm for a free event with special guests from the New York Microscopical Society. Microscope stations will be set up for a hidden view of river life and the small world that thrives there. Peak at plankton and more. All ages welcome. This event is part of the iDig2Learn Series: Celebrating Roosevelt Island's Nature.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - Good Times Had To End, After 16 In A Row, No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan This Weekend

Good times for Roosevelt Island weekend subway riders had to end at some time and this weekend is the time. After 16 weekends in a row of Roosevelt Island F Train service to and from Manhattan, this weekend there will be no Roosevelt Island F Train service to Manhattan.

According to the MTA:
TRACK MAINTENANCE Aug 16 - 19 • Aug 23 - 26, Fri 9:45 PM to Mon 5 AM F Coney Island-bound trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av, Queens to 5 Av/53 St, Manhattan

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.

Travel Alternatives:
For service to these stations, take the F to 47-50 Sts and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F.

For service from 21 St-Queensbridge and Roosevelt Island, take the F to Roosevelt Av and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F...
Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry 2019 Ferry Summer Schedule. 

During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by NYC Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book reported no planned Roosevelt Island F Train weekend disruptions until August 16 weekend. Well, it's August 16 weekend and no Roosevelt Island F Train service to Manhattan this weekend.

Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below.

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The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Beautiful Moments Can Happen Anytime On Roosevelt Island - Resident Walking Home Spots Marriage Proposal On East River Pier Landing, And She Said .... Yes!!!

On Roosevelt Island, you never know when you may come across a beautiful moment. Roosevelt Island resident Adam Guy reports on one such moment he saw as he was was walking home last Monday evening:

I captured a gem of a photo on Monday evening. A marriage proposal took place on the East River Pier Landing close to the subway.

I don't know the names of the people who got engaged but was told the couple were college sweethearts and had been together 4 years. They are not residents of Roosevelt Island, but the man had been here before and liked it very much. The couple took the Tram over and the woman texted her friend how amazing the Tram was and that everyone should ride it - her first ride.

Their friends decorated the area and waited for their arrival. Onlookers like me gathered around to wait for the moment to happen.

The man dropped to his knees on the Pier and proposed.

She said yes!

And sometimes in New York you witness beautiful moments on the walk home. To the happy couple...!
There have been other Roosevelt Island wedding proposal, including on the Tram and at Lighthouse Park.

Also, a wedding on the Tram.

Congrats to the Happy Couple from last Monday evening..

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Roosevelt Island Manhattan Park Luxury Building Lobby Renovation Creating Unsafe Conditions For Pedestrian, Wheelchair And Vehicle Access To Street And Sidewalk Area - RIOC Instructs MP To Obtain RI Permit And Provide Safe Sidewalk And Street Passage

Roosevelt Island Manhattan Park luxury apartment building at 40 River Road is currently undergoing lobby renovations, similar to those previously done at 30 River Road. But, as reported by the Roosevelt Island Daily, the construction activities have created unsafe conditions for  pedestrian, wheelchair and vehicle access to the street and sidewalk area.

Yesterday, a Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) spokesperson addressed the issue raised by Roosevelt Island Daily:
PSD’s Acting Chief Kevin Brown met with Manhattan Park yesterday. At his insistence, Manhattan Park will immediately construct an ADA complaint ramp and will set up additional barriers for a proper pedestrian walkway. PSD will also issue a permit once it receives a detailed scope of work, information about the duration of the project, Manhattan Park’s safety plan and hours of operation.
I asked:
Is the Manhattan Park construction shut down until they comply?
The RIOC spokesperson replied:
They’ve been allowed to continue work since they made emergency adjustments at Acting Chief Brown’s insistence. RIOC staff is meeting with them again today to get further details on the scope of work so they can determine what adjustments are required to comply with our permitting process.
In response to my inquiry yesterday asking Manhattan Park management:
Any comment from Manhattan Park regarding the construction at 40 River Road blocking pedestrian, wheelchair and vehicle access.

I understand that after receiving complaints, RIOC is instructing Manhattan Park to construct a ADA accessible ramp and proper pedestrian access to the 40 River Road construction area.

Is the construction shut down until Manhattan Park complies with RIOC's instructions?...
A Manhattan Park Spokesperson replied:
We’ve enjoyed a great working relationship with RIOC for the last 30 years and have been in close touch with them about the project at 40 River Road. The project will continue to comply with all applicable rules and regulations and we look forward to finishing construction during the fall.

... We are complying with all of RIOCs requests with regards to the construction work and sidewalks. As you know from RIOC we’ve installed a new ramp, etc.

Regarding the issue of doing work without a permit, again we’ve complied with RIOC and kept them informed since the start of this project. We have a DOB permit and will work with RIOC to acquire whatever additional permits we need to.
Today, the area around 40 River Road construction site looked like this.

The RIOC spokesperson added today:
The work that is currently going on at Manhattan Park concerns the renovation of the building’s lobby. The project will be completed in late October and the sidewalk will be completely open to the public at that time. After a meeting with RIOC staff and members of PSD, the building manager has been informed that he must apply for a permit to continue work. PSD also informed the building manager that he must post appropriate signage and allow for proper access that is ADA compliant and provides citizens with safe passage into the roadway where sidewalk access is impeded by work.

PSD and RIOC staff also informed Manhattan Park that they must order additional barricades so that the barricades start at the end of the sidewalk. RIOC has also ordered them to install additional lighting on the barricades, which should be in place today or tomorrow.

For the benefit and safety of our residents and stakeholders, RIOC has installed additional lighting to make sure the sidewalk is well lit. These lights are aimed at the sidewalk, not into the construction area and not into the homes in the area. They aim down at the sidewalk only. It is our hope that Manhattan Park will provide sufficient lighting on the sidewalk for its residents.
Update: as of one minute ago, Manhattan Park filed a permit for the work. It’s going through the internal review process starting this afternoon.
Incidentally,the 30 River Road lobby renovations look terrific. Hopefully, the 40 River Road lobby will look as good.

UPDATE 7:20 PM - A resident is happy to learn of the safety improvements.