Friday, April 14, 2017

Starr Catering Opening New Roosevelt Island Cafe At Cornell Tech Bloomberg Center This Summer - Espresso Bar, Bakery, Healthy Soups, Salads, Sandwiches & More With Beautiful Views And Outdoor Seating Too

When the Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island campus opens this summer, Roosevelt Island will have a new restaurant, The Cafe at Cornell Tech's Bloomberg Academic building from Starr Caterring. The Cafe will be open to the public and accommodate 180 seats at 48 tables

Image From Cornell Tech  3/29 Presentation To RI Town Hall

with an additional 112 seat outdoor terrace

Image Of Bloomberg Outdoor Terrace Space From Cornell Tech  3/29 Presentation To RI Town Hall

serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

The Cafe will have two parts, an espresso bar/bakery

Image From Cornell Tech  3/29 Presentation To RI Town Hall

and a servery with prepared foods cooked at their Bronx based commissary delivered early in the morning.

Image From Cornell Tech  3/29 Presentation To RI Town Hall

The Cafe plans to offer a variety of healthy and delicious food, including breakfast, grain bowls made to order, salads, soups, and sandwiches.

Starr Catering's Guy Kellner previewed the new Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Cafe during March 29 Roosevelt Island Town Hall meeting.

Here's Mr. Kellner's presentation.

There will be 35-39 jobs available at the new Cornell Tech campus Cafe. The application process

Image From Cornell Tech  3/29 Presentation To RI Town Hall

will start in May.

Click here for more information on jobs available at the Cafe and other Cornell Tech vendors.

This summer will hopefully see two additional restaurants/cafes opening on Roosevelt Island. As previously reported a Mexican restaurant and Cafe/Juice/Wine/Beer Bar will open this summer too.

Maybe even Trellis/Nisi will finally open this summer.

Good News Again, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, That's 17 In A Row - E Train Service Too

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

That's 17 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.

E Trains run via the F in both directions between W 4 St and 21 St-Queensbridge Weekends, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Apr 14 - 17 • Apr 21 - 24

Thursday, April 13, 2017

NYPD 114 Precinct Roosevelt Island Community Policing Policy In Effect - Neighborhood Coordination Officers To Build Stronger Relationship With Community Says Precinct Commander

With summer approaching, some Roosevelt Island residents of Roosevelt Landings are becoming increasingly concerned with teenagers and young adults loitering, smoking marijuana and causing trouble in the hallways of the buildings. According to a Roosevelt Landings resident:

Here we all go once again.  The summer months are upon us all - and low & behold the gangs are slowly starting to congregate in the hallways . Since Friday alone PSD was notified (16) times as it relates to these young kids being allowed to just loiter in the buildings without being asked to leave.
Concern grew upon the possibility that NYPD's 114 Precinct community patrol officer assigned exclusively to Roosevelt Island was removed.

Yesterday, I asked

NYPD 114 Precinct Commander Deputy Inspector Peter Fortune:
I've been told that Roosevelt Island no longer has a 114th NYPD Community Police Officer assigned exclusively for Roosevelt Island.

Is that true? If true, why?

In 2011, the NYPD 114 Precinct Commander fulfilled a promise to assign a full time Community Office to Roosevelt Island.

Deputy Inspector Fortune replied:
The 114th Precinct went to the new module of community based policing in October 2016. This module of policing is broken down into Steady Sector Officer's, Neighborhood Coordination Officer's (NCO's) and response auto's.

Roosevelt Island is zoned in Sector David (sectors are defined zones within a command) and has two (2) permanent NCO's assigned to cover that sector.

Steady sectors are given several hours a tour "off-patrol" time, meaning they attend community based meetings, conduct community outreach, or whatever else specific to their sector needs to be addressed. The NCO's are tasked with coordinating with the residents in their sector, such as; attending community based meetings, identifying specific community issues, formulating solutions to those problems, just to name a few.

We have held several "roll out" meetings, and still trying to get more community residents engaged in the program. So the short answer to your questions, is the information you received is not true.

Roosevelt Island not only has two (2) Officers or NCO's assigned, they now have steady sector cops patrolling the area as well. This means the same cops patrolling the Island on a regular basis... This allows for stronger relationships between my officers and the residents of Roosevelt Island....

... The NYPD 114 precinct NCO office # 718-626-2708

NCO's assigned to Roosevelt Island:

PO Keith Matthes (

PO Joseph Esposito (
Deputy Inspector Fortune encourages Roosevelt Island residents to get to know the NCO's assigned to our community and let them know about specific problems and issues.

