Friday, August 19, 2016

You're Invited To Join The Melanoma Research Foundation Miles For Melanoma NYC 5k Run/Walk At Roosevelt Island's Firefighters Field Saturday August 27 - Help Raise Funds For Research, Education & Advocacy

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF)  returns to Roosevelt Island

Image of 2015 Run/Walk Participants From MRF

 this year for it's 2016 Miles for Melanoma

Image of 2015 Run/Walk Participants From MRF

NYC 5K Run/Walk.

Image of 2015 Run/Walk Participants From MRF

According to the MRF:
The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) invites you to join us for the Miles for Melanoma NYC presented by Bristol-Myers Squibb on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Roosevelt Island- Firefighter Field!

Last year, the Miles for Melanoma national walks raised nearly $2,000,000 for research, advocacy, and education! Join us this year and help make a difference!

WHO: You! Join us individually or create a team when you register.

WHAT: A 5K run/walk that will allow participants to help raise funds to support research, education and advocacy for melanoma.

WHERE: Roosevelt Island-Firefighter Field, 405-425 Main St, New York, NY 10044

WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2016


Check-in and Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m.

Competitive (Timed) Runners- $30

Non-Competitive (Untimed) Runners and Walkers- FREE

Register early to save! Early-bird registration ends on August 25th at 5:00 pm. Race day registration increases by $25 per person. Competitive runners will be $55 per person and non-competitive will be $25 per person. Credit cards and checks only - no cash will be taken due to security issues.

Can't attend? Participate virtually! If you would like to support Miles for Melanoma NYC from the comfort of your home, choose virtual participation! Virtual registrants have a discounted registration rate. They do not participate on race day but are still eligible for all fundraising prizes (event day Champions shirt excluded).
Here's more information on the MRF,  to sign up for the Roosevelt Island 5K Run/Walk and a video

from the 2016 MRF Washington DC 5k Run walk.

More on Melanoma.

Good News - Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Service To And From Manhattan Returns This Weekend - Local F Service To Astoria, Jackson Heights and Forest Hills Too

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.


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

Weekend, 12:01 AM Sat to 5 AM Mon, Aug 20 - 22

Trains stop at 36, Steinway, 46 Sts, Northern Blvd, 65 St, Roosevelt, Elmhurst, Grand Avs, Woodhaven Blvd, 63 Dr and 67 Av.
Check out We Heart Astoria for things to do in Astoria this weekend.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Problems With Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Phone Lines - Alternate Numbers Available To Contact

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department is currently experiencing problems with it's phone service.

Image From RIOC

According to RIOC:
The Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department has been experiencing technical difficulties with its phone lines. If you have difficulty reaching the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department utilizing the main number at 212-832-4545, please use one of the following alternative numbers 212-832-4546, 212-832-4547 or 212-832-4548

Anyone needing immediate assistance or in the event of an emergency, please contact the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department or dial 911.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time.

Trellis Diner Renovations Complete - Will Open With New NISI Name, New Upscale Affordable Menu, Excellent Wine List And New Exterior/Interior Design As Soon As Inspection Approvals Granted

The most frequently asked question I get from residents is:

When will the Trellis Diner reopen?
The answer is that the Trellis, which began renovations in 2014, will not reopen in its previous incarnation as a traditional Greek Diner but will return under a new name, NISI, a new menu and a new exterior and interior design.

The NISI, which means Island in Greek, front door signage was in place today as I passed by on Main Street

and spotted owner Alex Razahgi doing some clean up work on the door.

Alex told me that the renovations were complete and NISI is ready to open pending inspections by the Fire Department and Con Ed. Alex did not know how long the inspection approvals would take and said that the inspection timing is out of his control.

According to Alex, NISI will have a new upscale menu with affordable prices but fewer items than Trellis offered and a bar with an excellent wine list. I am told a good wine list is definitely needed for Roosevelt Island.

Stay tuned for more NISI news and hopefully an opening date soon.

Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movie Showing Raiders Of The Lost Ark At Firefighters Field Friday August 19 - Enjoy The Adventure And Views

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 tomorrow night with the showing of Raiders Of The Lost Ark.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)
The adventure that started it all!

