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Friday, August 17, 2018

RIOC Shuts Down Roosevelt Island Octagon Sports Field Today For Major Renovation To Begin In Fall - Artificial Turf Unsafe With Numerous Snags, Rips And Tears

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced the closing of the Octagon Sports Field


According RIOC:

Deteriorating turf conditions at the Octagon Sports Field have forced its closure, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation announced today.

The field, which is located on the northern part of the Island, is an outdoor soccer field, used by the community daily and is one of the most popular fields on Roosevelt Island. It is used from March to mid-November, for activities including soccer, football, lacrosse, and rugby.

Existing permit holders including several adult sports leagues that held paid reservations-at $175 per hour- are being contacted and will be given refunds, RIOC said.

Due to numerous unsafe snags, rips and tears on its turf, RIOC plans to repair and redevelop the field as well as all surrounding fixtures and facilities, including comfort stations, seating, security features, and lighting design.

This major renovation will begin in the Fall of 2018.

The soccer program, organized this past spring by RIOC, will still be offered in the fall at different locations.

Rollerbladers Show Off Their Skating Moves At Dope Spots All Over Roosevelt Island - Check Out The Cool Video

The Blade In New York Rollerblade crew:
... heads to Roosevelt Island to hit some dope spots the island has to offer
and shows off

their skating skills at the Motorgate Rotunda, Meditation Steps, Cornell Tech Campus and inside the Motorgate Garage.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - No F Train Service To Manhattan - Both Tram Cabins Operating And NYC Ferry Has More RI Service

There is no Roosevelt Island F Train Service to Manhattan this weekend.

According to the MTA:
SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS | 10:45 PM Fri, Aug 17 to 5 AM Mon, Aug 20 Coney Island-bound F trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av, Queens to Canal St, Manhattan and via the A to Jay St-MetroTech, Brooklyn

No Coney Island-bound service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63, 57, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 34 St-Herald Sq, 23, 14, B'way-Lafayette Sts, 2 Av, Delancey St, East Broadway and York St.
STATION ENHANCEMENTS | Until December 2018 57 St F Station is closed
Both Roosevelt Island Tram Cabins are in operation.

There is Roosevelt Island ferry service on the Astoria Route. Here's the new summer schedule for Roosevelt Island ferry service.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes August 17 To August 23 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Grab And Go Prepared Items Too

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

invites you to check out their August 17 - August 23 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales items.

And Grab & Go Prepared Items too.

Don't forget the 10% Roosevelt Island Seniors Discount on Tuesday and Sign Up for the Gristedes Diamond Loyalty Rewards Program.

More Gristedes Supermarket information available at their web site, Facebook Page and Twitter feed

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Roosevelt Island Jobs Available With RIOC For Youth Center Program Assistants And Communications/Event Coordinator

How would you like to have a short commute and walk to work at the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)?  RIOC has positions available for Youth Center Program Assistants and a Communications/Event Coordinator.

According to RIOC
TITLE: Youth Center Program Assistant(s)
Annual Base Salary: $45,000
Reports to: Director of Community Affairs
Position Status:Full time


The Program Assistant is responsible for overseeing the Youth Center’s Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer programs. The incumbent provides quality customer service and ensures a safe, fun, and positive environment within the youth and teen program.

  • Plan seasonal sports curriculum, coordinate and promote the Roosevelt Island Youth Sports Programs
  • Work hands-on in programming these activities
  • Provide quality customer service to members, volunteers and participants
  • Obtain, organize and manage volunteer staff to assist with the operations of the programs
  • Assist with youth development programs
  • Successfully obtain and file registration forms and waivers from participants
  • Suggest and place order requests for equipment pertinent to the program within the operational budget
  • Perform administrative duties which support the Youth Center Program
  • Assist with the research and implementation and delivery of sport specific training for volunteer coaches
  • Assist with other administrative duties as assigned.
  • Associate’s degree in Social Work, Family Studies, Psychology, Education, Liberal Arts, other related field or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent attention to detail and office procedures.
  • Experience in DYCD programs.
  • Ability to collaborate as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of and history working with youth and providing services consistent with positive youth development principals.
More info and to apply here.

Communications & Event Coordinator

DEPT: Community Affairs

Local government agency seeks a strong writer with unbeatable organizational skills and a desire to work closely with a small NYC community.


As Communications and Event Coordinator, you will work in the agency’s Community Affairs department on many exciting projects on a daily basis. Examples include planning an Island-wide arts festival, soliciting community input on new capital projects, putting together and writing a community newsletter, meeting with local groups to discuss or promote their latest activities, and more. If you enjoy finding creative solutions to diverse challenges and having high level of autonomy, this may be the job for you.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Writing and editing newsletters, statements, press releases, and media alerts for clarity, tone, and accuracy.
  • Planning and coordinating several yearly free community events & event series.
  • Getting the word out to the public through the web, print, and social media about important events, initiatives, and developments in the corporation and community.
  • Responding to press and public inquiries; working with various internal departments to fact-check and craft accurate statements and responses.
  • Promoting a consistent, positive public image for the corporation with a focus on transparency; maintaining an open line of communication with the community.
Must-have Skills:
  • Impeccable grammar and writing skills
  • Ability to adjust the tone of your writing to suit a specific audience
  • Capability to multitask and stay calm under pressure
  • Top-notch project management, organization, and communication skills
  • Experience with HTML/CSS, graphic design, or photography is a plus
  • Marketing or communications background strongly preferred
  • Prior event coordination or planning experience
  • Most importantly…You should have a strong desire to learn and grow!...
... Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $50,000.00 to $60,000.00 /year
More info and to apply here.

Good luck!!!!!

Roosevelt Island Way Finding Directional Signage Installed At Tram Plaza Today - Giant RI Welcome Monument Foundation In Place Too

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal reported last March:

... RI Welcome Sign and Wayfinding Signage

The RIOC Board’s Real Estate Committee voted February 27 to move forward on the RI welcome sign’s fabrication. The big red letters – which I’m sure many of you have seen or heard about - are set to be displayed near Tram Plaza for a three-month trial period to allow a lengthier time to gauge public comment. I have a $1 bet with Judy Berdy, operator of the Roosevelt Island Visitors Center and president of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS), that the welcome sign will increase foot traffic to the center and result in more business and revenue for RIHS. When I collect on the bet, I’ll share with you how many more dollars she’s made due to influx of more customers.

In addition to the welcome sign, the much-needed and often-asked for wayfinding signs and kiosks - which will offer visitors additional information and directions to island businesses and landmarks beyond the Tram - are set to be installed in August....
After talking about having Roosevelt Island Way Finding directional signage for at least the last 4 years, today workers installed the signage starting at the Tram Plaza.

Also, the foundation

for the Giant RI Welcome Monument logo  at the Tram Plaza is in place. (mock up below of Giant RI shown last February)

According to a RIOC agreement with Hudson Related, the Giant RI Welcome Monument is installed on a three month trial basis to determine what the community thinks of it.

Hopefully, this Gigantic Eyesore will be removed at the end of the trial period.

UPDATE 5:15 PM - More wayfinding directional signage at Riverwalk Commons,


and in front of RIOC HQ.

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reacts: