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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Roosevelt Island Macy's July 4 Fireworks Celebration Viewing At Southpoint Park & Cornell Tech Campus, No Tickets Needed - Tickets For July 4 Fireworks Viewing At FDR Four Freedoms Park Available Online June 29, But Reduced Number Available From Past Years Due To Overcrowding And Safety Issues

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson reports:

No tickets needed for best RI views of Macy’s July 4 fireworks

In less than 13 days, more than 75,000 fireworks will ignite the sky over the East River, from seven docked barges, in the Big Apple’s largest celebration ever of the nation’s birthday. The prime viewing location on Roosevelt Island for this year’s highly-anticipated Macy’s NYC July 4 Fireworks show does not require a ticket or reservation.

This year, Southpoint Park and Cornell Tech’s newly opened campus - 2.5 acres of elevated, unobstructed public space just south of the Roosevelt Island Tram station - will allow thousands to enjoy an evening of pyrotechnic fun. Be sure to arrive as early as possible to secure vantage spots for yourself, friends, and family.


The 25-minute fireworks extravaganza starts at approximately 9:25 p.m. and is reported to be Macy’s largest display ever.

At Southpoint Park, residents and guests can enjoy a wide variety of activities including live DJ entertainment, dancing (when the music moves you), bounce houses, face painters, and balloon artists. Also on hand will be food trucks and other vendors.

At both Southpoint and Cornell, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. No alcoholic beverages or grilling will be permitted.

There will be no vehicle traffic or Red Bus service, south of the Tram Station and buses will run on a regular weekday schedule with no Octagon Express.

Due to severe overcrowding and safety issues at last year’s viewing party, officials at FDR Four Freedoms State Park have reduced the capacity of visitors that will be admitted to the park this year. A limited amount of tickets will be made available to the public via the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s website at rioc.ny.gov on June 29 beginning at noon.

Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for more updates.
I was at FDR Park last year for the July 4 Fireworks celebration and to my knowledge, did not see overcrowding or safety issues.

Long Time Roosevelt Island Resident Sabino Sierra Passed Away Last Evening - A True Gentleman, Condolences To Family & Friends

Long time Roosevelt Island resident Sabino Sierra passed away last evening.  Mr Sierra was married to his wife, Pilar, for 72 years. They  lived in Eastwood/Roosevelt Landing for 42 years.

Mr. Sierra was described as:

A True Gentleman
A Viewing will be held Friday evening, June 22 at Quinn Funeral Home, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City from 4- 8 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held 9:30 Saturday Morning June 23 at St Ignatius Church 84th Street and Park Avenue.


Condolences to Mr Sierra's family and friends.

RIOC Updates On Roosevelt Island Infrastructure Repair Projects - Helix Ramp, Tram Station Platform, Tram Elevators, Seawall, Blackwell House & Playgrounds

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson updates us on current Roosevelt Island infrastructure projects. According to Mr. Robertson:

There is very little available, or unaccounted for, space left on Roosevelt Island’s 147 acres to build new infrastructure. But there’s a big need to maintain its existing infrastructure and keep it updated for the next 50 years.

The reality though is RI’s infrastructure maintenance is often costly, time-consuming and considered a disruptive inconvenience to residents, business owners and even tourists and visitors who live, work and flock here in growing annual numbers. But the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) believes maintenance’s long-term benefits trump the short-term inconveniences

Last year, RIOC embarked on a robust five-year capital improvement plan. Some of those initial projects now are close to completion. Below, we’ll update the status of those, revisit the progress of others and maybe introduce you to more plans of which you might have been unaware.


The Helix Ramp: This road construction repair job began in February and during early demolition and preparation the structure was found to be in a more severe state of disrepair than previously thought. In May, the contractors and project managers extended the project scope and timeline for completion. The two-lane spiral roadway and adjacent plaza will now re-open to traffic on July 3. There will be intermittent disruptions to two way traffic to complete installation of new guardrails as well as expansion joint material along the lower ramp of the helix.


The deteriorating Roosevelt Island seawall railings that run along the majority of the Island’s shoreline about 3.5 miles in length are being replaced with new anti-corrosive steel railings. The $8.7 million project is being completed by Elit Green Builders Corporation which so far has completed about a third of the project around the southern end of the Island. Work is expected to continue through December 2018.

The Tram Station platform construction, a project that began May 16 and was scheduled to last 30 days, has been delayed by inclement weather. The construction work along with the re-installation of MetroCard vending machines should be completed by the end of June. Both cabins of the Tram will return to service at that time.

Tram Station Elevator: A $6.1 million construction project to upgrade the Manhattan Tram Station elevator started this week and the two building phases will be finished by late Spring 2019. The elevator project, at 59th Street and Second Avenue, calls for an iconic, two-bank, ADA-compliant glass elevator which replaces the existing elevator that has outlasted its expected mechanical life.

