Friday, April 19, 2024

Sponsored Post - Discover The Hidden Gem Of Duplex Living On Roosevelt Island With Local Resident And Corcoran Real Estate Agent Kaja Meade - 2 Levels Of Living Space Offering Perfect Blend Of Space, Comfort And Convenience

Kaja Meade, a real estate salesperson with the Corcoran Group, is also “the Roosevelt Island whisperer” when it comes to real estate. 

Kaja, who also owns an apartment and lives on Roosevelt Island, is involved in over a third of the property sales transactions for Roosevelt Island. Her intimate knowledge and affection for its offerings ensure that she guides clients towards their ideal island home with expertise and enthusiasm. Living and breathing the island life herself, Kaja's not just about selling properties; she's all about helping folks find their perfect corner of this unique NYC gem, deeply appreciating what Roosevelt Island livable charm has to offer as a cozy, community-centric spot in the big city.

According to Ms Meade:

As a long-time resident and real estate agent on Roosevelt Island, I've had the privilege of witnessing the island's transformation over the years. From its beginning as a haven for innovative and affordable housing to its emergence as a vibrant, growing, and diverse community, Roosevelt Island continues to surprise and delight its residents with its unique lifestyle.

One of the best-kept secrets of living on Roosevelt Island lies within its co-op buildings – their distinctive duplex apartments. When I first moved to the island and began my search for the perfect home, I was unaware of the existence of these hidden gems. It wasn't until a fellow Roosevelt Islander mentioned them in passing that I became intrigued.

I remember the excitement I felt when I learned about these multi-story homes. The idea of having two levels of living space in a cooperative building was a revelation to me. At the time, only a handful of duplex units had surfaced on the market, and they were snapped up almost as soon as they appeared.

Luckily, my perseverance paid off, and my family and I were able to secure one of these coveted apartments. The process of renovating and personalizing our new duplex truly made Roosevelt Island feel even more like home to us.

Now, as a real estate agent, I am thrilled to share that there are currently four 3-bedroom duplexes available for purchase within Island House and Rivercross. These special residences offer the perfect blend of space, comfort, and convenience, making them ideal for anyone seeking a unique living experience.

The asking prices for these apartments range from $1,150,000 to $2,195,000, depending on factors such as location, views, and amenities. One of the units boasts a washer and dryer, while another features a balcony – perfect for enjoying the breathtaking views of the East River and Manhattan skyline.

Two of the duplexes have been fully renovated and are move-in ready, while the other two have been freshly updated, allowing buyers to add their personal touch to the space. Regardless of their current condition, all four units offer stunning views and ample natural light across two floors, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere.

One of the standout features of duplex living is the separation of living space and sleeping quarters. With the bedrooms located downstairs and the living area upstairs, occupants can enjoy peace and privacy without the disturbance of noise from neighbors above. It's a small but significant detail that enhances the overall quality of life for residents.


If you've ever been curious about duplex living or have considered making Roosevelt Island your home, now is the perfect time to explore your options. Whether you're drawn to the convenience of co-op living or the allure of duplex space, these units offer something for everyone.

If you're interested in scheduling a viewing or learning more, please don't hesitate to reach out. As a resident and local real estate agent on Roosevelt Island, I'm here to help you find the perfect home that suits your lifestyle and preferences.

Discover the hidden gem of duplex living on Roosevelt Island – where modern convenience meets classic charm in the tranquil heart of New York City.

Join me and Kaja Meade for a tour of one of these duplexes 12 PM Saturday April 20 at our Instagram pages - @Roosevelt Islander or RooseveltislandRealestate.

See you tomorrow.

Resident Hopes To Open A New Roosevelt Island Thrift Store - Will Have A Table At Tomorrow's Earth Love Day Celebration And Later This Month Will Collect And Sell Items At The Good Shepherd Plaza Saturday RISA Flea Market

Roosevelt Island resident Stephanie Herlihy hopes to bring a Thrift store back to Roosevelt Island.

But in the meantime before she can secure a storefront, Ms Herlihy will collect and sell items at the Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) Saturday Good Shepherd Plaza Flea Market which sets up every other Saturday. 

According to Ms Herlihy

Roosevelt Island Thrift is a new sustainable initiative with a mission to uplift and nurture community through sustainable practices. Our ultimate goal is to open a Thrift Store on Roosevelt Island. As we do not have a storefront yet, we will operate at the RISA Flea Markets at the Good Shepherd Plaza. We will collect and sell items biweekly on Saturdays from 9am-5pm. Specific dates will be released at the beginning of the month.

