Friday, August 31, 2018

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - Good News, F & E Train Service To And From Manhattan, Both Tram Cabins Operating And NYC Ferry Has More RI Service

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Roosevelt Island E Train service to and from Manhattan this weekend too.


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.

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The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

invites you to check out their September 7 - September 13 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales items.

And Grab & Go Prepared Items too.

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

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

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Auditions For Studio Class Production Of Oh What A Lovely War Musical Saturday September 8

Roosevelt Island's Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA)  is holding auditions for their Theatre Studio Class production of Oh What A Lovely War.

According to MST&DA

Roosevelt Island's Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance 2019 Adult* Musical Theatre Studio Class Production of OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR

Show dates: March 29 - 31

*Teens are welcome to audition as well...

MST&DA adds:
Important Details & Preparation Information

Audition Date:​ Saturday, September 8

Location:​ Howe Theatre, Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Roosevelt Island Cultural Center, 548 Main Street

Time 10AM - 2PM

Audition deposit​: $50, which will be applied to the $475 tuition for the class. Scholarship and Work Study opportunities are available. ​To apply go​ to our scholarship page at

Key Details:

Sign up for a slot at 10AM, with your completed Audition Form. The Audition Form can be found on the website.

We are looking for a company of actors** who sing and move well and are not afraid to do some dialect work! You will be asked to sing ​one​ of six selections from the show and read a side from the show (see below information and links to music and sides on website). There is also a group Callback scene that everyone should become familiar with.

**Union actors are welcome to join as well since this is an educational theatre class.

Audition Preparation and Materials

If you wish to audition, please register online and pay the $50 deposit or select “pay later” and we can take the deposit or full class tuition on September 8th. Materials for audition prep can be found on the audition webpage

The music for the song selections can be found on the website. Memorization of your song is recommended, but not required. Here is a YouTube link to the original London recording: ​​ Song start points are noted below.
5:45 “Belgium Put the Kibosh on the Kaiser” first verse and chorus
9:36 “I’ll Make a Man of You” first verse and chorus
19:37 “Good-bye-ee” first verse and chorus
31:58 “When This Lousy War is Over (No More Soldiering for Me)” first verse 36:55 “Keep the Home Fires Burning” first verse and chorus
40:43 “And When They Ask Us” entire song, parody lyrics...
According to the British Library:
Oh What a Lovely War was created by visionary director Joan Littlewood and her Theatre Workshop ensemble in 1963. It was inspired by a Charles Chilton radio series that combined statistics about the First World War with versions of songs from the time in which new lyrics about the war were set to hymns and music hall hits. Littlewood’s partner and collaborator Gerry Raffles had the initial idea to adapt Chilton’s show for the stage. Littlewood was resistant at first, but eventually warmed to the idea...
Below is a sample from a British production of Oh What A Lovely War

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

Click here for more info on MST&DA auditions for Oh What A Lovely War.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Watch Video Of NYPD 114 Precinct Commander Talking To Roosevelt Island Community This Evening About Waterfront Promenade Shooting At UES Building

Earlier this evening, NYPD 114 Precinct Commander Deputy Inspector Osvaldo Nunes

Image From Frank Farance

spoke to members of the Roosevelt Island community

Image From Frank Farance

at the Manhattan Park Theater Club about the recent arrest  of waterfront promenade shooting suspect.

Deputy Inspector Nunes tried to put the assembled residents at ease initially by reporting that statistically, Roosevelt Island:
... is probably the safest part of the 114 precinct...
before talking about the shooting suspect. According to Deputy Inspector Nunes:
... The individual was arrested. He was arraigned in Manhattan court. Bail was set. He is out.

He lives on this Island. I don't think we will have any more problems from him.  He does have an extensive arrest history. 17 priors. Some of them are violent, robberies and such.

He does belong to a crew. A crew is interchangeable with a gang. I refer to them as crews because gangs are a little bigger. ...  Crews are usually more local, they cover a couple of blocks. There is one crew we track on this Island but is largely inactive....
Deputy Inspector Nunes said the the suspect was trying to impress his girlfriend by firing the gun which has not been recovered.

Here' is the presentation by Deputy Inspector Nunes.

Following the presentation, Deputy Inspector Nunes answered questions from residents. 

Will post more video of the Q&A tomorrow as update.

UPDATE 8/28 - More Q&A with Deputy Inspector Nunes - there were six calls of gunshots heard on Roosevelt Island this year. 5 were unfounded, fireworks or some other loud noise. (No microphones were used so some audience questions are difficult to hear but the responses from Deputy Inspector Nunes are loud and clear)

Work Finally Begins Today On Delayed Emergency Access Road For NYC Environmental Protection Department Water Tunnel #3 Construction Site Near Roosevelt Island Octagon Building

As reported August 14:

A Roosevelt Island Octagon Building resident asked when the NYC Department of Environmental Protection

access road project

will be completed:
Can you by chance let us know when this construction will take place?

It’s by the Octagon by the bbq pits. It was supposed to be an access road. We cannot get any info from the building or RIOC. There are no signs. No permits, nothing. Work was supposed to be complete by May...
Another Octagon resident added:
... 50% of those nice new BBQs and Picnic tables in the Octagon Park are getting removed (supposedly relocated) to make way for an “emergency access road” to the Water Tunnel facility....
Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer provides an update:
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will restart construction Monday, Aug. 27 for an emergency access road to the DEP Roosevelt Island site that will be used for emergency responses only. The project was originally slated to begin in April, but encountered contracting delays.

The road will be grass paved and is intended to blend with the existing Octagon building campus. This work is in conjunction with City Water Tunnel No. 3.

When Will Work Take Place?
Work will resume on Monday, August 27 and is anticipated to be completed by mid-October. Work hours are Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM.

What Is the Anticipated Community Impact?
DEP will be working closely with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation, several small shrub trees adjacent to the Octagon, as well as some picnic area furniture (tables and barbecue grills) will be relocated or replaced nearby to clear space for the additional access road.

The Sabrina statue has been cautiously moved out of the access road path.

What will be the protection?
Chain link fence with privacy screening has been installed around the access road work for public safety. Clear signage has been placed along the fencing, providing construction information and pedestrian detour direction.

For additional information on this project, please contact the NYC Department of Environmental Protection: Humberto Galarza, NYC DEP Bureau of Public Affairs & Communications, (o) (718)-595-3504, (e)

Sunday, August 26, 2018

You're Invited To August 27 Meeting With NYPD 114th Precinct Commander About Roosevelt Island Waterfront Promenade Random Shooting Suspect At Manhattan Park Theater Club

NYPD 114 Precinct Commander Deputy Inspector Osvaldo Nunes will talk to the Roosevelt Island community about the recent arrest

of waterfront promenade shooting suspect on Monday, August 27 (7 PM) at the Manhattan Park Theater Club (8 River Road)

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

The NYPD's 114th Precinct Commander, Deputy Inspector Osvaldo "Ozzie" Nuñez,

will address the Roosevelt Island community tomorrow, Monday 8.27.18; regarding last week's random shootings and subsequent arrest of a suspect - at the Manhattan Park Community Room at 7 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by the Precinct and hosted by Manhattan Park
More info at prior posts.