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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Roosevelt Island Holiday Food & Clothing Giveaway For Your Neighbors In Need - Please Help, Donations Can Be Dropped Off This Week At Senior Center

 Roosevelt Island Disabled Association President Wendy Hersh reports:

The RI Disabled Association along with the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) & the Carter Burden Senior Center will be sponsoring a food and clothing giveaway for those IN NEED!

Friday December 21st at Roosevelt Island Senior Center 546 Main Street 6pm-9pm

Donation of cans, jars and packaged food are welcome. They can be dropped off at the Senior Center on Wednesday and Friday all day or Thursday after 1pm. If you need a pickup, please email Wendy Hersh at
Ms Hersh adds:
Since Pay It Forward was not able to give food boxes to the needy this year due to unforeseen circumstances, I felt as President of RI Disabled Association that we needed to step up to do something since there are so many in need in our community.

It’s just our part of helping those in need. Of course not to the extent of what we did with Pay It Forward, but it’s something.

Monday, December 17, 2018

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Roosevelt Island Christmas Trees Sold Out On Saturday, None Available Yesterday Reports Resident, Vendor Says Will Be Back Next Saturday With More Christmas Trees

A Roosevelt Island resident reported yesterday:

Another resident reported:
I went to Motorgate Gristedes today December 16th, because I saw that they're supposed to be selling Christmas trees from 9 a.m. To 3 p.m. I don't see anything. It's supposed to be selling these Christmas trees through December 23rd through next weekend....

... I went down there twice and there's absolutely no one there. I doubt it's the weather. It's not snowing or a blizzard. It's just rain, so I don't know what's going on. There should be some information or a note left for people so they don't waste their time.
The PS/IS 217 PTA sponsors the Roosevelt Island Christmas Tree Emporium at the Motorgate Rotunda.

I asked the 217 PTA:
A resident tried to buy a Christmas Tree today but the vendor was not there under the Motorgate...

... Does the PTA know if the vendor will be back and why were they not there today?
A 217 PTA representative replied that they were told the following by the Christmas Tree vendor yesterday:
We sold out of tress yesterday and will be working on getting some more for next week.
As discussed, there is a run on trees this season and we took all that we could get ( please see links)
I believe that we will have for at least next Sat.

We will do everything we can in order to serve the community...I promise

I told them they should’ve notify us!!! 
As an alternative, there are Christmas Tree Vendors on Second Avenue not far from Tram - I think 64th street.

Friday, December 14, 2018

You're Invited To An Evening Of Free Roosevelt Island Classical Music Saturday December 15- R&R Concerts Presents Triple Threat Of Violin, Piano & Cello Acclaimed Musicians Performing Haydn, Ravel & Brahms

According to R&R Concerts:

Saturday evening on Roosevelt Island: a special collaboration among three extraordinary musicians

7:30 pm Saturday, December 15, at Good Shepherd Center
543 Main Street, Roosevelt Island |

No admission fee. Contributions to the concert series are welcome.

Inmo Yang violin
Hailed by the Boston Globe for “seamless technique and a tender warmth of tone,” he won the 54th International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy, marking the first time since 2006 that the jury awarded First Prize.

Julia Hamos piano
Winner of the Sterndale Bennett Prize at the Royal Academy of Music and the Mannes College of Music Fidelman Prize for contemporary music, she performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician.

Oliver Aldort cello
A member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he also peforms as a soloist throughout North America, appearing with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, and the Newton Symphony Orchestra.

Haydn Trio in a major
Ravel Trio
Brahms Trio No. 1 in B Major

If you're considering supporting R&R Concerts, contribute now at certain levels to receive reserved seats for performances throughout the next year, including on December 15.

The 2018 Season is underwritten by Hudson/Related's Riverwalk Point and Pierre Courmont and Raymond M. Wapner and many more
Here's a sample from the Triple Threat - In Mo Yang,

Julia Hamos

and Oliver Aldort.

The Roosevelt Island R&R Classical music concerts are a real treat.

If you haven't been to one yet, do yourself a favor a try it out.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - R And E Trains Replace F For Roosevelt Island Subway Service In Both Directions, Both Tram Cabins At Full Capacity And NYC Ferry Winter RI Service Schedule

No Roosevelt Island F Train service to or from Manhattan this weekend.

But the R and E Trains will replace the F Train for Roosevelt Island service instead. The R will service Roosevelt Island during the daytime/evening and the E will serve Roosevelt Island overnight.

According to the MTA:
STATION ENHANCEMENTS 11:45 PM Fri, Dec 14 to 4 AM Mon, Dec 17 F Trains skip 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island and Lexington Av/63 St in both directions Rerouted E and R trains provide alternate service

F Trains run via the E between Roosevelt Av, Queens and 5 Av/53 St, Manhattan.

R Trains are rerouted and stop at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island and Lexington Av/63 St days and evenings, rerouted E trains make these stops overnight.

Travel Alternatives:
For 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island and Lexington Av/63 St, take the R days/evenings or the E overnight.

Transfer at Roosevelt Av or 34 St-Herald Sq....
... STATION ENHANCEMENTS | Until December 2018 57 St F Station is closed...
Both Tram Cabins operating at full capacity.

There is Roosevelt Island ferry service on the Astoria Route. Here's the Winter Schedule for Roosevelt Island ferry service.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

A Short Walk From Roosevelt Island To Long Island City Last Sunday Finds The Rainey Park Cyclocross Bike Race - Only One Of Its Kind In NYC, Take A Look

Last Sunday, I took a walk over the Roosevelt Island Bridge to Long Island City and spotted some sort of bicycle race taking place a few blocks away in Rainey Park.

I stumbled upon the Third Annual Rainey Park Cyclocross Bike Race and spoke with the event organizer Keith Garrison who described what was going on as:
We're putting on a little bike race here... the cycling equivalent of cross county running ... people are challenged by flat, fast turns, varying degrees of hillside slopes ... it drops down to the water so there's alot more technical riding there so it challenges skill, not only fitness and speed ...

... This race is really special because it is the only one of its kind in NYC...

Here's a map and description of the Rainey Park Cyclocross 1 1/2 mile course.

Like most things in NYC, we're cramming a lot of action into a little bit of space! The prologue starts on a slightly false-flat section of grass, turns onto pavement briefly and then back onto grass where it links up with the main course. A slight drop in elevation flows into a series of U-turns before a fast sweeping turn around the baseball field, followed by some brief up and down along a small hillside (which is in the outfield for some reason?) before passing the pit for the first time.

Next up is a quick dip down onto the pavement, down an off-camber right hand turn and back onto the paved, slightly up-hill finishing stretch. The following section is a series of flat zig-zags in between and around the large trees that line the park. Once the course takes you along the water it starts to get interesting. A set of ~30cm high barriers (lower than the standard 40cm, but still tricky to bunny hop!) precedes a series of up/down off-camber turns leading to a stair run-up.

After passing the pit for the second time there is a long sideways off-camber descent back down to the lowest elevation in the park. Some more up and down before an up hill drag with 3 Belgian steps (spaced apart enough to be ride-able with some finesse). Elevation levels out again as you begin to approach the street, and some more rooty turns follow.

Next up is a fast section back towards the playground before one last trip up and down the off-camber hillside and heading back towards the prologue. Average lap time for the pointy end of the Elite fields the last two years has been between between 6:45 and 7:45 depending on weather conditions.
More info on the Rainey Park Cyclocross race from To Be Determined web site

Also, check out the NYC Cycloross Facebook page for upcoming events.