Saturday, December 28, 2013

Roosevelt Island Bar Owner Chased Down By Local German Shepherd - Everyone's A Food Critic

A tipster shares Twitter link to videos showing Riverwalk Bar & Grill Owner Jonathan Hoo being chased down Riverwalk Commons next to the Roosevelt Island F Train station by a German Shepherd.

Fortunately, neither bar owner nor dog were injured.

Friday, December 27, 2013

How Long Can It Last? Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Service To And From Manhattan Again This Weekend, That's Five In A Row

Are you starting to get used to Roosevelt Island F Train service to and from Manhattan on weekends? How long can this last? Well, for at least one more week.

According to the MTA Weekender Page there will be Roosevelt Island F Train service

to and from Manhattan this weekend. That makes it five in a row.

Hope it continues in 2014.

Roosevelt Island Winter Sunset As Tram Crosses East River

How lucky are we

to experience this every day!

UPDATE 9:30 PM - Mitch Elinson shares the same view at night

Even the camera on my phone loves this view.
Wow - just gorgeous.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Santa's On His Way To Roosevelt Island Ho Ho Ho - Merry Christmas, A Wonderful Festivus And Chinese Food For The Rest Of Us

Reports are coming in of Santa Claus sightings from all around the world. You can even track him with the aid of Google's Santa Tracker and a Santa Tracker from NORAD.

Santa will arrive on Roosevelt Island in a couple of hours. When he does, it may be on his specially designed, Reindeer powered, Roosevelt Island Tram sled using one of the old Tram cabins.

Roosevelt Island Reindeer Driven Tram Card From Marty Atkins (more info here)

Hope you've taken Bruce Springsteen's advice and were good this year.

If you're interested in the history of Santa, here you go:

and then there's Festivus

and Chinese food for the rest of us.

Don't forget to leave some cookies out for Santa tonight. MERRY CHRISTMAS - Ho HO Ho!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Please Donate To Roosevelt Island FDR Hope Memorial Sculpture Depicting President Franklin D Roosevelt Sitting In His Wheelchair - Help Show The Disabled Are Enabled

You Tube Video of FDR Hope Memorial Rehearsal Mock Up Interview

Are you looking for a last minute Christmas present idea or to make a contribution to a worthy Roosevelt Island cause? If so, please consider making a donation to the FDR Hope Memorial.

FDR Hope Memorial Chair and Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) President Jim Bates explains:

RIDA adds:
The FDR Hope Memorial

We are enabled.

Help us build the first memorial to FDR that focuses on his disability. We need to build this monument because people with disability, while loved, are pitied because it's believed they cannot achieve anything substantial or independently. We need to dispel this belief which can even afflict people who are disabled themselves.

We are a group of people who live or work on Roosevelt Island in New York City — some of us are disabled, some are doctors, therapists, and others involved with the disabled. We have come together under the auspices of the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association to create a monument to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who is a hero to our community: a man who, despite being crippled by polio, became a four-term president of the United States.

We have reached the following milestones and now ask for your support which we need to bring this project to fruition.
  • We have been awarded a site for our monument in Southpoint Park as you approach Four Freedoms Park.
  • We have raised $263,000 from Four Freedoms Park, New York City and New York State.
  • We have commissioned artist Meredith Bergmann and approved a design based on half-height figures.
  • The artist is now working on the full-size figures which will be cast in bronze; the finished monument will be beautiful and inspiring.
  • You will be helping us erect a monument not just to what one man has done but to what all of us --enabled not disabled-- can do.
Why Portray FDR as disabled?

FDR hid that he had polio because he didn't want his disability to limit himself or his aspirations to change the world. We live today, in part thanks to him, in a different kind of society, and portraying his disability honors him today in a way in which it couldn't in the 1930s.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of the greatest presidents of the United States of America. FDR served four terms and presided over the war that shocked the world: World War II. FDR had polio - a life-threatening and physically mauling disability.

The message of his life is that regardless of the struggle, the disadvantage, the disability, you can do great things. Through our memory of his life the disabled are enabled. The purpose of this memorial is to remind and inspire all, especially those with disability: You can do great things. You are enabled and free to pursue your dreams. The purpose of this call for support is to make this memorial on Roosevelt Island a reality and raise a beacon of hope and truth for years to come. Please give.

How You Can Help

We need to get to $300,000. We are asking for gifts of any size: $10, $20, $100, $350,or even ten thousand. But even it it's a dollar, and you add your name to the list of people who support this project, your support will be invaluable. You will inspire us, and show other people we approach for help that our dream has won the support of many people...
Click here for more information and to make a donation.

More information on the FDR Hope Memorial at previous post.

Smoke On The Water - Epic Fog On East River Covers Roosevelt Island Today Reports Twitterverse

Did you see the fog covering Roosevelt Island this morning? The Twitterverse did and reports: