Thursday, June 4, 2020

Update To Roosevelt Island March For Justice Night To Remember - Watch Organizers Dialogue With NYPD 114 Precinct Deputy Inspector Nunes, Protest March To Good Shepherd Plaza And Passionate Speech About Reasons For March And Black Lives Matter

Reported yesterday on last evening's Roosevelt Island March For Justice organized by residents Thalia St Hubert, Zoe Lopez and Eneaqua Lewis.

An update with more scenes from the inspiring Roosevelt Island March For Justice.


Prior to the start of the Roosevelt Island March For Justice, organizers met with NYPD 114 Precinct Deputy Inspector Osvaldo Nunes to establish a dialogue for the March.

Then the march began



and continued on Main Street to Good Shepherd Plaza where Eneaqua Lewis was one of several residents who spoke passionately about the reasons for the March and Black Lives Matter. According to Ms Lewis, a 38 year resident of Roosevelt Island:
... When i see that video I see my brother with a cop on his neck. I see my son who is 12 years old laying on the floor with a knee on his neck. I see my brother's friends and see my cousins. I see my neighbors. How many more times do I got to see it? Why is it OK? Guess what Roosevelt Island, you're not off the hook. There's racism here too.....


Yesterday posted video of equally passionate speech by Roosevelt Island March For Justice organizer Thalia St Herbert.

Stay tuned for more videos of what happened.

Here's some more views of the Roosevelt Island March For Justice.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

A Night To Remember - Roosevelt Island March For Justice Was Inspiring, Young Local Organizers Did A Fantastic Job, Very Proud Of Them

Just got back from the Roosevelt Island March for Justice.

Will have much more over the next few days, but here's a quick look.





Stay tuned for video of the whole event.

Great job by our Roosevelt Island young people.

UPDATE 9:05 - Here's absolutely wonderful speech by one of the Roosevelt Island March For Justice organizers, Thalia St Hubert.

Roosevelt Island March For Justice 6:30 PM Tonight, Hoping For A Safe And Peaceful March - Some Main Street Windows Boarded Up And Separate Anti RIOC Protest Planned For After 8 PM Curfew Too

As reported yesterday, the Roosevelt Island March For Justice is taking place this evening:

MY ROOSEVELT ISLAND PEOPLE!! We have been organizing a March for Justice in light of the ongoing police brutality and injustices taking place across the country. We’re calling our community to come together this Wednesday, June 3rd to honor the POC who’ve lost their lives at the hands of an unjust system. We will gather at Cornell Tech and march to the church for a vigilance. There will be a time for people to speak about their experiences and thoughts related to what’s been going on. If you would like to speak feel free to reach out or just prepare something. Please bring posters, artwork, candles or flashlights, flowers or anything else. Photographers and videographers are welcome to document. This march is meant to be PEACEFUL, but is a way for us to come together in solidarity and fight for our black brothers and sisters.”

Hope to see you all there!
I asked the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) about any safety precautions being taken for the March.

RIOC Public Information Officer Terrence McCauley replied:
Our citizens have a constitutional right to protest peacefully and safely. Governor Andrew Cuomo has reminded New Yorkers participating in protests to take proper health precautions and wear face coverings while we continue to fight the COVID-19 virus. The RIOC Public Safety department is working closely with the NYPD to monitor and ensure a safe demonstration on the island.
As of this afternoon, RIOC had not advised Roosevelt Island Main Street shopkeepers and building managers on any safety precautions to take.

Amalgamted Bank,

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

RIRA President Calls For Roosevelt Island Coronavirus Recovery New Beginning - "Social Respect Imposes That Our Individual Freedom Be Willingly And Partially Infringed To Protect All Other New Yorkers Health And Our Common Interest For Our Well Being And Economic Recovery" He Says

According to Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Interim President David Lawson (submitted May 27):

My Fellow Roosevelt Islanders,

It is now been over three months since America shutdown to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. Some 5.5 million people have been infected worldwide, and 350,000 have died. The epicenter, America accounts for a third of these infections and some 100,000 deaths. A third of all US infections and deaths are in the two most affected States, New York and New Jersey. The combined health, human, economic and social impacts of COVID-19 have been devastating, and felt harder in countries with limited safety nets, including the US. With countless bankruptcies of small and big businesses, already 38 million are out of job as unemployment could reach 20%. Poverty and food insecurity are raising, as the 2020 GDP prospects could go down double-digit. Congress has passed unprecedented bills of over US$6 trillion for the national emergency response to support the American people and the economy. The US Federal Reserve Bank and Treasury Department are taking aggressive actions to reduce financial stresses and support credit flows to mitigate the impact from long-lasting economic losses.

