Friday, April 28, 2017

Roosevelt Island Octagon Field Comfort Stations Closed Until Further Notice Says RIOC Due To Emergency Plumbing Repairs - Portable Toilets On Site

 Image From Field Finder

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Please be advised that, due to emergency plumbing repairs, the Octagon Comfort Station is currently closed until further notice. Portable toilets are on site today, Friday, April 28th. Due to the heavy use of the Octagon Field, they will be serviced and cleaned daily.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Check Out Roosevelt Island Soup Lady Margot Reiss Every Saturday At Farmers Market - Watch How Soup Is Made At Queens EDC Entrepreneur Space Kitchen Business Incubator

Roosevelt Island resident Margot Reiss is the Kitchen 36 Homemade Soup Lady at the Roosevelt Island Saturday Farmers Market. Ms. Reiss sells her soups rain or shine in good weather and bad.

According to Ms. Reiss:
All of our soups are made from scratch using local and seasonal ingredients, fresh herbs, fresh meat (never frozen), dried beans (never canned), non-GMO products where available, such as non-GMO canola oil, and our dairy comes from family farms.

At Kitchen 36 our soups are slow-simmered in small batches to bring out the flavor of the ingredients. We do NOT use soup starters, preservatives, additives, or any artificial ingredients. Our soups are also LOW in salt and fat, but big on flavor. There is NO SUGAR in any soup except for our Black Bean and Curried carrot, which contains a drop of raw cane sugar. Each batch we make takes about eight hours from start to finish. All of our soups are packaged immediately after cooling and frozen to preserve their freshness.

We offer a variety of Beef, Chicken, Vegetarian, and Vegan choices. The soups vary sometimes due to availability of seasonal ingredients. Please check our "News" page for updates on what we're serving up each week. Soups are sold frozen in 16 oz or 32 oz containers. Soups can also be purchased at the Roosevelt Island Farmer's Market. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at

Check out the menu and prices here.

Ms Reiss makes her soup at the Queens Economic Development Corporation Entrepreneur Space Kitchen business incubator close by in Long Island City.

Recently, Roosevelt Island resident Frank Farance visited Ms. Reiss who shows us her operation
This is Margot's operation, she makes wonderful soups!

Also, a time lapse video of the 6 hour soup preparation in 90 seconds from Mr. Farance.

Mr. Farance has more pictures of Margot Reiss and the Kitchen 36 soup preparation at the Kitchen Incubator here.

Ms Reiss hopes to start an online ordering system soon too.

Stop by the Farmers Market on Saturday, say hi to Margo and try out the soup. Check out the Kitchen 36 web site for more information.

The Streak Continues, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, That's 19 In A Row - Local F Service To Queens Too

According to the MTA, there will be Roosevelt Island F Train service

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

That's 19 weekends in a row of Roosevelt Island F train service to and from Manhattan. The last Roosevelt Island weekend F train service disruption was December 16-19, 2016.

F Jamaica-bound trains run local from 21 St-Queensbridge to 71 Av Weekend, 12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, Apr 29 - May 1

Trains stop at 36, Steinway, 46 Sts, Northern Blvd, 65 St, Roosevelt, Elmhurst, Grand Avs, Woodhaven Blvd, 63 Dr and 67 Av.

Paul Calendrillo New York Art Gallery Closing Tomorrow, But Looking For New Roosevelt Island Space And Hoping To Re-Open Soon - You're Invited To Closing Reception April 29

Roosevelt Island resident Paul Calendrillo,

owner of the Paul Calendrillo New York Art Gallery,

reports the Gallery will be closing tomorrow but hopes to open in a new Roosevelt Island space soon.

According to Mr. Calendrillo:
We Are Moving

Gallery will close permanently on April 29th

Join us for our closing reception on Saturday

April 29th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Our run here at 507 Main St. has been financially rewarding and we have enjoyed introducing some of the most promising New York artists to Roosevelt Island. We sincerely appreciate your warm response to our artists and us.

Here are some interesting facts. Approximately 50% of our sales have been from “off the Island” clients. We have talked to hundreds of people, many of whom have never visited the Island and found it very convenient and beautiful once they came. Although the space has been vacated for some time, we had five businesses approach us to inquire renting the space on a longer-term basis and one did. This occurred from our first week in operation.

We developed a loyal following that came to every exhibition and even tourists stopped by to sign our guest book. We even included a few Island residents in one of our shows. For these reasons, we are pursuing new space on the Island. Check the local press coverage for news or sign our guest book and include your email address if you would like updates directly from us. Thanks again for all your support.

Paul and Marian Calendrillo
I spoke with Mr. Calendrillo last September about his plans for the Gallery.

The Calendrillo's did a great job with their Gallery. Hope they open in a new space soon.

A new tenant will be taking over the space.

Garbage And Rat Playground In Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Courtyard - Principal Says School Not Allowed To Use Dumpsters And Sanitation Department Does Not Always Remove Garbage On Scheduled Days

A Roosevelt Island tipster reports:

PS/IS 217 doesn't put their garbage in containers

and it's a playground for rats as you can see from the video.

It's disgusting/disturbing. I've talked to our landlord about it and they've said they reached out but there's been no change.
I asked Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Principal Mandana Beckman about the garbage and rat problem raised by the tipster's complaint.

