Friday, October 30, 2009

New York Post Investigates Haunted House - They Should Come To Roosevelt Island For The Real Thing!

You Tube Video Of NY Post Ghost Investigation

The New York Post sent a team of ghost hunters to investigate the haunting of the Morris Jumel Mansion, Manhattan's oldest house. According to the NY Post:
... A crowd of ghost hunters — wielding cameras and gadgets that can sense electromagnetic fields — converge on the doorway, as Furhman continues to flap and shimmy alongside the invisible phenomena.

Days later, a review of audio recorded at the scene will reveal mysterious sounds: what seems to be the sound of a woman sighing when asked about Burr.

On this night, teams led by two of New York’s top paranormal investigators, Villella and Dan Sturges, have combed over Morris Jumel Mansion with armloads of nifty electromagnetic field detectors, digital sound recorders and video equipment....
I don't know if the Morris Jumel Mansion is haunted but we do now that there are those who believe that spirits and ghosts are inhabiting Roosevelt Island. To mark the coming of Halloween on Saturday, I though it appropriate to revisit two earlier posts asking if Roosevelt Island is the most haunted place in New York City.

First, there was the Creepy Spirits Scare The Crap Moment at The Octagon.

There's More!

Image of 1897 Octagon Lunatic Asylum from nyc10044

Blogger Melissa Bastian travels the length of the F train subway line from Jamaica Queens to Coney Island Brooklyn with a stop at Roosevelt Island to do some exploring. She visits the former Roosevelt Island lunatic asylum that is now the Octagon rental building noting that Charles Dickens and Nelly Bly wrote about the asylum as a place of suffering and horror.

Her first impression of the new and improved Octagon residential building was:
... The architects really did do a wonderful job of restoring the structure; the building itself is indeed quite beautiful, with a spiral staircase winding around the perimeter of the atrium....
But then came her Dark Water moment when the spirits and ghosts of Roosevelt Island come alive.
... At first the space felt like most newly constructed spaces feel - sort of vacant and dead. But then, all of a sudden, a wave came over me - of panic, of fear, of Very Bad Things. I looked around, and the lobby was still as calm and unremarkable as could be. But this energy was surging through me with a force that made me feel as if I might fall down. I collected Sarah and got the hell out.

We crossed the street to a little area with benches and a sundial, and it took me several minutes of sitting and breathing to collect myself. Now, I am not one to go in for a lot of heebee jeebee mumbo jumbo. But I have this thing with places. I suppose the best way to explain it is that I believe in energy; that a place can be infused with the energies of its occupants if those energies are strong enough, good or bad, and that the traces can last long past their actual presence. I know it sounds a little goofy, and maybe I just watched The Shining too many times when I was a kid. But I've felt many things in many places, and never in my life have I felt anything like that. And I lived in New Orleans for chrissake. Granted, I went in knowing the history of the place, but it certainly isn't what I was thinking of at the time. I was thinking about how pretty it was, and the nice weather, and how yuppies like to live in expensive places with tennis courts. And it just hit me out of nowhere, like a sickness. Whatever it was that happened in there, it is not an experience I have any desire to repeat...
The Dark Water movie was filmed at the Eastwood (now re-named Roosevelt Landings by the new owners, Urban America) buildings not the Octagon but the spirits inhabiting Roosevelt Island may be all over the place. Remember the Encampment?

You Tube Video of Dark Water trailer

A reader points out a 4 bedroom/flexible 5 bedroom apartment available at Roosevelt Landings on Craigslist for $4125 a month. No word on whether that includes the spooky spirits though.

This 2007 NY Times City Room item has more on whether Roosevelt Island is haunted.
Recently renovated as a pricey apartment building named “Octagon,” tenants may find that their new apartments have “squatters.” In a May 2006 segment on “Paula Zahn Now” on CNN, reporter Allen Chernoff noted the eerie coincidence that, on the day that the Octagon reopened, the Roosevelt Island tram to Manhattan broke down. Additionally, pet owners observed that some pets refused to walk up stairs in the building. CNN invited in a team of ghost hunters, who claim to have detected several apparitions on their sophisticated equipment.
A Curbed reader may have spotted an Octagon ghost on the spiral staircase during a 2006 visit.

From Curbed:
I took a picture of the stairwell. in the attached photograph (above), you can see that it's still a delightfully maddening spiral, but also i do believe that is a ghost in the upper left corner of the picture. it's the grayish blur near the banister. it's not sunlight from the windows, as you can see that stops in the lower half of the picture. it's not a reflection from my camera's flash, because the surrounding wood would show a gradation of light.
And second, the Spooky Happenings At the Renwick Ruins Smallpox Hospital

Interior of Renwick Ruins Smallpox Hospital

Blogger Melissa Bastian, who was creeped out by the spirits and ghosts at the Octagon has company in thinking that Roosevelt Island is:
possibly the most haunted piece of land on the planet.
Well maybe not the most haunted on the planet but perhaps in New York City. Another visitor to Roosevelt Island sees spooky images in pictures he took of the Renwick Ruins Smallpox Hospital wall and a friend feels a tap on the shoulder when nobody is close by according to this Live Journal account.
Last winter, my friend and I took the tram over to Roosevelt Island's crumbling Smallpox Hospital.

... For those who aren't skeptical, I kept seeing odd images come up on these, but take that as you wish.

When I first opened this on my phone, the image of a forlorn emaciated person's upper half with their face leaning on their hand jumped out at me from the left side of this picture. Then the image of a small boy on the right of the black hole in the middle was pointed out to me. Now that it's been lightened in photoshop and enlarged, I can see even more faces.

My friend told me that he felt someone tapping him on the shoulder, turned around to find me several feet back, but didn't mention it until we had left.

Image of face on Renwick Ruins Wall from Live Journal
I don't see the images but that doesn't mean they aren' t there.

A reader, Just a Mommy, shared her memories of driving past the Renwick Ruins in this earlier post.
As a child who grew up in Manhattan my family and I used to drive alot on the FDR and I remember looking out the window to my right and seeing what was left of this building. My brothers would say it was a crazy house where monsters lived and my older brother would tell the younger one if he misbehaved he would be shipped there permanently. I always found it very pretty and I envisioned it a castle and I would one day grow up and restore it and live there...
Here's a night time excursion to the Renwick Ruins via You Tube.

