Saturday, April 25, 2015

Shooting At Roosevelt Island Roosevelt Landings Building Today -Victim Walks Into Public Safety Office After Being Shot In Stomach

A man walked into the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department (PSD) office this afternoon after being shot in the stomach at Roosevelt Landings. The PSD Officers called 911. An ambulance arrived to take victim to the hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

Image Of NYPD Investigating Roosevelt Island Shooting Today

Detectives from the NYPD 114th precinct are currently investigating the shooting. 

More details when they become available.

UPDATE 9:50 PM - From the Twitterverse, NYPD on Main Street investigating the shooting.
UPDATE 4/26 - According to a NYPD Spokesperson, the shooting was caused by a drug deal for marijuana gone bad. Two Roosevelt Island residents were arrested early this morning for attempted murder, attempted robbery and criminal possession of a firearm among other charges.

UPDATE 4/29 - RIOC PSD Chief Jack McManus reports that the suspects arrest was a good collaboration between PSD and NYPD 114th Precinct. Once PSD received a description of the suspects, PSD was able to identify the suspects and provide information to NYPD who made the arrests.

Roosevelt Landings co-owner Joshua Eisenberg of Urban American adds:
This was an isolated incident and we are working closely with the NYPD, Public Safety and the District Attorney's Office to support them in their investigation.
There was a fight outside of Roosevelt Landings last night. According to the RIOC Public Safety Daily Incident Report:
04/28/15 - 1934 - 530 Main St - Assault - PSD, NYPD & EMS responded - Condition corrected.
An archive of the RIOC Daily Public Safety Incident Report is located on blog's sidebar.

Friday, April 24, 2015

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Weekend Or The Following 2 Weekends - Good Times Had To End

According to the MTA:
F Jamaica-bound trains run via the M from 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av

Weekends, 9:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Apr 24 - 27 • May 1 - 4 • May 8 - 11

F trains run express from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Av.

No Jamaica-bound service at 57 St, Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge.
Good times had to end after 10 consecutive weekends of Roosevelt Island F train service to and from Manhattan.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
Please be advised that the MTA has issued a weekend service advisory for the F train, which may affect travel plans. The Tram will run on a rush hour schedule from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM to accommodate any increase in traffic. Please plan your travel accordingly and visit or call 511 for more information.

For electronic updates on F Train service, sign up for MTA Alerts at

Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Walking Tour And Festival Saturday April 25 - Enjoy The Beautiful Trees And Wonderful Events

The Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Walking Tour and Festival takes place Saturday, April 25.
Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Social, Cultural & Educational Committee Chair Lynn Strong-Shinozaki details the event schedule below:
Saturday, 4/25 Cherry Blossom Walking Tour and Festival: Picnic, Food & Fun in Southpoint Park, plus Japanese Music and Dance at FDR Memorial.

Meet Island neighbors at a Community Picnic at Southpoint Park
Saturday, April 25 at 11:00 am
Bring a blanket, food and fun

See You There!!

Fourth Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Roosevelt Island Historical Society

11:00am - 1:00pm Cherry Blossom Walk

Meet at the Visitor Center Kiosk at Tram Plaza

Suggested donation $10

Southpoint Park
11:00am - Community Picnic (bring your own food and blanket)

FDR Memorial Four Freedoms Park
1:00 pm Shamisen (Kicho Kai) Japanese String Ensemble
1:30 pm Japanese classical Dance (IchiFuji-kai Dance Association)

2:00 pm Samurai Swordsmanship (Iaikai)
2:25 pm Karate (JKA Karate Shiroma)

3:05 pm Koto (Masayo Ishigure and Koto Shamisen Ensemble)
3:40 pm Japanese blues (Kayo Yoshioka of Neo blues maki)
4:15 pm Japanese Taiko Drummers (Sohdaiko)

Gallery RIVAA (527 Main Street)
3:00 pm Japanese Ink Painting Workshop (open to all ages)
4:25 pm Gerald Starlight (Japanese flute)

Produced by The Roosevelt Island Residents Association
A photo posted by @namelynorm on

According to the MTA, there will be no Roosevelt Island F Train service from Manhattan this weekend.


UPDATE 5:55 PM - Douglas Dunn shares these pictures of an afternoon with the Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossoms.

