Saturday, October 22, 2011

Roosevelt Island Resident Missing Staples Bag With Newly Purchased Computer Printer and Software Package - Can You Help Find It?

Lost and Found Image From The Affordable Mouse

Roosevelt Island resident Eliza lost a Staples Bag earlier today that contained a newly purchased computer printer, software package and ink cartridges. She reports:
Today I went to Staples and bought a new printer and Microsoft Office and PDF converter software.  In the parking garage, I put the bag of software in the bottom of my shopping cart, with the new printer balanced at the the top.  I stopped in the farmer's market and bought another plastic bag of food, which I added to the bottom of the shopping cart.  When I got home, I found that the Staples bag with the new software in it was missing.

I would be very grateful if someone found it if they could return it to me, no questions asked, or a reward, please.

I can be contacted at

Friday, October 21, 2011

Roosevelt Island Main Street Retail Town Hall Presentation By New Landlord Hudson/Related - Here's What Happened

The gloomy, dreary, depressing and empty presence of Roosevelt Island's Main Street retail corridor will soon be nothing more than a bad memory. The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC), a NY State Public Benefit Corporation, that operated as the Landlord for our Main Street Stores turning Main Street into a replica of a commercial corridor in the former Soviet Union is now out of the Roosevelt Island retail business. RIOC has been replaced by a private sector developer, Hudson/Related, the developers of Southtown Riverwalk Buildings, as the Master Leaseholder for Main Street.

David Kramer, a principal of Hudson, and his retail team presented their vision of a revitalized and thriving Main Street last night at a Town Hall Meeting organized by the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA). Here's what Mr. Kramer had to say.

You Tube Video of Main Street Retail Town Hall Meeting (Part 1)

Following Mr. Kramer's remarks, Hudson/Related's architect and brand designer spoke of the physical changes they were considering for Main Street.

You Tube Video of Main Street Retail Town Hall Meeting (Part 2)

And then came a question and answer session with Roosevelt Island residents, organization leaders and merchants.

You Tube Video of Main Street Retail Town Hall Meeting (Part 3)

You Tube Video of Main Street Retail Town Hall Meeting (Part 4) Audio/Video is out of Synch

Will have more on this later.

UPDATE 10/22- Here are some before and possible after scenes of the new Roosevelt Island Main Street from Hudson/Related.

East Arcade Store Before

East Arcade Ice Cream Store After - wood ceilings, better lighting, open view of arcade.

West Side of the Street Before,

West Side of the Street After - appears to be a restaurant in the Cleaners Space.

East Arcade Corridor Before - dark, dreary and dirty,
East Arcade Corridor After - wood ceilings, better lighting, colorful signage and clean.

View of East Side of Main Street From West Side of Main Street Before

and after. Open view of the East Arcade

Queens Post Office Saved From Closing Says Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney But Still No Word On Roosevelt Island Post Office Status

According to the Queens Chronicle:
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan and Queens), state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) and a representative of Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) announced Wednesday that the Grand Station post office in Astoria will not be closed.

The United States Postal Service had the post office on its list of potential closings, but the elected officials responded after hearing an outpouring of concerns by residents. Maloney delivered a petition with over 1,000 signatures to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

“Because of the community and the hard work of the elected officials, we have kept this post office open,” Maloney said....
Click here for the entire Queens Chronicle article.

Congresswoman Maloney's office reports that the status of the Queens Post Office is unrelated to whether the Roosevelt Island Post Office will be closed or remain open and that the US Post Office advises Ms. Maloney's office that no NY County Post Office on the Study list for closure has been removed from the list yet including the Roosevelt Island Post Office.

During last night's Main Street Retail Town Hall Meeting, Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) President Matt Katz stated that 2000 signatures have been collected so far on RIRA's petition to keep the Roosevelt Island Post office open.

You can still sign the online petition to keep Roosevelt Island's Post office open. Here's the link. There may also be petitions available in your building lobby or just contact RIRA.

More information on the possible closing of the Roosevelt Island Post Office available from previous post.

