Saturday, October 3, 2015

Blast From The Roosevelt Island Past, Sister Sledge Perform We Are Family At Southpoint Park - From 1979

Roosevelt Island Jazz This Saturday & Sunday Afternoon At Gallery RIVAA - Sunday Art Auction To Raise Funds To Fix RIVAA Broken Window Too

Roosevelt Island Fall For Jazz is at Gallery RIVAA this afternoon.

On Sunday too. According to Gallery RIVAA:
Dear All,

Gallery RIVAA is pleased to invite you to the first Autumn Jazz Salon of 2015 on Sunday, October 4th from 2:30-5:00pm at Gallery RIVAA.

This special session will also include an auction of around 50 original paintings. Money collected from the sale of these paintings will be used towards replacing the broken window in the gallery.

So, please join us, enjoy the music and help us raise some money to fix the broken window.

Date: October 4th, 2015
Time: 2:30-5:00pm
Venue: Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island


Friday, October 2, 2015

Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend Says MTA

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Great Photo Of Roosevelt Island Tram Over East River Waterfront & Foggy Manhattan Skyline

From the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

A photo posted by Four Freedoms Park (@4freedomspark) on

Remembering Roosevelt Island Summer With Hot Tea At The Manhattan Park Multi-Colored Asylum Pool Project

On a chilly, rainy, miserable day outside, let look back at a sunny, warm Roosevelt Island summer public art project at the Manhattan Park pool by the artist Hot Tea.

Click full screen icon for a better view.

On days like this, I can't wait for summer to return.

More on Hot Tea's Manhattan Park pool project from previous post.

Hurricane Joaquinn Not Expected To Directly Impact New York City - RIOC Taking Emergency Preparedness Precautions For Roosevelt Island Says Public Safety Director

New York Times reports:
A powerful and slow-moving hurricane that battered the Bahamas on Friday, causing severe flooding and widespread wind damage, is now forecast to stay out at sea as it moves north, largely sparing the East Coast a direct hit.

The New York City area is not expected to be directly impacted by the storm, Hurricane Joaquin, according to the National Weather Service.

“The models are more in agreement that it will be remaining offshore,” said Carli Buccola, a meteorologist at the Weather Service. “We will experience no direct effects of Joaquin here.”...
Click here for full NY Times article.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Please be advised that New York City Emergency Management (OEM) is continuing to monitor Hurricane Joaquin with the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center. The Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department (PSD) is communicating daily with OEM in preparation should the storm arrive.

The City encourages the public and visitors to stay informed by signing up for Notify NYC, the City's official source for emergency information by visiting or calling 311.

RIOC will periodically issue updates via RIOC Advisories as the storm develops. In the event of an emergency, please call 911. For local assistance, call Public Safety at 212-832-4545.

To learn more about preparing for coastal storms, please visit the Ready New York Guide at
Roosevelt Island Director Of Public Safety Jack McManus adds:
We are participating in daily conference calls with both the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the NYS Office of Emergency Management (SEMO) to keep abreast of the current status of Hurricane Joaquin. At present, the National Weather Service is stating that NYC will not be hit directly by the storm. In fact, as of this morning, it appears that the path that the storm will pass the NYC Metropolitan Area farther out to sea than previously expected.

That being said, we will approach this storm preparation with an abundance of caution. RIOC personal that are deemed "essential", will be prepared to be onsite for the duration of the storm under the direction and control of RIOC President Indelicato.

The Roosevelt Island Tram will be continuously monitored for wind and rain according to established emergency thresholds.

We are coordinating with Roosevelt Island CERT Chief, Howard Polivy with respect to availability and deployment of CERT volunteers.

The Public Safety Department has been dialoguing with Construction Managers and their respective Site Safety Personnel in order to ensure that these sites remain safe by securing all construction related materials in the event of Tropical Storm Level winds which have been predicted.

In the interest of safety for all concerned, we are vetting all Island-Wide scheduled weekend events, subsequently deciding whether we should move forward with these events. The "Fall for Arts Festival", scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2015, has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

We are dialoguing with representatives from Urban American, Rivercross, Island House, Westview, Related Management (Riverwalk), Manhattan Park, Motorgate, and the Octagon relative to storm preparations and their individual needs.

