Sunday, December 31, 2017

Best Wishes For A Happy And Healthy New Year From Roosevelt Island - Goodbye 2017 With A Last Party Song, Welcome 2018 With Peace, Love, Understanding & Auld Lang Syne

Best Wishes to all for a Happy And Healthy New Year in 2018.

There's no better way to party out 2017 than with a traditional last song from Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes together with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band .

We're havin' a party
Everybody's swinging
Dancing to the music
On the radio
So listen, Mr. DJ
Keep those records playing
'Cause I'm having such a good time
Dancing with my baby

You Tube Video of Southside Johnny and Bruce Springsteen Having a Party in 1978

Here's hoping for some 2018 Peace, Love and Understanding from Elvis Costello.  

And Auld Lang Syne.


Best Wishes for a Happy & Health New Year to you all.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Spend New Year's Eve At Roosevelt Island's Nisi Restaurant With Special Dinner Menu, Drinks & Complimentary Midnight Champagne Toast - Or Head To Times Square

Roosevelt Island's Nisi Restaurant

 Image of Nisi Owner Kaie Razaghie

is celebrating New Year's Eve tomorrow eventing. According to owner Alex Razaghie, Nisi has:
... two specials going for New Year' Eve. The first is a dinner special and the second is a drink special, The drink special starts at 10 and ends at 1. It’s two for 1 drinks as well as a complimentary champagne toast when the ball drops. We are planning on closing late, the latest being 2am depending on how busy it is.
If you're planning on braving the weather, crowds and security in Times Square on New Year's Eve, here's some advice:
Have fun and Happy New Year.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

You can also board the Roosevelt Island Express Lego Train

for a virtual ride around the FDR Four Freedoms Park and enjoy the views.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Using Radar Detection Equipment To Slow Down Traffic And Catch Speeders

Earlier this month a Roosevelt Island resident observed:
While waiting for the Red Bus across the street from the FDNY station, I watched a Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department (PSD) car seeming to hide behind the pine trees of the traffic island just north of the fire station. And when a car passed by driving south on Main Street, the officer put on his flashing lights and siren to stop the surprised driver. Then, after a brief conversation, the driver continued south ... and the PSD Speed Detector Trap was then re-set.

I watched this little drama unfold several times without understanding what I was seeing.

When the Red Bus came, a friend with me asked the driver what was happening.

The driver explained that RIOC had just installed stop signs on the road east of the community garden; and the drivers who were "caught" not stopping -- probably Coler employees going home at the end of the day shift -- simply failed to notice the new sign.

Public Safety did something right, I guess? Drivers tend to pick up speed heading south, and they can't see pedestrians crossing the road beyond the turn at the south edge of the garden. Soccer balls are often kicked into this area of Main Street from the Octagon Field as well. It is also the point where trucks will be turning west to go up the access road to the water tunnel project for the next year or so -- a likely place for an accident to develop.

I think this is a good decision. I'm glad because it makes the crossing safer.
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal reported on the use of radar detection equipment to slow traffic and catch speeders during the RIOC December 19 Board of Directors meeting (full RIOC President's Report here).

Also, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee (PSC) October 30 report noted:
... In discussing traffic issues in the Octagon area, as documented in Scott Piro’s report, Chief McManus reported that speed bumps were being considered and that due to the speeding, in certain areas on the Island, they would be training the PSO in using the radar guns, and are considering stepping up enforcement following the training.

The Chief mentioned that there was a new Security Director at Coler Hospital who he would be meeting with. He was attempting to create a multi- facetted approach to look at traffic control considering ways to deal with motorized bikes, etc....
and the RIRA PSC November 29 report added:
... Following submission of Scott’s report in October’s PSC meeting, Jack brought concerns to Susan’s attention and an internal meeting is scheduled on December 1st to look at some of the concerns, including speeding around these areas.

Training on the utilization of radar equipment needs to be completed by the PSO, which will be done through the NYPD. There have been minor difficulties encountered in getting our PSO’s spots for the NYPD trainings. The training requires field work to practice, and can take 3-5 days in the field. Speed bumps are still being considered in certain areas. Jack explained the difficulties associated with writing speeding tickets, in what can be utilized as proof.