We are officially launching on Earth Love Day this Saturday, April 20. Our table will be right next to the Blackwell House, across the street from the Meditation Lawn. We will be there from 10am - 2pm. We hope people stop by to say hello, donate or find a new treasure!

We collect clothing, shoes, accessories and books in ANY condition and are committed to reselling, repurposing, or recycling in a responsible manner. We are offering "in-store" discounts for every donation made to Roosevelt Island Thrift. We sell a curated collection of quality second hand goods for all genders and ages. Our inventory is carefully assessed for quality and cleanliness and we aspire to keep an affordable and inclusive inventory. A portion of all proceeds will go directly to youth programs on Roosevelt Island!

Visit the Roosevelt Island Thrift website or Instagram Page for more information.

Ms Herlihy also publishes the monthly Guide To Roosevelt Island Sustainability.

Click here for the April Roosevelt Island Sustainability Guide.

Many Roosevelt Island residents who remember the St Cabrini Thrift Shop on Main Street,

which closed in 2014, have been hoping for a new Roosevelt Island Thrift store to open up shop.

Good luck to Ms Herlihy and Roosevelt Island Thrift.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Roosevelt Island RIVAA Gallery Open Call For Artists To Participate In Upcoming Pride Month Exhibition Themed "Safe Space" - Express Your Interpretation Of Safety, Refuge And Sanctuary Through Your Art

 The Roosevelt Island RIVAA Gallery is celebrating Pride Month with an Open Call For Artists.

According to RIVAA Gallery:
We’re thrilled to invite LGBTQ+ artists to participate in our upcoming exhibition themed “Safe Space” at RIVAA Gallery. Express your interpretation of safety, refuge, and sanctuary through your art. 🏳️‍🌈

For submission form, please click link 

For questions and images submissions, please contact us at

Submission Guidelines:

Up to 5 pieces per artist.

Please send attachment photos including artwork title, dimensions, and medium.

Explain how your art relates to the theme “Safe Space.”

Artwork must be ready to hang or set on a display surface.

Submission Details:

Submissions are free.

If your artwork is accepted, there is a $25 flat fee for participation.

Drop-off your accepted artwork in-person with the fee at RIVAA Gallery on May 27 & 28.

Important Dates:

Deadline for submissions: May 9, 2024

Exhibition dates: May 30 - June 8, 2024

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 1, 2024 from 5 - 8PM

Artwork pick-up: June 13 & 14, 2024


RIVAA Gallery 527 Main St, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

Here's how Pride Month was celebrated last year on Roosevelt Island. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Roosevelt Island Celebrates EarthLove Day Saturday April 20, You're Invited To A Wide Array Of Sustainable Eco-Friendly Healthy Activities For All Ages - Come Check It Out

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

Dear Roosevelt Island Community:
This year’s Earthlove Day celebration is jam packed with a wide array of activities designed to educate and encourage residents to engage in healthy, sustainable, eco-friendly living on Roosevelt Island. 

Check out our list of events below:

Community Tables on Meditation Lawn & Blackwell Plaza

10 AM – 2 PM: RIOC will host a table with a free Earthlove Day community giveaway.

10 AM – 2 PM: Roosevelt Island Historical Society will host a table with free children’s book giveaways and other items.

10 AM – 2 PM: Wildlife Freedom Fund will host a table with free Earthlove Day giveaways.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Island OM will host an info table on yoga on Meditation Lawn.

Health and Wellness

10 AM – 10:45 AM: MSTDA will host a free capoeira class on Meditation Lawn.

10 AM – 2 PM: Bike New York is hosting learn to ride bike classes for children and adults (pre-registration required) at the Capobianco Courts.

10 AM – 2 PM: Bike New York is also offering free bike repairs under the Helix.

11 AM – 12 PM: Island OM will host a free yoga class for island residents on Meditation Lawn.

12 PM – 1:30 PM: Roosevelt Island Runners and the Roosevelt Island Plogging Club will host a plogging run highlighting our island’s green spaces that steps off from Meditation Lawn at noon.


10 AM – 2 PM: Roosevelt Island thRIft will host a table in Blackwell Plaza where they will be accepting donations of clothes, accessories, and books. Donated items will also be available for sale!

10 AM – 2 PM: The Carter Burden Older Adult Center is co-hosting an electronics recycling drop-off point in conjunction with State Senator Liz Krueger’s office. Electronics can be brought to the senior center garden for recycling.

