Monday, June 1, 2020

Roosevelt Island Resident And PSD Sergeant Profiled In NY Post Article On Dating During Coronavirus Pandemic - The Sparks Fly


According to the NY Post:
On MandaLeigh Blunt and Jeff Laszczych’s third date, they donned masks, joined gloved hands — and drove to an antibody testing site.

Blunt, a 32-year-old realtor, says she was “chronically single” before the pandemic. But in February, she plucked up the courage to ask a mutual friend to set her up with Laszczych. She’d seen her 36-year-old crush around Roosevelt Island, where she lives and where Laszczych works as a sergeant in the public safety department.

The two went on as many dates — a dinner in Brooklyn and lunch at her apartment — before the coronavirus crisis rocked the fledgling relationship. “Two days later, he spiked a fever of 104,” she says. Laszczych, who had trouble breathing, was admitted to the hospital for six days. Blunt was worried, but didn’t want to come on too strong.

“It was a lot of freaking out if I didn’t hear from him, wondering if he was OK, and thinking, ‘Wait, I don’t even know this guy, he could be ghosting me,’ ” says Blunt. Eventually, Laszczych, who recovered from COVID-19 in his Greenpoint apartment, began to feel better, and the duo continued to bond from a distance. Three weeks after Laszczych’s release from the hospital, the couple went to CityMD to get tested for novel coronavirus antibodies together....
Read the full NY Post article here.

Do You Have Questions About Roosevelt Island Coronavirus Reopening, Submit Your Written Questions To RIOC Board Operations Committee Prior To June 2 Meeting - They May Or May Not Be Addressed Adds RIOC

Reported last Friday:

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board Of Directors Operations Advisory Committee will meet next Tuesday, June 2, to discuss the Roosevelt Island Coronavirus reopening plan as well as active construction projects. The meeting will be conducted via videoconference and open to the public.

I asked RIOC President Susan Rosenthal and the RIOC Directors:
Will the public be able to participate during the upcoming RIOC Board Committee meeting videoconferences as they do during in person meetingns?
RIOC Public Information Officer Terrence McCauley replied:
Public comments are not part of the agenda for either committee meeting. The public can always submit their comments for full board meetings on our website. http://rioc.ny.gov/FormCenter/Meetings-4/Speakup-43
RIOC changed it's tune today about public participation in the committee meeting, announcing:
  • The Real Estate Development Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 4:30 PM.
  • The Operations Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 5:30 PM.
  • The RIOC Board of Directors will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 5:30 PM.
To watch the meetings from your computer or mobile device, please visit https://live.divacommunications.com/rioc-live/

To submit remarks to be read into the record of the RIOC Board Meeting, please visit: http://rioc.ny.gov/FormCenter/Meetings-4/Speakup-43

NOTE: Although there is no public comment period on the agendas of the June 2 committee meetings, the public is invited to submit questions if they wish. The questions may or may not be addressed by the committee chairs. Questions may be submitted by clicking here: http://rioc.ny.gov/FormCenter/Meetings-4/Speakup-43
I'd like to know about opening the ball fields for socially distant recreation,


plans for Roosevelt Island Tram usage,

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Boys Are Back And Looking For Trouble - Watch Fantastic Dropkick Murphy's Concert At Empty Fenway Park, With Bruce Springsteen Too, Yes, Yankee Fans Can Enjoy Too


Here's the end of Dirty Water, followed by Springsteen and Dropkick Murphy's singing Rose Tattoo and American Land.



Don't miss the full Dropkick Murphy's show from an empty Fenway Park - Wow!!! Yes, we Yankee fans can enjoy too.



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

Friday, May 29, 2020

RIOC Roosevelt Island Community Update - Hudson Related Invites Residents To June 6 First Look And Info Session On Riverwalk Park Affordable Housing Building, AVAC System Repairs, Saturday Farmers Market, Motorgate Repairs & More


Here's May 29 Community Update from Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)
Motorgate Changes Coming June 3, 2020

Due to ongoing Motorgate repair work, significant parking and traffic pattern changes will be coming to the south sections of 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7B and 8B on June 3, 2020. Please keep an eye out for signs and obey posted speed limits.

