Friday, February 28, 2020

OMG How Will I Survive The Plastic Bag Ban - Roosevelt Island Art Exhibit Saturday February 29 Will Show You How To Survive NYC Plastic Bag Ban

Roosevelt Island resident Karen Lee invites you to an art exhibit that shows us how to survive the NYC Plastic Bag Ban.

According to Ms Lee:

Come see an ART INSTALLATION that might inspire you to think outside the plastic bag.

Pick up some tips that can minimize your need for a plastic bag.

Get a glimpse of how our recyclables get processed. Learn what really matters.

Learn some easy tips on how to fit kitchen scrap drop off that into your life.

Come share your ideas and learn a few tips from many who are trying to minimize what ends up in landfill.

Bring an item that you aren’t sure whether it’s trash or recyclable. If you don’t have a used battery drop off in your building -bring it.

Saturday February 29th 2:00-5:00pm.

Rivercross Community Room 531 Main Street,

-Drop in anytime and experience an installation to get us moving to a greener planet. Talks will be at

2:00, 3:00, 4:00

RSVP required for Non-Rivercross tenants & guests. KTSENLEE@AOL.COM

More on Roosevelt Island kids efforts to educate us on the plastic bag ban at this prior post.

Child Center Of New York Roosevelt Island Beacon Program At PS/IS 217 Hosting Upcoming Community Health Fair Featuring Wellness And Nutrition Resources - Looking For Volunteers To Help

The Child Center Of NY Roosevelt Island Beacon Program at PS/IS 217 is hosting an upcoming  Health Fair and is seeking community partners to participate:

Roosevelt Island Beacon would love for you to be a part of our Annual Health Fair on April 17th! We are looking for community partners to volunteer their time during our health fair, in connecting our families to wellness services and introduce them to healthier food choices.

We're reaching out to your program/organization to host a table that will feature one or more of the following: free samples, menus, posters, and other health/nutrition based resources that you offer.

Please respond to confirm your attendance by Friday, March 13th. If you are unable to attend we welcome you to refer another possible partner as an alternate.

Thank you in advance for your support and we look forward to partnering in the near future!

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, E Train Service Too - Watch Video Of MTA Presentation On Roosevelt Island Subway Service

According to the MTA there will be Roosevelt Island F Train service

to and from Manhattan this weekend. E train service too.

Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Winter Schedule. 

During June 13,2019  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.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Roosevelt Island Citibike Deal About To Get Done For Spring Roll Out Says RIOC - But Changes May Be Necessary For Two Proposed Locations And Is This What Residents Want?

Well, based upon the February 26 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Real Estate Development Advisory Committee discussion, it appears that the deal is done and there will be Roosevelt Island Citibike sharing stations here this spring.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

RIOC Operations Committee Reviewing Roosevelt Island Capital Projects And Audit Committee Discussing Hudson Related Retail Profit Sharing Clause At February 27 Meetings

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors Operations Advisory Committee and Audit Committee are meeting tomorrow, February 27.

According to RIOC:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. at RIOC’s Operations Office, 680 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


Capital Projects Overview
Any Other Committee Business that May be Brought Before the Committee
You can follow the development stages of Roosevelt Island projects

Image From RIOC

Sign Up Now For Cornell Tech Adult 60 Years Old And Over Tech Literacy Course Beginning In March With Information Session February 28 - Prior Class Got Great Review

Cornell Tech will be hosting an 8 week Tech Literacy Course for Roosevelt Island adults 60 years of age and older at the Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Senior Center in March and beginning with an Information Session Friday February 28.

Cornell Tech Image From 2018 Roosevelt Island Seniors Tech Literacy Class

According to Cornell Tech Assistant Director of Government and Community Relations Jane Swanson:

Any Roosevelt Island Young Woman In Grades 9-12 Interested In NYC Emergency Management Career, HERricane Program Is For You - Also Graduate Fellowships Available With NYC Emergency Management Department

Are you a young Roosevelt Island woman in grades 9-12 interested in a NYC Emergency Management career?

If you are, the NYC Emergency Management Department (EMD) has a program - HERricane - for you.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Roosevelt Island Citibike Service, Motogate Bike Lane/Ramp, Island House/Westview Lease Amendments & MTA Strecker Lab Building Redesign On RIOC Real Estate Committee Meeting Agenda For February 26

Roosevelt Island is surrounded by Citibike sharing stations in Queens and Manhattan

but none on Roosevelt Island.

The answer to the question when Roosevelt Island will get Citibike docking stations may be more clear after tomorrow's Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Real Estate Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) meeting.

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Construction & Community Task Force Meeting February 26, Update On Hotel, Conference Center & More - Also Watch Video Introduction Of First Year Cornell Tech Dean Greg Morrisett, A New Roosevelt Island Resident

The Cornell Tech Construction & Community Task Force meets quarterly to keep the Roosevelt Island community informed and maintain an open dialogue with resident Task Force members of the community who are appointed by local elected officials - Congresswoman Maloney, State Senator Serrano, State Assembly Member Seawright, Manhattan Borough President Brewer, NYC Council Member Kallos and Community Board 8.

