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Friday, June 15, 2018

Ear Drum Blasting Music Across East River Under Queensboro Bridge Disturbs Roosevelt Island Residents Last Night, Over 100 Complaint Calls To Public Safety - Queensbridge Native Nas & Kanye West Host Listening Party For New Album

About 10 PM last night, Roosevelt Island residents started hearing VERY, VERY, VERY LOUD MUSIC BLASTING through their apartment windows.

 I received this message:

Any idea what the loud music is about?
Over 100 Roosevelt Island residents called the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department to find out what was going on and to complain about the excessive noise.

In response, RIOC sent out this advisory about 11:20 PM
It turns out Rapper Nas hosted a listening party and live streaming show for his new Kanye West produced album Nasir under the Queensboro Bridge between Vernon B'lvd and the East River next to the Queensbridge Housing projects where he grew up.
Today, RIOC Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson reported:
We received more than 100 calls regarding the Queensbridge Park music last night, which was actually a listening party for rapper Nas’ new album that was produced by Kanye West. Nas grew up in the Queensbridge Housing development. We did not receive any prior notice that this was taking place. We did learn that the organizers had a permit for the event...

... There’s not really much residents can do, besides calling 311.
The Twitterverse reports:
Kanye West must like the East River waterfront area. In 2016, he hosted a fashion show at FDR Four Freedoms Park. What's next?

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend F & E Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, Only 1 Tram Cabin Working & No Metro Card Machines At RI Tram Station - But NYC Ferry New Summer Schedule Has More Service

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

Roosevelt Island this weekend.


TRACK MAINTENANCE | 9:45 PM Fri, Jun 15 to 5 AM Mon, Jun 18 E Trains run via the F in both directions between W 4 St, Manhattan and 21 St-Queensbridge F Station, Queens
Remember only 1 Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin operating this weekend and for at least 2 more weeks.

And no Metro Card Vending Machines working at Roosevelt Island Tram station. Fill up your Metro Card at RI Subway or Tram Manhattan station.

There is Roosevelt Island ferry service on the Astoria Route. Here's the new summer schedule for Roosevelt Island ferry service.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Annual Roosevelt Island Day Saturday June 16, Community Clean Up, Entertainment, Music, Games, Petting Zoo, Bike Safety, Blood Drive & More - Farmers Market Moves Temporarily To Rivercross Lawn Area For Day

Saturday, June 16, is Roosevelt Island Day. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

Roosevelt Island Day is this Saturday, June 16th. Come out and continue the tradition of celebrating Roosevelt Island in fine fashion! Starting at 9 AM, Good Shepherd Plaza will be full of volunteers, activities, entertainment, games and so much more! Look out for the petting zoo from 10 AM - 12 PM at the lawn south of Rivercross as well!

Don't forget to become a volunteer to get your free Roosevelt Island Day t-shirt! Go to to sign up or check in at the RI Garden Club or Clean-up Crew tables between 9 AM - 12 PM this Saturday.

We are also very excited to welcome The Funktion- a funk, soul cover band- to bring the party to the Plaza from 6 PM - 8 PM.

Don’t miss out on a day full of fun!

RIOC adds:
Due to Roosevelt Island Day activities this Saturday, June 16, there will be no street parking all day from 523 - 543 Main Street, 465 – 475 Main Street, and on the roadway adjacent to the Rivercross Lawn area near 501 Main Street.

The Farmer's Market will be moved temporarily to the area just south of the Rivercross from Good Shepherd Plaza.
More on Roosevelt Island Day at previous post and very needed Blood Drive taking place too

that you can sign up for.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

At Least 2 More Weeks Of Long Lines For Single Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin In Service - RIOC Announces Roosevelt Island Tram Platform Renovation Project Delayed Due To Rainy Weather

 Roosevelt Island residents can plan on long lines

for the single Tram Cabin in service

to continue for at least another couple of weeks as the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced today a delay in completing the Tram Platform Renovation Project 

that was scheduled to be finished this week.

According to RIOC Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson:
The Roosevelt Island Tram platform construction project’s completion has been delayed; by at least two weeks, due to recent wet weather.

The Tram’s North cabin and both of its north platforms, at both Roosevelt Island and Midtown Manhattan, have been out of service since May 16 when the project began. The work was originally estimated to take 30 days to complete, but several days of heavy rain forced work, and ultimately project, delays.

This new construction completes work that initially began July 2017 when RIOC contracted with Specialty Construction System, Inc. to address corrosion and water damage to both stations’ platforms at a cost of $2.15 million.