AVAC Repairs

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) continues to make repairs on the AVAC system. In the meantime, DSNY will pick up trash to ensure our island remains clean. We will keep everyone informed of their progress.

Farmers Market This Saturday

The Farmers Market will resume this Saturday in Good Shepherd Plaza from 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Click here for more information: rioc.ny.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=284.

Note: there will be NO Food Scrap Drop Off collection. If youes wish for the Compost Program to return, please follow @SaveNYCCompost on twitter for more information.

Exclusive First-look at Riverwalk Park for Roosevelt Island Residents (Not a RIOC Event)

Related & Hudson Companies would like to invite residents of Roosevelt Island to an exclusive first-look at Riverwalk Park on Saturday, June 6th at 12 pm. Riverwalk Park will be 100% affordable for individuals and families that earn between 40-165% of the Area Median Income. Fifty percent of the units are reserved for current residents of Manhattan Community Board 8. The company will talk timing, the application process, and will detail exactly how they calculate your income and assets for this program. More than anything they wanted an opportunity to talk to you. Please don’t forget to RSVP.

Roosevelt Island Coronavirus Reopening On Agenda For June 2 RIOC Board Operations Committee Meeting And Southpoint Park Shoreline Reconstruction Project On Agenda For June 2 Real Estate Committee Meeting - Both Meeting Via Videoconference, Public Can Watch But No Participation Says RIOC

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board Of Directors Operations Advisory Committee will meet next Tuesday, June 2, to discuss the Roosevelt Island Coronavirus reopening plan as well as active construction projects. The meeting will be conducted via videoconference and open to the public.

I asked RIOC President Susan Rosenthal and the RIOC Directors:

Will the public be able to participate during the upcoming RIOC Board Committee meeting videoconferences as they do during in person meetingns?
RIOC Public Information Officer Terrence McCauley replied:
Public comments are not part of the agenda for either committee meeting. The public can always submit their comments for full board meetings on our website. http://rioc.ny.gov/FormCenter/Meetings-4/Speakup-43
According to RIOC:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. via videoconference.

AGENDA:

Discussion of:

Active Construction Projects
RIOC’s Reopening Plan
Any Other Committee Business that May be Brought Before the Committee

Chair’s Motion for Executive Session to Discuss Contract Negotiations

***

Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via videoconference.

The link to a webcast will be posted on RIOC’s website by 12:00 pm on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
Among the issues  residents have raised concerning the Coronavirus re-opening of Roosevelt Island is the use of McManus and Firefighters ball fields

which have been closed during the shutdown

as well as the use of public space for outdoor seating by Roosevelt Island restaurants.

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Weekend And Next - Tram Cabin Limited To 13 Passengers To Ensure Social Distancing - Wear Mask On Tram, Red Bus & All Public Transportation, Stay Home Unless You're Providing An Essential Service Or An Emergency During Coronavirus Pandemic


According to the MTA:
ELECTRICAL IMPROVEMENTS May 29 - Jun 1 • Jun 5 - 8, Fri 9:45 PM to Mon 1 AM (No subway service overnight between 1 AM and 5 AM) Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via the E after 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av

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

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
Tram Passenger Limits

In an effort to ensure social distancing and reduce spreading COVID-19, the Roosevelt Island Tram will be limited to a maximum of thirteen (13) passengers until further notice. POMA, the tram’s operator, has installed social distancing decals on the tram cabin to inform passengers how far away they should be standing from each other. Please note that the number of passengers may be changed in response to COVID-19 infection rates.

We ask all passengers to continue to wear masks or face coverings in public where social distancing cannot be practiced. The Tram remains closed from 1:00 AM until 6:00 AM to ensure that disinfecting measures can be performed on the cabins. Regular tram service resumes at 6:00 AM each day and continue until 1:00 AM the following morning.

Red Buses will continue to run on a Weekend Schedule until further notice.

