Saturday, December 30, 2017

Spend New Year's Eve At Roosevelt Island's Nisi Restaurant With Special Dinner Menu, Drinks & Complimentary Midnight Champagne Toast - Or Head To Times Square

Roosevelt Island's Nisi Restaurant

 Image of Nisi Owner Kaie Razaghie

is celebrating New Year's Eve tomorrow eventing. According to owner Alex Razaghie, Nisi has:
... two specials going for New Year' Eve. The first is a dinner special and the second is a drink special, The drink special starts at 10 and ends at 1. It’s two for 1 drinks as well as a complimentary champagne toast when the ball drops. We are planning on closing late, the latest being 2am depending on how busy it is.
If you're planning on braving the weather, crowds and security in Times Square on New Year's Eve, here's some advice:
Have fun and Happy New Year.

Friday, December 29, 2017

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.

You can also board the Roosevelt Island Express Lego Train

for a virtual ride around the FDR Four Freedoms Park and enjoy the views.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department Using Radar Detection Equipment To Slow Down Traffic And Catch Speeders

Earlier this month a Roosevelt Island resident observed:
While waiting for the Red Bus across the street from the FDNY station, I watched a Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department (PSD) car seeming to hide behind the pine trees of the traffic island just north of the fire station. And when a car passed by driving south on Main Street, the officer put on his flashing lights and siren to stop the surprised driver. Then, after a brief conversation, the driver continued south ... and the PSD Speed Detector Trap was then re-set.

I watched this little drama unfold several times without understanding what I was seeing.

When the Red Bus came, a friend with me asked the driver what was happening.

The driver explained that RIOC had just installed stop signs on the road east of the community garden; and the drivers who were "caught" not stopping -- probably Coler employees going home at the end of the day shift -- simply failed to notice the new sign.

Public Safety did something right, I guess? Drivers tend to pick up speed heading south, and they can't see pedestrians crossing the road beyond the turn at the south edge of the garden. Soccer balls are often kicked into this area of Main Street from the Octagon Field as well. It is also the point where trucks will be turning west to go up the access road to the water tunnel project for the next year or so -- a likely place for an accident to develop.

I think this is a good decision. I'm glad because it makes the crossing safer.
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal reported on the use of radar detection equipment to slow traffic and catch speeders during the RIOC December 19 Board of Directors meeting (full RIOC President's Report here).

Also, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee (PSC) October 30 report noted:
... In discussing traffic issues in the Octagon area, as documented in Scott Piro’s report, Chief McManus reported that speed bumps were being considered and that due to the speeding, in certain areas on the Island, they would be training the PSO in using the radar guns, and are considering stepping up enforcement following the training.

The Chief mentioned that there was a new Security Director at Coler Hospital who he would be meeting with. He was attempting to create a multi- facetted approach to look at traffic control considering ways to deal with motorized bikes, etc....
and the RIRA PSC November 29 report added:
... Following submission of Scott’s report in October’s PSC meeting, Jack brought concerns to Susan’s attention and an internal meeting is scheduled on December 1st to look at some of the concerns, including speeding around these areas.

Training on the utilization of radar equipment needs to be completed by the PSO, which will be done through the NYPD. There have been minor difficulties encountered in getting our PSO’s spots for the NYPD trainings. The training requires field work to practice, and can take 3-5 days in the field. Speed bumps are still being considered in certain areas. Jack explained the difficulties associated with writing speeding tickets, in what can be utilized as proof.

The committee again stated that other Main Street road markings are worn out, do not match the Stop signs at certain intersections, or worn out, like on the Helix, causing safety concerns for motorists and foot traffic. The enforcement of traffic regulations for motorized bike was addressed. The Chief is aware of the problem and will be initiating more enforcement of the laws, for deliveries that come onto the Island....
Mr. Piro's traffic report was published in the Main Street WIRE.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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According to Roosevelt Island Urgent Care (RIUC):
Our Roosevelt Island facility is  located at 520 Main Street.
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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:
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  • Charging station
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The Cafe @ Cornell Tech Coffee Bar Is Open With Reduced Holiday Hours This Week - Coffee, Espresso Drinks and Limited Food Offerings Available

Sunday, December 24, 2017

It's Christmas Eve, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Tonight - On The Roosevelt Island Tram? Nisi Restaurant Open Christmas Day With Special Menu

Reports are coming in of Santa Claus sightings from all around the world. You can even track him with the aid of Norad's Santa Tracker.

Santa will arrive on Roosevelt Island in a few hours. When he does, it may be on his specially designed, Reindeer powered,

 Roosevelt Island Tram sled using one of the old Tram cabins.

Roosevelt Island Tram Reindeer Cards from Marty Atkins

Hope you've all been good this year.

Roosevelt Island's newly re-opened Nisi Restaurant is open tomorrow, Christmas day, from 7 AM - to midnight. In addition to their regular menu, Nisi will be serving a Special Christmas Menu too

Or perhaps you prefer the traditional Chinese Food for Christmas.

It's Christmas Eve - so it must be Fairytale Of New York with the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

Merry Christmas Roosevelt Island!!!!