Friday, July 14, 2017

SPONSORED POST - Check Out The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market For Fresh Fruits, Vegetables & Homegrown Products - Open Every Saturday, Rain Or Shine At Motorgate Plaza

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

The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market currently features a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

There are Peaches,



Potatoes, Onions,


Zucchini , Cucumbers

Pickles, Basil,

and much more including an assortment of tasty and healthy Berries,

 Jaleapneos, Peppers, Ginger Root,

and juicy watermelons.

The Farmers Market accepts credit and EBT cards for payment too.

Eat Fresh, Eat Local, Eat Healthy.

Visit the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market

every Saturday early morning until mid-afternoon under the Motorgate Ramp.

See you there!!!!

Roosevelt Island Ferry Dock Construction Begins With Crane & Barge Spotted - Service On Schedule To Begin In August Says RIOC President

Kathleen asked yesterday:

Has anyone heard any updates on when the ferry will be starting?? Supposed to be August 2017, correct?
Yesterday, I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal
I just noticed this large barge and Crain where ferry dock is to be located.

Is this the start of Roosevelt Island Ferry Dock construction?

Any update on ferry status?
Ms Rosenthal replied:
You are correct. That is the start. We do not have a precise starting date but no change from August.

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More on the Roosevelt Island ferry service and dock at this previous post.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes Bonus Card Diamond Rewards Items For July 14 - July 27 - Weekly Sales & Specials Too

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

Diamond Rewards customer loyalty program items for July 14 - July 27 are now available .
Examples of featured items purchased from July 14 - July 27 that earn you big points include
  • Mario Batali Pasta Sauce earn 100 points,
  • Vita Tops Muffin Tops earn 75 points,
  • Windex Cleaner earn 50 points,
  • Hunt's BBQ Sauce 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 21 - July 27

and shop at Gristedes for these July 21-July 27 Specials.

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.

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.

F Trains run local in both directions between 71 Av and 21 St-Queensbridge Weekends, 11:30 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, until Aug 7

Trains stop at 67 Av, 63 Dr, Woodhaven Blvd, Grand, Elmhurst, Roosevelt Avs, 65 St, Northern Blvd, 46, Steinway and 36 Sts.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sponsored Post - NYC Office Of Emergency Management Wants You To Know Your Hurricane Zone And Be Prepared - Roosevelt Island Is Zone 2 & 3

The New York City Office of Emergency Management (NYC OEM) wants you to be prepared and Know Your Hurricane Evacuation Zone.

According to the NYC OEM:

It’s Hurricane Season: Make Sure You Know Your Zone and Have a Plan

Hurricane Sandy left an indelible mark on the minds of all New Yorkers, but especially for the residents that experienced some of the storm’s most devastating impacts. New York City’s geography makes it especially vulnerable to wind and flooding. With sustained winds of more than 74 mph, hurricanes can flatten homes, topple trees and turn loose objects into deadly projectiles. Storm surge, the “dome” of ocean water that is pushed ashore by the winds and low barometric pressure of a hurricane, is the most serious hurricane-related hazard. And a storm’s driving winds and torrential rains can cause massive and dangerous flooding in low-lying and poor-drainage areas.

To ensure that New Yorkers are prepared for the 2017 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, the New York City Emergency Management Department is urging everyone to take steps to be ready if a storm approaches. Roughly three million New Yorkers live within the city’s six hurricane evacuation zones, which were revised in 2013. Hurricane evacuation zones are based on coastal flood risk resulting from storm surge, the geography of the city’s low-lying neighborhoods, and the accessibility of these neighborhoods by bridges and roads. The City may order residents who live in a zone to evacuate depending on a hurricane’s forecasted strength, track, and storm surge. If you are ordered to evacuate as a storm approaches, do so as directed.

NYC Emergency Management encourages residents to take key steps to prepare for hurricane season:

Know Your Zone – Find out whether you live in one of the City’s six hurricane evacuation zones by using the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder or calling 311 (212-639-9675 for video Relay service, or TTY: 212-504-4115). If you live in a hurricane evacuation zone, have a plan for where you will go if an evacuation order is issued for your area. The City strongly recommends that evacuees stay with friends or family who live outside evacuation zones. For those who have no other shelter, the City will open evacuation centers throughout the five boroughs. Consult the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder or call 311 to identify which evacuation center is most appropriate for you.

Make a Plan – Make a plan so you know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate if a hurricane strikes.

Stay informed – Sign up to receive emergency updates and information online and via e-mail, text, phone, and Twitter through the City’s free Notify NYC program. Visit or call 311 to sign up.

Visit the NYC Know Your Zone website at or call 311 for more information about the city’s hurricane evacuation zones, hurricane hazards, and tips to prepare for storms.
Roosevelt Island is located in Hurricane Zones 2

Image From NYC OEM

and 3.

Image From NYC OEM

Most of Roosevelt Island,

Image From NYC OEM

including all of the residential buildings and Cornell Tech campus, are located in Zone 3.

Coler Hospital,

Image From NYC OEM

Lighthouse and FDR Four Freedoms Park are located in Zone 2.

Watch video here of 2016 Roosevelt Island Emergency Preparedness Town Hall Meeting
Be ready.

Roosevelt Island Tram Platform Repairs Begin July 24 - Only 1 Tram Cabin Running At A Time, May Take Up To 6 Months

Ratso asked yesterday:

I hear that there will only 1 Tram beginning July 17th. Is this true? The reason is to fix the stations. It is supposed to last for 2 or 3 months. Can anyone verify this as fact??
I replied:
Yes. It is true. It may be up to 6 months of only 1 tram cabin running.

Today the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced:

Beginning July 24th

RIOC’s Infrastructure Improvement Plan includes much needed repairs to both the Manhattan and Roosevelt Island Tram Stations.

Unfortunately, improvements cannot be made without inconvenience. Please bear with us to ensure no tripping, and no slipping!

During this time, RIOC will provide free Red Bus service between Roosevelt Island and Manhattan.

We apologize in advance but our stations will be new and improved!

Thanks for your understanding,

RIOC Management Team

RIOC President Susan Rosenthal discussed the Tram Platform repairs and inconveniences to residents during May 25 RIOC Board meeting.

UPDATE 10:30 PM - From the Twitterverse:

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fresh Direct Celebrating 15 Years Of Online Grocery Delivery Service - First Order Was 18 Cans Of Artichokes To Roosevelt Island, Was That Your Order?

The Fresh Direct online grocery delivery service company is celebrating it's 15 year anniversary.  Did you know that Roosevelt Island was one of the first neighborhoods receiving Fresh Direct service in 2002?

A resident received and shares this Fresh Direct 15 year anniversary promotional flyer.

According to the Fresh Direct flyer:
2002 Fresh Fact

The first ever Fresh Direct order - which contains nothing but 18 cans of artichokes - is successfully delivered to Roosevelt Island
Were you the first Fresh Direct customer - do you know who the Roosevelt Island resident was that received the first Fresh Direct delivery order of 18 cans of artichokes? Let us know.

Here's a 2016 report on how a Fresh Direct order gets delivered to your door

and 2016 NY Times conference on Food For Tomorrow with
  • Jason Ackerman, Co-Founder and C.E.O., FreshDirect
  • Matt Maloney, Founder and C.E.O., Grubhub
  • Matt Salzberg, Co-Founder and C.E.O., Blue Apron

What's your Roosevelt Island grocery and food shopping preferences?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Campus & Cafe Opening July 17 - Starr Catering Holding On Site Job Interviews For Tech Cafe Wednesday July 12

The Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech campus is scheduled to open July 17 including a new restaurant called the Tech Cafe operated by Starr Catering Group and located in the Bloomberg Academic building.

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

The Tech Cafe will will be open to the public and accommodate 180 seats at 48 tables with an additional 112 seat outdoor terrace serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

There will be 35-39 jobs available at the new Cornell Tech campus Cafe. Starr Catering Group is conducting onsite interviews for job opportunities at the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Cafe tomorrow, Wednesday July 12 from 9 AM - 6 PM on campus at 2 West Loop Road.

Before you come for an interview please fill out the online job application here.

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

More info on the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Cafe at this previous post.

Remember to fill out your online application before going to the interview tomorrow.