Here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Schedule.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket May 29 - June 4 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Online Shopping, Delivery Options, Digital Coupons & Social Media Facebook And Instagram Too

The Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket


invites you to check out their May 29 - June 4 Flyer for  Product Offerings, Specials & Sales items.



Click here to visit the Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket web site for online shopping, delivery options, digital coupons, weekly flyer and more.


Follow Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket on Facebook



Thursday, May 28, 2020

Sneak A Peak Inside $4600 Roosevelt Island 2 Bedroom Apartment For Rent - How Has NYC Coronavirus Pandemic Shutdown Effected Roosevelt Island Residential Real Estate Market, Are You Staying Or Looking To Get Out?

Take a look at this 2 bedroom, 2 bath rental apartment at what looks to be the Riverwalk Court Condo building at 415 Main Street.



According to Cash Jordan, the broker in You Tube video:

Manhattan, its where the action is and living here is very convenient but this convenience comes at a cost because Manhattan is loud there's lots of noise and it's not exactly peaceful and that pretty much goes for all of Manhattan except for one specific neighborhood where you can have peace and quiet while still living in New York City's most popular borough. I'm not talking about the Upper West Side I'm not talking about the Upper East Side and I'm certainly not talking about anything downtown. I'm talking about Roosevelt Island....

... This feels like a park with hotels on it. It definitely doesn't feel like downtown or Midtown or even uptown. This seems like a really nice place to live...

...it's just one block from the subway and it's right next to the sky rail
I asked Roosevelt Island resident and real estate agent Kaja Meade:
How has the Coronavirus Pandemic and NYC shutdown effected the Roosevelt Island real estate market?
Ms Meade replied:
There is not enough data to say definitively. Overall activity in the real estate market, and on Roosevelt Island, is lower compared to past years - due to the city policies affecting the ability to do business as usual. Most landlords or owners on the island are on pause. However, there is still activity throughout the city. Over the past couple weeks things in NYC have begun to heat up. People are signing leases on Roosevelt Island.

Overall people should not expect rental prices to dip much. At least not in the long term. I think what folks can expect are an increase in concessions to spike interest and bring clients.

I think what’s important to remember is that this crisis is not based on the housing market/industry, and that NYC is NYC. Even though some (if not many) folks are considering relocating… there will always be people that want to come to the city.

Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Children's Theatre Spring Musical The Wind In The Willow Goes Virtual, RSVP Now For Live Streaming Performances May 29, 30 & 31 - Enjoy Wonderful Performances By RI Kids And Help Support Local Theater Company

The Roosevelt Island's Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) Children's Theatre Spring Musical is going virtual this year due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. You're invited to sign up here for the live streaming premiere of The Wind In The Willows. Performance streaming dates are:

  • Friday, May 29, 7pm: CAST 1
  • Saturday, May 30th, 7pm: CAST 2
  • Sunday, May 31st, 7pm: CAST 3
MST&DA Assistant Executive Director Kimbirdlee Fadner reports:
Hello! This weekend, Jonathan and I are premiering a brand new musical and we would LOVE for you to come! Join our first ever LIVE STREAM EVENT with MST&DA! -- RSVP required --
From stage to screen, this is a brand new adventure for us! The musical is family friendly, runs 1.5 hours, and is full of heart! Especially great for kids of all ages! During these uncertain times, we are committed to continue to create and connect!!!

This show was written by Jonathan and myself, and I directed it. We started first in the theatre and then moved onto ZOOM. It's a labor of love during quarantine. We love that we can share this with all of you, no matter where you may be... and hope it brings you some smiles.
MST&DA adds:


A LIVE STREAM EVENT : $10 Suggested Donation per person

Share this invitation with your family and friends, no matter where they may be!

Every household must make a separate reservation.

Make your reservation online HERE.

Link to event will be sent out 24 hours before the show.
Here's a sneak peek at The Wind in The Willows with a song performed by Jonathan and Kimbirdlee Fadner.



