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Monday, October 15, 2018

Candidates Sought To Help Serve And Represent Our Community, Roosevelt Island Residents Association Common Council Building Elections Tuesday, November 6 - RIRA Nomination Forms Now Available, Fresh Ideas Needed And Welcomed

Are you interested in serving the Roosevelt Island community by becoming a member of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council?

RIRA's Election Nomination Committee Co-Chair Janet Falk tells us how.

According to Ms. Falk:

As a member of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) and one of its 44 members representing the various apartment buildings, I write to you.

You can play an important role in the future of our Island when you nominate yourself to serve on RIRA as advocate for your building.

Working with the other representatives, you will promote your neighbors’ interests and build unity among Island groups.

As Nominating Committee Co-Chairs, Rossana Ceruzzi and I encourage you to share this note with your neighbors through your internal communication system and in informal conversation.

Here are three reasons to serve as one of 44 RIRA Representatives:
  • Speak up for yourself and your neighbors
  • Strengthen your community
  • Make a difference
Nominees must be willing to volunteer and serve for FOUR hours per month.

Every resident of Roosevelt Island age 18 years or older is eligible to serve on RIRA and vote in the election. Learn more about RIRA and nominate yourself by completing the form at or email Janet Falk or Rossana Ceruzzi.

The election will be held on Tuesday, November 6.

Thank you for your support of RIRA.

With appreciation for your service to our Island community,

Janet Falk and Rossana Ceruzzi (RIRA Nominations Committee Co-Chairs)

New Roosevelt Island residents and any community member with fresh ideas are encouraged to be RIRA candidates for your buildings.

More info about RIRA nominations and responsibilities here.

Part 2 Of Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Community Conversations With Faculty Members - Learn About Designing And Building Technologies For Underserved Communities With Prof Nicola Dell Wednesday October 17, More To Come

The second in a 4 Part series of Roosevelt Island community conversations with Cornell Tech Faculty members takes place Wednesday, October 17 with Professor Nicola Dell.

You're invited.

According to Cornell Tech:

Professor Dell will talk about her work designing and building technologies for under-served communities, both in the US and around the world. She will also take questions from the audience.

Community Conversations with Cornell Tech Faculty


Professor at Cornell Tech & The Cornell Information Science Department

Wednesday, October 17 @ 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Tata Innovation Center
Cornell Tech, 11 East Loop Road
To Register use link:
or email: or call 646-971-3744


Nicola Dell is an Assistant Professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and a member of Cornell's Information Science Department. Professor Dell was born in Zimbabwe and received a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of East Anglia (UK) in 2004, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 2011 and 2015 respectively..


Professor Dell’s research interests are in human-computer interaction (HCI) and information and communication technologies for development (ICTD). Her main focus is on designing, building, and evaluating novel computing systems that improve the lives of underserved populations in the US and around the world. Professor Dell is broadly interested in understanding the social, technical, and infrastructural challenges faced by diverse populations and creating new technologies to address their uniquely-situated needs. To do this, she partners with numerous NGOs and government ministries to design and deploy novel computing systems that aim to have a positive impact in the world.

• Nov. 27th: Prof. Mor Naaman
• Dec. 11th: Prof. James Grimmelmann

These events are free and open to the public.
A sample of Professor Dell's current research projects are listed here and Professor Dell describes some of her work in this 2015 video, prior to coming to Cornell Tech.

During the August 16 Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Construction & Community Task Force meeting,

Cornell Tech Assistant Director of Community & Government Relations Jane Swanson described the upcoming series of community conversation with Cornell Tech Faculty and Roosevelt Island residents.

Register here to attend the October 17 Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Faculty Community Conversation.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Roosevelt Island Residents Arriving Home On Tram Greeted By Wonderful RI Jazz Collective - Let's Have More Music At Tram Plaza And Lose The Giant RI Monument Eyesore

Enjoy some local Roosevelt Island Jazz this Saturday evening.

Last Tuesday. October 9, Roosevelt Island residents arriving home on the Tram were greeted by our local Roosevelt Island Jazz Collective playing some very good music.

