Friday, August 14, 2020

Meet Roosevelt Island Cabrini Church And East River Catholics Parish Manager Lisa Calabrese Interviewed By Father Louis Scurti

The Roosevelt Island St Francis Xavier Cabrini Church


is part of the merged East River Catholics parish that also includes St. John Nepomucene and St. John the Martyr on the Upper East Side.

Lisa Calabrese is the Parish Manager for East River Catholics including Roosevelt Island's Cabrini Church. She was interviewed recently about her role as the Parish Manager and the Roosevelt Island Cabrini community by Father Louis Scurti of Friends Of The Word. Watch the video.



Here's more info on East River Catholics, Roosevelt Island's St Francis Xavier Cabrini Church as well as Cardinal Dolan's January 7, 2018 visit to



Roosevelt Island's Cabrini Church.

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The Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket


invites you to check out their August 14 - August 20 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.


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Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - F Train Service To And From Manhattan, Tram Passenger Limits At Discretion Of Operator, Summer Ferry Schedule And Citibike Too - Wear Your Masks To Travel Safely For You And Others

According to the MTA, there is Roosevelt Island F Train Service to and from Manhattan this weekend.



The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
Tram Passenger Limits

As the region begins to reopen and more people return to work, the tram will have more riders. The tram operator has the discretion to allow an increase in the stated thirteen passenger limit based on conditions at a given time. If you feel a tram car is too crowded, we encourage you to wait for the next one. If you see an unsafe condition, please notify a the tram operator or a Public Safety Officer or call PSD directly at 212-832-4545.

The Roosevelt Island Tramway will be closed from 1:00 AM until 6:00 AM to ensure that disinfecting measures can be performed. Regular tram service will resume at 6:00 AM each day and continue until 1:00 AM the following morning. These early morning closures will continue each day until further notice...


Here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Schedule.

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

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Roosevelt Island Free Weekly Food Pantry Friday August 14 From RIDA At Senior Center - Fresh Produce, Lots Of Milk And Non Perishable Items, Everyone Who Needs Is Welcome, Try The Tasty Chicken Casserole Recipe From Pantry Items

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

The Roosevelt Island Disabled Association will be having it's weekly Friday food pantry tomorrow August 14 from 4 - 6:30 pm at Roosevelt Island Senior Center (546 Main Street).

Lots of Fresh Produce,


Milk


and non-perishables.


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

Ms Hersh adds:

Learn more about RIDA's food delivery to residents during the Coronavirus Pandemic lockdown.

Reopening Sportspark Pool After Several Months Covid Shutdown Lifts Spirits Of Roosevelt Island Swimmers - Among Best Swims Of My Life This Week Says Long Time Sportspark Pool User And Thanks RIOC For Safety Protocols

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) reopened the Sportspark Pool last Monday, August 10, which had been closed since March due to the Coronavirus Pandemic shutdown.

Roosevelt Island resident and long time Sportspark Pool swimmer Roberta Kleiman jumped right in the water and is thrilled to have the pool back open.


Ms Kleiman reports:
Over the past few months all of us have had to do without many things we most enjoy and rely upon. For me, without a doubt, that has been SWIMMING! I’m a lifelong swimmer and have swam at Sportspark Pool for most of the last 10 years.

This week, much to my utter delight RIOC reopened Sportspark Pool. I swam twice this week and those swims were definitely among the best swims of my life!

I would like to say a very big THANK YOU to all of those at RIOC who have made this happen! This is exactly what I, and I believe the swimmers in our community, have needed to lift our spirits! I truly feel that I am “back at home” at Sportspark Pool. I also am very pleased with the many safety protocols RIOC has put in place at the pool.

