Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Campus Opens For Business July 17 - Including Public Spaces And Cafe

The Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Construction and Community Task Force met last evening, April 25. Among the presentations was an update from Cornell Tech Director of Capital Planning Andrew Winters. Mr. Winters reported that the Cornell Tech campus

Image From Cornell Tech

will open for business on July 17, including the public spaces
 Image From Cornell Tech

and the Tech Cafe.

The Task Force members asked questions about:
  • open hours for Public Space (closing at 10 PM. No loitering but can walk through after 10PM),
  • Citibike Stations (No plans yet),
  • Environmental Waste, composting, recycling, waste hauling, dog droppings,

  • Public Safety and Security,

  • Impact of hotel/conference center on Roadways, Tram and Subway service,
  • Using influence of Cornell Tech to improve Roosevelt Island transportation with MTA
  • Elevator access to Queensboro Bridge from Roosevelt Island,
  • Help in obtaining agreed upon payment from NY State for Cornell Tech campus land
  • One day a week community space available in Bloomberg Academic Building

Below is campus construction and design presentation made by Mr. Winters to the March 29 Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Town Hall meeting.

During the April 25 meeting, Cornell Tech's Assistant Director of Government & Community Affairs Jane Swanson reported on free meeting space being made available once a week, on Thursday evenings, to Roosevelt Island non-profit groups.

Welcome Cornell Tech to Roosevelt Island. Let's see what changes it will bring.

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According to Roosevelt Island Urgent Care (RIUC):

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These needs will increase in the near future with the addition of new multi-family developments and the new Cornell NYC Tech campus, which is under construction and due to open this year. The University is relying on our center to tend to the medical needs of the students and faculty. Roosevelt Island Urgent Care is also well positioned to provide services to the many construction workers who are on the Island during the next few years.

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You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival Saturday April 29 - Japanese Tea Ceremony, Music, Dance, Samurai Sword Performance, Cultural Fair & More

The Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival

Image From RIRA

takes place Saturday, April 29. According to the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA):
Travel to Japan when you attend The Third Annual Cherry Blossoms Festival, featuring multiple Japanese cultural, food and picnicking activities, on Roosevelt Island on Saturday, April 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

World class music performances will take place from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm at FDR Four Freedoms Park.

Highlights include:
  • Special activities for children: origami, calligraphy, face painting
  • Traditional Japanese food for purchase
  • Folk and classical Japanese music performances
  • Women dressed in kimonos and men wearing traditional Japanese clothing
  • Traditional tea ceremony.
All activities are FREE and open to the public.

Savor a wine tasting and food pairing at Gallery RIVAA (527 Main Street), from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

"The Roosevelt Island Residents Association welcomes neighbors and visitors alike to enjoy the beauty of the cherry blossom trees and experience diverse aspects of Japanese culture," said Lynne Strong-Shinozaki, Chair of the Social, Cultural and Educational Services Committee of the local association.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F subway train to Roosevelt Island. (No Manhattan-bound subway service.) Walk south along the promenade.

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association represents the interests of its members in all matters that develop policy affecting Roosevelt Island and its residents, and also ensures the quality of life in our community is maintained and improved.

For more information, please visit
Full Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival schedule is here.

Some scenes from 2016 Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival:

More here.

Have a good time.

Update On Proposed Roosevelt Island Bridge Helix Bike Ramp - Residents Express Safety Concerns About Speeding Bikers, Bird Poop & Emergency Vehicle Access, RIOC Says Bike Ramp Design Still To Be Done

NY State Governor Cuomo announced on April 19 that $2.93 million in federal funds were allocated to build a bicycle ramp from the Roosevelt Island Bridge Helix

to the street. On April 20, I published a story reporting on the bike ramp which included this rendering

provided by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

The rendering of the Roosevelt Island Bridge Helix bike ramp design received criticisms by some residents in comments to the post including:
,,, the car ramp angle is too steep for bikes...