That's it. What do you thing? Is Roosevelt Island the most haunted place in New York City?


Things To Do This Weekend In New York City & Roosevelt Island- Halloween Parade, Greenwood Cemetary Tour, NYC Marathon & RI Halloween Costume Party

You Tube Video of Nightmare Vampires Haunted House

Looking for fun or interesting things to do on Roosevelt Island or in some other part of New York City this Halloween and Marathon Weekend? Here are some ideas:

For Friday Night, Free NYC suggests:
"Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ at Trinity Church featuring games, crafts, ghost tales in the churchyard as well as a nighttime screening of The Phantom of the Opera (1925) accompanied by organist Robert Ridgell.
On Saturday afternoon take a spooky Halloween walking tour of Brooklyn's Greenwood Cemetary:
Celebrate the holiday with tales of murder, mayhem, spirits, and ghosts on Green-Wood's annual Halloween walking tour with Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman. This is a very, very popular tour, so arrive early.

There will be a second tour on Sunday, November 1 at 1:00PM.
and then view or participate in the fantastic 36th annual New York Village Halloween Parade.
Join Us !
All Those in Costume are Welcome to Join Hundreds of Puppets, 53 Bands of Different Types of Music, Dancers and Artists, and Thousands of other New Yorkers in Costumes of their Own Creation in the Nation’s Most Wildly Creative Public Participatory Event in the Greatest City in the World !
Line-Up !
For all those in costume is on 6th Avenue South of Spring Street and North of Canal between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Alert ! ONLY enter the line-up on 6th Ave. from the East and South between Canal and Spring !
Sunday is New York City Marathon Day. According to the NY Times Spare Times:
NEW YORK ROAD RUNNERS Sunday, the ING New York City Marathon, a 26.2-mile run through the city’s five boroughs, beginning at 9:40 a.m. at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Staten Island, then going through Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx, ending at Tavern on the Green in Central Park. Athletes in wheelchairs begin the run at 8:20 a.m., followed by athletes with disabilities at 8:45 a.m. and professional female runners at 9:10 a.m. Registration is closed. Viewing areas: in Brooklyn, along Fourth Avenue, beginning at 92nd Street in Bay Ridge; in Queens, along 44th Drive from Vernon Boulevard to Queensboro Plaza, Long Island City; in Manhattan, along First Avenue, from 59th Street to the Willis Avenue Bridge, and Fifth Avenue, from 135th to 90th Streets; in the Bronx, 138th Street to the Madison Avenue Bridge, in the Mott Haven section.
A NYC Marathon Spectator Guide is here.

On Roosevelt Island this weekend, in addition to Friday night's PTA sponsored Halloween Costume Party, the Farmers Market is open as usual as is Gallery RIVAA.

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.

Check out some other ideas on what to do in New York City this weekend from the NY Times Urban Eye and Spare Times, Free NYC and Newyorkology.

Possible Food Tampering At Non-Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket. Precautionary Warning Sent To Public Safety Department

Image Of Gristedes From Roosevelt Island 360

The 10/28 -29 Roosevelt Island Public Safety report indicated:
Investigation- A warning notice sent to Gristedes Supermarket from Gristedes Supermarket Human Resources regarding an incident in another store off Island of three subjects allegedly tampering with the meat. NYPD had responded to the off Island incident.
I asked RIOC Public Safety Director Keith Guerra for additional details and he replied:
Luis Bueno, Store Manager at the Roosevelt Island Gristedes, reported that he received an e-mail from the Executive Director of Human Resources and Asset Management to alert Local Law Enforcement Authorities of an incident that occurred in an off-island Gristedes.

Three people (described as 2 white females and 1 white male) were escorted out of that store because they were observed unwrapping meat and swabbing it with a culture swab (which, according to the Executive Director, are used to grow bacteria). They were not inspectors of any kind and had no identification. NYPD was notified and confiscated the swabs.

Gristedes wanted to inform all of their stores because this behavior could be dangerous and they want to keep their products free from harm.
Again, this incident did not occur at the Roosevelt Island Gristedes but a warning was sent to law enforcement agencies including the RI Public Safety Department. As they say on the subway regarding suspicious activity "if you see something say something".

Thursday, October 29, 2009

RIRA President On Roosevelt Island Transit Activism, Ferry Service And Red Bus Experiment

Image Of October RIRA Meeting

Roosevelt Island Residents Association President (RIRA) Frank Farance sends the following report to Roosevelt Island residents.
1. Call to Action for Island-Wide Transit Improvements -- supporting the RI Transit Tiger Team. Matt Katz, Chair of RIRA Planning Committee (and former RIRA President), called a meeting last Friday to discuss transportation issues on the Island. One topic was the ferry (more on this below). The more important topic was improving subway service. Because the MTA has been dismissive towards our suggestions, we agreed that we need a "tiger team" approach. This would involve bringing all the Island players together: the elected politicians, the developers, the residents (RIRA), and RIOC. The RIRA representation would include myself, Matt Katz, Ellen Polivy (RIRA Vice President and member of CB8), and other RIRA members. One area RIOC can provide help is authoritatively provide answers and information about the significant limitations on off-Island transportation. The developers can help by reminding the MTA that the developers have significant financial interest in their properties on the Island ('nuf said). Our elected politicians can demand that the MTA work with us until: (1) we arrive at some workable solution, or (2) all parties agree that we've investigated all possible solutions. The MTA is really unenthused about providing neighborhood-specific solutions, but our politicians can remind the MTA that Roosevelt Island has unique circumstances. I've spoken with Fernando Martinez, RIOC VP of Operations, and he said RIOC is will to play a supportive role in improving island transportation — RIOC has worked with the MTA before. Thanks, RIOC for the help!

What can you do as a resident? You can help by contacting the elected officials. Remind them (1) next spring the tram will be out of service for six months, so the need to solve the transportation problems RIGHT NOW, (2) the ferry might help, but it is not enough, (3) we have a tiger team her to interact with the MTA to help us get to the right solution, (4) most importantly, the elected officials need get the MTA to meet with the tiger team. Here are their phone numbers and E-mail addresses:

— Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President, +1 212 669 8300,
— Jessica Lappin, City Councilmember, +1 212 980 1808,
— Mayor Michael Bloomberg, +1 212 788 9600,
— Jose Serrano, State Senator, +1 212 828 5829,
— Micah Kellner, Assemblymember, +1 212 860 4906,
— Governor David Paterson, +1 518 474 8390,

If you want to follow progress, which we hope to report more frequently than WIRE issues, you have the following choices: -- A website for Roosevelt Island transit issues
ritransit on Twitter -- A twitter account for real-time reports -- Send us your E-mail address and we'll keep you posted on progress (not more than one E-mail a day)

We hope to make progress over the next 3-4 months -- in time for the tram shut down.

