Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Wonderful World Of Roosevelt Island Wildlife - Boris The Turtle And A Flock Of Geese

From the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse.

A video posted by ScottyP (@scottpiro) on

Friday, September 18, 2015

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend

According to the MTA Weekender, there will be Roosevelt Island F train service

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Wow - Ultimate Aerial View Photo Of Roosevelt Island And New York City Taken By Astronaut Scott Kelly From International Space Station

More views of Earth from the International Space Station.

Click on the full screen icon for better view.

Do you have questions for Astronaut Scott Kelly? Chat with him on Saturday.

Hope Church Roosevelt Island Has A Family Mission Says Pastor Dan Sadlier

Pastor Dan Sadlier describes the Roosevelt Island Hope Church missional community activities.

More information on the Roosevelt Island Hope Church at their web site.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Roosevelt Island Main Street Retail Store Update - Union Medical Urgent Care And CDM Kids Learning Academy Opening In October But Still No Word On Trellis Diner, Cushman Wakefield Exclusive New Roosevelt Island Retail Broker

Roosevelt Island Shops On Main Street Retail Master Leaseholder Hudson Related representative Arianna Sacks Rosenberg reports that Union Medical Urgent Care (520 Main Street)

and CDM Kids Learning Academy (568 Main Street)

plan to open this October. No word on when Trellis Diner

may open.

According to Ms. Rosenberg:
Both the urgent care and the daycare are expected to open in October. I believe Trellis is a bit behind them.

We are working with the Cushman and Wakefield team as our new brokers on Main Street. They should have new signage up this week.
The Cushman & Wakefield Roosevelt Island retail team includes:
Michael Azarian

T (212) 841-7831

M (201)259-0951

Jill Lovatt

T (212) 841-7901

M (212) 486 7000

Tyler King

T (212) 841 7905

M (978) 618 8565
Here's Cushman & Wakefield Roosevelt Island Shops On Main Street Brochure.

More on Union Medical Urgent Care and CDM Kids from previous posts.

Murder & Mayhem On Roosevelt Island - New Spy Thriller Dark Sky Written By Roosevelt Island Resident Joel Canfield

Image From Amazon

 Do you like action packed spy thrillers? That take place on Roosevelt Island? Yes?

Well, then check out Roosevelt Island resident Joel Canfield's new novel Dark Sky available on Amazon (book and Kindle formats)

According to the Amazon synopsis:
First Lieutenant Robert Davidson. The son of an American military legend and a war hero who died in combat during the Afghanistan conflict.

Or did he?

The answer could bring down a secret military empire – as well as a guy named Max Bowman.

Max is a rapidly aging ex-CIA desk jockey who gets the job of tracking down the truth about Davidson – but his chances of actually discovering it are about half of that of finding a horse wearing a kimono. What Max doesn’t know is that nobody wants the facts – and nobody expects Max to find them.

But Max has to pay the rent. So he takes on the job, which takes him on a road trip into the heart of America’s darkness as well as his own, where he has to deal with exploding homes, brutal murders, a sexy heiress, a misguided teenager and Max’s girlfriend back home who’s cursing him out on a regular basis.

And, oh yeah, a para-military organization that’s just waiting for the right moment to kill him.

It all happens in DARK SKY, a sardonic and suspenseful mystery-thriller in which an underwhelming hero must confront an overwhelming conspiracy - not to mention himself.
An excerpt from Dark Sky introducing Roosevelt Island:


You can order Dark Sky from Amazon here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Is Air Conditioning Possible For Hot And Sweaty Roosevelt Island Tram Riders Asks RIOC Director? Maybe Is The Answer

Image Of Roosevelt Island Tram Riders 9/14/15

Reported in May 2013:
... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! When its hot can you PLEASE have the tram operators leave the doors open when docked? We really need the cross ventilation. Some operators do this - and say it's common sense. Others refuse. PLEASE make it a policy! Thank you....
... tram still has no cooling controls, nor do the tram stations, which now with the new imprisoning glass sarcophagus cook waiting passengers in the noon day sun....
  • A-C, pleas!!
  • or fan at least...
  • Anything!
  • I would not ride the tram in this weather it is to dam HOT
During September 8, 2015 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee meeting (full audio here), RIOC Director Margie Smith asked if it was possible for air conditioning to be installed in Roosevelt Island Tram cabins. Ms. Smith noted
... It's really, really hot and stuffy in that thing...
Ms.Smith said there was new, smaller sized air conditioning equipment that might work for the Tram.

RIOC Director Michael Shinozaki explained that the problem in the past with air conditioning on the Tram is the additional power required and increased weight which could reduce carrying capacity of the cabins.

RIOC President Charlene Indelicato replied that Tram air conditioning would be looked into.

Mr. Shinozaki elaborated on the physics of Roosevelt Island Tram air conditioning. Here's the discussion.

Maybe Roosevelt Island Tram air conditioning for next summer?

Museum Of The City Of New York September 17 Symposium Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy Co-Sponsored By Roosevelt Island Residents Association

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) is an honorary co-sponsor of the September 17 Museum of the City of New York symposium titled "Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy".

A Museum Of The City Of New York representative sent the following invitation to RIRA Communications Chair Janet Falk:
... I would like to let you know that Roosevelt Island is mentioned numerous times in the Museum’s upcoming exhibition Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy, which will open on September 17th. The exhibition traces over a century of affordable housing activism, documenting the ways in which reformers, policy makers, and activists have fought to transform their city.

To kick-off the exhibition, the Museum will host a symposium, “Affordable Housing: What about the Future?” at 5:30 pm on Thursday, September 17th. Speakers including Barney Frank (Former Congressman), John Banks (President of The Real Estate Board of New York), Rafael Cestero (President of The Community Preservation Corporation), Ron Moelis (CEO of L+M Development Partners Inc.), Richard Roberts (Managing Director of Red Stone Equity Partners), Ismene Speliotis (Executive Director of the Mutual Housing Association of New York), Saky Yakas, AIA (Partner at SLCE Architects), and Sam Roberts (Correspondent at The New York Times) will discuss subsidized housing as a way to achieve diversity, neighborhood stability, and, most importantly, as a critical investment in the city’s workforce into the 21st century.

We would be honored if the Roosevelt Island Residents Association would consider serving as an honorary co-sponsor for this symposium and the Museum’s subsequent series of public programs around the exhibition....
Ms Falk informed the RIRA Common Council of the invitation during its September 9 meeting.

RIRA Common Council members held a brief discussion expressing concerns about remaining Roosevelt Island affordable housing following exit from Mitchell Lama program by Roosevelt Island buildings - Rivercross, Island House, Westview and Eastwood/Roosevelt Landings.

According to the Museum of the City of New York:
Affordable Housing: What about the Future?
A Symposium
Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 pm at the New York Academy of Medicine

For over a century New York, the most expensive city in the nation, has also been a leading provider of affordable housing and a laboratory for innovative housing initiatives. In fact, more than 2,000,000 New Yorkers have market rate protection of some kind for their housing — an estimated total that approaches the size of the population of Houston. Mayor de Blasio’s Housing New York: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Plan seeks to add or preserve 200,000 units. How, in the broadest terms, can New York City’s century old legacy of affordable housing be sustained? What will tomorrow’s solutions be and who will fund them? This symposium will bring together housing advocates, developers, community leaders, and city officials. They will discuss how to embrace subsidized housing as a way to achieve diversity and neighborhood stability, and, not least, as a critical investment in the city’s workforce into the 21st century. "Affordable Housing: What about the Future?" is the kick-off symposium of our upcoming exhibition Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy....
Click here for more information on the Affordable NY symposium.

The symposium will be live streamed here.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Q, B & F Trains Used To Stop At Roosevelt Island Subway Station - Opened In 1989 As Subway To Nowhere

A blast from the past. Many years ago, three different subway lines, the Q, B and F stopped at the Roosevelt Island subway station.

According to the MTA:
... October 29, 1989

Service begins to the 63 rd Street Extension's three new stations: Lexington Avenue, Roosevelt Island (Manhattan) and 21 st Street (Long Island City, Queens)....
The NY Times reported on October 29, 1989:
Twenty years after its conception, a new subway-line extension - dubbed the subway to nowhere by its critics -made a ceremonial maiden run yesterday, rumbling under the East River from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island and into Queens. Regular service was to start today on the $868 million line, the first subway to the island....
... ''This has been a planning disaster from day one,'' said Representative Bill Green of Manhattan, who was at a first-day ceremony on Roosevelt Island. ''It's been an enormous waste of money.''

The new line ends abruptly 1,500 feet short of the E, F, G and R lines at Queens Plaza which are used daily by half a million commuters. The M.T.A. hopes to build a connection with these lines, but it may take several years, Ms. Gardner said....

... Q trains will serve the new stops on weekdays and B trains on weekends. The express to Kennedy International Airport will add the Lexington Avenue and Long Island City stops to its service. Service between Manhattan and Queens will operate 24 hours a day.

Survivor of Major Plan

The extension was originally part of a $1.3 billion proposal to build 11 subway lines as well as a lower-level tunnel for the Long Island Railroad. Work under the plan was hampered by the city's fiscal crisis in the mid-1970's and delayed by structural problems and neighborhood protests....
Click here for the entire NY Times article on 1989 Roosevelt Island subway station opening.

Roosevelt Island Assault, Burglary & Grand Larceny This Past Week - Make Sure To Keep Your Doors Locked

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Daily Incident report:

09/13/15- 1516- 455 Main St.- Assault- PSD/NYPD responded. Referred to NYPD.

09/12/15 – 1636 – 540 Main St – Burglary – PSD/NYPD responded. NYPD report filed.

09/11/15- 2024- 560 Main St.- Grand Larceny- PSD/NYPD responded. Referred to NYPD.
An NYPD Spokesperson added about the 455 Main Street assault:
On Sunday September 13, 2015 police responded to a 911 call of an assault. Victim stated that an unknown male did push the victim into a fence causing injury to the victims left wrist. Suspect is male in his 40’s. No arrests investigation ongoing.
And about the 560 Main Street Grand Larceny:
On Friday September 11, 2015 police responded to a 911 call of grand larceny. Victim states that she went shopping with a friend and when they returned, the victim was talking to a security guard and the friend left. When the victim returned to the home, they discovered her money missing and the victim's friend had left. No arrests, investigation ongoing.
NYPD had no information on the 9/12 burglary at 540 Main Street.

No additional information yet from the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department on these incidents.

An archive of past Roosevelt Island Daily Public Safety Incident Reports is maintained on Roosevelt Islander sidebar.

Yesterday, September 14, I asked RIOC Public Safety Director Jack McManus:
A resident ... contacted me last night concerned that a person knocked on her door at 11 PM claiming to be an Amazon delivery person.

She did not open the door.

I told her to contact PSD.

She contacted PSD last night. PSD said they saw a guy in a delivery uniform carrying 2 boxes but had no further information.

Do you know if this was a legitimate delivery by Amazon or was it a ruse for something else?

It seems strange to have a delivery at 11 PM on a Sunday night from Amazon.
Have not heard back from RIOC Public Safety Department yet regarding the delivery incident.

During August 11 Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee meeting, I asked Director McManus and Deputy Director Lynda Marmara about past Roosevelt Island burglaries. Director McManus indicated at the meeting that there had been:
... one burglary in last three months which is very good....
Roosevelt Island Disabled Association President Jim Bates noted that he sees 20 to 25 Roosevelt Landings apartment doors always unlocked or ajar when he delivers the Wire newspaper. Mr Bates attributed the open doors to residents seeking cross ventilation but did not know for sure.