The committee again stated that other Main Street road markings are worn out, do not match the Stop signs at certain intersections, or worn out, like on the Helix, causing safety concerns for motorists and foot traffic. The enforcement of traffic regulations for motorized bike was addressed. The Chief is aware of the problem and will be initiating more enforcement of the laws, for deliveries that come onto the Island....
Mr. Piro's traffic report was published in the Main Street WIRE.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

It's Christmas Eve, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Tonight - On The Roosevelt Island Tram? Nisi Restaurant Open Christmas Day With Special Menu

Reports are coming in of Santa Claus sightings from all around the world. You can even track him with the aid of Norad's Santa Tracker.

Santa will arrive on Roosevelt Island in a few hours. When he does, it may be on his specially designed, Reindeer powered,

 Roosevelt Island Tram sled using one of the old Tram cabins.

Roosevelt Island Tram Reindeer Cards from Marty Atkins

Hope you've all been good this year.

Roosevelt Island's newly re-opened Nisi Restaurant is open tomorrow, Christmas day, from 7 AM - to midnight. In addition to their regular menu, Nisi will be serving a Special Christmas Menu too

Or perhaps you prefer the traditional Chinese Food for Christmas.

It's Christmas Eve - so it must be Fairytale Of New York with the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

Merry Christmas Roosevelt Island!!!!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Roosevelt Island St Francis Xavier Cabrini Church Opens New Location Just In Time For Christmas

Roosevelt Island's St Francis Xavier Cabrini Church new location on the second floor at 504 Main Street

will open for the first time on Sunday December 24

for Christmas services.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Comedy Tram Is New TV Pilot Featuring Stand Up Comedians Performing On Roosevelt Island Tram

The Roosevelt Island Tram was the venue for a new comedy TV pilot. According to Comedy Tram:

Comedy Tram is taking comedians to new heights - literally!

This upcoming series features stand-up comedians performing to public audiences on the Roosevelt Island Tramway in New York City.
Here's the trailer

and routine by Petey DeAbreu.

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operators of the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market, wish you a Blessed Christmas season and a wonderful 2018 and want you to know that they will be open Saturday December 23 and December 30.

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

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

There's also the Roosevelt Island Express Lego Train that rides around the FDR Four Freedoms Park reported on yesterday.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

And Now For Something Completely Different - Roosevelt Island Express Lego Train Explores FDR Four Freedoms Park, Take A Ride And Enjoy Fantastic Views

All Aboard.

Click full screen icon for fantastic views from the FDR Four Freedoms Park.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Report From RIOC President Susan Rosenthal - Roosevelt Island Public Safety Officers To Use Radar Speed Gun To Slow Down Traffic, Half Million Dollar Grant For Smallpox Hospital Stabilization, All Seawall Railings Will Be Replaced & More

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal reported to the December 19 Board of Directors meeting on the following:

  • Half Million Dollar matching grant for Smallpox Hospital Stabilization Project - $25 million is necessary to stabilize the Ruins
  • Hiring a Public Information Officer to improve communications between RIOC and the community,
  • New RIOC web site launching next month,
  • Cultural Center closing for month of January to do mold re-mediation,
  • Both Tram Cabins are now running - additional work will be done in spring when only 1 cabin will run,
  • Public Safety to use speed radar equipment to slow down traffic in north and south of Island,
  • Youth Center Operator will be awarded in January,
  • Tram Elevator project to start soon
  • All the Roosevelt Island Seawall railing will be replaced
  • Youth Center and Sportspark renovations,
  • New Octagon Sports Field and Comfort Station Coming
  • Happy Holiday and a Wonderful New Year!

Roosevelt Island Community Literary Associates Donates $3700 To NY Public Library To Establish Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Collection - Final Act Of RICLA Before Closing

Before ending operations as a non-profit organization, on Saturday, December 16, Roosevelt Island Community Literary Associates (RICLA) President & Treasurer Janet Falk presented a check for $3,700 to NY Public Library Roosevelt Island Branch Manager Carlos Chavez

Image Of Janet Falk, Lorraine Lasker, Board member, Carlos Chavez, Library Manager RICLA

as a donation to establish the Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt Collection.

