Saturday, May 24, 2014

Amazing View Of Sky Over Manhattan Seen From Roosevelt Island Tonight

The sky was dark and foreboding over Roosevelt Island last night but tonight the colors were amazing.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Storm Rolling In Over Roosevelt Island and NYC East River Waterfront Tonight - Wow, Some Sky

That was some sky over Roosevelt Island and the New York City East River Waterfront tonight. Here are some pictures.

View of Manhattan's East Side and the Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park from Long Island City

Looking towards Queens and the Long Island City Ravenswood Power Plant from Roosevelt Island

and towards Upper East Side of Manhattan

from Roosevelt Island.

UPDATE 11:35 PM: Kelly Turner sees the Storm Brewing

over the East River too.

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Memorial Day Weekend - Expect Overcrowded Roosevelt Island Tram Cabins Coming Home

According to the MTA Weekender:
F Jamaica-bound trains run via the E after 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av

Weekend & Holiday , 9:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Tue, May 23 - 27

No Jamaica-bound service at 57 St, Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge.
Expect crowded Roosevelt Island Tram Cabins this weekend on your way home.

Crowded Manhattan April 27 Weekend Tram Platform With No F Train Running To Roosevelt Island

Plan accordingly.

Yankee Great Mariano Rivera Pitches In To Help Raise Funds For Roosevelt Island's Child School Legacy High School Annual Founders Dinner Last Night

All time great New York Yankee Relief Pitcher Mariano Rivera

 Image From Ayisha Oglivie

participated in last night's Founders Dinner and Silent Auction for the Roosevelt Island Child School/Legacy High School.

 According to the Child School/Legacy High School:
Legendary Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera will make a special guest apperance at this year's Founder's Award Dinner, to be held May 22, 2014 at Terrace on the Park, a beautiful venue in Flushing Meadows Park that has sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.
Ayisha Oglivie reports via Twitter
Ms. Oglivie adds:
Shout out to Mariano Rivera who was taking a picture with a group of students including my son when I shouted to him: "Somos Panamenios!" Mariano: "Oh wow! Es Verdad? Me: "Si! Soy la sobrina de Ben Oglivie (Left Field, champ batter and All Star from the Milwaukee Brewers) y mi mama era de Colon" His bodyguards started to pull him away from all the people pulling on him and he says: "Wait! Let me take a picture with my guy (referring to Jamil)" then he gestured me into the pic. Great great guy! Que viva Panama!
I am a proud Child School Legacy High School parent! Changed my son's life! His name is Jamil Fuller
Here's more information on the Roosevelt Island Child School Legacy High School.

Report From RIOC President Charlene Indelicato - Lighthouse Park Footbridge Repaired By July, Motorgate Lighting And Restriping Done, Octagon Tennis Resurfacing Done By Late June, Sportspark Pool Still Closed, Outdoor Movies Starting June 28, Roosevelt Island Day June 21, Bike Activities & More

Image Of Lighthouse Park Footbridge Before Washed Out By Hurricane Sandy via Lonely Planet

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato sends the following report to the community.
Last Tuesday, May 13, the Sportspark Pool was closed due to a mechanical problem with its filtration system. Our staff has been working diligently to make repairs and restore the facility as soon as possible. We recognize the inconvenience a pool closure poses to the community and appreciate your patience while we correct the problem.

When an unexpected occurrence like a facility closure takes place, RIOC sends out notifications and updates via its RIOC Advisories email alert system as soon as possible. It is important to us to keep the community informed about what’s happening on Roosevelt Island. I encourage you to sign up for RIOC Advisories for alerts on issues such as traffic disruptions, construction, community meetings, events, and most importantly, in case of an emergency. Remember, if we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you. Sign up at

Bike New York Event

Thank you to everyone who participated in Bike New York’s Spring Kickoff Party last Saturday. Many members of the community came out to take part in the festivities, which included a free bicycle raffle for Roosevelt Island residents, a Learn to Ride – Kids Class, a popular free bike tune-up shop, and a chance for kids to show their creativity in the bike beauty contest. BikeGuard, a free registry provided by, also offered free aluminum tags and assistance for residents who wanted to register their bikes. With perfect weather, wonderful activities and enthusiastic participants, we could not have asked for better conditions. Many thanks go out to Bike New York for providing this fantastic event.