Director McManus indicated that he believes it is a good time to have a crime prevention seminar with the NYPD.

Here's the RIRA PSC burglary discussion.

Several days after the August 11 RIRA PSC meeting, the RIOC Public Safety Department reported a rash of Roosevelt Island burglaries.

Monday, September 14, 2015

RIRA Island Services Committee Reports On Roosevelt Island Tram Station Elevators, Rat Control, Sportspark And Boy Scouts

Below is Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Island Services Committee (ISC)

report to the RIRA September Common Council:


ISC continued to work on our active issues throughout the summer. Updates are below:

Tram Elevators – The old elevator has a number of breakdowns in June. In early July, this elevator was out-of-service due to the breakdown of a critical part. The part was specially fabricated in Canada, with delivery not expected until late August. That’s an unacceptable two month’s outage. The old elevator was back in service at August month end, but was plagued with frequent interruptions due to start-up problems, To make matters worse, the Red Lift also broke down on 4 or 5 times during the July-August period, with outages of 1-2 days each. As necessary, RIOC ran a Red Bus shuttle service from RI to Manhattan.

John Bost, RIOC’s new Director of Engineering, still estimates that the new elevators will be operating in the 3rd Quarter, 2016.

One bit of good news is that the elevator to the street at the “F” 63rd St. station is back in service after an over one year outage to install a new elevator. Originally this elevator was suppose to start-up in Feb., 2015.

Control of Rats – Southtown Commercial Trash Yard – ISC had little success working with the restaurants and Starbucks in bringing the condition of the yard up to Dept. of Sanitation standards. However, we then brought the problem directly to Related, the owner of the land where the trash yard is located and the landlord of the four food businesses. It took Related about 3 weeks to resolve the problem. At present, the trash yard meets standards on most days, with all bins closed, the grounds clean, and recycle cardboard neatly stacked. However, at least once or twice per week the bad days return. ISC will continue to monitor the condition of the trash yard until it’s clear that the problem is fully resolved. If this condition is achieved, we expect that the yard will be free of rats.

ISC will also meet with Wholesome Factory. Their trash bins were usually not closed and overstuffed with garbage.

Sportspark – ISC had a productive meeting in mid-June with Cy Opperman, RIOC’s Director of Operations, and Eddie Perez, Sportspark’s Manager, to review ISC’s Sportspark report and develop action plans. Many of the minor problems have been resolved by the Sportspark staff. However, most of the major problems will likely require projects. RIOC promised to get these projects on the RIOC engineering priority list. ISC will inspect Sportspark in late September for a follow-up review of the condition of the facilities and changes in programs.

Condition of Sidewalks & Paths – RIOC worked in the late spring and early summer to fix the broken sidewalks. Pending an inspection by ISC, it appears that the sidewalks and paths are back to an acceptable and safe condition.

Boy Scouts – ISC’s Boy Scout program has been placed on “hold”. In mid-August, ISC’s “lead person” (Frank Farance) unexpectedly and abruptly withdrew from the program. The “lead person” has prime responsibility for an issue. At the September ISC meeting, we will reorganize and decide whether and how to continue the Boy Scout program.

Aaron Hamburger, Chair - ISC
Mr. Hamburger provided this update to the Common Council.

Mr. Hamburger stated during his oral report that due to the bankruptcy of company preparing design and construction designs for the 2 new tram station elevators:
... nothing has been done on the project during the summer...
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato talked about the problems with the Tram station elevators during the September 10 RIOC Board of Directors meeting.

Ms Indelicato said that the bankruptcy of company doing work on the Tram Station elevator designs delayed the project for about a month but she still anticipates the 2 new Tram Station elevators working by autumn of 2016.

Here's video of Ms. Indelicato's report on the Tram station elevators.