OEM, as the Coordinator of NYC's response to weather related emergencies will, if the need arises and as conditions dictate, make recommendations to shelter-in place or evacuate and we are prepared to assist and facilitate those potential eventualities.

All relevant information related to ongoing storm conditions will be made available to Island residents, proprietors of Island businesses, workers, and visitors through the Everbridge Communications System.
Roosevelt Island NYC Council Member Ben Kallos spoke about emergency preparedness briefly at last night's Cornell Tech Town Hall Meeting. Mr. Kallos said that he would like to do an emergency preparedness Roosevelt Island event and distribute Go-Bags as long as 100 people sign up to attend.

Here's the most recent forecast for today and Saturday.

Images from

More on Roosevelt Island emergency preparedness from previous posts here and here.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Roosevelt Island AVAC Garbage Removal System Upgrade Proposed - Existing AVAC Connection To New Cornell Tech Campus Not Feasible But Cornell Tech Rejects Plan For Independent Campus AVAC System Despite Request By Its Residential Building Developer Says Envac Representative

Image From Envac

The Manhattan Community Board 8 (CB 8) Roosevelt Island Committee September 29 meeting heard a presentation to upgrade the Roosevelt Island Automated Vacuum Collection (AVAC) garbage removal system.
Image From Envac

 According to the meeting agenda:
... A presentation by Rosina Abramson of ENVAC.   ENVAC served as consultants to the Department of Sanitation relating to the upgrade of RI's AVAC system.
Envac's Ms. Abramson is well known on Roosevelt Island being a former President and Vice President of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC).

Prior to the meeting, I asked Cornell Tech:
... why it decided not to connect its high tech, energy efficient, campus with the Roosevelt Island AVAC garbage removal system?...
A Cornell Tech Spokesperson replied:
Cornell Tech met with the manufacturer of the AVAC system and consulted with the current operators of the system. The manufacturer advised us that the current system would not support the extended length necessary to reach the campus without a major and very expensive upgrade, nor was it configured to receive recycling materials. Further, due to contractual obligations, it only accepts residential waste, not commercial waste, so we concluded that even if the AVAC system was to be expanded and completely refurbished, our campus would still require trucks to remove recycling and commercial waste. Cornell Tech is committed to reducing waste as much as possible and we will keep the community updated on our plans.
During Ms. Abramson's September 29 AVAC upgrade presentation to the CB 8 Roosevelt Island Committee, the Main Street Wire editor asked:
To what extent has Cornell expressed interest or disinterest in being connected...
to the AVAC system.

Ms. Abramson replied that the current Roosevelt Island AVAC System would not work for Cornell Tech. She reported that Envac recommended a new AVAC garbage removal system for the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech campus that would be independent from the existing AVAC system but Cornell decided not to remove their garbage with a new AVAC system. Instead, Cornell Tech will remove its garbage using trucks going up and down the streets.

Here's the discussion.

Later, in response to a question from Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council Alternate Delegate Helen Chirivas about Cornell Tech connecting to the AVAC system, Ms Abramson reported that Hudson Companies David Kramer, developer of the Cornell Tech campus Residential building, asked Cornell to reconsider a new AVAC system but Cornell refused.

According to Ms. Abramson the cost of the new AVAC system for Cornell Tech would be $12 million.

Here's the discussion.

I asked Mr. Kramer for a comment but he declined. Mr. Kramer is also the developer of the Roosevelt Island Hudson Related Riverwalk buildings in Southtown which uses the AVAC garbage removal system.

The Roosevelt Island Community Coalition (RICC) which represents local community groups to Cornell Tech issued this statement:
RICC is disappointed to hear that Cornell does not intend to pursue an independent AVAC system similar to that which services the rest of the Island. If anything, the prospect of greatly reducing truck traffic on our already congested, single street should have been a consideration. We hope that Cornell will rethink their position, and take the advice of both Ms. Abramson and Mr. Kramer of Hudson Related, who is the most recent adopter of the system for the Riverwalk buildings and is a full supporter of the technology, an introduce a new AVAC system to their campus.
Below is the presentation by Ms. Abramson to upgrade the Roosevelt Island AVAC system.

