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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Roosevelt Island Gunpoint Robbery Sunday Afternoon On Seawall Behind Island House - 120 Oxycontin Pills Taken

A Roosevelt Island tipster asked today:

Have you heard of the 550 robbery or attempted robbery at gunpoint?
According to a NYPD spokesperson on Sunday afternoon at approximately 2 PM, the victim, a 35 year old male was approached on Main Street by a man known to him. The assailant displayed a gun and robbed the victim.

Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Deputy Director Kevin Brown adds:
There was a gunpoint robbery rear of 579 Main Street west seawall on 1/13/19 at 1359 hours

Perp M/40

Property taken 120 OxyContin pills.

No injuries reported and no arrests yet. Matter is under investigation.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Executive Staff Changes, Hires New Chief Financial Officer and Announces General Counsel Leaving Post

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) announced today, Monday, January 14, that General Counsel Jacqueline Flug will be leaving RIOC on February 8, 2019 to join the private sector.

“RIOC has had the privilege and pleasure of Jaci’s good counsel for more than two years; I will miss her intelligence, skill, commitment and calming temperament,” said RIOC President Susan G. Rosenthal.

“I could always count on Jaci to speak the truth and every executive needs that from her advisor. We wish her well and sincerely thank her for her service,” she said.

Also, RIOC announced John O’Reilly as its new chief financial officer and vice president for financial affairs. His appointment was approved at the RIOC Board of Directors meeting December 13.

O’Reilly is a certified public accountant with experience in strategic planning, tax, risk management and construction. He previously was the chief financial officer for DCK Worldwide Holdings, Inc. and Leech, Tishman, Fuscaldo & Lampl, LLC.

“With more than a dozen major capital projects on-going – in addition to our aggressive capital improvement plan – we are fortunate and thrilled to have John join our executive team and help lead us with expertise and acumen,” Rosenthal said.
In the last several months, the RIOC Chief Financial Officer, VP of Capital Planning and now General Counsel have all left after relatively short stays in their positions - approximately 2 years or less.

Community speculation was that Ms. Flug was being groomed to succeed current RIOC President Susan Rosenthal when she retires.

Roosevelt Island NYC Ferry Service Adds Brooklyn Navy Yard Stop To Astoria Route Starting May 2019

Roosevelt Island Ferry service will add another stop this spring with the addition of the Brooklyn Navy Yard to the Astoria Route.

Here's more on the Brooklyn Navy Yard:

BrooklynNavyYard_About from Brooklyn Navy Yard on Vimeo.

And a massive 75,000 Wegmans supermarket will open at the Brooklyn Navy Yard this fall.

UPDATE 1:45 PM - According to press release today from Mayor de Blassio's office:
Following his State of the City address last week, Mayor de Blasio today released additional details about the expansion of the NYC Ferry system, which will begin serving all five boroughs in 2020....

... “In less than two years, NYC Ferry has become one of the most reliable, affordable, and beloved transit systems in the city,” said James Patchett, New York City Economic Development President and CEO. “Expansion of the system means getting even more New Yorkers where they need to go, increasing access to good-paying jobs, schools, and other neighborhoods, all for the price of a subway ride. We are proud to have delivered an invaluable asset to the city that makes all five boroughs fairer and stronger.”...

... “This new ferry service, particularly for Roosevelt Island, the East Side of Manhattan, Western Queens and North Brooklyn will provide important new transit options for New Yorkers, better connect our neighborhoods, and strengthen our local economy. I applaud the Mayor and the City for their continued dedication to this project,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney....

... "The NYC Ferry has fundamentally improved Roosevelt Islanders' commutes, and the new connection to the Brooklyn Navy Yard will open up even more opportunities," said Council Member Ben Kallos. "By connecting Cornell Tech to the Navy Yard, we are further cementing Roosevelt Island's role as an innovation hub. Thank you to Mayor de Blasio and Economic Development Corporation President James Patchett for continuing to expand this great service."...

... NYC ferry has created over 325 jobs such as captains, deckhands, customer service agents, ticketing, operations and more and is currently accepting applications. Hiring in advance of the system’s expansion in 2020 and 2021 will commence next spring. New Yorkers of all backgrounds and skill levels are encouraged to apply. Jobseekers can apply directly at

Friday, January 11, 2019

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island NYC Council Member Ben Kallos State Of The District Address Sunday January 13 - Kallos At RI Tram Today Petitioning For Public Advocate Candidate Jumaane Williams And Speaks To The To Code And Beyond Conference At Cornell Tech

Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos invites you to his annual State of the District address on Sunday January 13, 1 PM, at Memorial Sloan Kettering Auditorium (430 East 67th Street).

Click here to reserve a free reusable bag with your RSVP or call (212) 860 -1950.

Earlier today, Council Member Kallos was on Roosevelt Island petitioning for  NYC Public Advocate candidate Jummane Williams
and speaking to the To Code and Beyond Conference at Cornell Tech.

Legendary Ape King Kong Confronts Roosevelt Island Tram Riders - Yikes!!!

Some riders of the Roosevelt Island Tram find soaring high above the East River a bit scary particularly in high winds rocking and rolling the cabin.

But heights and wind are nothing compared to confronting

Screenshot From Dacs Dacs You Tube Video

the legendary Ape, King Kong.

According to Dacs Dacs:
Board the Roosevelt Island Aerial tram to escape the giant ape who is wreaking havoc in New York. Soon you´re about to smell the legendary banana breath...

This recreation was done with Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 and custom-made models (created with SketchUp and Blender). Kudos to the designers and cast members of the original attraction at Universal Studios Orlando.
More King Kong terrorizing Roosevelt Island Tram Riders.

Where's Spiderman when you need him to save Roosevelt Island Tram riders?

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan This Weekend And Every Weekend Thru End Of January

No Roosevelt Island F Train service  to Manhattan this weekend and every weekend thru end of January.

According to the MTA:
TRACK MAINTENANCE Weekends until Jan 28 From 11:45 PM Friday to 5 AM Monday Coney Island-bound F trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av in Queens to 5 Av/53 St in Manhattan

Trains resume regular service at 47-50 Sts.

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

Travel Alternatives:
For service to these stations, take the F to 47-50 Sts and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F.

For service from 21 St-Queensbridge and Roosevelt Island, take the F to Roosevelt Av and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F.
 Both Tram Cabins operating at full capacity.

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