Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wave Good Bye To 2009 With Google and Jib Jab - Count Down Seconds To Happy New Year With Jim Carrey and Party With Bruce & Southside Johnny

You Tube Video Waving Good Bye To 2009

Here's a 2009 year end review from Google Wave and the folks at Jib Jib.

You Tube Video Reviewing 2009 With Jib Jab

Best Wishes To All For A Happy And Healthy New Year!

Now let's have some fun and Celebrate the Countdown To New Year with Jim Carrey.

You Tube Video of Jim Carrey Celebrating the New Year on David Letterman Show

There's no better way to party out the past year then with a traditional last song from Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes together with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band .
We're havin' a party
Everybody's swinging
Dancing to the music
On the radio
So listen, Mr. DJ
Keep those records playing
'Cause I'm having such a good time
Dancing with my baby

You Tube Video of Southside Johnny and Bruce Springsteen Having a Party in 1978 - Lyrics are by Sam Cooke.


Roosevelt Island Wins 2 Curbed Top Ten Craziest Renderings Awards - Skynet Tram Takeover & Dragonfly Vertical Farm For Southpoint Park

It's the end of the year 2009 and the 6th Annual Curbed Awards are being handed out.
As is our yearly tradition, it's time to make up a bunch of awards and hand them out to the most deserving and important people, places and things in the real estate, architecture and neighborhood universes of New York City! Yep, it's time for the Sixth Annual Curbed Awards!
Perhaps one day the Curby will take it rightfull place together with other illustrious Awards such as the Oscar, Emmy and Tony......

Or maybe not.

Anyway, a big pat on the back to Roosevelt Island for being awarded 2 spots in the 2009 Curbed Top 10 Craziest Renderings of the Year.

At number 10 was the renderings for the new Roosevelt Island Tram Cabins. According to Curbed:
This was the year Skynet took over the Roosevelt Island tram replacement project, and the world was better for it. This rendering may actually come true, and we're not just saying that because there's a cyborg holding a gun to our head.
Image From Curbed via Roosevelt Islander

And at number 1 - Dragonfly:
What were the odds that Roosevelt Island would find itself on this list twice? About as good as the Dragonfly actually being built. And yet, here Roosevelt Island is for the second time! Gives us hope that this insect will one day spread its wings
Dragonfly Image From Curbed

What is Dragonfly? It is a vertical urban farm for Southpoint Park.
What is it about the southern end of Roosevelt Island that inspires the very best from the most noted architects of our age? As if in direct counterpoint to one of our all-time favorite creations, the Roosevelt Island Tower of Death, wacky conceptual architect Vincent Callebaut presents us—nay, gifts us—with Dragonfly, a 128-story vertical farm that appears from the renderings to overshadow just about every other creation that man has yet realized on God's green earth...
Gizmodo had more on the Dragonfly urban vertical farm for Southpoint Park, Roosevelt Island.

Also, let's not forgot the aforementioned 2007 Art & Urbanity Curbed Winner, the spectacular Roosevelt Island Tower of Death.

DHCR Commissioner/RIOC Chairperson VanAmerongen Resigns To Take Position With Affordable Housing Law Firm - What Does This Mean For Roosevelt Island?

Image of Deborah VanAmerongen From DHCR

A reader sent in this link to a New York Observer artcle reporting that Deborah VanAmerongen, the Commissioner of New York State's Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) has resigned to take a job with the Nixon Peabody law firm. In her capacity as Commissioner of DHCR, Ms VanAmerongen was also the Chairperson of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corportation's Board of Directors (RIOC). According to the NY Observer:
... Ms. VanAmerongen is jumping to the private sector ship, joining a firm that has an active affordable housing group and one that does significant work with Ms. VanAmerongen's agency, the Division of Housing and Community Renewal, including deals this year. Of course this public sector-to-private sector shift is not all that uncommon—City Council Land Use Chairwoman Melinda Katz, for instance, is headed to the law firm Greenberg Traurig, which represents developers before the Council. A spokeswoman for the DHCR said Ms. VanAmerongen recused herself from decisions with the potential for conflict of interest.

Steve Wallace, a partner who heads Nixon Peabody's affordable housing group, said Ms. VanAmerongen, who is not an attorney, will be a "strategic policy adviser," offering guidance on affordable housing issues in New York and nationally...
There are currently and will continue to be affordable housing issues for Roosevelt Island particularly in regard to the ongoing privatization efforts at the Mitchell Lama Rivercross, Island House and Westview buildings. Be interesting to see what role, if any, Ms. VanAmerongen and Nixon Peabody have in the future for Roosevelt Island Affordable Housing.

UPDATE 1/6/10 - More here.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Emergency Preparedness Workshop For Roosevelt Island Presented By Senator Jose Serrano & Advice For Seniors And Students

State Senator Jose Serrano is inviting Roosevelt Island residents to an Emergency Preparedness Workshop on January 5.

Emergency Preparedness Workshop
WHEN: January 5th at 11:00 am
WHERE: Roosevelt Island Seniors Association
546 Main Street
Roosevelt Island, New York

Senator Serrano, the American Redcross in Greater New York, and the NYC Office of Emergency Management will offer this free presentation, designed to prepare individuals and families for emergencies. Attendees will learn how to create a family disaster plan, build and maintain a supply kit, and keep loved ones safe and informed during times of disaster.

