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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

RIOC Seeking Applications For Roosevelt Island Artist In Residence Program - Offering 3 Year Grant At $38,000 Per Year To Manage Free Arts Work Space And Curate Programs

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (“RIOC”) seeks to provide a grant to a New York City-based arts 501(c)(3) non-profit with the appropriate experience, qualifications, and capacity to help create and operate an Artist-In-Residence program including to enhance the artistic and musical community events and exhibits on Roosevelt Island. RIOC seeks to create a cohesive art program woven into the diverse Roosevelt Island community.

The grant term will be three (3) years, in the amount of $38,000 per year.

Duties will include:
  1. Creation of a rotating subsidized workspace program. RIOC is creating a studio* to provide selected artists a free work space. The grantee will provide daily management and oversight of artists working in the studio and will also use its arts experience to cultivate and manage interest in the workspace program.
  2. Curation and oversight of the annual Roosevelt Island Fall for Arts Festival.
  3. Curation and Oversight of the Motorgate Gallery.
  4. Recruitment of artists willing to donate art to Roosevelt Island and/or perform on Roosevelt Island.
  5. Coordinate exhibitions with artists, promote such exhibitions to the arts community (in coordination with RIOC), and be present for such exhibitions.
RIOC recognizes the strong presence of public art on Roosevelt Island. Recent installations include:
  • FDR Four Freedoms Park – designed by Louis Kahn;
  • The Blue Dragon – designed by Ulla and Gustav Kraitz;
  • The Good Shepherd Community Center streetscape and plinth installation – currently featuring the work of Michael Poast;
  • The Motorgate Gallery – featuring the work of various artists who volunteered time, effort and passion at RIOC’s annual Fall for Arts Festival;
  • The WPA-commissioned murals, removed from the former Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility and reinstalled in the Cornell Tech buildings.
The Request For Applications will be published on the RIOC website under competitive grants at on September 5, 2018.
Image Of Plinth Sculpture at Good Shepherd Plaza

During the June 6, 2018 unveiling ceremony of Roosevelt Island Plinth sculpture at Good Shepherd Plaza, 

RIOC President Susan Rosenthal announced plans

for a Roosevelt Island Art Trail and thanked our local Gallery RIVAA for its contribution to the Roosevelt Island art scene.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Gunshots Reportedly Heard 1 AM Last Saturday Morning At Roosevelt Island's Manhattan Park Complex - NYPD 114 Precinct Investigating

A tipster reported gunshots were heard in the vicinity of Roosevelt Island's Manhattan Park building complex at 30 River Road

early Saturday morning.

Another resident reported:
...anyone else have police officers knock on their door asking about gunshots fired Friday night/Saturday morning?
I asked the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
I’ve received reports that gunshots were heard at Manhattan Park by residents last Friday night/Saturday morning and that PSD and NYPD officers investigated.

Is that true?

What happened.

Any statement from Rioc in matter.
According to a NYPD spokesperson, an earwitness:
... heard 5 shots coming from rear of 30 River Road at about 1:10 am Saturday.

Investigation is ongoing
No injuries reported and no arrests have been made.

Will update when more info available.

If you have info on this incident, please contact RIOC Public Safety Department or the NYPD 114 precinct.

UPDATE 8/21 - The NY Post reports that the gunshots were aimed from Roosevelt Island at an apartment building across the River on East 72nd Street.
According to the NY Post:
Residents of a swanky Upper East Side high-rise have 24-hour gated entry, a heated indoor pool, breathtaking views of the river — and bullets whizzing through their windows.

A mystery gunman is shooting up apartments at One East River Place from clear across the water on Roosevelt Island, law enforcement sources told The Post....
... Cops were puzzled by the source of the gunfire until they realized the timing of the second shooting matched up with two 911 calls reporting shots heard coming from another apartment building — about 1,400 feet across the East River on Roosevelt Island, sources said.

Investigators “think it’s some a–hole standing on a balcony shooting across the river,” a high-ranking NYPD insider said....
UPDATE 7:50 PM - Channel 7 ABC News reports this evening on the Roosevelt Island gunshots.

Friday, August 17, 2018

RIOC Shuts Down Roosevelt Island Octagon Sports Field Today For Major Renovation To Begin In Fall - Artificial Turf Unsafe With Numerous Snags, Rips And Tears

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced the closing of the Octagon Sports Field


According RIOC:

Deteriorating turf conditions at the Octagon Sports Field have forced its closure, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation announced today.

The field, which is located on the northern part of the Island, is an outdoor soccer field, used by the community daily and is one of the most popular fields on Roosevelt Island. It is used from March to mid-November, for activities including soccer, football, lacrosse, and rugby.

Existing permit holders including several adult sports leagues that held paid reservations-at $175 per hour- are being contacted and will be given refunds, RIOC said.

Due to numerous unsafe snags, rips and tears on its turf, RIOC plans to repair and redevelop the field as well as all surrounding fixtures and facilities, including comfort stations, seating, security features, and lighting design.

This major renovation will begin in the Fall of 2018.

The soccer program, organized this past spring by RIOC, will still be offered in the fall at different locations.

Rollerbladers Show Off Their Skating Moves At Dope Spots All Over Roosevelt Island - Check Out The Cool Video

The Blade In New York Rollerblade crew:
... heads to Roosevelt Island to hit some dope spots the island has to offer
and shows off

their skating skills at the Motorgate Rotunda, Meditation Steps, Cornell Tech Campus and inside the Motorgate Garage.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - No F Train Service To Manhattan - Both Tram Cabins Operating And NYC Ferry Has More RI Service

There is no Roosevelt Island F Train Service to Manhattan this weekend.

According to the MTA:
SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS | 10:45 PM Fri, Aug 17 to 5 AM Mon, Aug 20 Coney Island-bound F trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av, Queens to Canal St, Manhattan and via the A to Jay St-MetroTech, Brooklyn

No Coney Island-bound service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63, 57, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 34 St-Herald Sq, 23, 14, B'way-Lafayette Sts, 2 Av, Delancey St, East Broadway and York St.
STATION ENHANCEMENTS | Until December 2018 57 St F Station is closed
Both Roosevelt Island Tram Cabins are in operation.

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

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes August 17 To August 23 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Grab And Go Prepared Items Too

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

invites you to check out their August 17 - August 23 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales items.

And Grab & Go Prepared Items too.

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

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