Saturday, April 8, 2017

Gorgeous Sunset Over NYC East River Waterfront Skyline Seen From Roosevelt Island

Urban American's Josh Eisenberg, owner of Roosevelt Landings, shares these gorgeous photos Of NYC East River Waterfront sunset

seen from Roosevelt Island near Meditation Steps and

the Rivercross building Lawn last Thursday.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Great News - Neapolitan Express Pizza Food Truck Returns To Roosevelt Island Tonight - Yum!!!!!!

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse asked:

Roosevelt Island good news keeps coming because the answer is yes.

The Neopolitan Express Pizza Food Truck is back tonight in Southtown opposite Starbucks.

They have been missed for the last several months.

Welcome back Neapolitan Express.


Roosevelt Island NYC East River Ferry Service Begins August 2017, In Water Dock Work Starts In July After Fish Breeding Moratorium Concluded Says RIOC - NYC Ferry Jobs Available

NYC Mayor  Bill de Blasio announced yesterday:
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that Citywide Ferry Service, now officially named "NYC Ferry," will be launching May 1st with two routes: the brand new Rockaway Route and the existing East River Route, both of which will cost just $2.75 a ride and include free transfers to other ferry routes. This puts NYC Ferry a full month ahead of schedule, with the system having initially been projected to launch in June of 2017.

Mayor de Blasio also announced that the South Brooklyn Route, with stops in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Red Hook and Brooklyn Bridge Park will begin service starting on June 1st. The Astoria Route will launch in August, with exact date still being determined, and the Lower East Side and Soundview Routes will be launching in 2018...
Roosevelt Island Ferry service on the Astoria Route will start sometime in August.

Today I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal for a status update on the Roosevelt Island ferry dock. Ms. Rosenthal replied
City cannot start in-water work until fish breeding moratorium is concluded (July 1); need permits from NY Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACE); piles installation for landing takes about 6 weeks and requires coordination with New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA).

City intends to start upland work, middle of May and to launch as close to 8/1-8/15 as possible.
Image Of RI Ferry Landing From October 2016 NYC EDC Ferry Presentation To RIOC

According to Mayor de Blasio's announcement:
... Astoria route will connect to Astoria, Roosevelt Island (Cornell Tech), Long Island City, East 34th Street and Wall Street....
Images From NYC Ferry

Notice that the Roosevelt Island ferry location in Mayor de Blasio's announcement is identified to include Cornell Tech. I asked the Mayor's office:
Why is Cornell identified as the ferry location. I am not aware of any other NYC ferry location being identified with a private entity such as Cornell. Any statement from the Mayor's Office as to why the ferry location on Roosevelt Island is identified with Cornell and not just "Roosevelt Island".
Mayoral Spokesperson Jessica Ramos replied:
Currently it is referred to as Roosevelt Island—without the Cornell. It was noted as such in the press release to remind reporters that the stop will connect to new jobs at CT, as well as serving residents.

When the new map is released early next month, it will appear as “Roosevelt Island – East Main Street”. Landings will be a combination of the neighborhood where the stop is located and the nearest major street perpendicular to the shoreline.
For more info, check out videos below of the October 13, 2016 RIOC Real Estate Advisory Committee meeting presentation by NYC Economic Development Corp on Roosevelt Island Ferry Dock and Service.

NYC EDC Roosevelt Island Ferry Presentation

There may be a job for you with the NY City Wide Ferry.
Mayor de Blasio adds:
I want every New Yorker to know: This is still your city. That means we need to help you climb the economic ladder right here. We have set a goal of creating 100,000 good-paying jobs over the next decade. These are jobs that pay at least $50,000 a year and offer opportunity and skills for a career.

This week, I announced that our Citywide Ferry Service – which will be running this summer – is now hiring for the first of 200 new jobs created by this innovative new transportation system.

Ferries mean jobs building the system, operating the system and maintaining the boats.