RICLA President & Treasurer Janet Falk reports:
The Roosevelt Island Community Library was created in 1979 by volunteers. Members of the newly established community conceived a volunteer library stocked with donated books and open to all residents for a nominal membership fee, making the resources accessible. Housed initially in a Westview community room, there were sessions of story time for very young children and the collection grew.

Eventually, the Friends of the Roosevelt Island Community Library signed a lease for the large storefront at 524 Main Street in June 1981. The collection continued to expand and by December 1994 numbered more than 30,000 volumes. On July 11, 1989, Roosevelt Island Community Literary Associates (RICLA) was incorporated. Its mission was to enrich the intellectual life of Roosevelt Island residents by supporting the promotion of a variety of literary, cultural and educational activities.

The New York Public Library had long intended to open a branch on Roosevelt Island, but budget issues precluded appropriations. Assemblyman Pete Grannis worked to secure the funds for capital improvements. Finally, in June 1998, the Community Library's books, bookcases and other assets were sold to the New York Public Library.

The primary function of RICLA having been re-assigned, the organization entered a quiet period. In 2004 and again, from 2009-2014, RICLA applied for grants from the Public Purpose Fund of RIOC and other sources. These funds were allocated in a matching advertising grant to Roosevelt Island's cultural and educational nonprofit groups. A new service, begun in 2009, provided grant writing services to these groups. Notably, RICLA assisted the Roosevelt island Disabled Association in securing funds for its operations. RICLA also was instrumental in aiding the Roosevelt Island Historical Society to secure the lamppost base and the funds for its transport, restoration and installation near the Visitor Center kiosk.

RICLA has decided to donate the balance of its treasury, $3700, to the New York Public Library to establish the Franklin and Elanor Roosevelt Collection. This money will be used to purchase books, DVDs, a bust of Eleanor Roosevelt and other relevant materials of the period of their lives. The collection will circulate throughout the NYPL, but will be tagged appropriately so that the materials are always returned to Roosevelt Island.

In making this donation, RICLA will close as a nonprofit organization that has long supported the Island community and its nonprofits.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Who Maintains Safety And Removes Ice From Roosevelt Island Ferry Dock Landing? - RIOC Discusses Infrastructure Improvements To Roosevelt Island Ferry Dock Landing

After the snow of last week, a Roosevelt Island resident reported on Friday, December 15:

Stairs and path to the ferry are nearly solid ice this morning around 8. Who is responsible for salting this and keeping it safe?
I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal and Vice President Of Operations Shelton Haynes about the icy conditions at the ferry dock and who's responsibility is it to maintain safety by removing ice - RIOC or the NYC Economic Development Corp (EDC)/Ferry Company.

Mr. Haynes replied:
... RIOC is responsible for the upland area while EDC is responsible for the actual Ferry Dock....
On Sunday I took a walk around the Ferry Dock area and most of the ice was gone,

either removed or melting to slush.

by the warmer weather over the weekend.

During the November 30 RIOC Operations Advisory Committee meeting (audio web cast of full meeting here), RIOC Engineering Consultant Mike Russo discussed improvements being made to the Upland portion of Roosevelt Island Ferry Dock


Oil Dock area.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Help A Fellow New Yorker By Donating To NY Cares Winter Coat Drive Hosted By Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department

The Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department reports:

Help a fellow New Yorker and take part in this year's NY Cares Coat Drive, hosted by the Public Safety Department. Gently used coats can be donated to the Public Safety Department, at 550 Main Street, from now until December 28th. For more information, call (212) 832-4545.

More info

on NY Cares from their web site.

RIOC Budget Approval, Public Purpose Funds Authorization & Funds For Youth Center Program Among Items On Agenda For December 19 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Board Of Directors Meeting

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors will meet 5:30 PM Tuesday, December 19 at the Cultural Center (548 Main Street). Among the items on the Agenda are

Prior to the start of the RIOC Board meeting, there will be a public comment period. Sign up here to speak at the meeting.

The RIOC Proposed Budget reports rescheduling the start of Southtown Building 8 and 9 construction to April 2018 and July 2019 respectively.

The RIOC Budget also includes projected payment of over $23 million from NY State for the Cornell Tech project.

