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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Roosevelt Island Veterans Celebration Saturday November 10 Honoring All Who Served - Please Contact RIOC If You Are A Veteran, Spouse, Widow(er) Or Know Of One

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

Please contact us if you are, or know of, a U.S. military veteran, a spouse or widow living on Roosevelt Island.

More details about the program will be coming shortly.

RIOC President Susan Rosenthal reported during December 8, 2016 Board meeting of efforts to provide services for Roosevelt Island veterans

and that there are at least 300 veterans living on Roosevelt Island.

If you are a veteran living on Roosevelt Island, spouse, widow(er) or know of one, please contact RIOC (212.832.4540) for more info.

Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin Returns To Full Weight Capacity - Malfunctioning Gearbox Repaired By Swiss Engineering Experts

Earlier this month a Roosevelt Island resident asked:

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson adds today:
Both Roosevelt Island Trams are operating at full capacity after a recent period of the North Tram cabin running on a reduced or 50 percent passenger weight-load capacity, RIOC said Monday.

On August 31, the North Tram gearbox began to produce intermittent noises, which were localized to the intermediate gear inside of the box. Out of concern of the potential risk of damage to the equipment, the component was removed from service.

Each Tram operates using two motors and two gearboxes; if one is removed, operators must also remove about 50 percent of the load, RIOC said.

Because the Tram was designed with multiple redundancies, engineers from Leitner-Pomo – the operations company that RIOC contracts to run the Tram – were able to remove this gearbox and continue to operate using the remaining motor/gearbox combination at the reduced capacity.

The gearbox is manufactured by Kissling AG, a Swedish company; and a decision was made to bring in the engineering experts from the manufacturer to handle the repair. A Kissling crew traveled to Roosevelt Island from Bachenbülach, Switzerland, inspected and determined the location of the noise to be coming from a keyway on the intermediate gear shaft. That part was replaced by a shaft from the spare gearbox, which Leitner-Pomo had here on location. The spare gearbox is now slated to be rebuilt.

The Tram returned to full-load service last Monday, September 17.

RIOC apologizes for the inconvenience and thanks Island residents, RI workers, students and visitors that ride the Tram regularly for their patience.

Spider Man Returns to Roosevelt Island - Spotted Climbing Roosevelt Island Bridge Last Week

Spider Man seems to like Roosevelt Island, he was spotted last year near the subway station

and taking care of some personal business.
But, Spider Man will always be remembered for saving Roosevelt Island Tram Riders

from the Green Goblin.

Sponsored Post - NYC Emergency Management Department Wants You To Know Your Hurricane Zone, Be Ready And Be Prepared - Roosevelt Island Is Zone 2 & 3

The New York City Emergency Management Department wants you to be prepared and Know Your Hurricane Evacuation Zone.

According to the NYC Emergency Management Department:
To mark the beginning of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, the New York City Emergency Management Department ...  launched a new phase of the Know Your Zone hurricane awareness campaign to encourage New Yorkers to find out whether they live in one of the city’s six hurricane evacuation zones. Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. The 2018 Know Your Zone campaign includes new video public service announcements (PSAs) demonstrating that New Yorkers have the power to prepare for hurricanes by knowing the hazards they may face, having a plan, and staying informed.

“Start preparing for hurricane season now so you’ll be ready long before a hurricane threatens New York City,” said New York City Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “Find out whether you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, and make an emergency plan with your family by visiting or calling 311."

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued its 2018 Atlantic hurricane season outlook with forecasters predicting a near or above-normal season. NOAA’s forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms of which 5 to 9 could become hurricanes (winds of 74+ mph), including 1 to 4 major hurricanes (category 3, 4, or 5; winds of 111+ mph).

To help raise awareness of hurricane season, Know Your Zone advertisements will be displayed on bus shelters and Link NYC kiosks and will run in newspapers throughout the five boroughs beginning in June. Through the Know Your Zone campaign, NYC Emergency Management aims to reach the roughly three million New Yorkers living within the city’s hurricane evacuation zones. Areas of the city subject to storm surge flooding are divided into six evacuation zones (1 through 6) based on risk of storm surge flooding. The City may order residents to evacuate depending on a hurricane’s track and projected storm surge.