10 AM – 2 PM: Haki Compost returns to Good Shepherd Plaza in conjunction with the Roosevelt Island Garden Club to collect compostable food items.

10 AM – 2 PM: The Roosevelt Island Public Library is hosting a book swap and accepting book donations in Blackwell Plaza.

Educational Seminars

10 AM – 2 PM: iDig2Learn will host free tours on Roosevelt Island’s new “Manhattan Healing Pocket Forest” in Southpoint Park just north of Strecker Lab. (No pre-registration necessary.)

12 PM – 2 PM: Outdoor tours of Cornell Tech’s sustainability features (20-minute tours at 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm). Meet outside the entrance to the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Center, 2 West Loop Road. (No pre-registration necessary.)

Children’s Activities

10 AM – 2 PM: The Roosevelt Island Youth Center is hosting a free recycling themed art table for kids on Meditation Lawn.

10 AM – 2PM: Island Kids is hosting an environmentally themed activity table on Meditation Lawn.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: The Youth Center will also host a recycling themed scavengers hunt on Meditation Lawn.

10 AM – 2 PM: RIOC is also sponsoring free kids face-painting and a photo booth on Meditation Lawn.

The current forecast for Saturday is looking good, so we can’t wait to see everyone for this year’s Earthlove Day celebration on Saturday!

-RIOC Communications and Community Affairs

Northwell Health Offering Free Health Screenings To All In The Roosevelt Island Community Thursday April 18 At The Carter Burden Older Adult Center - Also, Learn The Healthy Aging Secrets Of Centenarians (Over 100 Years Old)

Northwell Health is providing Free Health Screening Services at the Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Older Adult Center  (548 Main Street) Thursday April 18 from 9:00 AM -4 PM. No appointment is necessary and no insurance needed.

The health screening services are available to everyone in the Roosevelt Island community and not limited to members of the Older Adult Center.

Among the services being offered are:

  • Blood pressure check
  • Blood sugar level
  • Cholesterol level
  • Heigh & Weight
  • Body Mass Index and 
  • Health counseling

Here's a video from Northwell Health describing the healthy aging secrets of centenarians. According to the Northwell You Tube page:

You might think that living a full life past 100 is a stretch, but these centenarians say otherwise: They’re active, inspired and full of energy after 100-plus years and counting. They shared their New Year's resolutions in a commercial from Northwell Health, and now they’re revealing their thoughts on healthy aging. From diet and exercise to purpose, pets and stress, these centenarians share their wisdom on a life well lived. And joining us in the 20-Minute Health Talk studio with a professional perspective on healthy aging: Maria Carney, MD, FACP, chief of geriatric and palliative medicine at Northwell Health, and former health commissioner for Nassau County.

Northwell Health is New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals, 850 outpatient facilities and more than 16,600 affiliated physicians....

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Fish Heads, Guts And Trash Left Scattered Around Roosevelt Island East River Waterfront Promenade - Resident Wants RIOC Public Safety Department To Enforce Littering Laws And Fine Visitors For Leaving Disgusting Mess

A Roosevelt Island Tipster shares these photos and reports today:

Fisherman leaving their mess behind on Roosevelt Island. These pictures were taken this morning (April 16) near the Manhattan side of the Cornell Tech campus.

Fish heads and guts scattered around. Fast food scraps, plastic trash and bags blowing into the East River.

Is there a way for the Public Safety Department to enforce littering laws against the fisherman and other visitor with fines?

RIOC Listens To Roosevelt Island Community And Offers Free Access Hours To Swimming Pool, Fitness And Yoga Program For Seniors At Sportspark Recreational Center - It Was "A Team Effort With Good Outcome" Says Older Adult Center Director Lisa Fernandez

During the April 3 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors meeting Public Session, Roosevelt Island resident Mary McCechan and Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Older Adult Center Director Lisa Fernandez asked RIOC to implement a free access program for use by limited income Roosevelt Island seniors at the Sportspark pool 

and recreational center.

According to Ms McCechan:

... Older adults are the nations fastest growing population. The number of older adults in the State has ballooned. In New York City in this next deck decade, the number of older adults will surpass the number of children for the first time in history.

Governments and responsible community agencies are realigning and preparing policy and programs for these changing demographics across this nation.

The most serious challenges for older adults center on isolation, health, well-being and living on a fixed income. 

The pool at SportsPark can address all these challenges. Yet for older adults, the utilization of the pool has dropped by almost 47% from 285 to the current registration of 151. 

