Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hypodermic Needle Found On Grass Next To Roosevelt Island's Firefighters Field Yesterday Morning - What's Going On?

What's going on at Firefighters Field? A Roosevelt Island Southtown resident shares these photos and reports spotting a hypodermic needle yesterday morning in the grassy area adjacent to Firefighters Field facing Queens. According to the tipster:

Hypodermic needle

on the back side

of Firefighters Field.

Friday, September 16, 2016

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 Jewish Congregation Welcomes Current & New Members To Celebrate Shabbat Tonight At Cultural Center - Info On Hebrew School And High Holy Days Too

Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation (RIJC) President Nina Lublin reports:

Welcome back to your RIJC -- or Please join with us for the first time. We are the longest-serving Jewish Congregation on the Island, and welcome everyone.

Please join Rabbi Leana Moritt & the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation Friday, September 16th at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary / Small Studio of the Cultural Center (548 Main Street) To celebrate our first Shabbat of the coming New Year & Stay for the Pot Luck Oneg immediately following.

We hope you had a good summer and are ready to worship, celebrate, & learn with us. Our regular schedule for the coming year is posted on our website,

Our Hebrew school starts its 5th year this Monday September 19th; details on our website.

Information on the upcoming High Holy Days starting Sunday evening October 2 with Rosh Hashanah is also available on our website:

Also, Save the Date: Saturday September 24th @ 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary / Studio of the Cultural Center.

Join Rabbi Moritt for a special Slichot event as she shares with us her recent travels through Jewish aspects of Portugal & Spain, and we prepare for the Days of Awe. Details coming.

Looking forward to seeing everyone this Friday night. Feel free to contact me at any time.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network RI MoM Walking & Exercise Group Meeting Friday Morning September 16 At Tram Kiosk - Dads Welcome Too

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Coordinator Eva Bosbach reports:

Hi all,

Please join us for the RI Parents' Networks' free RI Moms on the Move (RI MoM) walk,

exercise, chat and play on Friday September 16, 2016 at 9:30am at the Tram kiosk.

Since we will be exercising on the grass, bring a blanket/mat for you and the kids and some toys to share to keep them busy.

The walk and exercise will be lead by Saskia.

Please send me a short e-mail if you are interested in joining us.

We hope you can join us!

Saskia and Eva

SPONSORED POST - Register Now For Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance Fall Theatre, Dance & Fitness Classes - You're Invited To Visit MST&DA Open House For Preview Classes Saturday September 17

Registration at Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) for the Fall is underway. Classes begin September 19th for theatre, dance and fitness. Open House is September 17th from 8:30 am-noon. Go to MST&DA for more information. Scholarships and work study opportunities available. Visit the website for more information.

The Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance offers Theatre, Dance, Fitness classes, Theatre Shows, and Comedy & Improv for all ages.

Our Fall 2016 session will start September 19th with demo preview classes on September 17th.

We have NEW CLASSES to offer this year! Our new "Playmakers" toddler drama class, Adult Dance Workshop, and Half Hour Intensive Tone & Tighten workouts begin in September.

Click below to REGISTER NOW for the Fall 2016!

See our Schedule or Calendar for class days and times.
Here's a video snippet from MST&DA rehearsal for last spring's production of Xanadu

and Forbidden Broadway.

Check out the MST&DA program offerings at their web site and stop by the Open House to preview classes on Saturday, September 17.

Roosevelt Island Treated To Gorgeous Double Rainbow Seen From Tram Station, Over The Big Allis Power Plant, Queensboro Bridge & LIC

After the rain yesterday came a beautiful NYC Double Rainbow over the East River seen from the Roosevelt Island Manhattan Tram station.

The rainbow could also be seen from Roosevelt Island over the Transcanada Big Allis Power Plant
the Queensboro Bridge

and Long Island City.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Gorgeous Photo Of 9/11 World Trade Center Tribute In Light Seen From The Roosevelt Island Lighthouse

Jenny Raptor shares this photo of the 9/11 World Trade Center Towers Tribute In Light Seen from behind the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse

and tweets:
Ms Raptor adds:
We went to see the Tribute in Light because I was an EMS first responder and survivor at the Twin Towers. It was a very special night for us.
Here's the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse in daytime
and a brief history of the Lighthouse from the Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS):
... This small lighthouse stands at the northern tip of Roosevelt Island on a projection of land which was at one time a tine separate island connect connected to the main one by a wooden bridge. Local legend maintains that during the 19th century a patient from the nearby Lunatic Asylum was permitted to build a stone fort on this outcropping since he feared an invasion by the British. When plans were formulated to build the lighthouse, this patient allegedly was persuaded to surrender the fort only AFTER much cajoling and a bribe of bogus money. The tale continues that the patient himself demolished the fort and built the new lighthouse, carving the inscription:

... This is the work Was done by John McCarthy
Who built the Light House from he bottom to the Top
All ye who do pass by may Pray for his soul when he dies....
Click here for more information on the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse from RIHS.

