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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Graduate Hotel President David Rochefort Presents Overview Of Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Hotel - Opening Planned For Summer 2020, Rooftop Bar And Ground Floor Restaurant Operator To Be Named Shortly, Local Job Fair In Early 2020

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse asked when will the Roosevelt Island Graduate Hotel on the Cornell Tech campus open?


During the November 12 Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Community & Construction Task Force meeting, we learned that the 18 story, 224 room Graduate Hotel,


with a ground floor restaurant and rooftop bar, currently under construction


will open in the summer of 2020 (The adjoining Verizon Executive Education Center is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2020).


Graduate Hotel President David Rochefort presented an overview of the Hotel Project to the Task Force.

Mr Rochefort reported:
  • The single restaurant and rooftop bar operator will be named shortly, Mr Rochfort said he hopes "people turn the spaces into their living room."
  • The Graduate Hotel expects that 90% of guests will arrive by Public Transportation, either F Train, Ferry,Tram or ride sharing services.
  • Graduate Hotel will have over 75 positions and will conduct Roosevelt Island job fairs for local residents in first and second quarter of 2020.
  • Highgate Hotels with over 20 thousand NYC hotel rooms will be the Hotel Operator
  • Eco-Friendly Hotel Practices.

Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Graduate Hotel


Here's full Task Force discussion with the Graduate Hotel President David Rochefort.



Prior to Mr. Rochefort, speaking Cornell Tech Director of Design and Construction Diana Allegretti described construction of the Graduate Hotel.



Stay tuned. More info on the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Graduate Hotel to come.

You're Invited To Engaged Roosevelt Island Hot Chocolate Community Conversation on Local Sustainability Practices And Zero Waste At The Sanctuary Event Space December 11 - Also, Grow NYC New Host Of RI Food Scrap Drop Off Next To Saturday Farmers Market

Engaged Roosevelt Island is hosting a free Hot Chocolate conversation

for residents to discuss local sustainability practices at The Sanctuary event space


on December 11. You're invited.

According to Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn founder Christina Delfico:
Engaged Roosevelt Island - FREE 12/11 Hot Chocolate & Conversations 4:30p-7p

Cornell Tech received a grant that spearheads a year of community planning to promote environmental understanding and boost sustainable practices on Roosevelt Island - which basically means designing a healthy and beautiful neighborhood that is kind to us and the earth. Whether you attended or missed the Engaged RI kick-off event on Zero Waste at the Tata Innovation Center last month please Save the Date and stop by The Sanctuary next week to continue the conversation - Wed., 12/11 from 4:30p - 7p for free Hot Chocolate and to share your ideas and to learn more. Short presentations will happen throughout the event.

This is a Zero Waste event so please bring your own mug (extras will be on hand as well).

We are excited that RIOC, RIRA and the Cornell Cooperative Extension NYC are on board, and local groups like Open Doors, Roosevelt Island Library, the Senior Center, the Garden Club, GRIN, Girl Scouts and many other groups, local buildings and businesses and islanders are already working to keep the neighborhood clean and green, so please join the conversation.
Ms Delfico adds:
Schedule Change Notification

Roosevelt Island Food Scrap Drop-off

Starting on Saturday, December 7th, the new hours of operation for the Roosevelt Island Food Scrap Drop-off will be on:

Saturdays, from 9:00 AM-1:30 PM.

Starting on Saturday, December 7th, this site will be operated by our partner organization, GrowNYC. For more information about GrowNYC Compost Programs, please visit grownyc.org/compost.

We are truly grateful for the outstanding efforts that members of the Roosevelt Island community have made to live more sustainably and help rebuild NYC’s soil. To find more drop-off locations near you and other ways to compost your food scraps, please visit nyc.gov/dropfoodscraps.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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 For A Child Or Adult Who Can Use It

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

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 27th

We thank you and your family for your continued generosity.

Have a wonderful holiday season.

For more information, please call 212-832-4545



More info on NYC Cares Winter Coat Drive here.

Monday, December 2, 2019

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Nellie Bly Memorial Town Hall Meeting December 3 - FYI, Roosevelt Island Designated Historic Site In Journalism With Plaque At RIHS Visitors Center Kiosk

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) will be hosting a community Town Hall meeting tomorrow evening, December 3, starting 6 PM at Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street) to discuss the details of the planned Nellie Bly Memorial with artist Amanda Matthews.


As reported last October 16:
... The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) has selected Amanda Matthews/Prometheus Art to construct the Nellie Bly Monument on the northern end of Roosevelt Island at Lighthouse Park. The sculptural installation will be known as “The Girl Puzzle” and invites the viewer to experience many facets of Nellie Bly’s talent, conviction and compassion. The ground-breaking journalist and women’s rights advocate exposed the horrors of the Blackwell Island Insane Asylum in 1887 on Roosevelt Island.

“I am proud of the selection committee’s dedication to choosing such a passionate artist to honor the accomplishments of a woman who was truly ahead of her time,” said Susan Rosenthal, President and CEO of RIOC. “The committee, made up of RIOC employees and community leaders, unanimously selected this bold installation that will not only represent Nellie Bly’s time here, but her impact on the world.”