Ferries mean opportunity. Folks living in areas that have long been isolated from the rest of the city’s economy will now be able to hop on a quick, convenient ferry ride to a new future for the cost of a subway fare.

Ferries mean people have a new reason to leave their cars at home, relieving road congestion, taking pressure off mass transit and making our city more convenient for all.  

Our ferries will serve 21 neighborhoods from The Rockaways in Queens, to South Brooklyn, to Soundview in the Bronx. Half a million New Yorkers will live within walking distance of a ferry stop. The system will carry an estimated 4.6 million trips per year across six routes.

We believe fundamentally that economic opportunity has not been spread wide enough in this city. We need more jobs. We need good paying jobs. We need to make sure everyone has access to them. One of the ways we will reach our goal of creating 100,000 new jobs is by looking to our waterfront.

You can apply now for careers on our ferries through the City Department of Small Business Services’ WorkForce1 Centers. For a list of locations click: You can also apply at CitywideFerry.NYC, or through the Employment Center at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Check out the NYC Ferry web page for more info and chance to win a free pass.

Sponsored Post - Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket Bonus Savings Card Diamond Rewards Loyalty Program April 7 To April 20 - Get Exclusive Offers And Earn Points On Hundreds Of Items To Be Redeemed On Next Order & Passover Specials

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

Diamond Rewards customer loyalty program items for April 7 - April 20 are now available .

Examples of featured items purchased from April 7 - April 20 that earn you big points include
  • Mario Batali Pasta Sauce earn 100 points,
  • Oscar Mayer Bacon earn 75 points,
  • Evol Dinners earn 50 points,
  • Nature Valley Granola Bars earn 25 points and
  • many more shown in flyer below.

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
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 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:
  • Groceries, 
  • Organic & Gourmet, 
  • Snacks
  • Meat, 
  • Fresh Produce, 
  • Seafood, 
  • Frozen, 
  • Deli &;
  • Fresh Bakery
Department Offerings for April 14 - April 20

and these Passover Specials valid through April 20 including $5 Off Coupon when you spend $75 or more.

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.

More Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, That's 16 In A Row - Could This Be A Record?

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

That's 16 weekends in a row of Roosevelt Island F train service to and from Manhattan. The last Roosevelt Island weekend F train service disruption was December 16-19, 2016.

We could get used to this.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Great News - Roosevelt Island Sportspark Facility Re-Opening Monday April 10

Sportspark Image From Google Maps

Just received word from the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC), that the Sportspark Facility will reopen Monday April 10.

More info to follow.

UPDATE 6:25 - According to RIOC:
Please be advised that Sportspark will re-open on Monday, April 10th at 7 AM.

The operating hours of Sportspark are Monday-Friday 7 AM – 10 PM, Saturday and Sunday 8 AM – 7 PM.

The new Open Swim pool hours will be as follows:

Monday-Friday: 7 – 11 AM and 7:30 – 10 PM. Saturday and Sunday 12 – 3 PM, All Ages and 4 – 7 PM, 18 years and older.

Please note that the facility will continue to undergo repairs in the upcoming months which may cause minor inconveniences. We will provide the community with advance notice of any upcoming repairs.

Thank you for patience.

Scenes From Roosevelt Island Egg Hunt - Cold Temperatures But Fun Times For Kids And Families

Roosevelt Island Residents Association Egg Hunt Co-Chair Irena Durkovic shares these photos and reports:

RIRA’s annual Egg Hunt

took place on Saturday, April 1st. Even though it was very cold, Roosevelt Island families came out with their little ones in great number. We estimate that about 180 families joined us.

There were multiple activities organized by our sponsors, such as bonnet making, pitching contest, lollypop pull, gifts giveaways and Eggs on Hats crafts. MSTDA’s Children Theater was responsible for entertaining the crown with Seusical Jr performance, and RIRA gave away free books. Kids enjoyed playing and taking photos with Easter Bunny.

