Friday, May 11, 2018

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Jazz Salon At Gallery RIVAA Saturday Afternoon May 12 With Art & The Impressionists

Roosevelt Island's Susheel Kurien,Jazz Guitarist in Perpetual Learning, reports

On Saturday, May 12th, Jazz Salon at Gallery RIVAA brings back the sounds of swing with RIVAA's Art & The Impressionists band.

Enjoy the sounds of classic jazz standards! Featuring guest vocalist NIki Lagos along with Andrew Pereira on sax, Dan Yalisove on Clarinet, Susheel Kurien - guitar, Bruno Razafindrakoto on bass, and Nate Wong on drums. If you missed spring, there is always Swing.
Gallery RIVAA hosted a Roosevelt Island International Jazz Day Jam last April 29. Mr Kurien adds:
On April 29th , 2018, our second celebration of International Jazz day, with participants from Detroit, (yes thats international) , New York, Argentina, South Korea, India, Spain, Hong Kong (via San Francisco) ,Japan via Williansburg and of course the United States
Take a listen to the Roosevelt Island International Jazz Day Jam  at Gallery RIVAA

More pictures from Roosevelt Island International Jazz Day Jam.

Uh-Oh, No Manhattan Bound Roosevelt Island F Train Service This Weekend Says MTA - And Only 1 Tram Cabin Operating Starting Tuesday For Resumption Of Roosevelt Island Tram Platform Repairs Says RIOC

We will not be seeing Manhattan bound

Roosevelt Island F train service this weekend.

Image From MTA

According to the MTA:
TRACK MAINTENANCE | 9:45 PM Fri, May 11 to 5 AM Mon, May 14 Brooklyn-bound F trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av to Canal St, and via the A to Jay St-MetroTech

Trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza.

No Coney Island-bound service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St, 57, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 34 St-Herald Sq, 23, 14, B'way-Lafayette Sts, 2 Av, Delancey St, East Broadway and York St.
Also, remember the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Tram Platform renovations resume this Tuesday, May 15, with only 1 Tram cabin in operation for up to 30 days.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes May 18 To May 24 Sales, Specials & Diamond Value Reward Items - Fresh Sushi & Poke Bowls Too

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

invites you to check out their May 18 - May 24:
  • Groceries, 
  • Organic & Gourmet, Gluten/Soy/GMO Free
  • Snacks
  • Meat, 
  • Fresh Produce, 
  • Seafood, 
  • Frozen, 
  • Deli &;
  • Fresh Bakery
  • & May 11 - May 24 Diamond Value Rewards Items 

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

And 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, May 10, 2018

Did You Lose A Black Cell Phone Today At Roosevelt Island Subway Station -Found By A Good Samaritan And Turned In To NYPD

Roosevelt Island Good Samaritan Sherie Helstien found a lost cell phone today and turned it in to the NYPD. If you lost the cell phone, contact the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department (550 Main Street, 212 832-4545) and they should be able to help you get it returned. According to Ms. Helstien:

I found a black cellphone in the RI subway station left on a bench as I was heading off the Island (going to Manhattan). I handed it to a NY police officer, whose name I believe is Officer Belavsky. (not sure if he was here from Qns or Manhattan preceinct). I think he said he'd have to turn it in with "bypass"(?). I asked him if he could turn it into our PS office since it was probably a resident here who'd lost first he said "no" b/c it was now in the hands of the NYPD, but then he said he'd try to, but that they probably wouldn't accept I'm not sure where it has ended up. After I handed it to the PO he could not give it back to me, (once in their hands, its not in my control...)...

... I hope this helps the owner retrieve his phone...