Part 1 - The presentation.

Part 2 - Questions and answers. Ms. Abramson reports that RIOC has not been willing to meet with Envac for over a year regarding the AVAC upgrade proposals. Also, questions about previous problem this past summer with Westview AVAC and current problem with Roosevelt Landings AVAC not working.

Part 3 - What happens if AVAC upgrade is not done?

Part 4 - Questions from CB 8 members about Rivercross AVAC, cost of upgrade and next steps.

RIOC declined comment.

Cornell Tech will be holding a Town Hall Community Update meeting tonight.

Upcoming October Events At The Roosevelt Island New York Public Library Branch - Learn French, Jules Verne Discussion, Graffiti Art Workshop, Book Club, Movie Night, Halloween Crafts & More

Below are upcoming October events at the Roosevelt Island Library branch including:

Roosevelt Island Library
524 Main Street
New York, NY 10044
Phone 212-308-6243

Bilingual Birdies - French; Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 11AM; Children; Learn French vocabulary words through live music, movement, and puppetry.

We Are New York English Conversation Group; Fridays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 10:30AM-12:30PM; Adults; 15 Seats; First come, first served; Practice speaking English by watching and discussing episodes of "We Are New York," which is about everyday situations. The characters speak slowly and clearly. For Intermediate Level English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Science Fiction Book Discussion Tuesday, October 6, 6:30-8PM; Adults; The group will discuss "Journey to the Center of the Earth" by Jules Verne. The Science Fiction Book Discussion meets the first Tuesday of the month (September-June) at 6:30 PM to discuss a Science Fiction novel or a short story collection.

Graffiti Art Workshop Thursday, October 8, 4PM; Teens; Learn about the history of hip-hop and practice your graffiti art style. Presented by David Alicea.

Movie Night: "Kill the Messenger" Tuesday, October 13, 6PM; Adults; (2014, Rated R, 112 minutes) Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets, and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. Starring Jeremy Renner. Directed by Michael Cuesta.

Halloween Craft, Thursday, October 15, 3pm-4pm; Children ages 4 and older; Make a 3-D jack-o-lantern with paper and glue. All materials will be provided and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Book Discussion Thursday, October 15, 6:30PM-8PM; Adults; The group will discuss "William Wells Brown: An African American Life" by Ezra Greenspan. The book provides an overview of the life of a former slave who became one of most accomplished writers of the 19th century.

Movie Night: "Time After Time" Tuesday, October 20, 6PM; Adults; (1979, Rated PG, 112 minutes) H.G. Wells travels to present-day San Francisco to catch Jack The Ripper. Starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, and Mary Steenburgen. Directed by Nicholas Meyer.

Roosevelt Island 2015 Fall For Arts Festival Saturday October 3 - Showcase Of Painting, Make Your Own Art, Music & More, Takes Place Rain Or Shine Says RIOC

The 2015 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival takes places this Saturday October 3. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Join us next Saturday, October 3rd for a free, family-friendly day of art & music at the 2015 Fall for Arts Festival, 11 AM to 4 PM. Bring your family and friends for an amazing, fun filled day of an artistic showcase of painting, free make-and-take art workshops and live music of talented New York City based Jazz musicians. The event will take place on the Lawn South of Rivercross (south of 505 Main Street), Gallery RIVAA (527 Main Street), Blackwell Park & Plaza and the Meditation Steps.

This is a rain or shine event. In the event of rain, the jazz concert will take place at the Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street) at 7:30 PM.

This event is presented by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation in partnership with Gallery RIVAA and the R.I. Explorers Group.

Visit for more information.
The weather forecast for Saturday is:

The Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival is a great community event. Let's hope the rain stays away.

Here are some scenes from 2014 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival. It rained in the morning last year but was still alot of fun.

UPDATE 5:10 PM- According to RIOC, Fall For Arts has been postponed due to the expected storm.

