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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Roosevelt Island Public Library Hosting Talk By Susan Quinn Author Of Eleanor And Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped A First Lady Thursday September 19 - Seating First Come, First Served

Roosevelt Island NYPL Branch (524 Main Street) Information Assistant Sasha Jones reports:

I wanted to reach out about a program of local interest that we're hosting tomorrow,Thursday, September 19. Susan Quinn, the author of Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady, will be presenting a lecture on her research about Eleanor Roosevelt's relationship with Lorena Hickok.
According to the Roosevelt Island Public Library:
Stonewall50: Eleanor & Hick: The Love Affair that Shaped a First Lady

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 6 p.m.

Join us for a visit from Susan Quinn, the author of Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair that Shaped a First Lady. Quinn will speak about her work, a warm, intimate account of the love between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok—a relationship that, over more than three decades, transformed both women’s lives and empowered them to play significant roles in one of the most tumultuous periods in American history.

Praise for Susan Quinn's Eleanor and Hick: “The love affair between first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena “Hick” Hickok has never been treated with as much care or attention as in Susan Quinn’s Eleanor and Hick. Here, Quinn deftly traces the dissimilar but converging paths of these two complex women and gives new life to their intimate, dynamic relationship, against a backdrop of tremendous social upheaval.”—, Best Books of 2016

“A poignant account of a love affair doomed by circumstance and conflicting needs. Combining exhaustive research with emotional nuance, Quinn dives deep to convey the differing characters of president and first lady.”—Richard Norton Smith, The Wall Street Journal

Seating is first come, first served.
Here's a snippet from from the author Susan Quinn about Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair that Shaped a First Lady

from C-Span's Book TV.

Governor Andrew Cuomo And State Senator Jose Serrano Invite You To Roosevelt Island Emergency Preparedness Training Session Thursday September 19 At Cornell Tech Campus - Learn How To Get Ready For An Emergency, Protect Your Family And Receive Free Disaster Preparedness Kit

Roosevelt Island's NY State Senator Jose Serrano invites you to participate in a free Emergency Preparedness Training Session tomorrow, Thursday September 19 at the Cornell Tech Campus. According to Senator Serrano:

In recognition of Emergency Preparedness Month, Governor Cuomo's Citizen Preparedness Corps and Senator Serrano will continue their series of FREE Emergency Preparedness Training Sessions throughout the 29th Senate District with an event at Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island. The training will take place on Thursday, September 19th from 3:00 - 4:30 pm and is designed to help prepare residents and their families for natural disasters and emergency situations. Event co-sponsors include Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, City Council Member Ben Kallos, and Manhattan Community Board 8.

All attendees will receive a free Citizen Preparedness Corps Disaster Preparedness Kit! Participants must register in advance. CLICK HERE to register (select the September 19th Cornell Tech event).

For more information and for assistance with registration, please call Senator Serrano's District Office at (212) 828-5829.

Senator Serrano is hosting additional Emergency Preparedness Training Sessions at various locations throughout the month of September. For additional dates and locations of events,...

Click here to register.

Also, NYC Office of Emergency Management has some Preparedness Tips too.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Storytime For Kids On The East River With Roosevelt Island Library And NYC Ferry Saturday September 26 - Sold Out For Now But Please Do More And For Adults Too

How cool is this. The NYPL Roosevelt Island branch library and NYC Ferry are teaming up for Storytime on the Ferry:

According the the Registration Page:
Roosevelt Island Library Presents Storytime Aboard the NYC Ferry

Date and Time

Thu, September 26, 2019

11:13 AM – 12:35 PM EDT

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a storytime outside of the library… on a moving boat perhaps? Well this is the event for you! Join us for a one-of-a kind special edition version of storytime aboard the NYC Ferry! We will board at 11:13 AM on Roosevelt Island and ride to Wall Street and back to Roosevelt Island where we will disembark! We will not need to disembark at Wall Street but adults will need to have their return ticket purchased and ready to present to the Deckhands. The ride time will be roughly 80 minutes and we should return to Roosevelt Island by 12:41 PM! Children under 44 inches will ride for free! Please RSVP in advance!
Unfortunately, it appears the event is Sold Out.