2. Ferry Service. As mentioned above, Matt Katz held a RIRA Planning Committee meeting on this. There is support in the committee for providing immediate ferry service. There will be more details and discussion when the full RIRA Common Council discusses this at its monthly meeting on November 4.

3. Red Bus Experiments. I promised more information in this issue. I'll have to punt until the next issue: we're focused on the off-Island transportation issue these two weeks.

4. RIRA Town Hall Meeting on October 28 at 8PM in Good Shepherd Community Center. This is in preparation for the RIOC Board meeting on October 29. Residents are welcome to come discuss topics on the RIOC Board agenda *prior* to RIOC taking action on them. RIOC Board members: we'll looking forward to seeing you, too, at the RIRA Town Hall Meeting.
The RIRA President's message was also published as the RIRA column in the 10/24/09 Main Street WIRE.

As an update the RIRA Town Hall Meeting scheduled for yesterday was cancelled due to the Novemeber RIOC Board of Directors meeting being cancelled.

Roosevelt Island Public Safety Reports 9/29-10/28 Panhandling, Marijuana, Burglary, Assault, Water Rescue, Bus Driver Complaints & Missing Patients

You Tube Video of Roosevelt Island Public Safety Recruitment

The most recent Roosevelt Island 24 hour Public Safety Report is posted daily on the blog's inside right sidebar, just below the RIOC Directors email address. 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 July Monthly Roosevelt Island Public Safety Incident reports on their web site. Also, a breakdown of Roosevelt Island Public Safety incidents by location and category (the Blotter) for the month of August 2009 is available.

Below are the Roosevelt Island Daily Public Safety Reports for September 29 - October 28, 2009. Incidents include:
  • Panhandling (9/29)
  • Failure To Move Car (9/30)
  • Scratched Car (9/30)
  • Fire In Subway (10/2)
  • Unlawful Possession of Marijuana (10/3,17,23,27)
  • Complaint Against Motorgate Employee (10/5)
  • Burglary Arrest (10/5)
  • Complaint Against Red Bus Driver (10/5,6,7,12, 28)
  • Panhandling In Front of Starbucks (10/6)
  • Client Acting Agressively Against Home Attendant (10/8)
  • Missing Goldwater Hospital Patient (10/8,9, 11)
  • Attempted Robbery of Cell Phone (10/ 9)
  • Assault - Male Hit In Face (10/10)
  • Water Rescue of Depressed Male Who Jumped Into East River (10/11)
  • Unknown Subject Threatened To Take Cell Phone From Male At Subway Station (10/12)
  • Bike Stolen From 455 Bike Rack (10/12)
  • Attempted Burglary (10/13)
  • Car Window Broken In Motorgate (10/17)
  • Manhole Cover Fire In Front Of Tram (10/18)
  • Liquid Substance On Apartment Lock (10/19)
  • Apartment Burglary (10/19)
  • Delivery Person Bike Stolen (10/22)
  • Trespass At Middle School (10/25)
  • Robbery Of Playstation (10/25)
  • Domestic Dispute (10/26)
  • Red Bus Driver Closed Door Causing Rider's Hand and Groceries To Be Caught In Door (10/26)
  • Harassing Telephone Calls (10/27)
  • Warning regarding Off Island Gristedes Food Tampering (10/28) and
  • Criminal Trespass/ Attempted Assault (10/28)
Sept. 29, 2009 - Sept. 30, 2009

Vehicle Accident/Property Damage- a Customer hit a sign in Motorgate breaking the sign. No further damages or injuries reported.

Aided- A non-responsive aided transported to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Criminal Mischief- Officer reported all lights out in stairwell .

Disorderly Youth- Officer responded to youth refusing to leave library. Upon the officers arrival on scene the youth complied.

Aided-Aided was transported to Lenox Hill Hospital for diabetic complications.

Possible Panhandling- Officer responded to location of occurrence and advised Hospital patient to refrain from begging.

Lift Job/Aided- Ems requested assistance accessing apartment of aided who fell and could not get up.
Housing provided keys and aided was lifted.

0700 hrs 09/30/09 - 0700 hrs 10/01/09

Fail to Comply - Male driver was ordered by PSD officer to move his vehicle. Driver didn't move and was issued summons.

Found Property - Cell phone turned into PSD. Owner picked up cell phone from PSD.

Vehicle Accident - Truck struck parked car on Main Street. Owner of parked car was on scene and exchanged information. NYPD report was refused. No injuries.

Aided - PSD and EMS responded for aided. EMS transported aided to hospital.

Lost Property - Resident reported she lost keys to apartment. Super was notified and will change lock.

Criminal Mischief - Owner reported to PSD that unknown person scratched her car. Search of the area was conducted with negative results. NYPD responded and made report.

Smoke Alarm - PSD received smoke alarm. Tenant left food on stove causing it to burn. No injuries or property damage.

Fire - PSD and FDNY responded for fire in AVAC. FDNY extinguished fire to recycle bin. Minor damage to wall and floor. Super was on scene.

0700 hrs 10/01/09 - 0700 hrs 10/02/09

Investigation - Tenant reported to PSD that money was taken from her apartment. PSD responded and took report. Tenant later notified PSD that she forgot she gave money to her home attendant to do shopping.

Smoke Condition - Tenant reported to PSD that cigarette smoke coming into his window. PSD made search with negative results.

Lost Property - Owner reported to PSD that unknown person took his bag. PSD made search with negative results.

Smoke Alarm - PSD responded to smoke alarm inside apartment. Tenant left food in microwave causing it to burn. PSD opened windows. No property damage or injuries. FDNY on scene.

There's More

0700 hrs Friday October 2nd 2009 - 0700 hrs Saturday October 3rd 2009.

Smoke Alarm - PSD responded to apartment for burned food left in microwave. No property damage.

Subway Delay - PSD responded to Subway station. Subway Booth attendant stated no service in either direction due to fire in the tracks on the manhattan side. At 1352 train services restored.

