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Friday, April 20, 2018

Gridlock Sam Schwartz To Consult On Roosevelt Island Helix Repairs Traffic Problems Among Items In RIOC President's Report To Board Directors - Also, Tram Platform Repairs, Tram Elevator Update, Bike Ramp, Youth Center & Thanks Former Directors For Service

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal reported to the April 18 Board of Directors meeting on the following:

Also, Ms Rosenthal thanked Public Safety Department Chief Jack McManus for arranging to have a NYPD car and FDNY ambulance stationed on Roosevelt Island during the Helix ramp construction repairs. Chief McManus added that it was Deputy Chief Kevin Brown who made the arrangements.

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend - Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival Tomorrow

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Plan on a crowded Roosevelt Island for Saturday's Cherry Blossom Festival. Schedule here.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Registration Begins Today For New Roosevelt Island 8 Week Spring Soccer Program For Kids In Grades 6 -12 - Skills, Drills, Scrimmages & Games Says RIOC

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson reports:

The new Roosevelt Island Youth Soccer program is extending an open invitation to boys and girls, of all skill levels in grades 6-12, to “get in the game.”

On Thursday, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), announced registration is now open for their nine-week spring soccer program that will feature skills training, fundamental drills, scrimmages and games to be led by New York City-area collegiate soccer players and parent volunteers.

The program is open to both residents and non-residents of Roosevelt Island.

“There are more than three million young people playing soccer in the United States and that number continues to rise every year,” said Erica Spencer-EL, RIOC’s newly-appointed Director of Community Affairs and managing director of Island’s Youth Center.

“Interest in youth soccer is just as high here on Roosevelt Island,” she said. “We’re excited to debut something popular, fun and physically beneficial for our children.”

Like many youth sports, experts agree that soccer teaches life lessons about collaboration and cooperation.

“Besides mastering the ability to control, shield, juggle, and dribble the ball with both feet, we want to teach our young people how to work together,” said RIOC President Susan Rosenthal.

The free program will run every Saturday from May 5 through June 30 at the Island’s Octagon Field. Starting at 9 a.m., there will be eight different workshop sessions, organized by age and skill level, lasting up to 90 minutes.

Click here to sign-up. Registration ends Monday, April 30. Parents interested in volunteer coaching are encouraged to email the program at

“Soccer is the first of, what we hope will be, many new program options for our Youth Center and community as a whole,” Spencer-EL said.
RIOC previously announced that the Roosevelt Island spring soccer program would partner with St Johns and Fordham University.

RIOC plans for the operation of Roosevelt Island Youth Center was discussed at April 14 meeting with parents. Video of meeting here.

Click here to sign-up for the Roosevelt Island Spring Summer Soccer Program.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Welcome Sign Of Spring, Roosevelt Island Subway Fruit Stand Returns

You know spring is here and warm weather approaching on Roosevelt Island when the Subway Fruit Stand vendor returns

and he is here today.

Welcome back.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Roosevelt Island Rivercross Arbitration Settlement Agreement, Southtown Riverwalk Development Zoning Override, FDR Hope Memorial Among Items On Agenda For RIOC April 18 Board Meeting - Public Comment Period Prior To Meeting Start

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors will meet 5:30 PM Wednesday April 18 at at the Cultural Center Theater, 548 Main Street.

As previously reported, RIOC Directors Margie Smith and Faye Christian resigned last week leaving only 5 of the 9 RIOC Board seats filled with 3 resident Board members and 2 NY State representatives.

Prior to the start of the RIOC Board meeting, there will be a public comment period. Sign up here to speak at the meeting.  

Among the items on the Agenda are:

  • Authorization to “Override’ the New York City Zoning Resolution in Connection with the Development of Southtown Buildings 8 & 9
  • Authorization to Enter into Settlement Agreement in Connection with the Rivercross Arbitration and Second Amendment of the Rivercross Ground Lease 
  • and Authorization to Take Certain Actions to Assume the Responsibility for the FDR Hope Memorial Project Execution within the Southpoint Open Space Area

Below is the April 18 RIOC Board meeting full agenda and Board Materials on each Agenda Item.