Participants will receive a free interactive CD that can be used to create a customized evacuation plan and other tools that will help any family get prepared. For more information please call Ingrid Sotelo at (212) 828-5829
More infomation is available at the NYC Office Of Emergency Management (OEM).

The OEM teaches Seniors how to prepare for emergencies in this video

You Tube Video Of Emergency Preparedness For Seniors

and children as well.

You Tube Video of Emergency Preparedness For Kids

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Roosevelt Island Residents Association, Public Safety Department And FDNY Working Together To Maintain Fire Safety

You Tube Video Of November 30 Island House Fire

Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) President Frank Farance sent the following message to Public Safety Director Keith Guerra:
Director Guerra-

In my WIRE column of December 12, I mentioned the recent fire in Island House:

"... We heard several complaints afterward about the performance of FDNY afterwards. I spoke with Lt. Philips at Engine 260, our nearest firehouse. The discussion was in the spirit of comparing notes and lessons learned. Overall, there's a little bit of improvement everywhere: FDNY, RIOC, Public Safety, managing agents, and residents themselves. RIRA will be compiling an informative list for an upcoming Town Hall meeting. ..."

You and I had a meeting to discuss some Lessons Learned and you arranged for a later meeting with local FDNY Battalion Chief to continue the cooperative discussion. Since our meeting with FDNY, I've seen the trucks (Engine 260, Ladder 116) on several weekends doing training.

I appreciate your help convening the meeting with FDNY: it was very productive, informative, and cooperative.

I hope you and your family are enjoying the holidays!
And Mr. Guerra replied:
You're welcome Frank. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year and look forward to working productively together in 2010.
More on the November 30 fire at Roosevelt Island's Island House.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney Helps U.S. Marine Corps Distribute Toys For Tots At The Roosevelt Island Youth Center

Congresswomen Maloney and RI Youth Center Director DeFino At Roosevelt Island Toys For Tots Distribution

Received the following message from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's office.
Roosevelt Island, NY, December 23, 2009 – U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney this evening joined Executive Director Charles DeFino and staff at the Roosevelt Island Youth Center to help distribute “Toys for Tots” at the Center. Every year, Congresswoman Maloney helps the United States Marine Corps (USMC) distribute thousands of Toys for Tots to children at youth centers and in public housing developments in New York’s 14th Congressional District. This year, the USMC named the Congresswoman’s late husband Clifton Maloney an Honorary Vice Chairman of the Toys for Tots program in New York City.

“For decades, Toys for Tots has given gifts to children who might otherwise go without during the holiday season,” Maloney said. “This program is one of the Marine Corps’ most cherished missions and another example of the many ways our men and women in uniform serve our nation day in and day out.”

“I am touched that Toys for Tots is making my husband an Honorary Vice Chairman,” Maloney said. “Clif was a Navy veteran and I know that he would be honored that fellow members of the military are recognizing his service.”

"2009 USMC Toys for Tots Honorary Vice Chair and Navy veteran Clif Maloney lived life to its fullest. I know that his wife, the Honorable Carolyn Maloney, and their two beautiful daughters will continue to serve their community and the underprivileged children of New York,” said Major Chuck Kilbride of the USMC. “We at Toys for Tots are privileged to donate these new toys to the kids of Roosevelt Island as a symbol of hope on behalf of all the members of the Marine Corps. God bless America."

The USMC’s “Toys for Tots” programs collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December, and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in communities throughout the United States. Every year, Maloney and her staff help the USMC distribute toys to underprivileged children throughout New York’s 14th Congressional District, which includes Roosevelt Island and most of Manhattan’s East Side and western Queens.

Congresswoman Maloney Distributing Toys To Roosevelt Island Girl

More information on Roosevelt Island Toys For Tots from RIOC and the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Things To Do This Weekend In New York City & Roosevelt Island - Renaissance Christmas Music, Lights, Kwanzaa @ AMNH & Chinese Food

You Tube Video Of Dyker Heights Brooklyn Christmas Lights

Looking for fun or interesting things to do on Roosevelt Island or in some other part of New York City this Christmas/Kwanza/Winter Holiday weekend? Here are some ideas,

On Friday, Christmas day, there's Early Music New York's A Renaissance Christmas at the Cathedral Church Of St. John the Divine:
... Director Frederick Renz has selected caroles, noels and motets dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, that emanate from sacred and secular rituals across Europe. Celebrate the twelve days of Christmas in the candle-lit, holly & ivy festooned Cathedral!
On Saturday, go take a look at the marvelous Dyker Heights Christmas lights in Brooklyn from 83rd - 86th streets between between 10th - 13th Avenues. According to the NY Post:
Even Rockefeller Center has nothing over this Brooklyn neighborhood during the winter holidays.
Dyker Heights, which is world-famous for its magnificent Christmas light displays, certainly isnt cutting down on electricity this season because of a dwindling economy.

A stroll through its snow-powdered streets last night offered onlookers a chance to see jaw-dropping light displays including, life-sized singing choir boys and glowing angels and, of course, dazzling Christmas trees...
You can go yourself or take a tour with A Slice of Brooklyn though the tours are sold out this weekend but available for Monday and Tuesday.