Image From RIOC

According to the Proposed RIOC Budget for Fiscal Year 2018-19 (Page 1):

RIOC’s Proposed Budget FY 2018‐19 projects revenues of $51,203,000 a increase of $23,234,000 or 83.07 % over the Approved Budget FY 2017‐18 amount of $27,969,000. RIOC generates most of its revenues from long‐term ground leases to developers of housing projects on the Island. These leases specify the manner in which the ground lease revenues are derived, including amounts, timing, and escalation of ground lease payments, specifically residential fees, ground rents, and public safety fees. In addition, RIOC generates revenues from its Tramway transportation system, Motorgate parking garage, metered street parking, commercial leases, interest income, and other revenues. Other revenues mostly consist of permitting fees collected for activities that take place in the Sportspark sports facility, the Cultural Center, the Sports Fields, and third party construction on the Island.

Residential fees are projected to decrease by $534,000 or 26.47%. This is mainly due to two factors: (1) the rescheduling of the projected construction dates for Southtown Building 8 and 9 to April 2018 and July 2019; respectively, resulting in the deferral of Tax Equivalent Payments in the amount of $268,000 to the respective fiscal periods, and (2) the completion of the Island House Initial Sponsor Sales in FY 17‐ 18, resulting in the reduction of the projections for coop and condo sales transactions fees for FY 18‐19 in the amount of $221,000.

Ground rents are projected to increase by $23,541,000 or 194.17% due to the projected payment of the State’s contribution for Cornell. Furthermore, projections for Rivercross and Westview are based on current levels, however both projected ground rents are expected to increase.

Commercial rents are projected to decrease due to the cost for the joint marketing campaign between RIOC and Hudson Related Retail LLC.

Tramway revenues are projected to decrease by $233,000 or 4.08%, due to over‐projection of the revenues in the FY 17‐18 budget.

Public Safety revenues are projected to increase by $56,000 or 2.86% due to contractual escalations. Transport/parking revenues are projected to increase by $510,000 or 19.28%, mainly due to the addition of 15 additional parking meters on the Island.

Interest revenues are projected to increase by $35,000 or 33.02% due to gradual increases in interest rates.

Other Revenues is projected to decrease by $98,000 or 5.48%. Most of the decrease is due to the provision of free usage of the Sports Fields to meet the recreation needs of the community residents.
Also (Page 4-5):

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Roosevelt Island Tram Service Operating On Regular Service Schedule With Both Cabins Starting Monday Morning December 18 Says RIOC - But Work Still Remains To Complete The Tram Platform Repair Project

The Roosevelt Island Parents' Network asked:
Some parents are asking about progress of tram maintenance. Could you please help me find out if it'll finish as promised or will need to take longer?
Good news for Roosevelt Island Tram riders. Both Tram cabins will be in operation tomorrow morning, December 18.

 Image of Roosevelt Island Tram Station Sunday December 17

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
As of 6:00AM on Monday, December 18, 2017, both tram cars will be in service operating on their regular schedule. The temporary Red Bus shuttle service that was offered during the tram platform renovation will no longer be in operation.

Tram platform repairs will still be on going. From December 18th through December 29th , it will be necessary for contractors to use one tram car between 6:30AM and 7:00AM, as well as between 2:00PM and 2:30PM daily. These are the only anticipated deviations from the regular tram operating schedule.

Both tram cars will remain in operation until the spring. RIOC anticipates that only one tram will be in operation for a period of three weeks to complete the renovations during that period.

We thank you for your patience and wish you a happy holiday season.
The Roosevelt Island Tram Platform repair project began July 24.  The station repair project often resulted in very, very long lines due to only a single cabin operating, frustrating many Roosevelt Island residents with the inconvenience. In August::
...  the RIOC Board approved an expenditure of up to an additional $160,000 to extend the Tram Station repairs work week to include Saturday's.

