Friday, August 3, 2018

The Monkey King Musical Returns To Roosevelt Island's Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance This Weekend - Get Your Tickets For Performances Friday August 3- Sunday August 5

The Monkey King Musical returns to Roosevelt Island at the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (548 Main Street) this weekend.

According to Common Man Musicals:

“The Monkey King,” written by Jonathan & Kimbirdlee Fadner, is a theatrical retelling of an ancient Chinese legend infused with a clever storyline and heart-pumping music. The Monkey King legend, from the epic Ming Dynasty novel "Journey to the West," has entertained for centuries with a cast of mythical creatures that can transform and transcend earthly realms and triumph amidst epic battles and quests. 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 you, your children, your neighbors and friends to take a fresh look at the world and be inspired toward positive change....

More info and tickets

​The Howe Theatre

548 Main St, NY, NY 10044


Tickets $18


Friday, Aug 3rd 8pm

Saturday, Aug 4th 2pm

Saturday, Aug 4th 8pm

Sunday, Aug 5th 8pm
available at Common Man Musicals web site.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - E Train Replaces F For Roosevelt Island Service To And From Manhattan

According to the MTA:

SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS | 9:45 PM Fri, Aug 3 to 5 AM Mon, Aug 6 Coney Island-bound F trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av, Queens to 50 St, Manhattan, then via the A express to Jay St-MetroTech, Brooklyn

E Trains run via the in F both directions between 21 St-Queensbridge, Queens and Lexington Av/63 St, Manhattan and via the R between 57 St-7 Av and Whitehall St, the last stop

Travel Alternatives:
For 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island and Lexington Av/63 St, take the E instead.

SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS | 9:45 PM Fri, Aug 3 to 5 AM Mon, Aug 6 Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via the E after 47-50 Sts, Manhattan to Roosevelt Av, Queens

No Jamaica-bound service at Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge.

E trains run via the F, in both directions, between 21 St-Queensbridge and Lexington Av/63 St and via the R between 57 St-7 Av and Whitehall St.

STATION ENHANCEMENTS | Until December 2018 57 St F Station is closed
Both Roosevelt Island Tram Cabins are in operation.

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

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes August 10 To August 16 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Fresh Sushi & Poke Bowls Available At Store Cafe Too

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

invites you to check out their August 10 - August 16 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales items.

Don't forget the 10% Roosevelt Island Seniors Discount on Tuesday 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, August 2, 2018

Behind The Scenes Making Of Colorful Roosevelt Island Manhattan Park Pop Up Pool Installation- Watch How It's Done

Watch how the colorful Roosevelt Island Manhattan Park building complex Pop Up Pool is made.

MP Pool Party 2018 from Pliskin Architecture on Vimeo.

Now jump in and cool off.

August 3 Roosevelt Island Southoint Park Outdoor Movie Showing Of Black Panther Postponed Due To Rain Forecast - Rescheduled For Friday August 10 Says RIOC

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

Due to weather forecasts of rain, this Friday's outdoor movie showing of Black Panther, at Southpoint Park, has been rescheduled to next Friday, Aug. 10.

RISA Reports On Roosevelt Island Blood Drive - Over 110 Lives Helped By June 16 Roosevelt Island Blood Drive

The Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) held their annual Blood Drive during the June 16 Roosevelt Island Day. According to RISA:

Dear Roosevelt Island Community:

We want to share the blood drive results with you!

This year out of about 85 people who signed up in advance with appointments, 56 potential donors actually presented themselves to donate. Out of the 56 presenting donors there were 21 deferrals (those unable to donate that day). Out of those, 34 whole blood pints were collected along with 1 (=2 pints) double red donation, bringing the total blood donations to 36 pints. Over 110 lives were positively affected with our blood drive collection!

The RISA Board of Directors wants to extend it's thanks to all those RISA and RIRA members who volunteered to sign-up donors at the four Saturday's of "tabling" on the Good Shepherd Plaza prior to the actual drive, and, as well, to those in our community who signed up to be donors on June 16. We also want to thank RIOC for providing the table and chairs we needed as well as the tent coverage to help give our volunteers some shade from the sun beating down on the plaza.