Thank you RIOC!!  
More info on the Sportspark Pool hours, rules and safety regulations


at the RIOC web site.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Join FDR 4 Freedoms Park And NYPL Roosevelt Island Branch Children's Librarian Ms Jen For 19th Amendment Book Club Celebrating Extending Women The Right To Vote - Watch Ms Jen Read Equality Call: The Story Of Voting Rights In America

The FDR Four Freedoms Park is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment extending to women the right to vote. As part of the celebration, the FDR Four Freedoms Park started a 19th Amendment Book Club hosted by Roosevelt Island New York Public Library Children's Librarian Ms Jen. According to the FDR Four Freedoms Park:

Ms. Jen from the NYPL Roosevelt Island Branch continues our book club with Equality's Call: The Story of Voting Rights In America by Deborah Diesen.


Stay tuned for more 19th Amendment Book Club reading selections with the FDR Four Freedoms Park and Roosevelt Island Children's Librarian Ms Jen.


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

BMX Bike Rider Billy Perry Takes On Roosevelt Island With Rail Stunts On Promenade, Under The Motorgate Helix And Dodges Security To Jump FDR 4 Freedoms Park Wall Onto Ramp

According to BMX rider Billy Perry:

We hit the streets of Roosevelt Island and tried to infiltrate one of the best and most secure spots to ride in NYC.
Billy and his crew dodged security at FDR Four Freedoms Park, which does not allow bicycles inside, went up the Grand Staircase then jumped his bike over the Wall and onto the ramp


before quickly exiting the park and exploring the rest of Roosevelt Island for bike tricks.

Watch the Roosevelt Island BMX stunts.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Cool Streets Program Brings FDNY Hydrant Water Sprinkler Spray Cap Heat Relief To NYC This Summer - Community Activist Frank Farance Proposes 4 Roosevelt Island Hydrant Water Spray Cap Locations To Cool Down

According to the NYC Emergency Management Department (NYCEM):

... To help New Yorkers beat the heat, New York City has implemented a number of measures through the Cool It! NYC and Cool Streets initiatives, including:

... More than 300 hydrants opened with spray caps...

... As the dangers of the hot weather collide with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are implementing a number of measures to ensure New Yorkers can stay cool while still being socially distanced...
The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) Cool Streets Program adds:
... During heat emergencies, NYC DEP and FDNY will install spray caps on the Cool Streets' hydrants, providing an outdoor cooling feature for the neighborhood...


But unlike the rest of NYC during this hot, muggy and Covid-19 Pandemic summer, there's been no cooling FDNY hydrant spray caps on Roosevelt Island for the young and older to get some relief from the heat.

Until Roosevelt Island activist and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer Frank Farance sprung into action. Mr. Farance shares this message he sent today to Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Acting President Shelton Haynes:
As a CERT, I recently received training from NYC DEP on operating fire hydrants, such as adding a sprinkler cap. I have the sprinkler caps from FDNY (see below and attached presentation). Also, I've done a size-up and I've found 4 locations that would work for Roosevelt Island residents.

Any comments, questions, or discussion? Let me know ASAP because I'd like to get the sprinkler caps installed because its going to be hot this week. Thanks for the help!
Image From Frank Farance
The four locations proposed by Mr Farance for the Roosevelt Island Hydrant Water Sprinkler caps are:
  • Location #1: Blackwell Park, Near Tot Lot
  • Location #2: East Promenade, In Rear of Eastwood/RL 560 Main
  • Location #3: West Promenade, In Rear of Island House, 555 Main
  • Location #4: Manhattan Park, In Rear of 30 River Road
Here's proposal for Roosevelt Island Hydrant Water Sprinkler caps from Mr. Farance.


No word yet from RIOC although its approval may not be necessary.

UPDATE 8/11 -  According to RIOC President Shelton Haynes:
We are very excited that Frank has taken the steps to get the training and bring forth this wonderful idea. RIOC is in agreement and we are working together to make this possible very soon.

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Roosevelt Island's Got Talent & Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Present Virtual Variety Show Featuring Our Local Talent Sunday August 9 - Join The Fun & Join The Community On Zoom

Roosevelt Island resident Kaja Meade reports:

Variety show featuring local talent; produced by Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) and hosted by Roosevelt Island's Got Talent.