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association Casino Night Fundraising Event At Manhattan Park Saturday October 22, 6:30 to 10:30 PM - Help Support The Roosevelt Island Senior Community

Image From Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (Click To Enlarge)

More information here.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Stanford President John Hennessey Visits Roosevelt Island and Talks With Residents - Who Will Win NYC Applied Sciences & Engineering School Contest, Stanford's Culture Of High Tech Start Ups or Cornell's Ivy League Localism?

Image of Stanford President Hennessey (on left) Exiting Tram Wednesday Afternoon

Stanford University President John Hennessey visited Roosevelt Island yesterday. It was a windy, rainy and cool afternoon as Mr. Hennessey exited the Roosevelt Island Tram. Fortunately, there were no problems riding the Tram over from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island - it would not have been an opportune moment for the Tram to start rocking and rolling over the East River with the Stanford President on Board.

I met Mr. Hennessey at the Tram and we conducted an interview regarding Stanford's plan for the proposed Roosevelt Island campus of NYC Applied Sciences & Engineering School as we walked north on Main Street towards PS/IS 217 where Mr. Hennessey was to meet with parents and school officials.

Here's our conversation.

You Tube Video of Stanford President's Visit To Roosevelt Island

After the PS/IS 217 meeting Mr. Hennessey had lunch at the Riverwalk Bar & Grill with members of the Roosevelt Island Community

Stanford President Hennessey Having Lunch with members of Roosevelt Island Community

including, RIOC President Leslie Torres, Vice President of Operations Fernando Martinez, RIOC Director Margie Smith, RIRA President Matt Katz, Roosevelt Island Seniors Association President Delores Green, Roosevelt Island Disabled Association President Jim Bates and former RIOC Director Jonathan Kalkin who is organizing Roosevelt Island stakeholders for the purpose of creating a Community Benefits Agreement if Roosevelt Island is selected as the site for the NYC Applied Sciences & Engineering School.

Here's the latest news on the NYC Applied Sciences and Engineering school that Stanford and Cornell are both proposing to be located on Roosevelt Island.

According to article in October 17 NY Times:
... Stanford proposes to replicate the role it has played in the growth of Silicon Valley, as an incubator of high-tech talent, innovation and business. “We know how to get young people involved in start-ups,” said Mr. Hennessy, whose campus has spawned Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems, Yahoo, Google and countless smaller tech companies. “Cornell’s disadvantage is all its start-ups put together are smaller than Google.”

Cornell’s plans are more tailored to New York’s particular economy, with four hubs: technology for cleaner and more efficient building; information science and engineering for health care; social mobile networking, particularly in fields like media and advertising; and what it calls “intelligent trustworthy systems,” which include areas like cloud computing and information security....

You Tube Video of Stanford's Tradition of Innovation

Last Thursday October 14, Stanford University President John Hennessey briefed the Stanford Faculty Senate on plans for Stanford's proposed Roosevelt Island New York City campus at the site of the current Goldwater Hospital campus. According to Stanford University News:
President John Hennessy told the Faculty Senate Thursday that establishing an applied sciences campus in New York City would answer a critical U.S. need – to create a second major innovation center in science and technology in the country.

"Quite frankly, Silicon Valley has done terrific, but if the country is going to maintain its leadership in this area it needs more than Silicon Valley," Hennessy said at the start of his presentation on Stanford's proposal to build a graduate campus in New York City focused on engineering, information technology and entrepreneurship....

... "We are going to make large, large investments in technology to make this work," he said. "The good news is that technology has gotten to a price where it's reasonably affordable. We can easily run 10 full-bandwidth high-definition streams between the two campuses simultaneously – at easily affordable prices. We'll be able to do some things and really try to take that technology to the next level."...

...  "One of the great advantages of this location is you can build a campus," Hennessy said. "We have studied other locations in Manhattan, but the minute you move to Manhattan what you're going to end up with is one, or possibly two, high-rise buildings. Here we have a lot of open space."