According to RIOC Engineering Consultant Mike Russo, the extended work week will save at a minimum 30 days on the project's schedule. Mr. Russo said he hoped the Tram Station repairs will be completed before the end of 2017....
RIOC said both Tram Cabins will return to service by the end of 2017 and it looks like that will happen. An early Christmas/Chanukah holiday present for Roosevelt Island residents.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Mold From Leaking Water Closes Roosevelt Island Cultural Center For Repairs & Maintenance Says RIOC From January 2- February 5, 2018

According to this advisory today from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RICO):

Please be advised that The Cultural Center will be closed for planned maintenance & repairs from January 2nd – February 5th 2018. During this time no access shall be granted to the space. We thank you in advance for you cooperation.
Image Of Roosevelt Island Cultural Center Entrance

In response my November 10 inquiry following the November 9 RIOC Real Estate Advisory Committee (REDAC) meeting which discussed the Cultural Center mold issue, RIOC Vice President Of Operations Shelton Haynes replied:
As mentioned in the REDAC meeting last week, RIOC had the Cultural Center tested for mold that developed because of recurring leaks over a period of time. The test results revealed a low-grade, non-harmful, mold located in multiple rooms of the facility. RIOC has taken measures to remediate the mold out of an abundance of caution to our occupants and patrons of the Cultural Center. A portion was remediated in late October and the second phase will occur when the building is unoccupied in January. 
Here is the RIOC REDAC meeting discussion with RIOC Engineering Consultant Mike Russo, Mr. Haynes and Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation (RIJC) President Nina Lubin.

The RIJC is one of the occupants of the Cultural Center, together with the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance among others, who will not be able to use the space during the mold remediation.

The Cultural Center had been closed for almost 3 years following  the 2012Hurricane Sandy flooding and has undergone extensive renovation during that time.

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You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Hope Church Annual Candlelight Christmas Service Sunday December 17 At Good Shepherd

Roosevelt Island Hope Church Pastor Dan Sadlier reports:

Join us for Hope's annual Candlelight Christmas Service. Every year Hope gathers to celebrate the story of Christmas and its implications on life today in NYC. Celebrate the Christmas season with family and friends from around the city by joining us at our 4:30PM family friendly celebration with a catered meal to follow.

Sunday, December 17th | 4:30PM
Chapel of the Good Shepherd | 543 Main Street

More information about the Roosevelt Island Hope Church available at their web site.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Happy Chanukah From Roosevelt Island - Join The Chabad Of Roosevelt Island For Family Public Menorah Lighting Saturday December 16 At Rivercross Lawn - Pass The Latkes Please

The Chabad Lubavitch of Roosevelt Island invite you to the annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony on the Rivercross Lawn Saturday, December 16

Please join us for the annual Roosevelt Island Family Public Menorah Lighting Saturday evening, December 16.

The Fifth Chanukah Light.

6:30 PM on the south lawn of Rivercross.

Music, Dreidels, Hot Drinks, Hot Latkes, Doughnuts, A Gift For All, Chanukah Gelt

For more information, please contact
Happy Chanukah from the Maccabeats

and Roosevelt Island.

Pass the Latkes please.

History of Chanukah here

Scenes From Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting Ceremony Last Friday Night - Wonderful Event For The Community

A great time was had at last Friday's Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Rivercross lawn.

Santa Claus and the excited crowd began the Tree Lighting countdown from 10 down to 1

and then the tree lit up.

The festivities began with Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) carolers performing.


Best Wishes For A Happy Holiday from Island House & Westview.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Response From Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Chief To Times Square Port Authority Terrorist Bombing Today - If You See Something, Say Something

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department Chief Jack McManus reports:
RIOC Response to Today’s Terrorist Incident

At approximately 7:30 AM this date, an individual strapped with an explosive device caused an explosion to occur within the confines of the Port Authority Bus Terminal causing injury to himself and several commuters. The individual was taken into custody by several Port Authority Police Officers.

I’d like to offer a few words on safety as it pertains to transportation modalities on Roosevelt Island. Both tram stations are under constant video surveillance twenty four hours a day seven days a week by the NYPD. Tram employees are able to contact the RIOC Public Safety Department immediately if suspicious activity is either observed or brought to the attention of Tram Employees.

Similarly, RIOC Bus Drivers are able to instantaneously notify PSD via portable radio if suspicious activity is observed or brought to their attention. The MTA has a robust security and safety program for NYC’s Subway and Bus systems. PSD is linked up with the NYPD’s Transit Police Bureau and regularly share information with same.

Additionally, our Ferry Terminal is under 24/7 Video Surveillance and PSD is connected to the Ferry’s 24/7 Operations Center in the event of an emergency.

