Friday, September 25, 2020

Annual Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival Tradition Continues This Year With Social Distance Activities Saturday, September 26 - Check Out The Outdoor Mural Paintings At Meditation Lawn and Southpoint Park

The annual Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival takes place tomorrow, Saturday, September 26, with artists painting outdoor murals at Rivercross (Meditation) Lawn 

and Southpoint Park 

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

On Saturday, September 26, 2020, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) will present its annual Fall for Arts Festival on Roosevelt Island. This community festival, entering its 15th year, has a tradition of celebrating creativity and the changing seasons. The event combines performance and traditional arts through the creation of free-standing murals during the Festival. The theme of this year’s event is: “Social Justice: Reclaiming Our Time”. RIOC is looking for artists who are seeking to create works that reflect their vision to raise social justice awareness, create change, and encourage community activism. This year’s event will be adjusted for the COVID-19 pandemic, with only socially distanced mural making and other distanced art activities. We look forward to bringing back the music and amusements next year!...

Some artists started already.


 Kudos to RIOC for keeping the Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts tradition alive this very difficult year.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend, E Replaces F Train For Service To And From Manhattan - 20 Tram Passenger Social Distancing Limit Enforced, Ferry Route Extended To UES And Citibike Too - Wear Your Masks To Travel Safely For You And Others, $50 Fine If No Mask Says MTA, What About Tram, RIOC?

According to the MTA

... ELECTRICAL IMPROVEMENTS Sep 25 - 28 • Oct 2 - 5, Fri 9:45 PM to Mon 1 AM F Trains are replaced by the E between 21 St-Queensbridge and Delancey St/Essex St... ... 

Travel Alternatives: E replaces F at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63, 57 St, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 34 St-Herald Sq, 23, 14, B'way-Lafayette Sts, 2 Av, Delancey St...

There is a Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin 20 passenger Covid-19 Social Distancing limit. No answer from Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) if they will follow the MTA and issue $50 fines for riders refusing to wear a mask.

Here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Schedule which now extends to East 90th street on the Upper East Side. 


Also, Roosevelt Island has a new transportation option with the recent addition of Citbike docking stations.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket September 25 - October 1 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Online Shopping, Delivery Options, Digital Coupons, Nutritional Tips & Social Media Facebook And Instagram Too

The Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket 

invites you to check out their September 25 - October 1 Weekly Flyer for Product Offerings, Specials & Sales items

 

Click here to visit the Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket web site for online shopping, delivery options, digital coupons, weekly flyer and more.

Follow Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket on Facebook  

 

and Instagram too.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Roosevelt Island Has A New Restaurant And It Looks Great - Granny Annie's Irish Bar & Kitchen Opens With Outdoor Seating Friday September 25, Take A Look At Menu And Peak Inside

Roosevelt Island's new Granny Annie's Irish Bar began serving customers at outdoor tables  this evening 

with a soft opening to a very happy group of residents, building staff, family and friends who sampled food and drinks from their menu.

Granny Annie's opens for everyone starting 2 PM tomorrow, Friday, September 25. Stop by, meet the friendly new owners and say hello to some of the former Riverrwalk Bar staff who have returned to work at Granny Annie's. Try some of the menu items and have a drink or two. The reviews from tonight were very good.

For now, there's outdoor dining only but soon indoor dining will begin with 25% social distancing capacity.

Here's a peak inside. It looks great.

 

Welcome Granny Annie's to Roosevelt Island.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Roosevelt Island Granny Annie's Irish Bar Getting Ready To Open With Outdoor Seating In Next Few Days - Cornell Tech Indoor Dining Starts September 30 And Try Chef Danny's Delicious End Of Summer Barbecue This Week On Outdoor Patio Too

The outdoor tables were being set up tonight at the soon to open Roosevelt Island Granny Annie's Irish Bar.

Stay tuned for Granny Annie's opening date info which is in the next few days.

Also, stop by the Cafe @Cornell Tech Cafe for some delicious end of summer barbecue through Friday:

Chef Danny’s BBQ @ The Cafe’ through Friday this week! Come by between 11am - 7pm for your choice of Beef Brisket, Herb Roasted Chicken or Vegan Bratwurst. Sides, sauces & cornbread included!
and take it outside on the gorgeous outdoor patio.

