Saturday, August 13, 2016

Beat The Heat With Roosevelt Island Cool Jazz Salon At Gallery RIVAA Sunday August 14

Beat back this weekend hot weather with some Cool Jazz at Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA Sunday August 14 starting at 4:30 PM.

According to Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA:

Dear all,

Gallery RIVAA is pleased to invite you to yet another exciting session of Jazz Salon this Sunday, August 14th at 4:30 pm at Gallery RIVAA. Please come and enjoy the evening with some really nice jazz music.

Date: August 14th, 2016
Time: 4:30 pm
Venue: Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island

Hope to see you there!


Cool off and bring your friends, family, kids and neighbors to the Gallery RIVAA Jazz Salon. Enjoy the music of:
  • Richard Barbera - Violin
  • Ken Pace - Tenor Sax
  • Susheel Kurien - Guitar
  • Nobuyuki Yamasaki - Bass
  • Francois Alghisi - Drums
Here's a Gallery RIVAA Jazz Salon

report from 2015.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Oppressive Heat And Humidity In NYC This Weekend - Roosevelt Island Cooling Center Open Until 9 PM Says RIOC

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Notification issued 8/12/2016 at 4:00 PM. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for New York City. A cooling center has been established at the Roosevelt Island Chapel (543 Main St.) and will remain open from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM today. On Saturday 8/13/2016 and Sunday 8/14/2016 the Cooling Center Hours will be from 9:00 AM until 9:00 PM. As a reminder, a cooling center will be made available when the heat index becomes dangerously high. Individuals without air conditioning, particularly those at risk for heat-related illness, should use established cooling centers during a heat wave.

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket Bonus Savings Card Diamond Rewards Loyalty Program August 12 To August 25 - 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 August 12- August 25 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 August 12- August 25 that earn you big points include
  • Annie's Organic Soup earn 100 points,
  • Chock Full O'Nuts Coffee earn 50 points,
  • Organic Valley Omega 3 Large Brown Eggs earn 50 points,
  • Jolly Time Popcorn 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 August 19 - August 25 (Pages 1-4)  and Perishable Items August 12- August 18 (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.

Good Times Could Not Last - No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan This Weekend

According to the MTA:
F Coney Island-bound trains are rerouted via the E after Roosevelt Av to 5 Av/53 St

Weekend, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Aug 12 - 15

Trains resume regular service at 47-50 Sts.

No Coney Island-bound service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St and 57 St.
Roosevelt Island enjoyed 9 consecutive weekends of F Train service to and from Manhattan before this weekend. Good times had to end.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
The MTA has issued a weekend service advisory for the F train, which may affect travel plans. The Tram will run on a rush hour schedule from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM to accommodate any increase in traffic. Please plan your travel accordingly and visit or call 511 for more information.

For electronic updates on F Train service, sign up for MTA Alerts at

Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movie Tonight Showing Across The Universe At Firefighters Field - Enjoy The Movie, Views And Songs From The Beatles

The 2016 Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movie Series at Firefighters Field

Image From June 24 Firefighters Field Outdoor Movie Showing Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

continues tonight with the showing of Across The Universe.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)
Within the lyrics of the world's most famous songs, lives a story that has never been told. Until now!

This Friday, August 12th we will be screening the film Across the Universe at Firefighter’s Field. Movie night fun begins at 7 PM. There will be music, trivia, prizes and all the Beatles nostalgia you could hope for! You are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs. There will be food on-site, available for purchase.

In the event of rain, Across the Universe will be rescheduled for Saturday, September 3rd.

Schedule of screenings this summer:

Friday, August 19th- Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Friday, September 2nd- The Goonies

This free event is sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Rainbow Over Long Island City And NYC East River Waterfront Seen From Roosevelt Island Tonight

After evening thunderstorm, a beautiful rainbow seen from Roosevelt Island.

Click full screen icon for better view.

Roosevelt Island Sportspark Facility Closing Temporarily For Renovations Starting August 15 Says RIOC - Where Can A Resident Find A Roosevelt Island Indoor Pool To Swim?

As reported last April:

... the Roosevelt Island Sportspark Facility will close temporarily starting about August 15, 2016 for renovations to include the installation of a new roof, a new boiler and repairs to the pool. The Sportspark facility will probably re-open by Thanksgiving.

No work will be done during these renovations for improvements to the locker rooms and showers....
Sportspark Image From Google Maps

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) reported yesterday:
Please be advised that Sportspark (250 Main Street) will be closing for renovations & repairs on Monday, August 15th through Fall 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Janet Falk wonders if she and other residents will have a Roosevelt Island indoor pool to swim in during the Sportspark renovations.

According to Ms. Falk:
As someone who swims at least twice a week, I am unhappy at the prospect of not being able to swim regularly in an indoor pool on the Island.

Earlier this week I investigated access to the other indoor pools and learned the following:

Westview Pool requires a membership and only residents of Westview and Island House may purchase it. Members may pay $10 per guest and must accompany the guest at all times, according to the management company. (Anecdotal reports suggest the supervision is lax.)

