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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Roosevelt Island Retail Update -Riverwalk Swan Nail Salon Closes Shop, BubbleCool Tea & Music Together Opening In The Coming Weeks Say Hudson Companies

The Roosevelt Island Swan Salon Hair and Nail shop in the Riverwalk Southtown complex went out of business today and closed up shop.

According to this sign posted on the store window, the Swan Salon closed because of personal reasons.

I asked the landlord of the space, Hudson Related, if a replacement tenant has been found yet. According to a Hudson Companies spokesperson:
New Swan Hair & Nail will be closing. New Swan proudly served the Roosevelt Island community since 2006 and Hudson & Related would like to wish New Swan all the best in their future endeavors.

In the near future, we look forward to enhancing the retail market to complement our ever evolving and growing community.

In other news, Hudson & Related look forward to the openings of BubbleCool and Roosevelt Island Music Together in the coming weeks.
Unlike the many vacant Roosevelt Island Main Street retail spaces, there has not been an empty Riverwalk store space for many years. Hope Hudson Related finds a new tenant soon.

Any suggestions for new retailers in the space?

Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival Saturday September 23 - A Wonderful Event Painting Murals, Live Music, Dance, Amusements & More Fun

A wonderful Roosevelt Island event returns this weekend. The annual Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday September 23.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp:
Join us Sat., September 23rd for a free, family-friendly day of art & music at the 2017 Fall for Arts Festival, 11 AM - 4 PM, with a live music performance in Southpoint Park from 4 - 6 PM. Bring your family and friends for an amazing, fun filled day of an artistic showcase of painting, free make-and-take art workshops, face painting and henna designs, and a variety of classes and performances.

The Fall for Arts Festival will take place at Southpoint Park (south of Tram Plaza), on the Lawn South of Rivercross (south of 505 Main Street), and Gallery RIVAA (527 Main Street), with additional activities in Four Freedoms Park.

More info at

This event is presented by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation in partnership with Gallery RIVAA.

Here's an excellent video about the 2015 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival from Qifan Cheung

and more scenes from the 2015 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Roosevelt Island Resident Requests Help For Mexico After Devastating Earthquake Yesterday

Horrific tragedy in Mexico yesterday as it was struck by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. According to the NY Times:

Two strong earthquakes, 12 days apart, have shaken Mexico this month, crumpling buildings, sending panicked people into the streets, and together killing hundreds of people who were unable to escape the destruction....
Click here for the full NY Times article.

Roosevelt Island resident Susy del Campo Perea, a Mexican national, asks:
Could you please donate to the Mexican Red Cross that is in need of so many things to help my people, my Mexico where we had 2 earthquakes back to back and where buildings crumble down and are still falling apart?

The images are horrible, places I know.

Mexicans of all sorts, sizes, ages, have been working all day and all night to move every piece of rock to get people out.

Mexico needs you RI!!

Dogs are looking for persons under the rumble of collapsed buildigs. They need to eat.

Citizens with motorcycles are transporting Paramedics, drs and volunteers. They need gas.

We need picks and shovels to keep working.

We need insulin, gauze, sterile water, surgery gloves, working gloves, cribs, diapers.

Buzzfeed reports:
... Water, medicine, and other provisions are needed....
and has more info on how you can help people affected by the Mexican earthquake.

UPDATE 9/21 - NY Times has more on how to help the Mexico earthquake victims.

Build And Fly Your Own Kite In Honor Of International Peace Day & UN General Assembly At Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park Saturday, September 23

The Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park (FDR Park) invites you to Build and Fly A Kite to honor International Peace Day and the UN General Assembly. According to the FDR Park:

Let's go a flight a kite!
Saturday, September 23
11am – 4pm

Drop-in to our free kite-making workshops on Saturday at FDR Four Freedoms Park and build your own kite as part of Roosevelt Island's Fall for Arts Festival! In honor of International Peace Day and the UN General Assembly, design your kites with symbols of freedom and peace and then fly them on the great lawn.

12pm – 4pm: Free kite-flying demonstration by acclaimed kite-flier Archie Stewart.
12pm – 1pm: Roosevelt Island branch Library and author Marie Letourneau present a special storytime session at the Park.
1pm – 1:30pm: Real life stories from human rights heroes relating the four freedoms to today’s time.

Activities are free and suitable for all ages. Registration is recommended; drop-in between 11am and 4pm.
More information and registration at the FDR Park web site.

Jane Goodall on International Peace Day.

As Ms. Goodall says, small acts of individual kindness contribute to Peace.

UPDATE 1:30 PM - Former Cornell President David Skorton, who was instrumental in bringing Cornell Tech to Roosevelt Island, and current Secretary of the Smithsonian has an International Peace Day Challenge.

Chabad Of Roosevelt Island Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur High Holiday Schedule - L'Shanah Tova

The Chabad Of Roosevelt Island wish their Roosevelt Island friends and neighbors a happy, healthy and Sweet New Year. Below is the Chabad of Roosevelt Island Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur High Holy Day schedule.

For more information,

contact Chabad of Roosevelt Island

L'shanah tova.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Child Center Of NY Welcomed As New Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Beacon After School Provider With Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Yesterday In Schoolyard

The Child Center of New York was welcomed as the new Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Beacon After School Program provider with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the schoolyard yesterday afternoon.

Celebrating the Child Center of NY PS/IS 217 Roosevelt Island Beacon After School ribbon cutting ceremony on its first day of providing services was NYC Council Member Ben Kallos, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal, Child Center of NY VP of Youth Development Nicholas Ferreira,  PS/IS 217 Principal Mandana Beckman, PS/IS 217 PTA President Erin Olavesen and PS/IS 217 students.

Following the Ribbon Cutting, students asked for and received their own piece of the ribbon as a souvenir.

According to this Press Release from Roosevelt Island NYC Council Member Ben Kallos:
Residents, elected officials, school and program administrators gathered yesterday September 18 at PS/IS 217 to welcome Child Center of NY to Roosevelt Island as the Beacon after-school program provider. In April of 2017, the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) issued a request for proposal (RFP) for providers to offer Beacon after-school programming at the Roosevelt Island school to a growing population of school-aged children on the Island. By mid-summer, DYCD had selected a winner, Child Center of NY. Today the doors to the new Beacon after-school program were opened by Council Member Ben Kallos, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and other community leaders including Mandana Beckman Principal at PS/IS 217 where the programming will be held.

The Child Center of NY is based in Queens New York and has been a children’s care provider since 1953. Each year its services reach more than 26,000 children and families across New York City.

The programs and services offered by Child Center of NY are:
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Behavioral Health
  • Health Homes & Family Integrated Care
  • Prevention and Family Support
  • Youth Development
Beacon Youth Programs that will be serviced by Child Center of NY on Roosevelt Island are:
  • Academic Enhancement: Activities designed to help with school, including tutoring, homework help, reading clubs, and financial literacy
  • Life Skills: Activities designed to increase personal responsibility, self-esteem, and confidence.
  • Career Awareness/School to Work Transition: Activities designed to educate young people on career opportunities and assist with the transition to work or higher education
  • Civic Engagement/Community Building: Activities designed to strengthen leadership skills, community awareness, and civic responsibility.
  • Recreation/Health & Fitness: Activities designed to promote healthy lifestyles such as cooking programs and organized sports.
  • Culture/Art: Activities designed to provide students with opportunities to express themselves through music, dance, photography, and drama.