Friday, July 29, 2016

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket Bonus Savings Card Diamond Rewards Loyalty Program July 29 To August 11 - Get Exclusive Offers And Earn Points On Hundreds Of Items To Be Redeemed On Next Order

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket brand new Diamond Rewards customer loyalty program for July 29- August 11 is now available .
Gristedes representative Bob Capano explains the new Customer Diamonds Rewards Loyalty Program, how to sign up to receive exclusive offers and earn points that can be redeemed on your next order.

According to Gristedes:
Start Earning Points Today

Join the Diamond Rewards loyalty program today! Get exclusive offers and earn points on hundreds of items! Get $5 Coupons for every 500 points earned, redeemable on next order.

Look for the Diamond Rewards label on the shelf or the product
Examples of featured items purchased from July 29- August 11 that earn you big points include
  • Mario Batali Pasta Sauce earn 100 points,
  • Bounty 2 Big Rolls Paper Towels earn 50 points,
  • Juicy Juice Drinks earn 50 points,
  • Nutella Hazelnut Spread earn 25 points and
  • many more shown in flyer below.

If you have a Gristedes Bonus Savings Card and provided your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Diamond Loyalty Program.

You can sign up for a Gristedes Bonus Savings Card online or in store - just make sure you give your email address, whether a new or existing Bonus Savings Club member, in order to be eligible for the Diamond Rewards Loyalty program.

Also, Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket invites you to check out their:
  • Groceries, 
  • Organic & Gourmet, 
  • Snacks
  • Meat, 
  • Fresh Produce, 
  • Deli &;
  • Fresh Bakery
Department Offerings for July 29 - August 11 (Pages 1-4)  and Perishable Items August 5 - August 11 (Pages 5-6)

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

Don't forget the 10% Roosevelt Island Seniors Discount on Tuesday and Wednesday and Sign Up for the Gristedes Diamond Loyalty Rewards Program.

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

Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team Athletes Continue To Work Hard This Summer - Compete In NYC Metropolitan Area 2016 Junior Olympics

Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team Head Coach Michael Gavrilchin reports:

As the world anticipates Rio Olympics opening next week, we are proud to cheer for our own Roosevelt Island Swim Team athletes, competing at the 2016 Junior Olympics! This swimming championship has gathered every elite swimmer from over 150 swim clubs of Metropolitan Area (Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Upstate New York, Nassau County, Suffolk County of Long Island). The Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team had eight Junior Olympics qualifiers; five of them have competed at the Eisenhower Aquatic Center on July 22-24, showing outstanding results. We congratulate Emir Emre, Mira Goodman, Denys Mialkoskyi, Matija Prokic, and Sophia Shchuchinov!

Emir Emre, Mira Goodman, Denys Mialkovskyi, and Matija Prokic all set personal best records! Sophia Shchuchinov captured 6th Place in 200 Breaststroke, set personal best times in 5 events and earned a spot in 2016 Metropolitan Swim Team. She will represent Roosevelt Island as a part of Metro Team at 2016 Eastern Zone Swimming Championship (August 3-6) which will gather the best swimmers from twelve Eastern States. Sophia will compete at the biggest Age Group competition of the year in 3 events: 50M Breaststroke, 100M Breaststroke and 200M Breaststroke. We wish her best of luck at the upcoming Championship!

While most of our swimmers are already vacationing, we have athletes that haven’t dared to take even a day off during the summer, continuing to improve their technique and results. They have shown their dedication and determination by choosing to spend their evenings in the pool. Since day one, I have seen their drive to improve and their passion for swimming. These athletes have worked hard to finish the long course season strong, as well as improve their stroke technique and build up their endurance for the upcoming season!

Looking forward to another great year at the pool.
More information on the Roosevelt Island Marlins available at their web site.

Good News - Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, That's 8 In A Row - E Train Service Too

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

 to and from Manhattan this weekend. That's 8 weekends in a row.


E Trains run via the F in both directions between W 4 St and 21 St-Queensbridge

Weekends, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Jul 29 - Aug 1 • Aug 5 - 8

Thursday, July 28, 2016

New Cafe, Juice Bar & Sandwich Shop With Outdoor Seating Coming To Roosevelt Island's Main Street - Lease Signed Says Hudson Related

We worried it might not ever happen again, but we were wrong.

Main Street Retail Master Leaseholder Hudson Related reports that a new lease has been signed for the long empty space at 503 Main Street.

The new tenant will operate a Cafe/Juice Bar/Sandwich Shop. No cooking will be allowed in the premises due to the Rivercross Building denying permission.

There will be outdoor seating but the store wall facing Rivercross lawn will remain.

Some residents had hoped that the wall could be replaced by windows opening up to the Rivercross lawn.

The new Cafe, Juice Bar & Sandwich Shop is owned by the same owner as Wholesome Factory

and Island Wines.

Expected opening is next summer.

Maybe Trellis will open by that time too.

Stay tuned for more.

UPDATE 6:10 PM - Hudson Related adds:
Hudson Related Retail LLC has signed a lease for a café/juice bar to be located at 503 Main Street. The tenant already owns two successful businesses on Main Street, Wholesome Factory and Island Wine & Spirits. The café will serve juices, smoothies, and light fare such as paninis, salads, and bakery items. Opening is anticipated for summer 2017.

Epic Salsa Dance Party Tonight At Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park Music At Sunset Series - Salsa Lessons For All Levels With Rodney Lopez And Dance Party With Funky Guarjiro

According to the FDR Four Freedoms Park:

Four Freedoms Park is throwing an epic dance party as part of our Music at Sunset series! Learn how to dance Salsa from Mad Hot Ballroom’s Rodney Lopez then dance to NYC’s most original Cuban dance band, Funky Guajiro, as they play some of the funkiest Salsa on the planet.

Bring comfortable shoes and get ready to test out our brand new dance floor. Dance instructor, Rodney Lopez, will give salsa lessons for all levels from 6:15pm - 7:15pm. Then, visitors can practice their new moves from 7:15pm - 9pm.

Free; no registration required.

Food, beer, and wine will be available for sale at the Katchkie Farm Food Station. Members will receive 2 complimentary drinks. Become a member today!
More info at FDR Four Freedoms Park web site.

Here's a little Salsa dancing with Funky Guarjiro

at the Brooklyn Library.

Have fun.

UPDATE 6:30 PM - The FDR Four Freedoms Park tweets:

Carter Burden Center For The Aging Holding First General Membership Meeting Of The Roosevelt Island Senior Center Friday July 29 - Review First Month Of Sponsorship And Survey Results

According to the Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center:

... The center provides a variety of socialization, recreation and education programs free of charge including: weekday congregate luncheon meals; exercise, dance and yoga classes; computer training ; health and wellness activities; arts programs; holiday parties; and other activities. Case assistance is offered to members/participants who need help in applying for government benefit programs, addressing landlord/tenant disputes, or accessing medical care. The center also delivers weekday meals to homebound individuals on Roosevelt Island.

The Center is open to anyone age 60 or over regardless of where s/he lives, however the majority of participants live on Roosevelt Island.

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
Location: 546 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044.
Tel: 212-980-1888
Fax: 212-838-9791
Contact: Lisa Fernandez
Below is the Member Survey.

More on the Carter Burden Center sponsorship of the Roosevelt Island Senior Center at this prior post.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Fantastic Roosevelt Island Aerial Drone Footage Above And Zooming Across FDR Four Freedoms Park, Renwick Ruins Smallpox Hospital, Southpoint Park & NYC East River Waterfront- Take A Look And Be Wowed

Patrick Henry is:

... a British guy living in New York. This Vlog is the inside look into my day-to-day life. It's mostly me just wandering around NYC. Sometimes there's adventures and sometimes there's just a dull work day.
Patrick spent a "Bloody Hot" 97 - 100 degree July 25 walking around Roosevelt Island shooting some great drone footage high above and zooming across the FDR Four Freedoms Park, Renwick Ruins Smallpox Hospital. Southpoint Park

 and NYC East River waterfront.
Take a look at this Roosevelt Island drone footage - wow.

Click on the full screen icon for great views.

Patrick also captured some Pokemon characters too.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony Parade Of Nations Viewing Party Friday August 5

Last week I asked if Roosevelt Island will have an outdoor public viewing of the 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony as it did for the 2012 London Olympics.

The answer is yes. Today the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced that they will host a Roosevelt Island Viewing Party for the Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony

on Friday, August 5 at Riverwalk Commons.

According to RIOC:

Join us Friday, August 5th, as Roosevelt Island will be hosting a Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony Viewing Party!

Here's the 2012 Roosevelt Island

Olympics Opening Ceremony

at Riverwalk Commons.

Have fun.

UPDATE 7/27 - RIOC adds:
Join us for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony! After the success of the 2012 London Olympics viewing, RIOC will once again host an outdoor viewing party on Friday, August 5th from 8 PM to approximately 12 AM.

Come to the Riverwalk Commons Area (on the lawn between the Riverwalk Bar & Grill and Fuji East) to watch the Parade of Nations and an exciting spectacle of Brazilian culture at the world’s biggest party! Enjoy food & drink specials as you lounge on the grass or in the outdoor seating of our local establishments.

This year we will broadcast on both a 30’x15’ projector screen and on four 50” TVs. The event will be rain or shine.

We hope to see you there!

Monday, July 25, 2016

After The Rain, Beautiful Rainbow Over Queensboro Bridge, LIC & NYC East River Waterfront Seen From Roosevelt Island Tonight


Extremely Hot NYC Weather Today - Roosevelt Island Cooling Center Open Until 9 PM With Assistance From RI CERT Team, It's Available So Don't Be Bashful To Use It

Another extremely hot day today. Heat index 100-105 in NYC.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) reports:
As a reminder, the Roosevelt Island Cooling Center, located at 546 Main St., will be open Sunday and Monday, July 24 July 25, from 9 AM- 9 PM when the National Weather Service issues a Heat Advisory for the New York City area.

This advisory is issued for New York City area when the combination of heat and humidity is expected to make it feel like it is at least 95 degrees for two consecutive days, or 100 degrees for any length of time.

Individuals without air conditioning, particularly those at risk for heat-related illness, should use established cooling centers during a heat wave.
Roosevelt Island resident and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member Frank Farance adds:
RI CERT team is providing additional coverage at cooling center 5PM to 9PM so people can stay later.

 RI Cert Team Gwen Ryals, Frank Farance, Angela Grant At RI Cooling Center

We've been providing the extra converge at the cooling center since Friday, and will be there through this Wednesday.

Over the weekend, we found out that because CERT was at the cooling center, Public Safety was able to use its resources elsewhere, such as Lighthouse Park, to make sure things were quiet on Roosevelt Island. In my opinion, that's exactly the kind of stuff CERT was designed for: providing coverage so police/fire can go do other jobs that ONLY police/fire can do.

Us CERT volunteers were very happy to provide relief for our neighbors, there were several people who really really needed to be out of the heat.

If you have a neighbor who needs some cooling, e.g., they don't have air conditioning (or don't use it), encourage them to come to the cooler center, even just for an hour, to get some relief. There is a chilled water cooler there, too.

Everyone, please check on your neighbors. It's not just seniors, we had some 20-year-olds come in, too. Don't feel bashful. :-)
Great job by the RI Cert team in helping our neighbors stay safe and cool during this heat spell.

Roosevelt Island Marlins And Island Kids Host First Splash-A-Palooza Swim Class For RI Moms And Babies - Register Now For Upcoming Baby Marlins Summer Weekend Classes

The Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team Reports:

Splash-a-Palooza Makes Its First Splash at Sportspark!

Roosevelt Island Swim team and Island Kids hosted the first annual Splash-a-Palooza at the Sportspark pool last Sunday, July 17th. We had great time with the moms and babies from Island Kids toddler group! Young swimmers had an opportunity to practice basic water skills and have fun playing with toys, bubbles and flotation devices.

Families, interested in helping their children explore the aquatic environment and socialize with each other, are welcome to register for Roosevelt Island Swim Team’s 30 minute “BABY MARLINS” summer classes at Sportspark pool – 9am on Saturdays and Sundays. $15 per class. Pre-registration is required. Visit and select “Summer Season” tab for more information.
More information available on the Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team and Island Kids at their web sites.

Order Your Roosevelt Island Fresh Food For Seniors Mixed Bag Of Locally Grown Fruits & Vegetables At The Senior Center Today July 25 And Tomorrow July 26 - Only $8 A Bag

Wendy Hersh reports that you can order your Roosevelt Island Fresh Food For Seniors mixed bag of fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables today (July 25) and  tomorrow (July 26) at the Senior Center (546 Main Street) from 11:30 AM to 1 PM and 6-7 PM. Price is $8. Pick up is August 3rd from 2pm-5pm.

More information available at this previous post and from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who sponsors the program.

Ms Hersh shares this photo from the July 6 Roosevelt Island Fresh Food For Seniors Pick Up

and adds:
First pick up today for the Fresh Foods for Seniors bags....great success...52 bags with a great assortment.

Thanks to Dan Sadlier and Jeff Johnson for helping us pick up the bags to bring back to RI....