Bike Registration

If you missed the chance to register your bicycle at last Saturday’s event, you can still pick up registration tags and instructions for free at Public Safety’s headquarters (550 Main Street). BikeGuard allows residents to log a detailed description and photo of their bikes into an online database. The company has worked with RIOC to provide a community specific program for Roosevelt Island residents to register their bikes locally. If you report your bike lost or stolen, your local community is notified as well as Public Safety. While this notification does not take the place of an incident report filed with Public Safety, it certainly does increase the chance that your bike will be returned to you if it becomes lost or stolen.

Upcoming Activities

On June 14, Bike New York along with the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association will gather residents under the Helix Ramp to decorate their bicycle storage container with paintings. If you’re interested in taking part in this event, please contact Caitlin Goodspeed at

Roosevelt Island Day will be taking place next month on June 21. This event is a celebration of Spring and community spirit, with residents coming together to beautify and improve their neighborhood. After a morning spent planting and weeding, participants gather on Main Street to enjoy free games, rides, music and more. This event is sponsored by Urban American in partnership with RIOC and the Roosevelt Island Youth Program.

On June 28, RIOC’s Outdoor Summer Movie Series will kick off with a screening of Disney’s Frozen at Southpoint Park. The fun starts at 7 p.m. – bring a blanket or a chair and brush up on your movie knowledge for our trivia challenge. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. We hope you’ll join us for this fun, family-friendly movie in the park. We encourage you to visit for more information on the event and to view the list of movies and showtimes.

Lighthouse Footbridges

An updated construction schedule for the repair of the Lighthouse Park footbridges has been released; work is scheduled to be completed by July 2014. We know the community has been eager to have full use of Lighthouse Park restored and are pleased to be moving forward on this project. We are committed to repairing the bridges as soon as possible for the enjoyment of all who visit the park. Thank you for your patience during this project.

Motorgate Garage Upgrades Complete

We are pleased to report that last week, the installation of upgraded lighting and re-striping of parking spots in the Motorgate Garage was completed. This project was necessary to ensure the safety of all who park their cars in the Garage. In the coming weeks, our Engineering team will be performing walkthroughs of the Garage to review the work that was performed.

Octagon Tennis Courts

At the Octagon Tennis Courts, the new concrete pole supports are expected to be fully cured by next week. Workers will re-take the construction site and are on schedule to complete resurfacing in late June.

Good Shepherd Community Center Restoration

Restoration work on the Good Shepherd Community Center’s entry doors and narthex at its west entrance area is also moving forward. Cleaning of the brick and limestone in the north entryway has been finished, as well as installation of the south entryway’s ceiling, interior doors and new bluestone steps at both entrances.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cool High Bar Gymnastics Performed At Roosevelt Island's Octagon Field Fitness Area - Score It At 9.85

There is an outdoor fitness area adjacent to the Octagon Soccer Field facing Manhattan.

Would you like to see more exercise equipment placed around Roosevelt Island?

UPDATE 5/24 - Here's the outdoor exercise equipment

next to the Octagon Soccer Field.

No Macy's July 4 East River Fireworks Viewing For You Residents Of Roosevelt Island Says Mayor DeBlasio's Office - Probably Not For Long Island City, Astoria Or Upper East Side Too

When NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio was NYC Public Advocate, he was a very strong proponent of returning the Macy's July 4 Fireworks celebration from the Hudson to the East River Brooklyn - Queens waterfront.

On April 14 of this year, now Mayor DeBlasio announced the return of the 2014 Macy's July 4 Fireworks to the East River
However, the return of the Macy's July 4 Fireworks to the East River does not mean that the Queens/Roosevelt Island/Upper East Side of Manhattan portion of the East River will be able to view the fireworks.

 Image Of Macy's Fireworks Seen From Roosevelt Island's Southpoint Park

 On May 15, I asked the NYC Mayor's Office:
... Will the fireworks be viewable from Western Queens (Long Island City, Astoria) Northern Brooklyn (Greenpoint) and Roosevelt Island.

