Friday, September 9, 2016

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket Bonus Savings Card Diamond Rewards Loyalty Program September 9 To September 22 - 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 September 9- September 22 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 September 9 - September 22 that earn you big points include
  • Lavazza Coffee earn 100 points,
  • Mario Batali Pasta Sauce earn 75 points,
  • Windex Cleaner earn 50 points,
  • Simply Asia Noodle Bowl 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 September 9 - September 22 (Pages 1-4)  and Perishable Items September 16 - September 22 (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 News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend - E Train Service Too

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

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

Roosevelt Island Youth Program Fall 2016 Free Soccer Season Begins Saturday September 10 With Player Evaluations - Volunteer Coaches Needed

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

The Roosevelt Island Youth Program Beacon competitive recreational soccer league begins it's 2016 Fall season with evaluations this Saturday at Octagon Field. The program has 5 divisions, Kinder kickers (5 years of age), Minors (6 & 7), Sophomores (8 & 9), Juniors (10-11 & 12), Seniors are 13 to 16 years of age.

This program has been a staple of our community for the past 30 years and we need volunteer coaches to work with our kids, so please contact Andrey Chichagov at

Our kids need your support for free services for everyone!
Here are some scenes from prior RIYP Soccer Season.

Please contact to volunteer for the RIYP Fall Soccer Season.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Board Of Directors Meeting Today - Presentation Of 2017-18 Proposed RIOC Budget & More On Agenda

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors are meeting later today. According to RIOC:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Directors meeting will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater, 548 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York, for the purpose of transacting such business as shall come before the Board.
* * *
The Open Meetings Law of the State of New York requires that all public bodies conduct meetings, convened for the purpose of officially conducting public business, in a manner open to attendance by the general public to observe and listen.

5:30 P.M.1

I. Call to Order
II. Roll Call
III. Approval of Minutes
1. June 23, 2016 Board Meeting (Board Action Required)
IV. Old Business
V. New Business
1. Presentation of the Proposed Budget FY 2017-18
2. Authorization to Enter into Contract with EFPR Group, CPAS, PLLC for Independent Auditing Services (Board Action Required)
3. Authorization to Amend Contract with Attri Enterprises, Inc. for the Rehabilitation of Roosevelt Island Bus Garage/Warehouse (Board Action Required)
4. Authorization to Amend Contract with Hawkins Webb Jaeger, PLLC for Engineering Consulting Services (Board Action Required–Materials to Follow)
5. President’s Report
6. Committee Reports
a. Audit Committee
b. Governance Committee
c. Operations Advisory Committee
d. Real Estate Development Advisory Committee
7. Public Safety Report
VI. Adjournment
The RIOC Board Meeting will commence following a public comment period. The public comment period is not part of the meeting.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Kanye West Season 4 Yeezy Fashion Show Taking Place At RooseveltIsland's FDR Four Freedoms Park Today

More info to follow.

UPDATE 8:50 PM - According to the NY Post:
Kanye West’s “Yeezy Season 4” collection was unveiled Wednesday — and it was a total, unmitigated and utter fiasco.

Models stumbled and bumbled down a makeshift runway as the stilettoes “designed” by the modesty-challenged rapper disintegrated under their feet.

The much-anticipated event — which started nearly two hours late — was staged on the grounds of a long-abandoned smallpox hospital on Roosevelt Island....
Click here for the full NY Post article.

The Fashion Law adds:
... As a state park, West's choice of venue, which is owned by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, likely required quite a bit of planning. Between special events permits, sound permits and an array of insurance (including city-required property damage insurance of at least $1,000,000.00), the making of West's show is no small (or inexpensive) feat. And in case that's not enough, the park is closed all day in preparation for the show, which began over an hour and a half later than scheduled....
Click here for full article from The Fashion Law and photos from Yeezy Fashion Show.

I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Acting President Susan Rosenthal:
Was RIOC told about Kanye West Yeezy fashion show at Fdr park before hand.

Any logistical problems?
Ms Rosenthal replied:
We found out about it Friday afternoon....we made a decision for safety reasons to close Southpoint park during the event.
No fee for event; that was paid to Four Freedoms Park. We did bill certain permit fees and public safety expenses.

UPDATE 10:45 PM:

A photo posted by Kanye West (@kanyewest_daily) on

From the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

You're Invited To Learn All About Living And Working On NYC's East River At Roosevelt Island Historical Society Fall Lecture Series Thursday September 8 - First Of 4 Free Monthly RIHS Lectures

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) invites you to attend it's Fall Lecture Series beginning Thursday, September 8.

According to the RIHS:
The Roosevelt Island Historical Society
Invites You to the
First of Four Free Lectures

The East River:
The Heart of New York

by Bob Singleton, Executive Director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society

New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island
Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m.

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society begins its Fall Lecture Series with a presentation on the commercial and cultural significance of the river and channel that surround Roosevelt Island and separate Manhattan and Queens.

The Hudson may be the road to the Inland Empire, as the Midwest was once called, but it was on the East River where New York lived and worked. Bob Singleton, Executive Director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, will cover the waterway that extends from Governors Island to Fort Totten in a lecture at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, on Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m.

The lecture is the first in a series of four fascinating programs sponsored by the RIHS and supported by The Hudson Companies and Rivercross Tenants Corporation. All programs begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Roosevelt Island branch of the New York Public Library. The remaining lectures are:

-On Thursday, October 13, Nathalie Belkin, Archivist, New York City Department of Records and Information Sciences, will review the recent digitization, conservation and preservation of the The Almshouse Ledger Collection, 1758-1952. The collection includes more than 400 volumes pertaining to admissions, discharges, deaths, census records and supply inventories for the institutions housed on Blackwell’s Island. The project was funded by the National Historical Publication and Records Commission.

-On Thursday, November 10, Miriam Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks, will discuss the immediate environs of Madison Square Park (once called "The Center of the United States") and its architectural treasures.

-On Thursday, December 8, Jeff Richman, Green-Wood Cemetery historian, will talk about what is old and what is new in the Brooklyn-based National Historic Landmark, renowned for its mausoleums, the people interred in its hallowed grounds and the landscape architecture.

These events are FREE and open to the public.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. Take the red bus (no charge) or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.
Here's a film from Thomas Edison showing the NYC East River waterfront in 1903 as a boat passes Blackwell's, now Roosevelt, Island.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

RIOC Operations Advisory Committee Meeting Today - Review Of Open Roosevelt Island Projects On Agenda If Meeting Takes Place

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee is meeting later today. According to RIOC:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee Meeting of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. at the RIOC Administrative Office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


1. Review of Open Projects.

Any Other Committee Business that may be Brought Before the Committee.
An audio web cast will be available soon thereafter.

The last 2 RIOC Board meeting were cancelled. Interesting to see if the Operations Advisory Committee meeting actually takes place today.