This Friday, August 19th, we will be screening the film Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark at Firefighter’s Field. Movie night fun begins at 7 PM. There will be music, trivia, prizes and a great adventure! You are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs. There will be food on-site, available for purchase.

In the event of rain, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark will be rescheduled for Friday, August 19th.

Remaining schedule of screenings this summer:

Friday, September 2nd- The Goonies

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Everything You Want To Know About Green Roofs - Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Green Roof Supporters Take Fantastic Tour Of NYC Parks Department 5 Borough Green Roof On Randall's Island With Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

Supporters of the planned Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Green Roof project,

together with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and her staff,

Image Of Gale Brewer & Staff At Randall's Island Green Roof From Christina Delfico

Yissely Ortiz, BP Community liaison (left) and Deputy BP Matthew Washington (right), visited the NYC Parks Department Five Borough Green Roof on Randall's Island last Friday, August 12.

According to NYC Parks 5 Borough Citywide Operations and Technical Services Sustainable Facilities Division:
In the spring of 2007, the Five Borough Technical Services Division of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation installed its first green roof system atop their headquarters, the Five Borough Complex on Randall‟s Island. Since then, the Technical Services division, in cooperation with the Parks‟ GreenApple Corps, has expanded the green roof program to encompass over 30 unique growing systems covering 30,000 square feet of our roof. As the fifth largest green roof in New York City, the 5-Borough project is not only a key component of the Parks‟ commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, but it also serves as a way to educate and inspire park staff and patrons, as well as supply a resource for peers in the field.
The 5-Borough green roof distinguishes itself from others, as it is the only known green roof in the country to feature distinct systems side by side. These systems vary by type of growing medium, depth of growing medium, and plant selection. By using a variety of planting systems and monitoring their progress, we are identifying the types of green roof systems that will thrive in the NYC urban environment.

A green roof is a thin layer of vegetation installed on a traditional flat or pitched roof. Although the specifics of green roof design may vary, all green roofs have the same basic components (Fig. 1 from the bottom up): waterproofing layer(s), a root barrier (to prevent the plantings‟ roots from growing through the roof), water retention/water drainage layer, growing medium, and plants.

There are two types of green roofs: intensive and extensive. Intensive green roofs are greater than 6" deep and allow for a greater variety of plants including shrubs and even trees to be considered. They are similar to traditional rooftop gardens and often provide social and recreational uses. Intensive roofs can require more maintenance than extensive roofs and may also be more costly to install. By contrast, extensive green roofs are much shallower; their growing media are typically less than 6". They are lighter weight systems that provide primarily ecological and economic benefits. Plants likely to flourish on extensive green roofs are more specific and include sedums, succulents, alpine type plants, and some grasses. Extensive green roofs contain fewer layers than those of intensive roofs and tend to require less maintenance....
Here's view from on top of the Randall's Island NYC Parks Department 5 Boro Green Roof Garden.

Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 teacher Ursula Fokine, PS/IS 217 PTA's Olga Shchuchinov and Erin Olavesen, and iDig2Learn's Christina Delfico joined Borough President Brewer and her staff on the August 12 tour of the NYC Parks Department Randall's Island Green Roof.

 Image Of Roosevelt Islanders Green Roof Tour At Randall's Island from Christina Delfico

Ms Fokine said the purpose of the tour was:
... to be inspired by the work being done by the Parks Department. We are looking to design our roof, that we have now received such generous funding for, and we are looking to make our roof a combination of a space for our students and also to be environmentally exciting and sustainable.

We came today to see see the kind of plants and planting systems that are available and choices we have to now make to get our roof off the ground....
Image Of Ms. Fokine Examining Randall's Island Green Roof Vertical Garden by Christina Delfico

Manhattan Borough President Brewer added:
...I've never seen a roof like the school on Roosevelt Island in terms of size...

... Today is inspiring. What we learned is that we can do different things on the roof...  this roof is so large it could be a learning laboratory, you could have all the cultural/artistic but you can also have the real green roof stuff....
 Image Of Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Roof From Google Maps

The PS/IS 217 roof is approximately 6.700 square feet.

The Randall's Island Green Roof Tour was given by NYC Parks Department Assistant Commissioner for Citywide Services Artie Rollins

Image Of Artie Rollins (left) Showing Randall's Island Green Roof Vegetables From Christina Delfico

and Sustainability Project Development Coordinator Max Lerner.

Image Of Max Lerner Showing Randall's Island Green Roof Composting Bin From Christina Delfico

The Randall's Island Green Roof Tour began with an introduction and behind the scenes look by Max Lerner in the 5 Borough Complex Atrium

followed by a tour of the Green Roof by Artie Rollins. Here is the start of the Randall's Island Green Roof tour.

Mr. Lerner show us composting on the Randall's Island Green Roof

and Mr. Rollins show us a Vertical Wall Garden.

Mr. Rollins describes building code challenges for School Green Roofs and possible solutions.

Variety of native plants and soil systems.

Laying down Green Roof Trays and Ancillary Costs of Green Roof systems that include Certificate of Public Assembly, Fire Alarm and ADA Elevator.

Hydroponic Vegetable Plants,

Solar Energy,

Image From Christina Delfico


Image From Christina Delfico

Honey Bee Hives.

Mr. Rollins is thanked for the tour by Christina Delfico and presented with special Heirloom tomato seeds and a Roosevelt Island map.

It was a fantastic tour.

Check out more information on the NYC Parks Department Randall's Island Green Roof facility.

It's got everything you want to know about Green Roofs.

Manhattan Skyline Lightening Storm Last Night Seen From Roosevelt Island Balcony

Nick Turner shares video of last night's Lightening over Manhattan seen from Roosevelt Island (Click on Full Screen Icon for better view).

Wow is right!!!!

Nick adds:

Monday, August 15, 2016

2016 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival September 24 - RIOC Seeking Artists To Paint Mosaics Depicting Scenes Of New York City

The annual Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday September 24.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)
On Saturday, September 24th, 2016, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation will present the annual Fall for Arts Festival on Roosevelt Island.

We are seeking artists or groups to each paint one of several 6-by-8-foot murals outdoors during the Festival, which will be held from 11 AM – 4 PM on the lawn south of 531 Main St. Artists are free to arrange an earlier time to begin their work, if needed.

This year, our theme is “Mosaic Vignettes: Scenes of New York City” which will allow artists to design their own visions of NYC using diverse elements to create a collage of images. We are looking for fine artists to create works of art using a technique of mosaic or mosaic painting, using any media of your choice (mixed media, collage, painting, etc).

How to Apply: We invite you to submit a sketch of your design or any inquiries along with a title and short description of the concept and technical method. Sketches should be sized according to a 6’ x 8’ ratio and submitted in jpeg, PDF or hard copy format.

To find out more information on how to apply please visit

We welcome your participation and creativity – good luck!
Here's an excellent video from Qifan Cheung

and more scenes from 2015 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival.

Contact RIOC for more info and apply to paint.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association Hosting Elder Law Workshop With Attorney Douglas Chu Tuesday August 16 - All Welcome To Attend And Learn About Wills, Health Care Proxy & Long Term Care

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) President Barbara Parker reports:

RISA is hosting an Elder Law workshop - Tuesday, August 16th - 546 - 12th conference room from 1-2:30pm.

The Roosevelt Island Senior Association Presents:

Douglas J. Chu, Attorney at Law: Specializing in Elder Law, Medicaid Eligibility, Estate Planning, & Estate Administration.

Mr. Chu will lead a discussion and review of the most important legal documents everyone, but especially Seniors, should possess, and will include: Last Will and Testament, Health Care Proxy, Long Term Care, and Power of Attorney.

When: Tuesday, August 16th
Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm
Where: 546 Main Street, 12th Floor Conference Room

For more information and to sign up:

Contact Barbara Parker at 917-951-4137

Sign up early as space is limited!

Take A Sunrise Bike Ride Up The Motorgate Helix And Across The Roosevelt Island Bridge

Take a sunrise bicycle ride up the Motorgate Helix and across the Roosevelt Island Bridge with Nikolai Galkin who reports:

Biking through the helix and over the bridge to Queens. Note the photoshoot blocking the bike lane on the bridge...)

Click the full screen icon for a better view.