Saturday, March 31, 2018

Scenes From Today's Roosevelt Island Egg Hunt At Firefighters Field Hosted By Hope Church

Firefighters Field

was packed this morning with young children and their parents

for the Roosevelt Island Egg Hunt hosted this year by the Hope Roosevelt Island Covenant Church.

Egg Hunters were greeted by a very friendly bunny

and waited patiently, but with great anticipation,

for the festivities to begin

An estimated 500 people attended the

Egg Hunt

and a good time

was had by all.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Free Upcoming Tech Classes, Book Discussions, Movies And More April Events For Adults And Kids At Roosevelt Island Public Library

The Roosevelt Island New York Public Library

is offering free tech classes in April on Instagram/Snapchat, Privacy/VPN and internet Basics.

Also, book discussions on Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, movies including Autobiography of Malcom X and much more.

Check out more adult
as well as children's events at the Roosevelt Island NY Public Library.
More Roosevelt Island Public Library events listed here as well as other services too.

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

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

TRACK MAINTENANCE R Trains skip 5 Av/59 St, Lexington Av/59 St and Queens Plaza in both directions

Weekend , Saturday and Sunday, Mar 31 - Apr 1

R trains run in both directions between 57 St-7 Av Q and 21 St-Queensbridge F, making stops at Lexington Av/63 St and Roosevelt Island, resuming normal service at 36 St, Queens.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes April 6 - April 12 Sales, Specials, Bonus Reward Items - Free Delivery With $75 Or More Purchase, Fresh Sushi & Poke Bowls Too

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

invites you to check out their:
  • Groceries, 
  • Organic & Gourmet, Gluten/Soy/GMO Free
  • Snacks
  • Meat, 
  • Fresh Produce, 
  • Seafood, 
  • Frozen, 
  • Deli &;
  • Fresh Bakery
  • & Bonus Rewards 
Offerings for April 6 - April 12

Don't forget the 10% Roosevelt Island Seniors Discount on Tuesday and Wednesday and Sign Up for the Gristedes Diamond Loyalty Rewards Program.

Also, Fresh Sushi and Poke Bowls available 

at the Roosevelt Island Gristedes Cafe.

More Gristedes Supermarket information available at their web site, Facebook Page and Twitter feed.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

You're Invited To Chabad Of Roosevelt Island Community Passover Seder March 30 & 31 - Answer The 4 Questions Or Ask 40 Of Your Own

An invitation from the Chabad Of Roosevelt Island to the Roosevelt Island Community Passover Seder.  According to the Chabad Of Roosevelt Island:

Roosevelt Island Community Passover Seder

Whether you are a Seder veteran with answers to all four questions or a curious explorer with 40 questions of your own, Chabad's Seder offers a stimulating & satisfying experience.

Friday, March 30, 6:45 PM
Saturday March 31, 7 PM

Please RSVP to

More info available at the Chabad of Roosevelt Island web site.
Take a listen to the Maccabeats perform Passover's 4 Questions in Hebrew

and consider - could there be a tasty Matzo?

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Urgent Care Medical Facility, Just Walk In At 520 Main Street 7 Days A Week For Your Medical Needs, Flu Shots Available - Your Health, Your Schedule

According to Roosevelt Island Urgent Care (RIUC):
Our Roosevelt Island facility is  located at 520 Main Street. Our hours are Monday to Thursday 8AM - 7PM, Friday 8AM-4PM, Saturday and Sunday 10AM- 4PM.

The medical needs of this 2 mile long historic island on the East River is a perfect landscape for our services.

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:
  • Hot and cold complimentary beverage center
  • Charging station
  • Flat screen TV in waiting room as well as every exam room
  • Childrens play area
  • And much more!

More info about Roosevelt Island Urgent Care at their web site.

Roosevelt Island Easter Services At St Francis Xavier Cabrini and Hope Church

Roosevelt Island Easter services are being held at St Francis Xavier Cabrini Church (504 Main Street)

and Hope Roosevelt Island Covenant Church.