Vehicle Accident - PSD responded to Motorgate garage, Owner of vehicle stated observed damage to his vehicle. NYPD on scene took report.

Aided - PSD responded to 571 Main St. for a female who fell. EMS Transported to hospital.

Traffic Accident - PSD responded to vehicle accident with school bus. NYPD and EMS on scene report taken all people refused transport to hospital.

Leaving Scene of Accident - Resident reported to PSD her vehicle was hit causing damage. Witness observed other vehicle leaving the scene. NYPD Issued Summons to owner.

Smoke condition - PSD and Super responded to apartment, tenant reported burned food on the stove. No property damage.

10/3/09-7:00 AM to 10/4/09-7:00 AM

Unlawful Possession of Marijuana- PSD arrested 2 subjects.

Unsecured Gate- South Gate found open by PSD. South Point Park checked and in order. The gate was locked and secured.

Investigation- Resident annoyed because son had brought a female that was not welcomed. PSD responded and son and female were not in the building.

Harassment/ Domestic Dispute- Females's ex boyfriend poured alcohol on her. Search made with negative results. NYPD refused.

Aided- Youth riding on the back of a bicycle fell and sustained a cut to the foot. Ems transported him to the hospital.

Aided- Male fell in a parked and slipped due to previous rain. he sustained an injury to his foot. He was transported to the hospital by EMS.

Aided/EDP- Female called sister and stated she wanted to kill herself. PSD NYPD and EMS responded. Aided sustained no injuries and was transported to the hospital by EMS.

Criminal Mischief- Unknown subject cut cable wire. Search made for the subject with negative results. PSD to monitor the area.

Vehicle Accident- a private vehicle struck another and fled. Victim took photo of the plate. PSD and NYPD responded. No injuries. EMS refused. NYPD report filed.

10/4/09- 07:00 AM to 10/5/09 -07:00 AM

Unsecured gate- South Point Park drive through gate left open. Parked checked and in order. It was locked and secured.

Investigation- Tenant reported son brought a female that was not welcomed to apt door. Upon arrival tenant's son and female had left the building.

Harassment/Domestic Dispute- Intoxicated female stated boyfriend pour alcohol on her. They were having an argument. NYPD refused and no injuries.

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

Aided- Male fell at the octagon Soccer Field and injured leg. EMS transported him to the hospital.

Aided/EDP- Female called sister on the phone and stated she wanted to kill herself. PSD, NYPD and EMS responded. No injuries. She was transported to the hospital by EMS.

Criminal Mischief- Cable Company reported unknown subject cut the cable wires. Search made with negative results. PSD to monitor the area.

Vehicle Accident- Between 2 private vehicles. No injuries. NYPD responded and filed a report.

Aided- An ill person was checked by RISAR. He was transported to the hospital by EMS.

10/5/09-7:00 AM to 10/6/09-7:00 AM

Aided- An ill person was checked by RISAR. EMS transported aided to the hospital.

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

Harassment- A Motorgate Customer made numerous complaints against a Central Parking Employee. Central Parking Manager aware of the complaints and requested PSD report.

Vehicle Tow- A complaint of a Motorcycle parked on Main Street. The Motorcycle was summonses and authorized tow was notified. But the motorcycle left before the tow truck arrived.

Unlicenced Driver/Traffic Violation- Motorist had past RIOC Bus while it was loading passengers. The motorist was warned and admonished.

Found Property- Books were found and secured in PSD. Later the owner arrived and retrieved the books.

Investigation/Homeless-Silver card and plastic bottles found in the Motorgate Garage. Search made with negative results. PSD to monitor the area.

Burglary/ Grand Larceny/ Possession of Property-A subject was arrested by PSD.

Disabled Vehicle- A disabled vehicle on Main Street but not obstructing traffic. Tow truck arrived and towed it.

Aided- A female fell in apt and had not taken her medication for an extended period of time. EMS transported her to the hospital.

Property Damage- Broken glass from Westview outer building structure. A truck may have struck it causing the damage. Search made with negative results for the truck. No injuries to anyone.

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

Domestic Incident-A female complained about her ex husband who had brought her daughter's property without asking her. There is a history of problems with him towards her. NYPD responded and prepared a report.

Possible Aided- Westview Super notified PSD about a possible aided in an apt. PSD and EMS responded and tenant not home.

Aided/EDP- Male had not taken medication for a mental condition. NYPD, PSD and EMS responded. Male was taken to the hospital by EMS.

Investigation/Suspicious Male- Male acting aggressively towards another male. PSD and escorted the male out of the building. NYPD refused.

Complaint/Investigation- Complaint against a RIOC Bus driver who was driving the bus recklessly. Mini Bus Supervisor was notified.

10/6/09-7:00 AM to 10/7/09-7:00 AM

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

Property Damage- Broken glass to Westview Structure. Grounds cleaned up the glass. It may have been caused by a truck.

Aided- An ill person was taken to the hospital.

Domestic Dispute- Between Female and her ex Boyfriend. NYPD responded and filed a report.

Possible Aided- Westview Super requested EMS for a possible aided. EMS responded no one home. Emergency contact number called and no answer.

Aided/ EDP- Male hadn't taken medication for a mental condition. PSD,NYPD and EMS responded. Male transported to the hospital.

Investigation/ Suspicious Male- In Starbucks panhandling. He was warned and admonished then escorted out of the store.

Complaint/ Investigation- Complaint of alleged reckless driving by a RIOC Bus Driver. Referred to RIOC Bus Supervisor.

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

10/7/09-7:00 AM to 10/8/09-7:00 AM

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

Vehicle accident- Between a Van and a RIOC
bus. No injuries. NYPD responded and filed a report.

Found Property- A bracelet. It was secured in PSD.

Unsecured Vehicle- Vehicle door left open. Vehicle checked and in order. Door was locked and secured. Owner was notified.

Complaint- Regarding a RIOC Bus Driver made to the Mini Bus Driver.

Investigation- A complaint to the Mini Bus Supervisor about a driver.

0700 hrs 10/08/09 - 0700 hrs 10/09/09

Aided - PSD responded to report of aided. Aided stated she was not feeling well. EMS responded and transported aided to hospital.

Noise Complaint - Tenant reported to PSD that neighbor keeps making loud noise in apartment. PSD made report and referred complainant to management.