The Roosevelt Island Jazz Collective is made up of musicians Mark Hynes, Susheel Kurien, Bruno Razafindrakoto & Francois Alghisi.

Watch the video and enjoy the music. Don't miss Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal getting in the groove of the moment with some dancing moves.

The entertainment was part of RIOC and Hudson Related

 RIOC's Susan Rosenthal And Hudson Related David Kramer Posing By Giant RI Monument

introducing the Giant RI monument ntended to welcome residents and visitors to the Island.

Roosevelt Island resident Scott Pirro gives a positive review of the Giant RI Monument:

From my observation, most people, other than RIOC and Hudson Related staff were either indifferent or disliked the Giant RI Monument.

Instead of wasting money on the Giant RI Monument Eyesore to welcome residents and visitors, much better to pay our local musicians to play frequently at the Tram Plaza instead.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Roosevelt Island Is Getting A Brand New Bigger & Better NY Public Library Branch Opening By End Of 2019 - Take A Look At Scenes From Today's Groundbreaking Ceremony

In July 2012, New York Public Library (NYPL) President Tony Marx and Roosevelt Island's then NYC Council Member Jessica Lappin

Image of NYC Council Member Lappin, NYPL President Anthony Marx and Roosevelt Island Kids

announced plans for the relocation of the existing small and water leaking Roosevelt Island Branch Library to a much larger, brand new space on the first floor of 504 Main Street.

This morning, a little over 6 years later, Mr Marx

Image From NYPL

and Ms Lappin returned to the site of the new Roosevelt Island Public Library branch for its construction groundbreaking ceremony.
which is promised to open in late 2019.

According to this NYPL press release:

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Luxury Waterfront Apartments Available At Riverwalk Crossing & Riverwalk Point - Contact Related Rentals For Leasing Information

Are you looking for a luxury apartment rental on Roosevelt Island? Check out the current Roosevelt Island apartment being offered by Related Rentals at Riverwalk Crossing (405 Main Street)

and Riverwalk Point (480 Main Street)

Studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments with gorgeous waterfront views are available.

According to Related Rentals:
Fall opens the door to an entirely new New York. Changing leaves, crisp air, and a long list of seasonal activities and things to do on Roosevelt Island.

In response to the cooling weather, take your workout inside and work up a sweat at the indoor tennis court on the south end of the island. For fantastic waterfront views, pay a visit to the North Point Lighthouse.

Bold, vibrant foliage isn’t restricted to Central Park (although if you wanted to witness it, the tram or F train could have you there in a few minutes.) The lush greenery of Roosevelt Island turns a colorful hue as we progress into fall. Bring a picnic and a blanket, and immerse yourself in the season.

After experiencing all that Manhattan and Roosevelt Island have to offer, head home to your luxurious refuge from the city. With high ceilings, spacious rooms, and generous natural light, you might forget you’re in New York. But the moment you look out the floor-to-ceiling windows and take in the panoramic views of the skyline, it will take your breath away.

The Related lifestyle brings luxury and convenience to the enchanting community on Roosevelt Island.
Contact Related Rentals for more leasing information.

Roosevelt Island Weekend Transportation - No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Weekend, Both Tram Cabins At Full Capacity And NYC Ferry New Fall RI Service Schedule - F Train Weekend Schedule On RIRA Committee Agenda

There is no Roosevelt Island F Train service from Manhattan this weekend. According to the MTA:
SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS 11:45 PM Fri, Oct 12 to 5 AM Mon, Oct 15 F Jamaica-bound trains are rerouted via the E after 47-50 Sts in Manhattan to Roosevelt Av in Queens

No Jamaica-bound service at Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge.
... STATION ENHANCEMENTS | Until December 2018 57 St F Station is closed...
Both Tram Cabins operating at full capacity.

There is Roosevelt Island ferry service on the Astoria Route. Here's the new Fall Schedule for Roosevelt Island ferry service.

Last Friday, a Roosevelt Island resident tweeted this message in response to post about no Roosevelt Island F Train service from Manhattan.

Among the items on Agenda for Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Island Services Committee October 19 meeting is:
F train schedule and weekends