Hopefully, Roosevelt Island Storytime Aboard the NYC Ferry will return with new dates - perhaps in the evening for adults too?

Here's a virtual NYC Ferry ride from Long Island City to Roosevelt Island

and then to


Roosevelt Island Youth Soccer Program For Kids 5-18 Starts October 1 At Newly Renovated Octagon Soccer Field - Tryouts Scheduled For Saturday September 21, Register For RI Soccer Program Now

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) reports that the 2019 Fall Youth Soccer Program begins Tuesday October 1 at the new renovated Octagon Field.

According to RIOC:
Youth Soccer- Fall Program

Roosevelt Island's most popular sport, soccer, will begin the 2019 season with tryouts Saturday, September 21st at Firefighter's Field beginning at 8:30 AM. The program, which was temporarily relocated to Firefighter’s and Capobianco fields last fall, will return to its original home, Octagon Soccer Field, in October. Register here!

This year’s season will officially begin on Tuesday, October 1st with practices held Tuesday and Friday evenings from 6- 8 PM and games played on Saturday's from 8:30 AM- 3 PM. The season will conclude with championship game play on Saturday, November 16th. The program will be compiled of teams in the following age divisions:

Kinderkickers (5 - 6 year-olds)
Minors (7 - 8 year-olds)
Sophomores (9 -10 year-olds)
Juniors (11-13 year-olds)
Seniors (14 -18 year-olds)

As previously reported, the renovated Octagon Soccer Field will re-open by end of September and the second phase of the renovation is currently underway which::
... will reconstruct paths and seating areas to meet ADA requirements, reconstruct the bathrooms, provide a new shade pavilion near the bathrooms, install new spectator seating and upgrade the planted areas....
The new artificial turf has been laid on Octagon Field

so play can resume while work continues on Phase 2 of the renovation.

Roosevelt Island youth can register here for the Soccer Program.

Monday, September 16, 2019

You're Invited To Magnificent Mushroom Workshop With Curiouseed Tuesday September 17 Presented By Roosevelt Island Seniors Association And iDig2Learn - Sign Up Now For Fundamentals Of Fungi Free Event, Space Limited

Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn Founder Christina Delfico reports


Magnificent Mushroom Workshop

Featuring ​Jie Jin aka JJ mushroom grower and founder of ​Curiouseed​.

Learn the fundamentals of fungi and the secrets of spores - plus build a take-home mushroom jar.

A few spots are left.

Don’t miss out on meeting JJ, a mushroom grower from Curiouseed, tomorrow 9/17 from 6-8pm at 546 Community Center at 546 Main Street. RSVP extended through tonight 9/16. Reserve your space and contact:
National Geographic introduces us to what we don't know about Mushrooms

More info about Curiouseed at their website.

Reserve your spot now for the Roosevelt Island Magnificent Mushroom workshop and contact: 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Get Rid Of Your Sensitive Paper And Empty Your Files At Roosevelt Island End Of Summer Shred-A-Thon Saturday September 14 - Sponsored By Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, State Senator Serrano And Council Member Ben Kallos

Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn Founder Christina Delfico reports:

FREE End of Summer Roosevelt Island Shred-a-thon! 10 am - 1pm SAT 9/14

It's like a Fall Cleanse for your apartment! Shred those Sensitive Papers for FREE!
Raid the closets, empty the files now because in less than two weeks the Shred Truck is back! 10am to 1pm - Motorgate Turnaround near Gristedes, 688 Main Street.

Start saving those sensitive papers for shredding now! Islanders asked and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Senator Serrano and City Council Member Kallos listened, and are sponsoring another Shred Truck date on September 14th to show their Earth Love and help Roosevelt Island stay clean and green. This is the best way to properly dispose of sensitive papers, you can even watch as it happens. Generous support from the Upper Green Side helps make this possible.

You can also bring your used batteries and your clean plastic bags, which don't go in the recycle bin, for proper disposal!

See you at the Shred.