Will update with more info later.

UPDATE 10/2 - According to RIOC:
Due to the incoming inclement weather, we will be postponing the Fall for Arts Festival to Saturday, October 10th, 11 AM - 4 PM. Updated schedule information to follow.
UPDATE 10/9 - Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival will take place Saturday October 10.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Day To Night Roosevelt Island Time Lapse Video - Sky Changes, Building Lights Come On, Street Traffic And Tram Hops Back and Forth

Click the full screen icon to see more clearly the sky change, Riverwalk building lights come on,street traffic and the Tram hopping back and forth as seen from Firefighters Field.

You're invited to Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Town Hall Community Update October 1 - Report On Construction, Barging, Truck Traffic, Hearing Technology & More, Come Ask Your Questions

Image Of Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Construction Site

Cornell Tech and the Roosevelt Island Construction & Community Task Force will be holding a Town Hall Community Update tomorrow, October 1, at the Manhattan Park Theater Club (8 River Road) starting at 6 PM.
A Cornell Tech Spokesperson reports:
... in June Cornell Tech announced a $100 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies to fund construction of the campus. The first academic building on the campus was named The Bloomberg Center – in honor of Emma and Georgina Bloomberg. The Bloomberg Center, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects, is a departure from traditional academic facilities with an open plan and extensive collaborative as well as private work spaces, adapting open plan offices from the tech world to the academic arena. Cornell is aspiring for the building to be among the largest net-zero energy buildings in the United States, with all of its power generated on campus.
Original commitment:

During ULURP, Cornell committed to:
  • “reduce the number of construction vehicles along Main Street by approximately 40% from the numbers included in the EIS for the project.” (source: Letter to Council-member Jessica Lappin dated May 2, 2013)
Special commitments include:
  • “Building Material not re-used on the Project Site will be removed by barge" -- All waste during demolition was removed by barge.
  • “Nearly all bulk materials will be delivered and removed by barge” -- Delivery of bulk materials will be needed in 2016.
  • “Heavy materials such as steel, curtain wall, and large equipment will also be delivered by barge" -- Steel deliveries for the Bloomberg Center to start in late September 2015, followed shortly thereafter by steel for the Bridge. Curtain wall deliveries for both buildings will start in late winter/spring 2016.
Images From Cornell Tech

Barging system:
  • To facilitate deliveries of construction equipment and materials, a Roll-On/Roll-Off (Ro/Ro) barge and ramp system will be installed along the East Loop Road, approximately 725 feet south of the North Loop Road. Trucks will be able to drive directly onto a barge, travel to Roosevelt Island, and drive off. This is a different type of barging operation compared to the demolition barging operation, where containers of material were picked up by a crane and deposited onto the deck of a barge.
  • Each barge can hold 4-10 trucks depending on the size of the truck and trailer (large tractor trailers of steel and façade panels vs. smaller box trucks).
  • The system will be capable of handling up to three barge deliveries as part of a normal work day.
  • The majority of deliveries can be made regardless of tides. The use of some trucks with particularly low clearances will require careful coordination, delivering within 2 hours before or after high tide.
  • Generally speaking, barges with materials/equipment will arrive to Roosevelt Island around 7 a.m. to coincide with the start of the workday. There is an emphasis on early morning barge deliveries to reduce early morning traffic peaks.
Truck Targets:
  • Approximately 6,350 trucks were eliminated through demolition barging operations, with 100% of demolition waste removed from Roosevelt Island by barge.
  • As part of the new Roll-On/Roll-Off operation, a reduction of an additional 2,000 trucks is being targeted.
  • Now that all projects are well underway, construction activity will start to increase in October 2015.
  • Barging will begin in September in advance of the anticipated increase in deliveries in October 2015 so as to limit the burden on Main Street.
During July 20 Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Construction & Community Task Force meeting, Cornell Tech Director Of Capital Planning Andrew Winters described

Image Of Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Roll On Roll Off Barge

the roll on roll off barging process.

