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Friday, November 15, 2019

Octagon Building Shows Off New Interior Renovations To Roosevelt Island Community At Grand Opening Gala - Fabulous New Gym, Game & Party Room, Common Work Space & Art Gallery

The Octagon Building hosted a Grand Opening Gala Celebration last Wednesday, November 13, showing off new interior renovations to the Roosevelt Island community.

The Twitterverse reported on the event

and the Octagon management added.

I'm told the exterior renovations will include a fire pit as well.

You're Invited To Gallery RIVAA Opening Reception For New Group Exhibit "Time" From Local Child School Students Saturday November 16 - Also Check Out Roosevelt Island Artist Laura Hussey Exhibit Portrait Of Friends At Octagon Gallery

Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA is hosting an opening reception for a new group exhibit by students from The Child School. According to Gallery RIVAA

Dear all,

You are cordially invited to the exhibition

"Time" A RIVAA Group Exhibition and Art from Students of the Child School

November 16, 2019 to January 12, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16th from 6-9 pm

Also check out Roosevelt Island artist Laura Hussey's

new RIVAA exhibit at the Octagon Gallery:
Portraits of Friends

Paintings by Laura Hussey

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 to Friday, December 13, 2019

The Octagon Gallery

888 Main Street, New York, NY

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 new 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, November 14, 2019

Next Phase Of Roosevelt Island Motorgate Garage Repair Work Begins Wednesday Novmeber 20 - No Parking In Sections 6,7 & 8 C After November 19, Speed Bumps Have Been Installed For Safety Reasons

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

Motorgate Garage repair work will begin on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 in Sections 6C, 7C & 8C (south building). No Parking will be allowed in these areas after Midnight, November 19, 2019. Violators will be towed at car owner’s expense. After November 20, 2019 customers may park in 6D, 7D & 8D. Please Note: Speed bumps have been installed for safety. Please look for the attached notice to begin appearing in and around Motorgate.

Here's the May 9 RIOC Operations Advisory Committee meeting discussion

of the 

Motorgate Garage Improvements Project.

Roosevelt Island NYPD 114 Precinct Neighborhood Coordination Officers Speak At Last Night's RIRA Meeting - Report On Upcoming Community Active Shooting Training, Citizens Police Academy And Always Available To Talk With Residents

During last night's (November 14) Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Session, NYPD 114 Roosevelt Island Neighborhood Coordination Officers Joseph Esposito and Keith Mathes spoke to the Common Council. According to the NYPD 114 Precinct:

Neighborhood Coordination Officers, or NCOs, are your local problem solvers. They spend all their working hours within the confines of their assigned sectors, actively engaging with local community members and residents. They get to know the neighborhood, its people, and its problems extremely well....
Officers Espositio and Mathes spoke of their availability to community members and offered their email addresses to residents if you wish to contact them.

Officer Esposito reported on an upcoming NYPD Community Active Shooter Training Session being held on Monday, November 18 that Roosevelt Island residents are invited to attend.

Join us as NYPD Shield conducts this vital training session. This training is designed to give recommendations in the event you are involved in an active shooter situation. Must be at least 18 to attend.
RIRA member Frank Farance added a recommendation for community members to consider applying to the NYPD Citizens Police Academy, an:
... accelerated civilian training program, established to provide members of the community with a background and understanding of NYPD policies and activities, as well as the structure and limit of police power. Familiarity with these principles is the key to understanding the actions and reactions of police officers in the greater community. The Citizens Police Academy training seeks to improve police/community relations through educating the public about police work.

The 10-week program replicates and condenses the NYPD recruit training regimen, allowing civilian New Yorkers to gain a finer understanding of skills and abilities that police officers bring to a community partnership. Since its inception in 1993, the program has trained thousands of New Yorkers in the very same concepts and content as taught to NYPD recruits.

Each session addresses key NYPD initiatives in lectures, videos, roleplaying events, tactical exercises, and interdisciplinary workshops led by Police Academy instructors and representatives of other specialized units. Curricular coursework touches on domestic violence, gang violence, mental health, firearms simulation, counterterrorism, and use of force. Lessons are continuously revised to ensure content is current and relevant....
Here's more info on NYPD Active Shooter training.

Sadly, there was another U.S school shooting incident today.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Roosevelt Island Historical Society Free Lecture With Mitch Waxman Author Of In The Shadow Of Newtown Creek Thursday November 14 - Watch Hilarious Video Of Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Murray and Guillermo Newtown Creek Canoe Adventure Too

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) is hosting a free lecture tomorrow evening, November 14, at the NYPL Roosevelt Island branch (524 Main Street) by Mitch Waxman author of In The Shadows Of Newtown Creek:
About the Book

Newtown Creek is a tributary of the East River, and found roughly at the center of New York City. Highly polluted, the industrial waterway is nearly four miles long, forming the border of the Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens. Mitch Waxman is historian with Newtown Creek Alliance, conducts regular walking and boat tours of the waterway, and has been photographing it for more than a decade. The photographs of Newtown Creek in this volume were all collected at night.

According to RIHS:
From the mid-1600s to the mid-1800s, ferries traveled westward on Newtown Creek, bringing farmers’ goods to marketplaces in Manhattan. The creek’s freshwater teemed with fish and shellfish, and it mingled with the seawater of the East River estuary. Today Newtown Creek is an overlooked waterway, primarily known for its industrial pollution and as the boundary between Queens and Brooklyn.

Mitch Waxman has explored and photographed the architecture and landscape of the Newtown Creek area and serves as historian of the Newtown Creek Alliance. Waxman will share photographs of In the Shadows at Newtown Creek, his recently published book. He will describe the rich history, industrial use and environmental challenges in the area, at a lecture presented by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

The lecture is FREE and open to the public. It is the first in Society’s annual series of fall lectures, which is supported by funds provided by Amalgamated Bank, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation's Public Purpose Fund, and New York City Council Member Ben Kallos, with funding from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.
Learn more about the Newtown Creek, and toilet flushing tips to prevent rainstorm sewer overflow, from this hilarious Newtown Creek canoe adventure by Jimmy Kimmel, Bill Murray and Guillermo

with the North Brooklyn Boat Club.