According to Roosevelt Island Hope Church Pastor Dan Sadlier
Hope Church Easter Weekend 2018

You are invited to join neighbors, friends, and family for Hope Churches annual Easter Celebration. Pick from one of two identical services (11:30AM and 1PM) on Sunday April 1st, for an hour of music, teaching, some good laughs, and a chance to celebrate the holiday with those from the neighborhood and city. Both services will be held at 543 Main Street. There will be a free community-wide meal immediately following the 1PM service. In addition you are welcome to join us for additional Easter week gatherings
  • Good Friday Service | Friday March 30th @ 7:30PM | 543 Main Street (lower level)
  • Egg Hunt | Saturday March 31st @ 11AM | Firefighters Park (Register: )
  • Easter Celebration | April 1st @ 11:30AM and 1PM | 543 Main Street (community-wide meal after the 1PM)
No info about Easter Service at Church of the Good Shepherd.

Dayspring Church info here (851 Main Street, behind Octagon building).

Hope Church Hosts 2018 Roosevelt Island Egg Hunt Saturday March 31 At Firefighters Field - Please Register For Event

Roosevelt Island Hope Church Pastor Dan Sadlier reports:

Hope Church hosts 2018 Free Island Egg Hunt

Join neighbors from the surrounding area for an island Egg Hunt. Gather at Firefighters park (405 Main Street) on Saturday March 31 for a free egg hunt. Get ready for some live music, kids activities, snacks, and 10,000 Eggs filled with candy! To register your children go to

Image From Hope Church
Here are some scenes from the 2017 Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) egg hunt

on the Manhattan Park lawn.
Have fun.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

You're Invited To Verdant Power Roosevelt Island East River Tidal Energy Project Open House March 29 - Come Learn How Roosevelt Island Will Be At Forefront Of Clean, Renewable Energy And Fight Climate Change

Image From Verdant Power

Since 2002, Verdant Power has been developing water turbine technology to generate electric power from the currents of the East River at a Roosevelt Island site behind Gristedes on the Queens side of the East Promenade.

Tomorrow evening, March 29, Verdant Power is hosting an Open House to update the Roosevelt Island community on the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project. You're invited to come learn about the project. According to Verdant Power:
Please join us on March 29th at the Roosevelt Island Senior Association for a free information session hosted by Verdant Power. We'll be discussing a planned installation of our next generation marine renewable technology and what this means for you. This will put Roosevelt Island at the forefront of new clean energy. We hope that you will come by and learn how to play a role in making sustainability a future reality. We'll be making short presentations throughout the evening and staff will be available to answer questions. RSVPs are encouraged and will be appreciated:

Date and Time

Thursday, March 29, 2018 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM EDT


546 Main Street New York, NY 10044
A Verdant Power spokesperson adds:
Verdant Power has just launched equity crowd funding campaign to raise $1M in small dollar amounts from regular citizens. This campaign is made possible by the recent implementation of the JOBS Act, which affords average citizens the chance to get in on the ground floor of promising start-up companies. The Company is optimistic that this type of investment vehicle will democratize the corporate financing process. More on the just-launched campaign can be found here:

Here's more on Verdant Power from 2010 Clean Skies News report

and my 2012 interview with Verdant Power's Trey Taylor as the 5th generation water turbine was being placed in the East River

and Mr Taylor explaining his goal of creating a virtual power plant of clean energy technologies for Roosevelt Island.

Very exciting stuff. Come to the Verdant Power Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project Open House tomorrow evening to learn more.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

You're Invited To Motorgate Gallery Opening Reception For Roosevelt Island 2017 Fall For Arts Festival Murals Exhibit Tomorrow Evening March 28 - Jazz & Light Refreshments Too

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) and Gallery RIVAA will host an opening reception for the new exhibit of Fall For Arts Festival Murals at the Motorgate Gallery tomorrow evening.

According to RIOC:

You are cordially invited to attend the 2018 Motorgate Gallery Opening. The event will take place at the Motorgate Garage Atrium (688 Main St.) on Wed., March 28th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Come and celebrate the addition of new murals painted at the 2017 Fall for Arts Festival to the Gallery's collection!

The Gallery opening is sponsored and curated by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association (RIVAA). The Jazz Salonists will provide live entertainment. Drinks and light refreshments will be available. This is a free event.

For more information visit

RIOC adds:
The gallery opening will feature artists’ interpretations of how their work relates to last year’s festival theme: “Relentless Rhythm: City in Motion”; live music from The Jazz Salonists and refreshments. This is a free event.

The Fall for Arts Festival, now entering its 13th year, is an annual Roosevelt Island event that invites artists – children and adults - to participate in the day- long mural and crafts festival set to a pre-determined theme. Participation in the event is free; as are all basic paints, brushes and primed painting surfaces. Winning murals will hang in the garage atrium for one year.