Roosevelt Island NYC HHC Coler Hospital Receives $84 Thousand Grant To Improve Quality Of Life For Residents Living With Dementia - Using Comfort Matters Approach Developed By Beatitudes Campus

The NYC Health & Hospitals Corp (NYC HHC) Coler Hospital on Roosevelt Island

recently received an $84 Thousand grant from the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation to enhance care for dementia patients living at the facility. According to the NYC HHC:

NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler has received an $84,000 grant from the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation to pursue Comfort Matters® accreditation and to expand and enhance palliative care practices for people living with dementia throughout the skilled nursing facility. At NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler, more than half of the residents at this 815-bed facility have a dementia diagnosis, including 155 living in one of three memory care units.

The new 18-month grant will allow NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler to build on its comfort approach to caring for people with dementia. Noteworthy progress to date has included reduced utilization of anti-psychotic medications, increased participation in the Music & Memory Program, fewer physical altercations, fewer falls, and fewer transfers to the hospital emergency department.

“While we have already earned a national reputation as a leader in the care of residents with dementia, we cannot rest on our laurels,” said Robert Hughes, chief executive officer of NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler. “This new grant reflects our ongoing commitment to improve the quality of life for these residents, which is important not just to them, but also to their family members and friends who go through this journey with us.”

A project funded by the new grant will focus on improving the quality of life and care provided for residents diagnosed with advanced dementia. Instead of the more traditional medical model of care, the project will guide providers in applying a comfort-focused approach, modeled on the groundbreaking program developed by Beatitudes Campus, a nonprofit senior living community in Phoenix, Arizona. The Comfort Matters® accreditation is based on applying the Beatitudes approach.

In addition to alleviating suffering and providing comfort for people with advanced dementia and their families, the grant project has two other goals. It aims to enhance job satisfaction for staff by facilitating the adoption of advanced practices in palliative care, specifically targeted to the care of people with dementia living in residential care. It also aims to guide the most appropriate use of available resources and, as a result, reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and ER use.

Working closely with Beatitudes throughout the grant period, NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler staff involved in the project will focus on achieving Comfort Matters® accreditation for the Memory Care Team and expanding and enhancing care practices for patients with dementia on the existing three units and throughout NYC health + Hospitals/Coler. The Comfort Matters® accreditation process involves extensive teaching and monitoring (as well as the final accreditation assessment) by Comfort Matters® staff. In addition, a staff member at CaringKind, a New York non-profit focused on Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving, will provide ongoing support to NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler staff throughout the project.
Here's more on the Coler Hospital Music & Memory Program for dementia patients,

Comfort Matters program and Caring Kind Alzheimers caregivers services.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Roosevelt Island Summer Jobs Available For Students 18 Years Of Age And Over - Apply Immediately For Landscaping, Maintenance & Administrative Jobs With RIOC

Last week, I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson:

Is Rioc doing anything about summer jobs?
Mr. Roberson replied today:
Seasonal Summer Job Opportunities

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) has summer job opportunities for NYC students. The minimum age requirement is 18 years-old. Positions will be available from late May through Labor Day Weekend, 2018.

Perfect for recent High school grads or college students!

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation is a Public Authority of New York State, responsible for the development, maintenance and safety of Roosevelt Island, NY. Located in the East River between Manhattan and Queens counties, Roosevelt Island is a vibrant community with residential and commercial properties, transportation systems, a multitude of parks and community areas.

Grounds Keepers:

Landscaping, maintenance and upkeep of all RIOC outdoor properties, fields and tennis courts. Lawn maintenance, tree pruning, graffiti removal, trash collection/removal, and street cleaning. Applicants will preferably possess a valid driver’s license. Prior Landscaping or gardening experience a Plus!

Maintenance / Facilities:

Maintenance and upkeep of all RIOC properties, roads, offices and indoor sports facility. General Laborer/construction work, light carpentry, concrete/mason work. Applicants will preferably possess a valid driver’s license.

Prior construction or Laborer experience a Plus!

Various Administrative Positions:

We are also seeking applicants to work in a variety of departments, including: Engineering, Community Affairs, Sports programming, Youth Services, Operations. If you have an interest in joining our team, please send your resume to the e-mail account listed below. Interviews will begin immediately.

