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Thursday, November 15, 2018

RIOC Says Snow Conditions Tonight Make Driving Up And Down Roosevelt Island Motorgate Helix Ramp Difficult - Sanitation Department Plowing And Salting, Be Careful


According to this Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) advisory this afternoon:
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS VEHICLES ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY DRIVING UP AND DOWN THE ROOSEVELT ISLAND HELIX RAMP. THE NYC SANITATION DEPARTMENT IS ON SCENE ATTEMPTING TO PLOW AND LAY DOWN SALT TO CORRECT THE CONDITION AND ALLOW FOR SAFE PASSAGE BY MOTORISTS. AN UPDATE ADVISORY WILL BE SENT OUT ONCE TRAFFIC HAS RESUMED ITS NORMAL FLOW. PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING IN THESE CONDITIONS.
UPDATE 5:50 PM - From RIOC:
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT AFTER A BRIEF WEATHER-INDUCED DELAY TRAFFIC ON THE ROOSEVELT ISLAND BRIDGE AND THE HELIX RAMP HAS RESUMED ITS NORMAL FLOW. THE NYC DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION AS WELL AS RIOC EMERGENCY VEHICLES WILL BE PLOWING/SALTING THROUGHOUT THE EVENING. PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING IN THESE CONDITIONS.

RIOC Hosts Walk And Talk About $14 Million Roosevelt Island Bike Ramp And Promenade Lane Last Saturday With Residents - Here's What Happened

Last Saturday November 10, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) hosted a Walk and Talk at the Motorgate Atrium


about the proposed $14 million Roosevelt Island Bike Ramp and

 Image Of Roosevelt Island Motorgate Helix From Above Via Google Maps

Promenade Lane project.


RIOC Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson reports:

You're Invited To Serendipity 3 Roosevelt Island Seniors Association Holiday Event Saturday November 17 - Enjoy Tasty Eats, Sweets & Frozen Treats

The Roosevelt Island Senior Association (RISA) invites you to join them in a Serendipity 3 Holiday Event Saturday November 17. According to RISA President Barbara Parker:

Hi Everyone,

A Serendipity Holiday Event

Join us as we celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with a bit of nostalgia

Enjoy some great eats, beverages and indulge in a few sweet treats!

Guest Appearance From Joe Calderone,

Saturday, November 17th - 3:00pm - 7:30pm

546 Main Street Community Center

Fee: Members $10 - Non-Members $15

RSVP: riseniorsa@gmail.com or web: risaonline.org

Watch Serendipity 3's Joe Calderone make their famous Frozen Hot Chocolate.



Yum, Yum, Yum!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

It's Getting Cold, Roosevelt Island Winter Coat Drive Now Thru December 28 - Please Drop Off A Gently Used Winter Coat At RIOC Public Safety Department

The weather is starting to get cold and winter is coming soon. Snow is expected tomorrow.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department:

The Public Safety Department is hosting its annual NY Cares Coat Drive. This program has brought warmth to many needy families during our frigid winters and it is with this thought in mind that we ask the Roosevelt Island Community to step up to the plate once again by dropping off a gently used winter coat.

Donated coats will be accepted at the Public Safety Department
550 Main Street
24 Hours a day.
Now until December 28th

We thank you and your family for your continued generosity.

Have a wonderful holiday season.


For more information, please call 212-832-4545

Roosevelt Island Stop N Swap Free Community Reuse Event Sunday November 18 - Bring Items You No Longer Need To Give Away, Take Something New Home With You

Home grown Roosevelt Island organization iDig2Learn tweets


Grow NYC adds:
New Yorkers eager to trade in their summer styles for some like- new fall fashions are in luck. Stop ‘N’ Swap®, a free community reuse event organized by the local non- profit GrowNYC, is coming to Roosevelt Island for the very first time, in partnership with iDig2Learn and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation.

The public is invited to bring clean, portable, reusable items to share with those who can use them. No one is required to bring something to take something — you can simply show up with a bag and see what’s free for the taking.
  • WHAT: Free Stop ‘N’ Swap Community Reuse Event
  • WHEN: Sunday, November 18, 12pm-3pm
  • WHERE: Manhattan Park Theater Club, 8 River Rd, Roosevelt Island
“The average NYC household discards about 2,000 pounds of waste a year. By reusing through events like Stop ‘N’ Swap, NYC residents can take part in diverting over 40 million pounds of material a year from the landfill,” said Marcel Van Ooyen, GrowNYC President and CEO. The organization has set a goal of hosting one swap in each of the city’s 59 community districts each year in response to increasing demand for the events.

iDig2Learn's founder, Christina Delfico said, "It's perfect timing before the holidays to find a gift or something you need, whether it's clothing, toys or household items. Even packaged food is welcome, and we’re excited to announce that Gristedes Supermarket will be donating dry goods to the event.”

"Providing the community with access to free goods is exactly the type of event we are happy to support," said Susan Rosenthal, CEO and President of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. “Many of us have good quality items that we no longer have a use for, and there is no better way than a free community swap to find a new home for them.”

Girl Scout Troop 3233 will also be at the Roosevelt Island Swap, helping share ideas with New Yorkers about reuse and its value. “I’m proud to see these Girl Scouts taking action to make the world a better place by working to use resources wisely, and reuse items rather than buy new ones,” said Meridith Maskara, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York.

