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Monday, September 23, 2019

Dead Roosevelt Island Cherry Trees Being Cut Down From West Promenade Near Cornell Tech Campus Starting Tomorrow - 20 New Cherry Trees Will Begin Being Planted Next Day To Replace Says RIOC

Cutting down trees is a big deal on Roosevelt Island - we love our trees.

Today, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC announced:
Beginning Tuesday, September 24th, RIOC will be removing dead cherry trees from the West Promenade near Cornell Tech. On September 25th, RIOC will begin installing twenty (20) new cherry trees. Please note the work will be performed by a contractor who will be staging small pieces of equipment near the site but will not block traffic. The contractor will also have safety provisions for pedestrians. Work is expected to be concluded on Friday, September 27th. This may be delayed by severe weather. All work will begin promptly at 7:00AM.

As always, if you see any unsafe working conditions, please advise PSD immediately by calling 212-832-4545 or by making a complaint via our Occupant Help Center

For more information, please visit our website.
Take a virtual walk thru the Roosevelt Island Cherry Trees on

West Promenade.

Welcome Granny Annie Irish Pub To Roosevelt Island - Hope To Open Springtime In Former Riverwalk Bar Space

Great news for Roosevelt Island residents looking for a new place to eat and drink.

Granny Annie's Bar & Kitchen will be taking over the premises formerly occupied by the Riverwalk Bar & Grill, empty since 2018 Labor Day.

I spoke today with the the new husband and wife ownership team, who plan on opening this spring, subject to construction and permitting issues, and intend Granny Annie's to be a neighborhood and family friendly place. Not a sports bar, though there will be TV's and certainly not a Frat Style, Beer Pong playing bar catering to off Island Zog and other sports teams that Riverwalk had become too often.

They have another place, The Beerkeeper bar/restaurant in Woodside Queens.

Stay tuned for more info on Roosevelt Island's new Granny Annie's Bar & Kitchen.

UPDATE 5:20 pm - Roosevelt Island social media is happy about our new Irish Pub.

You're Invited To Osteoporosis & Arthritis Health Seminar Presented By Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech & Roosevelt Island Seniors Association Tuesday Evening September 24 - Learn About Disease And Treatment Options, Please RSVP

Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech and the Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) are presenting an Osteoporosis & Arthritis Seminar Tuesday September 24. You're invited.

You are invited! Join us for a seminar on Osteoporosis and Arthritis on Tuesday, September 24th at 6:00 pm on the Cornell Tech campus, in the Bloomberg Center, 2 West Loop Road.

54 million Americans have low bone density or osteoporosis. One in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis. The disease causes an estimated two million broken bones every year. Derek Hansen, MD Instructor in Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine, will lead us in exploring what osteoporosis is and the treatment options available.

Click here: RSVP or call 646-891-0038 and leave a message or email:

Sponsored by Cornell Tech, Weill Cornell Medicine and the Roosevelt Island Senior Association (RISA).
More on Osteoporosis and Bone Disease here. and from the Mayo Clinic.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Here We Go Again, Intermittent Roosevelt Island Bridge Closings This Week During 2019 United Nations General Assembly Session, East River West Channel Closed To Boat Traffic - Will Emergency Vehicles Be Delayed To Roosevelt Island For Convenience Of Recreational Boaters?

It's that time of year again for Roosevelt Island.

Mid September is the the opening of the United Nations General Assembly Session and 2019 is no different than previous years in terms of its impact on Roosevelt Island residents. The opening of the UN General Assembly means the diversion of all East River boat traffic to the Roosevelt Island East Channel Queens side for security precautions due to our proximity to the United Nations resulting in the intermittent closings of the Roosevelt Island Bridge.

According to the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT)
While the United Nations General Assembly is in session, from Sunday, September 22, through Saturday, September 28, the U.S. Coast Guard will close the West Channel of the East River, which is the main navigational channel, and divert all marine traffic to the East Channel, between Roosevelt Island and Queens. The NYC Department of Transportation will close the Roosevelt Island Bridge, as needed, for up to 15 minutes at a time between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. to permit marine traffic to pass.

During these closures, the bridge will be closed to all vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic. A variable message sign will be installed to inform the public. Emergency service providers have been informed of the special operational schedule.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
The U.N. General Assembly will be in session from September 22, 2019 - September 28, 2019. The RI Bridge will open on demand from 6:00AM - 8:00PM. Please be advised that each opening should take anywhere from eight (8) to twelve (12) minutes to be completed. If you have any questions, please contact PSD at 212-832-4545.
NYC Ferry reports:
Service Alert – United Nations General Assembly – (9/22 – 9/27)

Due to the United Nations General Assembly, extra security restrictions on the East River may cause delays and/or cancellations on the Astoria, Soundview, East River, and the Lower East Side routes from September 22 – 27, 2019.
In response to the annual concerns by Roosevelt Island residents about the potential for emergency vehicle delays caused by the intermittent Bridge closings during UN General Assembly Week, RIOC advised in 2017:
During the last year, RIOC has been working with the NYC Office of Emergency Management and key representatives from FDNY, NYPD, NYC DOT Division of Bridges, NYC DEP, Health and Hospitals Corporation and Con Ed, to explore alternative emergency response options concerning the bridge during both the UN General Assembly and other situations where the bridge may get stuck or fail for any reason. By pre-staging emergency response vehicles and equipment, we are better prepared to respond to medical emergencies on Roosevelt Island. Furthermore, Con Ed has already pre-staged emergency gas and electric equipment on the Island in the event a gas or electric emergency were to take place and Con Ed trucks were unable to reach the Island due to a bridge malfunction.

