Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Bowery Boys Talk Roosevelt Island History - From The 17th Century Dutch To 19th New York City Penitentiary & Asylums To Current Residential Community

Take a listen to this very interesting 2009 Bowery Boys podcast on the history of Roosevelt Island.

The Bowery Boys also show us Roosevelt Island

Image From The Bowery Boys

from 1961 (then known as Welfare Island)

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network RI MoM Walking And Exercise Group Meeting Monday Afternoon October 19 - Tram Kiosk To Meditation Steps

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Coordinator (RIPN) Eva Bosbach reports:

Dear all,

RI Parents' Network's next free Roosevelt Island Moms on the Move (RI MoM) walk and exercise event will take place on Monday, October 19, starting at 4 PM (please note a change in time) at the Tram kiosk.

We are planning to do a short round walk to the lawn above the Mediation steps and continue with some exercise there. If it rains or everyone prefers to stay indoors we will go to one of the playrooms. The exercise part will be lead by Theodora (thank you!), with greetings and kind advice from Paulina from Washington D.C.

All moms, moms to-be and parents of children of all ages are welcome! The exercise part is voluntary. Please reach out to us if you are coming later and would like to coordinate.

We had a fantastic group last week.

Looking forward to seeing you and your little ones on Monday! :)

Feel free to contact me for more information on the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Perspectives On The Roosevelt Island Tram - Upside Down, Super Fast & From The Front Seat

Twitterverse perspectives on the Roosevelt Island Tram

no hang ups

A photo posted by Matt Oliver (@mattoliver) on

Roosevelt Island Resident Fed Up With Pigeon Poop At Motorgate Garage - Wants Action From RIOC To Clean Up The Mess

Roosevelt Island resident Raye Schwartz shares message below she sent to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) earlier today about pigeon poop at the Motorgate Garage.

Image of Entrance to Motorgate Garage Atrium

Ms. Schwartz reports:
I'm totally fed up with this situation. Today I stopped by the RIOC office and got as far as the receptionist who said "they're working on it" and to contact you. This has been going on for years and nothing is being done except we have to play hopscotch to get from the elevators to our parked cars. RIOC claims it's Motorgate's responsibility and they claim it's RIOC's job. The biggest issue is the proliferation of pigeon nests in the rafters, and those must be removed immediately.

Notice that the atrium was power washed and screening was installed to deter pigeons so RIOC could hang art. Yet they won't do anything to keep this crap from getting on our cars, our shoes and the wheels of baby strollers. Obviously, then, their priority is appearance rather than protecting the health and safety of people who are paying parking fees and taxes.

There are laws about this hazard in New York City. Does RIOC really want the unfavorable publicity if enough of us call the news media to report this or the aggravation of legal involvement if there are sanctions because of broken laws?

Can we please have a solution which should involve the following steps:
1. Get an exterminator to go through Motorgate and remove all pigeon nests from the rafters.
2. Install screening so the nests do not come back.
3. Power wash the droppings on a periodic and reasonable schedule.
4. Empower PSD to issue summons to people who ignore signage and feed pigeons and squirrels.
5. RIOC president to implement an immediate and continuing campaign which will include articles in the WIRE, signage on the kiosks, and flyers in stores, at the visitors center and on apartment building bulletin boards warning people about the health hazards.
6. While the NY City law about feeding pigeons is vague and confusing, there are workarounds  such as declaring that it is against the law of a particular community or entity (such as the Central Park Conservancy). Since RIOC is the name of this town they are able to declare certain activities illegal and punishable by law.
7. Reminding people that feeding pigeons also attracts rats, which has resulted in poison being put down and has already killed squirrels and could be a serious hazard to young kids playing outside.

These photos were taken today.

These photos were taken Sept 9, 2015:

These photos were taken in 2013:

Please please please get this resolved.

UPDATE 10/19 -A RIOC Spokesperson responds:
We are taking the necessary steps to solve the pigeon issue at Motorgate and believe that with a consistent cleaning schedule, additional signage deterring people from feeding pigeons (including the health hazards associated with pigeon droppings) and eliminating nesting areas will help address the issue. Porters at Motorgate have increased the number of scheduled cleanings specifically for pigeon droppings on each floor. In addition, the Director of Island Operations, Cy Opperman, is currently looking into other humane solutions to control and deter the pigeons at the facility.