On September 30, indoor dining returns to


the Cafe @Cornell Tech
with face coverings, social distancing and 25% capacity seating.

Strong Turpentine Like Odor Overwhelming Areas Of Roosevelt Island For Over A Year Says Resident - RIOC Public Safety Investigation Does Not Discover Source Or Smell

Earlier this month, Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reported:


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Acting President Shelton Haynes asked:
I was just made away of your social media inquiry. PSD has not had any complaints come in about an odor but we would like to know where specifically there has been a smell so we can investigate.
I followed up yesteday asking Mr Haynes and RIOC Public Safety Department Chief Kevin Brown:

Did RIOC ever discover what was the turpentine like smell that residents reported earlier this month. Report of smell is continuing.


RIOC PSD Chief Kevin Brown replied:
PSD investigated the complaint of the smell the evening when the first complaint came in to our office. 

PSD did not discover where this smell may have come from. PSD has not gotten any further complaints about the smell. Officers canvassed areas by the Motorgate and seawalls. No unusual, overwhelming smell was noticed by officers, just the regular smell that comes from the river, fishy, unpleasant. No chemical smells.

UPDATE 8:10 PM - Roosevelt Island residents add:
  • I was In motorgate last night, the fumes were overwhelming!!
  • It’s very obviously coming from the Motorgate construction!
  • I think it was Monday morning when I went to foodtown, the smell was overwhelming. I assumed it was from motorgate.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Roosevelt Island Wildlife Sighting, Hawk Spotted Perched On East River Seawall - Enjoying The View And Looking For Next Meal?

Roosevelt Island resident Julia Ivashina shares up close view of Roosevelt Island Hawk on the East River promenade and adds:

One brave fluffy bird that others on the island may enjoy seeing.

Click full screen icon at bottom right of video for full screen view.

Watch video from 2019 of a hawk swooping over the Roosevelt Island Garden Club looking for food.

 Learn more about the natural world of Roosevelt Island at this prior post.

Monday, September 21, 2020

You're Invited To Virtual Roosevelt Island Community Conversation With Cornell Faculty Professor Tanzeem Choudhury Tuesday September 22 - Can Precision Technology Shape The Future Of Mental Health?

The Roosevelt Island Community Conversation with Cornell Tech Faculty series continues tomorrow, September 22, but because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the conversation will be virtual, taking place on Zoom, instead of on the Cornell Tech campus. According to Cornell Tech:

Tanzeem Choudhury: Can Precision Technology Shape the Future of Mental Health? 

DATE: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 

TIME: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm EDT 

RSVP: Register at bit.ly/3c4Rsm5 Zoom link to be provided upon registration. 

You may also email Jane.Swanson@cornell.edu or call 646-220-1505.

ABOUT TANZEEM 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Roosevelt Island Haki Compost Collective Saturday Food Scrap Site Diverts 1070 Pounds Away From Landfill For Composting By Big Reuse Today - Bring Your Food Scraps Next Saturday

Today's Roosevelt Island Saturday Food Scrap Drop Off Site  collected over 1070 pounds that was diverted from landfill and taken away by Big Reuse at end of day for composting.

This was week number 2 for the return of Roosevelt Island composting after being suspended last March due to budget cuts caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic. A group of local Roosevelt Island residents calling themselves the Haki Compost Collective is organizing the new Food Scrap Drop Off Site. As previously reported, according to Danika Lam of the Roosevelt Island Haki Compost Collective:

... This composting initiative is made possible by our friends at Big Reuse, RIOC, and community volunteers like you. To help ensure the continued success of this program, we encourage you to join us in the newly-created Haki Compost Collective to assist with future collection and outreach. Express your interest in volunteering by filling out our interest form at:

Follow us on Instagram @hakicompost for updates...

The Roosevelt Island Food Scrap Drop Off Site is located every Saturday 9 AM - 2 PM at the yellow vents 

adjacent to the Saturday Farmers Market at Good Shepherd Plaza to collect your food scraps

for composting.

More info on Roosevelt Island Food Scrap composting available at this previous post and Haki Compost Collective Instagram Page.