You Tube Video of Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour

On Sunday, visit the American Museum of Natural History for their all day Kwanzaa Celebration:
A vibrant cultural festival of African and African-American music, dance and crafts that commemorates the seven principles of Kwanzaa at the American Museum of Natural History. Kwanzaa Spirits 2009! is a feast for the soul and senses. Celebration highlights include performances by:
  • International Steel Drum Orchestra (ADLIB), showcasing a variety of styles including calypso, sosa, and jazz
  • Restoration Dance Theatre Company under the artistic direction of Karen Thornton-Daniels
  • Award-winning Vy Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir
  • The electrifying Balance Dance Theatre under the artistic direction of Obediah Wright
There's always Chinese Food on Christmas.

You Tube Video of I Eat Chinese Food On Christmas

On Roosevelt Island this Holiday weekend, the Farmers Market is open on Saturday as usual as is Gallery RIVAA, the Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association.

Another suggestion - RIOC has produced a great self guided tour map (PDF File) of Roosevelt Island for any visitor or resident looking to stroll the Island and learn something more about it.

The MTA is reporting no Roosevelt Island F Train subway advisories this weekend and neither is RIOC with Tram advisories.

Track Santa Claus This Christmas Eve With NORAD & Google - Hey, Santa & Reindeer Spotted Over Roosevelt Island Using A Tram Sled

You Tube Video Showing NORAD Tracking Santa Across China

Reports are coming in of the Big Fella, yep, that's right, Santa Claus himself making his way around the globe. According to Mashable, it's now easy to track Santa's route:
Want to know Santa’s whereabouts this Christmas Eve? Well, Google has you covered. The company has been helping NORAD track the man in red since 2004 — the bi-national U.S.-Canadian military organization had been tackling the task all on its lonesome since 1955, when a Sears and Roebuck magazine ad accidentally instructed readers to call NORAD instead of the real hotline...
Wow, I'm looking out my window now - Can it be? I think I see Santa flying over Roosevelt Island and the Queensboro Bridge.

Roosevelt Island Reindeer Driven Tram (more info here)

You can track Santa's route at the Official NORAD Santa Tracker.

Hope you've been good this year.

You Tube Video of Sanat Claus Is Coming To Town

Live version of Springsteen's Santa Claus Is Coming To Town here.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Roosevelt Island Public Safety Reports 12/8 Thru 12/22 - Deceased Woman Found, Teen Suicide Threatened & Pregnant Woman Helped

Roosevelt Island Winter Coat Drive Image From RIOC Public Safety Department

The most recent Roosevelt Island 24 hour Public Safety Report is posted daily on the blog's inside right sidebar, just below See Click Fix Roosevelt Island. Listed is a daily log recapping local incidents the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department responded to the previous day.

RIOC is also posting the Daily and November Monthly Roosevelt Island Public Safety Incident reports on their web site. A breakdown of Roosevelt Island Public Safety incidents by location and category (the Blotter) for the months of November 2009 is available as well.

Below are the Roosevelt Island Daily Public Safety Reports for December 8 - December 22, 2009. Incidents include:
  • Possible Burglary (12/8)
  • Beer Bottle Thrown From Eastwood/Roosevelt Landings (12/9)
  • Temporary Tram Outage (12/10)
  • Disorderly Conduct By Group (12/11)
  • Motorist Stopped, Disorderly Conduct- Pepper Spray Used By Public Safety (12/12)
  • Female Teen Threatened Suicide (12/13)
  • Inappropriate Touching of Female (12/14)
  • Assisted NYPD In Off Island Investigation (12/15)
  • Young Woman Found Dead At AVAC Yard (12/16)
  • Tenant Harassed By Another Tenant (12/17)
  • Water Leak (12/18)
  • Assisted Woman In Labor (12/19)
  • Electric Gristedes Sign Letter Catches Fire (12/20)
  • Public Urination (12/21)
  • Dog Barking Excessively In Apartment (12/22)
12/8/09 7:00 AM to 12/9/09-7:00 AM

Aided- An ill person was taken to the hospital by EMS.

Investigation/Possible Burglary-At an apt. No forced entry. reported who relieved a fellow diplomat reported that the apt was open and all furniture missing. PSD, UA and NYPD responded. NYPD filed a report and advised reporter to contact other diplomat who had resided in apt.

Domestic Dispute- Between Mother and Son over Christmas gifts. PSD, NYPD responded and filed a report.

Found Property- a ring. It was secured in PSD.

12/9/09-7:00 AM to 12/10/09-7:00 AM

Aided- A Coler Hospital patient fell from his wheelchair in the street. EMS responded and lifted him up. He refused transport and went to Coler Hospital.

Reckless Endangerment- Beer bottles thrown from a building. Reported by UA. PSD conducted a search of possible subject and responded to an apt. Resident there stated he was alone and did not throw anything and he refused to allow PSD to enter apt.

Investigation- An Island resident came to PSD to make a complaint. But when asked to provide information of the complaint by 2 PSD officers she refused and became irate. PSD checked the floor she resides in and all was in order. Tenant left PSD.

0700 hrs 12/10/09 - 0700 hrs 12/11/09

Investigation - Resident reported to PSD of a unknown condition. PSD made search of area with negative results.