Anything leftover at the end of the day is donated or recycled. Furniture and other large items are not accepted at the swap.



Learn more at GrowNYC.org/swap.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Amazon Picks Anable Basin In Long Island City For HQ2, Bringing At Least 25 Thousand New High Paying Jobs To Neighborhood And Protests Too- A Short 5 Minute Ferry Ride From Roosevelt Island And Cornell Tech


Amazon announced today that Anable Basin in Long Island City, right across the East River from Roosevelt Island, will be the site of one of it's two new Headquarter sites.
According to this press release from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio:
... In 2019, Amazon will occupy up to 500,000 square feet at One Court Square while working to construct four million square feet of commercial space on Long Island City’s waterfront over the next 10 years, with expansion opportunities for up to 8 million square feet over the next 15 years. Through a $3.6 billion total investment, Amazon will draw from the diverse and talented workforce in New York State to fill at least 25,000 new jobs by 2029 and up to 40,000 jobs by 2034 with an average salary of $150,000. The construction is expected to create an average of 1300 direct construction jobs annually through 2033. Overall, the project is estimated to create more than 107,000 total direct and indirect jobs and over $14 billion in new tax revenue for the State and a net of $13.5 billion in City tax revenue. The project provides a 9:1 return on investment....

... The City-State agreement with Amazon includes commitments to build a jointly-funded 10,000 square-foot onsite employment center to connect local residents with jobs and training. A $15 million investment will expand the JobsPlus program to Queensbridge Houses and expand tuition-free tech training to its residents—serving nearly 1,800 residents over the next 10 years.

The agreement also secures a new approximately 600-seat intermediate public school, a 3.5-acre waterfront esplanade and park, and the establishment of a Long Island City Infrastructure Fund to invest 50 percent of the project’s PILOT proceeds to deliver on transportation and other neighborhood priorities that will be identified in collaboration with the local community...

... The State and City will collaborate with the company and local community to conduct an environmental review and develop a General Project Plan, as is typically done for large City-State development projects, including nearby Queens West. A Community Advisory Committee will be established, which will include representatives of the State, City and local elected officials. In addition, longtime community developer Plaxall will advance development on adjoining waterfront sites that will include planning that complements Amazon’s new headquarters....
The Memo of Understanding between NYC, NYS and Amazon here.



The Anable Basin Long Island City Amazon HQ is a less than 5 minute ferry ride from Roosevelt Island.

The NY Times reports:
... “Amazon’s decision to locate to Long Island City is an affirmation not only of N.Y.C.’s growing tech talent,” Mr. Bloomberg wrote on Twitter, “but also of all the investments — in housing, schools, parks, transportation, and culture” made in Long Island City.

Indeed, as part of one tour of New York City this year, Amazon executives were taken around the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island — an innovation incubator and a legacy of Mr. Bloomberg’s tenure — and back to Long Island City using a new ferry system created by Mr. de Blasio....
Cornell Tech Chief Practice Officer Josh Hartmann said:
... Cornell Tech is proud to welcome Amazon to New York City as its new neighbor across the river from our campus on Roosevelt Island. By choosing Long Island City for HQ2, Amazon will join one of the world’s fastest-growing and most diverse tech communities,...

Cornell Tech is spinning out hundreds of graduates each year as well as groundbreaking, impactful research, and through key partnerships with CUNY and K-12 public schools, we are expanding the city’s pipeline of skilled tech talent. New York City has emerged as a destination for tech and innovation, and Amazon’s arrival will accelerate growth and success for the city and for Cornell Tech.”....
Cornell Tech Dean Dan Huttenlocher is also an Amazon Board Director.

Long Island City NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer has expressed opposition to the agreement

and NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson has reservations as well.

Also:

And:


According to Plaxall Managing Directors Paula Kirby, Tony Pfohl and Matthew Quigley and President Jonathan Drescher:
Ever since our grandfather opened Plaxall at Anable Basin more than 70 years ago, our family has believed in Long Island City as a center of productivity, innovation, and artistic creativity,...

... Informed by our decades working with local residents, businesses and institutions, we have developed a vision for Anable Basin centered around that spirit of productivity and quality of life – one that maintains light manufacturing while also creating public accessibility to a long-shuttered waterfront. We are proud to have a partner in Amazon that shares that vision. We’ve seen firsthand in Seattle how the company has worked to develop and integrate its campus and employees into the surrounding community, and we know Amazon intends to execute a similar vision here. It’s therefore meaningful for us, as a family, to be able to work closely with Amazon on a plan for Anable Basin that honors the character of LIC and stays true to the same vision of innovation and productivity that drew our grandfather, Louis Pfohl, here seven decades ago, and was furthered by his children, Ann, Jim and Lynn. Plaxall welcomes Amazon to LIC and looks forward to continuing our longstanding discussions with the community about Anable Basin as plans move forward.
CBS News has more on Who Benefits from Amazon LIC HQ.



Amazon explains it's HQ decision.



And press conference on Amazon LIC HQ by Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and staff.



Stay tuned.

UPDATE 11/15 - Here's the November 14 Protest Rally against proposed Amazon Long Island City HQ.