Saturday, November 11, 2017

Veterans Day 2017 - Thank You To All Members Of The United States Military For Your Service

Today, November 11, is Veteran's Day.

 According to
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as "the Great War." Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars...

If you know a Veteran or see one on the street today, please take a brief moment to thank them for their service to our country. Also, don't just thank them today but do it throughout the year and thank our active duty soldiers as well.
Here's info on Roosevelt Island Veterans Association and Roosevelt Island POW/MIA Flag.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Both Man And Canine Enjoy Wonderful Views From Roosevelt Island

According to the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

Roosevelt Island Youth Program Soccer League Playoffs Start Saturday, November 10 At Octagon Field - Championship Games Next Weekend

Roosevelt Island Youth Program Executive Director Charlie Defino reports:

Playoffs Begin tomorrow for Roosevelt Island Youth Program Soccer.

This weekend the Roosevelt Island Youth Program Soccer will begin it's playoff season, round one on Saturday, November 11, starting at 9:30 AM and continuing thru the day till 7 PM.

After a hard fought season our playoffs bracket is set.

The winners will move on to Championship Weekend on November 18th, times to be announced. So even if it's cold, take some time out of your to support the youth of Roosevelt Island.

It's Official, Roosevelt Island Is Amazing, Not Lame Says Time Out New York

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:

Here's the Time Out New York article.

For better and worse, the secret about Roosevelt Island, is no longer secret.

Roosevelt Island Never Ending Story - When Will Nisi/Trellis Restaurant Finally Re-Open, Next Week We're Told, Again

Roosevelt Island Main Street Master Retail,Leaseholder Hudson Related Principal David Kramer was told by Nisi/Trellis

owner Kaie Razaghie yesterday that the restaurant's long delayed re-opening will occur next week. Mr Kramer relayed his conversation about the Nisi restaurant opening to those attending last evening's Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Real Estate Development Advisory committee meeting. Others at the meeting were told Nisi would open after Thanksgiving.

A good indication that Nisi will open soon is that they are hiring staff. According to this sign displayed on the front door window:
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

Roosevelt Island is anxiously awaiting the return of Kaie, Alex and the opening of Nisi.

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, R Train Service Too

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Also R trains to and from Roosevelt Island this weekend:
PRIORITY REPAIRS R Trains skip 5 Av/59 St, Lexington Av/59 St and Queens Plaza in both directions Weekend , Saturday and Sunday, Nov 11 - 12

Trains are rerouted via the F in both directions between 57 St-7 Av, Manhattan and 36 St, Queens, making stops at the Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge F Stations.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Hold Your Breath And Watch Fantastic Aerial Views Up,Down, & Across Roosevelt Island - Drone Swooping Across Cornell Tech Campus, Lighthouse Park, Queensboro Bridge & East River Waterfront

Take a look at this fantastic aerial drone footage taken from Roosevelt Island recently. Click on the full screen icon at bottom right of video and it will seem like a roller coaster ride up, down and across Roosevelt Island.

According to the Drone Pilot:

It was one of my favorite experiences so far as a drone pilot, Roosevelt island is an amazing place with beautiful buildings and a really amazing view.
And more Roosevelt Island drone aerial views.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Will Roosevelt Island Giant RI Monument Sign Be Approved At RIOC Board Real Estate Committee Meeting November 9? Should It?

Will a final version of the Giant RI Monument

Image Of RI Monument Mock Up

that was displayed in mock up form near the Tram and Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) Visitors Center Kiosk last September 26 be installed on a permanent basis somewhere on Roosevelt Island?

That decision may be made at the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Real Estate Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) meeting tomorrow, November 9.  Among the items on the November 9 REDAC Agenda is:
Discussion of the RI Welcome Monument Placement
During the October 19 RIOC Board Meeting Public Session, RIHS President Judy Berdy spoke for some in the community who do not want to see the Giant RI monument installed, particularly if it placed near the Visitors Center Kiosk.

RIOC President Rosenthal replied that the Giant RI Monument was approved by the RIOC Board of Directors and that the only remaining issue was where it was to be placed.

RIOC Director Margie Smith said her recollection was that the Board only approved going forward with the Giant RI Monument mock up display and that a final installation must be approved by the RIOC Board.

Ms Rosenthal and RIOC General Counsel Jaci Flug agreed to review the video of previous meeting discussion to determine what was agreed to.

I followed up by asking RIOC:
During the October 19 RIOC Board meeting discussion, there was a disagreement about whether the Board approved the installation of Hudson Related big RI logo signage.

Several Board members said they only approved the placing of mock up RI sign - not the final approval to install it.

RIOC President and General Counsel said the Board approved the installation of the Big RI Sign but not it's final location.

Has RIOC looked back at the video to see what was actually approved? The video no longer on the public RIOC web site.