Domestic Dispute - PSD with NYPD responded to an apartment for dispute. NYPD filed Domestic Incident report. No injuries or property damage.

Alarm - PSD responded to an alarm. PSD along with employee checked inside and appeared in order. Alarm was turned off.

Tram Temporary Outage - Tram employee called PSD to report that the tram was out of service. Condition was corrected and tram resumed service.

Possible Aided - Home Attendant notified PSD that her client was not answering his door. Super opened door and tenant was not home.

Investigation - PSD received complaint of bike chained to a pole. Chain was cut and bike was brought to PSD. Owner picked up bike.

Aided - PSD along with super checked apartment for tenant. Apartment was checked and aided was not home.

EDP - PSD responded with NYPD for possible suicide called in by aided's doctor. Aided was not home, but entered PSD later stating she was ok.

Aided - PSD was notified by aided that he was not feeling well. EMS responded and transported aided to hospital.

Dispute - PSD responded to group home for dispute between two teenagers. Both parties were spoken to by PSD and the teenagers went to their rooms without further incident. No injuries reported.

EDP/Aided - PSD observed female walking in the middle of the street. Female was incoherent and brought to PSD. NYPD and EMS responded. Aided was transported to hospital for evaluation.

12/11/09-7:00 AM to 12/12/09-7:00 AM

Dispute- Report of two male youths fighting in an apt. PSD responded youth stated that they were play fighting. No injuries. Reporter to notify the group home headquarters.

Aided/EDP- female walking in the middle of the street and interfering with traffic. PSD Officer approached male who was incoherent and irrational. EMS transported her to the hospital.

Aided- a Coler Hospital patient in a wheelchair was screaming that it was too cold outside. PSD responded and notified EMS. EMS transported aided to the hospital.

Domestic Dispute- Between husband and wife a day ago. NYPD responded and filed a report. PSD was not notified at time of incident. Wife did not want husband in apt. Matter was referred to UA Management.

Aided/DOA- Home attendant called various times to reach the client in his apt. But there was no answer. UA and PSD responded and resident was unresponsive. EMS responded and declared he was deceased. Medical examiner removed the deceased. NYPD secured the apt.

Smoke Condition- Tenant reports smell of smoke in apt. PSD responded and detected odor of cigarette coming from the bath room vent. Matter referred to UA Management.

Aided- A male Coler Hospital patient felling ill. EMS responded and transported him to the hospital.

Trespass/Open Container- Three subjects arrested by PSD.

Disorderly Conduct/Refusal to move- PSD responded for a disorderly group. All left but one subject who after several requests refused to leave. He was taken into custody and arrested.

There's More!

12/12/09-7:00 AM to 12/13/09-7:00 AM

Aided- An ill person was taken to the hospital.

Car stop/Disorderly Conduct- Motorist committed a moving violation and was stopped by PSD. Motorist refused to comply several times with PSD and PSD Sergeant to provide his documentation. Motorist became disorderly with PSD Officers and started screaming. He was sprayed with Pepper spray. EMS and NYPD responded. Motorist refused transport to the hospital. He was issued three summonses.

Verbal Dispute- Between a RIOC Bus driver and a passenger over the fare. Passenger reached over to the coin slot and removed a coin then left. PSD responded and filed a report. No injuries and NYPD refused.

Harassment- Between two females. Subject threw water at the victim and fled. PSD responded and conducted a search with negative results. No injuries. NYPD refused.

Criminal Mischief- A hole in the wall of a hallway of a building. UA was notified and made temporary repairs. Permanent repairs to be done on Monday 12/14/09. NYPD refused. PSD responded and conducted a search with negative results.

Smoke Condition- A tenant accidently burnt food in the apt. PSD and UA responded. the windows were opened in the hallway to air out the smoke. No injuries and no property damage. EMS refused.

12/13/09-7:00 AM to 12/14/09-7:00 AM

Aided- Male had a mild allergic reaction. EMS responded and he refused transport. he stated that he was fine.

Aided- Elderly female fell from a two foot latter and sustained injury to her ribs and a laceration to her right leg. EMS responded and transported her to the hospital.

Aided/EDP- A female teen stated to her adult sister that she wanted to kill herself with pills. NYPD, EMS and PSD responded. Female was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Harassment- Between two female tenants. PSD and NYPD responded. NYPD filed a report.

Aided- An ill female with chest pains and difficulty breathing was taken to the hospital by EMS.

12/14/09-7:00 AM to 12/15/09-7:00 AM

Aided- An ill person was taken to the hospital by EMS.

Investigation- RIOC parking sign removed by Grestedes Super Market employee. PSD responded and retrieved the sign and issued summonses to vehicles illegally parked at the loading dock. Employee warned and admonished on removing the sign.

Forcibly Touching/ Harassment-Adult female resident reported an adult male known to her was intoxicated and touched her inappropriately. No injuries. NYPD refused.

Aided- Gold Water Hospital Patient in a wheelchair fell. PSD and EMS responded and lifted him up onto the wheelchair. He refused transport to the hospital. No injuries.

Aided- An elderly female resident felt ill. EMS transported her to the hospital. Later her daughter came into PSD and was notified.

12/15/09-7:00 AM to 12/16/09-7:00 AM

Aided- Youth fell in the street and sustained a small laceration to the left knee. She was escorted to the father at the Motorgate Garage. Father refused EMS and to provide any on information.