I have been told by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp and NYC Officials that the fireworks barges will all be located south of the Manhattan Bridge.

Due to this location the fireworks will not be visible from Western Queens, Greenpoint and Roosevelt Island.

Is that true?...
The Mayor's Office responded yesterday saying that the East River fireworks will not be visible this year from Roosevelt Island because the northern most barge will be located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge adding that Macy's has committed to moving the fireworks around in future years so that as many viewers as possible can enjoy them.

Map of the East River waterfront is here.

No response yet from the Mayor's Office regarding viewing July 4 Macy's Fireworks from Western Queens but if they can't be seen from the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, it is unlikely they can be seen just across the East River in Western Queens.

Also, no response as to why Western Queens and Roosevelt Island are being left out of the East River July 4 Celebration viewing. In previous years of Macy's July 4 Fireworks Celebration on the East River, Roosevelt Island and Western Queens had great viewing locations.

The last time the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Celebration was held on the East River was in 2008. Here's the view of the 2008 Fireworks from Roosevelt Island's southern tip at Southpoint Park, now the site of the FDR Four Freedoms Park

During May 12 meeting of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee (full web cast of meeting here), RIOC President Charlene Indelicato recommended to the RIOC Board Of Directors that Southpoint Park be closed during the July 4 Macy's Fireworks Celebration for safety and security reasons particularly since there will be no view of the fireworks available at that location.

As an alternative, the RIOC Board is exploring the possibility of a simulcast TV viewing of the Fireworks on a large screen set up at Firefighters Field as was done during the 2012 Olympics.

Here's the RIOC Operations Committee discussion.

The FDR Four Freedoms Park on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island will be closed during the July 4 Fireworks Celebrations as well. According to a FDR Four Freedoms Park spokesperson:
The Four Freedoms Park will be closing at our regular time of 7:00 p.m. on July 4th. There are no private events being held at the Park during the day or evening. In celebration of July 4th we will be offering a free family-friendly performance by The Three Amigos (a zydeco/folk/bluegrass group) from 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be food services available at the Park from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
UPDATE 5/23 - The Mayor's Office replied today that prime viewing locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens will be announced by the City before July 4.

UPDATE 6/30 According to RIOC:
As a reminder, visibility of the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks will be extremely limited on Roosevelt Island due to the show's location near the Brooklyn Bridge. There are no designated viewing locations available on Roosevelt Island.

For information on the best viewing locations for the show, visit Macy's website at the following link:


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
and Macy's:
The fireworks may be viewed from any area with an unobstructed view of the sky above the East River. The public viewing sections will be the elevated portions of FDR Drive with the following entry points:
Manhattan Access Points
  • Montgomery & South Streets: From the north (viewing along the FDR between Manhattan Bridge and Montgomery Street).
  • Brooklyn Bridge entry from St. James Place (Pearl Street) & Wagner Place (viewing both north & south of the Brooklyn Bridge).
  • Broad Street and/or Old Slip at Water Street (viewing between Heliport & south side of Brooklyn Bridge
  • ADA viewing area: Murray Bergtraum High School track and field facility, at the base of the Manhattan Bridge. Use the entrance at Market & Cherry Streets.
NOTE: Piers 15-17 are not public viewing areas.
Brooklyn Access Points
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park (piers 1-6): enter on Old Fulton & Furman Street, Joralemon Street & Furman Street or Atlantic Avenue & Furman Street.
  • Brooklyn Bridge Promenade: enter on Columbia Heights & Pineapple Street, Montague Street & Pierrepont Street or Pierrepont Street & Remsen Street.
  • The following pedestrian streets will be closed to all non-emergency vehicle traffic:
  • Montague Street: from Court Street to Montague Terrace
  • Remsen Street from Court Street to Montague Terrace
  • Old Fulton Street from Hicks Street to Furman Street
  • Furman Street from Old Fulton Street to Atlantic Avenue
  • Columbia Heights from Montague Street to Old Fulton Street
  • Hicks Street from Atlantic Avenue to Old Fulton Street
For boater viewing restrictions, call Macy's Marine Hotline at (212) 494-5243.
UDPATE JULY 4 - Weather permitting, there will be a July 4 Roosevelt Island Community Celebration with simulcast TV viewing and other activities at Firefighters Field. More here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Queensboro Bridge Trolley Does Not Stop At Roosevelt (Formerly) Welfare Island Anymore - Or Anywhere Else, Here's Why