The campus would include housing, classrooms, labs, offices, business incubator space, amenities – such as fitness centers, shops and restaurants – and open space, and just beyond the campus, two parks – Southpoint Park and Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park.

He said the New York City campus, when completed, would have 1.1 million square feet of academic space; 575,000 square feet of housing; 175,000 square feet of amenities; and 50,000 square feet for incubating new businesses.

The campus would grow in phases – from 2016 to 2038 – to eventually accommodate 100 faculty members and 2,000 master's and PhD students....

... He said construction costs are likely to range from $1 billion to $2 billion....
Click here for the entire Stanford University News article.

The San Jose Mercury News reports on the Stanford Faculty Senate meeting:
... Seeking greater access to an urban world rich in art, finance, drama, music, high-end media, deep-pocketed philanthropy, tweedy East Coast faculty and diverse students, Stanford is putting the finishing touches on a 500-page application for a second campus in New York City, due to land on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's desk in two weeks....

... This is not some satellite campus, Hennessy stressed. Rather, Stanford will adopt a "one university, two campus" model, linked by technology, he said.

Already, faculty have submitted 12 "pre-proposals" for academic programs in areas such as technology ventures, entrepreneurial education, sustainable urban systems and financial math and engineering....

... Bloomberg seeks to make technology a broader part of New York's economy -- recognizing its role in the future of finance and media. He wants a university that has a track record of creating new companies and jobs. Technology is also a big part of how the cities of the future are going to survive -- through more efficient use of energy, transportation and other resources....

... The design, not yet publicly released, calls for up to 1.9 million square feet of construction, with buildings ranging from six to 41 floors with much open space. It is adjacent to a park at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island.

"It's in the middle of Manhattan, yet has a small village feel," Hennessy said.

There are opportunities for Stanford to explore academic disciplines not available here, such as urban design and technology....

... Timeline:

Startup (2012-16)

Partnership with City College of New York

Phase 1 (2016-21)
25 faculty and growing
200 students (Ph.D. and masters)
Curriculum: Information technologies, media, finance, design, entrepreneurial education and research

Phase 2 (2022-27)
50-100 faculty
1,000 students
Curriculum: Broadened to include green technology, bioengineering and urban studies.

Phase 3-5 (2028-45)
200-350 faculty
2,000 or more students, including hundreds of visiting undergraduates
Curriculum: Wide range of programs
Click here for the entire San Jose Mercury News article.

Cornell announced earlier this week that their Trustees unanimously endorsed plans for a NYC Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island.

You Tube Video of Cornell Trustees Endorsing NYC Tech Campus

According to the Cornell Chronicle Online:
As Cornell finishes preparing a proposal for a New York City tech campus, the university's governing body has thrown its full weight of support behind it.

During a special meeting Oct. 12 of the Cornell Board of Trustees at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, the board voted unanimously to endorse Cornell's NYC Tech Campus plan. The official proposal is due to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office Oct. 28
... "It is a logical extension of what we already do," Zubrow said. "Part of the reason why the board is so excited is that it's such a natural fit." This includes, she said, an existing reputation for tech transfer; the 50,000 Cornellians that reside in the New York metropolitan area; and, of course, Weill Cornell Medical College and the many other programs across all the colleges that have sites in New York City.

The research, startups and spinoffs to be generated from the Cornell tech campus will underscore New York as "the great crossroads city," said trustee Andrew Tisch '71. "There is such dynamism, enthusiasm and energy here, and we believe New York needs to be the tech center of the 21st century."...
Click here for the entire article.

The Cornell Chronicle adds:
Cornell University and The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology announced today a new partnership to create a world-class applied science and engineering campus in New York City, as outlined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The NYC Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island will combine the full spectrum of both institutions' academic strengths, as well as Cornell's entrepreneurial culture and deep connection to the city's emerging tech sector and the Technion's global leadership in commercialization and technology transfer. This partnership will transform New York City into a world hub of innovation and technology commercialization....
 Click here for the entire article.