View this post on Instagram

It’s official! As of yesterday, Roosevelt Island’s food scrap drop-off is back, brought to you by the power of our community. As we reembark on our collective journey of responsible waste management and rejuvenation of our soils, we’re thrilled by the community’s positive response to strategizing, working, and community building with intention. We’re centering (environmental) justice for all at the heart of what we do, because we live on this beautiful planet with billions of other beautiful people, and we believe in protecting and nurturing our shared home for and alongside each other. In more ways than one, composting is for everyone. Still, it’s our duty to ensure that this service is truly accessible to everyone. We begin by acknowledging that the ground we walk upon and hope to nourish is stolen land. We choose to grapple with this past head on so we may enact a more loving and just future. In our composting, knowledge sharing, art-making, and more, we welcome all Indigenous people to build community with us. We also recognize that our own sphere of involvement and influence does not fully represent the diverse community that is Roosevelt Island. Specifically, our participation among people of color and youth populations is regrettably low. We are committed to bringing more valuable voices into our ranks, across our volunteers, collaborators, and food scrap contributors. There is work to be done, but one thing’s for sure: it’s good to be back, Roosevelt Island. ❤️

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Two Guys Adrift In Small Boat On East River Rescued By NYC Ferry Boat And NYPD Next To Roosevelt Island This Afternoon

A Roosevelt Island tipster reports  this afternoon of a small boat rescued in East River next to Roosevelt Island by a NYC Ferry boat and NYPD Marine Unit. According to the Tipster:

Two guys were adrift. The ferry picked them up and tied the boat. Then the NYPL came and took the guys and the boat. Per my friend the current was swift and it took almost an hour for the ferry to get to Astoria............just another day on the river.

According to the Twitterverse

Today Is National POW/MIA Recognition Day - POW/MIA Flag Flying Below US Flag Over Main Street Roosevelt Island Thru Efforts Of Resident West Point Grad & RIOC

The third Friday in September has been designated as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

Have you noticed the black and white flag flying beneath the American Flag at the Roosevelt Island Blackwell Turnaround on Main Street

and wondered what it was about?

According to the National League of POW?MIA Families

... The importance of the POW/MIA flag lies in its visibility as a constant reminder of America’s UNRETURNED VETERANS. Other than "Old Glory," our POW/MIA flag is the only flag ever to fly over the White House, first displayed in this place of honor by President Ronald Reagan on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 1982. 

On March 9, 1989, an official League flag – flown over the White House on National POW/MIA Recognition Day 1988 – was installed in the US Capitol Rotunda after legislation passed overwhelmingly during the 100th Congress. In a demonstration of further bipartisan Congressional support, the leadership of both Houses hosted the installation ceremony, at which Ann Mills-Griffiths, then League Executive Director, now Chairman of the Board/CEO, delivered remarks representing the POW/MIA families. 

The League’s POW/MIA flag is the only flag ever displayed in the US Capitol Rotunda where it stands as a powerful symbol of America’s determination to account for US personnel still missing and unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. On August 10, 1990, the 101st Congress passed bipartisan legislation and President George H.W. Bush signed PL 101-355, recognizing our POW/MIA flag and designating it “the symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation”. 

On November 7, 2019, President Donald J. Trump signed PL 116-67, amending Title 36, Section 2 (Days on Which the POW/MIA Flag is Displayed on Certain Federal Property), and Subsection 902(c) (Days for Flag Display). For the purposes of these sections, POW/MIA flag display days are all days on which the flag of the United States is displayed.... 

As reported in September 2017:

How did the POW/MIA Flag get raised on Roosevelt Island? It was on the initiative of Roosevelt Island resident Ross Wollen with the assistance of Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal and Director of Transportation Cy Opperman.

Mr. Wollen, a resident of Rivercross for almost 40 years, graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point NY in 1965. Over the years Mr. Wollen has hosted West Point Cadets and his Classmates on Roosevelt Island as they visit NYC for various events and reunions.

Among his frequent guests is Robert Jones, a West Point Classmate and good friend who joined the US Air Force as a Fighter Pilot upon graduation, and like almost all of the members of the 1965 Class spent time in the Viet Nam War several years after leaving the Academy. Mr. Jones was shot down over North Viet Nam close to his final mission, severely injured, captured and spent over five years in captivity, as a POW at various prison camps including the infamous Hanoi Hilton. There he was quartered, when not in solitary confinement or being privately tortured, with the Navy pilot, now Senator, John McCain.

