Saturday, July 1, 2017

Beautiful NYC East River Waterfront Rainbow Seen From Roosevelt Island Tonight - What A Way To Start July 4 Weekend!

Take a look.

A beautiful and full rainbow blessed #Roosevelt Island!

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Below Ground Roosevelt Island Subway Station WiFi Service Out For A Week Is Back In Service - What Is The Best Above Ground Wireless Phone Service For Roosevelt Island?

A Roosevelt Island resident asked yesterday
I wanted to know if you've noticed or if anyone has mentioned the lack of cell phone service or WiFi signal at the RI subway station since Saturday, 6/24? I thought it might have been related to the work done over the weekend but it has continued through this week.

Keep up the great work on the blog - it's always my first/only source for island news.
I shared this tweet from NYC Subway TWWiFi
Later that day, Roosevelt Island F subway cellular service was restored
and residents are back using their phones at the subway platform.

Another resident asked about above ground wireless phone service for the Island - What's the best cell service for Roosevelt Island?

Any suggestions?

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes Bonus Card Diamond Rewards Items For June 30 - July 13 - Weekly Sales & Specials Too

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

Diamond Rewards customer loyalty program items for June 30 - July 13 are now available .
Examples of featured items purchased from June 30 - July 13 that earn you big points include
  • Dunkin Donuts Coffee earn 50 points,
  • Cheerios Cereal earn 40 points,
  • Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail earn 35 points,
  • Hershey's Candy 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 July 7 - July 13

and shop at Gristedes for these July 7-July 13 Specials.

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.

Roosevelt Island Summer Outdoor Movie Showing Back To The Future Tonight, June 30, At Firefighters Field

The 2017 Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movie Series begins tonight at Firefighters Field.

Image From 2016 Firefighters Field Outdoor Movie Showing Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp:
Summer Outdoor Movie Series: Back to the Future

Our first movie screening, Back to the Future, will show Friday, June 30th, at Firefighter's Field (405-425 Main Street). Arrive at 7 PM to enjoy festivities. This timeless classic will begin showing at sunset.

Don't forget our second movie screening, Miracle, will show next Friday, July 7th!

We hope to see you there!

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan This July 4 Weekend

According to the MTA:
F Coney Island-bound trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av to Canal St, then via the A to Jay St-MetroTech

Weekend, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Jun 30 - Jul 3

Trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza.

No Coney Island-bound service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St,
57, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 34 St-Herald Sq, 23, 14, B'way-Lafayette Sts, 2 Av, Delancey St, East Broadway and York St.
Did the MTA really have to schedule work on the July 4 weekend?

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
The MTA has issued a weekend service advisory for the F train, which may affect travel plans. The Tram will run on a rush hour schedule from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM to accommodate any increase in traffic. Please plan your travel accordingly and visit or call 511 for more information.

For electronic updates on F Train service, sign up for MTA Alerts at

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park Sketch For Freedom Contest Begins Saturday July 1 Thru July 31 - Try, You Can Do It!!!!

The Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park is holding a Sketching Contest.

Sketch 4 Freedom

Four Freedoms Park’s “Sketch 4 Freedom” contest invites visitors of all skill levels to submit their sketches developed on site at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. The theme of our first contest is the “Four Freedoms,” in celebration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s pivotal 1941 address. Using a pencil and pad, artists are encouraged to explore the meaning and legacy of the four freedoms – freedom of speech & expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear – and how those freedoms relate to art, expression, the built environment, and life in the 21st century more broadly.

All submissions must be initially developed onsite at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. Due to the sensitivity of the untreated granite at the Park, we ask that artists wishing to use paint, watercolor, charcoal, chalk, and other materials that might harm the porous granite, do so offsite after their initial visit to the memorial.

The winner of the contest will receive a $300 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials and a Four Freedoms Park Swag Bag.

The contest will run from Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Monday, July 31, 2017. The winner will be announced in September 2017.
Click here to submit your Sketch For Freedom.