Sunday, August 9 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Roosevelt Island Love

Please click here to join us for a special show featuring Roosevelt Island Talent!

You are invited to join us for this extremely special Roosevelt Island Talent Show on Sunday Aug 9th at 5 o’clock. We will have some amazing performances from the community and welcome a special guest @itsruthyfroch who most recently played Hodel in the national tour of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

MST&DA Assistant Executive Director Kimbirdlee Fadner adds:
Our special guest this Sunday is Ruthy Froch.



Other MSTDA/Roosevelt Island's Got Talent Performers:
  • Mitch Elinson
  • Katana Stoop
  • Jeanne Castagnaro
  • Charles Pang
  • Kimbirdlee, Jonathan, Jack and Charlie Fadner "The Fabulous Fadner Family"
The show is hosted by Kaja Meade and Kimbirdlee Fadner 5pm on Sunday Aug 9th on Zoom. Click here to watch.

Ruth Froch (Fiddler on the Roof National Tour, Northanger Abbey) will be teaching songs from her role as Hodel in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF as virtual pop in sessions. Ruthy taught theatre at MSTDA before she went on tour. She also acted in many new musical workshops with Jonathan and Kimbirdlee Fadner including Northanger Abbey and You Can Always Come Home Cabarets.
RSVP to info@mstda.org to reserve your spot!

WEDNESDAY Aug 12th 3:15pm & Aug 19th, 2pm Age 5-13


Friday, August 7, 2020

The Spooky Secrets Of The Very Haunted Roosevelt Island - Really?

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse shares this eerie view of our very own spooky Smallpox Hospital in Southpoint Park.


Spooky and haunted Roosevelt Island is the subject of this You Tube video:
For residents on Roosevelt Island, ghosts and ghouls are more than just a passing thrill — they're something to cause a scare on any given day.

The stretch of land on the East River between Manhattan and Queens was once known as Welfare Island because of its hospitals and institutional buildings.

But now some of the 14,000 people who live on the island believe the island is still haunted by the spirits of the people who perished there a century or more ago.

Sitting in the middle of the East River between Manhattan and Queens, Roosevelt Island is full of bizarre mysteries that have gone unanswered for decades.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket August 7 - August 13 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Online Shopping, Delivery Options, Digital Coupons & Social Media Facebook And Instagram Too


The Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket


invites you to check out their August 7 - August 13 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.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - F Train Service To And From Manhattan, Tram Passenger Limits At Discretion Of Operator, New Summer Ferry Schedule And Citibike Too - Wear Your Masks To Travel Safely For You And Others

According to the MTA, there is Roosevelt Island F Train Service to and from Manhattan this weekend.


The Roosevelt IslandOperating Corp (RIOC) adds:
Tram Passenger Limits

As the region begins to reopen and more people return to work, the tram will have more riders. The tram operator has the discretion to allow an increase in the stated thirteen passenger limit based on conditions at a given time. If you feel a tram car is too crowded, we encourage you to wait for the next one. If you see an unsafe condition, please notify a the tram operator or a Public Safety Officer or call PSD directly at 212-832-4545.

The Roosevelt Island Tramway will be closed from 1:00 AM until 6:00 AM to ensure that disinfecting measures can be performed. Regular tram service will resume at 6:00 AM each day and continue until 1:00 AM the following morning. These early morning closures will continue each day until further notice...
Here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Schedule.

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

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Black Artists Through History Series Inspired By The Roosevelt Island March For Justice, Take The Drawing Challenge Says RIRA Youth Committee Chair - Lesson 3 On Artist Kehinde Wiley, Painted Portrait Of President Obama And Rumors Of War Sculpture Speaking Back To Confederate Monuments

Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Children, Youth & Education Committee Chair Adib Mansour developed a series of Black Artists Through History Lessons inspired by the June 3 Roosevelt Island March For Justice

The first lesson was on sculptor Edmonia Lewis.

