Monday, January 27, 2020

Second Roosevelt Island Public Lewdness Incident This Month Reported Yesterday - PSD And NYPD Investigating But RIOC Declines To Give More Info

I asked the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Chief Kevin Brown today:

Any more details on Public Lewdness incident listed in PSD Report below:

01/26/20 – 1820 – 605 Main Street – Public Lewdness – PSD responded – Search made with negative results.

What happened?

Is this related to January 16 incident at 546 Main Street?
RIOC Public Information Officer Terrence McCauley replied:
The incidents are not related as the suspect description in each incident is of two completely different individuals. PSD is working with NYPD on apprehending the suspects in both incidents.
I followed up:
What was the public lewdness behavior.
Mr. McCauley replied:
PSD and NYPD are still in the process of investigating the complaint and determining what may have happened. We will let you know what their investigation uncovers upon its completion.

RIOC Responds To Roosevelt Island Transportation Outreach With Courtesy Signage Encouraging Giving Up Seats For Elderly/Disabled/Pregnant Woman And Will Start Routine PSD Patrols On Red Bus - Watch Video Of Full RI Transportation Issues Discussion

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

On Thursday, January 9th, RIOC’s Chief Operating Officer Shelton Haynes, along with the Transportation Department’s Cy Opperman and Joe Marino heard from the community as part of our new outreach initiative: Re-Introducing RIOC.

A number of attendees at the event at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center voiced concerns about courtesy on our transportation network, particularly about our Red Bus service. RIOC encourages everyone to be considerate of their fellow passengers because a little kindness goes a long way. Although we still have some work to do in other areas, we are happy to report that we were able to quickly address two of your chief concerns immediately.


As a result of the community’s request, PSD has already started routine patrols on the Red Buses throughout the day. These patrols will be conducted seven days a week during the Red Bus hours of operation.


RIOC’s new COURTESY COUNTS signs will be posted on each bus within the next two weeks.

These signs feature images that clearly demonstrate which seats on the bus are reserved for those who are pregnant, the elderly and the disabled.

It is our hope that these signs and the increased PSD presence on the buses, will encourage our customers to consider the safety and comfort of all of their fellow passengers. Because a little bit of consideration for your neighbor goes a long way. If you see an incident happen on a bus, please alert the driver or contact PSD immediately at 212-832-4545.
Image From RIOC

Issues discussed during the January 9 Roosevelt Island Transportation meeting at Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center included:
  • Baby strollers causing unsafe conditions on the Red Bus,
  • Extending seating courtesy to Senior Citizens, disabled and Pregnant woman,
  • Need for periodic Public Safety Officer on Red Bus to enforce rules,
  • Additional Red Bus Stops,
  • More Shoppers Buses to take Seniors off the Island,
  • Blind spots for Next Bus GPS service,
  • Have Tram Operators announce that able body adults and children who ride for free should relinquish their seats for elderly and disabled,
  • What is Red Bus service Schedule,
  • MTA Proposed New Bus Schedule replacing Q102 bus with new route that eliminates NYC Bus service north of Roosevelt Island Bridge and south of Tram
  • Giving Roosevelt Island residents preference on Tram will not be done (RIOC says it is discriminatory),
  • Need to recruit more Red Bus drivers and
  • How to compliment Red Bus Drivers who are doing a good job. (Send email to RIOC with time and Bus #)
Here's video of the full meeting discussion

and the Roosevelt Island Red Bus Schedule.
Red Bus Schedule

Regular & Weekend Service (Non-Rush Hour)

The Red Bus makes all local stops every 15 minutes from 5:30 AM - 2:30 AM every day, except Friday and Saturday, when service is extended to 3:30 AM.
Rush Hour Service

Morning Rush Hours (Monday through Friday): 7 AM - 10 AM, the Red Bus makes all local stops every eight (8) minutes.
Evening Rush Hours (Monday through Friday): 3 PM - 8 PM, the Red Bus makes all local stops every eight (8) minutes.
Octagon Express Service

The Octagon Express Bus operates Weekdays from 7 AM - 10 AM and makes stops every 20 minutes at The Octagon, Subway Station East, Tramway Plaza East, Tramway Plaza West, and Subway Station West bus stops only.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Cold And Rainy Day Does Not Stop Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts From Raising Awareness And Funds For Australia To Stop The Bushfires - We're Trying To Help People And Animals Whose Houses Are Burning Down Says One RI Girl Scout

As reported earlier this week, Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Troop 3233:

... will be having a Fundraiser this Saturday January25th, to support the reconstruction efforts for the Australia Bushfire Crisis.

The crisis is unprecedented and the situation is very alarming. RI is a place where a lot of us come from different countries, and our Girl Scouts have the opportunity to make this World a better place and to help out.