Sector David covers from 21 Street to Vernon Boulevard, Astoria park South to Queens Plaza North and all of Roosevelt Island.

Image From Astoria Post

During the January 25, 2017 Roosevelt Island Community Discussion on Public Marijuana Smoking, our NCO Police Officer Keith Matthes said:

Here's an example of how NYPD Neighborhood policing

works in a Queens housing project.

Let's see how it works on Roosevelt Island.

UPDATE 4/14 - Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal adds:
We have been informed that the NYPD 114th precinct is currently reorganizing to expand their community policing program to additional neighborhoods which will affect Roosevelt Island.

The tours for Officers Joseph Esposito and Keith Matthes, Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO) assigned to Roosevelt Island, have been expanded to include 21st Street to R.I. and Astoria Park South to Queensboro Bridge. Although the island will continue to have a NYPD presence, the change will affect the frequency of our NCO’s on the island. Officers Matthes and Esposito will continue to be available for community meetings and as needed. To help with this transition and to properly provide the community with continued dialogue, the 114th precinct will host a community meeting on May 25th at 7 PM at the Queens Library at Long Island City, 37-44 21st Street.

Residents will also now have the option to contact NYPD by email to discuss any policing issue. Sgt. Brian Andruszkiewicz, is creating an email account which R.I. residents can use to communicate with the NYPD. In the interim, if you are interested in receiving emails from the 114th precinct, please send an email to Your information will be forwarded to Sgt. Andruszkiewicz.”

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wacky Idea Proposed For New Roosevelt Island Cantilevered Transit Hub Over East River - With Retail, Food Court, Hotel, Marina & Elevator Access To Queensboro Bridge Too

According to Curbed NY, a proposal for Roosevelt Island by architect Victor Ostojic:
... imagines a cantilevered, glass-covered ferry terminal on the western side of the island, which would serve as a major transportation hub for the rapidly-developing area...
... the cantilevered building would have ground-floor retail, a food court, offices in the middle portion, and a luxury hotel on top. In addition, Ostojic has proposed digging out the island behind this new ferry terminal and creating a marina that would better connect the island to Queens...

.. creating elevator access to the pedestrian walkway on Queensboro Bridge....
Click here for the full Curbed NY article.

The design reminds one Roosevelt Island resident of Starfleet Academy.
Roosevelt Island is no stranger for wacky ideas by architects.

Remember the Dragonfly Vertical Farm

and Trilogy Towers

with East River Pedestrian Bridge?

Sponsored Post - Roosevelt Island Jobs Available With Cornell Tech Campus Contractors - Allied Universal Security Personnel, Starr Catering Food Service, Related Residential Building & Cornell Campus Facilities Maintenance/Management

According to Cornell Tech:

Job Opportunities with Campus Contractors

Contractors actively recruiting for openings at this time are noted with an active link to their website. Please check back for upcoming openings.

Allied Universal is hiring campus security personnel. Please see details and apply here.

Starr Catering Group is hiring food service personnel for the Bloomberg Café. Please check back for details on May 1, 2017.

Related Management Company is hiring buildings care personnel for our residential building The House at Cornell Tech. Please check back for details in late May 2017.

Cornell Tech is identifying a contractor that will be hiring facilities maintenance and management personnel including groundskeeping, buildings care, and facilities operations positions. Please check back for details in early June 2017.
During March 29 Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Town Hall Meeting, Cornell Tech's Director Of Human Resources Julie Delay reported on campus employment opportunities. 

 Image From 3/29 Cornell Tech Town Hall Presentation

Here's what Ms. Delay had to say.

Click here for more information on Cornell Tech campus employment opportunites.

Good luck!!!!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association Annual Membership Drive Happening Now For Residents 50 Years Of Age And Over - RISA Focuses Activities For Active Seniors

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) President Barbara Parker reports the RISA annual membership drive is underway for residents 50 years of age and older.

According to RISA


Annual Membership Drive

Where: 546 Main Street Lobby

When: April 10th-June 8th

Mondays - 11:00am-12:30pm

Thursdays - 11:00am-12:30pm

Membership Fee: $15.00

Membership Term: April 2017 through March 2018

RISA Annual membership can also be obtained throughout the year by going to our website at and using our PayPal button!

During the March 23 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board Of Directors meeting Public Session, RISA President Barbara Parker spoke about RISA's recent re-organization and new programs.

Also, new RISA Board member Lorraine Altman reported on the new face of RISA including developing programs for active seniors.

