Monday, May 25, 2020

Roosevelt Island Protective Face Mask And Hand Sanitizer Giveway Tuesday May 26 At Good Shepherd Plaza Sponsored By NY State Senator Jose Serrano & Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright

Roosevelt Island's NY State Senator Jose Serrano and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright are sponsoring a free Face Mask and Hand Sanitizer giveaway tomorrow May 26 at Good Shepherd Plaza from 11 Am to 3 PM.


As previously reported, on May 15, Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos gave out Face Masks too.

Today, Roosevelt Island Public Safety Officers were handing out face masks to those without


at the entrance to Lighthouse Park.

Cornell Tech Postdocs Respond To Covid-19 Pandemic - You're Invited To Join the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Community Virtual Zoom Conversation May 26 To Learn More

Cornell Tech continues it's Roosevelt Island Community Conversation series tomorrow, May 26, 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:

Join us for our first virtual Cornell Tech Community Conversation - Runway Postdocs Respond to Covid-19.
DATE: Tuesday, May 26th, 2020
TIME: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm EDT
RSVP: Register at https://bit.ly/36bT3ng
Zoom link to be provided upon registration.

QUESTIONS? Email Jane.Swanson@cornell.edu.

As we work our way through the impact of COVID-19, we’ve been heartened by the enthusiasm and entrepreneurship of our Runway Postdocs working on the front lines of the pandemic—ranging from regular consultation with the CDC to the development of a COVID-19 immunity monitoring test.
Please join us on Tuesday, May 26th for a virtual session featuring three of these extraordinary Runway Postdocs. Q&A to follow. Please register to receive a link to the session via email.

SPEAKERS
Panel discussion led by Fernando Gómez-Baquero, Director of Runway and Spinouts at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech and featuring:
  • Prathamesh Kulkarni | AwareHealth - AwareHealth is developing an evidence-based and community-focused mental health platform that can give people much needed mental health support during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Server A Ertem | Katena - Server is working on a COVID-19 immunity monitoring test.
  • Davide Schaumann | Spacemate - Spacemate is working on simulation and optimization of spaces to improve social distancing while keeping workplace productivity.
The Runway Startup Postdoc Program is part business school, part research institution, part startup incubator. Based at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, Runway ushers recent PhDs in digital technology fields through a paradigm shift—from an academic mindset to an entrepreneurial outlook. Postdocs come to the Institute with ideas for unproven products and markets and receive significant support as well as mentorship from academic and business experts in connective media, health technology, security & privacy and computer vision, among a number of other fields.
Here's previous Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Community Conversations and  more



on the Cornell Tech Runway Startup Postdoc program.

It's Memorial Day, We Honor Men And Woman Of US Military Who Died Serving Our Country - Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park Perfect Spot To Remember Those Who Died To Protect Our Freedoms

Please take some time today on Memorial Day to honor the men and women of the United States Military who died while serving our country as well as their families.

The Coronavirus Pandemic has changed Memorial Day remembrances this year with no outdoor gatherings or remembrance ceremonies. According to the Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park:

We know that many Memorial Day ceremonies will not take place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Veterans and their families are welcome to use the Park this Memorial Day as a quiet place to remember all the heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect our freedoms.
FDR Four Freedoms Park Conservancy Director Eduardo Jany adds:



Sunday, May 24, 2020

NYC Emergency Room Doctor Craig Spencer Survived Ebola In West Africa, Now Battling Coronavirus, Watch A Day In His Life Treating Patients - NY Times Remembers !00 Thousand Who Died And Shows One Of NYC Deadliest Covid 19 Zip Codes, At Least 32 Deaths From Virus On Roosevelt Island

According to AJ+ You Tube page:

Dr. Craig Spencer fought Ebola in West Africa while working with Doctors Without Borders, and now he’s an emergency room doctor in New York City, at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a day in his life on the front line of the battle against COVID-19.

“Your hands upon theirs. You think of their family. At home. Sobbing,” he writes in this up-close dispatch from a city on lockdown ,with hospitals overflowing, family members losing loved ones over FaceTime, and colleagues running out of personal protective equipment. Spencer’s day in an ER is brought to life with animated illustrations.


Saturday, May 23, 2020

Roosevelt Island's Got Talent & MST&DA Present Virtual Variety Show Featuring Our Local Talent Sunday May 24 - Join The Fun & Join The Community On Zoom

Roosevelt Island resident Kaja Meade reports:


Thank you for all your ongoing support! We hope you are doing as well as possible this week. As you might have heard, we've moved the Talent Show to every other week on Sundays at 5pm.

We hope you are able to join us for this week's line-up. As an extra measure of Zoom security, we've added a registration step before you log on.

You should only have to do this once. Let us know if you have any questions.