Also, Mr Winters discussed plans for hearing impaired technology to be utilized on the Cornell Tech campus using an Infrared System, not the Looping technology which had been advocated by members of the Roosevelt Island community.

Here's what happened at the June 16 groundbreaking ceremony for Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech campus.

Come to the Town Hall meeting tomorrow to learn what is going on and ask your questions.

UPDATE 10/1 - According to the Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Campus Project Construction Update:
September 28 - October 9 Look Ahead

Roadwork and Central Utility Plant – Underground utilities, including street tie-ins for the Central Utility Building will be completed in this period. Backfilling in preparation for the concrete slab on grade will be finalized leading up to the pouring of the slab on grade in the 2nd/3rd week of October. Utility installation continues in the southern section of the East Loop Road. At the North Loop Road, conduit will be installed for future Verizon service to Sports Park. Additionally at North Loop Road, all at grade utility access ports are being raised and building utility connections backfilled in preparation for asphalt base course which will be installed in the second week of this period. Construction Fence re-location is underway along the West Loop Road. Fence is being moved from the east side of the road to the west and is leading up to the closing the road to traffic in the middle of October. Authorized southbound traffic will be accommodated on the East Loop Road when the West Loop Road is closed.

Co-Location Building – The foundation is nearing completion and should be achieved by the end of this period. Underground utilities and street connections are ongoing and being coordinated with work along East Loop Road.

Residential Building – Utility connections in the street should be finalized by the second week of this period. The concrete slab on grade will be poured by the second week of October. The tower crane will be erected and first floor column forming will begin in the beginning of the next period.

Bloomberg Center – Erection of steel continues and will be supplemented with the mobilization of a second crane within this period. Pile caps are being finalized on the east side of the building. Steel clips and angles are being installed around the perimeter foundation in preparation for floor deck tie-ins.

Barge Operation – Barging is underway and deliveries have begun to feed projects on site. Enforced waterway restrictions will limit deliveries in the beginning of this period

Roosevelt Island Job Available - Staff Trainee At Roosevelt Island Historical Society Visitors Kiosk

Are you looking for a job on Roosevelt Island?

If yes, Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) President Judy Berdy has a job that may be for you.

  Image of RIHS President Judy Berdy Welcoming Guests to the Roosevelt Island Visitors Center Kiosk

According to Ms. Berdy:
RIHS Visitor Center

New Staff Member

We need a new staff trainee to work in the RIHS Visitor Center.

Must be an Island resident who is knowledgeable with our community

Send one page resume to
Good luck.

Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Brownie Troop 3001 Learn Dance Moves From Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance Instructor Barbara Parker - Brownies On Way To Earn Their Dancer Badge

Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Troop 3001 Leader Aiesha Eleusizov shares these photos and reports:

On Monday evening, September 28, Barbara Parker from Main Street Theater and Dance Alliance (MST&DA) generously donated her time to help Girl Scout Brownie Troop 3001 on Roosevelt Island earn their Dancer Badge!

Image Of Barbara Parker And Girl Scout Troop 3001 From Aiesha Eleusizov

She taught the girls some fun dance moves as well as how to choreograph their own dance!

Image Of Barbara Parker And Girl Scout Troop 3001 From Aiesha Eleusizov

The girls had a great time dancing with attitude!

Image Of Barbara Parker And Girl Scout Troop 3001 From Aiesha Eleusizov

A big thank you to Barbara for supporting our local Girl Scout Troop!

To earn the Dancer Badge, the girls must complete 5 requirements. Barbara helped them to complete the first 3 of these. She taught them how to warm up their bodies before they dance, taught them how to use their face and body to express feeling through dance and taught them new dance steps. She taught them how to choreograph their own dance by creating sets of 8 count moves (or "bars") and how to combine 4 bars into a "phrase".

The girls will need to use the skills that Barbara taught them to complete their final two requirements - to create and perform their own dance and to teach the dance they created to their friends.

Image Of Girl Scout Troop 3001 From Aiesha Eleusizov

It is wonderful that civic-minded community members like Barbara and nonprofits like MST&DA partner and work together to support the youth on our island!