Our troop has an opportunity to send the money directly to the Girl Guides of Australia Bushfire Crisis fund as we have an Australian family in our troop.
The cold and rain today did not stop these Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts

from raising awareness and funds at the Farmers Market to support Australian bushfire relief efforts.

As one of the Girl Scouts told me:
We're trying to raise money to donate to Australia to stop the bushfires and help the animals and families whose houses are burning down...

Great job by the Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts.

Here's more info on the Girl Guides of Australia Bushfire Crisis fund

More info on the Australian bushfires at this prior post.

Friday, January 24, 2020

RIOC Selects ChaShaMa As Roosevelt Island Artist In Residence To Provide Free Studio Space For Selected Visual Artists - Watch For Upcoming ChaShaMa Special Events, Dance Studio, New Camerata Opera Youth Workshops & More

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced last October that the non-profit ChaShaMa group

will fill the newly created role of Roosevelt Island Artist-in-Residence.

Image From ChaShaMa

 According to RIOC:
ChaShaMa Comes to Roosevelt Island

At its October board meeting, the RIOC board approved a measure that allows RIOC to work with ChaShaMa in the creation of an art studio that will provide free work space for selected artists who reside on Roosevelt Island. Artists will be able to apply for this Artist-in-Residence program via a free online application process. ChaShaMa is a well-known organization that supports artists by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate into spaces for artists to create, present, and inspire.

As part of its partnership with RIOC, ChaShaMa will provide feedback and insight to the artists in the Roosevelt Island studio. The program may also include special events to showcase the work by the artists. ChaShaMa is also slated to present up to three (3) special events per year in Good Shepherd Community Center, Motorgate Gallery and the Cultural Center Theater.

The Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association (RIVAA) will continue to work with RIOC on the Island of Art Project, the Fall for Arts Festival, the Motorgate Gallery and many other initiatives. Members of RIVAA will also lead a selection panel to choose semi-finalists for the public art studio....
ChaShaMa Project Manager Alexandria Hodgkins adds:
The main component of the project is a free studio residency for 6 months offered to 5 visual artists. Priority will be given to members of the Roosevelt Island community. More details can be found here

Aside from the studio program Chashama will be coordinating events throughout the year across the island. At Motorgate this month, the New Camerata Opera is shooting a film for their nonprofit. New Camerata plans on returning to the island this spring to offer free youth workshops at the local theater.

We also plan on hosting a dance residency at the Good Shepherd Sanctuary. Details are still being secured so stay tuned for more info.
New Camerata Opera

is currently shooting scenes this week at the Roosevelt Island Motorgate Atrium for:
... a short opera film based on the life of Julie d’Aubigny, from composer Whitney George and librettist Lila Palmer. A swashbuckling, bisexual swordswoman and opera singer alive during the 17th-century, d'Aubigny fought to cultivate a world in which those who misbehaved got what they deserved. The film, entitled "Julie", will tell her incredible story, which emphasizes the importance of courage in the face of adversity and the pursuit of equality for all.

RIOC reported on the filming schedule below:

ChaShaMa Filming at Motorgate Atrium – Thursday, January 23, 2020 to Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Our Artist-in-Residence will be filming in the Motorgate Atrium at the below times and dates. Filming is not anticipated to interfere with parking operations. Although PSD will be on-site throughout filming, please report any unsafe conditions by calling PSD at 212-832-4545.

Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 9:00 AM 4:00 PM

Friday, Jan 24, 2020 9:00 AM 4:00 PM

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 3:00 PM 11:00 PM

Sunday, Jan 26, 2020 3:00 PM 11:00 PM

Monday, Jan 27, 2020 9:00 AM 5:00 PM

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2020 9:00 AM 5:00 PM

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2020 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
More info on the ChaShaMa Roosevelt Island Space for Artists here.

Roosevelt Island Gallery RIVAA Hosting New Year 2020 Celebration Friday January 24, Bring Your Good Humor And Wear A Hat

Gallery RIVAA (527 Main Street) invites you to a New Year2020 Celebration later today, Friday, January 24 starting at 7 PM.  You are encouraged to bring your good humor and wear a Hat.

Here We Go Again, No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Weekend

Here we go again.

 According to the MTA:
ACCESSIBILITY IMPROVEMENTS Jan 24 - 27, Fri 9:45 PM to Mon 5 AM Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via the E after 47-50 Sts, Manhattan to Roosevelt Av, Queens

No Jamaica-bound F service at 57 St, Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge....
Jan 27 - 31, Mon to Fri, from 9:30 PM to 5 AM - F No trains between Roosevelt Av and 21 St-Queensbridge
Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Winter Schedule. 

During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book spoke about Roosevelt Island F Train subway service. Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below.