According to the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

Abandoned Stations by Joseph Brennan explains what happened to the Queensboro Bridge Trolley:
... The very last trolley line in the city, it ran just over a mile and a half from the underground terminal at 2 Ave to a street terminal at Queensborough Plaza. The primary reason it was kept open was the trolley station at the middle of the bridge span over Welfare Island (now Roosevelt Island), which was the only access to the island until a bridge was built from Queens in 1954. The Queensborough Bridge Railway was finally eliminated in 1957. The outboard lanes of the bridge were converted to auto lanes, and the underground terminal was converted to garage space for city vehicles....
NYC Roads adds:
... Two trolley lines were provided on the outer lanes of the lower level. The trolley service, operated by the Queensborough Bridge Railway, went back and forth between stations at each end of the bridge. The trolleys also stopped at two other stops on the bridge: one above Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, the other above Roosevelt Island. From these stations, trolley riders descended a small staircase to a catwalk underneath the roadway, where they entered an "upside down building" (the entrance was on the roof) in which they took elevators to street level. Trolley service ended with the completion of the Roosevelt Island Bridge in 1955. The old elevator buildings were demolished in 1970....
and here's the last Queensboro Bridge Trolley.

Perhaps one day, Roosevelt Island pedestrian access to the Queensboro Bridge will return. Stay tuned for upcoming post with more info.

Local history is so cool.

Roosevelt Island 2014 Summer Outdoor Movie Series At Southpoint Begins June 28 With Disney Flick Frozen - Theme For This Year Is Heroes,Here's The Schedule - UPDATE, MOVIE LOCATION MOVED TO FIREFIGHTERS FIELD

Image Of 2012 Roosevelt Island Southpoint Park Movie Showing of Captain America By Irina Hage

According to Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato, the Roosevelt Island 2014 Outdoor Summer Movie Series at Southpoint Park starts Saturday June 28 with the showing of the Disney animated movie Frozen. Ms. Indelicato reports:
Summer Movie Series
RIOC’s annual Outdoor Summer Movie Series will begin on Saturday, June 28 with a screening of Disney’s hit animated film Frozen. This year’s theme is “Heroes,” focusing on characters who overcome impossible odds. The planned screening schedule is as follows:

Saturday, June 28: Frozen
Friday, July 11: Thor: The Dark World
Saturday, July 12: The Avengers
Saturday, July 26: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Saturday, August 9: The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Saturday, August 23: Goldfinger
The RIOC Board approved Rooftop Films as the vendor for the Soutpoint Park Outdoor Movie Series during May 15 Directors Meeting (full web cast of meeting is here). According to this April 25, 2014 RIOC Staff Memorandum to the RIOC Board:
This year, the Roosevelt Island Outdoor Movie Series will be entering into its 7th year and has become a popular annual favorite of the Roosevelt Island community. This much-loved tradition has brought together crowds of as many as 700 people to watch movies together under the stars. The size and nature of these events calls for a spacious, open and attractive site, and the events have taken place at several different locations over the years. Screenings originally took place at the southernmost tip of the island (now Four Freedoms Park), Firefighters Field and most recently, the newly redesigned Southpoint open space. As one of the first events to take place in this location, the Movie Series has paved the way for more programming in this community space....

...Based on the fact that Rooftop Films were the only bid submitted combined with their favorable pricing, prior experience, and flawless service provided for the past three years at the Roosevelt Island Outdoor Movie Series event, it is recommended that the contract be awarded to Rooftop Films for the amount of $12,500/per year...
The full memorandum with complete details is here.

UPDATE 6/1 - From RIOC:

UPDATE 7/24 - According to RIOC:
The location of the RIOC Summer Outdoor Movie Series has changed. The remaining three movies will be shown at Firefighter's Field on Saturday, July 26th; Saturday, August 9th; and Saturday, August 23rd. Shuttle service for seniors and those with limited mobility will not be provided; however, the Red Bus will make stops at the R.I. Senior Center and at Firefighter's Field as part of its regular service. Please see the attached poster for scheduled movies and rain date information, or visit our website at .