Found Property - Wallet turned into PSD. Property was secured at PSD.

Harassment - Resident reported to PSD that another resident keeps following her. PSD made report. Complainant refused NYPD.

Trespassing - Two youths were on rocks. Youths were brought into PSD. Adult family member picked up youths.

Found Property - Cell phone turned into PSD. Property secured at PSD.

EDP/Aided - Home attendant reported that her client was acting aggressively towards her. PSD along with NYPD and EMS responded. Aided was transported to hospital for evaluation.

Family Dispute - PSD responded to family dispute. Reporter stated argument was between her daughter and her father. Father left apartment before PSD arrived. No injuries reported. PSD spoke to daughter and advised reporter to call PSD if argument starts again.

Missing Patient - Reported by Goldwater Hospital. PSD and NYPD made search with negative results. NYPD filed report.

Aided - PSD responded to report of aided not feeling well. Aided didn't want EMS and went to hospital by cab.

0700 hrs 10/09/09 - 0700 hrs 10/10/09

Aided- a female walked into PSD to complain of eye pain. Refused EMS.

Missing Person- Hospital Police reported patient missing from hospital. Search of Island made by PSD with negative results. NYPD responded.

Unlicenced Driver- Male committed a vehicle violation and did not have license with him. Male did have a valid NYS license and was issued a summons.

Aided- Male had a laceration to arm. Ems Responded. Male transported to Hospital.

Missing Property- Female reported cell phone lost. Cell phone was later found.

Hazardous Condition- Youth were playing And fell into ditch. EMS refused. Parents were notified.

Dangerous Condition- Building Lobby door was jammed . Service was notified and corrected the condition.

Attempted Robbery- Unknown Male asked victim for cell phone. victim ran away but was chased by subject into building. Search for subject yielded negative results. NYPD refused.

10/10/09-7:00 AM to 10/11/09-7:00

Graffiti- In a building. UA notified. Search for the subject yielded negative results.

Alleged Assault- Report male hit in the face. NYPD and PSD responded. Male uncooperative and refused EMS. No signs of injury visible.

Driving Ability Impaired/ Unlawful Possession of Marijuana-Subject arrested by PSD.

Unsafe Passing and disobey Stop Sign- Motorist issued 2 moving violations by PSD.

10/11/09-7:00 AM to 10/12/09-7:00 AM

Missing Person- A Goldwater Hospital patient. NYPD and PSD responded. Search made with negative results.

Aided/DOA- Male was ill. EMS responded and he had cardiac arrest and was transported to the hospital. Later EMS reported that he became deceased.

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

Malfunction Call Box- Front of 555 Main Street. 311 was notified and referred it to FDNY.

Found Property- A bag was found and was secured in PSD.

Aided/Water Rescue- Depressed adult male jumped into the East River. FDNY Removed male who was transported to the hospital by EMS.

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

10/12/09-7:00 AM to 10/13/09-7:00 AM

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

Aided- An Adult male fell. EMS responded but he refused transport to the hospital. No signs of injury.

Criminal Mischief- A large sticker was placed on a yield sign opp 10 River Road. RIOC Facilities Supervisor notified.

Complaint Hazardous Condition- Complaint against a RIOC bus driver unattentive while driving. Matter referred to the Mini Bus Supervisor.

Harassment- Unknown female threw water at a resident and fled. Search conducted with negative results. NYPD and EMS refused.

Harassment-Unknown male subject threatened to take cell phone from a male at the R.I. Subway. Search made for the subject with negative results. NYPD refused.

Petit Larceny- A tricycle was taken from the bike rack by 455 Main Street. Investigation revealed per Transit Police that 2 adult males were seen taking the tricycle into the subway. Search for the subjects yielded negative results. NYPD refused.

Harassment- Tenant harassing another tenant. NYPD refused. o
Water Leak- In a buisness establishment it stopped and per UA Foreman unable to trace it until it starts again. No damage to Buisness establishment.

Graffiti- In a laundry room storage closet reported by UA Super. NYPD refused.

Escort Assistance-ACS caseworker provided assistance in escorting a juvenile into a group home. Juvenile called 911. NYPD responded and spoke to the juvenile. No report filed by NYPD.

10/13/09-7:00 AM to 10/14/09-7:00 AM

Hazardous Condition-/ Smoke Condition- Tenant accidently burnt food in apt. No injuries or damages. EMS refused.

Attempted Burglary- Broken pieces of an ID card between the apt door and lock. No access gained into the apt. NYPD refused. Search made with negative results.

Property Damage- In the Motorgate Garage a vehicle was parked for a week upon return owner observed the damage. Owner will file a report with NYPD.

Domestic Dispute- Between husband, wife and girl friend. The wife resides in NJ and will file a report with NJ PD over money missing.

Noise Complaint- A neighbor reported another neighbor making noise early in the morning. PSD responded and filed a report.

10/14/08-7:00 AM to 10/15/09-7:00 AM

Hazardous Condition-Report that the Street lights by the Tennis Courts are out between 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM. Referred to RIOC and PSD to conduct patrols of the area.

Elevator Malfunction- In a building. No one inside. UA Super Corrected the condition.

Graffiti- In a building stairwell. Search for the subject yielded negative results. UA notified and painted over it. NYPD refused,

Aided- A female had difficulty breathing. RISAR responded and provided oxygen to female. EMS transported her to the hospital.

Missing Property- Tenant stated a sweater was missing from apt. She thinks that someone in management went into apt. NYPD refused. Matter referred to Manhattan Management.

0700 hrs 10/15/09 - 0700 hrs 10/16/09

Investigation - Tenant reported to PSD that there is a smell of marijuana coming into her apartment. PSD made search with negative results.

Investigation - Parent reported to PSD that school bus took along time bringing her son home from school. Son was returned to mother and complaint was filed with NYC Dept. of Education and NYPD.

10/16/09-7:00 AM to 10/17/09-7:00 AM

Not Available

10/17/09-7:00 AM to 10/18/09-7:00 AM

Criminal Mischief- In the Motorgate Garage a vehicle's window was broken. Search for the subject yielded negative results. NYPD refused.

Criminal Mischief- Vehicle parked in the street handicapped section the vehicle window was broken and a handicapped tag taken. Search for the subject yielded negative results. NYPD responded and filed a report.