Ms Beckman replied:
As the community knows, a determination was made by the DOE to remove trees from PS/IS 217's rear courtyard that were, unfortunately, growing unevenly and leaning. These trees and their roots had created potential hazards to our building, and also made our rear emergency exits unusable for our students, creating a safety concern for our students and staff. We have also heard concerns about rats in the area, and share those concerns.

217 is anxious to replant this area, to remove the tripping hazards, and to replant and beautify the rear courtyard. At this point, our plans are on hold due to an unexplained cancellation due to weather by the only DOE contractor responsible for root grinding and removal. We urge the DOE to help us ready this area for planting this spring, and also to assist with the leveling of the land and rat abatement.

Despite raising concerns with the NY Department of Sanitation, 217 has been advised by the Sanitation Department that 217 is not permitted to use dumpsters and the Sanitation Department from Queens does not always come to remove the school's garbage on the scheduled days.

We look forward to working with the community to improve the situation. We also look forward to working with our PTA, students, parents and members of the community to replant and rebuild this Spring.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

SPONSORED POST - Get Your Tickets For Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Teen Theater Performance Of Almost Maine April 28- 30 & Children's Theater Seussical Jr May 5 - May 8

The Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Teen Theater presents the play Almost Maine, Friday April 28 - Sunday April 30 at the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center Howe Theater (548 Main Street).

Showtimes are Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday @ 7pm. Appropriate for ages 12+, parental guidance suggested.

General Admission $20.

Seniors & Students $15

Click here for more information and to  purchase tickets for Almost Maine.

Also, our Children's Theatre presents the musical Seussical Jr. Friday May 5 - Monday May 8 at the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center Howe Theater (548 Main Street).

Showtimes are Friday @ 8pm, Saturday @ 2pm & 8pm, Sunday @ 2pm & 7pm, and Monday @ 7pm. Appropriate for ages 4+.

General Admission $20.

Seniors & Students $15

Click here for more information and to  purchase tickets for Almost Seussical Jr.

Roosevelt Island Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Members Assist Families Left Homeless By Elmhurst Queens Fire Earlier This Month

According to the NYC Office of Emergency Management:

New York City Community Emergency Response Teams (NYC CERT) are groups of dedicated volunteers who help to prepare their neighbors and communities for different types of disasters. NYC CERT falls under the Community Outreach unit within New York City Emergency Management, the City's coordinating agency for organizations and agencies involved in emergency planning, education, and information dissemination.

Register to join through the NYC CERT online volunteer management database....
Roosevelt Island CERT member Frank Farance participated in NYC CERT relief efforts to assist the residents of an Elmhurst Queens building left homeless by fire.

Mr Farance shares these photos and reports:
Both Gwen Ryals and I from the Roosevelt Island CERT (community emergency response team) responded to the April 11 Elmhurst fire,

we were staffing the service center: Gwen on Friday April 14, and myself on Saturday, April 15 and Wednesday April 19.

I can't emphasize enough how important this is to local residents: 112 families were homeless (about half have been able to return),

many needed multiple services, and NYC Emergency Management and American Red Cross (ARC) locate all the agencies in the same spot.

 CERT members do client intake, arrange for translators if necessary, and coordinate the clients among the agencies and services. ARC does the food and emergency shelter.

The City agencies present for this incident are:

- Mayor's office for immigrant assistance
- Human Resources Administration (HRA), provides temporary work/assistance
- Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), provides temporary housing and resettlement back into the apartments
- American Red Cross (ARC), provides immediate shelter, medical needs
- non-profit organization: immediate cash assistance
- Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH): crisis counseling, support

Also, these "shelters" or "service centers" are probably not what people have in mind: they are decent, safe, and well-lit facilities ... very different from the horror stories people hear about homeless shelters. If there is some evacuation emergency, such as a hurricane, these kinds of emergency shelters will be operating.

Fantastic Photo- NYC East River Waterfront Fog Covers Roosevelt Island This Morning, Almost Disappears

From the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Campus Opens For Business July 17 - Including Public Spaces And Cafe

The Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Construction and Community Task Force met last evening, April 25. Among the presentations was an update from Cornell Tech Director of Capital Planning Andrew Winters. Mr. Winters reported that the Cornell Tech campus

Image From Cornell Tech

will open for business on July 17, including the public spaces
 Image From Cornell Tech

and the Tech Cafe.

The Task Force members asked questions about:
  • open hours for Public Space (closing at 10 PM. No loitering but can walk through after 10PM),
  • Citibike Stations (No plans yet),
  • Environmental Waste, composting, recycling, waste hauling, dog droppings,

  • Public Safety and Security,

  • Impact of hotel/conference center on Roadways, Tram and Subway service,
  • Using influence of Cornell Tech to improve Roosevelt Island transportation with MTA
  • Elevator access to Queensboro Bridge from Roosevelt Island,
  • Help in obtaining agreed upon payment from NY State for Cornell Tech campus land
  • One day a week community space available in Bloomberg Academic Building

Below is campus construction and design presentation made by Mr. Winters to the March 29 Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Town Hall meeting.

During the April 25 meeting, Cornell Tech's Assistant Director of Government & Community Affairs Jane Swanson reported on free meeting space being made available once a week, on Thursday evenings, to Roosevelt Island non-profit groups.

Welcome Cornell Tech to Roosevelt Island. Let's see what changes it will bring.