RISA, along with the New York Blood Center, also wants to offer our sincerest thanks to all who donated and the 21 who attempted to donate. To the latter, don't be discouraged! Go to the NYBC in Manhattan when you're able and try again!

Your feedback is extremely important to the NYBC, so if you are able to do so, please visit to take their on-line survey.

Very sincerely,

The Board of Directors of The Roosevelt Island Senior Association

Here's just one example how donating blood can save a life.

Good job by RISA and all the Roosevelt Island blood drive volunteers and donors.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park Gardens Invites You To Garden Work And Fun Day Saturday August 4 - Help Beautify The Compost Area And Enjoy The Blooming Gardens

China Bushell is the new Teacher/Gardener for the Roosevelt Island Living Library & Think Park Gardens. Ms Bushell reports:

A Living Library Community Invitation


All Are Invited & Welcome !

Saturday, August 4th, 2018 11:00AM-3:00PM

Please join us to clean up and beautify our Compost area and enjoy the blooming Gardens. Parents, Their Children & Everyone Are Welcome.

The RI Living Library & Think Park Gardens are behind and adjacent to the new location of the Roosevelt Island Public Library and the St. Frances X. Cabrini Church @ 504 Main Street

For more information call or email China Bushell: / 646-831-4513
More info on The Living Library available at their web site and this video.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Ofo Dockless Bike Spotted On Roosevelt Island Yesterday - Will Roosevelt Island Ever Get Bike Sharing?

Except no bike sharing on Roosevelt Island.
As previously reported, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) recently met with the NYC Department of Transportation to discuss bringing bike sharing to Roosevelt Island and Cornell Tech students were working on a pilot project for Roosevelt Island dockless bike sharing.

No info yet on results of RIOC bike sharing meeting.

Yesterday, I spotted a dockess Ofo Bike

on Roosevelt Island outside of Gristedes.

Others have spotted Ofo dockless bikes too.
But the NY Post reported July 20:
One of the dockless bike companies that was set to start operating in the city has already dropped out of the program.

China-based Ofo, which was supposed to provide 200 dockless bikes in the Bronx later this month, abruptly announced Thursday that the company will be scaling back international operations and not coming to New York City....
So, what's the Ofo Bike doing on Roosevelt Island?

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sad News, Roosevelt Island Mourns Sudden Death Of Long Time RIOC Employee Juan "Tony" Martinez, Condolences To His Family, Friends & Co-Workers

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer reports sad news of long time RIOC employee Juan "Tony" Martinez sudden death last Saturday. According to Mr. Robertson:

We are sad to inform Roosevelt Island residents and employees of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation that longtime employee Juan “Tony” Martinez, died this past Saturday night, July 28, in a drowning incident at a beach near Shirley, Long Island, N.Y.

 Image Of Mr Martinez (left) With Ms Spencer-El and Fernando Vargas RIOC Grounds Manager

Martinez, a resident of Manorville, L.I., was 53-years-old and a RIOC employee since May 16, 2000. He was the father of five children.

He was a highly-regarded employee and friend to many of his co-workers.

“This is a very sad day,” said RIOC Community Affairs Director Erica Spencer-EL who worked with Martinez on numerous projects and special events including the recent Fourth of July extravaganza, Roosevelt Island Day

 Image of Mr Martinez and RIOC Staff at 2018 Roosevelt Island Day

and the recent Good Shepherd Plaza plinth unveiling.

“He was definitely an enthusiastic team player,” she said. “He loved music, playing the drums, softball, baseball; he really enjoyed living life.”

Sean Singh, another RIOC employee, said Martinez’s personality was infectious. “He was always very easy-going, I never found him in a bad mood,” Singh said. “He was one of those guys who always would come up and say hello.”

Additional information about Martinez’s funeral services have yet to be announced.

If you would like to send a card or condolence messages to Martinez’s family, please send to Family of Juan “Tony” Martinez c/o RIOC, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island; New York, 10044; or via email to; SUBJECT LINE: Martinez Family.
Condolences to Mr. Martinez's family, friends and RIOC co-workers.