Criminal Mischief- In the Motorgate Garage a vehicle's window was broken. GPD device was taken. Search for the subject yielded negative results. NYPD responded and filed a report.

Unsecured Vehicle-In the Motorgate Garage a vehicle's window was found open. The owner was notified and secured the window.

Missing Property/Escort- A tenant was escorted to the residence of another to retrieve his property. It was not there. Tenant advised when items found to notify the owner.

Criminal Mischief- A hole in a stairwell wall. Search for the subject made with negative results. UA notified.

Criminal Trespass/Possession of Marijuana/ Resisting Arrest/Criminal Mischief-PSD arrested the subject.

10/18/09-7:00 AM to 10/19/09-7:00 AM

Unsecured Vehicle- In the Motorgate Garage. Central Parking has no record of the owner. PSD checked the vehicle periodically.

Aided- Female fell in her apt. Super drilled the lock. EMS arrived but female refused medical attention.

Vehicle Accident-Between 2 private vehicles. EMS refused. Damage to both vehicles , Pillar and grass on west seawall near front of Coler Hospital. NYPD filed a report

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

Graffiti- Out side of two buildings. Search for the subject yielded negative results. UA notified.

Fire- On the street by the tram. FDNY responded and stated the fire burnt itself out. FDNY to notify Con Edison. RIOC notified and will have man hole cover replaced.

10/19/09-7:00 AM to 10/20/09-7:00 am

Graffiti- In a building stairwell. Search for the subject yielded negative results. UA Notified. NYPD refused.

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

Criminal Mischief- Unknown subject put a liquid substance on an apt lock. Search for the subject made with negative results. RY Super changed the cylinder. NYPD refused.

Found Property- A bag was found and secured in PSD.

Burglary in the Past- 3 days ago unknown subject damaged apt door and gained access. A bicycle was taken. Search made with negative results. Reporter did not notify PSD or NYPD at date of incident. NYPD filed a report.

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

Aided- Male fell in apt. PSD and NYPD responded. Neighbor provided a spare key access was gained. Male lifted up and refused EMS.

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

10/20/09-7:00 AM to 10/21/09-7:00 AM

Aided- Male fell on sidewalk. He sustained a laceration to the back of the head. EMS transported to the hospital. No defect in the sidewalk.

Escort Aided- UA Super requested PSD respond to an apt for a possible aided. UA and PSD responded and no one was home.

Verbal Dispute- Between an adult male and a RIOC Bus Driver. Bus was leaving Bus Stop area and male fell unbeknownst to the bus driver. No injuries. Matter to be referred to the Mini Bus Supervisor.

Unlawful Possession of Marijuana- Subject arrested by PSD.

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

Noise Complaint- Tenant complained of noise coming from neighbor's apt. PSD responded. The wooden floor tile was damaged and may ha ve caused the noise. Matter to be referred to RY Management.

10/21/09-7:00 AM to 10/22/09-7:00 AM

Criminal Mischief- Unknown Subject put ketchup on Gem electric vehicle. Search for the subject yielded negative results. Gem also needed a charge. Mini Bus Mechanic took it to the garage.

Harassment- Tenant stated another is harassing him and sent PSD to responded for a noise complaint coming from his apt. He Boldprovided a statement for the report.

Aided/ Intoxicated- Goldwater Hospital intoxicated patient fell and sustained a laceration to his head. EMS transported aided to the hospital. Goldwater Hospital Police Assistant notified.

0700 hrs 10/22/09 - 0700 hrs 10/23/09

Found Property - Two cell phones turned into PSD. Property secured at PSD.

Gas Leak - PSD responded with super to check on gas leak. Super checked stove and found no leak. Super secured apartment door.

Criminal Mischief - PSD responded to report of broken window. PSD conducted with search with negative results. Window was boarded up.

Investigation/Stolen Property - Delivery person stated he made a delivery and when he returned, he saw male subject riding his bike. PSD made search with negative results.

Aided - PSD and R.I. Search and Rescue responded for female on the floor inside her apartment. Search and Rescue lifted aided with her permission. Aided refused additional medical attention.

Trespassing - PSD and NYPD observed vehicle parked in parking lot. NYPD issued male subject four summonses and was released.

Aided/Investigation - PSD along with EMS and NYPD responded to an apartment for aided. Aided stated to NYPD that she was assaulted. NYPD found no force entry. Aided refused transport to hospital. NYPD still investigating.

0700 hrs 10/23/09 - 0700 hrs 10/24/09

Assault/EDP- Male was struck by female. Female suffers from
schizophrenia. She was transported to hospital.

Unsecured Cable Box- Super Reports Box unsecured. Search of area negative results. Cable Company will secure box.

Lost Property- Female lost wallet on red bus. Wallet not turned into PSD. NYPD refused.

Alarm- FDNY responded for possible fire. Location was not a valid Address. Fire was unfounded.

Vehicle Damage- Female states she parked vehicle and upon returning to vehicle it had damage. NYPD refused.

Verbal dispute- Female requested PSD. PSD responded and male was escorted out of building.

Aided- Female youth was intoxicated and was ill. EMS responded and aided was transported to hospital.

Unlawful possession of marijuana/ Serving alcohol to minor- PSD officers responded for noise complaint. Officers observed large group in hallway. Officers found alcohol and marijuana in youth's possession. Youth were released to parents’ custody. Juvenile reports filed.

Criminal Impersonation/ multiple vehicle infractions- NYS dept of health responded to location due to numerous complaints about unauthorized vehicle. Upon stopping RISAR's vehicle. DOH requested PSD and NYPD on scene. Owner of vehicle was cited for numerous vehicle infractions and charged criminal impersonation. He was transported to
the 114 pct. for Arrest Processing.

10/24/09-07:00 AM to 10/25/09-7:00 AM

Domestic Dispute/Harassment- Victim stated that the cousin made threats to her. PSD and NYPD responded. Both parties will stay away from each other. No injuries.

Aided- Female fell in apt and sustained laceration to her head. EMS transported her to the hospital.

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

Domestic Dispute- Between mother and son. Mother made arrangements for son to live with his father. No injuries and NYPD refused.

Harassment- Male and female attended a party. They exited and male slapped female in the face and fled. PSD and NYPD responded. Search made with negative results. NYPD report filed. EMS refused.