Possible Aided- a Social worker requested that PSD check on a resident. PSD responded and he was not home. The Visiting Nurse of New York manager located him at the hospital.

Possible Aided- Food left front of apt. UA Super requested PSD respond to check on the tenent for concern that the per son may need medical assistance. Tenant not home and UA locked and secured the apt door.

Vehicle accident- Between 2 vehicles. One was parked the other struck it while parking the vehicle. No injuries. Minor damage to the parked vehicle. NYPD filed a report. The insurance company was notified.

Water leak- At two apt in the East Wood. No damages. UA notified and willconduct repairs later this morning. 12/16/09.

Aided- An ill person was taken to the hospital by EMS.

Unsecured Door- At the Child School. Search conducted with negative results. No one inside and the school was in order. Later NYPD responded with PSD and the alarm had ceased.

Police Investigation- PSD assisted Police on an investigation regarding a matter off Island.

12/16/09-7:00 AM to 12/17/09-7:00 AM

Aided- An ill person was taken to the hospital by EMS.

Minor Vehicle Accident- Between 2 vehicles minor damages. No injuries reported. EMS and NYPD refused.

DOA/Investigation- PSD responded to a report of unresponsive adult female. EMS and NYPD responded. EMS transported the female to the hospital. At the hospital female was declared deceased. NYPD detective conducting an investigation.

Noise Complaint- PSD responded and heard noise. Tenant did not open the door. Matter referred to RY Management.

Aided- An ill person was taken to the hospital by EMS.

Smoke Condition- Tenant accidently burnt food in an apt. No injuries and no damages. EMS refused. Hallway windows opened to air out the smoke.

0700 hrs 12/17/09 -0700 hrs 12/18/09

Harassment - Tenant reported to PSD that another tenant was harassing her. PSD responded and conducted search with negative results. Complainant refused NYPD report.

Lost Property - RIOC bus driver turned over property to PSD that was left on the bus. Property was turned over to owner.

Property Damage - PSD officer parked PSD vehicle and when he returned notice damage to vehicle. Photos were taken.

Aided - Tenant was not feeling well and transported to hospital.

0700hrs 12/18/09- 0700hrs 12/19/09

Aided- Male has stomach pains, called EMS, being transported to hospital.

Water Leak- PSD, building manager and service responded to apartment for water leak, leak was coming from master bedroom toilet, service turned water off, service secured door.

12/19/097-:00 AM to 12/20/09-7:00 AM

Harassment- Between 2 neighbors. No injuries. NYPD refused.

Investigation- A person subletting for another allegedly took jewelry NYPD responded and classified job as grand larceny.

Harassment- Youth congregating in the hallway PSD responded and youths were gone.

Aided- a woman in labor was taken to the hospital by EMS.

12/20/09-7:00 AM to 12/21/09-7:00 AM

Minor Fire- A letter in the electric Gristedes sign caught on fire. Employees extinguished the minor fire. FDNY responded. The cause was electrical and occurred due to the snow. No injuries.

Verbal Dispute- Over the purchase of a jacket. Jacket returned. No injuries. NYPD refused.

Harassment- Between 2 residents. PSD and NYPD responded. NYPD referred complainant to court to obtain an order of protection.

Alarm- At the Post office. PSD and Postal Police responded. Interior and exterior in order. Faulty fire alarm. General Manager to reset the alarm.

Larceny- A Digital camera removed from a vehicle. NYPD refused.

12/21/09-7:00 AM to 12/22/09-7:00 AM

Aided- An ill person was taken to the hospital by EMS.

Vehicle Accident- A motorist struck a metal railing in the Motorgate Garage. No injuries. Damage to the vehicle and to the metal railing. NYPD and PSD responded. EMS refused.

Urinating in Public- Two subjects issued summonses by PSD.

Domestic Dispute- Between a female and her boyfriend. No injuries. PSD responded. NYPD filed a report. Male escorted out of apt.

Unsecured Premises- At the Chapel Recreation Center. PSD responded and conducted a search with negative results. All in order. the door was locked and secured.

12/22/09-7:00 AM to 12/23/09-7:00 AM

Aided- An ill person was taken to the hospital by EMS.

Barking Dog- Two complaints of a dog barking excessively in an apt. PSD responded and confirmed complaint. No answer. Dept of Environmental Protection notified via complaint.

Lost property- A job Identification card on Main Street.

Aggravated Harassment- Between two tenants. PSD responded. 911 notified for NYPD.

Aided/Disabled Wheelchair- A Coler Hospital patient's motorized wheelchair break locked up. this caused Coler Hospital Police notified. PSD responded and pushed wheelchair to a bus stop. Minutes later the wheelchair was operational. Coler Hospital patient went to Coler Hospital.

Unsecured Door- a mail room door of a building. PSD checked and interior in order. Postal Inspection Dispatch notified.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

MTA Proposes To Cut Free Student Metro Cards - Help Roosevelt Island Students By Signing Online Petition Urging Restoration

You Tube Video Of NYC Kids Close To Losing Free Metro Cards

The Huffington Post reports:
The cash-strapped agency that runs New York City subways and buses is considering a proposal to end the more than 60-year-old practice of giving free rides for schoolchildren, a move that could cost half a million students nearly $1,000 per year in transportation fees.