Given our current inflation rate, living on a fixed income has become particularly difficult. Cost is the biggest stated reason for older adults, not using the pool.

Traditionally during non-peak hours, there have always been free pool hours for the seniors on Roosevelt Island. We are asking that free hours for senior swimming be reestablished. 

This is about community building and as stakeholders together we can help ensure that older adults are active and engaged members of the Roosevelt Island community....

RIOC listened and yesterday announced a program providing free access for Roosevelt Island seniors at the Sportspark. According to RIOC Communications Director Bryant Daniels:

A few weeks ago, several island seniors met with our Constituent Services Department to discuss ways to improve senior utilization of Sportspark, specifically in the pool, which has always been a popular destination. It was a productive meeting, with our Constituent Services Department stating they would take the feedback back to Sportspark for review, and the Senior group indicating they would also bring it up at the next meeting of the RIOC Board of Directors. Following those events, the Sportspark team put together this new plan to offer free swim periods for island seniors on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 am to 2 pm, starting April 15th. Additionally, for seniors who want to get active but may not want to swim, we’re also now offering a free afternoon yoga chair class every Tuesday from 12 pm to 12:45 pm in the Sportspark fitness studio. Seniors interested in taking advantage of these special program periods simply need to show ID at the Sportspark desk for proof of age. 

 We understand that many seniors are on a fixed income, and although Sportspark is already incredibly well-priced, we thought it was important to make these additional services available for older adults in the community who may have been on the fence about visiting the Sportspark complex.

I asked Mr Daniels:
How come if you use this program, you can’t use during other hours?

Mr Daniels replied:

We still have the reduced rate of $25 per month for seniors to use the facility anytime, whenever they want. These special hours and programs are designed for folks on a more limited fixed income, during hours we think will be popular.

Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Older Adult Center Director Lisa Fernandez adds:

This was a team effort; Mary McCechan, Elizabeth Berg, Ronnye Halper and myself originally met with Bryant Daniels & Amanda Dominguez.

They were very receptive and willing to listen. I’m really happy the older adult community has additional opportunities to stay fit and active.

Also, pleased that RIOC has been very open and communicative.

Again, a team effort with a good outcome! 

 Here's Ms McCechan and Ms Fenandez speaking at the April 3 RIOC Board meeting Public Session.

Kudos to the new Interim RIOC leadership of Deputy General Counsel Gerrald Ellis, Chief Financial Officer Dhru Amin, RIOC Board member Howard Polivy and the rest of the RIOC Board for listening and engaging with the Roosevelt Island residents to better serve our community.

The Sportspark recreational facility was re-opened  May 19, 2023 after a $12 million renovation and an initial huge increase in fee schedule imposted by the prior RIOC administration which was reversed after widespread community protest.

Come along on a tour of the Sportspark recreational facility given during its May 19 re-opening ceremony. 

More info on the Roosevelt Island Sportspark recreational facility programs, schedules and fees at the RIOC website.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Sponsored Post - Volunteers Needed At Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms State Park, Join Us For I Love My Park Day Saturday May 4 - Help Revitalize, Assemble, Repair And Repaint The Banned Book Library, Symbol Of Freedom Of Speech And Expression

The Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms State Park is hosting I Love MY Park Day on Saturday May 4.

According to the FDR 4 Freedoms State Park

Join us on Saturday, May 4th for a special I Love My Park Day as we celebrate the Centennial of New York State Parks! Lend a hand to beautify FDR Four Freedoms State Park, a stunning memorial honoring freedom and democracy. During this election year, we are creating a Banned Book Library to remind park visitors of the importance of freedom of speech and expression.

Here’s how you can make a difference:

Revitalize the Banned Book Library: Assemble, repair, and repaint the unique Banned Book Library, a symbol of freedom of speech and expression. This will also be a fun arts and craft activity as we create books for the shelves!

Spruce Up the Seating: Refurbish, clean and prep 60 Adirondack chairs for the Great Lawn, ensuring a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy the park’s scenic views.

Mulch Matters: Rake and replenish mulch around the 120 Little Lead Linden tree pits, providing essential nutrients and moisture for a healthy park environment.

No experience necessary! We’ll provide all the tools and training you need. It’s a fun and rewarding day to give back to your community and make a lasting impact on this historic park. 


Contact Zoe Peerman at if you have any questions!

Here's the 2023 FDR Four Freedoms State Park Banned Book Library.

You can also help support the FDR Four Freedoms Park 

by adopting an Adirondack Chair for a donation of $250 or more.