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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Sad News, Dick Lutz, Newspaperman Of Roosevelt Island Passed Away Last Sunday - Publisher & Editor Of Main Street WIRE 1996- 2016

Dick Lutz, the longtime Publisher and Editor of Roosevelt Island's Main Street WIRE newspaper died last Sunday. According to the Main Street WIRE:

Dick Lutz, editor/publisher of The WIRE from 1996-2016, died Sunday, March 18, from a massive heart attack at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida....
Main Street WIRE founder and owner Dr. Jack Resnick remembers Dick Lutz:
I can never say enough about how important Dick was to me. He resuscitated a dormant newspaper, professionalized and raised it to a new level of journalistic excellence. Fate is cruel to have taken him away just as he was starting a new life with his high school sweetheart. I will never forget him.
In 2011, WNYC profiled Dick Lutz, The Newspaperman of Roosevelt Island.

Condolences to his friends, family, neighbors and Main Street WIRE colleagues.

Monday, March 19, 2018

East River Sailboat Hits Roosevelt Island Bridge This Evening And Gets Stuck - No Injuries Reported

A sailboat on the East River hit the Roosevelt Island Bridge this evening about 8 PM.

The Sailboat Mast hit the bottom the Roosevelt Island Bridge roadway causing traffic disruptions for about 30 minutes.

No injuries were reported. The NYPD Harbor Patrol, FDNY and Coast Guard were on the scene.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Due to NYPD AND FDNY activity in the water and on the 36th AVE Bridge, traffic leaving the island was temporarily delayed.

Traffic resumed to normal conditions at this time.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Gallery RIVAA Celebrates 17 Year Anniversary Of Bringing Art To The Roosevelt Island Community - Vernissage XV11 Exhibits Long Time Members, New Artists And Remembers Those No Longer With Us

Gallery RIVAA hosted an opening reception

on Saturday, March 3, for its new exhibition, Vernissage XV11, celebrating the 17th year anniversary of bringing art to the Roosevelt Island community and showcasing the talents

of many Roosevelt Island artists

over the years beginning in March 2002.

Gallery RIVAA's Tad Sudol welcomed guests to the reception and noted recent problems with water leaks and heating system that forced the Gallery to close during this past winter. Mr Sudol thanked Rivercross Management, RIOC, Hudson Related and the community for their help in re-opening Gallery RIVAA.

RIVAA's Esther Cohen remembered several members of the Gallery RIVAA community who passed away.recently - Gerald Starlight,  Christopher Amellio and Anna Nistor, wife of artist Dan Nistor.

Mr Sudol invited the community to look around at the work of over 30 artists on display

and thanked  everyone for their continued support keeping the Gallery open. Mr Sudol noted a big upcoming task to come in installing a heating/air conditioning system for the space.

RIOC approved Gallery RIVAA spending previously allocated Public Purpose Funds to fix their heating and air conditioning system although the funds allocated are not sufficient to complete the necessary work.

Gallery RIVAA welcomes new artists to exhibit. I spoke with first time Gallery RIVAA artist Thomas Heyer who recently moved to Roosevelt Island and loves living here.

The work of Christopher Amellio, who grew up on Roosevelt Island, was showcased at the Gallery RIVAA Vernissage XV11 exhibit. Take a look at Mr. Amellio's self portrait with his dog.

Mr Amellio passed away and was remembered by his brother

and family.

Roosevelt Island musician Gerald Starlight (performing here at 2016 Cherry Blossom Festival) was remembered by a friend too.

Stop by Gallery RIVVA, check out the art, buy what you like, chat with your neighbors and meet some new friends.

Gallery RIVAA is open:
Wednesdays and Fridays 6 – 9 pm
Saturdays and Sundays 11 – 5 pm

Telephone (212) 308–6630

For more information please send emails to
The Vernissage XV11 exhibition runs thru April 15.

Also, Hidden Talents, Gallery RIVAA's annual Black History Month exhibition is showing at the Octagon Gallery (888 Main Street) thru March 25.

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, R Train Service For Roosevelt Island This Weekend Too - MTA Announces Genius Challenge Award Winners To Transform NY Subway System

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Also, R Train service to and from Manhattan this weekend too says the MTA:
TRACK MAINTENANCE R Trains skip 5 Av/59 St, Lexington Av/59 St and Queens Plaza in both directions

Weekend , Saturday and Sunday, Mar 17 - 18

R trains run in both directions between 57 St-7 Av and 21 St-Queensbridge , making stops at Lexington Av/63 St and Roosevelt Island, resuming normal service at 36 St, Queens.
The MTA announced Genius awards for new subway ideas.

Take a look.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes March 16 - March 22 Weekly Sales, Specials, Bonus Reward Items - Free Delivery With $75 Or More Purchase

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

invites you to check out their:
  • Groceries, 
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  • Snacks
  • Meat, 
  • Fresh Produce, 
  • Seafood, 
  • Frozen, 
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Offerings for March 16 - March 22

Don't forget the 10% Roosevelt Island Seniors Discount on Tuesday and Wednesday and Sign Up for the Gristedes Diamond Loyalty Rewards Program.

More Gristedes Supermarket information available at their web site, Facebook Page and Twitter feed.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Brooklyn Grange Installs Passive Green Roof & Solar Panel Array On Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Campus Tata Innovation Center

Brooklyn Grange:

... farms rooftops, builds green spaces, and promotes sustainable living and local ecology through food, education, and events. We believe that social enterprise is a powerful driver of positive change, and that businesses should be a nourishing part of their community.
Last Tuesday, Brooklyn Grange installed a passive green roof on the Tata Innovation Center (formerly known as the Bridge at Cornell Tech) on the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech campus.

I asked:
The Tata Innvoation Center is:
and has some fantastic rooftop views too.
More info on the Tata Innovation Center,

Brooklyn Grange

and everything you want to know about Green Roofs from a Roosevelt Island tour of NYC Parks Department Randall's Island facility Green Roof