Saturday, October 31, 2015

Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade Extravaganza Today, Costumes, Rides, Game Booths, Candy, Treats, Marching Band, Magic Show & More - Lots Of Fun For Kids Of All Ages.

Roosevelt Island's annual Halloween Parade Extravaganza took place today,

 beginning at Blackwell Park

and ending at Capobianco Field

with costumes, game booths, rides, cotton candy, music

and a magic show.

The Roosevelt Island Halloween Extravaganza was sponsored by Urban American (Roosevelt Landings), the Roosevelt Island Youth Center, and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, with contributions from Amalgamated Bank, Main Street Sweets, Westview, Island House, Rivercross, Cornell Tech, and Hudson Companies.

Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos, also known as Captain America, posed

with Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Coordinator Eva Bosbach and her family. Captain America tweeted:
Ms. Bosbach added:
Thank you RIOC for all the fun for Roosevelt Island children and parents today.


Roosevelt Island's NY State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright participated in the Halloween Extravaganza and updated residents on the status of Public Purpose Funds legislation which is still waiting for Governor Cuomo's signature. Ms. Seawright was introduced by Urban American's Doryne Isely.

Here's more pictures from today's Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade Extravaganza

 and the Twitterverse reports on Roosevelt Island Halloween today too.

But not everyone thought today's Roosevelt Island Halloween went well.

UPDATE 11/2 - More Roosevelt Island Halloween Extravaganza photos from RIOC

A huge turnout for this year's Halloween festivities! All kinds of costumes on display and tons of food, fun activities...

Posted by Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation of the State of New York on Monday, November 2, 2015

and Amalgamated Bank.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pinch Me I'm Dreaming, Five Weekends In A Row For Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan - Also, F Runs Local In Both Directions Between Queensbridge and 71s Avenue

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend. That's 5 in a row.

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

Weekend, 12:01 AM Sun to 5 AM Mon, Nov 1 - 2

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.

Halloween Safety Tips From Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department - Have Fun And Be Alert

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department Director Jack McManus shares these Halloween Safety tips.

  • Trick-or-treat in your neighborhood.
  • Stay in well-lighted areas.
  • Have kids use glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision.
  • Remind them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups
  • Never go out alone. Make sure older kids go out with friends.
  • When selecting a costume make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  • Go only to apartments you know.
  • Set a time limit for children to trick-or-treat.
  • Remind kids not to enter a strange house or car.
  • Walk Safely: Cross the street at crosswalks, look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, do not run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Wear white or reflective clothing. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers; if possible choose light colors
  • Inspect the candy when you get home.
Have fun at tomorrow's Roosevelt Island Halloween Parade Extravaganza.

Here's what it was like in 2014.

More pics from 2014 Halloween Parade here.

70 Cornell Tech Grad Students & Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Middle School Students Hack Halloween Today - Have Fun, Learn Scratch Coding, Build Games & Maybe Start A Business

Early this morning, approximately 70 Cornell Tech graduate students visited Roosevelt Island to teach coding classes to about 60 PS/IS 217 middle school students. According to a Cornell Tech spokesperson:

Cornell Tech grad students will head to Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217 to teach coding classes to middle schoolers for its second "Hack Roosevelt Island" day. The student volunteers will work with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students on spooky, Halloween-themed coding projects using the coding language, Scratch.

Led by 70 accomplished engineering, health tech, connective media, and MBA students from all over the world, Hack Roosevelt Island Let's Code RI will help show that coding can be easy and fun for kids. Through the games, kids will learn useful computational thinking methods that they can use in a variety of classes and situations.
Cornell Tech Student Marissa Lowman describes the Roosevelt Island Halloween Hackathon

and Roosevelt Island middle school student Olivia Schaefer shows us the game she built
with the help of a Cornell Tech student Jason Hershman.

Olivia said that she really liked her game and its fun to play. Displaying a true entrepreneurial spirit, Olivia added that she would like to sell her games:
... to everyone across the world....
PS/IS 217 Principal Mandana Beckman learned to code Scratch too.
Ms Beckman reported:
Our middle school students had an amazing time designing their Halloween themed games. Thank you Diane Levitt, Cornell Tech mentors and the staff from the Museum of Moving Image for planning this event for our student.
More from the Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Cornell Tech Halloween Hackathon from the Twitterverse.
Here's the first Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 and Seniors Association Hackathon from last April.

Roosevelt Island Sportspark Pool Master Swim Classes For November Thru December Registration Open - Learn Advanced Swimming Techniques

 Image From RIOC

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Registration for the November- December 2015 session of Master Swim classes is now available online. Master Swim takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM and focuses on teaching more advanced swimming techniques (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly stroke) as well as providing a high-quality, low-impact workout. For more information or to register online, visit and click on "Program Registration". If you have any questions or if you prefer to register in person, please email or call (212) 832-4569.
UPDATE 11/1 - October 30 RIOC advisory:
Due to a mechanical issue, the Sportspark pool will be closed until further notice. A notification will be issued as soon a change in status is received. We apologize for the inconvenience.
UPDATE 11/6 - Sportspark pool is still closed. According to RIOC update today:
Please be advised that repair work continues at the Sportspark pool. The pool will remain closed until further notice.