These positions offer an excellent opportunity for summer employment in one of NYC’s most beautiful settings.

Please e-mail resume to indicating the position of interest.

RIOC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RIOC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

We offer a highly competitive benefits package, including; Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, LTD, Pension and Flexible Spending Account options. We also offer a generous PTO policy and an exciting work environment.
Email RIOC for more info on summer jobs.

Also, the NYC Summer Youth Employment Program has jobs available for those 14 to 24 years of age.

2018 New York City Outdoor Summer Movies At Roosevelt Island's Southpoint Park - Wonder Woman, Black Panther, A League Of Their Own Among Films Showing - Beautiful NYC East River Waterfront Views Too - Sponsorships Available

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced the upcoming 2018 Summer Outdoor Movie Series schedule at Roosevelt Island's Firefighter Field Southpoint Park.

Among the films being shown outdoors on Roosevelt Island are Black Panther (August 3),

Wonder Woman (June 22)

and A League Of Their Own (July 6).

According to RIOC Public Information Officer Alonzo Robertson:

Outdoor movie series are a thriving summer tradition on Roosevelt Island and this year’s film schedule of sci-fi, comedy, fantasy and action – including record-breaking superhero blockbuster Black Panther - is arguably RI’s best.

The Roosevelt Island Summer Movie Series, which kicks off Friday, June 22 at the Island’s Southpoint Park, is free admission and includes contests and prizes, food vendors; a state-of-the-art sound system, pre-movie DJ music, and a 40-foot-premium screen. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. and the movies start at sunset. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.

“Our movies are a great way for families and friends to enjoy a night on the Island under the stars,” said Susan Rosenthal, the CEO of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) which has produced the event for the past ten years.

The 2018 RI Summer Movies Series dates are:
  • Friday, June 22: Wonder Woman; (rain date June 29)
  • Friday, July 6: A League of Their Own; (rain date July 13)
  • Friday, July 20: Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi; (rain date July 27)
  • Saturday, July 21: The Fifth Element; (rain date July 28)
  • Friday, August 3: Black Panther; (rain date August 10)
  • Friday, August 17: A Wrinkle in Time; (rain date August 24)
RI Summer Movie Series sponsorship opportunities are available and include:
  • Sponsoring of specific film showings: includes ability to advertise in pre-show presentations, pre-movie on-screen advertising, and/or on-site signage
  • Donation of trivia contest prizes or giveaways
Contact Jessica Murray, RIOC Community Affairs Department at 212.832.4540 or for more information.

Movie series visitors are encouraged to take the iconic Roosevelt Island Tram, the new NYC Ferry Astoria line, or the F-train to Roosevelt Island, and then walk to Southpoint Park. Motorists can access the Island from the intersection of Vernon Avenue and 36th Street in Astoria, travel across the Roosevelt Island Bridge, park at the Motorgate garage and take a free Red Bus to Southpoint Park.
UPDATE 10:30 PM - Correction from original post. The Roosevelt Island Outdoor Movies will be shown at Southpoint Park.

UPDATE 5/10 - I asked Mr. Robertson:
Just want to confirm that the outdoor movies will be shown at Southpoint Park this year and not at Firefighters Field where they have been shown the last few years.

If confirmed, why the move from Firefighters field to Southpoint Park?

I personally like the movies being at Southpoint Park but in the past there were some complaints of Southpoint being too far away and Firefighters being more convenient for residents.

Mr. Robertson replied:
The movies were originally at Southpoint Park, but moved to Firefighters Field due to the Cornell Tech construction and the loss of the Red Bus being able to travel down to the park. Now that the construction is complete, the Red Bus is able to make that route, the movie series is moving back to its original home.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sponsored Post - The Monkey King: A Kung-fusical Presented By Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Children's Theatre Friday May 11 - Monday May 14 - Get Your Tickets

The Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Children's Theatre is presenting The Monkey King: A Kung-fusical this coming weekend Friday May 11 - Monday May 14.