During the UN General Assembly, and under the newly created Interagency Roosevelt Island Bridge Lift Protocol, the aforementioned City Agencies are responsible for the following:

Organize pre-event interagency conference call with Public Safety Agencies

Pre-Stage one Engine Company, one Ladder Company, and one BLS (Basic Life Support) Ambulance on Roosevelt Island. Alert Battalion 45 and Battalion 49 companies of Bridge Lifts.

Assign resources as appropriate on Roosevelt Island

Stage bridge oiler crew near bridge structure
Stage bridge electric crew near bridge structure

Pre-staged water maintenance equipment available at an on-island DEP Facility

Consolidated Edison
Emergency gas and electric equipment pre-staged on Roosevelt Island Gas and electric emergency personnel will deploy to Roosevelt Island via Tramway or Subway as necessary

Health and Hospitals Corporation
Standard resource deployment

RIOC and its Public Safety Department thank all of these agencies for working together to develop these first steps toward a stronger emergency plan....
Will check to see if these procedures are in effect for 2019.

Friday, September 20, 2019

POW/MIA Flag Joins US Flag Flying Over Main Street Roosevelt Island Thru Efforts Of Resident West Point Grad & RIOC - Today Is National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Below is a 2017 post about the Roosevelt Island POW/MIA Flag.

Have you noticed the black and white flag flying beneath the American Flag at the Roosevelt Island Blackwell Turnaround on Main Street and wondered what it was about?

The flag symbolizes the American Prisoners Of War and Missing In Action during the Vietnam War. According to the National League of POW/MIA Families:
In 1970, an MIA wife and member of the National League of POW/MIA Families recognized the need for a symbol of our POW/MIAs....

... Other than "Old Glory," the League’s POW/MIA flag is the only flag ever to fly over the White House, having been displayed in this place of honor on National POW/MIA Recognition Day since 1982. On March 9, 1989, a POW/MIA flag that had flown over White House on National POW/MIA Recognition Day in1988 was installed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda as a result of legislation passed overwhelmingly during the 100th Congress. In a demonstration of bipartisan Congressional support, the leadership of both Houses hosted the installation ceremony. On August 10, 1990, the 101st Congress passed U.S. Public Law 101-355, which recognized the League’s POW/MIA flag and designated it “as the symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation”....

How did the POW/MIA Flag get raised on Roosevelt Island? It was on the initiative of Roosevelt Island resident Ross Wollen with the assistance of Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal and Director of Transportation Cy Opperman.

Mr. Wollen, a resident of Rivercross for almost 40 years, graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point NY in 1965. Over the years Mr. Wollen has hosted West Point Cadets and his Classmates on Roosevelt Island as they visit NYC for various events and reunions.

Among his frequent guests is Robert Jones, a West Point Classmate and good friend who joined the US Air Force as a Fighter Pilot upon graduation, and like almost all of the members of the 1965 Class spent time in the Viet Nam War several years after leaving the Academy. Mr. Jones was shot down over North Viet Nam close to his final mission, severely injured, captured and spent over five years in captivity, as a POW at various prison camps including the infamous Hanoi Hilton. There he was quartered, when not in solitary confinement or being privately tortured, with the Navy pilot, now Senator, John McCain.

Mr. Wollen wished to recognize and honor the service of his friend and West Point classmate, Robert Jones.

Man In 30's Assaults Roosevelt Island Youth Knocking Child Off Bicycle Yesterday Causing Injuries Resulting In Treatment At Hospital - Offender Fled Scene, Contact PSD Or NYPD 114 Precinct If You Have Any Info

The Roosevelt Island Public Safety Incident Report for yesterday listed:

09/19/19 – 1919 – 500 Main Street - Assault – PSD/NYPD/EMS responded. Referred to NYPD.
I asked Roosevelt Island Acting Public Safety Department Acting Chief Kevin Brown for more details.

A Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) spokesperson replied:
On Thursday September 19, 2019 at about 8:20 pm there was an assault of a juvenile at 500 Main Street.

A juvenile walked into the PSD office and notified officers that an unidentified male in his thirties had knocked the juvenile off his bicycle. The offender fled the scene and his whereabouts are unknown.

The juvenile suffered injuries as a result of the alleged assault and was removed to Mt. Sinai hospital for treatment. The juvenile’s parents were notified and went to the hospital. Members of the NYPD’s 114th precinct went to the hospital to file a NYPF police report from the juvenile.

The perpetrator was captured on video and the video has been given to the NYPD for further investigation. Anyone who has any information about this incident is encouraged to contact PSD at 212-832-4545.