Friday, October 13, 2017

Discover The LIC Flea & Food Market, Only A Five Minute NYC Ferry Ride From Roosevelt Island - Queens Beer Festival, Delicious Food & Vintage Shopping This Weekend

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out the LIC Flea & Food Market

 just a five minute NYC Ferry Astoria route ride from Roosevelt Island. The LIC Flea & Food:
... operates outdoors rain or shine every Saturday & Sunday from 11am-6pm. The market has over 80 carefully curated vendors that sell items such as internationally inspired food & drink, antiques, art, furniture, fashion, jewelry, arts & crafts and much more.

Make it a great day outdoors with friends and family while taking in breathtaking views of the midtown Manhattan skyline.

The market is located at 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City,....
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in September, I took the 5 minute NYC Ferry ride from Roosevelt Island to Long Island City to visit the LIC Flea & Food and met it's marketing manager, Elizabeth Aloni. She described what was available and invited Roosevelt Islanders to the LIC Flea.

Here are some scenes from my visit.

The LIC Flea & Food is hosting the 2nd Annual Queens Beer Festival this weekend.
And the 5 minute Ferry ride between Long Island City and Roosevelt Island

is fantastic.

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

The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market features a wide selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables including a variety of locally grown and

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Also, Tomatoes,


CORRECTION - ONLY CLOSED ON SATURDAY - First Sign Winter Is Coming - Roosevelt Island Subway Fruit Stand Vendor Closing Tomorrow

The Autumn chill is in the air and the first sign of winter has appeared on Roosevelt Island.

The Roosevelt Island Subway Fruit Stand Vendor has a sign on the cart announcing that they are closing for their winter hiatus tomorrow.

Winter is coming.

Cheer up. Spring will come and the Roosevelt Island Subway Fruit Stand Vendor will be back.

UPDATE 5:55 PM - Oops. Correction. The Fruit Vendor is only closing for Saturday, October 14. Will re-open Sunday. Not taking the winter hiatus yet. Sorry for error.

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend But Rerouting In Manhattan & Brooklyn - No Late Night Service From Manhattan October 16-20

According to the MTA there will be Roosevelt Island F Train service to and from Manhattan this weekend. But, the MTA adds:

F Service is rerouted in Manhattan and Brooklyn... Weekend, 10:30 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Oct 13 - 16

... F service operates between Jamaica-179 St and Lexington Av-63 St, and via the Q to/from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr (skipping DeKalb Av, days and evenings), and via the D to/from Stillwell Av.

Trains run express in Manhattan all weekend....
Also, no late night Roosevelt Island F Train service from Manhattan 11:45 PM to 5 AM

Monday thru Friday October 16- 20.

Roosevelt Island's iDig2Learn Invites You To Green Park Gardeners NYC Monarch Migration Festival Sunday October 15 At Andrew Haswell Green Park East River Esplanade - 5 Minutes From Tram

Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn founder Christina Delfico reports:

You are invited.

Free Monarch Butterfly Event - Sunday Afternoon 10/15/17 from 2-5 PM

Image From Christine Delfico

Join our Upper East neighbors, the Green Park Gardeners NYC, as they host the free family & pet friendly Monarch Butterfly Festival event this Sunday, October 15 from 2 to 5 PM at Andrew Haswell Green Park at 60th street East River Esplanade.

iDig2Learn recently hosted Green Parks Garden NYC on a tour of Roosevelt Island's Monarch Butterfly corridor plantings of milkweed and nectar rich plants.

Image From Christina Delfico

Knowing the butterflies depend on humans to restore lost habitat we shared ideas, harvested milkweed seeds, and agreed to work together to build up pollinator friendly planting corridors on both sides of the East River. Island groups like the RI Garden Club and so many others have been planting natives to boost the Monarch Butterfly population and it is working (see Julia Ferguson's post with butterfly photos from Jenna Longo)! Sunday's event is part of a multi-island group collaboration to build habitats on both sides of the river, look out Queens you are next!

Attend this weekend's event to find out more!

You always look across the river as the Tram travels to Manhattan, but have you ever been to Andrew Haswell Green Park along the river or seen the that silver & red rollercoaster like sculpture structure up close? Now is your chance to visit. Just a 5 minute walk from the tram, walk as east as you can on 60th street up the traffic-free ramp, north of the Queenboro bridge left past the Alice Aycock art installation, down to Andrew Haswell Green Park to meet our Butterfly friendly neighbors. Try on butterfly wings, visit their stretch of esplanade garden and even get a temporary butterfly tattoo!
Check out

Image Of Roosevelt Island Garden Club Monarch Butterflies From Jenna Longo

more of these beautiful photos taken of Monarch Butterflies at the Roosevelt Island Garden Club last Saturday at this previous post.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Free Gardening Lessons For 4th - 8th Grade Students At Roosevelt Island Garden Club Saturday Afternoons In October - Sign Up Now

Roosevelt Island Garden Club (RIGC)

Board Member for Publicity and Outreach Julia Ferguson reports:
Roosevelt Island Garden Club is offering another short gardening course for 4th to 8th grade students who sign up in advance with signed parent permission. Sign up to come to as many of the three classes as you can. Space is limited. Please email for more information.