In New York, the health indicators are improving. It seems that the emergency phase of the epidemic here is seriously receding. As we continue to be grateful to and support our heroic front-liners for helping and saving thousands of souls, we are in grief and we mourn the loss of so many people everywhere, our fellow New Yorkers and Roosevelt islanders. According to the NYC Health Department, 229 Roosevelt islanders have been infected and 32 deaths are deplored. We express our deepest condolences to their families and loved ones. We will cherish their memory, and when this is over, we will properly honor them.

New Yorkers have valiantly resisted, and so have Roosevelt Islanders. NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo’s words are encouraging, but the pandemic is far from over. Some 100 fellow New Yorkers are still dying of COVID-19 and over 1,000 new cases are registered daily in New York State, including on Roosevelt Island. And other parts of the country are experiencing sharp increases in number of cases and deaths. Let us remember that the nice Summer days ahead are no sign of an early end to COVID-19. We must continue face covering in public and physical distancing at all time.

Roosevelt Island Peaceful March For Justice Planned For Wednesday Evening Beginning At Cornell Tech To Good Shepherd Plaza - Be Sure To Wear Your Masks And Take Safety Precautions, We Are Still In A Pandemic Organizers Say

Was asked yesterday about any vigils for the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police Officers planned for Roosevelt Island.





Today, Cornell Tech Dean Greg Morrisett confirmed one scheduled to begin at Cornell Tech tomorrow evening.

Here's a flyer

Monday, June 1, 2020

NYC Curfew Tonight Ordered by Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio


According to Press Release from NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio today announced a citywide curfew in New York City will take effect beginning at 11 PM tonight and will be lifted at 5 AM tomorrow morning.

The Governor and the Mayor also announced that the New York City Police Department will double its police presence to help prevent violence and property damage. The additional officers will be deployed to areas where violence and property damage occurred during last night's protests - specifically in lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn.

The Governor and the Mayor also reminded New Yorkers participating in protests to take proper health precautions and wear face coverings while we continue to fight the COVID-19 virus.

"I stand behind the protestors and their message, but unfortunately there are people who are looking to distract and discredit this moment," Governor Cuomo said. "The violence and the looting has been bad for the city, the state and this entire national movement, undermining and distracting from this righteous cause. While we encourage people to protest peacefully and make their voices heard, the safety of the general public is paramount and cannot be compromised. Tonight the Mayor and I are implementing a citywide curfew starting at 11 PM and doubling the NYPD presence across the city."

"I support and protect peaceful protest in this city. The demonstrations we've seen have been generally peaceful. We can't let violence undermine the message of this moment. It is too important and the message must be heard. Tonight, to protect against violence and property damage, the Governor and I have decided to implement a citywide curfew," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "The Police Commissioner and I have spoken at length about the incidents we've all seen in recent days where officers didn't uphold the values of this city or the NYPD. We agree on the need for swift action. He will speak later today on how officers will be held accountable."

UPDATE 6/2 - Mayor de Blasio announces curfew is from 8 pm to 5 am thru Sunday June 7.

Roosevelt Island Resident And PSD Sergeant Profiled In NY Post Article On Dating During Coronavirus Pandemic - The Sparks Fly


According to the NY Post:
On MandaLeigh Blunt and Jeff Laszczych’s third date, they donned masks, joined gloved hands — and drove to an antibody testing site.

Blunt, a 32-year-old realtor, says she was “chronically single” before the pandemic. But in February, she plucked up the courage to ask a mutual friend to set her up with Laszczych. She’d seen her 36-year-old crush around Roosevelt Island, where she lives and where Laszczych works as a sergeant in the public safety department.

The two went on as many dates — a dinner in Brooklyn and lunch at her apartment — before the coronavirus crisis rocked the fledgling relationship. “Two days later, he spiked a fever of 104,” she says. Laszczych, who had trouble breathing, was admitted to the hospital for six days. Blunt was worried, but didn’t want to come on too strong.

“It was a lot of freaking out if I didn’t hear from him, wondering if he was OK, and thinking, ‘Wait, I don’t even know this guy, he could be ghosting me,’ ” says Blunt. Eventually, Laszczych, who recovered from COVID-19 in his Greenpoint apartment, began to feel better, and the duo continued to bond from a distance. Three weeks after Laszczych’s release from the hospital, the couple went to CityMD to get tested for novel coronavirus antibodies together....
Read the full NY Post article here.

