Friday, October 14, 2016

Get Your NYC Identification Card At Roosevelt Island Seniors Center Pop Up Enrollment Site Today And Monday October 17

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer encourages Roosevelt Island residents to sign up for the NYC ID Card at the Pop Up Senior Center enrollment site (546 Main Street) today and Monday October 17. Ms Brewer tweets:

According to IDNYC:
8 Million New Yorkers. 1 Card For All Of Us!

IDNYC is the new, free identification card for all New York City residents, which gives all of us the opportunity to show who we are—New Yorkers. As a government-issued photo identification card, IDNYC secures the peace of mind and access to City services that come from having recognized identification. IDNYC benefits every city resident, including the most vulnerable communities—the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID.

IDNYC cardholders can access services and programs offered by the City as well as by businesses. IDNYC helps enhance public safety, by serving as a recognized ID for interacting with NYPD. It also helps New Yorkers gain access to all City buildings that provide services to the public and is accepted as a form of identification for accessing numerous City programs and services. IDNYC also provides a dynamic series of benefits to cardholders, including a free one-year membership at many of the City's leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens....
Click here for more information and benefits of NYC ID.

Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos co-sponsored the opening of the Roosevelt Island Pop Up NYC ID Enrollment site at the Senior Center last Tuesday. Mr. Kallos tweeted:
shared video of the event

and issued this statement:
Beginning October 11th at 10:00a.m., IDNYC, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), Council Member Ben Kallos, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, Senator Jose M. Serrano, Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation are co-sponsoring a new IDNYC Pop-Up Enrollment Center. Located at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center – a program of the Carter Burden Center for the Aging at 546 Main Street, the center will run from October 11th until October 17th with operating hours of Monday from 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., and Tuesday through Friday from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. Council Member Kallos will enroll for his own IDNYC card immediately following the press event.

This event is part of ongoing partnerships with elected officials across the City to host popup IDNYC enrollment sites and encourage residents to sign up for the card. The IDNYC card is an accessible and secure document that enables residents to access all City buildings, such as schools, and is accepted as a form of identification for accessing numerous City programs and services. IDNYC also provides a dynamic series of benefits to cardholders, including a free one year membership at many of the City's leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens and access to discounts on groceries, and medicine. In addition, the card can be presented as proof of identification for interacting with the police and is an accepted form of identification for opening a banking account at 12 banks and credit unions with more than 70 branches across the City.

“I am excited to become one of the almost 1 million IDNYC cardholders and I am proud to do it in my district on Roosevelt Island,” said Council Member Ben Kallos.” Congratulations to Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Mayor for making IDNYC a success in such a short period time. I invite all Roosevelt Island residents to sign up and get the card.”

“We are proud to partner with the Carter Burden Center for the Aging to bring an IDNYC PopUp enrollment center to Roosevelt Island for the very first time. To date, more than 100 Pop Up enrollment centers have brought IDNYC to communities across the five boroughs. These Pop Up sites bring this important government program directly to New York City’s many diverse neighborhoods and communities,” said Commissioner Nisha Agarwal of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

“IDNYC is an example of government at its best,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “It solves a real problem for some city residents, while creating great benefits and perks for all. I encourage Roosevelt Island residents to take advantage of this convenient pop-up to sign up for IDNYC right in their neighborhood.”

“I am thrilled that the residents of Roosevelt Island will now have the opportunity to get their IDNYC cards right here in the community. I would encourage anyone who is interested in the IDNYC program, which includes discounts at major retailers and free membership to some of New York’s greatest cultural institutions, to take advantage of the IDNYC pop-up at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center. I’m grateful that Mayor de Blasio is bringing this program to Roosevelt Island, “said Congressional Representative Carolyn B. Maloney.

"Finally, Roosevelt Island now has access to a IDNYC "pop-up" enrollment site close to home! New York City Identification Cards are an excellent way for members of the city, to take advantage of the benefits available to them no matter what their immigration status may be. Many thanks to my fellow Roosevelt Island elected officials for coming together to push for such an important opportunity. I encourage all residents to make an appointment, and sign up for their very own identification card," said Senator José M. Serrano.