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Roosevelt Island Lighthouse Shining Bright Tonight - Legend Has It Built By 19th Century Patient At Lunatic Asylum

From the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

According to the Roosevelt Island Historical Society:
...This small lighthouse stands at the northern tip of Roosevelt Island on a projection of land which was at one time a tine separate island connect connected to the main one by a wooden bridge. Local legend maintains that during the 19th century a patient from the nearby Lunatic Asylum was permitted to build a stone fort on this outcropping since he feared an invasion by the British. When plans were formulated to build the lighthouse, this patient allegedly was persuaded to surrender the fort only AFTER much cajoling and a bribe of bogus money. The tale continues that the patient himself demolished the fort and built the new lighthouse, carving the inscription:
This is the work Was done by John McCarthy
Who built the Light House from he bottom to the Top
All ye who do pass by may Pray for his soul when he dies.
While construction of the lighthouse cannot actually be credited to the diligent Mr. Mc Carthy, the warden of the Lunatic Asylum did specially mention in his annual report of 1870 an "industrious bur eccentric" patient who had built near the Asylum a large section of seawall, thereby reclaiming a sizable piece of land....
More info on the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse here.

Grand Larceny At Manhattan Park, Larceny At Roosevelt Landings, Burglary At Island House, Marijuana At Child School Vouchered By 114th Precinct Among Roosevelt Island Public Safety Incidents This Week

Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Daily Incidents for the past week include:

5/19/14 - 1336 - 36 River Rd. - Grand Larceny - PSD/NYPD responded. NYPD investigating.
Address should be 30, not 36, River Road
05/19/14 - 0609 - 560 Main St. - Larceny - PSD and NYPD responded. NYPD investigating.
5/16/14 - 1203 - 575 Main St. - Burglary - PSD/ NYPD responded
According to a NYPD Press Spokesperson, a 14 year old was at home at the time of the 5/16 Island House burglary. Items taken include laptop computer, iphone, metro card. The door was unlocked.
5/13/14 - 1345 - 585 Main St. - Controlled Substance - PSD responded - Vouchered at the 114 PCT.
According to a NYPD Press Spokesperson, on May 13 a controlled substance found at the Roosevelt Island Child School (585 Main Street) was vouchered at the 114th precinct. The controlled substance was 3  glassine envelops containing marijuana.
5/13/14 - 0955 - 540 Main St. - Fraud - PSD/NYPD responded - NYPD investigating.
Also received unconfirmed report of another burglary today at Westview.

UPDATE 5/21 - Westview burglary yesterday was confirmed. From RIOC Public Safety Department Incident Report:
5/20/14 -1410- Burglary/Assault - 595 Main St. - PSD/NYPD responded. NYPD is investigating.

Roosevelt Island Octagon Resident Concerned About Poor Landscaping In Area And Being Forgotten By RIOC

A Roosevelt Island Octagon resident expressed concern yesterday:

... about the poor landscaping upkeep on the Octagon end of the island. The grass is very high in some parts, which doesnt make it pleasant for those walking their dogs. It can get very buggy.

There are also branches everywhere,

with some being piled along the tennis courts. I am not sure if RIOC did this or perhaps an Octagon tenant to help try cleaning up. The sidewalks are scattered with them and its hard to maneuver around them while walking through the tall grass with your pet.

It seems they started to cut the grass but then stopped and left piles of cut grass behind. Weeds are overgrown everywhere. It seems as though we are forgotten down here quite a bit.

Just a few weeks ago, I complained, along with our concierge 3-4 times within a 1- 1 1/2 week period to have a very large dead squirrel removed from near the tennis courts. I saw several children jump and scream after being startled by the dead animal. With the squirrel deaths last Fall, I found it to be disturbing and was frightened for people with their pets and children.

I have lived here for 5 years and never have seen it this bad. I have attached a couple photos. I was also wondering what is going on with the tennis courts. The nets have been down for a couple weeks. Perhaps RIOC thought that since tennis is out of order for a few weeks, upkeep of the surrounding area could be ignored??

