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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Engaged Roosevelt Island Grant From Cornell Tech, Watch First Program Of Getting To Zero Waste In Your Daily Life Workshop Presentation - Promoting Environmental Understanding And Boost Sustainable Practices

On November 14 Cornell Tech hosted the first of a year long series of programming to promote environmental understanding and boost sustainable practices on Roosevelt Island in front of a packed room of over 100 people.

According to Engaged RI:
An Engaged Opportunity Grant from Cornell University's Office of Engagement Initiatives was awarded to Cornell Tech for a year of planning and learning with the community. The goal of this grant is to promote environmental understanding and boost sustainable practices on Roosevelt Island. Throughout the year there will be engagement events to foster collaboration with residents, community groups, schools, building managers, island businesses, RIOC, RIRA and elected officials toward a cleaner and healthier neighborhood.

The first program supported by this grant was a well attended workshop on Nov. 14, 2019 presented by ZeroWaste NYC Workshop Series. All enjoyed the gracious space and hosting by leaders from the Cornell Tech Campus at the beautiful Tata Innovation Center. In order to foster innovative thinking and community connections, entrepreneurs Grounded Upcycling and Farm to People were also present alongside RI activists from iDig2Learn, The Market and the Good podcast and others... 
The November 14 workshop featured Zero Waste NYC founders Sandra Noonan and Nicole Grossberg sharing their zero waste, low impact lifestyle to spur a conversation among Roosevelt Island residents of what more can be done to boost sustainable practices on Roosevelt Island:
No matter what level of sustainability you practice, or if you are just getting started, you can live cleaner and healthier by learning how to avoid single use plastic, cut down on food waste, and shop smarter in NYC.
Prior to the workshop, iDig2Learn's Christina Delfico described the upcoming Roosevelt Island environmental sustainability efforts and Zero Waste NYC's Sandra Noonan and Nicole Grossberg suggested 2 ways to practice zero waste in your daily life - composting food scraps and finding substitute household items to replace single use plastic packaging.

During the presentation, the audience was asked if anyone composts and the answer, captured in this photo by Green Roosevelt Island Neighbors (GRIN) Founder Anthony Longo, was more than half raised their hands saying they do compost.

Image From Anthony Longo

Ms Delfico reports:
It was a great Engaged Roosevelt Island kick-off thanks to the Cornell Tech grant. And learning about Zero Waste can be daunting but if you ride the subway or use the library you are already reducing pollution and reusing resources.

 This workshop is the first of many events in the year ahead to engage community and university to foster environmental understanding and sustainable practices on Roosevelt Island. Simply put we can be kind to the earth and our bodies and keep us and our land, air, water free of toxins if we just know the impact of our choices.

Image From Waste NYC Workshop

Please fill in the initial Take Action survey & check out the new website. To learn more, hear about events, or sign up to be an eco-ambassador, visit the Engaged Roosevelt Island launching website.
Consider some of the lifestyle substitutions suggestions

recommended by the Roosevelt Island Zero Waste NYC workshop (see video below for more details)

and review the Roosevelt Island Green Map.

Here's the full November 14 Roosevelt Island Zero Waste NYC presentation beginning with an introduction by Cornell Tech Assistant Director of Community and Government Relations Jane Swanson and Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Assistant VP of Capital Planning and Projects Jonna Carmona-Graf describing RIOC's environmental and sustainability practices

followed by the Zero Waste NYC presentation

and Q&A period.

More info on Engage RI available at their web site and it's Take Action Page.

UPDATE 11/20 - Ms Delfico adds:
Thanks to

for helping to organize the event.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Roosevelt Island Holiday Lights On Display Now, Reindeer Sled, Street Lamp Garlands, Ornament Balls & More - Some Southtown Residents Complain Of Dangerous Electrical Lines, Fallen Decorations And Arguable Aesthetics

Thanksgiving has yet to arrive but the Roosevelt Island Holiday Lights were on display lit up this evening with the Reindeer sled at Good Shepherd Plaza

Street lamp garlands on Main Street

and Riverwalk Commons,

Reindeer next to the Roosevelt Island Historical Society Visitors Center Kiosk

Holiday ornament balls at Tram Plaza

and the Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas tree on the Rivercross Lawn which will be lit Friday, December 6