The project includes the removal of the deteriorated top slabs, repairs to structural decks and main stanchions, removal of non-compliant ramps and the installation of a new ADA-compliant access ramp and rails on the north ramp of the Roosevelt Island Tram Station. New concrete wear slabs to the platforms at both stations, will be waterproofed and receive new traffic coating.

The project products application is weather sensitive and went on hiatus in December 2017 until this recent past May when New York City area’s daily temperatures were forecast to be at or above those required.

The MetroCard vending machines, previously located at the RI Tram Station, will be accessible once the platform work is finished. Until then, commuters are advised to buy a roundtrip ticket at the Midtown Manhattan Station or at the Roosevelt Island MTA subway station.

The MTA’s F-Train, NYC Ferry and the Q-102 bus all remain as alternatives for commuters seeking other means of public transportation to the Island.
As previously reported, the first phase of the Roosevelt Island Tram Platform Renovation Project began last July and was temporarily halted in December 2017 due to cold weather.

Roosevelt Island Girls In Pre K Or Entering Kindergarten This September Invited To Special Birthday Party Thursday June 14 To Learn About Joining Girl Scouts

Roosevelt Island parent Suzy del Campo Perea reports:

Girl Scouts Headquarters of NYC is coming this Thursday (June 14th) for a FREE event for the community.

All girls in pre-k or entering Kindergarten this September are invited. They have surprises for the girls and info for the parents.

Doesn’t matter what school they go to. Is open to all!!

Place:PS/IS 217 (645 Main Street)

Time: 4-6pm


Come to the event, no strings attached, no commitments

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

2018 Macy's July 4 Fireworks Celebration In East River This Year - Great Views From Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park, But Will Roosevelt Island Residents Get Tickets For Event

Roosevelt Island residents will have fantastic views of the 2018 Macy's July 4 Fireworks celebration

as the festivities take place for the fourth consecutive year on the East River.

That is if you are fortunate enough to obtain the free tickets to experience the July 4 fireworks from FDR Four Freedoms and adjacent Southpoint Park

(2017 View From FDR Park)

made available by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC).

Last year, 2500 tickets were available for viewing the July 4 Fireworks at FDR 4 Freedoms and Southpoint Park. Advanced online registration was available for Roosevelt Island residents. But many residents were upset that tickets were sold out within a few minutes of becoming available or that they did not know about the advanced online ticket registration. Also, remaining unexplained by RIOC was why were there standby tickets available on July 4 when the advanced tickets were reportedly sold out.

Will RIOC's July 4 ticketing process work better this year than in the past?

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council discussed the July 4 Fireworks distribution system during their June 6 meeting urging RIOC to make known to residents as early as possible the process to get tickets.

Here's the RIRA discussion.

Today, I asked RIOC Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson about the July 4 ticket distribution:
How and when will tickets be distributed. Will RI residents again be given early preference for obtaining tickets?
Mr. Robertson replied:
The plan for the fireworks, tickets for the viewing area etc., will be available online. It is going to be released next week, once we get through RI Day.
As reported May 18, RIOC President Susan Rosenthal

said about the Roosevelt Island July 4 Fireworks celebration:
.... It's pretty clear that the Cornell Campus will remain open. Of course it's always subject to change if all of a sudden we have too many people and there is a public safety risk but the plan is to keep it open and  most likely ticketing for Southpoint Park and 4 Freedoms Park as it has been in the past.

This is all in the planning stage and when we have something more definitive, I will share it with you.
The Roosevelt Island Parents Network Coordinator shared this message last year regarding difficulties some residents had in obtaining July 4 Fireworks tickets:
Dear Community,

Last Thursday I emailed president of RIOC Ms. Susan Rosenthal the responses I collected about families' frustration and requests about fireworks viewing, and on Friday I got to speak with her over the phone.

She explained that they had to set up such procedure and number limit because Four Freedom Park is a state park, and they even tried to remove some waterside structures to maximize the number of people allowed in the park. She is sympathetic that not all who wished to go could, however they have to ensure the safety of all those who did get tickets, e.g. if any emergency happens, emergency vehicles should be able to move around easily, and/or people should be able to evacuate quickly enough.

As to the online ticket claiming, they had an outside contributor to manage the process and she thinks that it is likely that a lot of people were getting it all at the same time in the first few minutes.

I also asked about how many standby tickets are, and whether they can have a separate area for family with small children, and she replied that the number will depend on the number of ticketed folks who actually come to the event. Also because of that it's not easy to set up separate spots for standby tickets. (We can however still submit it for their consideration for future events.)

She also invites all residents to continue submitting requests and suggestions and they will do their best to accommodate next year and beyond....
Hope those Roosevelt Island residents who want July 4 Celebration Tickets are able to get them.