Although Roosevelt Island appears to be the favorite, or at least the most publicized site for the NYC Applied Sciences & Engineering School, Crains NY Business reports that other sites are being considered. According to Crains:
While Cornell and Stanford universities have painted the town red to advance their proposals to build a $1 billion tech campus on Roosevelt Island, other prospective bidders in the city's competition have flown under the radar.

But now three institutions—New York University, Columbia University and Carnegie Mellon University—are unveiling details of prospective campuses at other sites around the city, adding a twist to an ongoing dogfight between the engineering powerhouses from Ithaca and Palo Alto....
Click here for the entire Crains article.

More on the proposed NYC Applied Sciences and Engineering School from previous posts.

Overcrowding At Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217 Reports Parents In Fox News Report, D Letter Grade From NYC DOE and No Child Left Behind Documentary From Former Roosevelt Island Student Teacher

My Fox New York reports on September 22:
The parents at P.S. 217 on Roosevelt Island are used to 20- to 24-person classes. So imagine their surprise this year when the fifth grade class had 34.

"What's wrong is the children aren't getting the adequate attention they deserve," Lord said, showing Fox 5 pictures of her daughter's class.

One kindergarten class has 28 kids with no assistant.

These are just two of 7,000 classrooms in the city the UFT said has with too many students. The UFT said that is 1,000 more than last year. And almost a quarter of New York City school children....
Click here for the rest of the article.

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) recently released Progress Reports for NYC schools. Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217 grade for 2010-11 was a D. According to the DOE:
Each school's Progress Report (1) measures student year-to-year progress, (2) compares the school to peer schools and (3) rewards success in moving all children forward, especially children with the greatest needs. Strong Progress Report results are the basis for monetary rewards for school leaders, and poor results are an important factor in determining whether schools require intensive support or intervention. For more information,...
PS/IS 217 Progress Report Letter Grade was B for 2009 - 10 and 2008 - 09.

I asked Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217's PTA and Principal for a comment on the overcrowding issue raised by the Fox report and the D letter Grade from DOE. PTA Vice President Nikki Leopold replied:
The overcrowding issue came as a surprise to all of us, including the administration who received an overwhelming amount of new registration during the month of August.  Over the last two years, the PS/IS PTA and administration succeeded in creating a school environment in which parents would not hesitate to send their children, as evidenced by the fact that we now have unprecedented enrollment.  The down side is that it puts us in the same position as so many other city schools as we struggle with large class size and steep budget cuts.  The school is committed to addressing this problem to the best of our ability, but it will continue to be a challenge. 

Phoebe shared with my your inquiry about the D grade on the school report card.  As we received a B last year, the D grade was a devastating blow to our school, especially in light of the tremendous progress made in the last two years.  While the grades just came out last week, the administration is in the process of reviewing the new evaluation method put forth by the DOE, which led to the D report card grade determination.  Through this process, the administration will have a clearer picture of what changes need to take place, a key factor in providing parents with an honest and transparent response.    Through my experience with the public school system, I've learned that things are most often not what they seem on the surface especially regarding budgets and school evaluations.  It is my hope that  our school community can ban together as we navigate the details of the unfortunate news.  As with the class size issue, the PS/IS 217 Administration, in partnership with the PTA Executive Board, is committed to confronting the difficult questions that will need to be addressed regarding DOE's report card determination. 

Thanks for the opportunity to respond.
PS/IS 217 Principal Mandana Beckman adds:
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to respond, and I apologize for taking so long to get back to you. As Nikki mentioned, we were overwhelmed and surprised by the class sizes that we found ourselves facing as the school year started, especially in the Kindergarten and 5th Grade classes. We were offered no recourse by the DOE, as this problem faces schools citywide, however we have managed to creatively address the situation in a way that, we think, ensures the most benefit to the classes affected. At the Kindergarten level, we have created a Kindergarten/First Grade bridge class, which brings the number in those classes to 25 each (where it had been 29 in Kindergarten). This will ensure both more individual student attention, as well as develop what we hope will be a mutually beneficial opportunity for 1st Graders to model expectations to their younger classmates.

