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Monday, September 25, 2017

British Rocker Jay Aston From Gene Loves Jezebel Hanging Out On Roosevelt Island During NY Stay - Flying The Beautiful Tram

Roosevelt Island resident Katherine Taylor reports:

Thought Roosevelt Islanders might be interested in this – a friend of mine, Jay Aston, is the singer of an internationally known British rock band named Gene Loves Jezebel. He is staying with me here on Roosevelt Island this month, and he has set a new Gene Loves Jezebel song to a video he took from the Roosevelt Island tram and put it up for fans to see.

It turned out great!

A little musical PR for our island…
Here's the Roosevelt Island Tram evening ride video with music from Gene Loves Jezebel new album, Dance Underwater.

Jay Aston will be playing a NYC gig Wednesday September 27 at Berlin.
Asked what does he think of Roosevelt Island,Jay Aston replied:
It will feature in one of my songs. One day

I was talking to a very old friend of mine, a native New Yorker the other day & he was stunned to hear that Roosevelt Island was inhabited! With Cornell Tech arriving, I don’t think it’ll be a secret for too much longer.

A real refuge from & yet, very much a part of this grand city.

A magical place. It has ghosts..
More on Gene Loves Jezebel:

Columbia U Occupational Therapy Students Falls Prevention Presentation At Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Senior Center September 27, Trip To Bronx Museum Of Art September 29 & Senior Center Of Week Too

Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Senior Center Program Outreach Director Samantha Romero reports:

Falls Prevention Week is the last week of September! Join students from Columbia University for a Falls Prevention Event! Students will be showing a presentation on falls & doing screenings. This event will be held from 1:00pm until 4:00pm.
FRIDAY, 9/29:

We will be headed on another field trip today! Please join us on a trip to the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Transportation will be provided for free by Carter Burden Network via the CBN Van. We will depart RISC at 12:00PM & return by 4:00PM. Please see Samantha to sign up!

Lisa Fernandez is the Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Senior Center Director.
More information on the Carter Burden Network and the Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center available at it's web site.

Roosevelt Island Emergency Preparedness Fair Yesterday - Tips & Resources From NYC Office Of Emergency Management, NYPD, FDNY, Red Cross, NYC Medical Reserve Corp And RIOC PSD

The NYC Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM) sponsored NYC Runs Roosevelt Island Squirrel Stampede 5&10K race on Roosevelt Island yesterday.

According to NYC OEM:
... It’s National Preparedness Month, and the New York City Emergency Management Department is helping Roosevelt Islanders prepare with a preparedness fair and marathon on Sunday, September 24th....
...The preparedness fair will feature tips and information about preparing for hurricanes, how to make an emergency plan, how to pack a Go Bag, and more.

National Preparedness Month is a month-long, nationwide campaign, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to promote emergency preparedness and encourage volunteerism. Each September, the NYC Emergency Management Department organizes activities throughout the city and distributes information, host demonstrations, and leads preparedness presentations....
The NYC OEM Roosevelt Island Preparedness Fair set up tents on Firefighters Field

and organizations provided tips and resources for you to prepare for an emergency.

The NYC OEM (including Roosevelt Island CERT member Frank Farance pictured at right) provided info on being prepared for an emergency and showed their new Get Notified app,

The NYPD had info on civilian jobs opportunities.

The FDNY instructed on Smart Safety tips.

Red Cross on preparing for emergencies.

NYC Medical Reserve Corp, (including two Roosevelt Island residents) volunteers described their mission and

our very own Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department had preparedness info as well.

The NYC OEM will be having a Roosevelt Island Emergency Preparedness Town Hall in October - the date to be announced.

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Urgent Care Medical Facility, Just Walk In At 520 Main Street 7 Days A Week For Your Medical Needs

According to Roosevelt Island Urgent Care (RIUC):

Our Roosevelt Island facility is  located at 520 Main Street.

The medical needs of this 2 mile long historic island on the East River is a perfect landscape for our services.

RIUC is the first health care facility on the Island. Currently local residents must travel to either Manhattan or Astoria, for treatment—a trip that requires the use of a tram, subway, bus or car. Our facility in essence created a full-service medical center for a growing population of 15,000. RIUC is here to serve your needs.

These needs will increase in the near future with the addition of new multi-family developments and the new Cornell NYC Tech campus, which is under construction and due to open this year. The University is relying on our center to tend to the medical needs of the students and faculty. Roosevelt Island Urgent Care is also well positioned to provide services to the many construction workers who are on the Island during the next few years.

Other amenities include:
  • Hot and cold complimentary beverage center
  • Charging station
  • Flat screen TV in waiting room as well as every exam room
  • Childrens play area
  • And much more!

Geese Making Home For Themselves At Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Campus & Adjacent Road - Rider Gets Off Red Bus To Shoo Away Huge Geese On Street So Bus May Pass

The new Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech school has not only attracted residents, tourists and Tech Leaders to it's beautiful new campus, but a large number of Canadian Geese appear to have found a new home there too. Here's just a few of the Geese I saw on the Cornell Tech campus last Saturday.

Roosevelt Island long-timer, Nina Lublin, who has:
... likely seen & heard just about everything transportation &/or pedestrian safety-related issue here on RI...
shares this message she sent to Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Transportation Director Cy Opperman last Saturday evening about the geese:
Well, thought you could use a good laugh tonight -- and please do not get mad at either the driver or me. Everything we did was careful & safe.

Coming north on the West Channel Rd just north of Southpoint Park & before the Cornell Cafe, the road was blocked by about 15-20 or so of the biggest Canadian geese I've ever seen on RI.

Our driver slowed to a crawl, then stopped completely, & honked his horn gently a few times, but the geese would not budge to either side.

He then carefully stopped the bus, I jumped off & started shooing them to one side. Easier said than done. But after about 2 minutes, I cleared the roadway, got back on the bus, he thanked me& we proceeded.

It being RI, of course there were visitors on the promenade watching & taking pix w. their phones, but not helping. I may be somewhere in the Twitterverse -- or worse.
Also, be careful where you walk on the Cornell Tech campus grounds, particularly the hilly meadow area - goose droppings everywhere.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Take An East River NYC Ferry Ride From Roosevelt Island To Astoria - Sit Back And Enjoy The View

Have you taken a ride on the new Roosevelt Island ferry service yet? It's fantastic and the best $2.75 you'll spend.

All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the view.

Join me on this 6 & 1/2 minute ride today from

from Roosevelt Island to Astoria.

After a ten minute walk from the Astoria Ferry dock, I stopped in to the Astoria Craft Bar & Kitchen for a little Green Bay Packer football watching and Cider.

The new East River Ferry service makes it alot easier to check out many of the excellent restaurants and bars in Astoria and Long Island City.