Saturday, January 13, 2018

Help Needed In Finding Missing Roosevelt Island 28 Year Old Man

Friday, January 12, 2018

Beautiful And Spooky Low Hanging Fog Over East River Roosevelt Island Waterfront And Below Queensboro Bridge Today

That's right. Here's what the fog looked like from the Roosevelt Island ground,

above it all

and from the Cornell Tech campus.

UPDATE 2:55:

Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend - But No F Service Between 57th & York Street Says MTA

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS Service is rerouted in Manhattan and Brooklyn...

...No F service at 57 St, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 23 St, 14 St, W 4 St, B'way-Lafayette St, 2 Av, Delancey St/Essex St, East Broadway, and York St.
Image From MTA

Click here for more MTA Weekender info.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Roosevelt Island F Train Commute May Have Gotten A Little Bit Easier - Countdown Clock Installed At Station Entrance

In early December, the MTA installed one countdown clock on both the Manhattan and Queens bound Roosevelt Island F Train Station.

Roosevelt Island residents asked for additional Countdown Clocks to be placed at the F Station entrance before the turnstiles and at opposite sides of the platform.

Today, I noticed that a countdown clock has been installed

at the Roosevelt Island F Station entrance.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Roosevelt Island Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Hosting Forum About New Tax Law Affect On New Yorkers Saturday, January 13 - You're Invited To Hear From Experts

Roosevelt Island's Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is hosting a forum about the newTax law and how it affects New Yorkers on Saturday, January 13.

Congresswoman Maloney issued this January 9 press release:
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) today announced that she would redouble her efforts to restore the full deductibility of State and Local Taxes (SALT) by encouraging New York City and State to review a creative new plan to counteract the effects on New Yorkers of the tax law recently passed by Congressional Republicans.

The proposal, put forth by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05) and Governor-elect Phil Murphy of New Jersey, encourages states and localities to set up charitable trusts for the purpose of funding investments in education, law enforcement, first responders and other essential government services. Taxpayers could make tax-deductible contributions in lieu of state and local taxes in order to offset the severe cuts in SALT deductions in the new tax law.

“The Republican tax law is a declaration of war on New Yorkers and we need to fight it with every tool at our disposal in order to protect ourselves from the massive tax hikes we are now facing,” said Rep. Maloney. “The law’s severe restriction of the SALT deduction effectively double taxes millions of New Yorkers, forcing us to pay significantly higher federal taxes while causing our home values to drop. This restriction will also force our state and local governments to slash investments in education, police, fire and other essential services. That is why I am calling on Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and all of New York City and State’s elected officials to seriously consider the Gottheimer-Murphy proposal and any others that may counteract the harm the Republicans’ tax scam will do to our city and state.”

More than half of New York tax filers rely on the SALT deduction to reduce taxes paid to the federal government. New York is already a “donor” state, paying $56 billion more in taxes to the federal government than it receives in federal funding. The severe reduction in allowable SALT deductions in the new tax law would result in an even larger gap between federal taxes paid and federal funding received.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Archbishop Of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan Celebrates Dedication And Blessing Of New Roosevelt Island St Cabrini Church Last Sunday - New Roosevelt Island Church A Booster Shot For Entire Archdiocese Says Cardinal Dolan

On Sunday, January 7, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop Of New York, visited Roosevelt Island

to attend the Dedication and Blessing Mass of the new St Francis X. Cabrini church.

As Cardinal Dolan got out of his car on this very cold day, he was greeted warmly by Roosevelt Island residents

and welcomed by Father Richard Baker, Pastor of St Cabrini Church and Parish Manager Lisa Calabrese

before climbing the stairs

to the new St Cabrini Church home on the second floor at 504 Main Street.

The Dedication and Blessing Mass began with St Cabrini Church parishioner Christina Delfico asking everyone to stand and sing the opening hymn as Cardinal Dolan, Father Baker, parish priests and altar boys entered the chapel.

Monday, January 8, 2018

NYC Fire Department Presence On Roosevelt Island Is Subject of Free Lecture Thursday, January 11 Presented By Roosevelt Island Historical Society - You're Invited

The fourth and final in a series of  Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) free monthly Thursday evening lectures will take place on January 11 at the NY Public Library Roosevelt Island branch.

According to RIHS:

Free Lecture:

The FDNY on Blackwell's and Welfare Island

Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
524 Main Street
New York Public Library – Roosevelt Island Branch

The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) has a long and storied presence on Roosevelt Island, according to FDNY historian and author Gary R. Urbanowicz. Walk back in time when only one family lived on Blackwell’s Island, (now known as Roosevelt Island) and trace the development of the firefighters’ presence in the island’s community, up to today’s Special Operations Command.

Mr. Urbanowicz is the author of Badges of the Bravest: A Pictorial History of Fire Departments of New York City.

The event, free and open to the public, is the fourth 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.

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society promotes awareness of the Island’s unique story and pursues preservation of its landmarks and artifacts.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

How Cold Has It Been? East River Ice Flows Passing Roosevelt Island & Queens Today

It's been extremely cold the last few days.

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:

A post shared by Ivana Stojkov (@iviivz) on

Roosevelt Island resident Janet Falk shares this video

and reports:
If you look closely, the ice on the Queens side is moving up town and the ice closer to the island is circling.
Fortunately, temperatures

start to warm up this week.