This kind of solution was unfortunately not available to us for our 5th Grade, which started the year at 34 students. We sought out partnership with PS 183, which is under limit in their 5th grade class, and they were able to offer - and have two families accept - placement at that school. This brings the 5th Grade class to 32, which is within the contractual limits of the UFT, and has fortunately now been capped at that number by the DOE.
City Limits tries to help parents understand what these grades mean:
Last week, the New York City Department of Education announced it was evaluating the futures of dozens of schools which had earned bad grades in the department's annual progress reports.

This was welcome transparency compared with the early years of Progress Grades, when DOE announced school-closing lists as faits accompli, without community feedback or participation.

But while the public is learning more about what might be done after this year's round of progress reports, understanding of the reports themselves is not widespread—largely because the reports employ a complicated formula that has evolved since 2007, when the DOE began rating city schools with letter grades....
Click here for the entire City Limits article.

A former student teacher at Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217 made a very interesting documentary about the No Child Left Behind policy:
After spending a year as a student teacher in a New York City elementary school, documentary filmmaker Lerone Wilson explores the effects of George W. Bush's momentous No Child Left Behind Act on schools across the country.
Take a look

You Tube Video of No Child Left Behind.

At about the 2 minute 15 second mark we see the student teacher on Roosevelt Island.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Roosevelt Island Free Flu Shots November 3, 10 AM To 2 PM At Seniors Center Provided By Assembly Member Micah Kellner's Office - Appointment Necessary

You Tube Video From Center For Disease Control

Received the following message from Assembly Member Micah Kellner:
Free Flu Shots in Manhattan and on Roosevelt Island

On November 3rd, my office will be providing free flu shot at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center located at 546 Main Street from 10AM to 2PM.

On November 16th, my office will be providing free flu shots at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House located at 331 East 70th Street, 3rd Floor from 10AM to 1PM.

Flu shots will be given by appointment only, so if you wish to receive one, please contact my office at 212-860-4906. Both locations are wheelchair accessible.
According to the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene:
Who should get an annual flu vaccine?

Everyone six months of age and older should receive an annual influenza vaccine. In addition, these groups especially need flu vaccine every year:

Adults age 50 and over (especially those over 65);
All children from age 6 months to 18 years
All persons age 19 to 49 years with chronic medical conditions, including heart disease, pulmonary disorders (including asthma), diabetes, kidney disease, hemoglobinopathies, and compromised immune systems (HIV or immunosuppressive therapy);
People with conditions that can cause breathing problems (such as cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other neuromuscular disorders);
Pregnant women;
All residents of nursing homes and chronic-care facilities;
Caregivers and household members of infants younger than 6 months (babies can get the flu at this age, but are too young for a flu shot);
All close contacts of high-risk groups listed above, such as household members and persons providing home care; and
All health care workers.
Duane Reade pharmacies are also providing flu shots:

You Tube Video of Duane Reade Flu Shot

Duane Reade will be administering flu shots at all its pharmacy locations during regular pharmacy hours.

Click here to locate a pharmacy.

Click here to download the Vaccine Administration Record (VAR) Informed Consent Form. Print it out, sign and date it and bring it with you when you come in for your flu shot.


Q: I heard this year’s flu strain is expected to be the same as last year’s. Do I really need a flu shot?
A: Yes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regardless of the expected strain, you should get vaccinated each and every year.*

Q: Should children and seniors get vaccinated, too?
A: Yes. The CDC recommends annual flu shots for everyone six months and older.

Q: What’s the benefit of getting a flu shot early?
A: The earlier you get a flu shot, the sooner you’re protected.**

Q: Is it possible to get vaccinated too early in the season?
A: No, a flu shot will protect you all season long, even through peak flu periods like February and March.

Q: After I get a flu shot, how long does it take to be fully protected?
A: The vaccine takes approximately two weeks to protect against the three most prevalent flu strains.