I would like those visiting and those living here to once again see the beauty of Roosevelt Island.
The Octagon Resident adds today:
Ironically, they mowed the lawn today. However they have still not picked up the grass!

Recent Roosevelt Island Burglaries Cause Westview Resident To Ask For Separate Public Entrance To Westview Pool When It Reopens

In light of recent Roosevelt Island burglaries, Westview resident and swimmer Roberta Kleiman is concerned about non residents entering Westview to use the building's pool when it reopens.

Image Of Westview Building Pool From Roberta Kleiman

Ms. Kleiman reports:
Westview Pool Needs a Public Entrance

Just because something had been done in the past doesn’t make it right or in our best interest to continue. As I walked past the Westview Pool last week on the way to my Westview apartment, I saw that the pool looked like it was getting ready to reopen. Then I began to think about the rash of burlaries in Westview recently, and became increasingly uncomfortable with the many people, particularly non-pool members, who would soon be walking unescorted down our hallways, from 625 to 595, and into the 595 elevators and stairwells.

I contacted both RY Management and the Westview Task Force. The main gists of the messages I received from both were that membership cards are checked, and we have always done it this way. I find this reasoning troubling and illogical.

For many years the users of the Westview pool were almost entirely members and their guests. Only these members and accompanying guests were entering the building. There were no daily users, paying a daily entrance fee. There were no teams and their families coming to practice in the pool. There were no school groups. There were no coaches and individual lessons. Slowly other things have also changed on Roosevelt Island. Little by little the Island population has probably tripled. Crime has dramatically risen on the island, and burglaries are now commonplace in Westview. When the pool was last open, individuals coming to swim who payed a daily $5 entrance fee had become the norm. Many groups are using the pool. Pool usage seems to have dramatically risen by non-members. That's why I say, this public pool needs a separate public entrance! Westview pool had become a wonderful resource for the community. However, since this pool resides in a private apartment building, it puts the security of Westview residents at risk if the public is allowed to walk unescorted through our hallways and into our elevators.

If a long standing policy is no longer in the best interest of Westview tenants safety and security, it must be changed! Please do not reopen Westview Pool until you have created a separate entrance.

Monday, May 19, 2014

New Roosevelt Island Garden Club Plots To Residents Only, July 4 Fireworks Viewing Confusion, Tram Elevator/Gate Update, Sportspark Conditions, Blackwell Park Playground & Boy Scouts Subject Of RIRA ISC Committee Report

Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Island Services Committee (ISC) Chairperson Aaron Hamberger sent the following report to the May RIRA Common Council.


The ISC met on 4/21/14 with 5 members present.

Manhattan Tram Elevator ‐ We continue to experience break‐downs of the elevator. At most times the red lift is still working. In April, RIOC issued a RFP for the new elevator. It’s expected that the project will take at least one year to complete. So, we won’t have a new elevator until at least spring, 2015. Meanwhile, ISC will continue to pressure RIOC to always have personnel present to operate the red lift.

Garden Club – The new land use permit issued in April to the Garden Club specifically requires that all plots must be assigned to RI residents only.

This is one of our two major goals in providing more opportunities for residents to garden. Non‐residents will be removed from the waiting list and existing plots occupied by non‐residents will be “grandfathered” until such time as the non‐resident stops gardening. About 15% of the plots are used by non‐residents.

Tram Gate At RI Station – We’ve made little progress in resolving the issue of providing quick access to the Tram by strollers, the disabled and bikers. For a variety of reasons (including cost), RIOC has not accepted any of ISC’s suggestions on how to improve the situation. Instead of dealing with Charlene Indelicato, we will try working with Cy Opperman, RIOC Director of Transportation. We are hopeful Cy will be more receptive and aggressive in solving the gate issue.

Boy Scouts – We are making slow but steady progress in our attempt to re‐establish a Boy Scout troop on RI. Frank Farance reports that one or two potential leaders have been identified. An organizational meeting is planned for June.

Condition of Sportspark Facilities ‐ Many users of Sportspark are unsatisfied with the condition of some of the facilities and operations at Sportspark. Some of the key concerns are sanitary conditions are poor, the time for opening the pool is erratic and water temperatures need to be better controlled.