Image Of Barbara Parker And Girl Scout Troop 3001 From Aiesha Eleusizov
Here's more information on the Girl Scouts and MST&DA.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Roosevelt Island Tram Service Suspended Tuesday September 29 Starting 10 PM Until 5 AM Tomorrow For Necessary Maintenance Work Says RIOC

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Due to necessary maintenance work, Roosevelt Island Tram service will be suspended from 10:00 PM on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 until 6:00 AM Wednesday September 30, 2015. Please consider alternate travel plans.

Thank you for your patience during this time.
Hurry up home tonight.

Wings N Things Food Truck Serving Roosevelt Island Weekdays 11 AM - 7 PM - Give Them A Try

Wings N Things Food Truck was back on Roosevelt Island yesterday and here today too.

They have a permit thru October and plan to be open weekdays near the subway station across from Starbucks 11 AM - 7 PM.
Here's Wings N Things menu.

Yet Another RI'er noted:
$10 for 6 wings and fries? That's a pretty pricey food truck. They better be the most awesome wings ever.
The Wings N Things Food Truck will be serving at Saturday's Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival near the Rivercross Lawn.

UPDATE 5:40 PM - Cynthia Schultz Hornig reports:
Had some of their fare last night... delish!
The Mausam Curry N Bites Indian Food Truck

returned today.

Pope Francis Visits Ground Zero For September 25 Interfaith Prayer Service - Photos From Roosevelt Island Resident

Image From Allexis Villafane

Roosevelt Island resident Alexis Villafane attended the September 25 Ground Zero Interfaith Prayer Service by Pope Francis and shares these photos.

Images From Alexis Villafane

According to the NY Times:
Pope Francis stood flanked by an imam in a skullcap and a rabbi in a prayer shawl on what amounts to hallowed ground: an underground chamber where the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center are memorialized.

Standing before a steel beam salvaged from the rubble, in a place still haunted by violence committed in the name of Islamic extremism, Francis on Friday called on the hundreds of leaders from the world’s religions who surrounded him to be a “force for reconciliation.”

“For all our differences and disagreements, we can live in a world of peace,” he said at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. “In opposing every attempt to create a rigid uniformity, we can and must build unity on the basis of our diversity of languages, cultures and religion, and lift our voices against everything which would stand in the way of such unity.”...

Here's the full Ground Zero interfaith prayer service.

Roosevelt Island Living Library & NYPL Free Fall Gardening Program For Parents Children & Caregivers Starts Wednesday September 30 - Registration Still Available

Received the following message from Bonnie Sherk of A Living Library Project (A.L.L):


A.L.L. Gardening, Literacy, Multi-Arts, Science, Nutrition, Local History/Ecology


Wednesday Afternoons This Fall

September 30 – November 18

3:30-5:00 p.m.

RI Living Library & Think Park

Register Now at the RI Library - 524 Main Street, Roosevelt Island

Enrollment Limited to 25 Families (Caregivers included) with Children (ages 4-14)


Come Grow With Us!

For More Information Contact: Nicole Nelson: 212-308-6243 / Bonnie Ora Sherk: 212-242-1700
More on A Living Library from their web site and previous post.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Ya Gotta Love Those Friendly Roosevelt Island Squirrels - Even As They Crawl Up Your Leg

From the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse.

The friendly #squirrel #roosveltIsland

A photo posted by Gerson Mora (@gersonmora) on

Fantastic Super Blood Moon Photos Taken Last Night From Roosevelt Island - Watch Moon Turn From Bright White To Blood Red

Roosevelt Island resident Frank Farance shares these photos of last night's (September 27) Super Blood Moon taken from the Roosevelt Island Firehouse turnaround. According to Mr. Farance:

"Blood Red Moon" Lunar Eclipse last night. 1/4000th second shutter speed at midnight? The redness of the moon does not become apparent until the bright white is gone,

Images From Frank Farance

so you'll see bright white, a dark band,

Images From Frank Farance

 and then red.