The proposal before the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board to end free rides for schoolchildren has parents wondering how to get their children to school...
According to the NY Times:
... The cuts to the student subsidies for the MetroCards are not yet final. The M.T.A. board will have a public comment period over the coming weeks, and then another vote early next year. If the cuts are approved, the 584,000 city students who receive free or half-fare MetroCards would all receive half-fare cards beginning next September. In September 2011, they would pay full fares — nearly $700 for a school year at current rates....
Also, from the NY Times:
... The proposal has been seen by some as a negotiating tactic, and some observers argued that the authority was within its rights to stop financing a program whose costs were once shared by the city and the state; in recent years, those government subsidies have flat-lined or disappeared.

“This is something the city and state should pay,” said Nicole Gelinas, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. “It’s education spending, not transit spending. I think it is a pretty clever way to pressure the city and state to stop hiding their own budget problems in the M.T.A.”...
Governor Patterson is urging the MTA to reconsider cutting out free student Metro Cards. According to NBC New York:
...“If revenues come back in January, more so than we are predicting… if the upturn in the market is significant enough, the first thing I will do with added revenue is target them back to the MTA in order to relieve the young people from losing their MetroCards,” Paterson said during an appearance in the Bronx Tuesday.
“I would urge them [the MTA] in fairness to take another look at their plan and see if there’s another way to work it out. I just think that the last thing we want to do is to charge the children for the MetroCards to go to school,” he said. “But I do understand, not so much the decision making, as much as the difficult circumstances that the MTA is experiencing.”...
Roosevelt Island 360 does an analysis of what doing away with the free student Metro Card might mean for Roosevelt Island families.

A reader forwards us this online petition asking MTA Chairman Jay Walder to restore free student Metro Cards and seeking signatures.
To: Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Jay Walder
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Metropolitan Transportation Authority
347 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Dear Mr. Walder:

Hard working parents and students should not be punished for the MTA�s poor planning and mismanagement of its budget. The proposal to cut the free and reduced fare Student MetroCard program as a means of balancing the MTA budget is unacceptable and should be taken off the table immediately.

The free-fare student program accounts for less than 2% of the total MTA budget, and the State has not pulled its weight to fund this program as promised. However, eliminating such an important program to close a relatively small gap would be extremely shortsighted and detrimental to New York City�s future. While other jurisdictions rely on a yellow school bus to get their children to school, in New York City the yellow MetroCard is our school bus, which 400,000 students rely on every day to travel to school and participate in after-school activities. Cutting the Student MetroCard program is not the answer to the MTA�s budget shortfall, and we will not stand for its proposed elimination.

The MTA must act responsibly and consider a wide range of budget solutions before placing this financial burden on parents and students. We urge you to withdraw the MTA proposal to cut the free and reduced fare Student MetroCard program.


The Undersigned

So far, there are 5562 signatures.

Monday, December 21, 2009

New Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin Designs Revealed While Workers Surf The Current Tram High Above Manhattan And The East River

Image of Workers On Top of Moving Roosevelt Island Tram From Restless

Are you ever sitting in your office or wherever you work and feel like going for a walk? If you go for that walk, I doubt it is as dramatic as these Roosevelt Island Tram workers going out for a walk on top of the moving tram as it makes it's way across the East River. From Blogger Restless:
... I noticed that the tram going toward the island was not only stopped, but two men were dangling off it, a few hundred feet above ground. And they were still climbing around outside as it started moving...
In a few months (March 2010) the tram will be out of service while undergoing a modernization program and both cabins will be replaced. No longer will the cabins operate in sync with each other but will make their way back and forth to Roosevelt Island independent of one another. Here are the latest pictures of what the new Poma designed Roosevelt Island Tram Cabins will look like.

The exterior

and interior

as well as some earlier drawings.

And the new Manhattan Tram station during the day

and night.

Also, the Roosevelt Island Tram Station.

There have been several postponements of earlier planned starting dates for the modernization project. If it does start as planned this time, hopefully, the Tram will be back in operation by September 2010.

UPDATE - 12/22 - RIOC President Steve Shane adds:
To the blogger about the mechanics outside the Tram, they were on the tower superstructure. The only time they ride the tram on the outside is when going to or coming from a particular tower for maintenance or inspection.

Please remember that we have decided to not proceed with the station improvements until after the tram is back in operation and we then can make sensible decisions about available budget and plan for upgrades. The existing concept renderings of station improvements, while very attractive, are on the shelf until further notice.

Saturday Afternoon Winter Baseball On Roosevelt Island And Then Came The First December 2009 Snowstorm

Roosevelt Island Winter Baseball

As I was walking past Capobianco Field heading towards the Farmers Market on a cold, blustery, pre-snowstorm Roosevelt Island Saturday afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised to hear the familiar cracking sound of a ball hitting a baseball bat.

Hitting Gounders

As I turned towards this unexpected sound I saw two bundled up kids, one hitting ground balls to the other at shortstop.

Conference At The Mound

I asked the batter why they were playing in such cold weather and he responded as if I was crazy to ask such a question:
We Like Baseball
Who knows, maybe future Derek Jeter's are playing right here on Roosevelt Island?

A couple of hours later came the snow. Below are scenes from a December 2009 Roosevelt Island snowstorm.

