Follow Roosevelt Islander On:




Wednesday, January 23, 2019

How Does Trump Federal Government Shutdown Effect Roosevelt Island Residents With Housing Subsidies And Other Benefits?

The Trump federal government shutdown continues into its second month

with no expectation as to when it may end.

How does the Trump federal government shutdown effect Roosevelt Island residents? That was a concern expressed at the January 9 Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) meeting by Common Council member Adib Mansour who noted there are alot of people living on Roosevelt Island that depend on food stamps and housing subsidies who may be harmed by the shutdown. Mr Mansour asked for ideas to help neighbors adversely effected by the shutdown.

RIRA Common Council Member Eneaqua Lewis added that the Manhattan Park 2-4 River Road affordable housing buildings

have not had their leases/subsidies renewed yet by the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

On January 17, Ms Lewis reported:
Manhattan Park. 2 & 4 River Road HUD subsidy expired on January 9. The last time I spoke with MP they said they would honor leases and also still renew leases in this time but they didn’t know what would happen if the shutdown lasted longer.

On January 18, I asked Manhattan Park ownership:
How does the government shutdown effect residents and building ownership of 2-4 River Road in Manhattan Park.

Are housing subsidies being paid and leases renewed.

I understand the HUD subsidy expired in January and has not been renewed due to the shutdown. Is that true?

Any statement from Manhattan Park on this issue?
Manhattan Park representative Brian Weisberg replied:
It's our hope that the shutdown will end soon. With that said, the financial impact of the shutdown will ultimately be on ownership. Tenants at 2-4 River Road in Manhattan Park won't be impacted.
Ms Lewis was quoted in a recent AP article on the government shutdown:
... People are really afraid right now and just don’t know what to do,” Lewis said. “I can’t afford market rate rent here. Where would I go? Where would everyone go? One side of the building is all elderly or handicapped. The other side is all families. Where would we all go?...
Here's Bronx/Queens Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

expressing their stark differences on the government shutdown.

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