Saturday, December 19, 2015

Beautiful Up On The Roof Roosevelt Island View Of New York City East River Waterfront Skyline Tonight

Just can't beat these views. Click on the full screen icon for full effect.

Here's a great version of Up On The Roof by the British pop duo Robson & Jerome.

The blonde guy in the video, Jerome Flynn, may look familiar to Game of Thrones fans. He plays Bronn,

 Image From Esquire

the mercenary soldier.

Friday, December 18, 2015

SPONSORED POST - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket Product Specials & Sales For Next 2 Weeks - 10% Seniors Discounts Tuesdays & Wednesdays And Sign Up For Bonus Savings Card Too

 Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket invites you to check out their:
  • Grocery Specials, 
  • Meat, 
  • Deli, 
  • Bakery, 
  • Dairy, 
  • Frozen, 
  • Organic, 
  • Gourmet & 
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetable 
Department Offerings for December 18 - December 31.

Specials Include:

  • NYS Cheddar Yellow $5.99lb
  • BG Mozzarella 8oz $2.99ea
  • GL Party Slices $5.99ea
  • NYS Panettini $2.99ea
  • Blueberries 2.99 w/ dvc card
  • California Crisp Green Romaine Lettuce 1.99lb
  • USDA Choice Beef Filet Mignon Steaks or Roast 19.99lb
  • Cooked Jumbo Shrimp 16-20 count 18.99lb

Gristedes representative Bob Capano invites Roosevelt Island residents to check out their various product departments for all of your shopping needs.

Also, don't forget the 10% Roosevelt Island Seniors Discount on Tuesday and Wednesday and Sign Up For Gristedes Bonus Cards online or in person at the store.

More Gristedes Supermarket information available at their web site and Twitter feed.

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend With Additional Service Says MTA

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

That's three weekends in a row without Roosevelt Island F Train service interruptions.

The MTA adds:
F Additional service operates between 179 St and 2 Av

Weekend, 9 AM to 7 PM, Saturday, Dec 19 11 AM to 6 PM, Sunday, Dec 20

Manhattan Park Gives RIOC Permission to Install New Roosevelt Island Red Bus Bench At 10 River Road - You Can Sit On It Today

Ever since the Roosevelt Island Southbound Red Bus Route stop was moved across the street from Gristedes which had a bench, to 10 River Road without a bench, residents have asked for a bench to be installed at 10 River Road.

As reported October 28:

... 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....
Good new today for those that need or wish to sit while waiting for the Red Bus after shopping at Gristedes.

Image of New Roosevelt Island 10 River Road Red Bus Bench

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) installed a new bench at 10 River Road today.

Above 2 Images From RIHS President Judy Berdy

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Charlene Indelicato said:
Thanks to Manhattan park for their cooperation and to RIOC employees who got the job done as soon as approval was given

Roosevelt Island Job Available - Cornell Tech Digital Marketing And Social Media Coordinator

Are you looking for a job on Roosevelt Island?

If yes, Cornell Tech may have a job for you as a Digital Marketing and Social Media Coordinator. According to the Cornell Tech Careers web site:
Join our Cornell Tech team

Help shape the future of New York City

The Cornell Tech campus blends the fast-paced and ever-changing culture of a start up in New York City with the established traditions and values of Cornell University. The Communications Assistant for External Relations reports to and works closely with the Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications to move forward all of the digital communications projects at Cornell Tech. The candidate will help to manage all digital platforms associated with growing the marketing and communications efforts and be a part of “building” the Cornell Tech campus from the ground up as we prepare to move to our Roosevelt Island campus in 2017....
Click here for more job information, qualifications, responsibilities and to apply for the Cornell Tech Marketing and Social Media Coordinator.

Here's Cornell Tech web site and Staff Position Careers Page.

Good luck

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Roosevelt Island Explorers Children And Parents Send Holiday Celebration Messages Around The World

Roosevelt Island Explorers Leila Vujosevic reports:

Last Saturday Roosevelt Island Explorers invited the Island families for a fun holiday event - sending holiday wishes to our loved ones all around the world.

The unusually warm weather helped turn the Blackwell Park lawn into a playground where children and adults

created beautiful holiday messages. The following countries and U.S. States were represented:

France, Italy, Russia, Georgia, Brazil, Australia, Equador, Serbia, China, Ukraine, Belgium, Israel, Turkey, and Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, New York…

In addition to variety of holiday messages, a wish for PEACE

was included because "some people still have guns in the world"…

Something to think about: although children mentioned countries they come from, what mattered most was being with friends regardless of where they come from. Multiculturalism seems to be a grownups' construct.

We look forward to continue our Island explorations next year…

Happy Holidays!
Roosevelt Island Explorers Facebook Page is here.

New Long Island City Greek Restaurant Planning To Open Next To Roosevelt Island Bridge On Vernon B'lvd and 36th Avenue In Spring - Could An International Restaurant Row Be Developing In Area?

I was walking back from Long Island City a couple of weeks ago and noticed work being done on the long vacant Vernon B'lvd/36th Avenue storefront across from the Roosevelt Island Bridge.

I spoke with the couple doing renovations to the storefront and learned that they plan to open a Greek restaurant in the spring.

It's not quite a new Roosevelt Island restaurant opening but it's pretty close.

Could there be a new international restaurant row developing near the Roosevelt Island Bridge? Across the street from the new Greek restaurant is the Melting Pot Caribbean restaurant.

Taking bets on who opens first - the new Greek place or the Trellis.

$9.99 NYC TV Show Visits Roosevelt Island Outdoor Attractions With Historical Society President Judy Berdy As Tour Guide

As reported December 16:

The NYC Media TV show $9.99 With Dave Evans will feature a trip to Roosevelt Island on it's program this evening.
The program aired last night. Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) President Judy Berdy was tour guide to the show's host Dave Evans

as they visited the Smallpox Hospital, FDR Park, Lighthouse Park, Blackwell's House and more.

Mr. Evans ended his tour saying:
... There's one thing that's guaranteed. There's no bad view from Roosevelt Island....
... You won't believe you're in Manhattan.
Other interesting segments of the show include Croquet lessons in Central Park, Horseback riding at the Bronx Equestrian Center, Double Dutch Rope Jumping at Brooklyn Bridge Park and Pole Climbing at Alley Pond Park.

Watch the $9.99 with Dave Evans NYC Outdoors episode program below. The Roosevelt Island segment begins at approximately the 12 minute 45 second mark.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Roosevelt Landings Sending Best Wishes To All For The New Year.

For Rental Information, Please Call 201-553-9800

Urban American

Island Kids Roosevelt Island Toddler Time Weekly Friday Morning Program - Free Playgroup For Children 14 Months To 2 1/2 Years Old And Their Parents

Image From Island Kids

Roosevelt Island's Island Kids report:
TODDLER TIME for children aged 14 months through 2.5 years

Please note the change of day from Thursday to Friday from 10-11am

Island Kids is happy to introduce Toddler Time, a once a week free of charge playgroup for children aged 14 months through 2.5 years. The program is designed as an extension of the Island Kids Baby Group and provides an opportunity for parents and toddlers to socialize while engaging in age appropriate playtime.

Day and Time: Friday's from 10-11am

Please email with any questions

Hope to see you there!

On Again Off Again Con Ed Roosevelt Island High Pressure Gas Infrastructure Upgrade Work Back On Again Starting December 17 At Fire Station And Continuing South Along Main Street - Expect Street Excavation And Traffic Diversions Says RIOC

Image From Con Ed

The on again off again Con Edison Roosevelt Island High Pressure Gas Line upgrade infrastructure project appears to be on again after much delay. According to this Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) advisory issued yesterday:
Con Edison will commence Gas Main work on Main Street beginning Thursday, December 17, 2015 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday). This work, which will begin in the vicinity of 750 Main Street (FDNY Special Operations Building), will continue south along Main Street requiring street excavation and traffic diversions.

On Thursday December 17, 2015 and Friday December 18, 2015, there will be “No Parking” opposite 750 Main Street and/or adjacent to 40 River Road AND “No Parking” opposite 688 Main Street to accommodate the southbound Bus Stop at 40 River Road, which will temporarily be relocated opposite 688 Main Street during these times.

Con Edison will provide RIOC with a projected schedule, which will be made available to residents and merchants in future Everbridge Advisories.
Here's Google Street View of starting work area and

more on the Roosevelt Island Con Ed High Press Gas Project from previous posts including July 23 2015 Town Hal meeting on subject.

Below is Roosevelt Island Con Edison High Pressure Gas project RIOC permit (scheduled to start August 3, 2015 and end no later than January 8, 2016) including:
  • work schedules,
  • street closures,
  • penalties,
  • noise mitigation,
  • air monitoring,
  • asbestos abatement
  • parking,
  • mitigation strategies and
  • more.

UPDATE 12/17 - From Con Edison:
Work Notice Update

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Con Edison will begin preliminary work on the gas infrastructure on Main Street starting as early as Thursday, December 17, 2015. Crews will be working from 8am to 4pm, weekdays, through late February 2016. The work will start at the north end of Main St., near the FDNY facility, and will continue south, in sections, along Main St. We will continue to provide updates as this work progresses.

This schedule is subject to change. There will be no service disruptions to customers associated with this work. We apologize for any inconvenience. For more information, contact Manhattan Public Affairs at

Insane Asylum Mug, Wooden Red Bus & Tram, Puzzles, Ornaments & More Roosevelt Island Holiday Gifts For Workers, Residents And Tourists Available At RIHS Visitors Center Kiosk - Open 12 To 9 PM Today

Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) President Judy Berdy reports:
Image Of Ms. Berdy & RIOC President Charlene Indelicato With Asylum For Insane Mug


  • R.I.O.C,
  • P.S. 217,
  • COLER, 
  • AVAC, 
  • TRAM, 





Free gift with purchases over $10
Here's some of the Roosevelt Island Holiday merchandise available to purchase for workers, residents and tourists at the RIHS Visitors Kiosk.

Roosevelt Island Featured In Dave Evans $9.99 NYC On A Budget TV Show Airing Tonight At 9 PM - What Creative, Outrageous And Amusing Outing Will Dave Discover On Roosevelt Island?

The NYC Media TV show $9.99 With Dave Evans will feature a trip to Roosevelt Island on it's program this evening.

 NYC Media describes the show as:

Join $9.99 host Dave Evans as he scours New York City to bring viewers the most outrageous, creative, and amusing outings in the five boroughs under 10 bucks....

Here's more on tonight's $9.99 episode:

"Great Outdoors" will have its first airing this Wednesday, December 16th at 9pm.  Remember, our show airs on NYC Life, channel 25 for most, channel 22 on Optimum/Cablevision.  It will rerun as follows:
Fri 12/18/15       2:00pm
Sat 12/19/15      9:30pm

Tue 12/22/15     4:30am

Please tell those you know to watch and feel free to tag us on Twitter or any other social media you're sharing the news on.

The station's twitter handle is @nyc_media and Dave's is @DaveEvans999.

You can also watch the episode anytime online, on our Video on Demand site. The link will go live at 9pm on December 16th.

What creative, outrageous and amusing outing will Dave discover on Roosevelt Island? Tune in and see.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Holiday Crafts For Kids Saturday Morning December 19 - Make A Giant Snowflake, Please RSVP By Wednesday December 16

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

Dear all,

We hope your December is going well and are happy to be able to offer another weekend get-together opportunity for Island families. The next event in the free "Crafts with Kids" series by the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network will be a "Holiday Craft" on Saturday, December 19, 10-11am at the Senior Center, 546 Main Street.

During the "Holiday craft" children will create giant snowflakes that can be used as window art, placed on your door, or even serve as an handmade ornament for your Christmas tree. They are very simple to make and look great.

We will also have some books ready for a winter holiday related story time.

We thank Dolores Green, Barbara Parker, Wendy Hersh and Marylin Atkins from the Senior Center for letting us use their space for the event. Another thank you goes to HOPE RI Church for sponsoring the event supplies and to Neha, an Island mom of two and our "Crafts with Kids" organizer!

Please RSVP to by Wednesday, December 16. Please let us know if you can bring books about winter holidays for the story time or for our little kids book shelf during the event.

And as always: 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.


Amanda, Christina, Neha and Eva

"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", a "Back to school craft", a "Halloween craft", a "Lantern making workshop" and a "Thanksgiving Craft".
UPDATE 12/16 - Ms Bosbach adds:
Dear all,

We have 18 children registered so far for our Holiday Craft this Saturday.

If you have not RSVPed yet but would like to attend, please send us a short e-mail today.

Thank you and looking forward to seeing you!

Amanda, Christina, Neha and Eva

You're Invited To December 16 Roosevelt Island Women's Health Organization And Cornell Tech Flu Seminar Presentation By Public Health Innovator Rumi Chunara - Holiday Party After Too

The Roosevelt Island Women's Health Organization (RIWHO) sends the following invitation for its December 16 Monthly Seminar and Holiday Party:
The Roosevelt Island Women’s Health Organization presents:

It’s Flu Season!

Learn About the Flu and How to Avoid It

Wednesday, December 16th 546 Main Street, 12th Floor, 6:30pm

Men Welcome to Attend


Cosponsored by:
  • Cornell Tech
  • Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Clinical and Translational Science Center
This talk with cover general education about the flu and some current scientific advances in our ability to detect, understand and treat it.

Presented by
Rumi Chunara, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Global Public Health, New York University And Emily Martinez, MPH Student, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University

Rumi Chunara, PhD

Named one of MIT’s 2014 Top 35 Innovators Under 35, Rumi Chunara is an innovative leader, accomplished computer engineer and scientist whose unique approach to medical and public health research — gathering health data through the Internet and mobile technology — is revolutionizing how public health experts collect health information.
Here's an interesting talk by Ms. Chunara on forecasting the spread of Flu.

Previous RIWHO/Cornell Tech health seminars were on topics of Back Pain, Nutrition, Stroke Awareness. sleep and nutrition.

Roosevelt Island Job Available - Director Of Education At FDR Four Freedoms Park

 Are you looking for a job on Roosevelt Island?

If yes, the Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park has a job as Director of Education that may be for you. According to Idealist web site:

Director of Education

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is a memorial to President Franklin Roosevelt on Roosevelt Island, in New York City. The memorial was designed by Louis Kahn and opened to the public in October of 2012.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park is operated by the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation under a Cooperative Agreement. In addition to operating and maintaining the Park, the Conservancy's mission is to provide public programming and to promote, an online educational initiative that tells the story of the Roosevelt era in historic video, audio and photos.

Job Description

The Director of Education (Director), under the supervision of the VP of Operations, is responsible for overseeing a portfolio of educational programs and community outreach. The Director is responsible for developing, creating and supervising the implementation of all educational Park programming....
Click here for more job information, qualifications, responsibilities and to apply.

Here's FDR Four Freedoms Park web site.

Good luck

Monday, December 14, 2015

Roosevelt Island Newspaper Main Street WIRE Editor Retiring After 19 Years - Future Uncertain For Paper

Roosevelt Island's Main Street WIRE

Image From WNYC Vimeo Video

newspaper editor Dick Lutz announced his retirement in the December 12 issue after 19 years on the job. According to Mr. Lutz:
... If I could magically grow younger instead of older, I would not vacate this post. But it is time to get on with other projects, deferred for 19 years while dedicated to this community enterprise.

Again, because it bears repeating: Thank you, Roosevelt Island.
Click here for the full announcement.

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) tweets:
WNYC profiled Mr. Lutz and the Main Street WIRE volunteers in 2011

and the Wall Street Journal did too in 2015.
The future of the Main Street WIRE newspaper is currently uncertain.

Good luck and Best Wishes to Mr. Lutz on his new endeavors.

Heavy Fog In New York City Today - White Out Conditions Riding Roosevelt Island Tram And Manhattan Disappears From Sight On Roosevelt Island

That was some fog covering Roosevelt Island and the rest of New York City this morning. Resident Jeff Shaw reports:

Riding the tram from Roosevelt Island

in white out fog conditions.
The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse adds:
A photo posted by Ivana Stojkov (@iviivz) on

UPDATE 10 PM - More fog from this morning.