“I am thrilled to once again partner with Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to bring IDNYC to my district, this time on Roosevelt Island. It takes remarkable people with great vision to bring about something that 8 million people can identify with, free of charge and just a bus, tram or a walk away,” said Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright. “This program is not just about having an identification card, but about opening up doors to so many incredible institutions in New York City and embarking on a cultural exploration. What better place than Roosevelt Island, a neighborhood as diverse as it is inclusive to people of all backgrounds, to hold the next IDNYC pop up enrollment site.”

“The Roosevelt Island Senior Center, a Program of the Carter Burden Center for the Aging, is thrilled to serve as a host site for IDNYC enrollment, helping to open the door to this program for all members of the Roosevelt Island Community,” said Lisa Fernandez, Director, Roosevelt Island Senior Center. “At Carter Burden, we are committed to promoting the well being of New Yorkers, aged sixty and over, through a full spectrum of services, advocacy and volunteer programs. We believe IDNYC is an invaluable service for all New Yorkers, especially the senior community we serve. As reported, seniors have used the card more than any other group to access the wonderful benefits of memberships and discounts offered. The IDNYC Card connects New York Residents of all ages to cultural institutions, services and programs they may not have been aware of or able to afford. The card is also a broadly accepted form of identification, making identification easily obtainable is an important achievement.”

“RIOC is pleased to welcome IDNYC to Roosevelt Island and thankful to our elected officials for making it happen. It is important for all NYC residents to have access to the benefits and services to which they are entitled. This week-long outreach effort will give the Roosevelt Island community a convenient opportunity to take advantage of the IDNYC program,” said Acting President & CEO/General Counsel, Susan Rosenthal. Since its launch in January 2015, IDNYC has grown to include more than 900,000 unique cardholders. Thanks to the leadership of Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, IDNYC benefits every city resident, including the most vulnerable communities—the homeless, youth, the elderly, undocumented immigrants, the formerly incarcerated and others who may have difficulty obtaining other government-issued ID. To learn more or to make an appointment to apply for their IDNYC card, all local residents can 311 in the language that they speak or go online at
The Roosevelt Island Pop Up NYC enrollment site at the Seniors Center will be open until 5 pm today and 12 PM Monday October 17.

More information on NYC ID enrollment here.

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Farmers Market Every Saturday At Motorgate Plaza, Fresh Fruits, Vegetables & Much More Including 10 Varieties Of Apples

The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market under the Motorgate Ramp is open early morning to mid afternoon on Saturdays in good weather and bad.

The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market features healthy and delicious tasting fruits and vegetables, including 10 different varieties of apples

strawberries, grapes,

peaches, blueberries,

sweet corn, cauliflower,

broccoli, cabbage,


and much, much more.

Eat Fresh, Eat Local, Eat Healthy.

Visit the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market every Saturday  early morning until mid-afternoon under the Motorgate Ramp.

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 Weekend, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Oct 14 - 17

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Roosevelt Island Young Women Complete RIRA Make It Count Leadership & Job Skills Initiative - Senior Citizens Invited To Celebrate With Them And Enjoy Free Dinner And Original Dance Performance Thursday October 13

Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Community Polling and Youth Initiative Chair Adib Mansour reports:

Roosevelt Island Senior Citizens are cordially invited to the RIRA Youth Initiative “Make It Count Event

this Thursday, October 13th, between 4:30 and 6 PM, at the Senior Center (546 Main Street).

The event is a culmination of a leadership program for a group of young females (ages 12 to 15) that fits in a Civic Engagement category, teaching young RI adults how a bank works, and how to save money for future needs. It also exposes them to new job opportunities in the financial field. On the long term aspect, the young adults organized an event for the island’s seniors and disabled (as the RIRA Survey showed us lack of programs after 5PM).

Once the students configured the event, they budgeted for the food (they chose a healthy menu of Pasta Bolognese and fresh salad) from a budget given to them by RIRA. They will also have engaged the WIRE and Roosevelt Islander media for publicity as well as engaging with local politicians, the community leaders, RIOC, and RIRA. In addition they negotiated with vendors on the island as well as with Carter Burden Center managers.

For the event, they created two original dances that they have been developing, as well as coordinating with a local classical piano teacher and her young students (ages 5 - 10) for performances during the event.