Learn about Fall Gardening Free for 4th to 8th graders

DATES: Saturdays in October the 14th, 21st, and 28th

TIME: 3:00 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

SITE: Roosevelt Island Community Garden

COST: Free with advanced sign up by email

WHO: Students who have reserved a place in advance with signed parent permission slip

EMAIL: for forms and information

ACTIVITIES: harvesting, composting, weeding, tree id's, herb activities, and more

GOAL: To experience gardening tasks and enjoy nature.
Here's the Garden Club showing us

how composting is done.

Check out the RIGC blog for latest info.

Don't Be Alarmed By Law Enforcement And Emergency Personnel On Roosevelt Island Bridge Tonight, TV Show Deception Filming From 8 PM to 4 AM - Traffic Reduced To One Lane

Do not be alarmed at seeing law enforcement and emergency personnel on Roosevelt Island Bridge tonight. It's for a new ABC TV show, Deception, that will be filming on the Roosevelt Island Bridge. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

Be advised that on Thursday, October 12th, 2017, from 8PM until 4AM, Friday, October 13th, 2017, Warner Bros. Television will be filming on the Roosevelt Island Bridge. During this time bridge traffic will be reduced to one lane with alternating traffic and intermittent breaks in traffic during filming.

The scene will include various law enforcement and emergency personnel, vehicles and apparatus on the bridge and at the top of the helix ramp.

The RI Public Safety Dept., NYPD TV/Movie unit and NYPD Traffic agents will be on site to assist with alternating lanes and traffic.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Here's the Deception trailer.

Info on Roosevelt Island

 film shoot permit fees here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Simchat Torah Celebration With Chabad Of Roosevelt Island Thursday October 12 - Dance The Night Away With Drinks & L'Chaim, Sushi & Finger Food

The Chabad of Roosevelt Island invite you to their Simchat Torah celebration Thursday, October 12.

Here's how the Maccabeats celebrate.

More info on the Chabad of Roosevelt Island available at their web site.

Roosevelt Island Historical Society Free Lecture On Eastwood And The History Of Affordable Housing In New York City 6:30 PM Thursday October 12

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) begins a series of free monthly Thursday evening lectures on October 12 at the Roosevelt Island Public Library (524 Main Street). According to RIHS:

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society invites you to the First of Four Free Lectures:

Eastwood and the History of Affordable Housing in New York City

by Matthias Altwicker, Architect

New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

A part of Roosevelt Island’s first phase of residential development that opened in 1975, the Eastwood building (now known as Roosevelt Landings) is renowned as a milestone in affordable housing.

In this lecture, architect Matthias Altwicker who is Associate Professor and Chair at the School of Architecture and Design of the New York Institute of Technology, will discuss the fascinating history of Eastwood and the contributions of its designer, noted architect Josep LluĂ­s Sert, then Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Mr. Altwicker will also discuss the origins and progress of affordable housing in New York City.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is the first in RIHS’s annual series of Fall Lectures.
More info on the remaining RIHS Free Lecture series at this previous post.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Roosevelt Island Nisi, formerly Trellis, Restaurant About To Open - Seeking Passionate, Energetic & Experienced Staff To Bring A Spectacular Dining Experience

The day Roosevelt Island residents have been waiting for is about to arrive. Nisi, formerly known as the Trellis is about to open. Con Ed turned on the gas and owners Kai and Alex Razaghie are hiring staff.

This afternoon, I spoke with Kaie and Alex Razaghie who are very excited to open the Nisi restaurant on Roosevelt Island.

Curious residents read the sign posted on Nisi's door today

seeking staff for the restaurant.

Dear Neighbors,

In an effort to bring you a spectacular dining experience, we are putting together a team of passionate, energetic and experienced members from our community. If you or someone you know is excited to join us, please send resume and pictures to

Thank you and see you soon

Kaie and Alex
Looking forward to the opening of Nisi.

Good luck and Best wishes Kaie and Alex.

Today Is World Mental Health Day - Roosevelt Island Residents Association Wants To Make Mental Health Issues & Treatment Information Available To The Community, NYC Well Offers Help

Today is World Mental Health Day.

During the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) October 4 Common Council meeting, RIRA Vice President Lynn Strong-Shinozaki discussed an initiative to make mental health issues information available for the Roosevelt Island community and what to do if you are concerned about someone with a potential mental health issue.

