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Monday, October 14, 2019

Roosevelt Island Gardeners - iDig2Learn Unusual Edible Plant Workshop With John Paul Learn Of Mandala Farm Tuesday October 15 - RSVP A Must, Location Revealed Upon Confirmation

As part of the Celebrating Roosevelt Island's Nature series, IDig2Learn is hosting an Unusual Edible Plant workshop tomorrow, October 15.

RSVP to Subject Line Plant Location.

More info on edible plants from Mandala Farms web site and this video.

Roosevelt Island Blackwell House, Tram Elevator, Lighthouse Park, FDR Hope Memorial, Artist In Residence Grant, Seawall Railings Among Items On Agenda For October 15 RIOC Operations Advisory Committee Public Meeting

A Roosevelt Island resident asks"

Roosevelt Island's Blackwell House

is among the items on the Agenda for Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for tomorrow.

According to RIOC:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 4:30 P.M. at RIOC’s Operations Office, 680 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.

  • Elit Green Builders Change Order for Seawall Railings Project
  • Sea Crest Construction Inc. Change Order for Manhattan Tram Elevator Project
  • Lighthouse Park Contract for Design Services
  • FDR Hope Memorial Contract for Construction Services
  • Blackwell Park Phase 1 Construction Services
  • Artist-in-Residence Program Grant
  • Status of Pending Projects
  • Any Other Committee Business that May be Brought Before the Committee

The Open Meetings Law of the State of New York requires that all public bodies conduct meetings, convened for the purpose of officially conducting public business, in a manner open to attendance by the general public to observe and listen.
RIOC provides some information regarding status of current projects on Capital Projects Tracker web page.

For Blackwell House the Tracker says:
Blackwell House Roof and Exterior Painting Procurement <$500K Fall 2019
Blackwell House

This project has restored the interior of the house which includes waterproofing the building’s infrastructure and installing ADA complaint access ramps. The landmark restoration project has transformed the house into community space for Roosevelt Island residents, and tourist focal point on Main Street. - Construction $2.7M Fall 2019
We should have more info on status of Blackwell House and other Roosevelt Island projects at the Ops Committee meeting.

2 Roosevelt Island Assault Incidents Past Week - Roosevelt Landings Neighbors Arrested For Fighting Each Other Last Night And Manhattan Park Fist Fight Leads To Arrest Last Thursday

A Roosevelt Island tipster reported last evening:

... there's alot of NYPD, PSD and ambulances in front of 510 Main Street, Roosevelt Landings.
According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Incident Report:
10/13/19 – 1805 – 516 Main St – Assault – PSD/NYPD/EMS responded – PSD arrested the subject.
In response to my inquiry, a RIOC spokesperson adds:
We had 2 neighbors arrested for assault on each other at 516 Main Street. It started as a verbal altercation and police were called to residence apt’s ...  at 4:20pm. Condition was resolved at time and incident report was prepared.
Also, another Roosevelt Island assault last Thursday. According to RIOC Public Safety Incident report:
10/10/19 – 1234– 2 River Road – Assault – PSD/NYPD/EMS responded – Arrest made.
The RIOC spokesperson adds:
... individuals fighting at location at 6:05pm. PSD responded and observed fight being broken up with injuries to both parties, both parties stating the other repeatedly hit each other in face with closed fist causing swelling and lacerations.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Sponsored Post - Grow NYC Second Annual Roosevelt Island Stop N Swap Free Community Reuse Event Saturday November 9 - Bring Items You No Longer Need To Give Away, Take Something New Home With You & Help The Environment By Keeping Waste Out Of Landfills

Mark your calendar for this fun and environmental friendly event.

The Roosevelt Island Stop N Swap returns for a second year on Saturday November 9 from 12 to 3 PM at the Manhattan Park Theater Club (8 River Road)

GrowNYC and local partners Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC), Manhattan Park, iDig2Learn &the RI Girl Scouts will host the free Stop N’ Swap.

Roosevelt Islanders are invited to drop off good quality items such as clothing, toys, kitchen items, flatscreen televisions even packaged food that has not expired, and then take home good quality items that are “new-to-you" rather than adding waste to the landfill or clogging up local building systems like our underground AVAC waste tube system.

 No one is required to bring something to take something — you can simply show up with a bag and see what’s free for the taking.