Rivercross Pool requires a guest card, which is sold for $50. Members must escort guests. That pool is currently closed for about three weeks, according to the doorman.
Will Rivercross and Westview allow all Roosevelt Island residents to swim in their building pools?

UPDATE 10:30 PM - Ms Falk adds:
... The Rivercross card is for 10 visits.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

You're Invited To Joyful Jazz Concert With Sammy Miller And The Congregation Thursday Night August 11 At Roosevelt Island FDR 4 Freedoms Park Music At Sunset Concert - Dance, Clap Your Hands And Have Fun

You're invited to a free Joyful Jazz concert with Sammy Miller and the Congregation tomorrow night at the Roosevelt Island FDR 4 Freedoms Park August 11 Music at Sunset Concert Series.

According to the FDR 4 Freedoms Park:

Get ready to feel good with Sammy Miller and the Congregation’s unique style of jazz – joyful jazz – a style that entertains, enriches, but most of all uplifts. Known for their relentless brand of upbeat jazz, Miller lives by the motto: Jazz is joyful. Life should be too!

Food, beer, and wine will be available for sale at the Katchkie Truck. Members will receive 2 complimentary drinks. Become a member today!

Free; no registration required.

About Sammy Miller and the Congregation

A native of Los Angeles, Sammy Miller has become known for his unique maturity and relentless focus on making music that “feels good” as a drummer, singer and bandleader. Upon completing his Master¹s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation. As a band they are focused on sharing the power of community through their music joyful jazz. While independently the band members have performed/recorded with notable artist including Wynton Marsalis, O.A.R, Iron and Wine, and Lee Fields at venues including The White House, Lincoln Center, and the Hollywood Bowl, The Congregation has opted to stick together and create globally conscious music with the intention to spread joy throughout the world.
Clap your hands with a little sample of Uplifting Joyful Jazz

from Sammy Miller and the Congregation.

Hopefully, the rain will stay away tomorrow evening and we can enjoy a night of Joyful Jazz!!!!!

The FDR 4 Freedoms Park shares these photos taken by Rowa Lee from last Thursday's Music at Sunset Swing Dance and Concert.

Images From Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, © Rowa Lee

Tomorrow night's concert is the last in the 2016 FDR 4 Freedoms Park Music At Sunset Concert Series.

Update 8/11 6:45 PM - Unfortunately, tonight's rain forced the cancellation of the concert.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Cashless Residents Want MTA To Fix Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Station Metrocard Vending Machines To Accept Credit Card Transactions And Better Customer Service At Station Booth Too

The Roosevelt Island F Train subway station MetroCard vending machines have been broken and not accepting credit card transactions since at least last Saturday.

A reader reports:
Both MTA machines at the Roosevelt F train station only accept cash. This is very inconvenient. Can RIOC talk to the MTA management? Thanks
I asked the MTA today:
Have not received answer back from the MTA yet.

Earlier today, a resident tweeted about the Roosevelt Island F train subway station MetroCard vending machine not accepting credit card transactions:
Let's see how swiftly the MetroCard vending machines are fixed and accept credit card transactions again.

UPDATE 8/11 - The Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Station MetroCard vending machines were accepting credit card transactions today.

Register Now For Roosevelt Island Youth Program Free Co-ed Fall Soccer Program - Parent Volunteers Needed Too

Roosevelt Island Youth Program (RIYP) Executive Director Charlie Defino reports;

The Roosevelt Island Youth Program 2016 Fall Soccer Registration is now open for youth ages 5 to 16 years of age.

This year will be the 15th anniversary of the Beacon sponsoring this Free Co-Ed program for the youth of Roosevelt Island. Last year over 450 youth registered for this highly competitive recreation program in our 5 divisions, Kinder-Kickers instructional league (5 years of age) and our 4 divisions of competitive recreation soccer, Minors (6 & 7), Sophomores (8,9 and 10), Juniors (11-13) and Seniors (14-16).

Registration forms can be filled out on-line by clicking this link .

Parent interested in helping please fill in the volunteer information section on your child’s application, a free program is only as good as its volunteers. For additional information email the program at
The RIYP Fall Soccer season starts September 10.

Click here to register for soccer players and coach volunteers.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Rio 2016 Olympics Opening Ceremony And Parade Of Nations Watched On Big Screen From Roosevelt Island Riverwalk Commons Lawn - Global Village For Some, Excessive Noise Volume For Others

The Riverwalk Commons Lawn

was a global village

filled with Roosevelt Island residents

from all over the world watching the 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony

last Saturday evening, August 5.

Here's first few minutes of the Parade Of Nations led into the Olympic Stadium by Greece

as seen from the Roosevelt Island Riverwalk Lawn.

It was a very nice event for those attending. But, there were complaints from some Riverwalk residents about the excessive noise volume coming from the outside speaker system that could be heard inside the Riverwalk apartments (with closed windows) surrounding the Commons.

The noise was coming not from the Olympics TV Broadcast, but from the sound amplification system used by the event's Master of Ceremony who spoke during the TV commercials.