The 2018 Fall for Art Festival on the island will be held September 29, 2018.
Here are some of the murals from 2017 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival that will be displayed at the Motorgate Gallery.

Stop by tomorrow evening and take a look.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Roosevelt Island Resident Emily Engstler Named Gatorade New York Girl's High School Basketball Player Of The Year For Outstanding Athletic Excellence, Academic Achievement & Exemplary Character On And Off The Field

Roosevelt Island resident Emily Engstler is one of the top High School Basketball players in the county.

Bleacher Report introduces us to Ms Engstler and shows her shooting hoops on the Blackwell Park basketball court..

According to this September 2017 ESPN W article:
Sometimes it's morning. Sometimes it's night. When Emily Engstler looks out her window, the basketball hoops, the clean white nets, call her. She bolts out of bed and jogs to the courts across the street from her home on Roosevelt Island in Manhattan, New York.

The 6-foot-2 senior at St. Francis Prep waits on the sideline, dribbling the ball between her legs before staking claim: "I got next!"

She's the only girl here, on the concrete courts that face the East River, and always has been. Back in middle school, though, no one picked her up. She hadn't earned respect yet, so she came day after day to study the way the guys hustled, the way they protected the ball....
Click here for the full ESPN W article.

Ms. Engster was named 2017-18 Gatorade New York Girl's Basketball Player of the Year. According to a March 19 Gatorade press release:
In its 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Emily Engstler of St. Francis Preparatory School as its 2017-18 Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Engstler is the first Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from St. Francis Preparatory School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Engstler as New York’s best high school girls basketball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced in March, Engstler joins an elite alumni association of past state girls basketball award-winners...

... The 6-foot-1 senior forward led the Terriers to a 19-9 record and the Brooklyn/Queens Catholic High School Athletic Association championship game this past season. Engstler averaged 18.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 3.3 steals and 2.1 blocks per game. A Women’s Basketball Coaches Association First Team All-American, she has been chosen to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. Engstler is ranked as the nation’s No. 11 recruit in the Class of 2018 by espnW and is a finalist for Miss New York Basketball.

A tutor in her school, Engstler has volunteered locally on behalf of Harvest for the World and youth basketball programs. “Engstler can single-handedly take over a game,” said Phree Edwards, head coach at Bishop Loughlin High. “She can score in the paint, she can put the ball on the floor, she can shoot from the outside too. She also has great vision and she can protect the rim on defense.”

Engstler has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom. She has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Syracuse University beginning this fall....

... As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Emily will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants – one for each sport – will be announced throughout the year....
Click here for the full press release.

Main Street WIRE reports on Ms Engstler too.

Congrats to Roosevelt Island's Emily Engstler.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park Illuminated In Pillars Of Light Showing Freedom From Fear And Support Of March For Our Lives Movement Against Gun Violence

The Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park was illuminated in light Friday and Saturday evening

in support of the March For Our Lives

movement against gun violence.
According to a FDR 4 Freedoms Park Spokesperson:
Earlier this week, Skylight Studios approached us to rent the Park and use it as a platform to deliver a message in solidarity with tomorrow’s “March for their Lives.” Titled “Freedom from Fear”, the installation, which is curated by fashion designer Prabal Gurung and designed by lighting artist Bentley Meeker with support from the Rolling Stone magazine, aims to highlight the dissonance between our perceived freedom and the threats to that freedom via gun violence.
Prabal Guring tweets:
Skylight Studios adds:

Watch this powerful speech from High School Student Emma Gonzales at the Washington DC March For Our Lives Rally
and crowds at rallies from other cities:
Also, from the NY Times:

And another view from Fox News:

UPDATE 6:25 PM - Roosevelt Island resident Janet Falk reports:
Indivisible Roosevelt Island had a contingent of five residents who traveled together by subway

to the March for Our Lives. We saw people of diverse ages and backgrounds on the way, and many children. Everyone was in high spirits, admiring the signs others carried.

We were fortunate to be near the loudspeakers at Central Park West and 74th Street and so heard the speeches. It was especially moving to hear the grandmother of one of the Parkland student victims, as well as a survivor from the Las Vegas massacre, the school librarian from Newtown and the mother of a Parkland student who hid in a classroom, among others. We marched with the crowd, shouted “Shame on you” outside the Trump building near Columbus Circle and to the Trump supporters nearby. We left the march at 57 Street and 6th Avenue and rode the subway back.