The Task Force is meeting tomorrow February 26 at the Bloomberg Academic Center from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM and the public is invited to attend as well. Among items on the Agenda are:

  • Updates on Hotel & Verizon Executive Education Center construction and operations;
  • Community Engagement presentation;
  • Q&A; 
  • All welcome; rsvp to (not required but simplifies getting through security)
More info on Graduate Hotel and planned rooftop bar/ground floor restaurant at this prior post.

During the November 12, 2019 Task Force meeting, the new Cornell Tech Dean Greg Morrisett, who started in August 2019,  introduced himself to the community. Dean Morrisett is a Roosevelt Island resident, living on campus with his wife Tania.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Roosevelt Island Student Environmental Heroes Giving Away Free Reusable Bags Wednesday February 26 At Local Foodtown Supermarket - NYC Plastic Bag Ban Starts March 1

The New York City Plastic Bag ban begins Sunday March 1.

Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Children, Youth & Education Ad Hoc Committee Chair Adib Mansour reports:
As you may already know, plastic bags will be banned in New York City as of March 1st. RIRA’s Children, Youth & Education Committee has been teaching the youth at the Child Center of NY about sound environmental practices. They have become Roosevelt Island’s:
“Environmental Heroes.”
 Come join our youth at the new FoodTown and receive a free reusable bag, donated by the generosity of:
Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Ben Kallos, RIOC President Susan Rosenthal.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 - 3:30 PM at Roosevelt Island FoodTown

NYC CBS New York reports on the NYC Plastic Bag ban including views from both supporters and opponents of the plastic bag ban

Roosevelt Island Foodtown supermarket owner Nick D'Agostino

Friday, February 21, 2020

Long Time Roosevelt Island Residents Give Very Favorable Reviews To New Foodtown Supermarket - Many Shopping At RI Supermarket For First Time In Years, It's Becoming A Community Gathering Spot

What do you think of the new Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket,

located in the former Gristedes space, that had it Grand Opening on February 7?

So far, every person I've spoken to has had very positive reviews about our new Foodtown Supermarket.

For example,  a 30 year Roosevelt Island resident told me she would never visit the old Gristedes store and would drive off Roosevelt Island to do all her grocery shopping but after visiting the new Foodtown supermarket is:
... grateful that the store has opened up because now I can stay here and enjoy shopping on the Island....  People want to be able to shop and afford to have good food. To be able to work their budget out and include nice food. It's a great start...
A 47 year resident said the recent Foodtown Grand Opening was like a neighborhood:
...reunion seeing so many faces you have not seen in a long time...

Another resident says the new Foodtown Supermarket Cafe is becoming a community gathering spot -  and likes the good cup of coffee for $1.50.

Roosevelt Island Soup Lady Sells Vegetable And Vegan Soup Every Saturday At Farmers Market And Now From Brand New Online Store - Chicken Noodle & Matzo Ball Soup Too

The Roosevelt Island Soup Lady, Margo Reiss, sells her delicious vegetable and vegan soups every Saturday at the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market.

The Roosevelt Island Soup Lady

now has an online shop

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, Watch Video Of MTA Presentation On Roosevelt Island Subway Service

According to the MTA there will be Roosevelt Island F Train service

 to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Winter Schedule. 

During June 13,2019  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. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Roosevelt Island Celebrates Black History Month With Art, Poetry Readings, Song & Dance, Watch Video Of Wonderful Performances - More To Come With RI Youth Center Black History Month Program Saturday February 22

Roosevelt Island celebrated Black History Month earlier this month with a February 8 presentation of art, poetry reading, music  and dance at Gallery RIVAA. Among the wonderful performances were poetry readings by:

  • Ebonie J. Williams - What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black by Margaret Burroughs and
  • Harold Thomas w/ guest of Lord, Lord Why Did You Make Me Black by RuNett Nia Ebo.
Take a look and listen.

Roosevelt Island Black History Month Celebration continues on Saturday February 22. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
The R.I. Youth Center will host its 2nd Annual Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 22nd at 4 PM inside the multipurpose room located at Sportspark (250 Main Street). The free event will explore pieces from the recent New York Times article: The 1619 Project, and how this event still has an impact on African American culture today. Through live performances, artwork and poetry, participants of the youth center will explore important points of African American history, highlighting their struggle for freedom and equality while also showcasing their many accomplishments. This event is open to the public.

Here are more scenes from the February 8 Roosevelt Island Black History Month Celebration - The 1619 Project: Still Marginalized at Gallery RIVAA - including more music and dance.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Watch Fascinating Video About The Natural World Of Roosevelt Island From 1609 To Present Day By Local Resident & Urban Naturalist Jack Burkhalter At Engage RI Environmental Understanding Meet Up - What Is Your Favorite Roosevelt Island Green Or Outdoor Space And Tree?

Engaged Roosevelt Island hosted a February 12 Meet Up for Environmental Understanding which included several wonderful presentations about Roosevelt Island's natural history, flora and fauna wildlife habitat as well as examples of residents:

... working together to create, restore and maintain natural habitats for all...
Local resident and urban naturalist Jack Burkhalter treated the Engage RI Meet Up audience to a fascinating presentation on the Natural World Of Roosevelt Island from 1609, (then called Minnahanonck Island - meaning Nice Island - by Lenape Native Americans) to the present day.

Watch video of this very informative presentation by Mr. Burkhalter on the Natural World of Roosevelt Island.