An afternoon with the Cherry Blossoms on Roosevelt Island...
Posted by Douglas Dunn- NYC Loft, Townhouse and Apartment Rental and Sales on Friday, April 24, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Roosevelt Island Main Street Construction Disruptions About To Start - Con Ed Installing High Pressure Gas Line And 3 WIRE Buildings Doing Extensive Facade Work At Same Time Starting In June Says RIOC

Image From Staples

Con Ed will soon be removing Roosevelt Island's aging gas lines beneath Main Street and replacing them with High Pressure Gas Lines. The work is scheduled to begin June 1. At the same time, Roosevelt Landings, Island House and Westview are scheduled to begin building facade work.

According to Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato:
Con Edison, along with Urban American, RY Management and Cornell Tech, have already begun working with us to coordinate the upcoming work along Main Street that will involve the installation of high pressure gas lines and extensive facade work for three of the WIRE buildings. A community Town Hall meeting is being planned for early May and will include all stakeholders who will address the timelines of the scheduled work , benefits of the projects to be undertaken and most importantly the safety issues.

Residents will be given the opportunity to ask questions.
Ms Indelicato expects there to be a great deal of disruptions on Main Street during this time.

She spoke about the upcoming High Pressure Gas Line installation and building facade work during the April 16 RIOC Board of Directors meeting.

A spokesperson for Cornell Tech added:
This is vital infrastructure for the campus and the island, and like with all construction impacting our campus we are working closely with RIOC, Con Ed and the community to limit disruption.
Ms Indelicato and RIOC Engineering Director Jim Mortimer briefed the RIOC Operations Advisory Committee in greater detail during an April 15 meeting (audio web cast here). Mr. Mortimer noted that the work on the gas pipeline will be done on the West side of the street only and that parking spaces will be removed in those areas during that period.

Here's the discussion.

More background on the Con Ed Roosevelt Island High Pressure Gas Line issue from this April 2012 post.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cornell Tech Grad Students Hack Roosevelt Island - Teach Coding And Computer Literacy Workshops To PS/IS 217 Students And Senior Citizens

Last Friday, April 17, Cornell Tech graduate students visited Roosevelt Island, the future home of their campus beginning in 2017, to HACK ROOSEVELT ISLAND with PS/IS 217 students

and Roosevelt Island Seniors by teaching coding and computer literacy workshops within small groups and on an individual basis.

According to this Cornell Tech Press Release:
On Friday, April 17, over 30 Cornell Tech graduate students taught coding and computer literacy workshops to local middle school students and senior citizens on Roosevelt Island to show that computing can be fun and easy for New Yorkers of all ages at “Hack Roosevelt Island.”

Tied to the observance of Earth Day, volunteers from Cornell Tech’s Master’s programs practiced coding games related to the environment and computer graphics with 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students from PS/IS 217 using the python platform Codesters.

“We’re thrilled to partner with PS/IS 217 to give students the opportunity to learn about computing by building digital projects,” said Cornell Tech Sr. Director of K-12 Education Diane Levitt. “This is just one step in our commitment to bring K-12 technology education to Roosevelt Island and across the city. We look forward to working with the community to build on this event and create more tech opportunities over the next few years.”

Following the Middle School workshop, volunteers worked with adults at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center on general computer literacy and basic online and Internet skills. Seniors practiced finding recipes, travel suggestions, health tips and other vital information, including how to use Google Maps and general Internet safety and best practices.

“It was great to see students and senior citizens interacting with technology and learning skills that they will be able to use for many years,” said Miwa Takaki, Cornell Tech MBA student and lead student organizer for Hack Roosevelt Island. “Opportunities to volunteer with the Roosevelt Island community are part of what makes being a student at Cornell Tech so special and one of the reasons that I look forward to staying in the city after graduation.”

Cornell Tech is committed to developing K-12 education and other community engagement initiatives on Roosevelt Island, the home of its future campus, set to open in 2017. Friday’s event was an additional step towards fulfilling Cornell Tech’s promise to the city, with more programming to be created over the next few years.

For photos from the event please visit:

For PS/IS217 student coding projects please visit:
Codester's Gordon Smith tells us what happened at PS/IS 217 Hack Roosevelt Island

and a PS/IS 217 student explains his Earth Day project involving water bottles and a trip to the moon.