As individuals, we can all help by contacting the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Hotline at 888-NYC-Safe if we observe suspicious activity either on or off Roosevelt Island.

NYPD 114 Crime Prevention Officer Meets With Roosevelt Island Residents Association - RIOC Public Safety Chief Updates RIRA Public Safety Committee Too

On November 1, NYPD 114 precinct Crime Prevention Officer Gabe Tovar spoke to the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council about recent burglaries as well as phone scams involving false claims of being with the IRS, Con Ed and others.

Officer Tovar advised to hang up if you receive these types of phone calls.

About Roosevelt Island, Officer Tovar said:
... this is a very, very safe Island...
The RIRA Public Safety Committee usually meets every month, often with Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Chief Jack McManus and Deputy Chief Kevin Brown.

Below is the RIRA PSC report of the October 30 meeting.
Committee Meeting Minutes – 10/30/2017

Updates on Statistic:

Vertical Patrols: Statistics indicate that the WIRE building’s are receiving the appropriate number of patrols for a total in September of 937:
  • Roosevelt Landings 690, 
  • Island House 105, 
  • WestView 97, 
  • Rivercross 45, 
  • Motorgate Patrols for September 385.
Crime Statistic: Chief McManus presented crime Statistics which indicated that for the year from September 2016 - September 2017 the following:
  • Total number of misdemeanors decreased, 77 - 66; 
  • violations-non- crimes decreased, 452 -390; and
  • Index Crimes increased, 22 - 25. 
Chief McManus also reported that crime had decreased on the Island since he had started by 19% between 2014 and 2015.

Recent Incidents:

Chief McManus responded to questions related to the recent burglaries in Westview and on the recent stabbing behind 510.

Burglary was in Westview, no forced entry, perp wearing black mask. Was caught on WV camera when running downstairs, and at door station.

He was identified, and is attached to 2 other burglaries. He was identified and arrested.

The Stabbing victim is uncooperative, and is from off Island. Hasn’t provided much information to work with. There are no working cameras behind 510, (Presently there are also no cameras in Lighthouse Park, which is part of Phase II) which makes identifying where and what he was doing difficult.

Officer Training:

Deputy Kevin Brown is scheduled to conduct quarterly training. 3rd quarter training was focusing on CPR, Curtesy, Professionalism, Respect. 13 Officers were scheduled for tonight where specific reports will be used. Customer service skills are stressed.

Accuracy in reporting:

Update on steps that will be taken to guarantee that PSD Blotter accurately reflect documented complaint/incident was discussed.

Chief McManus stated that they would now provide one more Supervisor review, prior to publishing. In the past there was a 24 hour recap. The additional Supervisory review will probably make the 24 hr. turn around more difficult, but should improve accuracy.

The need for this was brought to light following an incident of Public Lewdness that occurred on 9/7/17 which had been incorrectly documented on the blotter and in the Desk Officer’s initial call for assistance as “Suspicious Activity,” and as a request for an escort.

Traffic Issues:

In discussing traffic issues in the Octagon area, as documented in Scott Piro’s report, Chief McManus reported that speed bumps were being considered and that due to the speeding, in certain areas on the Island, they would be training the PSO in using the radar guns, and are considering stepping up enforcement following the training.

The Chief mentioned that there was a new Security Director at Coler Hospital who he would be meeting with. He was attempting to create a multi- facetted approach to look at traffic control considering ways to deal with motorized bikes, etc.

Chief McManus reported that an accident had occurred down by South Park, where Off-Island youth, driving without appropriate license damaged the fence down at the park when their vehicle ran into the fence. Chief also mentioned that the NYC DOT had come out and assessed our street markings and that they would be refreshing all traffic markings.

Public Marijuana Use:

Openly smoking Marijuana in the area where children congregate appeared to have decreased, according to committee member Joanna, who assisted with the educational initiative and the creation of the signs. She requested the committee consider replacing the signs that had been vandalized, and put them back up.

Respectfully Submitted,

Erin Feely-Nahem, PSC Committee Chair
Chief McManus provided an update on the October 27 stabbing during the November 29 RIRA PSC meeting.

Below is the RIRA PSC report of the November 29 meeting.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Scenes From First Roosevelt Island Snow Of The Season This Weekend - And Winter Hasn't Started Yet

Roosevelt Island had a little bit of snow this weekend.

