Saturday, January 18, 2020

First Roosevelt Island 2020 Snow Day, But Where Do Kids Go To Sled? 2 Youngsters Found The Sloping Hills Of Cornell Tech Campus A Fun Place To Sled

Roosevelt Island got its first snow day of 2020 but unlike past years, local kids having fun and enjoying themselves sledding in the snow was not to be seen.

Unless you happened to be walking on the Cornell Tech campus and spotted 2 youngsters having a great time sledding down one of the sloping hills on the campus.

In past years, Roosevelt Island kids and their parents would be sledding on the Southtown Hill

which is no more due to the construction of Riverwalk Building 8.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Public Lewdness Incident At Roosevelt Island Roosevelt Landings Building - Witness Unable To Identify Suspect, PSD Increasing Patrols And Building Management Checking Security Cameras To Identify Him Says RIOC

I asked the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Chief Kevin Brown yesterday:

Any more details on Public Lewdness Incident yesterday at Roosevelt Landings described in Public Safety report below.

01/16/20 – 0026 – 546 Main Street – Public Lewdness – PSD responded – Report Written.

Is it related to past incidents of Public Lewdness?
RIOC Public Information Officer Terrence McCauley replied today
On 1/6/2020, the Public Safety Department received a lewd conduct complaint in 546 Main Street. Upon further investigation, PSD determined that the witness was not able to identify the suspect. However, PSD will increase patrols in the building and the building management company will also be looking at their security footage in an attempt to help us identify the subject.

The suspect appeared to be pleasuring himself.

Very Cool Time Lapse Video Showing Artist Painting Sunset On The Roosevelt Island Lighthouse.

Take a look at this very cool time lapse video showing an artist watercolor painting of the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse.

Click on full screen icon at bottom right of video for better view.

NYPD 114 Precinct Alerts Roosevelt Island Residents To Phone, Text & Email Scams - Just Hang Up

The NYPD 114 precinct, which covers Roosevelt Island, wants us to be aware of phone, text and email scams.

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

Good news for this weekend.

After the last 2 weekends of Roosevelt Island F Train service disruptions, there will be Roosevelt Island F Train service to and from Manhattan this weekend.

 There will be Roosevelt Island E Train service to and  from Manhattan too.

Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Winter Schedule. 

During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book spoke about Roosevelt Island F Train subway service. Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Meet Long Time Roosevelt Island Resident Nancy Brown, Moved To RI As Goldwater Patient In 1965, Got Own Apartment In 1976 - RIDA Vice President And Living Proof That No Matter Disability, One Can Live A Happy And Fulfilling Life

Nancy Brown is a long time resident of Roosevelt Island and the Vice President of the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA).

Ms Brown, born 1941 in Greenwich Village, contracted polio at the age of 7. In 1965, Ms Brown moved to Roosevelt Island's Goldwater Hospital as a patient and to be with her husband Tom, also a Goldwater Patient. In 1976, she and Tom moved to their own Roosevelt Island apartment and Ms Brown has lived on Roosevelt Island  ever since. Ms Brown says of the day they moved into their own Roosevelt Island apartment:

... It was the happiest day of our lives because finally we have full control of our daily lives....
Ms Brown remains very active with RIDA activities and many other Roosevelt Island community events. She says:
... I'm 77 years old now and sometimes my body feels its age. But my mind is still young and I still like to do the things I used to do when I was younger....

... I want to thank RIDA for everything I am able to do with them and through them.  The accomplishments that it gave me, the places I've visited , the events I attended. The wonderful and caring people I've met. I'm living proof that no matter the disability, one can still live a happy and  fulfilling life....
 Take a look at this video about our Roosevelt Island neighbor - Nancy Brown - A Fulfilling Life.

According to RIDA:
The Roosevelt Island Disabled Association’s mission is to improve and enhance the quality of life of our disabled population on Roosevelt Island. The disabilities of our members are quite diverse so we try to provide activities and programs geared to their strengths and abilities., both mental, physical, and emotional. We also provide social services to help broaden their knowledge of organizations and facilities that can assist them in activities of daily living so they can live a ore independent and socially active life.
More info on RIDA available at their web site.

The Nancy Brown - A Fulfilling Life video was directed by Andres "Jay" Molina of the Coler Hospital Open Doors project.