The PS/IS 217 Hack Roosevelt Island Earth Day projects can be seen here.

I spoke with Cornell Tech Director of K-12 Education Diane Levitt and MBA student Miwa Takaki following the PS/IS 217 portion of Hack Roosevelt Island. Ms Levitt explained that the PS/IS 217 students created digital games using the Python programming language.

Ms. Levitt then assisted me with the interview of Ms Takaki who is graduating from Cornell Tech and going to work for Ebay in NYC. Ms. Takaki is an example of the type of student envisioned for Cornell Tech by Mayor Bloomberg when he first proposed the idea of a NYC computer graduate engineering school in December 2010. Ms. Takaki is from the West Coast and came to NYC for the type of collaborative education provided by Cornell Tech and upon graduation is staying to contribute to the NYC Tech scene.

Hack Roosevelt Island then continued at the Roosevelt Island Seniors Center. Cornell Tech's Jane Swanson and Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member, and Coder himself, Ben Kallos had some introductory comments.

The Hack Roosevelt Island was tweeted too.
More pictures of Hack Roosevelt Island available

 Image From PS/IS 217 PTA

 at the PS/IS 217 PTA web site.

Roosevelt Island Resident Bob Ingersole To Be Inducted Into The Eastern Tennis Hall Of Fame - He's Director Of Tennis At West Side Tennis Club, Formerly Director At Roosevelt Island Racquet Club

Roosevelt Island resident Bob Ingersole will be inducted into the Eastern Tennis Hall Of Fame on April 24.

Image Of Bob Ingersole From Eastern Tennis Hall Of Fame

Mr. Ingersole was formerly Director of the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club for 13 years prior to his current position as Director Of Tennis at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills.

According to the Eastern Tennis Hall Of Fame:
The Junior Tennis Foundation (JTF) will recognize Bob Ingersole, of Roosevelt Island, N.Y., on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7 p.m. during the 28th Annual Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame celebration at the Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Ingersole, director of tennis at The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y., has devoted his life to the sport he began playing at age five. The Sydney, Australia native currently lives on Roosevelt Island, N.Y., and is responsible for one of the most historic tennis facilities in the United States.

In 1976, Ingersole moved to New York, where met his wife-to-be, Dina, on his first day in the City. It didn’t take long for Ingersole to make his mark in tennis in the U.S. He worked at the Bonnie Briar Tennis Club in Larchmont, N.Y., then he and his wife ran their own club in Connecticut. Ingersole later became the tennis director at Roosevelt Island Racquet Club for 13 years. During that time, Ingersole trained several nationally ranked juniors, and quickly learned that, for him, it was more than just teaching tennis.

Ingersole went on to join the Eastern Junior Competition Committee, and then on to hold a variety of volunteer positions at USTA Eastern. He served on Eastern’s board of directors for 16 years as president, vice president, regional president, treasurer and delegate (twice). In addition to his positions on the board, Ingersole was chair of the Junior Competition Committee and chair of Eastern’s Coaches Commission.

At the national level, Ingersole chaired the USTA Nominating Committee, was a member of the USTA Junior Competition Committee for 28 years and has represented Eastern at the International Tennis Federation.

“I thought I was making a difference,” Ingersole said. “I am paying back to the game that I love, and the game that has been so good to me.”

Currently, Ingersole is the president of the Junior Tennis Foundation (JTF), chair of the USTA Pro Circuit Committee and on Eastern’s System Review Task Force. As the director of tennis at The West Side Tennis Club for the past 12 years, Ingersole is still providing both kids and adults with the opportunity to play.

Through Ingersole’s work at the club, he is responsible for 38 courts with four different surfaces, facility management of the more than 100-year-old facility, all scheduling, tournaments, summer and winter programs, leagues, and still finds time to teach tennis.

“I always want to be part of the tennis community,” Ingersole said. “I think I still have a lot to contribute and I am ready and raring for more.”

To register for the event click here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Brownies Spruce Up And Rejuvenate Roosevelt Island Trees With Help From Trees NY, NYC Department Of Parks And RIOC

Image Of Roosevelt Island Tree Sprucing Team From Christina Delfico

Last Thursday, April 16, Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Brownie Troops 3001 & 3244

worked together with Trees New York and the NYC Department of Parks' Civic Corp to spruce up

and rejuvenate Roosevelt Island Main Street Trees across from the Motorgate Garage, Gristedes and the Post Office.