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse shares these two FDR Park sketches.
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Try, you can do it too.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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

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

After a long hiatus away from Roosevelt Island, they will now be back serving Roosevelt Island on a regular basis.


You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Rat Academy Thursday June 29 - Program Will Make You A Rat Expert Says Council Member Ben Kallos

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) tweets:

Image From RIOC Facebook Page

During the June 22 Roosevelt Island Town Hall meeting, NYC Council Member Ben Kallos reported on the Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 rat infestation problem and upcoming June 29 Rat Academy Program.

Mr Kallos also introduced Caroline Bragdon, Director of Neighborhood Intervention - NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene's Bureau of Veterinary & Pest Control, who will be presenting at the Roosevelt Island Rat Academy.

More on the Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Rat infestation

problem at these previous posts

Roosevelt Island Residents Invited To Manhattan Community Board 8 June 29 Meeting On Proposed NY State Health Act Plan To Provide Universal Single Payer Healthcare System In NY

Roosevelt Island's Manhattan Community Board 8

is hosting a June 29 meeting on the proposed NY Health Act. According to CB 8
The City of New York Manhattan Community Board 8 Health, Seniors & Social Services Committee is hosting a meeting



A Plan for a Universal Single-Payer Healthcare System in NY State

Thursday, June 29, 2017 6:30PM – 9:00PM

At the Church of the Holy Trinity 316 East 88th Street, Draesal Hall

  • Richard Gottfried, Assembly member
  • Chair, NYS Assembly Committee on Health and sponsor of NY Health Act Liz Krueger, NY State Senator
  • Oliver Fein, MD, Physicians for a National Health Program
Co-Sponsors: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Assembly Members Rebecca Seawright and Dan Quart, Council Members Ben Kallos and Dan Garodnick,

NY State Senator Jose Serrano

David Liston, Jacqueline Ludorf, and Barbara Rudder, Health, Seniors, and Social Services Committee, Co-Chairs
Roosevelt Island resident and CB 8 member Ellen Polivy adds:
Friends, Please attend this Health Care forum on Thursday night at 6:30. Location is two blocks off 2nd Ave subway.

The time has never been more important to know our options. Please come and ask question.
Click on links to read the NY Senate and Assembly NY Health Act legislation.

The bill has passed the State Assembly but not the State Senate.

Gothamist has more on the NY Health Act.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Legendary Reporter Gabe Pressman Died Last Friday At Age 93 - Take A Look At His 2008 Roosevelt Island Story

According to the NY Times:
Gabe Pressman, the senior correspondent for WNBC-TV and the indefatigable dean of New York’s television reporters, who chased breaking news, interviewed countless celebrities and covered the hoopla of politics, protests and parades for more than six decades, died early Friday morning in Manhattan. He was 93...
and MSNBC:

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Roosevelt Island Residents Online Advanced Ticket Registration For July 4 Fireworks Celebration At Southpoint Park & FDR Four Freedoms Park Begins Monday June 26 12 PM

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) will open July 4 Fireworks Celebration online advance ticket registration for Roosevelt Island residents only beginning Monday June 26 at 12 PM.

Click here for Roosevelt Island residents advanced July 4 ticket registration starting 12 PM Monday June 26..

Make sure to include the password shown in flyer.

According to RIOC:
... All attendees must register online to receive a free ticket to the fireworks viewing at Southpoint Park and Four Freedoms Park. You can register for up to FOUR free tickets PER HOUSEHOLD, using your name, home address, and email address. Children ages 4 and under do not need tickets.

Individuals registering multiple times will be eliminated from the system and WILL NOT RECEIVE TICKETS....

... The capacity for the event is 2,500 attendees total at both locations. Tickets guarantee access to both Southpoint Park and Four Freedoms Park...
Please note, registration tomorrow is only for Roosevelt Island residents.

General registration opens 1 PM Wednesday, June 28.

The advanced ticket registration information with password was supposed to have been sent to all residents from your building management.

UPDATE 6/26 - Direct link to registration here.

