Friday, September 7, 2018

Chabad Of Roosevelt Island Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur High Holiday 2018 - 5779 Schedule, L'Shanah Tova

The Chabad Of Roosevelt Island wish their Roosevelt Island friends and neighbors a happy, healthy and Sweet New Year. Below is the Chabad of Roosevelt Island Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur High Holidays schedule.


All programs and prayers will be held at The Roosevelt Island Community Cultural Center, Renwick Room & Lighthouse Room - 548 Main Street.

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To dedicate a Machzor click HERE


Rosh Hashanah Eve, Sunday, Sept. 9

6:57pm Candlelighting

7:30pm Maariv, evening prayers

8:00pm “The Tastes of the New Year”

Rosh Hashanah First Day, Monday, Sept. 10

10:00am Shacharis and children’s program

11:30am Shofar followed by light Kiddush and Tashlich

Shofar House calls available

6:30pm Community Rosh Hashanah Dinner (RSVP)*

AFTER 7:54pm Candlelighting

8:00pm Maariv*

Rosh Hashanah Second Day, Tuesday, Sept. 11

10:00am Shacharis and children’s program

11:30am Shofar followed by Kiddush

Shofar House calls available

6:30pm Mincha followed by Farbrengen (RSVP)*

7:53pm Havdallah and Rosh Hashanah ends

* At 425 Main Street

Yom Kippur eve, Tuesday, September 18

6:45pm Kol Nidrei and evening prayers

(candle lighting is at 6:42pm – if you are coming to Shul, please try to come a few minutes early to light there, or light a few minutes early at home)

Yom Kippur day, Wednesday, September 19
10:00am Shacharis and Children’s Program
11:30am Yizkor
Mincha – to be determined
6:30pm Neilah
7:30pm Shofar blowing
7:39pm Break fast and light snack.
Click here for more info on Chabad Of Roosevelt Island.

La Shana Tova.

Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation Invites Neighbors To Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur High Holiday Services - Meet New Rabbi Joel Shaiman

According to the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation (RIJC):

... RIJC is an egalitarian, progressive, friendly and fun synagogue founded in 1976. Our congregation is dedicated to providing Jewish spiritual support and renewed Jewish knowledge to all who seek it, as well as a strong Jewish community in and for the neighborhood.

Everyone in the community is welcome to join us at our High Holiday, Shabbat and Festival Services and social events. Our members include singles and couples, seniors and families with young children, people of many national origins and religious backgrounds....
RIJC President Nina Lublin adds:
Image Of Ms. Lublin and Rabbi Joel Shaiman

Our New Year & holidays are here at last.

We look forward to the next few days as our new Rabbi, Joel Shaiman, leads our Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur services in our Sanctuary at the Cultural Center. This is our great opportunity to reflect & renew, soul search & celebrate. Many of you have already met Rabbi Joel. These next few days are your opportunity to welcome him and his family to our RIJC family & community. Additional High Holy Day information is available on our website,

Our schedule:

Rosh Hashanah

Sunday, September 9th at 7:30 pm - Evening Service

Monday September 10th at 9:30 am - Morning Service

Children's Service at 11 am in the Theatre

Tashlich at 1:15 pm at the Meditation Steps (time approximate)

Tuesday September 11th at 9:30 am - Morning Service

Yom Kippur

Tuesday, September 18th at 6:30 pm sharp -- Kol Nidrei

Wednesday September 19th

9:15 am -- Morning Service

11:00 am Children's Service in the Theatre

5:00 pm -- Afternoon Service w. Ne'ilah & Havdalah

7:39 pm -- Blowing of the Shofar & End of Fast

All Services are held in the Sanctuary at the RI Cultural Center (548 Main Street). Child Care will be available in the Classroom each day.

There is no evening service on September 10th.

The Staircase entrance to the Cultural Center is through the Breezeway next to 540 Main & down the Red Staircase. The Elevator entrance is accessed through the Breezeway at 556 Main, then turning right to the double doors behind the Public Safety office. Press the white button for the doors to open & take the elevator down to 1. Directional signage will be posted.

