Sunday, December 15, 2019

You're Invited To Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Community Conversation Monday December 16 - Digital Life Initaitive Discussion, Why Are Those Ads Following Me Around The Internet

You're invited to final 2019 Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Community Conversation on Monday, December 16 with a Cornell Tech Digital Life Initiative discussion of:

Why are those ads following me around the Internet?
Hot Chocolate and Cookies will be served too.

According to Cornell Tech:
You are invited to Cornell Tech’s final “community conversation” of the year:

Why are those ads following me around the Internet? And other questions about digital life.

In the spirit of the season, hot chocolate and cookies will be served!

Cornell Tech's Digital Life Initiative focuses on the ethics, policy, politics, and quality of life in emerging digital technologies. Join a dynamic panel discussion on big questions about technology and society, including privacy, social media, behavioral advertising, and media manipulation. Panelists include Helen Nissenbaum, Lee McGuigan, Noa Mor, Yael Eisenstat, and MC Forelle.

Date & Time

Mon, December 16, 2019

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST


Tata Innovation Center, Cornell Tech

11 East Loop Rd. New York, NY 10044


More info on the Cornell Tech Digital Life initiative at their web site.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Wonderful Singing Performances From RI Youth Center Kids And MST&DA Carolers At Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting Ceremony - Pretty Good Rockin Rollin Dancing From RIOC President Susan Rosenthal And NYC Council Member Ben Kallos Too

We've got a bunch of very talented kids at the Roosevelt Island Youth Center and were fortunate to see them perform during the December 5 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Watch and listen to Trey and Rebecca

perform Last Christmas and then Dakota, Nyla (singers) and Isla (guitarist)

 sing Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.

Great Job!!!!!!

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Director of Community Relations Erica Spencer-El and President Susan Rosenthal did a pretty good job as Co-Hosts of the event too.

Also, Ms Rosenthal showed off some Rockin Rollin dancing skills to Run Run Rudolph

after she encouraged NYC Council Member Ben Kallos on stage with her.

Equally impressive were the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) singers

 performing scenes from A Christmas Carol The Musical.

You can see MST&DA perform A Christmas Carol on:
  • Friday Dec 13 7:30pm *Paid preview performance
  • Saturday Dec 14 2:00pm
  • ​Saturday ​Dec 14 7:30pm
  • Thursday Dec 19 7:30pm
  • Friday Dec 20 7:30pm
Get your tickets here.

Check out Santa Claus counting down Lighting the Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas Tree.

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Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, Tram And Ferry Service Too And Watch Video Of MTA Rep Talking Roosevelt Island Subway Service

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Winter Schedule. 

During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book spoke about Roosevelt Island F Train subway service. Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Find Out How Much Money NYC Parent Teacher Associations Raise For School Students - Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 PTA Fundraising Was $236,000 In 2018-19 School Year

The excellent NYC education web site Chalkbeat reported December 2:
A tiny portion of New York City parent-teacher associations reported raising more than $1,000 per student — amounting, in some cases, to more than $1 million — while hundreds of other such school groups said they raised no money at all.

The data, released for the first time Monday, lays bare the funding disparities between schools in wealthy neighborhoods and those in higher poverty ZIP codes. It does not include data for charter schools, alternative schools, and pre-K centers because these schools are not required to have parent associations, an education department spokesperson said....
NY 1 adds:
... New York City’s Education Department has for the first time compiled and released data on the financial standing of PTAs around the city. City Councilman Mark Treyger, a former teacher who wrote the legislation requiring the report, says it's confirmed his fears about inequity in the city's public schools.

"How many times have we heard the DOE and the chancellor and the mayor talk about, your zip code should not determine the opportunities your families receive,” Treyger said. “Well, look at the data."

According to the report, 46 PTAs raised more than $500 thousand in the most recent school year. Of those 46 PTAs, 24 raised at least a million dollars.”...
Here's how Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217 school PTA compares to citywide averages. (Credit: Samuel Park/Chalkbeat for Chartbeat)

I asked Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 PTA President Irena Durkovic if the Chalkbeat fundraising amount of $236,000 was accurate. Ms Durkovic replied:
The amount reported is accurate, and it’s taken from our annual report that covers period from July 2018 through June 2019.
Ms Durkovic shares this statement from the whole 217 PTA executive board:
The PTA is grateful to the PS/IS 217 and Roosevelt Island communities for their support, which allows us to provide benefits for all students in our elementary and middle school here on Roosevelt Island.

For instance, we sponsor literacy and enrichment programs such as arts, physical education, and music; professional development and curriculum assistance to teachers; and community events for the school and its neighbors on Roosevelt Island.

We thank the many PS/IS 217 parents who donate to our annual fund and tirelessly volunteer their time, as well as RIOC and the broader Roosevelt Island community, who support the PTA through grants, the Roosevelt Island Farmer's Market, and in many other ways."
Here's Ms Durkovic describing Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 PTA programs to the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Purpose Funds committee during May 28,2019 meeting.

The PTA received 13,000 in Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Purpose Funds.

More info on NYC PTA fundraising from Chalkbeat article. 


Get Your Tickets Now For Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Performances Of A Christmas Carol The Musical Opening December 13 - Watch Video Of MST&DA Perform Scenes From A Christmas Carol The Musical At Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting Ceremony Too

Watch this wonderful performance by the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) of scenes from their upcoming A Christmas Carol The Musical

during the December 7 Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas Tee Lighting Ceremony.

The MST&DA A Christmas Carol The Musical opens Friday, December 13 and continues with 4 more shows. Performances are:

  • Friday Dec 13 7:30pm *Paid preview performance
  • Saturday Dec 14 2:00pm
  • ​Saturday ​Dec 14 7:30pm
  • Thursday Dec 19 7:30pm
  • Friday Dec 20 7:30pm
According to MST&DA:
Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this lavish and thrilling Broadway adaptation.

Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island), breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol.

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him....

At the Howe Theatre in the R.I. Cultural Center 548 Main Street.
Tickets are:
  • General Admission $20
  • Seniors/Students $15 ​
Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

Roosevelt Island photographer Irina Hage shares these photos from MST&DA A Christmas Carol The Musical.

Scrooge (Louis Ladehoff)

Bob Cratchit (Russ Cusick) and Tiny Tim (Jack Fadner)