ZOOM HERE


You can also find Zoom link on Instagram in bio.

Best wishes.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Children's Theatre Spring Musical The Wind In The Willow Goes Virtual - RSVP Now For Live Streaming Performances May 29, 30 & 31

The Roosevelt Island's Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) Children's Theatre Spring Musical is going virtual this year due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. You're invited to sign up here for the live streaming premiere of The Wind In The Willows.


According to MST&DA:
MST&DA is reinventing their Children’s Theatre spring musical performance to adjust to the limitations that have been brought on by the Covid-19 Pandemic. This program has been running for almost 40 years and is the largest performing arts educational program on Roosevelt Island. MST&DA will be presenting a virtual performance for the first time of their brand new MST&DA Children’s Theatre Spring Musical, “The Wind in the Willows Movie Project” written by Jonathan and Kimbirdlee Fadner.

Here's a sneak peek at The Wind in The Willows with a song performed by Jonathan and Kimbirdlee Fadner.



MST&DA adds:
DATES:
  • Friday, May 29, 7pm: CAST 1
  • Saturday, May 30th, 7pm: CAST 2
  • Sunday, May 31st, 7pm: CAST 3

Sponsored Post - Here's What Can You Do To Help Roosevelt Island And NYC During the Coronavirus Covid 19 Pandemic, Fill Out The 2020 US Census Right Now - Roosevelt Island Self Response Rate Varies For Northtown, WIRE & Southtown Buidlings But NYC Behind The National Average

Roosevelt Island residents are asking what they can do to help during the Coronavirus Covid-19 Pandemic?


One easy, yet very important task to help all New Yorkers, is to fill out the 2020 US Census

Roosevelt Island has 3 Census Tracks. The Roosevelt Island self response rate as of May 21 is below.

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No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan This Weekend, Tram Cabin Limited To 13 Passengers To Ensure Social Distancing - Wear Mask On Tram, Red Bus & All Public Transportation, Stay Home Unless You're Providing An Essential Service Or An Emergency During Coronavirus Pandemic


According to the MTA:
ELECTRICAL IMPROVEMENTS May 22 - 25, Fri 9:45 PM to Mon 1 AM (No subway service overnight between 1 AM and 5 AM) Brooklyn-bound F trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av to 5 Av/53 St

Trains resume regular service at 47-50 Sts.

No Brooklyn-bound F service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St and 57 St.


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

In an effort to ensure social distancing and reduce spreading COVID-19, the Roosevelt Island Tram will be limited to a maximum of thirteen (13) passengers until further notice. POMA, the tram’s operator, has installed social distancing decals on the tram cabin to inform passengers how far away they should be standing from each other. Please note that the number of passengers may be changed in response to COVID-19 infection rates.

We ask all passengers to continue to wear masks or face coverings in public where social distancing cannot be practiced. The Tram remains closed from 1:00 AM until 6:00 AM to ensure that disinfecting measures can be performed on the cabins. Regular tram service resumes at 6:00 AM each day and continue until 1:00 AM the following morning.

Red Buses will continue to run on a Weekend Schedule until further notice.
Here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Schedule.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket May 22-28 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 May 22 - May 28 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


Thursday, May 21, 2020

RIOC Roosevelt Island Community Update - Enjoy Outdoor Public Space During Memorial Day Weekend But Observe Social Distancing, Wear Mask When You Can't, Public BBQ Grill Will Be Removed, 13 Passenger Tram Limit, Mask & Hand Sanitizer Giveaway May 26, Saturday Farmers Market Open & More

Here's May 21 Community Update from Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

Here is the latest update from New York State for May 21, 2020

Enjoying Memorial Day While On PAUSE

Memorial Day is a special time when we honor those who committed the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This year, as we continue to face the threat that COVID-19 poses to our community, let us also commit to doing everything we can to ensure we remain as safe as possible over the long holiday weekend.

When enjoying our many beautiful public spaces (the promenades along the East River, Lighthouse Park, Meditation Lawn, Meditation Steps, Good Shepherd Plaza, Blackwell Park, Riverwalk Commons, Southpoint Park and FDR Four Freedoms State Park), please remember to maintain social distancing whenever possible.

Wear a mask or face covering whenever you cannot maintain a safe distance of at least six feet from someone else.

Avoid gathering in groups of more than ten people. In order to discourage large gatherings, all public grills will be removed while NYC remains on PAUSE.

By working together, we can do our part to help make everyone safer. RIOC wishes all Roosevelt Island residents and their families a safe, happy and healthy Memorial Day weekend.