Good News, Third Weekend In A Row For Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan - 1 Tram Cabin Out Of Service Early Sunday Morning For Mandatory Rescue Drill

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend. That's 3 in a row.

F Trains run local in both directions between 71 Av and 21 St-Queensbridge

Weekend, 12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, Oct 17 - 19

Trains stop at 67 Av, 63 Dr, Woodhaven Blvd, Grand, Elmhurst, Roosevelt Avs, 65 St, Northern Blvd, 46, Steinway and 36 Sts.

• Please allow additional travel time.
E Trains run via the F in both directions between W 4 St and 21 St-Queensbridge
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
Due to a semi-annual mandatory Rescue & Evacuation Practice Drill on Sunday, October 18, 2015, one Tram cabin will be in service every 15 minutes from 6:00 AM- 10:00 AM. Please plan your travel accordingly. Thank You.

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Halloween Spider Crafts For Kids Tuesday October 27 - Please Register By Tuesday October 20

 Image From Craft Halloween Pinterest

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Coordinator (RIPN) Eva Bosbach reports:
Dear all,

I hope everyone had a smooth school start and is getting settled into the daily routines. You and your little (and bigger! :) ones are invited to the next event in the free "Crafts with Kids" series by the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network!

"Halloween craft" will take place on Tuesday, October 27th, 5-6pm at the Senior Center, 546 Main Street. We are planning to make a Spider Headband with the children.  First we can read some fun facts about spiders with the kids and include those in our crafts, like the fact that spiders have eight legs and (most of them) eight eyes. Each headband will be measured by the kids head size and each spider will have four legs on each side. The children can decorate their spiders as they wish. We can also sing Little miss muffet and Itsy bitsy spider nursery rhymes for our little ones.

A special thank you to Neha Sharma for taking over from Hara as our Craft with Kids organizer! Also thank you to Dolores Green, Barbara Parker, Wendy Hersh and Marylin Atkins from the Senior Center for letting us use their space for the event.

Please RSVP to by Tuesday, October 20. Please let us know if you can bring books about spiders or Halloween for the story time or for our little kids book shelf during the event.

Also you are welcome to mark your calendar for our upcoming

Thanksgiving Craft on Tuesday, November 24th 5-6pm and our

Holiday Crafts on Tuesday, December 15th 5-6pm.

Last but not least: If you have craft event ideas you would like us to include in the "Craft with Kids" series, or if you have other ideas for activities of the RI Parents' Network, please get in touch with me.

"Crafts with Kids" is a free workshop series for children organized by the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network. The monthly events included "Tram art and necklaces", "Matisse for Kids", "Valentines Craft", "St Patricks Craft", "Earth Day Craft", "Easter Craft", "Mothers Day Craft", "Fathers Day Craft", "Summer craft - a lady bug" and a "Back to school craft".

You're Invited To iDig2Learn Roosevelt Island Monarch Butterfly Migration Corridor Project Saturday October 17 At Lighthouse Park

iDig2Learn's Christina Delfico reports:
iDig2Learn will host phase two of the Monarch Butterfly Corridor Project on Roosevelt Island on Saturday, October 17th, from 11AM to 2PM, rain or shine, at Lighthouse Park.

In the past two decades, the Monarch butterfly population has decreased in North America by 95%. Planting milkweed, the plant Monarch butterflies depend on, will increase their chance of survival. Monarch butterflies travel over 3000 miles from Mexico to Canada and back and they fly through New York City. We can help restore their habitat by planting the milkweed plant to create a flight corridor for Monarch butterflies on their migrations south to warmer weather every fall. If we plant it they will come!

iDig2Learn is thrilled that Citizens Committee of NYC has chosen this event as their service day and their staff will be on hand to volunteer which is a great way to find out more about what they do for our city. And thanks to grants from City Gardens Club of New York City, Citizens Committee of NYC and Grow to Learn this event will be free. And this event is only possible thanks to partnerships with RIOC, Roosevelt Island Youth Program, 217PTA, Roosevelt Island Parents' Network, Roosevelt Island Garden Club, RI Historical Society and Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts troop 3001 sponsored by Manhattan Park and troops 3244 and 3245 sponsored by RI Beacon Youth Program.