Has it been determined what was approved, the installation or just the placement of mock up?
Ms. Flug replied:
I have reviewed the video which is very brief. In it, Margie makes a statement about relying upon what is in the materials and I have pasted what was written in the materials:
The Kiosks and wayfinding signs will be completed in accordance with the annexed cost estimates. The design and placement location of the welcome monument will not be finalized without the approval of the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board.
Ms Flug adds that the agreement between Hudson Related and RIOC states:
All Wayfinding Devices shall be installed in locations substantially as depicted on the renderings prepared by Calori & Vanden-Eyden dated April 11, 2017, attached hereto as Exhibit B. If during mockup or installation phase, Subtenant concludes that any of the proposed locations are structurally unsound or inadequate for installation, Subtenant shall propose alternative locations for RIOC's approval.

In all cases, the final locations of all Wayfinding Devices shall be subject to RIOC's final approval. The final design and location of the Welcome Monument shall be specifically approved by the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee of the RI OC Board of Directors following the mockup phase.
Here is the discussion with Ms. Berdy and the RIOC Board during the October 19 Public Session of the RIOC Board of Directors meeting.

Here's more from previous post on the Roosevelt Island Giant RI monument including various opinions on whether or not it should be permanently displayed.

Below is the RIOC REDAC Agenda for meeting tomorrow:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the RIOC Administrative Office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


1. Discussion of the RI Welcome Monument Placement

2. Review of the Crown Castle NG East LLC Proposal on Cell Service Infrastructure on Roosevelt Island

3. Review of Open Construction Projects

4. Any Other Committee Business That May be Brought Before the Committee
UPDATE 11/9, 9 PM - Following a presentation by Mr. Kramer and his staff in support of the Giant RI monument, RIOC's REDAC postponed any final decision in order to obtain views of the residents on the monument.

Will have more on issue including video of the discussion.

Roosevelt Island Senior Center Pop Up Holiday Market Call For Vendors - Sign Up For December 9 & 10 Dates

The Roosevelt Island Senior Center Holiday Market is calling for vendors:


Saturday & Sunday December 9th & 10th


The Roosevelt Island Senior Center
546 Main Street
Roosevelt Island, NY

New Merchandise and Crafts Only
One day only- $20 suggested donation
Two days- $25 suggested donation

For any questions or to reserve tables please contact

or Lisa and Pilar at the Senior Center.
Last year's Senior Center Holiday Pop Up Market donated proceeds from the table fees in the amount of 1 thousand dollars

to the Roosevelt Island Senior Center Carter Burden Network Program.

You're Invited To Blissville, Hidden Corner Of Long Island City Documentary Screening And Discussion Presented By Roosevelt Island Historical Society Thursday November 9

The second in a series of  Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) free monthly Thursday evening lectures continues tomorrow, November 9 at the NY Public Library Roosevelt Island branch.

According to RIHS:
Blissville: Hidden Corner of Long Island City

Film Screening and Discussion with Documentarian Hank Linhart

Free and open to the Public

Roosevelt Island Library, 524 Main Street

Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Get a fascinating close-up look at a hidden corner of Roosevelt Island’s nearby neighbor, Long Island City (LIC), in the one-hour film Blissville.

In Blissville, documentarian Hank Linhart captures the varied businesses in this historic neighborhood within LIC named after Neziah Bliss, who owned most of the land in the 1830s and 1840s. These include a sushi factory, an Afghan bakery, and a company that manufactures replicas of the Statue of Liberty.

Blissville also documents the every day lives of LIC residents, including a rare glimpse into a community of the Romani (known in the English speaking world as gypsies).

The film Blissville is based on research that Mr. Linhart began in 1989, suspended in 1996, resumed in 2012, and completed in 2017. Following the screening of Biissville, Mr. Linhart will lead an audience discussion.

The event, free and open to the public, is the second in the Society’s annual series of Fall Lectures.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue, the F train, or the NYC Ferry (Astoria route) to Roosevelt Island. Take the island’s free Red Bus or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.
Here's the trailer from Blissville documentary

Blissville...An Investigation, ( Trailer ) from Hank Linhart on Vimeo.

and more info available at the Blissville Stories web site.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Scenes From Saturday's Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash, Turning Halloween Waste To Compost For NYC Parks With NYC Compost Hosted By Big Reuse

The first Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash took place last Saturday on the Manhattan Park lower lawn.

As previously reported by Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn Founder Christina Delfico:
... the 2017 Pumpkin Smash on Roosevelt Island becomes part of the Department of Sanitation’s official citywide efforts to reduce landfill waste. This is historic and it is happening right here, be a part of it!

This event is made possible by RIOC, NYC Compost hosted by BigReuse, Manhattan Park, Roosevelt Island Garden Club and iDig2Learn

In Collaboration with 217PTA, RI Parents' Network, Island Kids, Girl Scouts, Gristedes, Wengerd Farm, RIRA, RIYP, NYC Ferry Operated by Hornblower, Cornell Tech and RI Explorers

Children, families and anyone with a pumpkin, squash or gourd to recycle for compost can come smash pumpkins, eat pie and drink apple cider from our Wengerd farm market and enjoy coffee donated by Gristedes....

... We hope everyone will learn that plant based materials, like pumpkins, can be composted and returned to the earth rather than trashed and trucked to landfill....
Ms Delfico and her friend Maria describe the Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash

Here are some more scenes of the fun times at the Roosevelt Island Pumpkin Smash.

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