Snow did not stop this jogger running near the Cornell Tech campus

The Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas Tree on the Rivercross Lawn looked beautiful in the snow from the ground

and high. above

Roosevelt Island looks great in the snow.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Wonderful Night On Roosevelt Island - Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Christmas Carolers Perform At Tram. Subway Station And Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting

Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Executive Director Kristi Towey reports:

Image From Kristi Towey

Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance caroling this evening at the tram,


and tree lighting.

Loved seeing all the faces of the community enjoy this special treat during their commute!
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And then the Roosevelt Island Christmas/Holiday Tree was lit up.
It was a wonderful night on Roosevelt Island. Great job MST&DA!!!!

Stay tuned for more video of the Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting ceremony.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Roosevelt Island Christmas Trees For Sale Weekends Thru December 24 At Motorgate Rotunda Next To Gristedes

A reader asked today:

Good morning, do you happen to know whether Christmas trees will be sold again this year on Roosevelt Island near Gristedes?
The answer is starting tomorrow, Roosevelt Island Christmas Trees are available for purchase at the Motorgate Rotunda next to Gristedes and the following 2 weekends thru December 24.

RIRA Recommends RIOC Public Purpose Funds Allocations Of $100 Thousand To 9 Roosevelt Island Non Profit Organizations And Asks RIOC To Contribute 3% Of Annual Budget For Future Allocations

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council December 6 meeting approved the recommendations of RIRA's Public Purpose Funds (PPF) Committee for the allocation of $100,000 to 9 local Roosevelt Island non-profit organizations.

 According to the report prepared by the PPF Committee:
The RIRA Common Council’s PPF Committee reviewed the RIOC-provided applications of nine Island 501c organizations seeking funds for their respective programs. The Common Council approved the attached report during a meeting on December 6, 2017. Further, and as last year, the Common Council took note of the need for increased public purpose funding in our growing Roosevelt Island community. In this regard, the Common Council continues to urge RIOC to fully implement the still relatively new PPF-related legislation approved by Governor Cuomo. Championed by our local legislators, the funds, in our view, should be granted at or close to three percent of the RIOC operating budget in the manner envisioned. As evidenced by this and prior reports, qualified Island 501c non-profits lack funds sufficient to fully meet their goals beneficial to the Island.

Further to the above, it is with pleasure that we provide you the attached funding recommendations for your review and approval. If any questions, please let us know and also when this matter will be on the agenda for the review and approval consideration of the Corporation’s Board. The Committee will provide under separate cover other forms that RIOC requires.

We thank RIOC for its continued support to the community and the efforts made to move forward with public purpose funding. Additionally, we thank you for continuing to allow the RIRA-Common Council to provide inputs to the important process of availing funds to qualified Roosevelt Island applicants.

Warm regards,

Dave Evans (PPF Committee Chair with Members Erin Feely-Nahem and Cynthia Wilkerson)
The RIRA PPF Committee recommendations are as follows:

Sign Up For Roosevelt Island Youth Program Saturday Morning Basketball At Sportspark Gym For Ages 5-10

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

RIYP is proud to announce: Saturday Basketball

DATES: 1/6/18 - 3/31/18

LOCATION: Sportspark Gym

9:45am - 10:45am for ages 5 & 6‎
10:55am - 11:55am for ages 7 & 8‎
12:00pm - 1:00pm for ages 9 & 10




Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

RIOC Assessing Roosevelt Island Lighting Issues - Start With Roosevelt Island Tram Ramp Says Resident

Roosevelt Island resident Janet Falk shows us the Roosevelt Island Tram ramp heading south towards the tennis bubble is very dark and in desperate need of lighting. Ms. Falk reports:

This area needs lights.
The picture was taken on November 28

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association  (RIRA) Public Safety Committee (PSC) discussed lighting issues during November 29 meeting. According to the PSC Committee meeting minutes:
... On issues related to lighting in certain areas on the Island, a recently hired RIOC Administrator will be assessing all the lighting on Roosevelt Island. Committee members reported their constituent’s problems with specific areas, such as the Tram ramp, going South towards the tennis bubble,...
This evening, Ms. Falk follows up with picture below and adds:
Still very dark at tram ramp