Do You Have Questions About Roosevelt Island Coronavirus Reopening, Submit Your Written Questions To RIOC Board Operations Committee Prior To June 2 Meeting - They May Or May Not Be Addressed Adds RIOC

Reported last Friday:

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board Of Directors Operations Advisory Committee will meet next Tuesday, June 2, to discuss the Roosevelt Island Coronavirus reopening plan as well as active construction projects. The meeting will be conducted via videoconference and open to the public.

I asked RIOC President Susan Rosenthal and the RIOC Directors:
Will the public be able to participate during the upcoming RIOC Board Committee meeting videoconferences as they do during in person meetingns?
RIOC Public Information Officer Terrence McCauley replied:
Public comments are not part of the agenda for either committee meeting. The public can always submit their comments for full board meetings on our website. http://rioc.ny.gov/FormCenter/Meetings-4/Speakup-43
RIOC changed it's tune today about public participation in the committee meeting, announcing:
  • The Real Estate Development Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 4:30 PM.
  • The Operations Advisory Committee will hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 5:30 PM.
  • The RIOC Board of Directors will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 5:30 PM.
To watch the meetings from your computer or mobile device, please visit https://live.divacommunications.com/rioc-live/

To submit remarks to be read into the record of the RIOC Board Meeting, please visit: http://rioc.ny.gov/FormCenter/Meetings-4/Speakup-43

NOTE: Although there is no public comment period on the agendas of the June 2 committee meetings, the public is invited to submit questions if they wish. The questions may or may not be addressed by the committee chairs. Questions may be submitted by clicking here: http://rioc.ny.gov/FormCenter/Meetings-4/Speakup-43
I'd like to know about opening the ball fields for socially distant recreation,


plans for Roosevelt Island Tram usage,

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Boys Are Back And Looking For Trouble - Watch Fantastic Dropkick Murphy's Concert At Empty Fenway Park, With Bruce Springsteen Too, Yes, Yankee Fans Can Enjoy Too


Here's the end of Dirty Water, followed by Springsteen and Dropkick Murphy's singing Rose Tattoo and American Land.



Don't miss the full Dropkick Murphy's show from an empty Fenway Park - Wow!!! Yes, we Yankee fans can enjoy too.



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

Friday, May 29, 2020

RIOC Roosevelt Island Community Update - Hudson Related Invites Residents To June 6 First Look And Info Session On Riverwalk Park Affordable Housing Building, AVAC System Repairs, Saturday Farmers Market, Motorgate Repairs & More


Here's May 29 Community Update from Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)
Motorgate Changes Coming June 3, 2020

Due to ongoing Motorgate repair work, significant parking and traffic pattern changes will be coming to the south sections of 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7B and 8B on June 3, 2020. Please keep an eye out for signs and obey posted speed limits.

AVAC Repairs

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) continues to make repairs on the AVAC system. In the meantime, DSNY will pick up trash to ensure our island remains clean. We will keep everyone informed of their progress.

Farmers Market This Saturday

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

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

Exclusive First-look at Riverwalk Park for Roosevelt Island Residents (Not a RIOC Event)

Related & Hudson Companies would like to invite residents of Roosevelt Island to an exclusive first-look at Riverwalk Park on Saturday, June 6th at 12 pm. Riverwalk Park will be 100% affordable for individuals and families that earn between 40-165% of the Area Median Income. Fifty percent of the units are reserved for current residents of Manhattan Community Board 8. The company will talk timing, the application process, and will detail exactly how they calculate your income and assets for this program. More than anything they wanted an opportunity to talk to you. Please don’t forget to RSVP.

Roosevelt Island Coronavirus Reopening On Agenda For June 2 RIOC Board Operations Committee Meeting And Southpoint Park Shoreline Reconstruction Project On Agenda For June 2 Real Estate Committee Meeting - Both Meeting Via Videoconference, Public Can Watch But No Participation Says RIOC

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board Of Directors Operations Advisory Committee will meet next Tuesday, June 2, to discuss the Roosevelt Island Coronavirus reopening plan as well as active construction projects. The meeting will be conducted via videoconference and open to the public.

I asked RIOC President Susan Rosenthal and the RIOC Directors:

Will the public be able to participate during the upcoming RIOC Board Committee meeting videoconferences as they do during in person meetingns?
RIOC Public Information Officer Terrence McCauley replied:
Public comments are not part of the agenda for either committee meeting. The public can always submit their comments for full board meetings on our website. http://rioc.ny.gov/FormCenter/Meetings-4/Speakup-43
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, June 2, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. via videoconference.