You Tube Video of Roosevelt Island Following December 2009 Snowstorm

Friday, December 18, 2009

Santa Claus and Bach Coming To Roosevelt Island This Weekend Before Christmas - No Pogues Though

Santa Claus Image From How Stuff Works

Hey, it's the weekend before Christmas and guess who is stopping by Roosevelt Island this weekend. That's right, Santa Claus himself will be making an appearance at the Riverwalk Bar & Grill (425 Main Street) Saturday afternoon from 2 -6 PM to have pictures taken with local kids. Stop by and say Hi to Santa! Hope you have all been good this year.

You Tube Video of Bruce Springsteen's Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

For classical music lovers there will be an All Bach Holiday Celebration Tonight (8 PM) at the Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street) presented by the Rosemarie & Robin Russell Family Concert Series. The program will include Concerto in D minor for Oboe and Violin and Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major.

The Pogues and Kirsty McColl will not be coming to Roosevelt Island this year, well never, but here is their Fairytale Of New York. Not a cheerful Christmas song but certainly beautiful and poignant - one of my favorites.

You Tube Video of Pogues Fairytale Of New York

Update On MTA F Train Line General Manager's Response To Resident On Roosevelt Island Subway Service And Escalator Direction

Good news for Roosevelt Island subway service this weekend. According to the MTA, there are no scheduled F Train subway service disruptions for Roosevelt Island.

An update to post earlier this week about the correspondence between Roosevelt Island resident Trevre and the MTA's F Line General Manager regarding:
Change escalator direciton and do something about weekend outage.
Trevre received this third attempt by the MTA to answer his question about Roosevelt Island F train subway service.
We again regret any difficulty you experienced.

Despite our efforts to maintain regularly scheduled subway service, disruptions sometimes occur for a variety of reasons, including sick customers, police activity, mechanical malfunction and system repair work. We generally schedule system repair work for late nights and weekends, when ridership is lighter, so that fewer customers will be inconvenienced.

During general orders related to system repairs, orange notices advising customers of subway service changes should be posted in affected stations and regular public address announcements should be made to customers. In addition, station agents should note service changes on the passenger information boards located in their booths. In response to your complaint, we have referred your e-mail to supervision in our Department of Subways for their review and further corrective action. Please be assured, supervision in our Department of Subways will take steps to ensure that their operating personnel follow these procedural requirements.

For the future, please note that subway service change information is available through our website at and our Travel Information Center at (718) 330-1234, which is open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m., seven days a week. You may also call Customer Services at (718) 330-3322, regarding any other transit-related matter.

In respect to your complaint about escalators, again please be assured that New York City Transit shares your concern for reliable escalator service. Please be aware that suspension of "down" service was implemented to reduce crowding conditions that exist when passengers disembark from arriving trains. If one of the escalators were to remain operating in the "down" direction, it would result in a hazardous crowding condition at the bottom of the escalators. The capacity of the platform and its street stairways are insufficient to accommodate the large number of customers wishing to
egress the station. Nevertheless, a copy of your complaint has been referred to supervision in our Division of Stations for their review. Please be assured that they will continue to closely monitor all station operations and escalators, including those at the Roosevelt Island station, to ensure that they are well maintained and operated with the highest emphasis placed on customer safety.

If you have any further transit-related concerns, please contact Customer Services at (718) 330-3322, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., daily, or write to Customer Services at 2 Broadway, Room A11.146, New York, NY 10004.

We take the concerns of our customers very seriously and thank you for having taken the time to contact us.
I have noticed that one of the Roosevelt Island Lower Level escalators to the Manhattan platform is now running in the down direction. Is this the result of Trevre's messages or maybe recent meeting between residents and MTA?

Roosevelt Island Escalator Going Down From Lower Level To Manhattan Platform

Update On Dead Woman Found Wednesday At Roosevelt Island's AVAC Yard

Roosevelt Island AVAC Image From Bridge & Tunnel Club

An update on yesterday's sad story about a woman found dead at Roosevelt Island's AVAC yard from Roosevelt Island Public Safety Director Keith Guerra:
Here is the update on the Investigation

The investigation revealed that the young lady who passed away was a 21 year-old African-American Female who resided in the Astoria Houses in Queens. She was approximately 5'4" and approximately 150 lbs. Her parents found a Suicide Note and were notified of her death by the NYPD Detectives.

There is nothing further to report on the Suicide at this time. Our prayers go out to the young lady's family.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

RIOC Proposed Fiscal Year 2010 -11 Budget For Roosevelt Island - What Happens If Southtown Riverwalk Buildings 7 -9 Don't Get Built Or On Time?

Proposed RIOC Budget FY 2011

Above is RIOC's proposed fiscal year 2010-11 budget for Roosevelt Island. It is also posted on RIOC's web site.

