Thursday, December 3, 2020

Roosevelt Island Residents Invited To Cornell University Institute Of Politics And Global Affairs Virtual Post Election Debriefing: The Future Of American Democracy Friday December 4

Cornell Tech Assistant Director of Community and Government Affairs Jane Swanson invites Roosevelt Island residents to a panel discussion on The Future Of American Democracy. According to Ms Swanson

Hello Roosevelt Islanders! This panel discussion (tomorrow) promises to be fascinating and may be of interest to many of you. See registration info below. Take care. Jane

The 2020 presidential election tested the political system and pushed American democracy close to the brink. President Donald J. Trump and many of his supporters continue to claim that the election was beset with fraud.
 

This Democracy 20/20 panel will look back at a turbulent election cycle and consider how effectively the U.S. political system will weather these historic challenges. Some key questions we'll discuss include:

  • Will the 2020 election ultimately show American democracy to be resilient, or will our political institutions and norms deteriorate toward authoritarianism?
  • How will the Biden presidency shape these trends?
  • What will this election mean for Congress, the states, the Republican and Democratic parties—and the future of American politics?

This Democracy 20/20 event is co-sponsored by the American Democracy Collaborative, the Einaudi Center, and the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs. 

Panelists 

Frances Lee, Princeton University 

Christopher S. Parker, University of Washington, Seattle 

Paul Pierson, University of California at Berkeley 

Moderator Robert C. Lieberman, Johns Hopkins University

Click here for more info.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

How Does Fresh Direct Deliver Your Online Grocery Shopping List Order Items To Your Roosevelt Island Apartment - Watch And Find Out

Do you use online grocer Fresh Direct for any of your Roosevelt Island grocery shopping? Business Insider shows us how Fresh Direct delivers your online shopping list items to your door.

Roosevelt Island was one of the first delivery sites for Fresh Direct, being a test site location in 2002 for the online grocery delivery concept.

Fresh Direct was recently purchased by Dutch company Ahold Delhaize which is one of the largest grocery store operators in the United States.


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Roosevelt Island Bridge Bike Lane Cheese Grater Safety Hazard On Agenda For Manhattan Community Board 8 Transportation Committee Zoom Meeting Tomorrow - Sign Up To Attend

As previously reported:

Roosevelt Island resident Paul Krikler has been working to make the Roosevelt Island Bridge Bike lane safe for cyclists. According to Mr Krikler:

... It’s like riding over a an industrial cheese grater....

... The metal grille surface on the bridge is fine for cars but the metal grille makes it extremely uncomfortable to ride across on a bike. Further, in wet and / or cold conditions, the surface becomes very treacherous to cycle across and becomes extremely slippery. I have seen people slide over and fall....

 Also:

According to a spokesperson for Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos:

DOT is evaluating bike-friendly materials for the bridge deck and will ask for funding in the next budget.
  Council Member Kallos adds: 
Our office is looking forward to seeing DOT's plan and suggestions. Any opportunity we get to help improve the City's bike infrastructure is an opportunity we like to take advantage of,...

DOT is the NYC Department of Transportation which has jurisdiction over the Roosevelt Island Bridge and has been promising to review the Roosevelt Island Bridge bike lane safety hazard since 2011.

Tomorrow evening, December 2, the Manhattan Community Board 8 Transportation committee, together with the Roosevelt Island committee, will discuss issues of Roosevelt Island Bridge Bike safety

Here's more info at this prior post.

For access to the CB 8 Transportation Committee Zoom meeting, sign in by clicking this link.

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association Holiday Village For The Entire Family December 4-6 At Good Shepherd Plaza, Live Jazz Music, Unique Gifts, Sweets & Refreshments - Sock, Toy & Gloves Donation Drive Too

According to Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) President Barbara Parker

Hi Everyone! Join Us! 

The Roosevelt Island Senior Association Presents 

A Holiday Village Event For The Entire Family 

Good Shepherd Plaza 

Friday, Saturday & Sunday December 4th, 5th and 6th 3:00pm - 6:30pm 

Featuring Live Jazz Music, Vocalist, 

A Variety of Vendors' Unique Gifts Sweets, Hot Refreshments Toy, Glove and Sock Drive And More....

