Friday, January 13, 2017

Join Roosevelt Island Neighbors In Sign Making Afternoon Tomorrow In Preparation For January 21 Washington/New York City Women's March

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association President Barbara Parker reports:

Hi Everyone,

Please join your Roosevelt Island neighbors in a sign-making afternoon in plans for our participation in the New York Women's March on Saturday, January 21st.

To confirm your attendance for the sign-making this Saturday, January 14th and more information contact:

Barbara Parker


Lorraine Altman

To sign up for the January 21st March contact:

Sheila Chazin

In the next week, the march organizers will give us a time for our group to be at Dag Hammarskold Plaza. We will then gather on Roosevelt Island and go as a group. If off island people are joining us, we will establish a meeting point for them in Manhattan before we get to Dag plaza.

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Closing Reception For Artist Jennifer Young's Exhibition At Paul Calendrillo New York Gallery Saturday January 14

The Roosevelt Island Paul Calendrillo New York Gallery at 507 Main Street

is hosting a closing reception for artist Jenifer Young's Backstory exhibition Saturday, January 14 from 3 - 6 PM.

You're invited.

Mr Calendrillo shares this video interview by Roosevelt Island resident and artist Mark Fraser Betts with Ms. Young who describes her work and influences of Punk and Ska music on her paintings.

JENNIFER YOUNG INTERVIEW from Greenhill Films on Vimeo.

More information on artist Jennifer Young available at her web site.

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket Specials & Sales, Diamond Rewards Featured Bonus Items For January 13 - January 26, Shoprite Brands & More

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You can sign up for a Gristedes Bonus Savings Card online or in store - just make sure you give your email address and whether you are 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:
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  • Organic & Gourmet, 
  • Snacks
  • Meat, 
  • Fresh Produce, 
  • Seafood, 
  • Frozen, 
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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.

And compare the Shoprite brand items available at Gristedes to the National brands for quality and value

More Gristedes Supermarket information available at their web site, Facebook Page and Twitter feed.

Roosevelt Island Mom Assaulted After Asking Man To Stop Smoking Marijuana Next To Playground Filled With Children Yesterday - Safety Of Our Children And Their Parents Paramount Says RIOC Public Safety Chief

Talia is a Roosevelt Island Mom. She reports:

I wanted to share with you a difficult experience I had, yesterday.

I went to the Roosevelt Island Day Nursery (RIDN) in Manhattan Park to pickup my son at 3pm. We left there walking on the west boardwalk towards home. We saw a guy next to the playground smoking marijuana. The smell was very strong, the guy smoked without fear of anyone (the playground was full of children).

I went to him with a smile and told him, please sir do not smoke here, so close to our children, the children can smell it, (I know it was stupid of me to contact him but I approached him with such a polite smile. ..) He started cursing at me with so many curses, I'm ashamed to tell you, and threatened me to stay away.

I told him I was calling the police, walked away and I took a picture of him. The guy ran at me, knocking me to the floor, kicked me in the leg, took my phone and threw it to the floor. He tried to break my phone, I told him to stop, I will delete your picture. He deleted the image and threatened me.

I called the police, and I filed a police report. I do not understand what is happening to our amazing island? It’s so creepy here, why don't the police do anything? Wherever you go, you smell marijuana? Why should our children have to suffer passive smoke from these drugs?

I have back pain, leg pain after he kicked me, and abrasions with blood in hand.

So sad but we all ok now.
I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal and Public Safety Director Jack McManus:
... what is being done to prevent marijuana smoking in outdoor public areas particularly where children are nearby?
 Image of Roosevelt Island Playground and West Promenade From Google Maps

Public Safety Director McManus replied:
We are aware of this incident and have taken steps to address it.

The safety and welfare of our children and their parents is paramount and is treated as such on a daily basis. Each day, at both arrival and dismissal times, we deploy a PSD supervisor and 4 to 5 PSD officers to ensure that the children and their parents arrive at and leave school in a safe and orderly manner. We ensure that the children cross safely by managing vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the vicinity of the schools and, in addition, provide patrols by PSD officers in areas around the schools.

We have received complaints of marijuana smoking along the paths adjacent to the sea wall and have addressed these complaints with PSD patrols. I will increase patrols along the sea wall during both arrival and dismissal times and provide random patrols at other times.

Our patrols have resulted in both arrests and the issuance of Criminal Court Summonses and that enforcement will continue. Folks should call the Public Safety Department at 212-832-4545 to report any offenses that are observed, and PSD officers will respond and take corrective action which may include the arrest or summonsing of the offending individual.
The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee discussed the issue of marijuana smoking in public next to schools during their January 3 meeting. RIRA Public Safety Committee Chair Erin Feely-Nahem issued the following statement upon learning of yesterday's incident:
The reported violent assault on a women, accompanied by her child, in front of the playground near the  Roosevelt Day Nursery, after requesting that the alleged perpetrator refrain from smoking marijuana in front of the children, is completely unacceptable. The assailant should be held legally accountable.