Please come join us to learn more about Monarch butterflies and what humans can do to help them. There will be free family friendly activities including the popular archaeological dig box where you can hunt for shark's teeth and fossils, story time by Eva Bosbach, face painting by Liyan Chen, butterfly themed art with Neha Sharma, and of course, planting milkweed plants for the Monarch butterflies.

The iDig2Learn initiative brings communities together with events and enrichment programs using plant life to explore science, math and healthy food.
Ms Delfico also thanked the Roosevelt Island Gristedes for providing assistance to local events including the Monarch Butterfly Corridor Project.

Here's more on the Monarch Butterfly migration.

As previously reported, the planned Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Green Roof will include a managed milkweed haven to serve as a flight corridor for monarch butterflies.

More information on iDig2Learn available at their web site.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Soccer Star Goalie Tim Howard Visits Roosevelt Island Octagon Field Yesterday For Tourette's Syndrome Charity Shootout Event

Image Of Tim Howard At Roosevelt Island Octagon Soccer Field From Kim Massie

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reported yesterday that star Soccer Goalie Tim Howard was on Roosevelt Island at the Octagon Soccer Field.

Image From Kim Massie
Why was Tim Howard on Roosevelt Island yesterday? According to My Central Jersey:
Blocking four out of five shots, North Brunswick native and U.S. Men’s Soccer Team goalkeeper Tim Howard racked up $80,000 for his charity of choice — the N.J. Center for Tourette Syndrome. Adding in money raised by fans retweeting sponsor El Jimador Tequila's hashtag for $1 a retweet, the NJCTS was presented with a check for $105,000 at Octagon Fields on Roosevelt Island on Wednesday.

Before the shootout, Howard, who was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome as a child, shook the referee's hand and assured him that he would “try his best.”...
Click here for the full My Central Jersey article.

The Twitterverse adds:
Here's the shootout (Click the full screen icon for better view).

More on Tim Howard soccer player and living

with Tourette's Syndrome.


Come and enjoy a free International Food Sampling Festival of:
  • Indian,
  • Spanish,
  • Korean,
  • Greek,
  • Polish,
  • Middle Eastern,
  • Italian &
  • Costa Rican
food and drink at the Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket tomorrow, Friday October 16, from 10 AM - 7 PM.

There will be health food to sample as well.

Also, Gristedes representative Bob Capano invites Roosevelt Island residents to sample their new International Food section

and to check out Gristedes Sales, Senior Discounts

and Bonus Savings Card.

Long time Roosevelt Island resident Julie Quintana loves the new renovated Roosevelt Island Gristedes and praises store manager Luis.

Check out the Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket International Food Sampling Festival Friday October 16.

#TodayinNY Photographer Grace Cavallo Visits Aunt Anne Who Was 7th Person To Move To Roosevelt Island In 1976 - Snaps Beautiful East River Waterfront Skyline Picture From Roosevelt Island

Photographer Grace Cavallo visits her Roosevelt Island Aunt Anne every Sunday. Ms. Cavallo reports:

The story is...

I visit my aunt, Anne Brienza, on Roosevelt Island every Sunday. We go to the Chapel of the Good Shepherd on the island and then spend the day together. It's the church where she got sister and I were flower girls. My aunt will be 90 years old next month, but you would never know it. She was the 7th person to move to Roosevelt Island in 1976 1975. There was nothing there at that time, so much so that she had to sign a waiver absolving anyone if any harm came to her.

I take a picture a day of my travels and adventures in the city called #TodayinNY. This was taken as I was leaving my aunt’s apartment Sunday October 4. The light, clouds, and reflections off the East River were just beautiful.
Check out more of Ms. Cavallo's #TodayinNY photos.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

RIOC To Consider Bicycle/Pedestrian Only Roosevelt Island Motorgate Helix Ramp To Street - Cornell Tech & AKRF Engineers To Study Feasibility

As reported September 21:
... On Wednesday, September 9, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee rejected banning bicycles from the Roosevelt Island Bridge Helix. Instead RIOC will seek to improve safety with better signage, road striping and education as well as examining if the broken Motorgate Atrium escalator can be fixed so bicycle riders can use it instead of the helix ramp....

