Friday, July 28, 2017

Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Campus And Starr Catering Cafe Opening To Public On Monday July 31 - A New Chapter For Roosevelt Island Is About To Begin

According to a Cornell Tech spokesperson, The Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Campus and Cafe from Starr Catering will open on Monday July 31.

Here's an image taken this evening from the Cornell Tech web cam.

Click here for the live web cam of the Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island campus and here for a time lapse video of the construction beginning with the demolition of Goldwater Hospital.

A new chapter for Roosevelt Island is about to begin.

Removal Of Pool Table Reveals Long Simmering Tensions Between One Year Old Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Senior Center And Roosevelt Island Seniors Association

The removal of a pool table at the Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Senior Center has brought into the open long simmering tensions between the one year old Senior Center and the Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA).

According to this excerpt from a July 20 letter sent by the RISA Board and Officers to the Carter Burden Network Board Of Directors:

On Saturday, July 15, The Roosevelt Island Carter-Burden Center, in the person of Lisa Fernandez, an employee, removed and disposed of the large antique pool table from the Roosevelt Island Senior Center located at 546 Main Street....

... This was property that was not Carter-Burden’s to remove and certainly not without RISA’s approval....
I asked Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Senior Center Executive Director Lisa Fernandez why the pool table was removed.

Ms Fernandez explained that the Pool Table was removed to add a comfortable seating area for Seniors with newly donated chairs from Cornell Tech's former location at Google.

Ms Fernandez added:

A Japanese Visitor Travels To Roosevelt Island - Take A Walk With Matsuko

From the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

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Is RIOC Coordinating With MTA For Full Roosevelt Island Weekend F Train Service During 6 Month Tram Station Repairs & Single Tram Cabin Operation? Good News For This Weekend, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan

A Roosevelt Island resident asked:

Does anyone know if they are coordinating with MTA to ensure there is F train service during this time?
During the July 24 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee meeting, I asked if the weekend F Train service disruptions will occur during the duration of Tram Station repairs and single service Tram Cabin service.

RIOC Director Of Operations Shelton Haynes replied the MTA advised RIOC that the regular, routine weekend Roosevelt Island F Train service interruptions will not occur during the Tram Station Repairs and Single Cabin Service period. But in the event of an emergency, there still may be Roosevelt Island weekend  F train service interruptions.

Good news for this weekend.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Waves Off Roosevelt Island Painting Cover Colorful Manhattan Park Pool This Summer - Inspired By Goldfinger Pool Scene

The colorful Roosevelt Island Manhattan Park pool is back again this summer.

Here's how it's done.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Long Lines Past The Turnstyle And Down Stairs Greet Roosevelt Island Tram Riders On First Evening Commute With Only Single Tram Cabin Running For Tram Station Repairs - It Was Horrific Says One Resident

A Roosevelt Island Tram rider shares these photos and reports:
It's now 6 PM

Line is stretched beyond turnstiles


Roosevelt Island East River Ferry Service Begins August 29 Says Mayor deBlasio Today

NYC Mayor Bill deBlasio announced today that Roosevelt Island Ferry Service will begin August 29 during a press briefing at Long Island City's Hunters Point Park South LIC Landing Deck.

Here's ferry service briefing from earlier today.

Will have more on Roosevelt Island ferry service tomorrow soon.

Stay tuned.

Cornell Tech Given Red Banner Welcome To Roosevelt Island By RIHS - You're Invited To August 5 Explore Roosevelt Island Together Community Day

Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) President Judy Berdy offered a red banner welcome to Cornell Tech at the RIHS Visitors Center Kiosk yesterday. Ms Berdy shares these photos and reports:

The RIHS has welcomed our new neighbors with a banner celebrating the arrival of Cornell Tech.

Standing on the terrace of the Visitor Center Kiosk are: Bill Willard (kiosk staff), Judith Berdy (RIHS President), Floyd Young, Jane Swanson, Julie Delay, Jesse Rivera, Scott Yost, Andrew Ferrera, and Andrew Fowler of Cornell Tech.
Also, welcomed was Cornell Tech Director of Capital Planning Andrew Winters.

As reported July 19:
... The Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech campus and new Tech Cafe were originally scheduled to open on Monday July 17. However, the campus and cafe public opening has been delayed for a few days. According to a Cornell Tech spokesperson the campus and Cafe opening:
... will be a rolling process over the next couple weeks,...
and students/staff will begin moving into the Residential building starting August 1....
 The Twitterverse reports:
On August 5, the Roosevelt Island community is invited to explore the new Cornell Tech campus.