Vehicle Accident/Aided- Motorist made contact with a pedestrian in the crosswalk. Pedestrian sustained pain to her foot. PSD, NYPD and EMS responded. NYPD report filed. Aided taken to the hospital by EMS.

Verbal Dispute- Between male and female. No injuries. Male left the Island. Female went home. NYPD refused.

Criminal Mischief/Property Damage- Officers responded to a report of a possible fight. Upon return to the vehicle discovered the rear left brake light was smashed. search for the subject made with negative results.

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

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

10/25/09-7:00 AM to 10/26/09-7:00 AM

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

Domestic Dispute- Between Mother and adult son. No injuries. NYPD refused. (Dispute verbal) Upon PSD arrival it had ceased. Both agreed to be respectful to each other.

Trespass- 2 Subjects attempting to gain illegal entry to the middle School. Subjects fled. One pushed a male in a wheel chair and fled. PSD Officer caught one who had slammed the fire door on to the officer. Officer made a controlled strike to subject's leg who fled again. EMS responded for aided who refused transport to the hospital.

Water Leak- In an apt. PSD, FDNY, UA responded. UA corrected the condition. No property damage.

Aided/Call for help- Female requested assistance and could not explain who she came across the Roosevelt Island Bridge. EMS responded and transported her to the hospital

Robbery- Victim robbed of his Play Station 3. PSD, NYPD responded. A check of video surveillance at the Tram and the Octagon enabled the recovery of play Station 3, clothing worn by subjects (2). Search of the Island yielded negative results.

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

Aided- An ill person with chest pains. EMS responded and transport was refused. Per EMS Vidal signs good. Aided will go to his private doctor.

10/26/09-7:00 AM to 10/27/09-7:00 AM

Domestic dispute- between a female and a male living in an apt. Male drove off and female also left. No injuries and EMS refused.

Aided- Male injured in a fight off Island. He came to the Island. EMS transported him to the hospital.

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

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

Aided/Investigation- Male reported while existing the RIOC Bus the driver closed the door and his right hand and groceries got caught in the door. Mini Bus Supervisor was notified. EMS refused.

Escort- Female requested an escort due to a male in apt. Upon PSD arrival male had left. Female uncooperative and refused to provide any information. No injuries and EMS refused.

Found Property- PSD Officer found money in a stairwell. It was secured in PSD.

Unsecured Door- Maintenance Lounge door found open. PSD conducted a search and all in order. No damage. UA porter secured the door.

Found Property- Credit card. It was secured in PSD.

10/27/09-7:00 AM to 10/28/09-7:00 AM

Aided/Vehicle Accident- Female ran across a moving RIOC Bus. The bus made slight contact with the female caused a bruise to left leg. EMS transported her to the hospital. NYPD filed a report. Mini Bus Supervisor and PSD responded.

Found Property- PSD Officer found money. It was locked and secured in PSD.

Escort- A Group home youth resident left the building without permission. PSD conducted a search and located the youth. He was returned to the group home.

Solicitation-Unknown Male solicited money from Manhattan Park personnel and another person. Search conducted of the Island with negative results. NYPD refused. A photo of male subject on file at PSD.

Smoke Condition- A tenant accidently burned food which cause a smoke condition. No injuries and no property damage. EMS refused. UA Handyman open hallway windows to air out the smoke.

Aided- Female felt dizzy. EMS responded but aided refused transport to the hospital. PSD escorted the female to her residence.

Harassment- Threats made via telephone calls made to victim and daughter. NYPD refused. Victim advised to obtain an order of protection.

Criminal Possession of Stolen Property/Criminal Possession of Marijuana-2 subjects arrested by PSD. Stolen Property consisted of 3 NYS driver's licenses. Two of which had complaints with NYPD. The third card possibly used in a grand larceny complaint.

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

10/28/09-7:00 AM to 10/29/09-7:00 AM

Damaged Property- Motorist parked his vehicle in the Motorgate Garage. Upon his return there was damage on the vehicle. Central Parking report and NYPD refused.

Verbal Dispute- Between a RIOC Bus driver and the Supervisor over being relieved late by another bus driver. The bus driver went home.

Found Property- A Cell Phone. It was secured in PSD.

Investigation- A warning notice sent to Gristedes Supermarket from Gristedes Supermarket Human Resources regarding an incident in another store off Island of three subjects allegedly tampering with the meat. NYPD had responded to the off Island incident.

Criminal Trespass/Physical Harassment/Attempted Assault 3- Subject arrested by PSD.

Noise Complaint- A neighbor complained about another making noise by bouncing a ball in the apt. PSD responded and tenant did not open the door. matter to be referred to RY Management.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

RIOC Cancels November Board Meeting So RIRA Cancels Tonight's Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting - Nothing Going On?

RIRA President Frank Farance sends the following message advising that tonight's RIRA Town Hall Meeting has been cancelled because there will be not be a November RIOC Board of Directors meeting.

The RIOC meeting was canceled. There is no need for a RIRA town hall meeting.
Apparently there are no Roosevelt Island issues for the RIOC Board to act upon this month. Below is the notice of RIOC's November Board of Directors meeting cancellation.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Thursday, November 5, 2009 has been cancelled.

New Photography Exhibit At Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA - Duality By Alexander Movshovich

Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA will be exhibiting the photography of Alexander Movshovich in a new show titled Duality from November 7 - December 6. There will be an opening reception on Saturday from 6 - 9 PM.

Click on image below for more details.

Roosevelt Island Costumed Family Halloween Party On Friday October 30 Presented By PS/IS 217 PTA

Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217 PTA will be having a Halloween Party fundraiser on Friday October 30, 5 - 9 PM at the Manhattan Park Theater Club (8 River Road). There is a $5 admission fee and households of 4 or more can get in for a flat fee of $20. Click on the image for more details.

Prizes will be given for the best costumes. Below are some candidates for Best Costume award that marched in last Saturday's Halloween Parade.

All Images From Adib Mansour of Bluebeard Creative

More scenes from Roosevelt Island's Halloween Parade here.