Q: Are Duane Reade pharmacists really experts when it comes to flu shots?
A: Absolutely! Each Duane Reade pharmacist goes through an extensive training program to be able to provide immunization services.

Q: Will my doctor be notified if I get a flu shot at Duane Reade?
A: Yes. We’re happy to send your doctor a copy of your immunization record. Just let us know.

Q: Does Duane Reade accept insurance?
A: Yes — Duane Reade accepts most insurance plans. What’s more, if you have Medicare Part B, you’ll have no out-of-pocket cost.†

Q: Can I get my flu shot at Duane Reade the next time I pick up my prescription?
A: Yes. Duane Reade administers flu shots anytime the pharmacy is open, and walk-ins are always welcome.

Q: What if I prefer to schedule an appointment — is that an option?
A: Yes, you can schedule an appointment by calling Duane Reade.
There is a Roosevelt Island Duane Reade pharmacy at 425 Main Street next to the subway station.

Big Changes For Western Queens If Roosevelt Island Selected As Site For New York City Applied Sciences & Engineering School Says Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Queens Elected Officials and Business Leaders

Image of Goldwater Site From NYC EDC RFP Page 56

This previous post from last July 19 asked the question:
Can you imagine how Stanford, or any other University's presence might change Roosevelt Island?
It will also change Western Queens. The NY Daily News reported yesterday:
Building a hi-tech campus on Roosevelt Island would be a major boon for Queens, elected officials and business leaders said Monday, as two top schools threw their support behind the location.

Both Cornell University and Stanford University officials said they favored Roosevelt Island over the two other sites being considered for the creation of an applied sciences and engineering campus - Governors Island and the Brooklyn Navy Yard....
Click here for the entire Daily News article.

Below is Press Release from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's office supporting Roosevelt Island as the site for NYC's proposed Applied Sciences & Engineering school and describing the economic benefits to Western Queens from having the campus located on Roosevelt Island.

 Image From Congresswoman Maloney's Office of r., David Brause, Chairman of the Long Island City Business Improvement District; Gayle Baron, President of the Long Island City Partnership; Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney; NY State Senator Michael Gianaris
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Long Island City Partnership President Gayle Baron, and business and community leaders in Queens today voiced their strong support for Applied Sciences NYC, a Bloomberg administration initiative to site a state-of-the-art applied sciences campus in New York City, and specifically for a City-owned site on Roosevelt Island and to provide the new engineering institution with up to $100 million in infrastructure investments.

In remarks delivered today, Congresswoman Maloney said, “An applied sciences and engineering facility on Roosevelt Island offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spur western Queens’ transformation into a world-class hub of technology and entrepreneurship and to generate significant long-term job growth for the borough. The Long Island City central business district offers an ideal location for start-ups created by the new campus’ faculty, students, and graduates, featuring affordable and accessible space near convenient transportation and a growing residential community. Those of us who represent western Queens or Roosevelt Island are thrilled with the enormous opportunities this could provide for our constituents, and have pledged to work together to land this groundbreaking initiative in our own backyard, where it will generate well-paying jobs. The New York City Economic Development Corporation projects that a new or expanded applied sciences facility could have a multiplier effect and create more than 400 new businesses across the city, generating billions of dollars in new economic activity and creating tens of thousands of jobs. These jobs will not only benefit academics and researchers; they will also benefit New Yorkers of all skill levels, as universities and technology businesses employ people in a diverse range of jobs and generally pay higher salaries to employees without college degrees than other sectors of the economy.

“In addition, Roosevelt Island’s proximity to western Queens makes it likely that this community will benefit most from the businesses spun off by a new campus there. Roosevelt Island provides an idyllic setting for students and faculty, and offers proximity to new and existing businesses in Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside, and Woodside. And start-ups would be able to join a growing core of science and engineering-based businesses and institutions in western Queens, including JetBlue, the RCN Corporation, Schick Technologies and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as a expanding center of film and television production.”

