Saturday, June 2, 2018

You're Invited To Jazz Salon At Gallery RIVAA Sunday June 3 - Presenting Night Bus People Jazz Quartet Blending Sounds Of Bebop, Gypsy, Jazz, Country & Bluegrass

You're invited to the Jazz Salon at Gallery RIVAA,  6 PM Sunday June 3.

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


Night Bus People is a new New York City based Jazz Quartet that blends the sounds of bebop, gypsy jazz, country and bluegrass in a unique, soulful and virtuosic package.

Mandolinist and singer Jacob Jolliff currently tours with Yonder Mountain String Band and has performed with String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic and the David Grissman Quartet. Jolliff won the National Mandolin Championship in 2012.

Saxophonist Clay Lyons is an alumni of The Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Lyons recorded on Darren Barrett’s album the Opener, and has performed with The Rodney Green Quartet, Hillel Salem as well as many others in the NYC jazz scene and beyond.

Bassist Myles Sloniker has established himself as a prominent young voice even among New York’s fractured musical cliques and has performed with a long list of eclectic musical luminaries including Ron Miles, Jeff Coffin, David Amran among others.

Drummer Nate Wong is a Roosevelt Island resident and a native of Hong Kong who attended Berklee College of Music and has toured extensively around the World since performing at the Tokyo Jazz Fest, Mexico City Jazz Fest, HK Intl Jazz Fest as well as arenas such as Wembley Arena, Margaret Court Arena to name a few.

Night Bus People Live at RIVAA Gallery

Sunday, June 3rd. 6pm

RIVAA Gallery
527 Main St, New York, NY 10044
(212) 308-6630

Curated by Susheel Kurien
Night Bus People is led by drummer and Roosevelt Island resident Nate Wong who shares this video of the band performing

Litlle Willie Leaps.

So, stop by Gallery RIVAA tomorrow night starting at 6 PM to enjoy the concert.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Teenage Male Jumps From Queensboro Bridge Into East River Yesterday And Survives - Spotted By Roosevelt Island Dog Walker

The NY Post reported that an eighteen year old male jumped from the Queenboro Bridge into the East River between Queens and Roosevelt Island yesterday - and survived.

The bridge jumper was spotted by a man walking dogs on Roosevelt Island. According to the NY Post:
...Cardozo, 33, was walking dogs on Roosevelt Island when he saw the man fall in the distance. He called 911 and signaled the passing ferry boat.

“The NYC ferry was coming from Brooklyn,” Cardozo recalled to the Post. “Not sure if they saw us or not, but they turned around and tried to save him.”...
The NY Post adds that the teenager was removed from the East River by a passing ferry, brought to Roosevelt Island, picked up by EMS and taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

Help Save A Life - Roosevelt Island RISA Blood Drive Advanced Sign Up Saturday June 2, June 9 & June 16 At Good Shepherd Plaza - Blood Donation On June 16, Roosevelt Island Day

You can help save a life by donating blood.

The annual Roosevelt Island Blood Drive began last Saturday at the Good Shepherd Plaza next to the Farmers Market.

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) Blood Drive organizer Sherie Helstien and Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) members Bafode Drame and Frank Farance were recruiting donors last Saturday to give blood on Roosevelt Island Day - June 16 at the Seniors Center (546 Main Street).

Ms Helstien reports:
The Roosevelt Island Senior Association is putting on the 18th Annual Blood Drive. Advance sign-ups continue on Saturday, 6/2, 6/9 and 6/16 (Roosevelt Island Day) from 10am-2pm, at the Good Shepherd Plaza.

If it rains, please look for us across the street in front of 546 Main Street. If a prospective donor cannot make it out to our sign-up table on the pre-donation Saturdays, they may sign-up on line here. Just make sure to sign up on the Roosevelt Island drive site!

Anyone who doesn't sign up in advance, may walk into the Senior Center on 6/16, between 10am-3:45pm, and sign-up in "real time" to donate then and there.

The actual blood collection takes place on Saturday, 6/16 at the Senior Center, 546 Main Street from 10am-4:00pm.
Mr Farance and Mr. Drame add:

By last Saturday afternoon, at least 22 Roosevelt Island volunteers signed up to be NY Blood Center donors on Roosevelt Island Day, June 16.

You can sign up tomorrow June 2, June 9 or on June 16. You can also sign up online.

Help save a life.

And thank the volunteers who are organizing the Roosevelt Island Blood Drive.

SPONSORED POST - Check Out The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market For Fresh Fruits, Vegetables & Homegrown Products - Open Every Saturday, Rain Or Shine At Good Shepherd Plaza

The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market located at Good Shepherd Plaza is open early morning to mid afternoon every Saturday in good weather and bad.

The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market features a wide selection of locally grown fruits, vegetables and homegrown products including apples

oranges, peaches, mangoes, limes

tomatoes, zucchini, avocados



and much, much more.

The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market accepts credit and EBT cards for payment too.

Eat Fresh, Eat Local, Eat Healthy.