The event was a great success, thanks to many island organizations that contributed: MSTDA, Island Kids, Ps/is 217, RIVAA, Girl Scouts, Hope church, RICCD, NYPL Roosevelt Island Branch, RI Marlins, Wildlife Freedom Foundation, RISA, The Carter Burden Center for Aging, CERT, Piccolo Trattoria, Wholesome Factory, New York Bagels in Queens, Starbucks, Roosevelt Island Historical Society, Cornell Tech, Roosevelt Island Parents Network, Manhattan Park and RIOC.

Besides our sponsors, this event would not be possible without the residents of Roosevelt island that came out to volunteer their time in preparation and during the event. If anybody has any comments, wishes or suggestions you can email Irena Durkovic
More scenes of the Roosevelt Island Egg Hunt from Nick Turner
and Frank Farance shows us the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

making sure everyone has a good and safe time.

Former Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Coordinator Eva Bosbach Receives Exemplary Community Service Citation From NYC Council Member Ben Kallos Last Night For Helping To Bring More Pre- Kindergarten Seats To Roosevelt Island

Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos presented former Roosevelt Island Parents' Network (RIPN) Coordinator and organization founder Eva Bosbach with a NYC Council Citation for her exemplary community service in helping to bring additional Pre-Kindergarten seats to Roosevelt Island.

Council Member Kallos presented the Citation to Ms. Bosbach

Image From Briana Warsing

during last evening's Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council meeting.

The Citation says:
Whereas, a great city is only as great as those persons who give exemplary service to their communities, whether through participation in voluntary programs, through unique personal achievement in their professional or other endeavors or simply through a lifetime of good citizenry;


Whereas, such service which is truly the lifeblood of the community and the city so often goes unrecognized and unrewarded; now, therefore be it

Resolved, that as duly elected members of the New York City Council, we recognize that in

Eva Bosbach

we have an outstanding citizen, one whom is worthy of the esteem of both community and the great City of New York.
Council Member Kallos recounts the efforts made by Ms. Bosbach and the RIPN to bring greatly needed additional Pre- Kindergarten seats to Roosevelt Island.

In response to receiving the NYC Council Citation, Ms Bosbach responded:
Thank you to all the active parent volunteers, our partner organizations, and our elected officials who in a team effort made the RI Parents' Network so successful! I wish my successors Cecilia Chen and Sangeeta Joseph our full support in further growing our network so we can continue to enjoy this unique community in New York and make it an even better place to live for families and all residents.
Congrats Ms Bosbach and RIPN - well deserved!!!!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Roosevelt Island Children & Youth Services Among Items On Agenda For RIRA Common Council Meeting Tonight - Public Session To Ask Your Questions Too

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council will hold it's monthly meeting this evening, April 5, at 8:00 PM in the Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street).

As always, prior to the start of each monthly meeting there is a Public Session in which residents can come and address the Common Council Delegates on any issue of concern.

Below is the Agenda for tonight's RIRA meeting.

If at all possible, please arrive 15 mins early to help set up tables and chairs

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Time & Place: 8:00 pm, Church of Good Shepard, Basement

1. Public Session (please sign-in to be placed on the Public Session Speaking List)

2. Roll Call of Common Council Members

3. Adoption of Agenda

4. Committee Reports & Business
a. Children Youth & Education Ad Hoc Committee Report
b. Island Services Committee Report
c. SC&E Committee & Subcommittee Reports

5. Old Business

6. New Business
a. Call for RIOC Election Volunteers and Turnout

Roosevelt Island Youth Program Tee-Ball Players Learn Fundamentals Of Baseball On Chilly Saturday Opening Day - RIYP Soccer And Flag Football Registration Open

The Roosevelt Island Youth Program (RIYP) Tee-Ball season began last Saturday for kids 5-7 years of age. RIYP Sports Director/Deputy Director Andrey Chichagov shares these photos by Harumi and reports

The Roosevelt Island Youth Program Tee-Ball started this past Saturday. This year we have 100 registrations and the program will run until June. Its coached by the famous Coach Tommy who will teach children the fundamentals of baseball.