Good luck!!!!

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

UPDATE 7/14 - The Cornell Tech Campus Cafe will not be opening Monday, July 17.Will open at a later date and will post when new date is known.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Scenes From Yesterday's Roosevelt Island Hope Church Community Festival - Games, Food, Music, Dunk Tank & Epic Water Balloon Fight

On a beautiful late Sunday afternoon yesterday, the Roosevelt Island Hope Church hosted a free neighborhood summer festival at Good Shepherd Plaza with a community meal

carnival games enjoyed by young

and slightly older,

cotton candy,

and a dunk tank with Pastor Dan Sadlier the target.

Here are some scenes from the Dunk Tank (soccer coach John Palladino was also dunked),

the EPIC Water Balloon Fight,

music performance

and more.

Good times.

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Urgent Care Medical Facility, Just Walk In At 520 Main Street 7 Days A Week For Your Medical Needs - Adult & Child CPR Training Info Too

According to Roosevelt Island Urgent Care (RIUC):

Our Roosevelt Island facility is  located at 520 Main Street.

The medical needs of this 2 mile long historic island on the East River is a perfect landscape for our services.

RIUC is the first health care facility on the Island. Currently local residents must travel to either Manhattan or Astoria, for treatment—a trip that requires the use of a tram, subway, bus or car. Our facility in essence created a full-service medical center for a growing population of 15,000. RIUC is here to serve your needs.

These needs will increase in the near future with the addition of new multi-family developments and the new Cornell NYC Tech campus, which is under construction and due to open this year. The University is relying on our center to tend to the medical needs of the students and faculty. Roosevelt Island Urgent Care is also well positioned to provide services to the many construction workers who are on the Island during the next few years.

Other amenities include:
  • Hot and cold complimentary beverage center
  • Charging station
  • Flat screen TV in waiting room as well as every exam room
  • Childrens play area
  • And much more!

Roosevelt Island Urgent Care Community Liaison Adib Mansour adds:
The Roosevelt Island Urgent Care Center gave RIRA’s Hands-Only CPR committee a helping hand (and office use) to teach our islanders life-saving lessons.

The RI Urgent Care Center offered its offices for training the trainers in preparation for Roosevelt Island Day. The center is also working on offering its space for weekly trainings in cooperation with RIRA’s Children, Youth & Education Committee and RIRA Hands-Free CPR Committee for the youth, as well as other groups.

RIRA’s Hands-Free CPR has thus far trained 1,199 islanders, including 77 on the morning of the last Roosevelt Island Day with the help of the RI Urgent Care Center’s Monica Vega.

Late last year, the Care Center’s Brand Manager Yaakov Landau presented the Hands-Free CPR Committee with an infant CPR doll when he found out it did not have one.

 “I thought it was a crucial addition to the program in order to cover all residents on the island”. He explains that Hands-Only CPR is CPR “without mouth-to-mouth breaths and is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting such as at home, at work or in a park”.

The Urgent Care Center designed and printed a brochure with Infants and Adults Hands Free CPR instruction which were distributed during Roosevelt Island Day (and is available here).

In the meantime, The Roosevelt Island Urgent Care (Kāmin Health Urgent Care Center on Roosevelt Island) is looking to hire a full time X-Ray Technician. For more information, or to submit a resumé, please email:

Sunday, July 9, 2017

What Does Roosevelt Island Think Of President Donald Trump - Making America Great Again Or Leading America To Decline?

Donald Trump has at least 1 supporter on Roosevelt Island. The resident who comments frequently praising President Trump under the name Frank Alo writes today:

So proud of our president. He gave a great speech to the Polish people. Keep up the good work. America loves you
and yesterday:
the labor department says that 222,000 jobs were created in june. This is good news for president Trump. But of course the liberal newspapers will never report any thing good about our president. So all you island liberals need me to put it on the rooseveil islander to keep you all informed. And let's not forget all you liberals making money on wall Street. You all have president Trump to thank for that. Our president is doing a great job. God bless him...
On the other hand:
Frank, if you wish to comment on Trump, please use this post and not in threads on other subjects.

UPDATE 7/19 - NY Times interviews Trump today - wow.