Mr. Wollen wished to recognize and honor the service of his friend and West Point classmate, Robert Jones.
According to Mr. Wollen:

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend, E Replaces F Train For Service To And From Manhattan - 20 Tram Passenger Social Distancing Limit Enforced, Ferry Route Extended To UES And Citibike Too - Wear Your Masks To Travel Safely For You And Others, $50 Fine If No Mask Says MTA, What About Tram, RIOC?

According to the MTA

... ELECTRICAL IMPROVEMENTS Sep 18 - 21 • Sep 25 - 28 • Oct 2 - 5, Fri 9:45 PM to Mon 1 AM F Trains are replaced by the E between 21 St-Queensbridge and Delancey St/Essex St... ... Travel Alternatives: E replaces F at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63, 57 St, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 34 St-Herald Sq, 23, 14, B'way-Lafayette Sts, 2 Av, Delancey St....

There is a Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin 20 passenger Covid-19 Social Distancing limit. No answer from Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) if they will follow the MTA and issue $50 fines for riders refusing to wear a mask.


 Here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Schedule which now extends to East 90th street on the Upper East Side.

 Also, Roosevelt Island has a new transportation option with the recent addition of Citbike docking stations.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket September 18 - 24 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Online Shopping, Delivery Options, Digital Coupons, Nutritional Tips & Social Media Facebook And Instagram Too

 

The Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket 


invites you to check out their September 18 - September 24 Weekly Flyer for Product Offerings, Specials & Sales items 

 

Click here to visit the Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket web site for online shopping, delivery options, digital coupons, weekly flyer and more.

Follow Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket on Facebook  

and Instagram too.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Roosevelt Island Community Volunteers Organize Weekly Friday RIDA Food Pantry For Neighbors Feeding Up To 200 Families - Delicious Dishes Prepared With Food Pantry Items

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) President Wendy Hersh reports; 

RIDA will be having our weekly Friday Roosevelt Island Free Food Panty tomorrow, September 18 at the Carter Burden RI Senior Center (546 Main Street) 4 - 6:30 pm. We'll have lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, milk and non-perishable items.

If you are in need of food, please feel free to come on Friday. Everyone who needs is welcome. You MUST wear a mask, bring ID and your own bag or cart. Line starts at 546 entrance way.

Last Friday, Roosevelt Island resident and NYC Emergency Management Department (NYCEM) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer Frank Farance gave a tour of the Food Pantry operation and explained the logistics involved in organizing the weekly food pantry.

 

After the tour, I spoke with RIDA President Wendy Hersh, the main organizer of the Roosevelt Island Food Pantry. Ms Hersh reported the Food Pantry serving as many as 200 families and described the Roosevelt Island Food Pantry volunteers as:

... just neighbors who want to help. Mostly old timers who have been here for a while. This is what community is all about...

 

Ms Hersh was very appreciative  and thankful for the assistance offered to the Roosevelt Island Food Pantry by: 

and shares these pictures of dishes prepared with food from the Roosevelt Island Food Pantry.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Chabad Of Roosevelt Island Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Schedule, Socially Distanced High Holidays Services With Meaning And Melody - Shofar Blowing Sunday September 20 At Eleanor's Pier

The Chabad Of Roosevelt Island invite you to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur High Holiday Services:

Socially Distanced High Holiday Services with Meaning And Melody.

No Affiliation Necessary/Traditional and Inspirational Services/

Warm and Friendly Atmosphere/Special Children's Program/

Masks required/ Indoor and Outdoor space available

Location Roosevelt Island Cultural Center, 548 Main Street use the red stairs behind Pup Culture
Below is the Chabad of Roosevelt Island Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services schedule including the Shofar blowing 5 pm Sunday, September 20 at Eleanor's Pier.


For more info, email nechama@RIJewish.org or visit the Chabad of Roosevelt Island web site.

Nechama Duchman adds:
If anyone needs anything specific to enhance their High Holiday celebrations, feel free to contact us.
Shana Tovah!