State Senator Michael Gianaris said, “Roosevelt Island is the ideal location for this new facility because it complements western Queens' growing reputation as a hub of job growth, technology and entrepreneurship. Its close proximity to Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and Astoria would allow students, faculty and visitors to easily travel to and from campus, prompting exponential growth in western Queens' economic development through job creation, revenue increases and new business incentives.”

Other elected officials submitted written statements about the proposal. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said, “An applied sciences facility located on Roosevelt Island could be the next best thing that happens to Long Island City. Such a campus, easily within reach of Queens by subway or the Roosevelt Island Bridge, would have enormous benefits attached to it. It would be fertile ground for growing leaders of tomorrow, create hundreds of jobs and generate millions in tax revenue. Local labor and businesses in Long Island City and beyond would be involved in the creation and operation of a university in a unique environment, while the campus received support, millions of dollars for infrastructure improvements and land from the City of New York.

“Long Island City has undergone a revolution in recent years with thousands of new housing units, retail activity and open space that makes it one of the most attractive waterfront vistas in New York City.

“We’re calling for continued growth and renewal for Long Island City and all of New York City. Interested schools can seize this opportunity, lead the way to future research and technology and have a presence in New York City that will generate worldwide interest.”

In a written statement, Assembly Member Catherine Nolan said, “The proposal to site a new institution of engineering and applied sciences in Roosevelt Island will bring significant benefits to residents and businesses in Long Island City and western Queens. It will create good jobs, create a multiplier effect that will benefit existing businesses in the area, and reinforce the strong ties between western Queens and our neighbors on Roosevelt Island.”

“In order for the technical campus on Roosevelt Island to be a success, there must be significant investment in Western Queens,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, who attended today community meeting for local business leaders hosted by Congresswoman Maloney and the Long Island City Partnership. “I support efforts to make Queens the borough of technical innovation, bringing well-paying jobs into the communities of Long Island City, Dutch Kills, Sunnyside, and Woodside.”
Proposal are due from applying schools by October 28 and a decision will be made by New York City before the end of the year. More information on the proposed NYC Applied Sciences & Engineering School proposals for Roosevelt Island available at these previous posts.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Eerie, The Weirdest Place In New York City, I love Roosevelt Island Say These Visitors

One Way Viewing From Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Booth At Subway Station, Officer Can See Out But You Can't See In - Recent Quality Of Life Arrests, August Monthly Blotter and Communications Policy

Have you noticed a recent change in the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Booth located across from the F Train Subway Station? Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) President Judy Berdy did and shares these two pictures of Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) staff installing a coating on the Public Safety Booth

Image From Judy Berdy

which allows a person inside to see out but does not allow anyone outside to see in.

Image From Judy Berdy

As you walk by the Public Safety Booth, you cannot tell if anyone is inside but do see a reflection of yourself. Kind of creepy in a way but just as you or I cannot see inside the Public Safety Booth from outside, neither can a potential criminal tell whether there is a Public Safety Officer inside either. I don't know if that is the reason for the one way viewing but I will ask RIOC and update if they respond.

Here's what the Public Safety Booth looked like when initially installed last August.

In other Roosevelt Island Public Safety news, the 10/15-16 Roosevelt Island Public Safety Report indicates:
Criminal Possession of Marijuana - PSD arrested the subject.
The 10/14 -15 Report indicated:
 Petit Larceny - PSD assisted NYPD with the arrest of the subject.
There have been a number of recent quality of life Public Safety incidents reports involving alcohol, marijuana and stolen property. For example, I sent the following email to RIOC
Can you provide additional details regarding these quality of life Public Safety Incident reports:

10/12/11-7:00 AM to 10/13/11-7:00 AM

Public Consumption - Two subjects arrested.

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

Alcohol/Open Container - Subject arrested by PSD.

Unlawful Possession of Marijuana/Open Container - PSD arrested four subjects.

10/8/11-7:00 AM to 10/9/11-7:00 AM

Unlawful Possession Of Marijuana - Subjects were issued summonses by PSD.

Stolen Property - PSD made a search of Roosevelt Island with negative results.