During last evening's (October 13) RIOC Operations Advisory Committee meeting (audio web cast here), RIOC President Charlene Indelicato reported the results of a preliminary Helix Ramp study by Cornell Tech and their engineering consultants AKRF. According to Ms. Indelicato,  the Cornell Tech/AKRF study concluded that fixing the Motorgate Escalator for use by bicycle riders was not an option but there is a possibility of installing a bike/pedestrian only ramp from the Motorgate Helix to the street level at the East Promenade.

Here's Ms. Indelicato advising the RIOC Operations Advisory Committee of the possible bicycle/pedestrian only Motorgate Helix ramp,

next steps for a feasibility study and RIOC Director Michael Shinozaki reviews current bike safety issues on Roosevelt Island Helix ramp.

Ms. Indelicato also noted that if it is determined to be a viable project, the Roosevelt Island Helix bicycle/pedestrian only ramp would have to wait until after the first phase of Cornell Tech is completed in 2017 before being built.

Below is October 7 letter from AKRF to Cornell Tech Director Of Capital Planning Andrew Winters describing in greater detail the plan to study possibility of Roosevelt Island Bicycle/Pedestrian only Helix Ramp.
Re: Cornell Applied Sciences – Roosevelt Island Bicycle Helix

Dear Mr. Winters:

Based on our understanding of the additional scope of work items discussed at our meeting of September 24th, 2015 attended by you and representatives from RIOC and AKRF, we request authorization to proceed with the following additional work items.


AKRF is pleased to submit this proposal to assist in developing recommendations to improve bicycle access and circulation on Roosevelt Island, with a focus on travel between the Roosevelt Island (36th Avenue) Bridge and the Cornell Tech campus. This scope focuses on assessing the feasibility and cost of a bicycle helix structure connecting the elevated structure just west of the Roosevelt Island Bridge (herein referred to as “Motorgate Garage Level 4 entryway structure”) to the north-south service road along the East River – East Channel to provide a direct access to a proposed two-way bike path. Also, because there is an interest on behalf of Roosevelt Island’s residents and visitors in seeing short-term improvements, we have included a scope of work to assess the potential for immediate action pavement striping and signage improvements on the helix and its approaches.

Scope of work


AKRF will perform a site visit to inventory the pavement markings and signage on the helix and approaches, which we will illustrate in CAD drawings. As-built drawings of the helix and Motorgate Garage Level 4 entryway structure are required for this task and are expected to be provided by RIOC. If drawings cannot be furnished, we have included a contingency task for AKRF to collect the necessary geometric data. We will collect a photo inventory during both day and night time periods to illustrate driver points-of-view during various lighting conditions, and the ability to see pavement markings, signage and bicyclists on the helix and approaches. The physical inventory drawings and photo log will provide the existing conditions against which current standards will be compared.

After a comparison to current standards and best practices for pavement striping and signage, AKRF will recommend striping and signage improvements, which may consist of new signage, new striping, scarification of existing striping, and removal of existing signage. To assist bicyclists and pedestrians with wayfinding, we will include signage recommendations to access the existing elevator and stairs. Although it is not possible to physically prohibit bicyclists and pedestrians from using the helix, additional signage in the short term could reduce the unintended use of the helix by bicyclists and pedestrians. We will illustrate the proposed improvements on the existing conditions CAD drawings. Also, we will provide approximate costs for materials and installation, as we did for the proposed Roosevelt Island Two-Way Bicycle Facility.

For budgeting purposes, traffic engineering studies, traffic signal warrants, AutoTurn templates, and other detailed analyses are not assumed to be necessary for this task since the existing lane configurations, traffic control, and approximate lane widths would be maintained.