Visit the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market every Saturday early morning until mid-afternoon at Good Shepherd Plaza.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - F Train Service To And From Manhattan But Not South Of Lex/63rd, Only 1 Tram Cabin Working, No Metro Card Machines At RI Tram Station & NYC Ferry Service New Summer Schedule

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

But no F line service south of Lex/63rd:

SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS | 9:30 PM Fri, Jun 1 to 5 AM Mon, Jun 4 F Service is rerouted in Manhattan and Brooklyn...

F service operates between Jamaica-179 St and Lexington Av-63 St, and via the Q express to/from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr...

Remember there will be only 1 Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin operating this weekend. As previously reported:
... Construction work on the Tram Station platforms, at both Roosevelt Island and Midtown Manhattan, will resume this Wednesday, May 16; 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...
Plan for long lines at the Tram Station.

And no Metro Card Vending Machines working at Roosevelt Island Tram station. Fill up your Metro Card at RI Subway or Tram Manhattan station.

There is Roosevelt Island ferry service on the Astoria Route. Here's the new summer schedule for Roosevelt Island ferry service.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Roosevelt Island Q102 Main Street Bus Stop Near RI Bridge Moved 175 Feet South During Helix Ramp Repairs Due To Safety Concerns - Helix Ramp In Worse Condition Than Thought, Repairs May Take A Few Additional Weeks Says RIOC

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

Due to pedestrian safety concerns in the area of on-going construction work on the Helix ramp - that connects the Roosevelt Island Bridge with Main Street - the northbound Q102 bus stop, near that intersection, will be moved today about 175 feet

RIOC President Susan Rosenthal reported last Friday:
One lane of the Helix ramp project has been completed and work has begun on the second travel lane. As was before, workers will have to demolish the existing concrete topping slab, and in some cases, replace the underlying rebar, (the mesh of steel wires used to strengthen and hold the concrete in compression).

As we’ve mentioned previously, some sections of the Helix’s existing structural concrete slabs (see illustration)

were in worse disrepair than we’d originally diagnosed and will require a more extensive repair that may extend this project’s completion a few additional weeks.
The Helix Ramp repairs began March 12 and were scheduled to take 4 months.

During the May 17 RIOC Board of Directors meeting (full video of Board Meeting here), RIOC VP of Of Capital Projects & Planning Steve Noone reported on Helix Ramp repair construction project status.

Mr Noone informed the Board that the Helix is more damaged than originally thought and tells the Board that it will be asked for an additional $1.2 million to the original expected cost of $3.1 million.

Mr Noone added that a change in the Street Lights sequence at top of Helix suggested by "Gridlock" Sam Schwartz Engineering will result in an approximate 45% traffic reduction coming from Queens in the morning and a similar reduction in evening traffic to Queens and on weekends.

At the May 17 RIOC Board meeting, Mr Noone estimated a completion date for the project at end of July.

You're Invited To Opening Reception For Roosevelt Island Resident And Artist Laura Hussey's One Person Show Fragments At Gallery RIVAA Saturday Evening June 2

Gallery RIVAA is hosting an opening reception for Roosevelt Island resident and artist Laura Hussey's new exhibit  titled:

on Saturday June 2 from 6-9 PM. You're invited.

Ms Hussey's Fragments exhibit will run from June 2 to July 8.

According to Ms. Hussey:
The painting, drawing, graphics and ceramic work in this exhibition are inspired by the art, mythology, poetry landscape and culture of Greece. It is called Fragments because it takes little pieces from many areas and time periods and puts them together.
Gallery RIVAA is located at 527 Main Street.

Gallery hours are:
Wednesdays and Fridays 6 – 9 pm
Saturdays and Sundays 11 – 5 pm
Check it out.

Thrive NYC Roosevelt Island Mental Health First Aid Training For Families Program Saturday June 9 At PS/IS 217 - Please Spread The Word

Thrive NYC is hosting a free Roosevelt Island Mental Health First Aid Training For Families Saturday, June 9 at the PS/IS 217 auditorium (646 Main Street).

According to Thrive NYC:

As part of the City's ThriveNYC initiative, the NYC Health Department is offering free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to all New Yorkers. This is an eight hour training offered seven days a week in all five boroughs.

MHFA is a groundbreaking public education program that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance abuse challenges and crises....
Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA)Vice President Lynn Strong Shinozaki tweets:

Register here for the Thrive NYC Roosevelt Island Program.
More info about

Thrive NYC Mental Health First Aid program.

Register here for the Thrive NYC Roosevelt Island Program.

The Drowsy Chaperone Presented By Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Teen Theatre Friday June 1 - Monday June 3 - Get Your Tickets

The Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Teen Theatre is presenting The Drowsy Chaperone this coming weekend Friday June 1 - Sunday, June 3.

According to MST&DA:
When a die hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce.

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

Hailed by New York Magazine as "The Perfect Broadway Musical," The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at all the tropes that characterize the musical theatre genre.

PG Rated. Recommended for ages 8+ with parental guidance.
Performances are:
  • Friday - June 1 8 pm
  • Saturday - June 2, 2 pm
  • Saturday - June 2, 8 pm
  • Sunday - June 3, 7 pm
at the Howe Theatre in the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center 548 Main Street. 