To those of you who have already made donations, renewed your membership or joined the RIJC for the first time, Thank You. Your thoughtful & generous financial support is most welcome & appreciated right now. Please use the PayPal link at or send your check made out to the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation, to RIJC P.O.Box 241 Island Station. New York, NY 10044.
More info about RIJC available at their web site and here's a message from new RIJC Rabbi Joel Shaiman.

La Shana Tova.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - F Train Service To And From Manhattan, 1 And A Half 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.


STATION ENHANCEMENTS | Until December 2018 57 St F Station is closed
Both Roosevelt Island Tram Cabins are in operation but the North Cabin is working at half capacity because of a malfunctioning gear box that is waiting for replacement.
There is Roosevelt Island ferry service on the Astoria Route. Here's the new summer schedule for Roosevelt Island ferry service.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

9/11 Tribute In Lights Memorial Test Seen From Roosevelt Island Tonight

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:

More on the 9/11 Tributes In light here.

Presentation Of Proposed 2019-20 RIOC Budget, Youth Center Department Programs, AVAC Upgrade, Blackwell House Renovation, Helix Ramp Repairs & More On Agenda For September 6 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Board Of Directors Meeting

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors will meet 5:30 PM today at the Cultural Center Theater, 548 Main Street.

 (Image Of May 17 RIOC Board Meeting)

Prior to the start of the RIOC Board meeting, there will be a public comment period. Sign up here to speak at the meeting.

Among the items on the Agenda are a presentation of RIOC's Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20 and  plans for RIOC Youth Center Department Youth Programs.

According to RIOC:

5:30 P.M.1

I. Call to Order
II. Roll Call
III. Approval of Minutes
1. June 25, 2018 Board Meeting (Board Action Required)
2. July 23, 2018 Special Board Meeting (Board Action Required)
IV. Old Business
V. New Business
1. Presentation of the Proposed Budget FY 2019-20
2. Presentation by the NYS Archives
3. Presentation by the RIOC Youth Center Department on the Youth Programs
4. Authorization to Enter into Contract with ENVAC Iberia, S.A. in connection with the AVAC Controls Upgrade Project (Board Action Required)
5. Ratification of the Amendment of Contract with AFL Construction Inc. for the Blackwell House Interior and Ramp Way Renovations (Board Action Required)
6. Ratification of the Amendment of Contract with Specialty Construction, Inc. the Helix Ramp and Flat Plaza Repairs (Board Action Required)
7. Authorization to Enter into Contract with EIA Datacom Inc. for Wiring and Access Control Services (Board Action Required)
8. Authorization to Enter into Contract with Derive Technologies LLC for Network Infrastructure Services (Board Action Required)
9. President’s Report
10. Committee Reports
a. Audit Committee
b. Governance Committee
c. Operations Advisory Committee
d. Real Estate Development Advisory Committee
11. Public Safety Report
VI. Adjournment
1 The RIOC Board Meeting will commence following a public comment period. The public comment period is not part of the meeting.
Click here to view the Board Materials for each Agenda Item.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

RIOC Public Safety Chief Reports On Roosevelt Island End Of Summer Feel Good Event - Volunteers Organize Back To School Education & Exercise Event At Lighthouse Park For Local Kids And Hope To Do More In Future

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department Chief Jack McManus reports:

This past Saturday, 9/1/18, an event was held in Lighthouse Park that can best be described as the Feel Good Event of the summer. Adrian Gordon and Brandon Atangana,

friends who grew up together on Roosevelt Island and representing Rich Bloc Records and Entertainment LLC, sponsored the event. The event was described as an Education and Exercise event for Island youngsters and a giveback to the community. An estimated 50 youngsters of elementary school age, were given knapsacks for school

along with pencils, rulers, sharpeners and other school items to prepare them the opening of school this week. Additionally, the youngsters received instruction in exercise programs(Adrian is a Personal Trainer at Equinox Fitness), and participated in relay races, steal the bacon, and other healthy games. The smiles on the kids’ faces throughout the event said it all.