Saturday also marked the start of the High School Spring soccer league which has also eclipsed the mark of 100 registrations. As of now Registration for High School Soccer is still open as well as flag football for ages 8-12 year olds
Despite the chilly weather, 

 Coach Tommy instructed the RIYP Tee-Ball players on the fundamentals of hitting,



and running

the bases.

More photos here.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Arthur C Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey Discussed At Roosevelt Island Public Library Science Fiction Book Club Tonight - Upcoming Months, Bradbury Stories And A Clockwork Orange

Are you a Roosevelt Island Science Fiction book fan? If yes, the New York Public Library Roosevelt Island branch (524 Main Street)

is the place for you with it's monthly Science Fiction Book Discussion.

Tonight, Arthur C. Clarke's classic 2001: A Space Odyssey is the subject for discussion beginning at 6:30 PM. 

Image From Amazon

On May 2, the discussion is on Bradbury Stories and June 6 is A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

Here's a fascinating 1997 Roger Ebert interview with Arthur C. Clarke.

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Historical Society Free Lecture, Metropolitan Hospital Goes To The Great War, Thursday April 6

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) presents an ongoing series of free Spring Lectures at the NY Public Library Roosevelt Island branch.The next lecture is Thursday, April 6. According to the RIHS:

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society

Presents a Free Lecture

Metropolitan Hospital Goes to the Great War

by Judith Berdy, President
Roosevelt Island Historical Society

New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island
Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

The wounded and dying soldiers on the battlefields of the Great War required a new level of medical care. Roosevelt Island's Metropolitan Hospital played a role as one of a number of American hospitals that sent doctors, nurses and other staff members to run base hospitals in Europe during World War I, as Judith Berdy, President of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, will discuss in a lecture at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

The lecture marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entering World War I on April 6, 1917 and is sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

This event is 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.

Save These Dates for Upcoming RIHS Events
  • 4/30/17: Annual Cherry Blossom Walk. For reservations, call 212-688-4836 or email
  • 5/4/17: Charles Giraudet, Photographs of Triboro Hospital, NYPL Roosevelt Island Branch
  • 6/15/17: Historian Thomas Campanella, Our Environment (Location TBA)

Monday, April 3, 2017

Indivisible Roosevelt Island Activists Going To Albany Tomorrow In Support Of NY Health Act Legislation Guaranteeing Health Care To All New Yorkers - You Can Act Too, Make A Phone Call

Indivisible Roosevelt Island 

activist Ellen Polivy reports
Dear friends,

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 4, marks 49 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. To honor King's legacy, hundreds of New Yorkers are rallying at the state Capital to demand universal healthcare. Three Roosevelt Islanders from the Indivisible Roosevelt Island chapter are going, Lorraine Altman, Susan Wald and me.

New York Health Act would guarantee healthcare to ALL New Yorkers regardless of income, wealth, place of employment, or immigration status.

Please take action today.
As hundreds of New Yorkers rally in Albany to tell our legislators to please vote for New York Health, amplify our demands by making three phone calls:
  • To your own NYS Senator.(Senator Jose Serrano 212-828-5829) Ask them to cosponsor New York Health (S4840). Thank him for being a sponsor and ask him to do everything in his power to gain additional legislative support for the bill.
  • To your NYS Assembly member.(Rebecca Seawright 212-288-4607 or 518-455-5676) Ask them to cosponsor New York Health (A4738).
  • To Kemp Hannon (516-739-1700), the Republican from the 3rd Senate District who chairs the Health Committee. Ask him to please support New York Health (S4840) - it's good for the people in his district, it's good for business, and it's good for all of us in New York State!
Thank you for being part of the fight to to bring healthcare as a human right to all New Yorkers. Let's work together to make sure New York State leads the way!

More information on Indivisible Roosevelt Island available at previous post, the Indivisible Roosevelt Island Facebook Page or email address.

Click on links to read the NY Senate and Assembly NY Health Act legislation.