Images From Frank Farance

To the naked eye, the moon looks like a light bulb that you've just turned off: mostly dark, but with a faint orange glow around the rim. Of course, what our eyes see and what the camera sees is total different. The camera will tell you that there are 17 stops between brightest photo (1/4000th second) and darkest photo (30 seconds long exposure). These are just a couple photos, I stayed for the 3 hour event. It was nice to take life at a different pace, maybe at the pace astronomers did 2000 years ago. One thing I always love about the moon: it looks different on camera than what the eye perceives ... always a puzzle to conjure about human vision (and photography, too).  
The NY Times adds:
In a rare astronomical phenomenon Sunday night, people around the world witnessed a so-called supermoon, which occurs when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit. The event coincided with a lunar eclipse, leaving the moon in Earth’s shadow. The combination hadn’t occurred since 1982 and won’t happen again until 2033....
The NY Times has photos of the Super Blood Moon from around the world.

NASA explains the Super Blood Moon.

NASA also announced today that evidence has been found of water on Mars.


Roosevelt Island $1 Million Participatory Budgeting Assembly Tonight September 28 Reports NYC Council Member Ben Kallos - Propose A Project And Become A Delegate

Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos reports today:
Participatory Budgeting Assembly
Propose projects of up to $1 million to go on the participatory budgeting ballot and learn how to become a delegate.

Tonight, Monday, September 28, 2015, 6:30pm,
Chapel of the Good Shepherd, 543 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

Learn more about NYC Participatory Budgeting from previous post and from Council Member Kallos.

Roosevelt Island FDR Hope Memorial And AVAC Garbage Removal Upgrade On Agenda For September 29 Community Board 8 Roosevelt Island Committee - Come Learn What's Going On

The Manhattan Community Board 8 (CB 8) Roosevelt Island Committee is meeting 6:30 PM Tuesday September 29 at the Manhattan Park Theater Club (8 River Road). Among the meeting items on the CB 8 Roosevelt Island Committee Agenda is upgrade of the Roosevelt Island Automated Vacuum Collection System (AVAC)

and a discussion of the FDR Hope Memorial.

According to the CB 8 Roosevelt Island Committee:
Meeting Date:
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 6:30pm

Meeting Location:
Manhattan Park Theater Club
8 River Road, Community Room
Roosevelt Island, NY

A presentation by Rosina Abramson of ENVAC.   ENVAC served as consultants to the Department of Sanitation relating to the upgrade of RI's AVAC system.

Discussion regarding FDR Hope Memorial and its review of proposed memorial by the NYC Public Design Commission.

Jeffrey Escobar and Laurence Parnes
Roosevelt Island Committee, Co-Chairs
The Roosevelt Island community is invited to attend.

Here's more information on Roosevelt Island AVAC garbage removal system, Envac and FDR Hope Memorial.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Gunshots, Chases & Press Conference At Roosevelt Island Tram Circle And Firefighters Field Monday And Tuesday This Week For A&E Unforgettable TV Show Film Shoot - Expect Traffic Delays And Increased Pedestrian Traffic Says RIOC

Do not be alarmed if you hear the sounds of gunshots near the Roosevelt Island Tram Circle

and Firefighters Field

tomorrow and Tuesday.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC), the A&E TV show Unforgettable

 Image From A&E

 will be filming in the area:
Please be advised that on Monday and Tuesday, September 28th and 29th, 2015, from 5 AM- 10 PM, the following areas have been permitted for film shoots: Fire Fighters Field, including sidewalk and Tram traffic circle, headed towards the West Roadway leading to the West Seawall near the water headed North Bound.

The film shoots will include chase scenes, a simulated press conference and prop weapons, which will fire off blanks with minimal sound. The chase scene will take place along the tram road going East to West from Firefighter's field to the grass area just North of the West roadway guard booth.

During this time, expect intermittent traffic delays and increased pedestrian traffic in the area. We appreciate your cooperation during this project.

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse asks:
Yes, Unforgettable will be filming on Roosevelt Island tomorrow and Tuesday.

More on Roosevelt Island film permitting at this previous post.

UPDATE 9/28:
UPDATE 9/29:

I ❤️NY

A photo posted by Poppy Montgomery (@therealpoppymontgomery) on