According to this Press Release from Trees New York
Street Tree Stewardship with TreesNY and the Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts

A beautification and tree stewardship project will take place on Roosevelt Island, on Thursday, April 16th, to rejuvenate an entire city block of trees across from Gristedes and the U.S. Post Office. All thanks to Trees New York and NYC Department of Parks’ Civic Corps team, who will pair up with both Girl Scout troops on Roosevelt Island. Eleven lucky trees will get some serious sprucing up. As the ground they stand in, their tree pits, are cleaned, soil loosened, mulch laid and flowers planted. RIOC has removed the metal grates that confined them and set them free. Maintaining tree pits and loosening their soil helps capture stormwater run-off while giving trees a much needed drink, a real win-win.

“The grates have been an issue for us due to the tree roots pushing the grates upwards. The mulch beds will be a healthier option for the trees and will look amazing once it is complete.”
Erica Spencer-EL, Community Relations Specialist,Roosevelt Island Operating Corp.

“This is a wonderful way that our girls can work together to improve our community and learn how to care for our city trees. Thanks to TreesNY for taking on this event.”
Janine Schaefer & Aiesha Eleusizov, Troop Leaders Girl Scouts Roosevelt Island troops 3001 & 3244

"Trees New York is always happy to connect communities with their local trees. Trees give us so much, but they also need our help to survive within the urban environment and all they have to put up with from us! A little awareness and care makes so much difference. Since 1976, TreesNY has trained over 11,500 adults and 6,000 youth in tree care and stewardship, tree planting and urban forestry management. Become a Citizen Pruner today!"
Cheryl Blaylock, Director of Youth Programs, Trees New York
Ms. Blaylock shows the Roosevelt Island Brownie Girl Scouts how to keep trees healthy.

The Roosevelt Island Brownie Girl Scouts tell us what they are doing to spruce up the trees.

Ms. Blaylock and Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Community Relations Specialist Erica Spenser- El describe what is being done.

Good job by the Girl Scout Brownies, Trees NY, RIOC

NYC Department Of Parks  and Christina Delfico

shown above admiring a worm found in the tree soil by one of the Girl Scout Brownies.

Roosevelt Island Youth Program GIRLS Visit Legal Aid Society Lawyers And Watch Trial At Queens County Criminal Courthouse

Roosevelt Island Youth Program (RIYP) Beacon Director of Operations Adib Mansour reports:

The RIYP/Beacon has created the GIRLS Team (Great Inspirational Role Model’s Leadership through Soccer) at the end of 2014 to promote female leadership, healthy habits, and social well-being through soccer.
The RIYP GIRLS TEAM recently learned about the criminal justice system during a visit to the Legal Aid Society and the Queens County Criminal Courthouse.
 Image OF RIYP GIRLS Team At Queens County Courthouse From You Tube Video

Jaden Luna, a member of RIYP GIRLS shares what happened:
On April 10, the Roosevelt Island GIRLS’ soccer team gathered at PS/IS/217 on our way to visit the Queens criminal court.

First, we met with defense attorney by day, soccer coach by night, Quincy Auger at her office in Kew Gardens. We went to the conference room for lunch and met many of Auger’s co-workers at the Legal Aid Society office.

Lawyer Mani Tafari talked about his occupation and also showed the RIYP GIRLS his juggling skills. We then met Samantha Seda, another lawyer, who gave us a very inspirational speech about how she was the first person in her family to complete high school, and had went to college, then dropped out because she was going to have a daughter, and having her daughter made her realize that she should go back to school. She then continued school and became a lawyer.

The GIRLS also met Susan Crile, Aviva Michelman-Dumas, Tiffany Malcolm, Nikki Herts-Cook, Diane Akerman, John Kalinowski, Anthony Posada, and Tarini Argyaswa who are all attorneys. They also met Keisha Godfrey, an integrated domestic violence attorney.