The young adults will gain knowledge of banking, job opportunities, budgeting, and planning, as well as helping their community, engaging vendors and organizations from our island in a united effort. A win-win-win benefiting many aspects of the island.

Hillary Clinton Or Donald Trump? Last Day To Register To Vote In Upcoming Presidential Election October 14 - You Can Register At Roosevelt Island's Amalgamated Bank

Janet Falk reports:

Roosevelt Island residents can register to vote at Amalgamated Bank, located at 619 Main Street.

You must be a US citizen at least 18 years old and show identification, such as New York Drivers license, Social Security number or passport.

"This election is very important and every eligible voter should register," said Albert Salas, Vice President and Branch Manager.

Last day to register in New York is Friday, 10/14.

For more information, please call the bank at 212-413-8775.
The election is November 8, 4 weeks from today.

The NYC Board of Elections has more information on registering to vote.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Chabad Of Roosevelt Island Yom Kippur Services Begin Tuesday Evening October 11 At Cultural Center - Gmar Chatimah Tovah

Nechama Duchman reports the Chabad Of Roosevelt Island

Yom Kippur services

begin Tuesday evening October 11 at the Roosevelt Island Community Cultural Center. According to the Chabad Of Roosevelt Island:

All programs and prayers will be held at The Roosevelt Island Community Cultural Center, Renwick Room & Lighthouse Room - 548 Main Street.

Yom Kippur eve, Tuesday, October 11

6:15pm Kol Nidrei and evening prayers

(candle lighting is at 6:03pm – if you are coming to Shul, please try to come a few minutes early to light there, or light a few minutes early at home)

Yom Kippur day, Wednesday, October 12

10:00am Shacharis and Children’s Program

11:30am Yizkor

Mincha – to be determined

5:45pm Neilah

6:55pm Shofar blowing

7:00pm Break fast

For questions about Yom Kippur or anything else Jewish, feel free to contact us at or 212-652-5660.

Gmar Chatimah Tovah to all!

Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation Yom Kippur Services Begin Tuesday Evening October 11 - La Shanah Tovah

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

Leana Moritt, Rabbi.

Nina Lublin, President

L'Shanah Tovah !!

We continue our High Holy Day services with Yom Kippur.

Image From Judy Berdy

Come worship with our Rabbi, Leana Moritt & guest Hazzan, Rabbi Leslie Schotz at the Cultural Center:

Yom Kippur

All Services Conducted in the Sanctuary / Small & Large Studios

Tuesday, October 11

6:00 pm Sharp -- Kol Nidrei
5:45 pm -- Child Care in the Classroom / Blackwell Room

Wednesday October 12

9:00 am -- Morning Services
9:00 am -- Child Care in the Classroom / Blackwell Room
11:00 am -- Children's Service in the Theatre

4:30 pm -- Afternoon Service -- Ne'ilah / Havdalah / Break-the-Fast
4:30 pm -- Child Care

All activities are held at the Cultural Center. Staircase entry located thru the Breezeway to the left of 540 Main Street.

Elevator / barrier free entry located thru the Breezeway at 556 Main Street, turn right & walk to double doors behind Public Safety ( follow signs ).

Thank You to everyone who came to the RIJC for Rosh Hashanah services;

We look forward to your return this Tuesday, or to having you worship with us for the first time.

Thanks to all of you who joined the RIJC for the first time, or renewed your membership, or made a donation for the new year.

All is appreciated.

Please visit our website, for more information about the High Holidays, our schedule of services, special events, & our Hebrew School.

Please contact me directly if I can be of further assistance.

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network RI MoM Walking & Exercise Group Meeting Tuesday Morning October 11 At Tram Kiosk - Dads Welcome Too

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Coordinator Eva Bosbach reports:

Hi all,

The next free RI Parents' Network RI Moms on the Move (RI MoM) walk, exercise, chat and play will take place tomorrow, Tuesday October 11 2016, starting at 9:30am at the Tram kiosk.

Join us for some exercise, chat and play!

 We will meet at the tram kiosk at 9:30am and go for a walk (weather permitting).

Afterwards (around 10:00 am) we will go indoors and continue with some exercise,

chat and play

in one of the playrooms.

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

Dads are welcome too.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Feel free to contact us for more information on the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network.  

Saskia and Eva