Email RISA for more info or visit their web and Facebook page.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Covid 19 Rapid Testing Site Coming To Roosevelt Island In Mid December Says RIOC - Latest Roosevelt Island 7 Day Covid Positive Testing Rate Show Increase From 0.27 to 2.52%

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Acting President Shelton Haynes reported discussions underway with a medical practice to bring a Covid 19 rapid testing site to Roosevelt Island by mid December during November 17 Town Hall meeting hosted by NY State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright.
 

Today, RIOC announced:

A new COVID-19 rapid testing location will be opening on Roosevelt Island in mid-December 2020! Testing will be located at 526 Main St., the former R.I. Branch Library location. More details to follow. Testing saves lives. Keep your friends, family, and neighbors safe by getting tested.


According to the NYC Department of Health, the Roosevelt Island zip code 10044 most recent 7 day Covid 19 reporting data for November 21-27 shows of 278 people tested, 7 were positive for a 2.52% positive rate.

For the seven days ending November 21, Roosevelt Island zip code 10044 had a lower positivity rate of 0.27%

More NYC Covid-19 data by zip code available at NYC Health Department web site and The City web site.

At this time, RIOC declined to name the Roosevelt Island Covid 19 testing site provider.

Wow, Take A Look At NYC And Tiny Roosevelt Island Seen Today From International Space Station - Watch NASA Live Stream From ISS, A Celebration Of 20 Years Continuous Human Presence In Space And Tour The SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft

Astronaut Soichi Noguchi shows us a fantastic picture of NYC and Roosevelt Island seen from the International Space Station today

Roosevelt Island is so tiny.

And here's a live stream from the NASA International Space Station.

According to NASA: 

Thanks for watching Space Videos : Live video of Earth from space - as seen from the Nasa ISS live stream aboard the International Space Station.
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Watch our latest video - East Coast USA By Night -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The International Space Station - ISS - circles the earth at 240 miles above the planet, on the edge of space in low earth orbit.

The station is crewed by NASA astronauts as well as Russian Cosmonauts and a mixture of Japanese, Canadian and European astronauts as well. 

The Expedition 63 Crew are: NASA's Chris Cassidy and Roscosmos' Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner

Beautiful views of planet Earth seen from the ISS. As seen from the Nasa space video ISS live stream - A real astronaut view of Earth!

THIS WILL SHOW LIVE and PRE-RECORDED FOOTAGE - depending on signal from the station or if the ISS is on the night side of Earth.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Take A Fun And Fact Filled Virtual Roosevelt Island Walk From FDR 4 Freedoms Park To Lighthouse Park With Comedian And Tour Guide Tom Delgado - It's A Really Cool Little Place He Says In This Very Well Done Video

Join comedian and tour guide Tom Delgado on a Roosevelt Island virtual walk from FDR 4 Freedoms Park to Lighthouse Park.
You can take more walking tours with Tom Delgado here.

Annual Roosevelt Island Christmas Tree Emporium Starts Today And Every Weekend Thru December 20 At Motorgate Plaza Sponsored By PS/IS 217 PTA

The annual Roosevelt Island Christmas Tree Emporium sponsored by the PS/IS 217 PTA opened for business today at Motorgate Plaza next to Foodtown and the Saturday Farmers Market.

The Roosevelt Island Christmas Tree Emporium will be open each weekend thru December 20 from 9AM - 3 PM.

Friday, November 27, 2020

The Island Short Film About Lives Of Roosevelt Island Community In The 1980's After A Boy Goes Missing Selected For Showing At Latino Film Festival And Can Be Watched Online This Weekend


In 2018, writer/director Aimee Schaefer was looking for a Roosevelt Island apartment to shoot scenes for her short film, The Island, about:

... lives of a small community in the wake of a young boy gone missing in 1989 NYC...

The small community being portrayed in The Island was Roosevelt Island:

1989 New York City is bumping to hip hop. The beat echoes across the 5 Boroughs. Aids is claiming its first victims and the “Wilding” of a Central Park attack lands innocent black youths in prison. The summer heat is epic in 1989. And Jimmy is HOT.

At ten years old, Jimmy knows all about the world of his hood. Roosevelt Island is a slip of land that lies between Manhattan and Queens in the East River. Though the Queensboro Bridge intersects it, the bridge bypasses Roosevelt Island connecting Queens to Manhattan and there are practically no cars on the island.