AKRF will assess the potential for a direct bicycle connection from the Motorgate Garage Level 4 entryway structure to the street level below. We will assess the potential for a two-way helix taking off from the north side of the structure and landing adjacent to the existing service road along the East River – East Channel, which is the location of the potential future two-way bike path. To perform this work, AKRF requires a copy of the as-built drawings for the Motorgate Garage Level 4 entryway structure and proposed landing point area, which are expected to be provided by RIOC. If drawings cannot be furnished, we have included a contingency task for AKRF to collect the necessary geometric data.

The various considerations for this assessment are material (steel, concrete, hybrid), allowable grade (ADA will be followed) and curvature, height and lateral clearances for fire apparatus and bridge inspection equipment, and width of the structure, and effective width of the path on the bike helix. We will conduct an iterative assessment where the geometric constraints (height, width, grade, and curvature) are first identified, followed by an assessment of operational options. Next, we will explore different operational options, such as a shared space where bicyclists and pedestrians mix, a facility where pedestrians and cyclists are separated by striping or a physical barrier, or an all-pedestrian facility where cyclists must dismount and walk their bicycles alongside pedestrians. For budgeting purposes, it is assumed that a preferred alternative will be identified through this process. If the assessment does not identify that a potential exists for a bike helix at this location, Task 2 will be halted and the Project Team notified before illustrative sketches or cost estimates are prepared.

Once a preferred alternative is identified, we will provide illustrative sketches from these two points-of-view:

The sketches will be rendered in color, showing the materials, shadows and dimensions in the same scale as the base photo. We will provide the renderings in .pdf so that they can be shared electronically. If production of the renderings on presentation boards or other hard copy media is needed, we will provide these on at-cost basis, as directed by the Project Team.

We will also provide approximate costs for materials and installation of the bicycle helix preferred alternative, independent of permitting and approvals, environmental remediation, land acquisition, and other costs. For budgeting purposes, structural, geotechnical, hazmat and other detailed site feasibility studies are not assumed to be necessary for this task since this task is the first step in determining feasibility from a geometric constraints perspective.

We anticipate that this work will be completed within approximately two months of AKRF receiving the necessary as-built drawings, or within approximately two months of AKRF’s completion of collecting geometric data if drawings cannot be furnished....  We appreciate you inviting us to meet with you on September 24th to brainstorm ideas to improve bicycle access to Roosevelt Island and to the Cornell Applied Sciences Campus, and welcome the opportunity to continue serving you on this important project.
RIOC did stripe the Motorgate Helix Ramp a few days ago

though Frank Farance points out the striping

being uneven in some spots.

UPDATE 10/19 - The October 13 RIOC Operations Advisory Committee discussed the uneven Helix Striping too. RIOC President Indelicato acknowledged that the striping was uneven, RIOC only had one bidder for the job, but the stripes do the job she said.

Cornell Tech Seeks Roosevelt Island Consultants and Small Businesses Owners - Add Your Info To Roosevelt Island Business Networking Group Directory

Are you a Roosevelt Island small business owner or consultant offering services that might be of interest to Cornell Tech? If yes, Janet Falk has some information that may be of interest. According to Ms. Falk:
Jane Swanson, Cornell Tech's Assistant Director of Government and Community Relations, noted at the Town Hall meeting on October 1 that Cornell Tech is working with several Island-based businesses. She is interested in developing contacts among other consultants and small business owners who live or work on Roosevelt Island. Please contact Janet Falk ( or Dottie Jeffries ( of the Roosevelt Island Business Networking Group to add your name, company and services to the list submitted in November 2014. Deadline is Friday, October 30, 2015
Ms Falk is a Roosevelt Island resident and Public Relations professional.

Ms. Jeffries is a Marketing professional.

Here's Ms. Swanson's presentation

as well as the full video of October 1 Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Town Hall meeting.

Beautiful Photo Of Sunburst As Roosevelt Island Tram Gliding Past Queensboro Bridge This Morning

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Don't Be Alarmed At Emergency Personnel On Roosevelt Island Tram Wednesday October 14 - FDNY Conducting Emergency Roosevelt Island Tram Rescue Drills

According to the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
Due to a FDNY Rescue & Evacuation Practice Drill, one Tram cabin will be in operation on Wednesday, 10/14/15 from 10:30 AM- 2:30 PM. No disruption to normal service is anticipated.
WPIX TV reported on a FDNY Tram Rescue Drill last May:
... Their mission is to rescue everyone on board and get them safely to the ground below.