The Public Safety Committee (PSC) is initiating a campaign in favor of no smoke areas where parents,with young children are present.

The following statement, which will be distributed throughout the community, was approved by the Public Safety Committee on January 3, 2017 as part of an educational campaign.
PSC Statement on Legalities of Marijuana

The RIRA Public Safety Committee (PSC) has received some complaints regarding the public smoking of marijuana in various locations, including near or around PS/IS 217 and other areas where parents with young children are present.

The smoking of marijuana in public places remains illegal. Violators are subject to summons and a time-consuming and potentially damaging expedition through the NYC Criminal Justice bureaucracy.

The PSC is sympathetic to parents who do not wish their children to be subjected to second-hand marijuana smoke in the areas cited above. We would like to ask the community to respect community members’ request that areas around children’s’ play area or schools remain smoke free.

The PSC, does not favor a "harsh crackdown" on individuals, often young adults, who might engage in this offense publically, due to misconceptions about the recent easing of the law, instead we wish to emphasize the following::

The PSC asks that voluntary self-restraint and consideration guide future behavior in regard to this issue.
Here's a portion of the January 3 RIRA Public Safety Committee

discussion on public marijuana smoking near schools.

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

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

service to and from Manhattan this New Year's weekend.

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

Thursday, January 12, 2017

When Will Roosevelt Island Sportspark Renovations Be Completed? Facility Will Re-Open As Soon As Boiler Can Be Turned On Says RIOC But No Firm Date Yet

As previously reported, the renovations to the Roosevelt Island Sportspark facility

 Sportspark Image From Google Maps

that began last August were scheduled to be completed before Thanksgiving.

Image From RIOC

In December, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced that Sportspark renovation problems would delay the re-opening until Mid January.

During the January 4 Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Meeting, RIRA Common Council Member Janet Falk asked RIRA Island Services Committee Chair Aaron Hamburger if he knew when Sportspark will re-open. Mr. Hamburger answered
... I'm convinced that it will be later than scheduled... I think we are at least a month or maybe two months away from opening....
Mr Hamburger added that RIOC will begin renovations of the locker room in April.

On January 5 I asked RIOC President Susan Rosenthal:
Any update on when Sportspark will reopen?

Is mid January still the plan?
Ms Rosenthal replied later that day:
It's still the plan but I cannot confirm the actual date since a few players need to be coordinated in order to make sure we have heat (the hook-up of the new boiler is in its final stage). Stay tuned....
I learned on January 10, that the Palladino Academy Indoor Soccer Practice was scheduled for January 17 at Sportspark so I asked RIOC:
Has a date been selected for opening Sportspark?

One of the Soccer groups has announced that they will be using Sportspark on January 17.
RIOC Vice President of Operations Shelton Haynes replied:
At this time point in time, we are still awaiting dates for inspections for the work on the boiler. After which, they will authorize Con Ed and the manufacturer to finally turn on the boiler. We are doing everything in our power to expedite this process. As soon as we can confirm a date that is certain, we will advise accordingly.
So, still no firm date for opening of Sportspark - Stay tuned.

RIOC explained reasons for renovations delay here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Meet And Greet Event For Roosevelt Island Military Veterans Thursday January 12 - Come Meet Your Fellow Veterans

A reminder from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

Meet & Greet!

In partnership with the Carter Burden Senior Center, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation will kick off its first social affair for island veterans on Thursday, January 12th at 3 PM at the Senior Center, located on 546 Main Street. Stop by for fun, refreshments, and to socialize with fellow islanders who have or are currently serving in the military. We hope to see you there!

More on the Roosevelt Island Military Veterans Meet and Greet at this previous post including plans for forming a Roosevelt Island Veterans Association.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Volunteers Requested To Help Deliver Meals For Roosevelt Island Homebound Residents By Carter Burden Senior Center - Can You Help?

The Carter Burden Center for the Aging Roosevelt Island Senior Center program is seeking volunteers to deliver meals to homebound Roosevelt Island residents. Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center Outreach Director Hallie Shapiro reports:

We are still looking for a regular volunteer to help us deliver meals to our homebound clients on Fridays between 11:45am-1:45pm. Please let me know if you know anyone who may be interested!
Please email Ms. Shapiro or call if you are interested in volunteering.

Info on the Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center program here and volunteer opportunities here.

CBS New York reports on the NYC Meals Wheels program to deliver food to the homebound.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Frigid Weather And Insanely Long Lines Greet Residents Waiting For Roosevelt Island Tram This Morning Due To F Train Subway Service Disruptions

Roosevelt Island residents started this frigid Monday morning learning there was no F Train subway service and finding huge lines

waiting for them

at the Roosevelt Island Tram station.
A Roosevelt Island tipster shares these photos and reports:
No F to Manhattan. Crowds up to the Kiosk

from both sides of the Tram.

Line now goes around the Kiosk to under

the Queensboro Bridge.
According to the MTA, a water condition at West 4th street station caused delays and service changes on many subway lines including the F.
The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse adds:
MTA tweets that service is restored but with extensive delays.
And the Roosevelt Island Tram lines are back to normal.