The installation will allow the viewer to enter a long walkway where they will encounter four, seven-foot-tall female faces, representing different ages and ethnicities, cast in bronze. A fifth face at the far end of the walkway will represent Nellie Bly. Each face will show the depth of emotion and the complexity of being broken and repaired, which was significant to the conditions Ms. Bly encountered when she posed as a mental patient to report on the conditions inside the mental hospital where the Octagon now stands. Construction of the installation is scheduled to be completed in the Summer 2020.

“It is my great honor to represent Nellie Bly’s life and legacy,” said artist Amanda Matthews, “and to celebrate her passion for diversity and inclusion. Her voice remains timely and significant today.”...
Did you know that due to the work of Nellie Bly and Charles Dickens, Roosevelt Island has been designated as a Historic Site In Journalism by The Society of Professional Journalism  (SPJ)with a memorial plaque located at the Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) Visitors Center Kiosk? According to an August 8, 2017 SPJ release:
... Judith Berdy, historical society president; Rebecca Baker, SPJ president-elect; and Andrew Seaman, SPJ Ethics Committee chair, will discuss the historical significance of the site during the dedication at 1 p.m. EDT Sunday (Aug. 13) at the Roosevelt Island Historical Society’s Visitor Center kiosk.

"All of New York City obviously has a romantic history with journalism, but no other place has captured my attention more than Roosevelt Island.” Seaman said. “Each time I visit, I can't help but think of Nellie Bly's journey to the 'madhouse' and her contributions to the profession. I'm so happy that the Society of Professional Journalists decided to recognize Roosevelt Island with this honor."

The Octagon, which is located on the north end of the island, is an ornate stone building built in 1841 to house psychiatric patients in its two L-shaped wings. Patients brought to the island by boat were separated from the rest of society in what Charles Dickens referred to as a “lounging, listless, madhouse air.”...

... Since 1942, SPJ has honored the people and places that have played important roles in the history of journalism through the Historic Sites program. Some honorees include: Freedom’s Journal, the first Black newspaper published in the United States, and The Wheeling Intelligencer, the oldest continuously published daily newspaper in West Virginia.

See a complete list of past winners – and the 2017 winner -- here.
Here's the August 13, 2017 dedication and plaque unveiling



of Roosevelt Island as a Historic Site in Journalism by the SPJ at the RIHS Visitors Center Kiosk

Roosevelt Island Nellie Bly Memorial, New Dog Run Location, Southtown Riverwalk Building 9 And Transfer Of Roosevelt Landings Equity Interest Among Agenda Items On December 4 RIOC Real Estate Development Advisory Committee Meeting

According to The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC), the RIOC Real Estate Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) will meet Wednesday December 4. The following items are on the Agenda.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the RIOC Operations Office, 680 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.

Agenda:

Presentation regarding Memorial to Nelly Bly
Discussion of Dog Run Location
Discussion of Southtown Building 9 Closing Documents
Discussion of Transfer of Equity Interest regarding Roosevelt Landings
Any Other Committee Business That May be Brought Before the Committee
Some background on the Agenda items.


The Roosevelt Landings sale (valued at $340 Million as part of a $1.16 Billion multi apartment building portfolio sale) was approved by the RIOC Board of Directors during the October 17 Board meeting. According to this October 15, 2019 memo form RIOC President Susan Rosenthal in support of the Lease assignment, the new owner, L&M Fund Management:
... will enter into a Preservation Plan to preserve affordable housing at Roosevelt Landings, which will remain in effect throughout the remainder of the term of the Eastwood Lease. This plan will preserve 67% of Roosevelt Landings at rents ranging from 80% - 150% of AMI, with the remainder of the property at market rates. Tenants with market rate apartments at the time of closing will receive renewal leases with rent increases tied to the Rent Guideline Board increases, until these in-place tenants vacate their apartments. Section 8 and LAP (Landlord Assistance Program) tenants will remain in place....
And:
... The Purchaser plans to perform over $25MM of capital improvements at Roosevelt Landings. These funds are financed with private capital coming from the Purchaser....
The new manager of the property will be C&C Apartment Management LLC replacing the current manager Urban American.

RIOC will receive a Transaction payment for the Roosevelt Landings lease assignment of $1,788,429.73.

Here's the discussion during October 17 RIOC Board meeting.



Representatives of the new Roosevelt Landings ownership (L&M Development) discussed the affordability plan during October 7, 2019 RIOC REDAC meeting.



Also, RIOC will be hosting a Nellie Bly Memorial Community Town Hall Meeting tomorrow December 3

Image From RIOC

And, the new dog run location has been the subject of controversy where some parents have objected to placing it in Blackwell Park close to areas where children play. Here's more info on the dog run issue and Southtown Riverwalk Building 9.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Yesterday At Senior Center - Over 70 Peoples Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner Served By Wonderful Volunteers

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) President Wendy Hersh shares these photos and reports:

THE ROOSEVELT ISLAND DISABLED ASSOCIATION hosted their annual Thanksgiving event along with CBN Senior Center yesterday.


Fabulous turnout of over 70 people.


Thanks to all of the volunteers,


for the Senior Center for providing the space and hosting along with us...and all of the wonderful individuals that we serve....community working together which made it a very special day.