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Friday, October 20, 2017

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend And Tram Platform Repair Project On Target To Be Finished By End Of 2017 Says RIOC President

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Remember, only 1 Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin running now through the end of 2017 due to the Tram Platform Repair Project.

During October 19 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors meeting (full video web cast of meeting here), RIOC President Susan Rosenthal reported that the Tram Platform Repair project is on schedule to be completed by end of the year and next week work will switch

to the second cabin.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Get Your IDNYC At Roosevelt Island Senior Center Carter Burden Network Pop Up Enrollment Site October 19 To 27, Check Out The Benefits & Discounts Available To New Yorkers

You can obtain an IDNYC card at the Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Senior Center Pop Up enrollment site starting today, October 19 thru October 27 from 9 AM - 4 PM.
According to the IDNYC web site:
8 Million New Yorkers.

1 Card For All Of Us!

IDNYC is the new, free identification card for all New York City residents, which gives all of us the opportunity to show who we are—New Yorkers. As a government-issued photo identification card, IDNYC secures the peace of mind and access to City services that come from having recognized identification. IDNYC benefits every city resident, including the most vulnerable communities—the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID.

IDNYC cardholders can access services and programs offered by the City as well as by businesses. IDNYC helps enhance public safety, by serving as a recognized ID for interacting with NYPD. It also helps New Yorkers gain access to all City buildings that provide services to the public and is accepted as a form of identification for accessing numerous City programs and services. IDNYC also provides a dynamic series of benefits to cardholders, including a free one-year membership at many of the City's leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens.
Click here for a list of all the benefits and discounts available to holders of

IDNYC cards. Click here to start the IDNYC application.

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Halloween Dog Costume Contest Sunday October 29 Presented By The Wildlife Freedom Foundation - Prizes For Funniest, Scariest & Best Halloween Pooch Costume

The Wildlife Freedom Foundation (WFF) is hosting it's Second Annual Roosevelt Island 2017 Halloween Dog Costume Contest fundraiser Sunday October 29 from 2-5 PM at the Manhattan Park Theatre Club (8 River Road). According to WFF:

... there will be prizes for Most Original, Scariest & Funniest Costume. Special Award for Best Trick in Show. Samples, Raffles, Trick or Treating ... and Door Prizes For All Dogs.

Pre-registration ($20) is open here or ($25) at the door.

During the October 4 Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council meeting, WWF Founder Rossana Ceruzzi invited residents to attend the Halloween Dog Costume Contest.

Here are some

Image From Rossane Ceruzzi

of the pooches

Image From Rossane Ceruzzi

from 2016 WFF Roosevelt Island

Image From Rossane Ceruzzi

Halloween Dog Costume Contest.

Have a great time at the 2017 WWF Roosevelt Island Halloween Dog Costume contest.

The WFF is:
... is a non profit organization 501 (c)(3) formed for the purpose of protecting and conserving wildlife and caring for stray animal populations in NYC.
More information on the Roosevelt Island based World Wildlife Freedom Foundation available at its web site and these prior posts.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New Roosevelt Island Tram Station Elevators And Winter Holiday Lights Installation Joint Marketing Agreement Among Items on RIOC Board Of Directors Meeting Thursday October 19 - Public Session Prior To Meeting Too

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors will meet Thursday, October 19 at the Cultural Center (548 Main Street). Among the items on the Agenda are construction of the long delayed new Roosevelt Island Tram Station elevators

  Image of GC Eng Eng & Associates Tram Station Elevator Rendering From CB 8

and a joint marketing campaign with Hudson Related Retail to install Winter Holiday Lights Display Decorations with the aim of attracting more shoppers to Main Street. According to the RIOC Agenda:
  • 1. Authorization to Enter into Side Letter Agreement with Hudson Related Retail LLC for a Joint Marketing Campaign (Board Action Required) and
  • 3. Authorization to Enter into Contract with Sea Crest Construction Corp. for Construction of the Elevator at the Manhattan Aerial Tramway Station (Board Action Required)
The construction of new Tram Station elevators by Sea Crest Construction is expected to take 1 year. (See RIOC memo below with more info).

RIOC and Hudson Related Retail selected Neave Decor to install the Roosevelt Island Winter Holiday lights.

See RIOC memo below for more info.

Prior to the start of the RIOC Board meeting, there will be a public comment period. Sign up here to speak at the meeting.

Below is the RIOC October 19 Board of Directors meeting agenda:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Roosevelt Island Youth Proposes Time Capsule Monument Project To Capture Past, Present & Future Possibilities Of Roosevelt Island - You're Invited To Participate

Roosevelt Island resident Mark Shinozaki presented his idea of creating a Roosevelt Island Time Capsule to the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) October 4 Common Council during it's Public Session. Mr. Shinozaki was assisted in the presentation by RIRA's Children, Youth and Education (CY&E) Committee Chair Adib Mansour.

Here's the Roosevelt Island Time Capsule Presentation to RIRA Common Council.

Mr. Mansour adds:

Roosevelt Island Community-Wide TIME CAPSULE PROJECT

The RIRA CY&E Committee is thrilled to support a fantastic Time Capsule project initiated by Mark Shinozaki to capture the past, present, and endless future possibilities of Roosevelt Island.

The CY&E Committee will work with Mark to make it a leadership project with students from diversified backgrounds. The process will include:
  • taking snapshots of various locations on the island, 
  • collecting historic images, 
  • interviewing a multitude of people (including doctors, vendors, teachers & principals, RIOC president, RIRA members, hospital workers/patients, Tram managers/operators, seniors, parents, and children) 
to name a few.

We intend to include all aspects of the island. We will also create a series of competitions for the Elementary school students to draw a futuristic map of Roosevelt Island as they see it in the future, essays on future technologies and how it would help the island residents by young teens, and ideal future as seen by teens and young adults.

All of the images, interviews and artifacts collected will be stored in the Roosevelt Island Time Capsule and would be opened in 25 years, replenished and re-opened in the next 25 years after.

Mark Shinozaki will be working with Gallery RIVAA to visualize a futuristic look for the Roosevelt Island Time Capsule, as well as the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) to chose an appropriate location for it.

Following our recent conversation with RIOC President Susan Rothenthal and Gallery Rivaa’s architect and artist Tad Sudol, we envision the the Roosevelt Island Time Capsule being part of a monument. We intend the Roosevelt Island Time Capsule Monument to be futuristic and artistic, encompassing the past, present and future of Roosevelt Island. It will be self standing, very noticeable and able to withstand the weather elements for 50 years.

We are currently looking for a team of Middle and High School students to take charge of collecting photographs, conducting interviews, administer competitions, and keep updates. The team will meet with RIRA’s CY&E Committee once a week to show updates and discuss next steps.

A preliminary list of people & organizations to be included in the Time Capsule project are: RIOC, RIRA, PSD, Gallery RIVAA, Cornell, Historical Society, Schools, Hospitals, doctors, dentists, Stores / Restaurants, Youth Organizations, Seniors Organizations, Handicapped Organizations, Buildings, Religious establishments, Transportation: Tram, Ferry, and Subway, Newspapers and Blogs, Workforce, Roosevelt Island original residents, Wildlife Freedom Foundation, our Politicians, Parks, among others.

Please email Adib Mansour with your full name, date of birth, and contact information (email and cell phone) as well as building you live in, as soon as possible .

This is an important leadership project which will result in community service as well as possible classroom credit (we might be able to negotiate with your school).