Where did the marijuana and alcohol arrests take place, what time of day, were those arrested Roosevelt Island residents, were they adults or juveniles and any other information you think is relevant to the Roosevelt Island community.

Also, what was the property stolen in 10/8 report, where did the incident occur and what time of day. Was anybody injured?
Also sent a request seeking information regarding this incident:
This was a troubling incident from 9/26-27 Public Safety Report

Sexual Abuse/ Child Endangerment - PSD arrested the subject.

Can you provide any details as to what happened?
RIOC chose not to answer these inquires. In the past, I could ask Public Safety Director Keith Guerra about a particular incident and in most cases Mr. Guerra would reply promptly with an explanation as to what occurred. That is no longer the case because Mr. Guerra is not permitted to respond to press/blogger inquires. All inquiries regarding Roosevelt Island issues must be funneled through RIOC's Community Relations Office. In consultation with the appropriate RIOC staff, the Community Relations Office will determine if and to what extent a response is provided.

How the exchange of information between RIOC, the Roosevelt Islander Blog and the Roosevelt Island community will function going forward is still a work in progress. I have had long conversations with RIOC's Vice President of Operations Fernando Martinez on this issue and expect that dialogue to continue. I respect both Mr. Martinez and his position on the issue but profoundly disagree with the recent changes in how RIOC chooses to inform the Roosevelt Island community, particularly in regard to Public Safety incidents.

Here's the Monthly Public Safety Blotter for August

RIOC August Public Safety Blotter

and January - August 2011 Public Safety Statistics.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Roosevelt Island Parakeet Found Near PS/IS 217 This Afternoon- Is It Yours?

 Image of Parakeet From How Stuff Works For Illustrative Purposes Only (Not the one Found)

If you are missing a parakeet, go to the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department and they will let you know how to get your pet returned to you.

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association Casino Night Fundraising Event At Manhattan Park Saturday October 22, 6:30 to 10:30 PM - Help Support The Roosevelt Island Senior Community

Image From Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (Click To Enlarge)

Received the following message from the Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA):
We all know what an integral part of the community seniors are. This year, The Roosevelt Island Senior Association is faced with the daunting challenges of this economic crisis.

Our senior population is a forgotten population. Are you aware of how many seniors are alone without any family and have no assistance throughout the day? RISA has become their extended family. RISA is devoted to its mission to enhance the well-being of senior citizens from all ethnicity and financial backgrounds. The center promotes the general welfare of senior citizens and provides programs to meet the physical, social, civic and recreational needs for the senior population on RI.

The center provides programs and services that help our senior residents live more independently, with greater productivity and a sense of pride. Included in our activities along with several recreational programs, is a weekly lunch program for all seniors. Budget cuts have limited our ability to provide many of these programs to seniors.

On Saturday, October 22, 2011 we will be having a Casino Night fundraiser in collaboration with Manhattan Park, at 8 River Rd. Roosevelt Island, NY, with light refreshments and cash bar. On behalf of the Roosevelt Island Senior Association on Roosevelt Island, we are seeking your support, which is a great vote of confidence in our mission. Tickets for this event are $50 each in advance. This includes your admission, $150 “funny money” and refreshments. Grand prize is a Flat Screen TV plus many other gifts and prizes. RISA is a 501 C3 so your contribution will be tax deductible. For further information, please contact our Committee Chair Wendy Hersh email or Barbara Parker  at

Thank you for your support. Delores Green, President Roosevelt Island Senior Association
Wendy Hersh; Barbara Parker; Marilyn Atkins; Merecdes Soto RISA Board Members & Fundraising Committee

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Roosevelt Island Tram Rescue Drills Being Performed Today By NYPD - No Interruption In Tram Service

Image Of NYPD Tram Rescue Drill From Earlier Post

Received the following advisory from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Please be advised the NYPD will be practicing on one Tram cabin on Sunday, October 16th, from the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please note regular Tram service will not be interrupted during this time frame.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
More information on Roosevelt Island Tram rescue drill by NYPD and FDNY from previous posts.