Tram Passenger Limits

In an effort to ensure social distancing and reduce spreading COVID-19, the Roosevelt Island Tram will be limited to a maximum of thirteen (13) passengers until further notice. POMA, the tram’s operator, has installed social distancing decals on the tram cabin to inform passengers how far away they should be standing from each other. Please note that the number of passengers may be changed in response to COVID-19 infection rates.

We ask all passengers to continue to wear masks or face coverings in public where social distancing cannot be practiced. The Tram remains closed from 1:00 AM until 6:00 AM to ensure that disinfecting measures can be performed on the cabins. Regular tram service resumes at 6:00 AM each day and continue until 1:00 AM the following morning.

Mask and Hand Sanitizer Giveaway from Mayor’s Office and Assemblymember Seawright

Everyone is invited to come to Good Shepherd Plaza on Tuesday, May 26th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM to receive a free face mask from the Public Safety Department (courtesy of the NYC Mayor’s Office) and free hand sanitizer from Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright. Everyone will be required to observe social distancing procedures. A special thank you for Lynne Shinozaki, Joyce Short and Andrew Kunkes, Manhattan Borough Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs.

PSD and RIOC also wish to thank the following people for their continued generosity in donating hand sanitizer and masks during the COVID-19 crisis:

NYS Senator Jose Serrano
Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright
Councilmember Ben Kallos

Farmers Market Resumes This Saturday

The Farmers Market will resume this Saturday in Good Shepherd Plaza from 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Please note the new start time. Click here for more information: rioc.ny.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=284.

Note: there will be NO Food Scrap Drop Off collection. If you wish for the Compost Program to return, please follow @SaveNYCCompost on twitter for more information.

NY Forward – Reopening NYC and Roosevelt Island

When will New York City reopen? The best place for information is the New York Forward Regional Monitoring Dashboard, which can be found by clicking here: forward.ny.gov/regional-monitoring-dashboard

As of this morning, the NYC region only meets 4 out of the 7 criteria to begin reopening. Please refer to the dashboard regularly for the very latest information.

Reopening RIOC

The region may still be closed due to COVID-19, but RIOC is already working with Governor Cuomo’s office on a plan to safely reopen our offices as soon as possible. Please watch future RIOC Advisories for the latest information on this effort.

Tikkit Helps RIOC Help You

Tikkit is not just the best way for the public to report a problem, it also helps RIOC do a better job. Every time you use Tikkit to report a problem, it is forwarded to the appropriate department for handling. That department is accountable for making sure the problem is addressed as soon as possible. This data helps give us a live picture of our strengths and weaknesses, which help us serve you better.

Tikkit is easy to use from your smartphone or computer and even allows you to attach a photo of the problem. It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to get started. rioc.tikkit.us/login

Motorgate Changes Coming in Early June

Due to ongoing Motorgate repair work, significant parking and traffic pattern changes will be coming to the north sections of 5B, 6B, 7B and 8B in early June 2020. Please keep an eye out for signs and obey posted speed limits.

RIOC Sets 13 Passenger Limit On Roosevelt Island Tram To Ensure Social Distancing And Reduce Spreading Covid -19, No Tram Boarding Priority For Roosevelt Island Residents And Workers

This morning, I noticed signage at the Roosevelt Island Tram Station limiting cabin passengers to 13 people


and asked the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
When did that start.

Has there been issue with overcrowding on Tram?

Will Roosevelt Island residents and workers have any priority over others to board the Tram.

Are bikes currently allowed on tram. And Citibike?

Also noticed the shoe disinfectant pad at tram station. Any info on it?
This afternoon, RIOC sent out an Advisory reporting:
... Tram Passenger Limits

In an effort to ensure social distancing and reduce spreading COVID-19, the Roosevelt Island Tram will be limited to a maximum of thirteen (13) passengers until further notice. POMA, the tram’s operator, has installed social distancing decals on the tram cabin to inform passengers how far away they should be standing from each other. Please note that the number of passengers may be changed in response to COVID-19 infection rates.

We ask all passengers to continue to wear masks or face coverings in public where social distancing cannot be practiced. The Tram remains closed from 1:00 AM until 6:00 AM to ensure that disinfecting measures can be performed on the cabins. Regular tram service resumes at 6:00 AM each day and continue until 1:00 AM the following morning.....
RIOC Public Information Officer Terrence McCauley adds:
As more people begin to use the tram, POMA thought it best to limit the number of passengers to decrease the possibility of spreading COVID-19. Bikes may not be allowed on the tram at the operator’s discretion due to the number of passengers at the time. The shoe pad is for the use of Tram staff, but any members of the public who wish to use it should ask a Tram staff member first.

As we have said numerous times in the past, the Tram is part of a public transportation network and will remain available for all members of the public to use.
Image Of Roosevelt Island Tram Station Shoe Disinfectant Station
There is no Roosevelt Island F Train Service to Manhattan this Memorial Day Weekend.