The second lesson was on the painter Romare Howard Bearden.

The current lesson is on the contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley who painted the portrait of President Barack Obama for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.


According to Mr. Mansour:
In this 3rd lesson of the Black Artists Through History series, I am in awe of this successful New York-based artist, Kehinde Wiley, who had over 33 solo exhibits since 2002 and multitudes of worldwide group exhibitions.



His subjects are often young black men and women painted in a photorealistic rendering against stunning patterns in the background. He once said that his art’s mission stems from “The desire to look at a black American culture as underserved, in need of representation”. Today, Wiley’s works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Denver Art Museum, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others.

I find it very pertinent to our island’s Youth March for Equality to celebrate this Black artist, "At a time when young black men are constantly vilified in the press and mainstream media, and even murdered on the street by racist policemen, Wiley's portraits are an essential document of the power, fashion, versatility and beauty of the black community in the USA.” The Art Story.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Roosevelt Island Sportspark Pool Reopens Monday August 10 - Open Swim Only With Limited Capacity And Free Of Charge

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced today:

Miss the sounds of splish splash? The Sportspark Pool is back and we couldn't be more ready! Located at 250 Main St., the pool will be open from Monday through Wednesday, 7:30 AM - 3 PM, as well as on Saturday and Sundays from 10:30 AM - 6 PM. The pool will be available for open swim only, free of charge through the summer, with a limited capacity and required temperature checks prior to sign in. Stay tuned for future updates!


UPDATE 8/6 - A tipster sends in flyer


with Sportspark Rules.

It's Summer, It's Very Hot And Roosevelt Island Water Fountains Have Not Worked Since 2018. Why? RIOC Gives An Update - In The Meantime, How About Turning On RI FDNY Hydrant With Sprinkler Cap?


It's summer, it's hot and the Roosevelt Island water fountains have been shut down by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) for 2 years. Initially, the fountains were shut down due to water contamination safety concerns discovered by community activist Frank Farance in summer of 2018.

  Image From Frank Farance

In the summer of 2019, we learned RIOC could not fix the water fountains due to an inability to find a qualified contractor who complies with Minority and Women Business Owned Enterprise (MWBE) regulations.

I asked RIOC Acting President Shelton Haynes:
The Roosevelt Island water fountains were shut down in 2018 for contamination safety reasons and still remain shut down.

The last we heard from RIOC on this subject was in August 2019.

Any update on Roosevelt Island water fountains - when will they be turned on?

Will any Roosevelt Island water sprinklers be turned on this year. The temperature's been in the Upper 90's recently. Roosevelt Island kids and others would enjoy be cooled off in a water sprinkler. Why are they not on?

Also, could FDNY hydrants on Roosevelt Island be turned on with sprinkler caps?
RIOC Director Of Communications & Community Affairs Erica Spencer-El answered:
We are actively addressing the water fountains throughout the island and understand the needs during the summer. Below is a brief update on where we are:
  • Southpoint Park- The water fountain at the Southpoint Park comfort station is scheduled to open later this week. The Backflow project that we issued an RFP for last fall, was cancelled because we could not obtain a waiver approved for MWBE participation. The current plan is to include the water fountain fix inside other upcoming projects.
  • Blackwell Park- will be repaired along with the contract for the paver replacements, which we anticipate will commence early next year.
  • Lighthouse Park- we are currently working with the project designers for the Nellie Bly project to finalize the project timeline, which is scheduled to begin next spring. The fountain repair at this location will coincide with this project and we anticipate that they will be re-installed once the prep work for the Nellie Bly project is completed.
  • McManus Field- the specs for a fountain are part of the comfort station work, which will be completed this year.
  • Capobianco Field- we are in the planning stages for Capobianco Field and do not have an update at this time.
We will be opening the pool at Sportspark very soon and hope that it will serve as an alternative to help cool off residents while we work on getting the fountains back online throughout the island.