AGENDA:

Discussion of:

Active Construction Projects
RIOC’s Reopening Plan
Any Other Committee Business that May be Brought Before the Committee

Chair’s Motion for Executive Session to Discuss Contract Negotiations

***

Due to public health concerns and as authorized by Executive Order of the Governor, this meeting will be conducted via videoconference.

The link to a webcast will be posted on RIOC’s website by 12:00 pm on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.
Among the issues  residents have raised concerning the Coronavirus re-opening of Roosevelt Island is the use of McManus and Firefighters ball fields

which have been closed during the shutdown

as well as the use of public space for outdoor seating by Roosevelt Island restaurants.

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Weekend And Next - 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 29 - Jun 1 • Jun 5 - 8, Fri 9:45 PM to Mon 1 AM (No subway service overnight between 1 AM and 5 AM) Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via the E after 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av

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

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 29 - June 4 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 29 - June 4 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 28, 2020

Sneak A Peak Inside $4600 Roosevelt Island 2 Bedroom Apartment For Rent - How Has NYC Coronavirus Pandemic Shutdown Effected Roosevelt Island Residential Real Estate Market, Are You Staying Or Looking To Get Out?

Take a look at this 2 bedroom, 2 bath rental apartment at what looks to be the Riverwalk Court Condo building at 415 Main Street.



According to Cash Jordan, the broker in You Tube video:

Manhattan, its where the action is and living here is very convenient but this convenience comes at a cost because Manhattan is loud there's lots of noise and it's not exactly peaceful and that pretty much goes for all of Manhattan except for one specific neighborhood where you can have peace and quiet while still living in New York City's most popular borough. I'm not talking about the Upper West Side I'm not talking about the Upper East Side and I'm certainly not talking about anything downtown. I'm talking about Roosevelt Island....

... This feels like a park with hotels on it. It definitely doesn't feel like downtown or Midtown or even uptown. This seems like a really nice place to live...

...it's just one block from the subway and it's right next to the sky rail
I asked Roosevelt Island resident and real estate agent Kaja Meade:
How has the Coronavirus Pandemic and NYC shutdown effected the Roosevelt Island real estate market?
Ms Meade replied:
There is not enough data to say definitively. Overall activity in the real estate market, and on Roosevelt Island, is lower compared to past years - due to the city policies affecting the ability to do business as usual. Most landlords or owners on the island are on pause. However, there is still activity throughout the city. Over the past couple weeks things in NYC have begun to heat up. People are signing leases on Roosevelt Island.

Overall people should not expect rental prices to dip much. At least not in the long term. I think what folks can expect are an increase in concessions to spike interest and bring clients.

I think what’s important to remember is that this crisis is not based on the housing market/industry, and that NYC is NYC. Even though some (if not many) folks are considering relocating… there will always be people that want to come to the city.

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 - Enjoy Wonderful Performances By RI Kids And Help Support Local Theater Company

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. Performance streaming dates are:

  • Friday, May 29, 7pm: CAST 1
  • Saturday, May 30th, 7pm: CAST 2
  • Sunday, May 31st, 7pm: CAST 3
MST&DA Assistant Executive Director Kimbirdlee Fadner reports:
Hello! This weekend, Jonathan and I are premiering a brand new musical and we would LOVE for you to come! Join our first ever LIVE STREAM EVENT with MST&DA! -- RSVP required --
From stage to screen, this is a brand new adventure for us! The musical is family friendly, runs 1.5 hours, and is full of heart! Especially great for kids of all ages! During these uncertain times, we are committed to continue to create and connect!!!

This show was written by Jonathan and myself, and I directed it. We started first in the theatre and then moved onto ZOOM. It's a labor of love during quarantine. We love that we can share this with all of you, no matter where you may be... and hope it brings you some smiles.
MST&DA adds:


A LIVE STREAM EVENT : $10 Suggested Donation per person

Share this invitation with your family and friends, no matter where they may be!

Every household must make a separate reservation.

Make your reservation online HERE.

Link to event will be sent out 24 hours before the show.
Here's a sneak peek at The Wind in The Willows with a song performed by Jonathan and Kimbirdlee Fadner.



Make your reservation online HERE for the MST&DA streaming performance of The Wind In The Willows to see wonderful performances by Roosevelt Island kids and help support our local theatre company.