New Yorkers should take key steps to prepare for the start of hurricane season
  • Know your zone – Find out whether you live in one of the city’s six hurricane evacuation zones. Use the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder at or call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) to find out if your address is located in an evacuation zone. If you live in an evacuation zone, have a plan for where you will go if an evacuation order is issued for your area.
  • Know what to do – Make a plan so you know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate if a hurricane strikes. Use the Ready New York: My Emergency Plan at, or use the Ready NYC mobile application, available for smartphones and tablets.
  • Stay informed – Sign up for Notify NYC to receive free emergency notifications and updates via email, phone, SMS/text, or Twitter. Messages are also available in American Sign Language (ASL). Get the free mobile application, visit, call 311, or follow @NotifyNYC on Twitter.
Roosevelt Island is located in Hurricane Zones 2

Image From NYC OEM

and 3.

Image From NYC OEM

Most of Roosevelt Island,

Image From NYC OEM

including all of the residential buildings and Cornell Tech campus, are located in Zone 3.

Coler Hospital,

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Lighthouse and FDR Four Freedoms Park are located in Zone 2.

Be Ready

and Prepared.
During September 20 Roosevelt Island Emergency Preparedness Town Hall Meeting, NYC Emergency Management Senior Outreach Coordinator Ed Powell described the  Agency's role in coordinating all types of NYC emergency situation responses.

More video from the September 20 Roosevelt Island Emergency Preparedness Town Hall will be posted soon.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Cornell Tech Starting Series Of Roosevelt Island Community Conversations With Faculty Members - Learn About Computer Vision, Machine Learning And Augmented Reality With Prof Serge Belongie Tuesday September 25, More To Come

Cornell Tech is starting a series of Roosevelt Island community conversations with  members of their faculty beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, September 25, with Professor Serge Belongie.

You're invited.

According to Cornell Tech:

Community Conversations with Cornell Tech Faculty

Professor Belongie will talk about his research group's work in Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Augmented Reality at Cornell Tech. He will also take questions from the audience.

  • Oct. 17th: Prof. Nicola Dell
  • Nov. 29th: Prof. Mor Naaman
  • Dec. 11th: Prof. James Grimmelmann
These events are free and open to the public.

To Register use link:

Or call 646-971-3744 and leave your name and phone number. (RSVP not required but will make access to the building easier)

Professor Belongie explains computer vision in video below.

During the August 16 Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Construction & Community Task Force meeting.

Cornell Tech Assistant Director of Community & Government Relations Jane Swanson described the upcoming series of community conversation with Cornell Tech Faculty and Roosevelt Island residents.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Roosevelt Island Hope Church Hosting Back To School Carnival Sunday September 23 At Good Shepherd Plaza - You're Invited

Roosevelt Island Hope Church is hosting a Back To School Carnival and all members of the Roosevelt Island community are invited to attend.

According to Roosevelt Island Hope Church Pastor Dan Sadlier:
Parents and Guardians,

Last year we were able to host a carnival on the Island called Family Fest. This year we want to do much of the same as we celebrate the new school year here on the island.

Join us for carnival games, face painting, a dunk tank, water balloon wars, cotton candy, food prizes and so much more! In addition this round we are raising awareness and support for Roosevelt Island's "Child School".

There will be many free activities for parents and children, with additional games and more at a low cost. CLICK HERE. There will also be additional activity tickets sold on the day of the event. We look forward to celebrating the Back To School season with you.

Please let us know you are coming ON FACEBOOK.

When: Sunday September 23rd immediately following our 11:30AM service

What: Back to School Carnival - carnival games, water balloon fight, face painting, cotton candy, popcorn, FREE FOOD, dunk tank and raffles - in support of after school programming at "The Child School and Legacy High School"

Who: Hope Church is hosting the event

Where: Good Shepherd Plaza (543 Main Street)

Tickets: There will be plenty of FREE events but we will be selling games and snacks tickets to help raise funds for the Child’s School.