Monday, June 26, 2017

Legendary Reporter Gabe Pressman Died Last Friday At Age 93 - Take A Look At His 2008 Roosevelt Island Story

According to the NY Times:
Gabe Pressman, the senior correspondent for WNBC-TV and the indefatigable dean of New York’s television reporters, who chased breaking news, interviewed countless celebrities and covered the hoopla of politics, protests and parades for more than six decades, died early Friday morning in Manhattan. He was 93...
and MSNBC:

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Roosevelt Island Residents Online Advanced Ticket Registration For July 4 Fireworks Celebration At Southpoint Park & FDR Four Freedoms Park Begins Monday June 26 12 PM

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) will open July 4 Fireworks Celebration online advance ticket registration for Roosevelt Island residents only beginning Monday June 26 at 12 PM.


Click here for Roosevelt Island residents advanced July 4 ticket registration starting 12 PM Monday June 26..

Make sure to include the password shown in flyer.

According to RIOC:
... All attendees must register online to receive a free ticket to the fireworks viewing at Southpoint Park and Four Freedoms Park. You can register for up to FOUR free tickets PER HOUSEHOLD, using your name, home address, and email address. Children ages 4 and under do not need tickets.

Individuals registering multiple times will be eliminated from the system and WILL NOT RECEIVE TICKETS....

... The capacity for the event is 2,500 attendees total at both locations. Tickets guarantee access to both Southpoint Park and Four Freedoms Park...
Please note, registration tomorrow is only for Roosevelt Island residents.

General registration opens 1 PM Wednesday, June 28.

The advanced ticket registration information with password was supposed to have been sent to all residents from your building management.

UPDATE 6/26 - Direct link to registration here.

UPDATE 1 PM - Received reports from residents trying to get tickets that at least by 12:35 PM tickets were unavailable and sold out.

Order Your Roosevelt Island Fresh Food For Seniors Mixed Bag Of Locally Grown Fruits & Vegetables At The Senior Center June 26, 27- Only $8 A Bag

Wendy Hersh reports on the return of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's Fresh Food For Seniors Program To Roosevelt Island.


According to Ms. Hersh:
Fresh Food For Seniors

Only $8.00 a Bag!!!!

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer’s Fresh Food for Seniors Program lets you order a mixed bag of fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables from local farmers. The program is pay-as-you-go, cash-only.

1. Place your order for a pre-packed, $8 bag of fresh food at:
Roosevelt Island Senior Center from 11am-1pm.

2. Pick up your produce the following Wednesday from 1pm-5pm, at the same place, and enjoy the best seasonal fruits and vegetables!


Order Date: June 26th & 27th Pick up: July 5th

For additional information, contact Wendy Hersh at
(646) 361-6469.

All bags must be picked up on deliver date!!!!!

Sponsored by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer & the Roosevelt Island Senior Center a program of the Carter Burden Network

Friday, June 23, 2017

Watch Pippin Performed By Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Teen Program - It's Wonderful!!!!!

The Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) Teen Theater Program performed Pippin last May.

Take a look at Act 1 from this very talented group of young people.



Click on the full screen icon for better view.

Check out the various programs available at Roosevelt Island's MST&DA.

Roosevelt Island R&R Summer Series Of Classical Music Begins Saturday June 24 At Good Shepherd Center - Bach, Janacek & Beethoven

The Roosevelt Island R&R Summer Series Concerts starts tomorrow, June 24 at the Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street)

Image From R&R Concerts

According to R&R Concerts:
The 2017 Summer Series begins this Saturday!

Bach Sonata No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017
Janáček Violin Sonata
Beethoven Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96

with Ralph Allen and Benjamin Hochman

7:30 pm Saturday, June 24, at Good Shepherd Center

2017 Summer Series

Saturday June 24 at 7:30
Thursday July 6 at 7:00
Friday July 21 at 7:30
Monday August 21 at 7:00

Concerts are presented at Good Shepherd Center with no admission fee.

Help kick off a second decade of extraordinary classical-music performances, and support the series with a tax-deductible contribution that will expand our schedule and keep the concerts free.

The 2017 Season is underwritten by Hudson/Related's Riverwalk Point and Pierre Courmont and Raymond M. Wapner Burton J. and Florence M. Kirshner and many more.

Details on these and additional fall concerts at rrconcerts.org.

Do you play?

The Classical Musicians' Rehearsal Symphony Orchestra, also based on Roosevelt Island, is New York's only dedicated reading orchestra, welcoming the participation of musicians across the classical spectrum.

Coming up...

Thursday, June 29 12 noon until 2 p.m.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 5: Op. 67, C minor

Details at http://www.rehearsalsymphony.com
Ah! Bach



Here's Glenn Gould-Yehudi Menuhin-J.S.