Jimmy and his friends grew up running wild on the 2 mile by 800 foot island, and mom's feel ok about it because contrary to NYC in the 80s, there is practically no crime on the island. The residents all know each other, this especially true in Jimmy's building, a sprawling castle of concrete, a fortress firmly planted on the island community...

The Island short film was selected to be shown at the 6TH Annual Official Latino Film and Arts Festival this Thanksgiving Weekend. Ticket can be purchased to watch the film online through November 30.  

Here's trailer for The Island.                                 The_Island_HIGH RES trailer from Aimée Schaefer on Vimeo.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket November 27 - December 3 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Online Shopping, Delivery Options, Digital Coupons, Nutritional Tips For Eating Healthy & Social Media Facebook Too

The Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket 

invites you to check out their November 27 - Dcember 3 Weekly 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


Foodtown Supermarket Registered Dietician Jacqueline Gomes has some nutritional, fitness, and recipe ideas to keep you healthy this holiday season.

  

 Follow Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket on Facebook

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - Subway, Tram, Ferry & Citibike - Keep Your Social Distance And Wear Face Covering On Public Transportation - MTA Taking Comments On Proposed Fare Changes

According to the MTA, there is Roosevelt Island F train service to and from Manhattan this weekend. E train service too.


According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

While we continue to follow social distancing and align our operations with New York Forward guidance, we also continue to incrementally increase the number of passengers permitted on the Tram. Tram capacity will increase on Sunday, November 1st, from 20 to 35 passengers per cabin, and we will continue to assess and gradually increase in phases. 

We understand the need for this mode of transportation, however, the health and safety of our riders and operators are our priority. We appreciate your cooperation.

Here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Schedule which now extends to East 90th street on the Upper East Side. 

Also, Roosevelt Island Citbike docking stations.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving To All From Roosevelt Island, RIDA Thankful For Help Feeding Community During Covid 19 Pandemic - Holiday Tradition Continues With Arlo Gurthrie's Alice's Restaurant

Happy Roosevelt Island Thanksgiving Day wishes to everyone. 

I hope you all have the best Thanksgiving possible under the present Covid 19 Pandemic circumstances and that Thanksgiving next year will be more normal. 

Since Thanksgiving is still a day all about about Tradition, here is my traditional Thanksgiving Day post started in 2007:

... listening to Arlo Guthrie's rendition of Alice's Restaurant on WNEW-FM was, for me, a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition.

A former station DJ remembers Thanksgiving and Arlo Guthrie this way on the blog All Mixed Up Radio.

Every year a couple of days before Thanksgiving, it starts. It's slow at first, and then turns into a non-stop avalanche of phone calls. And no matter how many times a station runs promo announcements telling people exactly when it will be played, the calls still come.
"What time are you playing 'Alice's Restaurant?'"...
Yes, in the olden days people used to listen to music on the radio. Imagine that!...

Here's Arlo Guthrie singing Alice's Restaurant with scenes from the movie.

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) President Wendy Hersh has a Thanksgiving message to our community:

Thanksgiving is a season of gratitude. Celebrating this Thanksgiving this year in the midst of a pandemic is very stressful having to be away from people that you’d normally draw close to. 

But as much as this year has been the worst, it’s also shown us how we as humans can be a lot better when we actually try. These past months have been rough and chaotic, but we have gotten through it together and have so much to be thankful for. 

We at the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association would like to take time today on Thanksgiving, to thank everyone who has supported us through this pandemic for the last 8 months. From our daily meal deliveries 6 days a week to Grocery bags and emergency boxes to our now ongoing pantry....we couldn't have done it without the help of so many. 

From Doryne Isley of C & C Management who continuously supported us and gave us whatever we needed; Chuck & Hector and the wonderful C & C Maintence staff for always being there for us in a minutes notice ; Lisa, Pat and Yulissa from Carter Burden (senior center) for their continuous assistance and allowing us to use their space; Pastor Carolyn Marko and her amazing staff from 9 Million Reasons for always providing us with enough food to feed our community; all of the wonderful volunteers that have selflessly given their time and energy to help us feed our community. 

There is no food pantry tomorrow, but there will be one next Friday in spite of Covid-19 numbers going up. Only difference may be that residents will be given boxes of food that we will pack up for safety reasons. We will play it be ear...we want to keep everyone safe...both residents and volunteers.