Ms Strong-Shinozaki told the RIRA Common Council:
... Seniors have different risk factors than adult working people. Children have different risk factors, teens have different risk factors. Making sure we make that type of information available....
... within a two month period, we have had two women commit suicide by jumping off balconies...

A potential resource for those seeking mental health assistance are services provided by NYC Well.

According to NYC Well:
At any hour of any day, in almost any language, from phone, tablet or computer, NYC Well is your connection to get the help you need. We can provide:
  • Suicide prevention and crisis counseling
  • Peer support and short-term counseling via telephone, text and web
  • Assistance scheduling appointments or accessing other mental health services
  • Follow-up to check that you have connected to care and it is working for you

More information available at the Make It OK take the pledge to stop stigma of mental illness.

Beautiful Pictures Of Migrating Monarch Butterflies Filling Up On Plant Nectar At Roosevelt Island Community Garden On Way To Mexico - Can RI Become A Monarch Way Station & Urban Bird Friendly Community?

Roosevelt Island Garden Club (RIGC) Board Member for Publicity and Outreach Julia Ferguson shares these beautiful photos taken at the Garden by Jenna Longo and reports:

​Watch for the Monarch butterflies on Roosevelt Island!

Thanks to collaborative efforts in recent years, our Island has added several sites committed to native plantings and pollinator habitats. These are very important for late summer and autumn nectar supplies.

The Monarch Butterfly Corridor Project sponsored by iDig2Learn in collaboration with many other Island groups got us all started two years ago in October 2015. Roosevelt Island Garden Club now has quite a few committed pollinator and native plant gardeners and the club is including important native and pollinator plants in landscape beds.

P.S. 217 has pollinator habitat beds. RIOC, RIHS Kiosk garden, Cornell Tech and some of our housing companies have also planted natives and late season pollinator nectar sources like Red Cardinal Flower, Blue Cardinal Flower, New England Asters, and Goldenrods. Can Roosevelt Island truly become and remain a Monarch Way Station? At the same time we would become an urban Bird Friendly Community?

Last Saturday, it looked like all this might be a real possibility.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Coler Hospital Rep Tells RIOC President No Plan For Homeless Shelter Or Halfway House At Roosevelt Island Facility

A message was posted on the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network last Friday expressing concern that a homeless shelter or halfway house may be opening at Coler Hospital

without the Roosevelt Island community being informed. The message was forwarded to me with request to find out what was going on.

I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal if there was any plan to open a homeless shelter or halfway house at Coler Hospital. Ms. Rosenthal replied:

I reached out to my contact at Coler and was told no such plan exists.
I also asked Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos about the matter. Mr. Kallos said that they are reaching out to the appropriate NYC agencies for more info.

This was the message posted on the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network last Friday:
Dear RI Parents' Network,

We are writing to share information which has come to our attention with you because it may be of interest or concern to you. We have learned that the organization Barrier Free Living,, will be opening a homeless shelter or halfway house on the premises of Coler Hospital by January 2018, if not earlier. Apparently, this shelter will provide residence and services to a population that may include ex-convicts, and possibly violent and/or sexual offenders, and substance abusers. As far as we know there has been no public information disseminated to our community. However, this is not a mere rumor. We were informed of this by a professional who works with this population and is having his/her position transferred to the new site in January.

We have left messages for the following people and agencies to acquire information about this issue and receive official confirmation:

Barrier Free Living
Coler Hospital
City Council Member Ben Kallos
RIRA President Jeffrey Escobar
RIOC President Susan Rosenthal
NYC Department of Housing
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney

As of this writing, we have not received any response. This is particularly disturbing given some of these individuals are our elected officials.

We have also notified the following news agencies and requested that they investigate the issue:

NY Times
NY Post
NY Daily News
NY1 News
The Wire

We hope this information is of value to you and we welcome your involvement in the effort to get to the bottom of this matter.
More info on Barrier Free Living available from this 2014 Mission video

BFL MISSION FILM 2014 from barrier free living on Vimeo.

and at their web site

The LIC Post reported on October 2 about Long Island City residents frustration with not being told of a homeless facility being opened in their neighborhood. According to the LIC Post:
... Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D- Long Island City) said she was “outraged and disappointed” upon learning last week that the Best Western at 38-05 Hunters Point Ave. was “yet another hotel in Queens” to become a homeless shelter.

“I do not feel that our community was given adequate notice, nor time to prepare for this development,” Nolan wrote in a Sept. 29 letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio.”My office received no information as to which company will be managing the shelter, nor for how long the shelter will be operating.”

Similarly, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) said he was disappointed that his office and the community did not have a say in or knowledge of the decision.

“While we can never demonize the homeless, many of which are children, I share in my community’s frustration of the process by which this decision was made,” Van Bramer said in a statement....

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