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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Roosevelt Island Capital Projects, Landscaping & Tram Repairs On RIOC Operations Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda For Wednesday January 23 - When Will Octagon Soccer Field Be Fixed?

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee is meeting tomorrow, January 23. Among the items on the Agenda are:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee Meeting of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 5:30 P.M. at RIOC Administrative Office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


1. Capital Projects – Key Projects Review

2. Discussion of Landscaping RFP

3. POMA Tram Repairs Update

4. Chair’s Motion for Executive Session to Review Vendor’s Performance under the Contract

5. Any Other Committee Business that May be Brought Before the Committee
Among the current Roosevelt Island capital projects is the renovation of the Octagon Soccer Field which was supposed to begin in the Fall of 2018 so it would be ready in time for Spring 2019 Soccer season.

As of January 2019, renovation of the Octagon Soccer Field has not begun yet

and I'm told the field will be closed at least for the remainder of 2019.

Will update if any more info discussed at the Operations Advisory Committee meeting on Wednesday.

UPDATE 7 PM - RIOC announced this evening that the Operations Advisory Committee meeting has been postponed until February 5:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the meeting of the Operation Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors previously schedule for Wednesday, January 23, 2019 has been rescheduled and will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at RIOC Administration Office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York....

You're Invited To February 10 Sunday Tea With Mae West - Welfare Island's Bawdiest Prison Inmate Returns For Risque Repartee, Intimate Confessions, Gourmet Refreshments & Vintage Movies Hosted By Roosevelt Island Historical Society

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) invites you to Sunday Afternoon Tea With Mae West on February 10.

According to RIHS:
Welfare Island’s bawdiest Workhouse inmate returns, in person, for an afternoon of:
  • Gourmet refreshment
  • Intimate confessions
  • Risqué repartee
  • Vintage movies
LIMITED SEATING for a uniquely entertaining event. Get your tickets now by clicking the link Sunday Tea with Mae West: Credit Card & PayPal

Or, purchase at Visitor Center kiosk: Cash or credit card

There are a few spots left for a uniquely entertaining afternoon with Mae West!

Ticket Choices:
  • Friend of Mae West: $45
  • Drinking Companion: $60, includes vintage tea cup memento
  • Co-Star: $100, Includes tea cup plus Mae West biography “She AlwaysKnew How”
  • Producer $150, Includes tea cup, biography plus
  • “The Essential DVD Collection of 9 Mae West Films” (eg, the seductive and witty “She Done Him Wrong” and “My Little Chickadee”)
According to the NYPL:
... on April 19, 1927 Mae West was convicted at The Jefferson Market Courthouse on obscenity charges for her play Sex. The play, which she also wrote, produced, and directed, was her first starring role on Broadway. The production had been open for close to a year and playing to full houses before it was raided by the police. West received a $500 fine and was sentenced to ten days in jail. She spent one night in the Woman’s House of Detention before moving to Welfare Island (now known as Roosevelt Island). She was released after eight days for good behavior and the resulting publicity only increased her fame....
Why don't you come up and see Mae West for Sunday afternoon tea with the RIHS on February 10.

More info and tickets to Sunday Tea With Mae West available at RIHS web site.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Great Aerial View From Plane Above Roosevelt Island & NYC East River Waterfront Shared By NY 1 Morning Anchor Pat Kiernan

NY 1 morning anchor Pat Kiernan tweets:

A Roosevelt Island resident adds:

You're Invited To Come Meet Your Friendly Roosevelt Island Neighborhood Scientists, Weill Cornell Medicine Postdoc Pub Talk At Nisi Restaurant January 22 - Topic, Beautiful Minds: Brain Research From Cell Culture To Patients

The Postdoctoral Association of Weill Cornell Medicine is hosting a January 22 Pub Talk event at Roosevelt Island's Nisi Kitchen (559 Main Street).

You're invited to attend. According to the Weill Cornell Medicine Postdocs:
Pub Talk” Series; an outreach event featuring the research of WCM postdocs* to engage both fellow researchers and science enthusiasts from around New York City!

Come meet your friendly neighborhood scientists! Two researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine will discuss what they are doing in the lab and the clinic to advance the scientific frontier in psychiatric disease.

Up first, Michael Notaras will present "When does schizophrenia really begin?". Join Michael as he discusses cutting-edge research involving 3D stem cell bioengineering technology to design “mini-brains”, organoids that mimic the first trimester of brain development. Using this technology, he is able to study when mental disorders such as schizophrenia truly commence and the long term consequences for adult disease.

Next, Reed Maxwell will present "More than Ups and Downs: Everything You Didn't Know You Needed to Know about Borderline Personality Disorder". Reed will discuss the ins and outs (and ups and downs) of Borderline Personality Disorder, including best treatments, how to recognize friends and loved ones who might have it, and how to help them out.
Click here to register.

You're Invited To Indoor Seed Starting Workshop Presented By iDig2Learn & Grow NYC At Roosevelt Island Carter Burden Senior Center Thursday January 24 - Learn How To Grow Your Own Nutritious & Tasty Microgreens

The Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center (546 Main Street) is hosting a Seed Starting Workshop with iDig2Learn and Grow NYC on Thursday, January 24. You're invited.

Seed Starting Workshop

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24TH, 2019 2:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Want an early start on your growing season? Interested in growing nutritious and tasty microgreens?

Join iDig2Learn and Grow to Learn for this free workshop on how to start your seeds indoors, including proper timing and planting care.

Workshop limited to 20 participants. RSVP to Yulisa Santana

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day Today, Take A Moment To Remember And Honor His Legacy

The third Monday in January has been designated as a Federal holiday in honor of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was born January 15, 1929 and was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Dr. King is remembered and honored for many things including his 1963 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail".

An excerpt:
... A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right to vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law. Who can say that the legislature of Alabama which set up that state's segregation laws was democratically elected? Throughout Alabama all sorts of devious methods are used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters, and there are some counties in which, even though Negroes constitute a majority of the population, not a single Negro is registered. Can any law enacted under such circumstances be considered democratically structured?

Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in it's application. For instance, I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit. Now, there is nothing wrong in having an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade. But such an ordinance becomes unjust when it is used to maintain segregation and to deny citizens the First-Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and protest....
The full text of Letter From A Birmingham Jail is here and a short excerpt of audio below.

Here's an excerpt of Dr. King's last speech - I've Been To The Mountain Top.

Politcio has an excellent article on the last years of Dr. King's life.
... Almost 50 years after his death, we remember MLK as the transcendent figure who helped lift the South out of Jim Crow. We also remember him as almost preternaturally calm in the face of great pressure and danger. He was indeed all of these things. But the passage of time has obscured his dimensionality. In the last years of his life, King expanded his vision beyond the former Confederacy and took on a broader struggle to dismantle America’s jigsaw edifice of racial and economic discrimination—a struggle that took him deep into northern states and cities, where onetime allies became bitter enemies. He did so even as he strained to keep a fractious civil rights movement unified, and in the face of unremitting sabotage from federal authorities.

He was a young man, still in his 30s—foisted onto the national stage with actors many years or decades his senior, suspect in the eyes of both younger and older civil rights leaders—and the burdens of leadership took their toll on him....
Take a moment today to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

and the good work he accomplished to make our country a better place:
More on Dr. King from