Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Neapolitan Express Pizza Food Truck Returns To Roosevelt Island Tonight - Yum!!!!!!

The Neopolitan Express Pizza Food Truck is back tonight in Southtown opposite Starbucks.

After a long hiatus away from Roosevelt Island, they will now be back serving Roosevelt Island on a regular basis.


You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Rat Academy Thursday June 29 - Program Will Make You A Rat Expert Says Council Member Ben Kallos

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) tweets:

Image From RIOC Facebook Page

During the June 22 Roosevelt Island Town Hall meeting, NYC Council Member Ben Kallos reported on the Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 rat infestation problem and upcoming June 29 Rat Academy Program.

Mr Kallos also introduced Caroline Bragdon, Director of Neighborhood Intervention - NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's Bureau of Veterinary & Pest Control, who will be presenting at the Roosevelt Island Rat Academy.

More on the Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Rat infestation

problem at these previous posts

Roosevelt Island Residents Invited To Manhattan Community Board 8 June 29 Meeting On Proposed NY State Health Act Plan To Provide Universal Single Payer Healthcare System In NY

Roosevelt Island's Manhattan Community Board 8

is hosting a June 29 meeting on the proposed NY Health Act. According to CB 8
The City of New York Manhattan Community Board 8 Health, Seniors & Social Services Committee is hosting a meeting



A Plan for a Universal Single-Payer Healthcare System in NY State

Thursday, June 29, 2017 6:30PM – 9:00PM

At the Church of the Holy Trinity 316 East 88th Street, Draesal Hall

  • Richard Gottfried, Assembly member
  • Chair, NYS Assembly Committee on Health and sponsor of NY Health Act Liz Krueger, NY State Senator
  • Oliver Fein, MD, Physicians for a National Health Program
Co-Sponsors: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Assembly Members Rebecca Seawright and Dan Quart, Council Members Ben Kallos and Dan Garodnick,

NY State Senator Jose Serrano

David Liston, Jacqueline Ludorf, and Barbara Rudder, Health, Seniors, and Social Services Committee, Co-Chairs
Roosevelt Island resident and CB 8 member Ellen Polivy adds:
Friends, Please attend this Health Care forum on Thursday night at 6:30. Location is two blocks off 2nd Ave subway.

The time has never been more important to know our options. Please come and ask question.
Click on links to read the NY Senate and Assembly NY Health Act legislation.

The bill has passed the State Assembly but not the State Senate.

Gothamist has more on the NY Health Act.

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.

UPDATE 6/28 5:40 PM - According to RIOC:

TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017 5PM—10:30PM EDT

Tickets are currently sold out. Due to overwhelming demand, a limited number of standby tickets will be available at Firefighter’s Field on Tuesday, July 4th between 7:30 - 8:30 PM. Standby tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis until capacity has been reached. Standby tickets will be one per person. Attendees must be present to receive a standby wristband.YOU MUST CHECK IN FOR A STANDBY WRISTBAND AT FIREFIGHTER’S FIELD TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR STANDBY TICKETS.

Firefighter's Field will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th , opening at 7:30 PM ONLY for those procuring standby tickets.

Please visit for full event details. Thank you.

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

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
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.

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