Here We Go Again, Intermittent Roosevelt Island Bridge Closings During 2016 United Nations General Assembly - Will Emergency Vehicles Be Delayed Worries Roosevelt Island Resident - East River West Channel Closed To Boat Traffic

It's that time of year again for Roosevelt Island.

Image Of United Nations From Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park

Mid September is the the opening of the United Nations General Assembly Session and 2016 is no different than previous years in terms of its impact on Roosevelt Island residents. The opening of the UN General Assembly means the diversion of all East River boat traffic to the Roosevelt Island East Channel Queens side for security precautions due to our proximity to the United Nations resulting in the intermittent closings of the Roosevelt Island Bridge.

According to this NYC Department of Transportation tweet:

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
Roosevelt Island Bridge- Intermittent raising 9/13-9/26 for UN General Assembly.

The NYC Department of Transportation Division of Bridges will doing intermittent raising of the Roosevelt Island Bridge starting from 7:00 AM- 8:00 PM Tuesday, September 13, 2016 to Monday, September 26, 2016 due to the rerouting of boat traffic during the United Nations General Assembly. Each opening should take anywhere from 8-12 minutes to complete. Expect intermittent traffic disruptions and delays on Main Street and along the Roosevelt Island Bridge approach.

For more information, please contact the Division of Bridges/Community Affairs at (212) 839-3740.
Roosevelt Island resident Raye Schwartz objects to the annual intermittent closings of the Roosevelt Island Bridge during UN Week. Ms Schwartz writes:
Ever since I’ve lived here we’ve gotten some of these annual dumb-ass announcements related to the UN General Assembly meetings and nobody in RI management (RIOC, HUD, DHCR and all the other RI managers in the present and past) have ignored this because it is done by the US Coast Guard. Nobody wants to touch it. But here’s the issue:

1. While the bridge is open, neither fire trucks nor ambulances can get on or off the island. Sometimes they’ve even announced they’d have emergency personnel here, but they never do, and besides they’d never be able to get someone to a hospital, handle a major fire or even an attack by a disgruntled terrorist whose boat was rerouted and couldn’t aim at the UN.

2. Once I was coming home from shopping in Astoria and an ambulance was in front of me as we were turning onto the bridge. His siren was blaring as the bridge was just about to close, yet the bridge operator ignored the ambulance and continued to close. It was closed for 22 minutes.

3. The west channel is closed, but enables ships and pleasure boats to use the east channel, which has a power plant on its east shore that a terrorist could bomb.

4. The southernmost part of our island is directly opposite the UN complex, so a ship routed to the east channel could still aim a rocket at the UN.

5. Vehicle traffic on Vernon Boulevard is not rerouted and there are places where someone could also enable rocket missiles aimed at the UN complex.

Maybe I’ve read too many spy novels, but I’m sure I’m not the only one and if I have this kind of imagination…need I say more?

Meanwhile not only are 12,000+ workers and residents of this island inconvenienced but they are also endangered by this publicity show. This is something that should have been escalated to NY State and Federal officials, yet nobody wants to touch it.

By the way…it is not “Bridge Testing” as the RIOC advisory states in the header!
During 2014 UN General Assembly Week, a sailboat crashed

Image From William S

into the Roosevelt Island Bridge.

The FDNY Special Operations Command is located on Roosevelt Island

but does not respond to Roosevelt Island 911 calls.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Remembering 9/11 NYC World Trade Center Towers Attack, 15th Anniversary Today - Tribute In Light Seen From Roosevelt Island

Today is the 15th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and the downing of Flight 93 in Shanksville Pennsylvania.

Sharon Williams shares this photo taken last night of the Tribute In Light seen from Roosevelt Island and tweets:

Here's what the World Trade Center attacks looked like from Roosevelt Island on September 11, 2001.

Main Street WIRE Image Of Smoke From World Trade Center Attack by Vicki Feinmel/Linda Heimer

Below is the Roosevelt Island 9/11 Remembrance Garden

and the plaque in the Remembrance Garden that honors Roosevelt Islanders who died in the terrorist attack:
Ed Beyea,
Anthony J. Fallone,
Taimour Khan,
Scott Larsen,
Kevin J. Smith and the firefighters who were based on Roosevelt Island
Deputy Chief Ray Downey,
Deputy Chief Charlie Kasper,
Battalion Chief John Moran, and
Battalion Chief John Paolillo.

UPDATE 11:30 PM - More views of Tribute In Light seen from Roosevelt Island:
A photo posted by ScottyP (@scottpiro) on