According to Cornell Tech:
Co-hosted by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Dean Dan Huttenlocher
Saturday August 5, 2017
Cornell Tech
2 West Loop Road
  • Free Family Fun
  • Breakfast
  • Close up look at the Cornell Tech building exteriors
  • DJ
  • Fun photo station
  • Activities for kids
  • Giveaways
Registration required
Please RSVP 

The event is open to Roosevelt Island residents and Cornell Tech community only.
Click here to Register.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

You're Invited To Share Ideas To Help Roosevelt Island Senior Community With Cornell Tech Women In Technology & Entrepreneurship In New York Program Tea And Cookie Chat Wednesday July 26

The Cornell Tech Women In Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York program is hosting a Tea and Cookie Chat seeking your ideas to help Roosevelt Island Seniors.

According to Cornell Tech:


Will you help with a student project?

Are you an older adult? Do you have parents or grandparents on RI? Are you interested in volunteering with older adults?

Cornell Tech’s WiTNY Summer Guild students want to hear your ideas about how to help the Roosevelt Island Senior Center better serve older adults on RI.

Please join us for conversation, tea and cookies

Wednesday, July 26th from 10am - 12 noon

at one of these locations:
  • Roosevelt Island Senior Center (546 Main St.)
  • Gallery RIVAA (527 Main St.)
Feel free to drop in anytime between 10:00 and 12:00

while the students are there.

Your thoughts and ideas will be most welcome!

Questions? Please contact Jane Swanson or 646-220-1505

WiTNY (Women in Technology & Entrepreneurship in NY) is a partnership between Cornell Tech and CUNY to increase the number of women in tech in NYC. Summer Guild is a program for recent high school graduates who will begin a CUNY college in the fall.
Here's more on WITNY

and a presentation by WITNY Founding Program Director Judith Spitz to the July 25, 2016 Roosevelt Island Construction and Community Task Force meeting.

What are your ideas to help Roosevelt Island Seniors?

RISA invites You To July 25 Screening For Echoes Of History Documentary - Featuring Interviews With Roosevelt Island Seniors About Life During President Franklin D. Roosevelt Era

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) President Barbara Parker reports:

Hi Everyone,

In 2016, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy launched a new initiative that paired two high school interns from Studio in a School’s Bloomberg Arts & Culture Internship Program with a documentary filmmaker

to capture and document stories from older New Yorkers who lived during the FDR era, including members of the Roosevelt Island community.

Using an inter generational approach that introduces young historians to FDR’s policies through interviews with the people directly affected by them, these stories will not only remind people of the tremendous impact Roosevelt had on this country, but connect a younger generation to a political legacy that continues to shape their lives today.

RISA will be sharing this wonderful documentary with the community Tuesday, July 25th) from 6:30-7:30pm at the Senior Center, 546 Main Street - 12th floor Multipurpose Room.

Hope you all can join us.

For more information contact us at:
UPDATE 7/26 - Here's Echoes Of History documentary.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Long Time Roosevelt Island Resident & Artist Arline Jacoby Profiled By NY Times Sunday Routine

The July 21 NY Times Sunday Routine feature profiled long time Roosevelt Island resident Arline Jacoby

Click here for the full NY Times article.

Here's Ms. Jacoby welcoming Chinese artists to the June 24 Opening reception at RIVAA Gallery for Exhibition of Liaoning Province Artists Association in China.

The Roosevelt Island Daily has more on Ms. Jacoby including this video

from her 2011 Made In America Gallery RIVAA exhibit.

Roosevelt Island July 4 Fireworks Tickets Distribution, 1 Tram Cabin Running During Station Repairs, Open Projects & More On Agenda Of RIOC Operations Committee Meeting Today

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee is meeting later today. According to RIOC:






PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee Meeting of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. at the RIOC Administrative Office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


Review of Open Projects
Discussion of Fourth of July Family Fireworks Celebration
Discussion of Relocation of A Living Library Site
Update on Island Transportation
Discussion of Project Management
Any Other Committee Business that may be Brought Before the Committee.


The Open Meetings Law of the State of New York requires that all public bodies conduct meetings, convened for the purpose of officially conducting public business, in a manner open to attendance by the general public to observe and listen.
The subject of the Tram Station Repairs with only one Tram Cabin running thru Winter 2018 is sure to be one of the discussed.
An audio web cast of the meeting will be available soon thereafter.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Plane's Flight Path Returning Home To Roosevelt Island Gives Wonderful View Of Governor's Island, Brooklyn, Lower/Midtown Manhattan East River Waterfront & Queens

Always glad returning home to Roosevelt Island after a trip out of town. Even better when the view from my plane's flight path travels over Governor's Island, Brooklyn, Lower/Midtown Manhattan, East River Waterfront and Queens on the way to landing at LaGuardia Airport.

Enjoy the view.

The view taking off over Boston Harbor was pretty good too.