UPDATE 1 PM - Received reports from residents trying to get tickets that at least by 12:35 PM tickets were unavailable and sold out.

UPDATE 6/28 5:40 PM - According to RIOC:

TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017 5PM—10:30PM EDT

Tickets are currently sold out. Due to overwhelming demand, a limited number of standby tickets will be available at Firefighter’s Field on Tuesday, July 4th between 7:30 - 8:30 PM. Standby tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis until capacity has been reached. Standby tickets will be one per person. Attendees must be present to receive a standby wristband.YOU MUST CHECK IN FOR A STANDBY WRISTBAND AT FIREFIGHTER’S FIELD TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR STANDBY TICKETS.

Firefighter's Field will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th , opening at 7:30 PM ONLY for those procuring standby tickets.

Please visit for full event details. Thank you.
UPDATE 7/1 - According to RIOC:

Print your ticket or show your confirmation email on your smart phone to collect a wristband. Wristbands will be distributed near the Sportspark Facility (250 Main Street). You will need the officially issued wristband to enter the Parks. This rule is extremely important for public safety. Anyone without a wristband will not be permitted into the Parks.


Entrance is first-come, first-served with wristbands. The capacity for the event is 2,500 attendees total at both locations. Tickets guarantee access to both Southpoint Park and Four Freedoms Park.

Gates open at 5:00 PM. All visitors will be subject to airport-style security.

Expect a 10-15 minute walk from all modes of transportation to security check-in at Southpoint Park. Shuttle and golf cart service will be provided for those with a wristband requiring assistance....
Click here for more info from RIOC.

UPDATE 7/3 - RIOC adds:
Please be advised that on Tuesday July 4, 2017, visitor parking at the Motorgate Garage will be limited to ensure adequate parking for residents and patrons with a monthly permit. Residents without a monthly access card should be prepared to show proof of residency when approaching the 36th Avenue Bridge. It is recommended that residents who need to park in Motorgate arrive no later than 5 pm to secure admittance.

As a reminder, fireworks are not permitted in New York State, including on Roosevelt Island, at any time.
July 4th- Security Checks at Island Parks & Fireworks Event

Visitors to Lighthouse, Southpoint and Four Freedoms Parks are advised that the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department (PSD) will be conducting security spot checks of containers, backpacks and over-sized bags that are brought into the parks on Tuesday July 4, 2017. Visitors are reminded that alcoholic drinks, outside grills, illegal drugs, and other illegal items are strictly prohibited within the parks.

As a reminder, fireworks are not permitted in New York State, including on Roosevelt Island, at any time. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017 5PM—10:30PM EDT


Come enjoy music, a Bounce house, and a Double Slide. Attendees can get festive designs by face painters! Food, including Salt N

Bone/Bareburger and Dippin Dots will also be available for purchase inside Southpoint Park. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:25 PM!

Reminder: There will be NO Reentry.

We look forward to seeing you there!
More info here.

Order Your Roosevelt Island Fresh Food For Seniors Mixed Bag Of Locally Grown Fruits & Vegetables At The Senior Center June 26, 27- Only $8 A Bag

Wendy Hersh reports on the return of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer's Fresh Food For Seniors Program To Roosevelt Island.

According to Ms. Hersh:
Fresh Food For Seniors

Only $8.00 a Bag!!!!

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer’s Fresh Food for Seniors Program lets you order a mixed bag of fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables from local farmers. The program is pay-as-you-go, cash-only.

1. Place your order for a pre-packed, $8 bag of fresh food at:
Roosevelt Island Senior Center from 11am-1pm.

2. Pick up your produce the following Wednesday from 1pm-5pm, at the same place, and enjoy the best seasonal fruits and vegetables!

Order Date: June 26th & 27th Pick up: July 5th

For additional information, contact Wendy Hersh at
(646) 361-6469.

All bags must be picked up on deliver date!!!!!

Sponsored by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer & the Roosevelt Island Senior Center a program of the Carter Burden Network