No Roosevelt Island Tram Service From Thursday 10 PM - Friday 6 AM For Brake Test

You Tube Video Of Roosevelt Island Tram Ride

If you are coming to or leaving Roosevelt Island on Thursday night be aware that the Tram will be out of service (second time this month) from 10 PM until 6 AM Friday morning according to the following Roosevelt Island Tram advisory from RIOC:
Tram Advisory


On Thursday, October 29th, the Tramway will be shutdown at
10:00 pm, and resume service on Friday, October 30th, at 06:00 am.
This schedule change is necessary in order to perform the track rope brake test.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this schedule change.
Use the F subway train. No advisories from the MTA so far.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Roosevelt Island Halloween Safety Day Thursday October 29 5 PM At The Public Library

Roosevelt Island Halloween Safety Day Image From RIOC

Roosevelt Island Public Safety Director Keith Guerra reports:
I just wanted you to know that the Public Safety Department is hosting our 2nd Annual Halloween Safety Day for the children at the Roosevelt Island Public Library on Thursday, October 29th from 5:00-6:00PM. Please spread the word.
More information available below.







The Library

524 Main Street

Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

From 5:00PM to 6:00PM
The Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department is also looking to hire new officers. Are you interested?

Are You Having Problems Obtaining A Fall/Winter Roosevelt Island Octagon Tennis Permit? Problem May Be Solved!

Image of Roosevelt Island Octagon Tennis Court From RIOC

On this rainy, dreary day, it is hard to think about playing tennis in November and thru the rest of the Winter but there is no reason why tennis can't be a Roosevelt Island cold weather sport.

I received the following message from new Roosevelt Island resident:
I recently moved to Roosevelt Island and love it so far. I like to play tennis sometimes and just learned that my NYC permit does not suffice at the public tennis courts near the Octagon. Ok, that's fine.

However, I called the office and learned that I couldn't play on the courts until March, when they start selling new permits, even though current permit holders can play 365 days out of the year, weather permitting. Do you know of a solution to this? Or have any commentsabout it?
I inquired of RIOC President Steve Shane:
I received ... message ... from a recent Roosevelt Island arrival asking about the tennis permit policies at the Octagon Courts. The reader explained that he would like to obtain a permit now but was told he could not do so until the start of the new permit year (beginning in March 2010) even though those with current permits can continue to play through March.

Is that correct. If so, can the policy be altered so that residents can purchase a tennis permit now and be able to play, weather permitting, until the start of the new season in March.
Mr Shane responded:
We will take care of it. Thanks for forwarding.
Good job by Mr. Shane and RIOC in responding to this so quickly.

Here is RIOC's tennis permit policy.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Scenes From Roosevelt Island's Halloween Parade - A Fun Day For All!

You Tube Video of Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade

Last Saturday's Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade was lots of fun for all who participated, young, old and in between. (Click on images for bigger picture)

The Parade started out at Blackwell House led by The Approaching Storm Marching Band

and a hearse driving a ghoul and henchmen in a coffin

Image From Lateral Window

which spooked the crowd.

The Halloween Parade marched down Main Street

Image From Lateral Window

behind the hearse until they reached PS/IS 217 for additional indoor Halloween Festivities.

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Images Below are from Edwin Cadiz

Roosevelt Island Blogger Lateral Windows organized the Halloween Parade and has more images here.

A great big thank you for organizing the parade goes out to the Parade's sponsors, Urban American, Amalgamated Bank, Riverwalk Bar & Grill, Nonno's Focacceria, RI Youth Center, RIOC, RISAR, Island House, Rivercross and Westview.

Come Take A Tour Of Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217 And Learn About Their Elementary And Middle School Program - October 28 & 29

Image of PS/IS 217 Front Door From Tim Melideo Photography

If you are a parent of a school age child you may be interested in an opportunity this week to take a tour of Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 middle and elementary school. The school's PTA sent out the following invitation:
Please join us for a tour of PS/IS 217

Come see our facilities and learn more about our program

Elementary School Tour: Wednesday, October 28th at 8:30 am

Middle School Tour: Thursday, October 29th at 8:30 am

For more information, please contact Lauraine Rademaker, Parent Coordinator, at or 212-980-0294 or
Nikki Leopold, PTA President at
A post last week about PS/IS 217's Gifted & Talented Program resulted in this comment from PS/IS 217 PTA VP Phoebe Flynn:
Frankly I find it insulting & offensive that anonymous posters continue to disparage not only the Island school but also the parents who choose to send their children there. Of the many reasons that I chose PS/IS 217 for my son, none of them include a lack of caring about his education. Yes, there are challenges to be overcome with the school, but it is my opinion that the PRIMARY challenge is changing the perception of the school, a task made harder by the constant barrage of negative attacks by those who don’t even have the courage to post using their real identities. Perhaps instead of broad statements about how “bad” the school is, you could cite actual examples that would allow for a rebuttal, or at least a inquiry by the PTA, whose members are actively working at making improvements. NYC schools are dependent on active and involved parent bodies to raise excessive amounts of money to supplement shrinking budgets. The main difference between 217 and the City schools that some Island parents prefer are strong, well-funded PTA’s. We are striving hard to create such a PTA here at our school, but obviously it will remain difficult if not impossible without the support of both Island parents & other residents.
The constant negative comments do nothing but undermine the hard work of the Administration, the teachers, the students and the PTA, all of whom are working together to improve the quality of our school. Don’t send your child there if you don’t want – but kindly stop denigrating those of us who do.
Which elicited this response from the school's critic:
Phoebe, when my child was about to go to K I did tour PS 217 and thought that it would be a very good fallback option if G&T would not happen (that was from the time before PS 217 had a G&T). I was extremely disappointed with the school. The space was awesome. The tour not so. I was not impressed from what I saw. I spoke with many other parents that time about PS 217 (parents who had kids at that school and parents who did not) before I made up my mind.

Yes, PS 217 needs a lot or PR work to fix the reputation issues. The thing, though, is that I still get an good number of negative comments from parents who have children there. I know some who pulled theirs out for this school year. So far I still have to hear ONE comment from a PS 217 parent who is utterly in love with the school. This is my experience. I am not putting the school down because I don't know what I am talking about. I came to my conclusions after a lot of research and soul searching.

My intention was never to put down any PS 217 families. I am glad you like the school and your children are thriving.

Phoebe, let me ask you this. Why does the majority of families who really care about their children's education send them to off-island schools (public, private, G&Ts)? I know why from my side of things. How do you explain it from your point of view?
and clarified:
Let me clarify my first sentence. Before I toured PS 217 I hoped that the school would be a good fallback option.
If you are considering various schools for your child, why not take the Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Tour on Wednesday and Thursday to decide for yourself?