This event is good for our land and our wallets helping residents find items just before the holidays for free.

iDig2Learn founder Christina Delfico reports
Fun Fact: last year, 2018, 4800 pounds of good quality items were dropped in 3 hours & nearly 70% went right back to the community the remaining when to Goodwill.
Ms Delfico and Grow NYC's Victoria Dearborn describe the very successful 2018 Roosevelt Island Stop N Swap

and our local Girl Scouts encourage us all

to recycle at the Roosevelt Island Stop N Swap.

You'll be glad to get rid of things you no longer use, may find some good new stuff and help the environment by keeping waste out of landfills.

More interesting info on Grow NYC Stop and Swap from this video,

 their web site here and check out more scenes from the 2018 Roosevelt Island Stop N Swap.

See you on Saturday November 9 for the 2019 Roosevelt Island Stop N Swap.

Oh No - Troubling Indications That RIOC May Cancel Annual Roosevelt Island Family Halloween Parade March Down Main Street

One of the great Roosevelt Island traditions that makes living here so special is the annual Family Halloween Parade with kids, moms, dads and other residents of all ages marching down Main Street. dressed up in their ghostly, goulish and very creative costumes (Click on full screen image at bottom right of video for better viewing of costumed parade marchers).

Many others enjoy just watching the Parade heading down Main Street.

That Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade tradition may not happen this year. Yesterday, RIOC sent out this flyer

announcing a Halloween Extravaganza taking place inside the Sportspark facility, but no mention of the Main Street Halloween Parade. Upon receiving the Halloween flyer yesterday, I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal:
Rumor going around that RIOC is cancelling the Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade.

Is that true? I don't see any mention in the Halloween flyer about the Parade. Only events in Sportspark.

If true, what is reason for cancelling the Parade?

Any statement from RIOC about the Halloween Parade.
Also, a Roosevelt Island tipster reported:
Just got confirmation that RIOC has cancelled for this year (and possibly permanently) our RI Halloween Parade down Main Street...
A RIOC spokesperson replied that the matter is being looked into and will get back to me with info.

Here's the 2017 Roosevelt Island Halloween Main Street Parade.

Stay tuned - hopefully, the Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade will continue this year.

UPDATE 9:55 AM - Roosevelt Island residents react to news that RIOC may cancel Halloween Parade:
Say it isn't so Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation of the State of New York...Will all of those smiling faces be turned upside down this Halloween? Is it a budgetary decision? Has there ever been a crowd count based on past Halloween Extravaganzas'? This has to be the single most locally attended event we ever have on RI....and we don't need to worry about lines at the Subway.
Come on RIOC! This is a time honored tradition, for over 40+ years!! You really are just going to cancel it now and forever, without any to none community input?
What a shame. Shame on you!
The Sports Park event doesn’t compare and is not a replacement.
Let RIOC KNOW DON’T CANCEL THE PARADE call tweet or stop in the office let them know how the community feels
2:15 PM - More comments from residents:
Generations of Islanders have marched in this parade and look forward to it every year! Some of us remember Al Lewis “Grandpa Munster” who lived here serving as Grand Marshall! The parade means everything to this community!
Should be pretty easy to reinstate once they realize the community cares this much about it. It can’t be a huge burden or expense to shut down Main Street for an hour. The event at sports park is fun for older kids but potentially overwhelming for little ones - the parade was perfect for them, and also gave the community (especially elderly people) the opportunity to enjoy and participate by observing.
Write letter , after letter, after letter, flood them with letters
UPDATE - 3:10 PM -

But there may be good news.

According to a RIOC spokesperson:
The parade is most definitely not being cancelled this year. We were – and still are - in the process of finalizing the program, which includes a new parade route to accommodate the new indoor location at Sportspark. We hope to release more information later on today on the new route.
UPDATE - According to RIOC:
Yesterday, we shared the news about the Roosevelt Island Halloween Extravaganza.

Today, we’re sharing information on the annual Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade!

The parade begins on Saturday, October 26th at 11:30 AM, departing from the Lawn south of Rivercross (across from 500 Main St.), and proceeds to Sportspark for entry into the Halloween Extravaganza!

Please arrive at 11 AM if you’d like to join in. More Halloween Extravaganza details below.

We look forward to seeing all your costumes on display!

Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, Tram And Ferry Service Too - Watch Video Of MTA Rep Talking 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 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.