Back in 2006, the tram became stuck with dozens of people on board. In that case, the FDNY used a diesel-powered bucket to rescue those onboard. Since then, the tram has undergone a $25 million renovation that changed how the tram works. Therefore, these firefighters train for how to safely rescue those trapped without the use of one of those diesel buckets....
The FDNY also conducted Tram Drills in October 2014. At the time, I spoke with Chief Richard Blatus

and WCBS News reporter Chris Wragge about the Tram Rescue Drill.

More on Roosevelt Island Tram Rescue Drills here.

RIOC Seeking More Lawyers - Issues Request For Proposals For Roosevelt Island Real Estate Development Counsel And Labor & Employment Law Counsel Too

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) is looking for some legal help. No, not the Perry Mason criminal defense kind of lawyer.

RIOC issued Request For Proposals (RFP) seeking Real Estate Development Counsel and Labor & Employment Counsel.

According to this RIOC  RFP issued September 25:

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation ("RIOC" or “Owner”) is seeking a panel of law firms with a practice in real estate construction and capital development. Specifically, RIOC seeks Development Counsel for development projects on Roosevelt Island. Development Counsel shall advise, assist and represent RIOC with respect to real estate transactions, litigation, land use, environmental review, housing and commercial matters, negotiations with developers, lessors, licensees and other governmental bodies, and such other special projects as RIOC may from time to time assign. After RIOC’s selection and engagement of a law firm or firms, the successful contractor (the “Contractor”) is expected to provide all personnel, materials and equipment, and perform all scope of work items, as indicated in the Scope of Work.

Neither the submission of a response to this RFP by any entity nor the acceptance of such response by RIOC will obligate RIOC in any manner whatsoever. RIOC reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals received in response to this RFP. Legal obligations will only arise upon execution of a formal contract by RIOC and the entity/entities selected by RIOC...
Click here for the full RIOC Real Estate Development Counsel RFP.

Also, according to this RIOC September 25 RFP:

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation ("RIOC" or “Owner”) is seeking a panel of law firms with a practice in Labor and Employment Law. Specifically, RIOC seeks Labor and Employment Law Counsel to advise, assist and represent RIOC (on an as needed basis), as management, on matters pertaining to, inter alia, collective bargaining and labor and employment law-related issues. RIOC employs approximately 120 employees, including approximately 75 union employees pursuant to three collective bargaining agreements (Local 210, Local 32B/J, and PSOBA). After RIOC’s selection and engagement of a law firm or firms, the successful contractor (the “Contractor”) is expected to provide all personnel, materials and equipment, and perform all scope of work items, as indicated in the Scope of Work....
Click her for the full RIOC Labor & Employment Law Counsel RFP.

Below is May 21 RIOC Board of Directors meeting discussion regarding appointment of Susan Rosenthal as the new RIOC General Counsel replacing Don Lewis who left the position last April for unknown reasons. Several RIOC Directors expressed reluctance to approve the appointment of Ms. Rosenthal as General Counsel because they were not involved in the selection process and did not know any reason for sudden departure by Mr. Lewis as General Counsel.

Ms Rosenthal was approved as RIOC General Counsel during the May 21 RIOC Board Meeting.

Here's the discussion at May 21 RIOC Board Meeting.

Ms Rosenthal's official title is RIOC Secretary and Vice President for Legal Affairs.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Roosevelt Island Early Morning Fire At Roosevelt Landings - Kitchen Fire Extinguished By FDNY

A Roosevelt Island resident shares this picture and asks

... do you know what happened last night around 4 am? Lots of firetrucks, even a ladder and some FDNY ambulances? ... there was lots of commotion,...
The Roosevelt Island Daily Public Safety Reports (located on sidebar) notes:
10/12/15- 0351- 540 Main St.- Fire- PSD/EMS/NYFD/UA responded. Referred to NYFD.
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department Director Jack McManus adds:
It was a kitchen fire extinguished by FDNY. There were no injuries, no relocation required, and unrelated to any other fire.
Last July, reported on a series of Roosevelt Landings fires in AVAC room and corridors under investigation

and a $1 Thousand reward

offered by Roosevelt Landings Management.

Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Community Update Town Hall Meeting - Presentation of Academic Program, Community Commitments, PS/IS 217 Assistance, Construction Status, Roll On Roll Off Barging & More

Cornell Tech and the Roosevelt Island Construction & Community Task Force held a Town Hall Community Update on Thursday, October 1.

Here's what happened.

It began with a presentation on the Cornell Tech innovative academic program by Dean Doug Stayman.

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer described how her interest in the NYC Tech Scene began. She recounted the fight between former NYC Council Member Christine Quinn and Council Member Bill deBlasio (now the Mayor) for NYC Council Speaker. Ms. Brewer supported Mr. deBlasio, he lost, resulting in Ms Brewer appointed to the Technology Committee by Speaker Quinn, which at the time was a terrible committee to be on. Times have changed.

Cornell Tech's Jane Swanson reviewed the progress made on commitments made by Cornell Tech to the Roosevelt Island community.


Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos addressed the Town Hall meeting.

Cornell Tech Director of K-12 Education Diane Levitt talks about the education commitment made to NYC students including Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217.

Cornell Tech Director of Capital Planning Andrew Winters describes the Roosevelt Island campus plan and current status of construction including use of Roll On Roll Off Barging.

Finally questions and comments from residents including:
  • Proposed LIC real estate development that includes pedestrian bridge connecting Roosevelt Island to LIC,
  • Safety issues caused by construction trucks speeding on Roosevelt Island's Main Street,
  • Air quality monitoring,
  • No AVAC Garbage Removal planned for campus
  • Funding source assistance for Roosevelt Island organizations

The last speaker was Roosevelt Island Community Coalition (RICC) Co-Chair Ellen Polivy. Ms. Polivy  thanked Cornell Tech for addressing and meeting the requests from the Roosevelt Island community.

Roosevelt Island Coler Hospital Parking Lot, Lighthouse Park & Current Projects On Agenda For RIOC Operations Advisory Committee Meeting Tuesday October 13 - RIOC Governance Committee Executive Session Thursday October 15 To Discuss Employment History Of Particular Person(s)

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee will meet tomorrow. According the the Agenda:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the RIOC administrative office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


1. Review of Current Projects
2. Discussion of the Lot Behind the Coler Hospital
3. Discussion of the Lighthouse Park
4. Any Other Committee Business That May be Brought Before the Committee


The Open Meetings Law of the State of New York requires that all public bodies conduct meetings, convened for the purpose of officially conducting public business, in a manner open to attendance by the general public to observe and listen.
Google Maps show us the area of the Coler Hospital Parking lot area under discussion.

The RIOC Operations Advisory Committee earlier this year discussed need to clean up the Coler Parking lot area and jurisdictional issues regarding whether RIOC or NYC Health & Hospitals Corp controls the area.

Also, the RIOC Governance Committee will meet on Thursday October 15. According to the Agenda:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Governance Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the RIOC administrative office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


Chair's Motion for Executive Session to Discuss the Employment History of Particular Person(s).

Any Other Committee Business That May be Brought Before the Committee.


The Open Meetings Law of the State of New York requires that all public bodies conduct meetings, convened for the purpose of officially conducting public business, in a manner open to attendance by the general public.
Executive session means that the meeting will be closed to the public.

An audio web cast will be available of both meetings shortly after taking place.

UPDATE 10/15 - Audio web cast is here.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Shush - Finding Silence & A Quiet Respite In New York City At Roosevelt Island

According to the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN):

... MNN presents a new series of videos to help you find places of quiet respite in the midst of the calamity and rush that characterizes New York City life.

“Finding Silence in New York City” is a new series from MNN Productions to help you take a deep breath, unwind, and enjoy the silence. With five videos each presenting a unique NYC locale, savor them whenever you’re in need of a restorative period of silence and peace.

Check out more examples of quiet New York City from MNN.

Where do you go for a quiet respite on Roosevelt Island or elsewhere in NYC?