Sponsored Post - Roosevelt Island Farmers Market Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Under Motorgate Ramp Every Saturday Early Morning To Mid Afternoon

The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market under the Motorgate Ramp is open early morning to mid afternoon on Saturdays 

in good weather and bad

featuring fresh fruits and vegetables.

Check it out.

10 Year Old Artist Draws Her Magical Roosevelt Island School Bus - The Tram Flying Over East River

From the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Cool Picture Of Spooky Roosevelt Island Smallpox Hospital Ruins All Lit Up

According to the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

Choosing A New York City Kindergarten For Your Roosevelt Island Child - What You Need To Know From The Roosevelt Island Parents' Network November 1 Workshop

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

Dear RI Parents,

Please save the date for the 4th workshop in the "Parents for Parents" series by the RI Parents' Network: "Choosing a Kindergarten", on Sunday, November 1, 4-6pm.

This will be our annual free panel discussion with Roosevelt Island parents who have a recent experience with the process of choosing a Kindergarten for their child in NYC. Our panelists investigated different options, successfully placed their children in a variety of schools and programs including G&T and Charters, are active in parent advocacy and happy to share their knowledge. All participants are welcome to contribute to the discussion and ask questions. Our topics will cover public vs. private schools, prepping and testing, things to consider like commute and finances etc. Details to follow.

Please RSVP by Saturday October 31 via e-mail to

The location of the event will be provided upon RSVP.

Here is a link to our panel to this topic last year, including videos with the speaker contributions and here is our panel from the year before, including notes from one participant, Q&A etc.

This event is hosted by the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network, the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation and Main Street Sweets. Special thank you to Jen Reyes for designing our flyer again this year.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Scenes From Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Halloween Crafts For Kids - They Made Some Cool Spider Headbands

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Coordinator (RIPN) Eva Bosbach shares these photos and reports that 35 children

had a great time at the RIPN Halloween Crafts For Kids program

making spider headbands

Tuesday October 27 at the Seniors Center.

Upcoming Roosevelt Island Halloween events for kids of all ages include Friday's PTA Halloween Carnival and Saturday's Main Street Parade. You can also get your Halloween Costumes and Candy at our local Gristedes Supermarket.

Google Maps Street View Virtual Tour Of Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park

According to the FDR Four Freedoms Park:

... we celebrate the third anniversary of the opening of the Park with some exciting news: Four Freedoms Park can now be explored from the comfort of your home on Google Maps Street View!

This exciting news is the culmination of an 8-month process to create a virtual tour of the memorial. The Park applied to be part of Street View in February, and in August, a Google Trekker Operator visited the Park to capture thousands of panoramic images.

Shooting on foot and from the stern of Captain Tony DiLernia's Rocket Charter boat, the Trekker wore a large 50 lbs backpack fitted with a special camera rig consisting of 15 cameras. Incredibly, the cameras are able to capture a frame every two seconds! During his two-day visit to the Park, the Trekker was tasked with photographing the Park as a visitor might experience it, so that every detail, from cobblestone to tree to engraving can be viewed from all angles...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket Is Your Local Halloween Headquarters For Costumes, Candy & Party Platters

Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket is your local Halloween Headquarters

for Costumes


Make Up & Accessories.

Have a Fun and Spooky Halloween

Check out more Roosevelt Island Gristedes offerings.

Manhattan Park Refuses Installation Of Red Bus Bench At 10 River Road, Fixing the Turnaround Near Gristedes, Tram Station Elevator Design Problems & Coler Hospital Resiliency Plan Among Issues Discussed At RIOC Board Meeting

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Director Margie Smith presented a recap of the October 13 Operations Advisory Committee meeting discussions (full audio web cast of meeting here) during the October 22 RIOC Board of Directors meeting (full web cast of meeting here).

Ms Smith reviewed the status of the following issues at the October 22 RIOC Board meeting.

New Tram Station Elevator work - bankruptcy issues of vendor appear to have been resolved but still another month before design work can resume.

Coler Hospital Parking Lot - Discussion of area jurisdictional issues and possible new green space for portion of the area. RIOC President Indelicato added that RIOC is meeting with NYC on an East River Resiliency Plan for perimeter of area and scheduling a presentation to RIOC Board on subject, (more on this issue to report coming up).

Motorgate Helix Bike Ramp Engineering Study with Cornell Tech.

Installation of Red Bus Bench at Manhattan Park across from Gristedes.

Possible Location For Red Bus Bench In Front Of Manhattan Park 10 River Road

To date, Manhattan Park refuses to allow a Red Bus bench to be installed on Main Street in front of 10 River Road said RIOC's Cy Opperman. Ms Smith suggested having Roosevelt Island Seniors wait for Red Bus in the 10 River Road lobby if Manhattan Park will not allow a bench outside the building.

Fixing the Red Bus Turnaround near Gristedes.

RIOC Engineering Department Director John Bost reports a continuing drainage problem in the area. Also, Mr. Opperman said the turnaround was not designed to handle the larger and heavier Red Buses now in use.

Here's the full Operations Advisory Committee Report

given by Ms. Smith.