According to MST&DA:
“The Monkey King: A Kung-fusical” (written by Jonathan & Kimbirdlee Fadner) is a theatrical retelling of an ancient Chinese legend infused with a clever storyline and heart-pumping music. The legend has entertained all ages for centuries with a cast of mythical creatures that can transform and transcend earthly realms and triumph amidst epic battles. But can you imagine what happens when the King is born and he is… a woman!? The Fadners light up this tale with a shocking modern twist that will inspire everyone to take action and be inspired toward positive change.

Recommended for ages 4+
Performances are:
  • Friday  May 11 7pm (Cast 2)
  • Saturday May 12 2pm (Cast 2)
  • Saturday May 12 7pm (Cast 1)
  • Sunday May 13 2pm (Cast 1)
  • Sunday May 13 7pm (Cast 2)
  • Monday May 14 7pm (Cast 1)
at the Howe Theatre in the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center 548 Main Street. 

Tickets are:
  • General Admission $20
  • Seniors/Students $15 ​
MST&DA adds:
MST&DA Children’s Theatre has been running for many years, but 2017-18 started a new era for the program. Jacqueline Lucid, former director of this popular Roosevelt Island drama program, handed her directing torch to Kimbirdlee Fadner (CMM, NAAP) after many successful years of leadership. In addition, Kristi Towey, MST&DA Executive Director, commissioned Jonathan (CMM, NAAP, NYU, Northanger Abbey, Queens Theatre) and Kimbirdlee Fadner to create an original musical for MST&DA.

There are two casts, with over 40 kids between the ages of 8-12yrs, in this production.

For young actors, it is a unique experience to be the first to perform this musical written just for them! There were many facets to this production. Rehearsals took place once a week. The children also took part in a free Saturday workshop called “Set the Stage”, led by talented prop designer from Roosevelt Island, Ning Chang. The “Set the Stage” kids worked together to build set pieces, make weapons, rocks, trees and masks. Kimbirdlee Fadner designed the scenic backdrop, but the brush strokes of many children and adults helped bring color to the canvas. Amelia Dombrowski (NYU, Laguardia High School), built all the costumes from scratch, but kids and parents sewed, stitched and cut the pieces that became their stunning costumes. This was truly a hands-on learning experience.

The Fadners were inspired to adapt a traditional Chinese folktale, “The Monkey King”, into a modern tale that offers a new perspective on an old way of thinking. Their mission is to send out a positive and powerful message in a time where people of all ages, races and genders are bombarded by questions of identity and equality. The hero of the show, Monkey King, stares down the faces and kicks the butts of her tribe’s oppressors through a foot stomping, fist pumping, beat-driven musical score. She tells her tribe, “Maybe I’m not who you thought that I’d be, but I’m all that you thought that I’d be… and so much more!”. Through her journey, Monkey King must prove first to her tribe and then to the mighty patriarchy that she is worthy of the title of King. In doing so, the entire tribe learns to stand their ground, even when they are scared, and fight for what they want the world to be!

“The Monkey King” Creative Team:
Written by Jonathan and Kimbirdlee Fadner
Jonathan Fadner
Kimbirdlee Fadner
Music Director
Jonathan Fadner
Asst. Director & Stage Manager
Kaitlyn Abdul
Costume Design
Amelia Dombrowski
Lighting Design
Andrew Trent
Graphic Designers
Jerry Fadner and John Dougherty
Irina Island Images
MST&DA Executive Director
Kristi Towey
Click here for more info and to buy tickets for the MST&DA Children's Theatre performance of The Monkey King: A Kung-fusical.

Roosevelt Island photographer Irina Hage shares these photos from The Monkey King: A Kung-fusical dress rehearsal.