.. I'm fairly certain aggressive bikers will speed down the straight-away ramp and in the proposed design those reckless bikers would have a speeding runway down to endanger children,elderly and convalescents on that walking path.
... This looks like a plan drawn up by someone who does not live on Roosevelt Island. Besides blocking double the amount of sunlight and the view of the river, that area has some of the worst pigeon excrement on the entire Island.

They roost under the bridge at that spot and that bike lane will promote poop, pigeons and sickness for Islands residents.

The obvious solution is to build the bike lane as an inner circle or an outer circle to the existing cloverleaf, thereby eliminating need for structural support construction, and in turn lower costs....
... The idea that RIOC is going to block/diminish an important emergency access road is unconscionable...

... Another plan would involve replacing the escalators with a bike escalator or bike-width elevator....
I asked RIOC President Susan Rosenthal if the bike ramp rendering was an accurate depiction of the proposed design. Ms Rosenthal replied:
The drawings do not represent the proposed design. They were simply drawings depicting the general concepts so that we had visuals to show public officials, etc.  We will be preparing a request for proposal for an architectural/ engineering firm to prepare the construction drawings.
An online poll was created by a resident about the Bike Ramp.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NY State Governor Cuomo Seeking Information On Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Board Director Vacancies & Appointment Process - Are New RIOC Board Appointments Coming Soon?

At the very end of the April 20 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board Of Directors meeting (video web cast here), Acting Board Chair Alex Valella and RIOC President Susan Rosenthal reported on a bit of information that could have huge importance for Roosevelt Island.

The info is that NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo is seeking details about the RIOC Board vacancies and appointment process.

In response to my inquiry, RIOC President Susan Rosenthal adds:

The Governor wanted to ensure that Boards of New York State Authorities are “full and active.” Each public authority was requested to provide an update on how Board members are appointed, total number of seats on each Board, when and where the Board meets, location of Board meetings, permissible ways of attendance for Board members, as well as current vacancies and Board member term expirations. No one has yet been nominated or interviewed by Albany.
As previously reported, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) conducted a RIOC Board Nominee Candidate election earlier this month to provide Governor Cuomo with community recommendations for RIOC Board appointments.

Image From RIRA

951 votes were cast. RIOC Board Nominee Candidate results are here, but note:
... The election is not without controversy. Claims of ballot fraud, which I am not going to get into right now, have been raised. Click here to read all about the election controversy in this comments thread....
Also, video

from Meet the RIOC Board Nominee Candidates
night, which did not include the current serving RIOC Directors.

More video from Meet The RIOC Board Nominee Candidate.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sponsored Post - Weill Cornell Medicine & NY-Presbyterian Present Free Health & Wellness Spring Seminar Series - April 25, May 2, 9 & 16, You're Invited, Please RSVP

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Diana Callesano, Au.D, CCC-A

Eric G. Nelson, Au.D, CCC-A

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Roosevelt Island Community Report From RIOC President Susan Rosenthal - RI Bridge Bike Ramp, Sportspark Pool, Seawall Railing, Tram Station Elevators, Motorgate Waterproofing, NYPD 114 Community Policing & More

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal reported to the April 20 RIOC Board of Directors meeting (Video web cast here) on current projects including:

Roosevelt Island Veterans' Appreciation Tuesday April 25 - Stop By For Available Resources, Benefits Assistance & Refreshments

A reminder. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

Join Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and Roosevelt Island Seniors Association on Tuesday, April 25th from 6 PM - 8 PM at the Senior Center, located on 546 Main Street for Roosevelt Island Veterans' Appreciation. Stop by our island veterans-only event for refreshments, application assistance for benefits speaker and to discuss available resources for veterans. We hope to see you there!

More info on Roosevelt Island Veterans outreach efforts at this previous post.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day From Roosevelt Island, the International Space Station & NYC March For Science

Click on full screen icon for an incredible view.

More on today's Earth Day March for Science here.