Among the assumptions are:

  • Projected Cash Flow has been extended out to year 2025 (15 years) as opposed to 5 years in past budgets.
  • Salaries Budgeted for 2011 included a 3% COLA increase for non-union employees but is highly unlikely to be paid due to the State's financial condition.
  • Budget Risks (page 8) addresses the financial effect on Projected Cash Flow if Southtown 7,8 & 9 does not go forward.
Regarding Southtown Buildings 7 - 9, RIOC's proposed FY 2010-11 states (Page 9):
Southtown 7, 8, and 9:
In 2006, the Southtown developers exersized an option at a cost of $2,000,000 to extend the Construction Commencement Date for all buildings of Southtown 5–9 from no later than December 31, 2010 to December 31, 2012. Management believes that given current market conditions there is a possibility that the development of Southtown 7, 8, and 9 may not happen, negatively affecting projected cash reserves. Below is the effect on projected cash reserves, if the development of Southtown 7, 8, and 9 were not to go forward. It is management's belief that if Southtown 7, 8, and 9 were to not proceed in the time period, there would be other subsequent development opportunities after the economic downturn cycle reverses its course.
For further information on RIOC's Proposed Budget, take a look at the webcast of RIOC's December 3 Audit Committee meeting in which RIOC CFO Steve Chironis briefed the Directors on subject. RIOC webcasts generally remain available on their site for only a month after taking place.

Let me know if you see anything interesting in budget.

UPDATE 1/1/10-From RIOC:
The Proposed Budget FY 2011 was modified to reflect an increase in actual percentage rent from Manhattan Park, which is greater than the estimates made in the original Proposed Budget FY 2011. Manhattan Park provided the actual percentage rent information subsequent to the distribution of the original Proposed Budget FY 2011.
The modified budget is here.

December 31 Roosevelt Island Public Purpose Fund Applicaton Deadline Approaching Fast - Make Sure To Submit Your Papers Soon

Pile Of Money Image From Phoenix Fanster

RIOC Community Relations Specialist Erica Wilder reminds Roosevelt Island non - profit organizations to get your Public Purpose Fund Applications submitted before the December 31, 2009 deadline:
Please be advised that the deadline to submit Public Purpose Applications is Thursday, December 31st at 5PM. Applications can be mailed or dropped off at 591 Main Street with ALL supporting documents. If you have any additional questions, please contact me by phone or email.
More info on Roosevelt Island Public Purpose Funds available here.

Red Tail Hawk Spotted On Roosevelt Island Window Sill By A Berdy - Looking For Dinner?

All Images By Judy Berdy

File this under the category of you never know what you might find looking out of your Roosevelt Island Window.

Roosevelt Island Historical Society President Judy Berdy was looking out of her window and spotted a Red Tail Hawk sitting on a 19th floor window sill at 510 Main Street. (Roosevelt Landings/Eastwood)

Ms Berdy comments:
This is for the Birds!!!!!He sat there 30 minutes and refused to turn around........BIRD BRAIN.
What was the Roosevelt Island Red Hawk doing on the 19th Floor Window Sill?

Ms. Berdy believes:
He is scouting a good squirrel for dinner
In 2007 a Red Tail Hawk thought to be the progeny of Central Park West's Pale Male was spotted at Capobianco Field. At the time NY Magazine suggested this was an example of generational downward mobility.
Roosevelt Island: The winged progeny of Central Park West celebuhawk Pale Male may be roosting here. Talk about generational downward mobility.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Woman Found Dead This Afternoon At Roosevelt Island's AVAC Yard - NYPD Investigating

Roosevelt Island AVAC Image From Bridge & Tunnel Club

I was informed by several sources this afternoon that a woman was found dead near Roosevelt Island's Motorgate Garage. I asked Roosevelt Island Public Safety Director Keith Guerra whether this was true. Unfortunately, this evening Mr. Guerra confirmed that it was true. According to Mr. Guerra:
Please be advised that at 1:28PM, the Public Safety Department was notified of a possible intoxicated person down in the AVAC yard. Upon arrival, our responding officers found an unconscious female lying face down near a dumpster. The female had no pulse and appeared to be deceased. 9-1-1 was immediately called and FDNY Paramedics and EMT's were on scene expeditiously. NYPD was also on scene and initiated an investigation, which is still on-going. The identification of the female is unknown at this time. NYPD Detectives immediately opened a Case and I am not at liberty to disclose anything further. I will give you an update when I can.
UPDATE - 12/18 - Mr. Guerra provides some additional information.

Ginger Bread Roosevelt Island Tramway, Calendars, Cards, Mugs, Books Plus Other Roosevelt Island Holiday Gifts And Stocking Stuffers

Roosevelt Island Tram Ginger Bread House

Are you looking for that special Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanza/Holiday gift with a unique Roosevelt Island flair? If so, our own Ally, the chef at the Riverwalk Bar & Grill may have the answer for you.

A Roosevelt Island Ginger Bread Tram. Imagine, just like RIOC will be dismantling the parts of the real Roosevelt Island Tram next March to be replaced by a new Tram, you can dismantle your very own Ginger Bread Tram and then have the yummy pleasure of eating it. I can remember many wonderful past Christmas Holidays waiting to dig into the Ginger Bread house made by my cousin. It was delicious! Looking forward to doing same with Roosevelt Island Ginger Bread Tram.

I am told that Ally can also make Ginger Bread replicas of other Roosevelt Island landmarks or any other building structure you wish.

Here's how they make a Ginger Bread House from Walt Disney World's pastry chef.

There are also Holiday Gifts available at the Roosevelt Island Historical Society's kiosk at the Tram Plaza.


Another option is the Main Street WIRE 2010 Calendar which includes some great Roosevelt Island pictures.