Here We Go Again - Roosevelt Island Tram Platform Renovation Resumes Tuesday May 15 - Only 1 Tram Cabin Operating For Up To 30 Days, Expect Long Tram Lines

The Roosevelt Island Tram platform renovations began last July and temporarily halted in December 

  Image of Roosevelt Island Tram Station Sunday December 17

due to the cold weather.

The Tram Platform renovation project resumes next Tuesday, May 15. Expect the return of long lines waiting for the single Tram cabin in operation.

According to Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson:
Construction work on the Tram Station platforms, at both Roosevelt Island and Midtown Manhattan, will resume next Tuesday, May 15; and continue for up to 30 days reducing commuter service to one cabin. The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) will operate a free, weekday roundtrip Red Bus service from 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. to help alleviate evening rush-hour waiting and congestion.

This new construction completes work that began last July when RIOC contracted with Specialty Construction System, Inc. to address corrosion and water damage to both stations’ platforms at a cost of $2.15 million. The project included the installation and repair of station roofing, removal and repair of the structural slabs and metal column and building a new ADA-compliant access ramp on the north ramp of the Roosevelt Island Tram Station.

New concrete slabs, which are the top surfaces of the platforms at both stations, will be waterproofed and receive new traffic coating during the next month. The project went on hiatus in December 2017 until New York City area’s daily temperatures were forecast to be above those required for the installation.

“Although uncracked concrete will typically keep out liquid water, water vapor can still penetrate quite easily,” said Stephen Noone, RIOC’s assistant vice president of Capital Planning and Projects. “Keeping water drained away from the concrete foundations and preventing it from moving through the platforms is essential to having a successful structure,” he said.

Once that work is complete, the city’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) will re-install turnstiles, ticket machine kiosks and re-program electronic emergency exit doors.

Much of the platform project construction is being done around the North Tram’s boarding and deboarding ramps on both platforms, and thus “we will be limited to only the South Tram servicing the public and because of this, waiting times will unfortunately increase,” said Armando Cordova, operations and maintenance manager for Leitner-Pomo of America, the engineering sub-contractor that operates the Tram for RIOC.

RIOC’s Director of Transportation Cyril Opperman said the Red Bus shuttle service will begin at 3 p.m., each weekday during the construction period, operating roundtrip from Midtown Manhattan to Roosevelt Island every half hour leaving from the southwest side of Second Avenue between 58th and 59th streets.

“The service is not being offered during the morning commute because the average weekday traffic congestion to Midtown Manhattan is so great, the roundtrip shuttle is not time efficient,” Opperman said.

The MTA’s F-Train and the Q-102 bus will be in operation during the 30-day platform construction period. For more information about MTA service, visit or call 511. The NYC Ferry,, will also continue their service between Roosevelt Island, Astoria, Queens; Midtown and Lower Manhattan.
In case you forgot what it was like last time only 1 Tram Cabin running, watch this CBS Channel 2 report.

Can we find some way to discourage tourists and off Island sports teams from using the Tram during this time?

Monday, May 7, 2018

Rarely Seen View From Top Of The Roosevelt Island Lighthouse, Gorgeous Views Of Lighthouse Beacon At Night & Sunset View Too

Here's a view not many get get to see from the top of Roosevelt Island Lighthouse

and gorgeous views of the Lighthouse at night
and sunset.
Also, a brief history of the Lighthouse from the Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS):
... This small lighthouse stands at the northern tip of Roosevelt Island on a projection of land which was at one time a tine separate island connect connected to the main one by a wooden bridge. Local legend maintains that during the 19th century a patient from the nearby Lunatic Asylum was permitted to build a stone fort on this outcropping since he feared an invasion by the British. When plans were formulated to build the lighthouse, this patient allegedly was persuaded to surrender the fort only AFTER much cajoling and a bribe of bogus money. The tale continues that the patient himself demolished the fort and built the new lighthouse, carving the inscription:

... This is the work Was done by John McCarthy
Who built the Light House from he bottom to the Top
All ye who do pass by may Pray for his soul when he dies....
Click here for more information on the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse from RIHS.