A Roosevelt Island Southtown resident had this to say about Riverwalk Commons decorations in a message to RIOC last week:
... The Commons During Christmas Season: Prior decorations have not been well-received and, quite frankly introduced unacceptable hazards, due to a lack of being well maintained, and arguable aesthetics. Dangerous electrical lines and decorations that had fallen or pulled to the ground made for a dangerous situation for residents and visitors. Who would be liable were a child was injured?We do not want "enter at your own risk" situations....
As reported in 2017, RIOC and  Main Street Retail Master Leaseholder Hudson Related agreed to:
...  create a joint marketing campaign to draw pedestrian traffic to the Island’s Main Street. The campaign will install holiday decorations for the winter holiday season throughout Roosevelt Island to attract more shoppers to the Island retail establishments. Various proposals were considered, and it was agreed that HRR would hire Neave Décor (“Neave”), a prominent decoration company, to bring a “winter wonderland” experience to Roosevelt Island, for the holiday season. This experience would include various decorations such as tree lights, snowflake lights, rain deer, stars etc. though out the Main Street retail corridor, the transportation hub and the Good Shepherd plaza, among other areas.

Neave agreed to enter into a three-year contract with HRR at a reduced price of slightly less than $75,000 per year. HRR would be responsible for one-third of the expenses (i.e. $25,000 per year) associated with this project. RIOC would be responsible for the remaining portion and issue HRR a $50,000 credit on the MSA fees for each of the three years. If possible, RIOC will endeavor to solicit contributions towards its share from other stakeholders on the Island....
This is the final year of 3 year agreement.

Sponsored Post - You're Invited To Final Program Of The Weill Cornell Medicine & NY Presbyterian Free Health & Wellness Fall 2019 Seminars - Tuesday November, 19 Keeping Your Liver & Gut Happy

You're invited to final program of the Weill Cornell Medicine & NY-Presbyterian Free Health & Wellness Fall 2019 Seminar Series.

November 19

Digestive Health and Weight Management: Keeping Your Liver & Gut Happy

Carolyn Newberry, MD

Sonal Kumar, MD, MPH

Time 6:30–8 pm

Place - All seminars held at:
Uris Auditorium
Meyer Research and Education Building
Weill Cornell Medicine
1300 York Avenue (at 69th St.)
All seminars are FREE and open to the public. Seating is available for 250 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

American Sign Language interpretive services will be provided at all seminars.

If you require a disability-related accommodation, please call 212-821-0888 and leave a message.

According to Weill Cornell Medicine Government & Communty Affairs:
Health & Wellness Seminars

Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) physicians actively educate their communities beyond standard appointment times. Wellness seminars, as well as presentations in collaboration with community-based organizations, create forums for attendees to learn about particular health topics, ask questions and engage in a communicative dialogue with our physicians. The WCM Division of Government & Community Affairs organizes these critically important opportunities to educate and expose common questions, misconceptions or concerns....
Watch the video below to learn more about Weill Cornell Medicine's public outreach programs

including the Health & Wellness Seminars and STEM Education.

More info on the Weill Cornell Medicine/NY Presbyterian Fall 2019 Health & Wellness Seminars.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Celebrate National Take A Hike Day With Minute Of Boulder Colorado Eldorado Canyon Adventure , Taking Walk On Roosevelt Island Is A Bit Different On RI Historical Tour Walk

Today is National Take A Hike Day.

It's so true that there are many hiking trails in Boulder Colorado and here's one minute of my hike on an El Dorado Canyon Trail outside Boulder (Click full screen icon at bottom right of video for great view).

I learned you have to watch out for bears and rattlesnakes on the trail.

Taking a Roosevelt Island hike is not quite as dramatic on our Roosevelt Island Historical Tour.

More on the Roosevelt Island Historical Walk from the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

Here's how National Take A Hike Day was celebrated

in other parts of the country.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Octagon Building Shows Off New Interior Renovations To Roosevelt Island Community At Grand Opening Gala - Fabulous New Gym, Game & Party Room, Common Work Space & Art Gallery

The Octagon Building hosted a Grand Opening Gala Celebration last Wednesday, November 13, showing off new interior renovations to the Roosevelt Island community.

The Twitterverse reported on the event

and the Octagon management added.

I'm told the exterior renovations will include a fire pit as well.

You're Invited To Gallery RIVAA Opening Reception For New Group Exhibit "Time" From Local Child School Students Saturday November 16 - Also Check Out Roosevelt Island Artist Laura Hussey Exhibit Portrait Of Friends At Octagon Gallery

Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA is hosting an opening reception for a new group exhibit by students from The Child School. According to Gallery RIVAA

Dear all,

You are cordially invited to the exhibition

"Time" A RIVAA Group Exhibition and Art from Students of the Child School

November 16, 2019 to January 12, 2020

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16th from 6-9 pm

Also check out Roosevelt Island artist Laura Hussey's

new RIVAA exhibit at the Octagon Gallery:
Portraits of Friends

Paintings by Laura Hussey

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 to Friday, December 13, 2019

The Octagon Gallery

888 Main Street, New York, NY