Tickets are:
  • Gen. Admission $20,
  • Seniors/Stud. $15
Click here for more info and to buy tickets for the MST&DA Teen Theatre performance of The Drowsy Chaperone.

Here's how you get to MST&DA at 548 Main Street.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

You're Invited To Opening Reception For Roosevelt Island Photographer Christophe Avril's Exhibit At Roosevelt Island Resident Paul Calendrillo Chelsea Art Gallery May 31 - From New York To Route 66 To The West: A Pictorial History

Roosevelt Island resident Christophe Avril is exhibiting a collection of his photography at the Chelsea Paul Calendrillo New York Art Gallery beginning May 31 - June 29. You're invited to the opening reception May 31 from 6-8 PM.

Christophe Avril

From New York to Route 66 to the West: A Pictorial History

May 31- June 29, 2018

Opening Reception May 31st, 6pm - 8pm

Paul Calendrillo New York

547 West 27th St. New York, NY 10001 Suite 600
Mr. Calendrillo previously owned an art Gallery on Roosevelt Island's Main Street that closed in April 2017

and hoped to remain on Roosevelt Island in a new location but was not able to secure new space from Hudson Related.

Mr. Avril's exhibit at the Chelsea Paul Calendrillo New York Gallery is titled:
 From New York to Route 66 to the West: A Pictorial History
According to Mr. Avril:
Growing up in France, my first interest with the image world was looking through magazines that were hanging everywhere in our small flat, magazines like: L’Ecran, Cinémonde, Life and Vogue, and by watching the black and white TV with all the American movies. This is when I discovered the American west with John Ford movies filmed in Monument Valley and other places in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. Everything looked so big. Also, I loved the television series that made me travel to America, The Little House in the Prairie, Bonanza, Route 66, Wanted Dead or Alive and Daniel Boone.

Later on, I discovered still photography and very rapidly fell in love with this art. Photographers like, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, or Helmut Newton and the Americans, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange or Annie Leibovitz made me want to become a photographer.

But my all-time inspirational photographers whom I appreciate without trying to copy are artists like Robert Doisneau , Ansel Adams, Edward S. Curtis, American writer, John Steinbeck with The Grapes of Wrath, Jack London with his novels that describe the life of the people during the gold rush and James Albert Michener and his great books; Alaska, Texas and The People and the Land. They all motivated me to travel all over the US.

New York, the Big, Apple, the city that never sleeps, with its high skyscrapers and its distinctive boroughs, is a great source of inspiration. While walking year round, no matter the season or weather, I always think of what I used to imagine about this “world symbol” before coming here for the first time. Being here I remembered back to my childhood in front of my French TV where I dreamt of taking pictures like Robert Doisneau who photographed Paris.

I traveled two thousand four hundred and eighty-eight miles of getting my kicks on Route 66 from Chicago to L.A. Going through eight states across America was certainly the best way to travel into the past. From prohibition in Chicago, the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma and during the Great Depression and the migration of farmers who traveled with all their goods to the promise land of California for a better life and to seek jobs, land, dignity, and a future, and along the Main Streets of America, I was able to live and enjoy beautiful historical buildings, diners and old rusty cars

from the 1950’s and 1960’s. It was a journey that at times made me believe that I was living in another time.

The West is immense. The great plains with their bison’s, the Mojave Desert in California, the big National Parks, the coast and the great Rockies Mountains are dream places for me--land that I discovered first with Ansel Adams and Edward S. Curtis, long before I came to America. Places like Monument Valley with the sound of the wind and the hot sun caressing my face, and the limitless view that can let one’s imagination travel and sometime make me wish that I could have been born here and lived a “western life”.

With my photograph’s, I try to reflect what I see, but also what I smell and feel. I hope people will see what I see, but as Ansel Adams said,: “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”
More info at Paul Calendrillo New York.

RIOC Car Parked On Sidewalk In Front Of Sportspark Making Pathway More Difficult For Wheelchair User - Would Roosevelt Island Resident Or Visitor Be Allowed To Park On Sidewalk Without Getting Ticket?

A Roosevelt Island resident reports spotting a Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) vehicle parked on the sidewalk in front of the Sportspark facility today and shares these phtotos.

I asked RIOC Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson:
A resident sent these pictures today of RIOC car parked on sidewalk near Sportspark.

I am told this happens very often. Not a one time occurrence.

Also, the person who reported it said the health care attendant pushing lady in wheelchair was upset that the car was blocking their path on sidewalk.

Would a resident or visitor be allowed to park on sidewalk without getting a ticket?

If your answer is no, then why is Rioc parking on sidewalk. Same rules should apply.

Maybe there is a good reason. That’s why I am asking.
Mr Robertson replied:
Thank you and your reader for bringing this to our attention. We will address this matter internally.
How RIOC will address this matter is not disclosed.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Urgent Care Medical Facility, Just Walk In At 520 Main Street 7 Days A Week For Your Medical Needs - 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!
Take a tour of the Roosevelt Island Urgent Care facilities

and learn about the services offered at Roosevelt Island Urgent Care.

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