Make your reservation online HERE for the MST&DA streaming performance of The Wind In The Willows to see wonderful performances by Roosevelt Island kids and help support our local theatre company.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

33 Roosevelt Island Deaths Due To Coronavirus As Of Today Includes Coler Nursing Facility Residents Says NYC Health Department - NY State Health Department Says 14 Coronavirus Deaths At Coler But May Be Much Higher Fear Some

As previously reported, the NYC Health Department released detailed Coronavirus demographic data including death and test results by zip code.

As of today, NYC Health Department reports 33 Coronavirus deaths and 797 tests of which 229 were positive for Roosevelt Island zip code 10044.


Click here to view the NYC Coronavirus zip code tracker.

I asked the Mayor's Office:
Do the statistics for 10044 include Coler Nursing and Roosevelt Medical patients.
A NYC Health Department Spokesperson replied:
Deaths are recorded by ZIP code of residence, not by the hospital in which the event occurred. If they are residents of the nursing home, they would be counted under the address of the facility, unless another address of residence is provided.
So, it would appear that Coler Nursing Facility deaths are included for Roosevelt Island 10044 Zip Code but not deaths at the new Roosevelt Medical Center.

According to NY State Health Department data on Nursing Home Fatalities, 13 Coler residents died from Coronavirus plus 1 presumed Coronavirus death.

Sadly, knowledgeable Coler watchers believe the number of deaths at Coler are much higher than the reported 14.

Will update when more info available.

Create Your Own Version Of An Angel Playing a Flageolet Painting by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Take The Roosevelt Island Coronavirus School Shutdown Virtual Art History Lesson Challenge

Earlier this month we began a Roosevelt Island Art History Lesson Program developed by Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Children, Youth & Education Committee Chair Adib Mansour. To date, there have been 6 previous lessons.

The Lesson 7 Art History painting for this week focuses on An Angel Playing a Flageolet, by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, 1878

According to Mr. Mansour:
The painting is not only beautiful but it stands at a historical point where a group of artists that called themselves Pre-Raphaelite painters. They wanted to make a stand to go back to the more simple and detailed work of the Italian art of the 1400s. It is elegant and peaceful.


I encourage more people to print the black and white outline from this lesson or any of the previous 6 lessons. Take the challenge of coloring each of the paintings in the same style as the original and email your work to my email: rirAdib@earthlink.net.

Click to download Art History Lesson 7 on An Angel Playing a Flageolet, by Sir Edward Burne-Jones, 1878 prepared by RIRA's Adib Manosur.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Roosevelt Island Community Garden Re-Opens But Only To Garden Club Members For Now - Coronavirus Pandemic Restrictions Still In Place For Public To Visit Community Garden Says RIOC

As I was walking by the Roosevelt Island Community Garden this past weekend, I noticed people inside and was hoping it  would be open for a Coronavirus Pandemic socially distant stroll.


Unfortunately, signage at the front entrance to the Community Garden says it is currently open only to  Roosevelt Island Garden Club (RIGC) Members

The RIGC explains:
We are closed to the public at this time as part of our agreement with RIOC. This can change over time as restrictions are revised throughout the state and we are no exception. Our community garden has narrow paths, and RIOC is moving carefully with limited access only in order to keep everyone safe. Members must work in their own plots maintaining physical distance. Sunday, May 17th was the day we were able to contact members regarding limited access beginning. So this access has been official for a little more than a week.

Show Support For Return Of Roosevelt Island Food Scrap Composting - Local Advocates Urge Residents To Take Action And Tell NYC Council Member Ben Kallos You Support Purchase Of Compost Machine For Roosevelt Island

As reported last week:

Roosevelt Islanders were very happy with the return of our Saturday Farmers Market to Good Shepherd Plaza last week. But, many were disappointed that the Roosevelt Island Grow NYC Food Scrap Drop Off Collection Bin


did not return as well due to NYC Coronavirus Budget cuts. According to the NYC Department of Sanitation:
In the face of economic hardship, and to ensure the City can continue to devote resources to essential safety, health, and shelter, and food security needs, the New York City Department of Sanitation announced the suspension of the curbside composting program, beginning May 4, 2020. During the suspension, any food scraps and yard waste set out for composting will be collected as trash. The suspension is currently planned through June 30, 2021...
and:
Efforts are being made to bring food scrap composting back to Roosevelt Island and you can help...
According to Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos:
At a time when composting has been put on the back burner by the City due to budget constraints resulting from Covid-19. I think Roosevelt Island has an opportunity to become a bastion for composting and an example of a community that's always doing the right things for the environment. Since this year's Participatory Budgeting cycle was canceled I would like to see even more support from Roosevelt Islanders for this initiative. There has to be a groundswell of support for such a project. Anyone who is interested in supporting of the composting machine should email my office at BKallos@benkallos.com


Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn Founder Christina Delfico reports:
Just before the virus hit, Roosevelt Island was primed and ready to get a composting system to supplement ongoing efforts. The Island actually won a single island ballot item - Composting for Roosevelt Island - on the 2020 Participatory Budget ballot just before that program was cancelled. However, the City Budget will be decided June 1st and Roosevelt Islanders can still get a composting machine here to supplement ongoing efforts.

Roosevelt Islanders have already diverted over 133,000 pounds of food scraps from landfill. This machine helps expedite processing food scraps into compost and will supplement our local composting efforts, now more than ever, we need this. 

Roosevelt Island Can Still Have Food Scrap Composting - Act Now!

Call to Action for Tuesday, May 26th to Friday, May 29th - Roosevelt Islanders please take a moment to write to City Council Member Ben Kallos to thank him for supporting composting on Roosevelt Island and ask him to fund a Composter for Roosevelt Island.

Write to: BKallos@benkallos.com

In addition to writing to City Council Member Kallos, Islanders can fill out this RI Compost interest form created to build up a compost collective on Roosevelt Island.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Roosevelt Island Protective Face Mask And Hand Sanitizer Giveway Tuesday May 26 At Good Shepherd Plaza Sponsored By NY State Senator Jose Serrano & Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright

Roosevelt Island's NY State Senator Jose Serrano and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright are sponsoring a free Face Mask and Hand Sanitizer giveaway tomorrow May 26 at Good Shepherd Plaza from 11 Am to 3 PM.


As previously reported, on May 15, Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos gave out Face Masks too.

Today, Roosevelt Island Public Safety Officers were handing out face masks to those without


at the entrance to Lighthouse Park.

UPDATE 5/26:

Cornell Tech Postdocs Respond To Covid-19 Pandemic - You're Invited To Join the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Community Virtual Zoom Conversation May 26 To Learn More

Cornell Tech continues it's Roosevelt Island Community Conversation series tomorrow, May 26, but because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the conversation will be virtual, taking place on Zoom, instead of on the Cornell Tech campus. According to Cornell Tech:

Join us for our first virtual Cornell Tech Community Conversation - Runway Postdocs Respond to Covid-19.
DATE: Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
TIME: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm EDT
RSVP: Register at https://bit.ly/36bT3ng
Zoom link to be provided upon registration.

QUESTIONS? Email Jane.Swanson@cornell.edu.

As we work our way through the impact of COVID-19, we’ve been heartened by the enthusiasm and entrepreneurship of our Runway Postdocs working on the front lines of the pandemic—ranging from regular consultation with the CDC to the development of a COVID-19 immunity monitoring test.
Please join us on Tuesday, May 26th for a virtual session featuring three of these extraordinary Runway Postdocs. Q&A to follow. Please register to receive a link to the session via email.

SPEAKERS
Panel discussion led by Fernando Gómez-Baquero, Director of Runway and Spinouts at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and featuring:
  • Prathamesh Kulkarni | AwareHealth - AwareHealth is developing an evidence-based and community-focused mental health platform that can give people much needed mental health support during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Server A Ertem and Rebecca Brachman | Katena - Server is working on a COVID-19 immunity monitoring test.
  • Davide Schaumann | Spacemate - Spacemate is working on simulation and optimization of spaces to improve social distancing while keeping workplace productivity.