Roosevelt Island Residents Work Together To Bring Food Scrap Compost Drop Off Collection Bin Back, You Can Help By Taking Survey, Sign Petition, Submit Testimony And Pick Up A Shovel

Roosevelt Islanders were very happy with the return of our Saturday Farmers Market to Good Shepherd Plaza last week. But, many were disappointed that the Roosevelt Island Grow NYC Food Scrap Drop Off Collection Bin


did not return as well due to NYC Coronavirus Budget cuts. According to the NYC Department of Sanitation:
In the face of economic hardship, and to ensure the City can continue to devote resources to essential safety, health, and shelter, and food security needs, the New York City Department of Sanitation announced the suspension of the curbside composting program, beginning May 4, 2020. During the suspension, any food scraps and yard waste set out for composting will be collected as trash. The suspension is currently planned through June 30, 2021...
A Roosevelt Island resident asked yesterday:
I’m reaching out regarding the compost area that would be set up every Saturday by GrowNYC. I was wondering if the island “paper” could look further into this to try and get it back. I’m sure many people like myself miss composting.
Efforts are being made to bring food scrap composting back to Roosevelt Island and you can help.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Roosevelt Island Restaurants Begin To Open With Take Out And Delivery Only - Is Social Distance Outdoor Seating Possible For Roosevelt Island Restaurants During Coronavirus Pandemic?


Several of the Roosevelt Island shops that temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic have recently re-opened or are planning to soon resume limited service. Today the Jupioca Juice Bar opened


and the Liukoushui Hot Pot Noodle Shop opened earlier this week. Fuji East Japanese Restaurant and China 1 have signs in their window that they will open June 1.

Piccolo Trattoria Pizza restaurant


Starbucks


and Subway Sandwich shop have reopened recently.

Nisi Restaurant



and Cafe@Cornell Tech did not close.

But all the restaurants are take out or delivery only for now. No indoor seating.

Today, I asked Main Street Retail Master Leaseholder Hudson Related's David Kramer and Shops On Main Street representatives:

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

An Anthem For Roosevelt Island Community, Let's Stand Together To Get Things Done - Watch This Wonderful Music Video Tribute To Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island Make Some Noise Facebook Group Founder Karine Wong reports:

Thanks to all of you friends and neighbors, for being the beating heart of this wonderful community and for making our island the safe place we call Home! I had a lot of fun putting this video together and I hope you'll enjoy it. Thank You to our amazing island resident Juanita Fleming for allowing me to use her song "Stand Together". I think it should be our Roosevelt Island Anthem for many years to come.

We are friends and neighbors...
We are a community...
We are in it TOGETHER !

"The healthcare workers, aid workers and all those people who keep our country running are currently fighting the corona virus Covid-19 day and night. They literally fight for our lives and our society. This is worth a big and loud applause."

Stand on your balcony or behind your window and clap your hands or bang on pots and pans for 2 minutes, starting at 8:00 p.m. every night.

Make some noise Roosevelt Island so these hard workers can hear us.


Click full screen icon at bottom right of video for better viewing.

Learn more about long time Roosevelt Island resident and jazz and gospel singer Juanitia Fleming at this prior post and her Facebook page.

Roosevelt Island, Make Some Noise from your window or balcony every night at 8 PM

Local Resident Dreaming Of Post-RIOC Roosevelt Island Starts Petition Drive Seeking Better, More Inclusive Community Governance - Says Covid 19 Crisis Has Only Exacerbated RIOC Incompetence & Neglect


Here's the Petition
Roosevelt Island has been home to many, many wonderful people, families and organizations over the years. Unfortunately, it has also been home to chronic government neglect, inefficiency, corruption and worse. The people of Roosevelt Island have no say in how their public spaces are used, what developments are undertaken in their community and how public services are delivered and governed.

This situation has only been exacerbated during the COVID-19 crisis, as the non-resident RIOC administration and staff have departed the island, but not before closing 80% of our public and green spaces to public use, leaving behind only the numerous PSD officers to risk their lives to implement an ill-advised and impossible charge.

It is about time that the people of Roosevelt Island took charge of this island for themselves, and made it a better place to live for families, kids, students, immigrants, seniors and the differently abled. While we do not know the exact form this political solution will take, we should know that we have made do without local political representation and governance for long enough. We need to start the discussion about what the post-RIOC future of Roosevelt Island looks like NOW.

If you are interested in being a part of this discussion, please sign this petition! We welcome any and all comers!

(Disclaimer: This petition is unaffiliated with any formal institution, organization and/or commercial entity. It is supported only by individuals acting in their personal capacity as residents or other stakeholders of the island.)
If you agree, you can sign the Petition here.