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Monday, November 18, 2019

Roosevelt Island Holiday Lights On Display Now, Reindeer Sled, Street Lamp Garlands, Ornament Balls & More - Some Southtown Residents Complain Of Dangerous Electrical Lines, Fallen Decorations And Arguable Aesthetics

Thanksgiving has yet to arrive but the Roosevelt Island Holiday Lights were on display lit up this evening with the Reindeer sled at Good Shepherd Plaza


Street lamp garlands on Main Street


and Riverwalk Commons,


Reindeer next to the Roosevelt Island Historical Society Visitors Center Kiosk


Holiday ornament balls at Tram Plaza


and the Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas tree on the Rivercross Lawn which will be lit Friday, December 6


A Roosevelt Island Southtown resident had this to say about Riverwalk Commons decorations in a message to RIOC last week:
... The Commons During Christmas Season: Prior decorations have not been well-received and, quite frankly introduced unacceptable hazards, due to a lack of being well maintained, and arguable aesthetics. Dangerous electrical lines and decorations that had fallen or pulled to the ground made for a dangerous situation for residents and visitors. Who would be liable were a child was injured?We do not want "enter at your own risk" situations....
As reported in 2017, RIOC and  Main Street Retail Master Leaseholder Hudson Related agreed to:
...  create a joint marketing campaign to draw pedestrian traffic to the Island’s Main Street. The campaign will install holiday decorations for the winter holiday season throughout Roosevelt Island to attract more shoppers to the Island retail establishments. Various proposals were considered, and it was agreed that HRR would hire Neave Décor (“Neave”), a prominent decoration company, to bring a “winter wonderland” experience to Roosevelt Island, for the holiday season. This experience would include various decorations such as tree lights, snowflake lights, rain deer, stars etc. though out the Main Street retail corridor, the transportation hub and the Good Shepherd plaza, among other areas.

Neave agreed to enter into a three-year contract with HRR at a reduced price of slightly less than $75,000 per year. HRR would be responsible for one-third of the expenses (i.e. $25,000 per year) associated with this project. RIOC would be responsible for the remaining portion and issue HRR a $50,000 credit on the MSA fees for each of the three years. If possible, RIOC will endeavor to solicit contributions towards its share from other stakeholders on the Island....
This is the final year of 3 year agreement.

Sponsored Post - You're Invited To Final Program Of The Weill Cornell Medicine & NY Presbyterian Free Health & Wellness Fall 2019 Seminars - Tuesday November, 19 Keeping Your Liver & Gut Happy

You're invited to final program of the Weill Cornell Medicine & NY-Presbyterian Free Health & Wellness Fall 2019 Seminar Series.


November 19

Digestive Health and Weight Management: Keeping Your Liver & Gut Happy

Carolyn Newberry, MD

Sonal Kumar, MD, MPH

Time 6:30–8 pm

Place - All seminars held at:
Uris Auditorium
Meyer Research and Education Building
Weill Cornell Medicine
1300 York Avenue (at 69th St.)
All seminars are FREE and open to the public. Seating is available for 250 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

American Sign Language interpretive services will be provided at all seminars.

If you require a disability-related accommodation, please call 212-821-0888 and leave a message.

According to Weill Cornell Medicine Government & Communty Affairs:
Health & Wellness Seminars

Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) physicians actively educate their communities beyond standard appointment times. Wellness seminars, as well as presentations in collaboration with community-based organizations, create forums for attendees to learn about particular health topics, ask questions and engage in a communicative dialogue with our physicians. The WCM Division of Government & Community Affairs organizes these critically important opportunities to educate and expose common questions, misconceptions or concerns....
Watch the video below to learn more about Weill Cornell Medicine's public outreach programs



including the Health & Wellness Seminars and STEM Education.

More info on the Weill Cornell Medicine/NY Presbyterian Fall 2019 Health & Wellness Seminars.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Celebrate National Take A Hike Day With Minute Of Boulder Colorado Eldorado Canyon Adventure , Taking Walk On Roosevelt Island Is A Bit Different On RI Historical Tour Walk


Today is National Take A Hike Day.

It's so true that there are many hiking trails in Boulder Colorado and here's one minute of my hike on an El Dorado Canyon Trail outside Boulder (Click full screen icon at bottom right of video for great view).



I learned you have to watch out for bears and rattlesnakes on the trail.

Taking a Roosevelt Island hike is not quite as dramatic on our Roosevelt Island Historical Tour.


More on the Roosevelt Island Historical Walk from the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

Here's how National Take A Hike Day was celebrated



in other parts of the country.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Octagon Building Shows Off New Interior Renovations To Roosevelt Island Community At Grand Opening Gala - Fabulous New Gym, Game & Party Room, Common Work Space & Art Gallery

The Octagon Building hosted a Grand Opening Gala Celebration last Wednesday, November 13, showing off new interior renovations to the Roosevelt Island community.

The Twitterverse reported on the event




and the Octagon management added.



I'm told the exterior renovations will include a fire pit as well.

You're Invited To Gallery RIVAA Opening Reception For New Group Exhibit "Time" From Local Child School Students Saturday November 16 - Also Check Out Roosevelt Island Artist Laura Hussey Exhibit Portrait Of Friends At Octagon Gallery

Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA is hosting an opening reception for a new group exhibit by students from The Child School. According to Gallery RIVAA

Dear all,

You are cordially invited to the exhibition

"Time" A RIVAA Group Exhibition and Art from Students of the Child School

November 16, 2019 to January 12, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16th from 6-9 pm

Also check out Roosevelt Island artist Laura Hussey's


new RIVAA exhibit at the Octagon Gallery:
Portraits of Friends

Paintings by Laura Hussey

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 to Friday, December 13, 2019

The Octagon Gallery

888 Main Street, New York, NY

Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, Tram And Ferry Service Too And Watch Video Of MTA Rep Talking Roosevelt Island Subway Service

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


to and from Manhattan this weekend. 

Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route new Winter Schedule. 

During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book spoke about Roosevelt Island F Train subway service. Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below.