Blackwell Park Playground –Parents seem satisfied with the additional toddler equipment and signs recently installed at the playground.

July 4th Fireworks – Macy’s fireworks will return to the East River this summer. However, there is uncertainty about access to both Southpoint Park and the FDR Conservancy Park for the public to view the spectacle. ISC has contacted both RIOC and the FDR Conservancy to find out what plans, if any, each organization has to handle this event. Both organizations are “studying” the issue and have no definite plans at present. They have concerns about viewing conditions from RI. The fireworks display will be moved downriver from where it previously was. So, the view from RI might be blocked
Here's Mr. Hamburger's report and statement from RIRA Common Council Member Janet Falk objecting to current non residents being allowed to keep a Community Garden Plot for more than this coming year.

Will have more on the Roosevelt Island Community Garden Club
in upcoming post.

Workers Wearing Protective Gear On Roof Of Goldwater Hospital Removing Asbestos Material As Part Of Cornell NYC Tech Construction - Visible From Roosevelt Island Tram And Queensboro Bridge But No Health Or Safety Risk To Community Says Cornell

 Image of Goldwater C Building During Cornell NYC Tech Demolition

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) reported Friday, May 16:
Cornell Tech has advised that beginning next Monday, May 19th, workers will be on the roof of Building C of the former Goldwater Hospital complex undertaking demolition and abatement work as part of the construction of the Cornell Tech campus. The work is expected to be completed within 4-6 weeks. Wearing protective gear, the workers will be removing non-friable asbestos roofing materials and will be visible from the Tram and the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. The work is being done in accordance with the approved Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) procedure, using industry-standard products intended to prevent dust from being created during the roof removal in a manner that does not pose a health and safety risk to the community.

Sponsored Post - Support Roosevelt Island Youth Program Girls Soccer Team, Help Promote Female Leadership, Healthy Habits And Social Well Being Through Soccer - Matching Grant Available From Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation But May 23 Deadline

Please Click Here for more information on the Roosevelt Island Youth Program Girls Soccer (RIYP) Team And Make A Donation To RIYP Girls Soccer. Dick's Sporting Goods Store Foundation will give a matching grant if at least $6,475 is pledged by Friday, May 23rd 6:00pm ET

According to Dick's Sporting Goods Foundation:
GIRLS (Great Inspirational Role Models’ Leadership through Soccer)
New York, NY • Soccer 9-15y/o female • Roosevelt Island Youth Program Inc

GIRLS is the Roosevelt Island Youth Program's attempt to promote female leadership, healthy habits, and social well-being through soccer.

The Roosevelt Island Youth Program Inc. has a soccer program for youth ages 5 to 15 years, split into three seasons: a competitive coed recreational league (300 participants and 60 volunteers), an indoor soccer winter program (90 players and 12 volunteers), and a spring intermural program (120 youth and 16 volunteers). This past year our Minors (7 & 8) and Juniors (9 & 10) divisions were made up of 42% girls. Past history has shown that of that group (18% higher than past years) only 10% of those girls will continue to play in our older Senior Division. While several issues play into this development, the most prevalent are: commitment to the sport because of skill set, playing with male peers and many of their female peers opting out. We hope that having girls play both in our co-ed program and all-girl teams will solve this problem.

Image From Dick's Sports Matters

Why We Need Your Help

The Roosevelt Island Youth program has secured Coaches Across America’s commitment for a female soccer coach from August 2014 to September 2015. This coach will team with our Soccer for Success program to work specifically with female participants and address the issue of girls dropping out of the sport as they approach their teen years. All of our interactions with the girls have told us that if they have specialized skill training and are allowed to form age-appropriate teams, they will be able to improve their level of play and become friends with more of their female peers. This will allow them to participate at a higher skill level and become more game-savvy, which will help to keep them playing in our older divisions....
Click here for more information.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Fear Factor Contestants Step Off Old Roosevelt Island Tram For Stunt Dangling Over East River - Would You Do That?

Do you remember the Fear Factor TV show where contestants would perform crazy stunts or eat disgusting things?

In 2004, Fear Factor visited New York City for its 100th show and used the Roosevelt Island Tram for a challenge.

Watch and enjoy.

Would you have taken that first step out of the Tram Cabin?