The RI Youth Center renovation work is now in the proposal bid process. Once a contractor is selected this summer, the work will last up to three months. The youth center programs will be relocated to the Sportspark during the construction period.

Blackwell House Renovation is a full structural refurbishment of the original farmhouse home of the Blackwell family, one of the early owners and inhabitants of what is now known as Roosevelt Island. The outside porch and entire interior, of the home built in 1796, has been totally gutted and new floors, walls, support beams, stairways, and code-compliant HAVC systems are being installed. The house will serve as a community meeting facility and new office for the Roosevelt Island Historical Society and reservoir for all Island and RIOC archives. Current completion date is early fall 2018.

The Al Lewis and Blackwell north playground areas will be getting playground equipment repairs and replacement and new poured in place rubberized play surfaces; work is set to begin later this summer.

Stay tuned for additional updates and news about upcoming projects at Octagon Field, Firefighter’s Field, Motorgate, Southpoint Park and Lighthouse Park.

Wonder Woman Starts Off Roosevelt Island Summer Outdoor Movie Series At Southpoint Park Friday June 22 - Gorgeous East River Waterfront Views, Food Vendors And A Movie

The Roosevelt Island 2018 Outdoor Summer Movie series returns to Southpoint Park this year with the showing of Wonder Woman tomorrow evening.


According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)
“Wonder Woman”, the epic action adventure superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, kicks off the 2018 Roosevelt Island Summer Movie Series at Southpoint Park this Friday, June 22. It’s free admission, and the event includes contests, prizes, food vendors and a 40-foot premium screen.

Festivities begin at 7 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

Here's the trailer for Wonder Woman



and the full 2018 Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movies Series schedule:
Friday, June 22: Wonder Woman; (rain date June 29)
Friday, July 6: A League of Their Own; (rain date July 13)
Friday, July 20: Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi; (rain date July 27)
Saturday, July 21: The Fifth Element; (rain date July 28)
Friday, August 3: Black Panther; (rain date August 10)
Friday, August 17: A Wrinkle in Time; (rain date August 24)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Island, A Short Film Inspired By Oral History Of Roosevelt Island In 1970-80's Seeking Local Apartment To Shoot Scenes - No Recent Renovations And Older Looking Home Furnishings A Plus

Aimee Schaefer is the Director and co-writer of The Island, a film set on Roosevelt Island. Ms Schaefer is looking for a Roosevelt Island apartment, preferably in Roosevelt Landings,


to shoot scenes for the film. According to Ms Schaefer:
NYU graduate short film in need of 2-3 bedroom apartment with no recent renovations. Aiming for a 1970s-1980s look in terms of the amenities and older looking home furnishings are a plus.

If occupants of the home are not the owners, we will need permission from the management company or landlords in the form of an NYU Location Agreement. Upon negotiation and signing of the location agreement, the location will be insured by NYU’s underwriter for $1 million dollars.

We have a small budget to rent the space and place the occupants in a hotel or air bnb for the week.

Intended dates of filming: one week within the slot of July 6-20th.

Please send one photo of living room and contact information to sweetschaefer@gmail.com with LOCATION as subject title.
The film's producer, James Faller adds:
We would prefer something inside ROOSEVELT LANDINGS (formerly Eastwood) but are open to other buildings. The older the inside is the better, we are trying to avoid modern renovations since that will mean less work for our production designer.

That being said we are open to exploring various options outside of our preferences.
Backstage summarizes the film:
NYU thesis short film “The Island." Synopsis: Inspired by the oral histories of Roosevelt Island, NY. This short film delves into lives of a small community in the wake of a young boy gone missing in 1989 NYC. We see this through the young protagonist, Jimmy, as he attempts to enjoy his summer despite carrying a secret larger than himself. Filmmaker says: "This film has been awarded a Spike Lee Fellowship and will tour festivals around the world upon it's completion."
If you are interested, please contact here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

CBS Channel 2 News Visits Roosevelt Island And Gets Tour With RIOC Staff - Our Own Little Utopia Says RIOC, People Live Here For The Peace & Quiet

CBS Channel 2 news reporter Elle McLogan toured Roosevelt Island recently and spoke with Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Chief Operating Officer Shelton Haynes and Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson.

According to Mr. Haynes:

... It's our own little Utopia in the middle of NYC...
Mr Robertson responds to a question of why people choose to live on Roosevelt Island saying:
... For the peace and quiet...
Mr Robertson adds:
... When the island was first developed, there was a lot of concern and thought put into having a place that would be easily accessible to people with disabilities, that would be easily accessible for seniors, people with children, people with different incomes, and people of different cultural and racial backgrounds. That was one of the unique features of the island that a lot of people don’t know [about]. And the people that live here are very proud of that...
Watch the full Channel 2 News Roosevelt Island segment.