Bach-Violin Sonata No.4

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Gallery RIVAA Opening Reception For New Exhibit By Chinese Artists Saturday June 24 - Into The Classic: An Invitational Exhibition Of The Liaoning Province Artists Association

Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA is hosting an opening reception for a new international exhibit and you're invited. According to Gallery RIVAA:

Upcoming exhibition at Gallery RIVAA:
Date: June 24 - July 1, 2017
Title: "Into the Classic" An Invitational Exhibition of Liaoning Province Artists Association in China
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 24, 4-6pm

Gallery RIVAA presents "Into The Classic: An Invitational Exhibition of the Liaoning Province Artists Association"

PLC is hosting a special exhibition of eleven talented Artists from Liaoning Province in China.
Dates: June 24th through July 1st, 2017
Opening Reception: June 24th from 4-6 pm

These artists from China are members of Liaoning Province Artists Association. Led by Mr. Hongchen Lu, director of China Media Artists Association and director of Liaoning Province Artists Association, the artists brought over 30 pieces of their work to the "Into the Classic" exhibition. The works include oil paintings, pencil sketches and Chinese water color paintings.

Most of the artists were trained in China and some of them have had some Western education as well. Many of them have won national and international awards for their work. With disparate life experiences, their works show the influences of various artistic styles. They reflect the sentiments each of artists has about nature, life and the interplay of the two.


The group of artists includes: Hongchen Lu, Zidong Shi, Guangmao Zhang, Gen Wang, Shengnan Li, Dake Liu, Songming Li, Gaolu Han, Jianghua Li, Yi Niu, and Yan Zhou.

Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044. www.rivaa.com

Gallery Hours:
Wednesday & Fridays 6:00 - 9:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays 11:00am - 5:00pm

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Weekend - Tram Will Operate On Rush Hour Schedule 7 AM - 7 PM


According to the MTA:
F Jamaica-bound trains are rerouted via E the after 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av Weekend, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Jun 23 - 26

No Jamaica-bound service at 57 St, Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge.
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
The MTA has issued a weekend service advisory for the F train, which may affect travel plans. The Tram will run on a rush hour schedule from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM to accommodate any increase in traffic. Please plan your travel accordingly and visit mta.info/weekender or call 511 for more information.

For electronic updates on F Train service, sign up for MTA Alerts at mymtaalerts.com.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 PTA Receives No Fee RIOC Permit To Manage Farmers Market - PTA Seeking Volunteers To Collect Rent From Farmers Market Vendors

The Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 PTA has been the long time manager of the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market.

Last week, a tipster reported the PTA asked for volunteers to help manager the Farmers Market. The tipster asked why the PTA is the Farmers Market manager?


217 PTA Urgently Needs Your Help for Farmer's Market Management & Event Planning for 2017-2018

Farmer's Market Volunteers Needed NOW!

Did you know that PTA Volunteers help manage the Roosevelt Island Farmer's Market?

We are in URGENT need of new community members to help the PTA manage the Roosevelt Island farmer's market. Our volunteers are primarily responsible for visiting the market on Saturdays and collecting rent payments from vendors. Ideally, a team of 2-3 people would help manage the market - taking turns visiting it each week.

Did you know that the rents from the farmer's market make up a sizable percentage of the PTA's annual operating budget?

The future of the RI Farmer's Market could be affected if we do not find new managers. Crucial funding for the PTA could also be put into jeopardy, which would result in cuts to the support and enrichments the PTA can provide 217.

So if you live nearby or regularly shop at the farmer's market, PLEASE HELP your community and school by getting involved today - email the PTA at psis217info@gmail.com.
I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal:
... Does the PTA need a permit from RIOC to manage the Farmers Market and collect rents from the vendors? If yes, does the PTA have a permit to do so?

I don't ever recall any Request For Proposals from RIOC for a manager of the Farmers Market.

Do you think a RFP is required to manage the Farmers Market? If yes, will RIOC issue a RFP for the Farmers Market?
According to RIOC, the PS/IS 217 PTA received a permit dated April 7, 2017:
... for the purpose of operating a Farmers Market including the right to bring vendors, customers, personnel and equipment into the Licensed Premises. This permit is strictly for the following dates and times listed on the attached invoice....

This permit is subject to cancellation or termination at any time without prior notice by an officer of RIOC or an employee thereof so designated to act, who, in his/her sole discretion, determines that a violation has occurred....

... The License Fee Access Control Fee is hereby waived....
RIOC General Counsel Jacqueline Flug adds:
There was no RFP because RIOC was not procuring any services. RFPs are for procurement and done pursuant to State Finance Law and State procurement guidelines. RIOC does not operate the Farmer’s Market, we have simply given permission to the PA to use RIOC land for this. We have no other role in the Farmer’s Market. Accordingly, there are no plans for a future RFP either.
Below is the April 7, 2017 RIOC permit for the PS/IS 217 to manage the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market.

Click full screen icon to better read the permit.

June 23 Roosevelt Island Firefighters Field Outdoor Summer Movie Back To The Future Cancelled Due To Expected Rain Storm - Rain Date June 30

The 2017 Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movie Series was scheduled to start tomorrow with Back To The Future showing at Firefighters Field.

Image From 2016 Firefighters Field Outdoor Movie Showing Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

But, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced this afternoon:
Please be aware that the first movie showing in the Summer Movie Series, Back to the Future, has been postponed from tomorrow, Friday, June 23rd to next Friday, June 30th due to expected rain storms.
Below is the Roosevelt Island Summer Outdoor Movie Schedule .

and a little bit



of Back To The Future.