We appreciate all of you ....and wish you all a Very Happy Thanksgiving...

Here's more on RIDA's efforts, together with community volunteers,

                                               Image Of RIDA, Evangel and NYC CERT Members Prior To Delivering Food Saturday May 2

helping feed Roosevelt Island during the pandemic.

Happy Thanksgiving Roosevelt Island!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Roosevelt Island Tram Featured In Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Windows Display - Take A Virtual Tour Of The Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Windows, It's Gorgeous

The Roosevelt Island Tram is featured in this year's Saks Fifth Avenue

Holiday Window Display

According to November 23, Saks Fifth Avenue press release:

Saks Fifth Avenue revealed its iconic holiday window display and ten-story-tall theatrical light show at its New York flagship with a reimagined, one-of-a-kind event concept titled, Saks Lights Up Fifth Avenue....

... Saks' theme for the holiday season, This is How We Celebrate, shines a light on the importance of spending time with loved ones and the different ways people and places across the country celebrate.

Saks' legendary window display is synonymous with the holiday season in New York and this year is no exception. The center six windows showcase how different people celebrate in iconic settings around the city, with each over-the-top celebration scene bringing a different quintessential New York moment to life:

  • A musical celebration on bustling Broadway in Times Square 
  • A classic barber shop getting a visit from some adorable kids and their pets, wanting to look their best for the New Year celebration 
  • A couple on their way to deliver gifts via the Roosevelt Island tram 
  • An aspiring dancer getting an autograph from her ballerina idol 
  • A celebration surrounding the neighborhood food truck at a holiday block party 
  • A friendly competition of holiday lights and decor at neighboring houses in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
Here's the Saks lighting ceremony
Take a vitural walk around the Saks Holiday Window Display and check out the Roosevelt Island Tram window.

Granny Annie's And Nisi Kitchen Open For Socially Distanced Roosevelt Island Thanksgiving Dinner, Cornell Cafe Closed - If You're Cooking At Home, Brussel Sprouts With Butternut Squash Recipe From Chef Danny, Pumpkin Pie And Healthy Holiday Cooking Tips From Foodtown

If you don't want to cook and are looking to go out for a socially distanced Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow on Roosevelt Island, consider Granny Annie's


or Nisi Kitchen

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Former NYC Mayor David Dinkins Dies Yesterday At 93 - Roosevelt Island Remembers Him As Gracious Gentleman, Friendly Tram Rider And Tennis Lover

Former NYC Mayor David Dinkins died yesterday at the age of 93.

Mayor Dinkins was often seen on the Roosevelt Island Tram on his way back and forth from playing tennis at the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club.

Skip Hartman, the owner of the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club remembers his friend David Dinkins:

David and I really met while watching a competition at the Harlem Armory in 1975. He was then Clerk of the City of New York and an influential leader in the Democratic Party. I was a budding indoor tennis entrepreneur. He actually was part of a group of tennis friends that was then playing at my first indoor club, Stadium Tennis Center in the Bronx. David loved to play tennis, was a solid intermediate player who kept improving his game , He greatly admired Arthur Ashe and embraced NYJTL's mission of bringing tennis to all children. He gladly served on the NYJTL Board from 1975 to 1985, and then again, after serving as Manhattan Borough President and Mayor, from 1994 to 2020. 36 years. He was instrumental in the early 1980's introducing NYJTL to the NYC Board of Education and his prestige opened many doors to NYJTL's work. 

When David became Mayor he and Joyce lived in Gracie Mansion, the Mayor's official residence. Sara and I lived ( and still do) a few hundred feet away. David wanted to play in the mornings for exercise and relief. If he had to last minute cancel for a City emergency, I would not be way out of pocket. So from his many tennis friends I got the call to play. We played vigorous singles tennis several weekday mornings for the next 22 years, and became best friends.  

Our City has lost a great public servant and elder statesman. NYJTL has lost an invaluable supporter. Tennis has lost an enthusiastic player. The USTA has lost a devoted leader. I have lost the best friend a person could have. David, Joyce, David Jr., Donna and their families will always be loved by us.

Here's more on Mayor David Dinkins:

 

Condolences to his family and friends. 

Rest in peace Mr Mayor.

UPDATE 11/28 - A tipster shares these photos of Mayor Dinkins in 1992 at Roosevelt Island tennis courts.