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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Wonder Woman Starts Off Roosevelt Island Summer Outdoor Movie Series At Southpoint Park Friday June 22 - Gorgeous East River Waterfront Views, Food Vendors And A Movie

The Roosevelt Island 2018 Outdoor Summer Movie series returns to Southpoint Park this year with the showing of Wonder Woman tomorrow evening.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)
“Wonder Woman”, the epic action adventure superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, kicks off the 2018 Roosevelt Island Summer Movie Series at Southpoint Park this Friday, June 22. It’s free admission, and the event includes contests, prizes, food vendors and a 40-foot premium screen.

Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

Here's the trailer for Wonder Woman

and the full 2018 Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movies Series schedule:
Friday, June 22: Wonder Woman; (rain date June 29)
Friday, July 6: A League of Their Own; (rain date July 13)
Friday, July 20: Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi; (rain date July 27)
Saturday, July 21: The Fifth Element; (rain date July 28)
Friday, August 3: Black Panther; (rain date August 10)
Friday, August 17: A Wrinkle in Time; (rain date August 24)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Island, A Short Film Inspired By Oral History Of Roosevelt Island In 1970-80's Seeking Local Apartment To Shoot Scenes - No Recent Renovations And Older Looking Home Furnishings A Plus

Aimee Schaefer is the Director and co-writer of The Island, a film set on Roosevelt Island. Ms Schaefer is looking for a Roosevelt Island apartment, preferably in Roosevelt Landings,

to shoot scenes for the film. According to Ms Schaefer:
NYU graduate short film in need of 2-3 bedroom apartment with no recent renovations. Aiming for a 1970s-1980s look in terms of the amenities and older looking home furnishings are a plus.

If occupants of the home are not the owners, we will need permission from the management company or landlords in the form of an NYU Location Agreement. Upon negotiation and signing of the location agreement, the location will be insured by NYU’s underwriter for $1 million dollars.

We have a small budget to rent the space and place the occupants in a hotel or air bnb for the week.

Intended dates of filming: one week within the slot of July 6-20th.

Please send one photo of living room and contact information to with LOCATION as subject title.
The film's producer, James Faller adds:
We would prefer something inside ROOSEVELT LANDINGS (formerly Eastwood) but are open to other buildings. The older the inside is the better, we are trying to avoid modern renovations since that will mean less work for our production designer.

That being said we are open to exploring various options outside of our preferences.
Backstage summarizes the film:
NYU thesis short film “The Island." Synopsis: Inspired by the oral histories of Roosevelt Island, NY. This short film delves into lives of a small community in the wake of a young boy gone missing in 1989 NYC. We see this through the young protagonist, Jimmy, as he attempts to enjoy his summer despite carrying a secret larger than himself. Filmmaker says: "This film has been awarded a Spike Lee Fellowship and will tour festivals around the world upon it's completion."
If you are interested, please contact here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

CBS Channel 2 News Visits Roosevelt Island And Gets Tour With RIOC Staff - Our Own Little Utopia Says RIOC, People Live Here For The Peace & Quiet

CBS Channel 2 news reporter Elle McLogan toured Roosevelt Island recently and spoke with Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Chief Operating Officer Shelton Haynes and Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson.

According to Mr. Haynes:

... It's our own little Utopia in the middle of NYC...
Mr Robertson responds to a question of why people choose to live on Roosevelt Island saying:
... For the peace and quiet...
Mr Robertson adds:
... When the island was first developed, there was a lot of concern and thought put into having a place that would be easily accessible to people with disabilities, that would be easily accessible for seniors, people with children, people with different incomes, and people of different cultural and racial backgrounds. That was one of the unique features of the island that a lot of people don’t know [about]. And the people that live here are very proud of that...
Watch the full Channel 2 News Roosevelt Island segment.

Monday, June 18, 2018

NYC First STEM Center Summer Program On Roosevelt Island For Middle School Students - Learn 2 & 3D Design/Fabrication, Laser Cutting, 3D Printers & More

NYC First CEO Michael Zygman reports:

NYC FIRST, one of the largest K-12 STEM education organizations in New York City, runs immersive, hands on robotics and STEM education programs that serve 7,000 students annually. We have been running our programs for nearly 20 years in New York City, and we are proud to have our first STEM Center in the city here on Roosevelt Island.

I wanted to let you know about an opportunity for Roosevelt Islanders that NYC FIRST is hosting this summer at our STEM Center, at 544 Main Street.

We're running three week-long summer courses from July 16 - August 3 for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders at a discounted price of $200 per week due to the generous support of our donors.

This program is a good opportunity for middle school students to learn about 2D and 3D design and fabrication, as well as physical computing, and to have them learn how to use laser cutters and 3D printers, among a range of other equipment at the STEM Center. You can learn more about our Summer Program here:

For questions from anyone who is interested, please feel free to email us at
Click here for more info on NYC First STEM Center which will be moving from current temporary location at 544 Main Street to the Cornell Tech campus in September.

Also, NYC First is:
... seeking Mentors to offer guidance to our students during open hours at the Roosevelt Island location. We are specifically looking volunteers who can offer 1-3 hours of their time each week and are regularly available one day a week (Tuesday - Friday) between 4pm and 7pm.

Responsibilities would include helping to monitor the space while offering your skills to help students with personal projects.
Mr. Zygman described the Roosevelt Island NYC First Stem Center during an Open House last January.

Check out NYC First Summer STEM program here.

Here's more on the

First STEM program.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Scenes From Saturday's Roosevelt Island Day - Flower Plantings, Rides, Games, Petting Zoo, Blood Drive, Bike Tune Up, Politcos, Concert And Lots Of Family Fun Festivities

It was a beautiful sunny Roosevelt Island Day Celebration

of flower plantings,



animal petting zoo

Bicycle Tune Up

and Blood Drive

Local elected politicians Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and State Senator Jose Serrano,
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

and her Democratic Primary opponent Suraj Patel

chatted with Roosevelt Island residents as did local Democratic club seeking ballot petition signatures.
Here are more pictures from the June 16 Roosevelt Island Day (Click full screen icon at bottom right for better view)

and a tour of the Good Shepherd Plaza festivites.

Also, evening concert with Funktion - I Wanna Dance With Somebody.

One Roosevelt Island family celebrates their last Roosevelt Island Day.
The Roosevelt Island Garden Club has more.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Ear Drum Blasting Music Across East River Under Queensboro Bridge Disturbs Roosevelt Island Residents Last Night, Over 100 Complaint Calls To Public Safety - Queensbridge Native Nas & Kanye West Host Listening Party For New Album

About 10 PM last night, Roosevelt Island residents started hearing VERY, VERY, VERY LOUD MUSIC BLASTING through their apartment windows.

 I received this message:

Any idea what the loud music is about?
Over 100 Roosevelt Island residents called the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department to find out what was going on and to complain about the excessive noise.

In response, RIOC sent out this advisory about 11:20 PM
It turns out Rapper Nas hosted a listening party and live streaming show for his new Kanye West produced album Nasir under the Queensboro Bridge between Vernon B'lvd and the East River next to the Queensbridge Housing projects where he grew up.
Today, RIOC Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson reported:
We received more than 100 calls regarding the Queensbridge Park music last night, which was actually a listening party for rapper Nas’ new album that was produced by Kanye West. Nas grew up in the Queensbridge Housing development. We did not receive any prior notice that this was taking place. We did learn that the organizers had a permit for the event...

... There’s not really much residents can do, besides calling 311.
The Twitterverse reports:
Kanye West must like the East River waterfront area. In 2016, he hosted a fashion show at FDR Four Freedoms Park. What's next?