Afterwards, the RIYP GIRLS went to Queens County Criminal Court House and watched Mihea Kim and Ariel Schneller work during a trial. The trial was about three men who robbed a Popeyes and the witness was the cashier. After the trial, the RIYP GIRLS team met judge Koenderman who explained to the girls what inspired her to become a judge.

At the court, they also met Gina, a stenographer, who showed the RIYP GIRLS her stenotype machine and explained that when she gets the feel of each key, she immediately knows what she is typing.

Last but not least, the GIRLS met Rob, a court officer. Rob explained to the girls that he has to maintain order in the court room.After gathering all of the information they had just learned, I could say that ALL of the RIYP GIRLS want to be lawyers when they grow up.

Monday, April 20, 2015

New Roosevelt Island Soccer Club Formed - Roosevelt Island United Hosting Major League Soccer Red Bulls Summer Soccer Camp

A new soccer club has formed on Roosevelt Island - Roosevelt Island United, FC

and has partnered with the New York Red Bulls profession major league soccer team to host 2 summer camps this summer.

According to this press release from Roosevelt Island United:
Week 1: July 20th to 24th

Week 2: July 27th to 31st
Session 1: 9am to 10.30am (Ages 5-6 years)

Session 2: 9am to 12.00pm (Ages 7-14 years) – Half Day

Session 3: 9am to 3.00pm (Ages 7-14 years) – Full Day

Field Location: Octagon Turf Field, Roosevelt Island, New York, NY. 10044

The New York Red Bulls soccer camps focus on the introduction and mastery of skill in a fun learning environment. This is achieved through maximum soccer ball contacts, expert coaching, skills challenges and daily homework assignments.

Every child will leave the camp a better player having progressed through a technical and tactical training curriculum that has been designed by youth development experts. All instruction is provided by highly qualified Red Bulls youth coaching staff. Campers are also exposed to aspects of the professional game and get to learn what it takes to progress to the next level.

All players that attend a New York Red Bulls camp receive:
  • New York Red Bulls Adidas t-shirt
  • New York Red Bulls Adidas soccer ball
  • Skills Challenge Scorecard
For more information on the New York Red Bulls Soccer Camps curriculum visit:

About the New York Red Bulls Youth Training Programs

The New York Red Bulls Youth Training Programs are the team’s grassroots player development imitative. Training and educational support are provided to soccer organizations, players and youth coaches throughout the tri-state area. For more information visit: or call 1-888-370-7287 FREE.

About the Roosevelt Island United

Roosevelt Island United, Football Club (RIUFC) are a NYC Youth Competitive Soccer team based on Roosevelt Island in the heart of NYC led by head coach and Director of Coaches, John Palladino. The team trains boys and girls ages 3 - 18 years. All players will be taught and trained by knowledgeable, capable, and enthusiastic coaches who are constantly seeking to know more about the game, and find the best ways to share their knowledge with your children. For more information about RIUFC, please visit our website at

About John Palladino and the Palladino Academy of Soccer

Based on the tradition in which John Palladino was raised as a soccer player, the training methodology of Palladino Academy of Soccer is centered on a close relationship with the ball. The single most important ability a player needs is control of the ball itself. Students will first gain a mastery of the ball in the key areas of the game; Passing, Receiving, and Dribbling. Every training session will begin with a focus on all of these areas. For more information about the Palladino Academy please visit our website at
Fees, registration and training info for the Red Bulls Summer Camp below.

More information on the Roosevelt Island Football Club available at their web site.

The Strain TV Show Shoots Scenes At Roosevelt Island Tram Station Yesterday - Meet Actor Kevin Durand, Rat Exterminator And Vampire Killer, Also A Nice Guy

As previously reported, the FX TV series The Strain was shooting scenes at the Roosevelt Island Tram Station Road yesterday. According to the Twitterverse:

A photo posted by J.M. Allain (@jmallain) on
I spoke with actor Kevin Durand who plays Rat Exterminator and Vampire Killer Vasiliy Fet

between takes

and he could not

have been nicer.

Mr. Durand and the crew members I spoke to said it was their first time visiting Roosevelt Island

and they enjoyed it very much.

Mr. Durand did not leave Roosevelt Island before taking a selfie with view of East River Manhattan skyline in background.
A photo posted by Kevin Durand (@thekevindurand) on

New episodes of The Strain start in the summer.