5:30 P.M.[1]

I. Call to Order

II. Roll Call

III. Approval of Minutes

1. March 1, 2018 Board Meeting (Board Action Required)

IV. Old Business

New Business

1. Authorization to “Override’ the New York City Zoning Resolution in Connection with the Development of Southtown Buildings 8 & 9 (Board Action Required)

2. Ratification of Insurance Binders for FY 2018-19 (Board Action Required)

3. Authorization to Enter into Settlement Agreement in Connection with the Rivercross Arbitration and Second Amendment of the Rivercross Ground Lease (Board Action Required)

4. Authorization to Enter into Contract with Gardner & Theobald, Inc. for Owner's Representative Services for Capital Projects & Strategic Planning (Board Action Required)

5. Approval of Extension of the FY 2017-18 Public Purpose Grants Period (Board Action Required)

6. Ratification of Contract with Derive Technologies LLC and EIA Datacom, Inc. for the Purchase of Surveillance Cameras (Board Action Required)

7. Authorization to Enter into Contract with the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Officers Benevolent Association (Board Action Required)

8. Ratification of the Amendment of Contract with New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. for Cleaning Services at RIOC’s Facilities (Board Action Required)

9. Authorization to Take Certain Actions to Assume the Responsibility for the FDR Hope Memorial Project Execution within the Southpoint Open Space Area (Board Action Required)

10. President’s Report

11. Committee Reports

a. Audit Committee

b. Governance Committee

c. Operations Advisory Committee

d. Real Estate Development Advisory Committee

12. Public Safety Report

VI. Adjournment

By chance, I ran into two Rivercross residents separately yesterday and today and during our conversation both asked:
... why wasn't I aware of the Rivercross arbitration settlement and RIOC meeting tomorrow on subject?
I did not have an answer for them.

Also, note that the Westview ground lease agreement, which was the subject of an April 3 Executive Session RIOC Real Estate Advisory Committee meeting, is not on tomorrow's RIOC Board meeting agenda.

UPDATE 4/19 - Agenda items were approved.

Roosevelt Island NIsi Restaurant Launches New Menu Today Combining Classic Trellis Diner Items With New Favorites - 14 Pages Of Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Happy Hour, Vegan Corner & Kids Menu Too

Roosevelt Island Nisi Restaurant owners

Kaie & Alex Razaghai report:
After many requests from island residents & loyal customers we have been working around the clock to change our menu and revert to a diner format.

We launched our new menu today. It is a combination of all the classics we used to have as Trellis as well as certain dishes that have been a hit with our original menu as Nisi.

The new menu can be viewed on our Nisi Restaurant website site. We are currently working on Online Ordering and it should be ready early next week through our website

This is in no way our final menu, to date we have been open around 5 months and this is the 9th variation to the menu since we opened. It is our goal to never become complacent with our food or our service, but to gradually keep improving everyday.

With the support of our community as well as regular feedback, Nisi will keep transforming for the better.
The 14 page menu includes Breakfast

and Lunch Specials,
Happy Hour,

a Vegan Corner
and a Kid's Menu.

Here's the full 14 Page new Nisi Restaurant Menu.

Stop by the new Nisi Restaurant, try the new menu and and say

Hi to Kaie and Alex. Bring some friends and meet some new friends at Roosevelt Island's Nisi restaurant.

UPDATE 8:15 PM - A Roosevelt Island residents asks for a longer Happy Hour:
Just wanted to suggest that Nisi might benefit from extending their Happy Hour to 7 pm.

After all, most people who work full time are unable to take advantage of the deals which means the owners lose the entire after work crowd who might otherwise stop by for a drink. Just seems like something they should consider, I've spoken to quite a few younger working Islanders about this and we all agree!