Click here for the RISA web site.

Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossoms Are Blooming And They Are Magnificent - Let's Take A Walk And See

The Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Trees are in bloom right now. They are fantastic. The last couple of days, Roosevelt Island has been been full of people visiting and taking pictures of our Cherry Trees.

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:
A post shared by Andrew Pettit (@andrewrpettit) on

Last Saturday, I took a walk under the Roosevelt Island Cherry Trees on the West Promenade next to the East River and the Cornell Tech construction site.

Join me in a virtual walk under the Roosevelt Island Cherry Trees.

(Click on full screen icon for better view)

Don't forget the annual Roosevelt Island Historical Society Cherry Blossom Walk on Sunday April 30.

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse has more Cherry Blossoms.
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Monday, April 10, 2017

Young Roosevelt Island Residents Organize Bake Sale For Syrian Refugees At RI Farmers Market - Had To Do Something To Help People Caught In Humanitarian Crisis Says Young Resident

Young Roosevelt Island resident Kaoutar Afif organized a bake sale, with the help of her friends,

to raise funds for Syrian refugees at last Saturday's Roosevelt Island Farmers Market.

Ms Kaoutar decided she had to act, do something, to help people caught in this humanitarian crisis and came up with the idea of reaching out to her community on Roosevelt Island with a fundraising bake sale that she hopes to continue in the following weeks.

The money raised goes to the International Rescue Committee.

I spoke with Ms. Kaoutar at the Farmers Market. Here's what she said.

More info on the International Rescue Committee's efforts to aid Syrian and other refugees

available at their web site.

Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts Meet Roosevelt Island Female Business Owners To Learn How To Start Their Own Small Business - Earn Business Owner Badge Too

Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Troop 3001 Leader Aiesha Eleusizov reports:

Last Monday, two Roosevelt Island female business owners visited our Junior Girl Scout meeting to share their experiences owning and running a small business and provided mentor advice to the girls for designing their own business. The fourth and fifth grade girls in our troop are working on their Business Owner badge and these two women professionals helped them complete two of the five requirements necessary to earn this badge.

Nina Freedman, architect and owner of Dreamland and Beauty Freemantle, acunpuncturist and owner of Island Acupuncture and Wellness exposed the girls to two very different types of careers. They described what they do in their respective job, shared the joys and challenges of running their own business and explained education and training is needed for their career. The girls were particularly fascinated with seeing the tools of the trade that Nina and Beauty brought - especially the small scale models of apartment interiors used to design re-models and the needles and suction cups used for acupuncture.

Nina and Beauty's panel discussion helped excite the girls to think about how to turn something they love to do into a business of their own. The girls each wrote a brief plan describing their own business ideas. Nina and Beauty then worked with the girls individually to help them think through ideas for their own small business and provided feedback to the girls on ways they could improve their plans.

Here are a few of the ideas the girls had for their own businesses (many wanted to think of a business they could do now):
  • cat sitting
  • pet grooming
  • selling slime
  • nail salon
  • bath and beauty products
  • food critic (freelance journalist)
  • bakery
A very special thank you to Nina and Beauty for helping inspire our next generation of women entrepreneurs!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

There's Good News And Bad News - Good News, Roosevelt Island Sportspark Gym Opening Monday April 10, Bad News, Sportspark Pool Still Closed Until Further Notice Due To Unforeseen Circumstances Says RIOC

There's good news and there's bad news. The good news is that as announced last Friday, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) is re-opening the Sportspark Facility

Sportspark Image From Google Maps

after a long delayed renovation. The bad news is that the Sportspark Pool

will remain closed until further notice due to:
unforeseen circumstance....
According to this RIOC Advisory released this afternoon:
please be advised that due to unforeseen circumstances the sports park pool will remain closed until further notice.

the sports park gymnasium will still be open tomorrow, Monday April 9th. we apologize for the inconvenience.
RIOC meant Monday April 10.

I asked RIOC today:
What happened. What were the unforeseen circumstances?
Will update when answer is received.

What is going on at the Sportspark?

UPDATE 3/10 9:40 AM - RIOC Vice President of Operations Shelton Haynes reports:
We were very disappointed to discover that the pool had a leak in it which flooded the engine room Saturday. There is substantial damage which is still being assessed today, this week.

The pool was half empty when the staff arrived and they had to pump water out to the engine room all afternoon Saturday. We have RIOC staff, contractors, plumbers and electricians all addressing the issue. We will have a better assessment this week of what we are dealing with.