Assisting Adrian and Brandon in running the event were some 15-20 friends/volunteers – Denis E. Debranched, Joel T. Strickland, Javon Perry, and Kevin Hawkins; some who still live on the Island.

A few of the guys are active in the military. By the way, the volunteers all had smiles on their faces as well. Parents of some of the guys were there as well helping and supporting the effort, supplying the youngsters with healthy food like fruit and juice.

I am so glad I went down to the event. The effort of all of these guys was beyond impressive. We clearly need more events like this on the Island and Adrian and Brandon and friends are anxious to have more. The Public Safety Department is also committed to assist in any way we can in any future events.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Wings Lovers Food Truck Comes To Roosevelt Island Today - Will Be Here Tuesdays Thru Thursdays, Give It A Try

Roosevelt Island lost a restaurant with the closing of Riverwalk Bar & Grill today and greeted a new food truck.

The Wings Lovers Food Truck is located across from Starbucks next to the subway station on Main Street.

and will be serving menu items such as

  • Honey BBQ or  Buffalo Wings
  • Crispy Chicken Tenders
  • Chicken  & Waffle
  • Fried Mac N Cheese Balls
with Fries, Onion Rings or rice.

The Wings Lovers Food Truck will be on Roosevelt Island Tuesdays - Thursdays approximately 10 AM - 6PM. They locate to Governors Island on weekends.

I spoke to the owner today and suggested they stay open later in the evening for the after work commuters.

Give it a try.

Roosevelt Island Youth Program Update, AVAC Upgrade, Blackwell House Renovations, Helix Ramp Repairs & Artist In Residence Program On Agenda For RIOC Operations Committee Meeting Wednesday September 5

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee is meeting tomorrow. According to RIOC:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee Meeting of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. at RIOC Administrative Office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


Update on the RIOC Youth Programs
Discussion of the AVAC Controls Upgrade Project
Update on the Blackwell House Interior and Ramp Way Renovations
Update on the Helix Ramp and Flat Plaza Repairs
Discussion of Competitive Grant for Artist-in-Residence
Discussion of IT Projects
Any Other Committee Business That May be Brought Before the Committee


The Open Meetings Law of the State of New York requires that all public bodies conduct meetings, convened for the purpose of officially conducting public business, in a manner open to attendance by the general public to observe and listen.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Roosevelt Island Riverwalk Bar & Grill Closing Confirms Landlord Hudson Related - Space Being Shown But No New Lease Signed Yet

Rumors have circulated for some time that the Roosevelt Island Riverwalk Bar & Grill

would be closing or changing ownership.

The Roosevelt Island Daily reported this past Saturday:
Sources tell The Daily that Riverwalk Bar & Grill, Roosevelt Island's most popular venue for food, drink, casual get togethers and business meetings, plans to shutdown operations as of the close of business on Monday, September 3rd, Labor Day.

Nothing official has been announced, but our sources say that the restaurant has been or is about to be taken over by new owners, and renovations are being planned that include eliminating the deli section....
I asked the restaurant's landlord, Hudson Related's David Kramer if:
... the Riverwalk Bar & Grill is closing on Monday and that new ownership is taking over the restaurant.
... Have you been informed and approved of the new ownership?...
Mr Kramer replied today:
Correct that they’re closing. We’re showing the space but haven’t finalized a lease with a tenant yet.
Riverwalk Bar & Grill opened in June 2009. I asked Riverwalk Bar & Grill

owners to comment but have not received a reply. Employees who were asked this weekend if the restaurant was closing on Monday said they had no idea and were not told anything by the owners.

UPDATE 9/4 -The Riverwalk Bar & Grill is closed for business as of today. This sign

was posted on the door of the restaurant

announcing it's closing.

You're Invited To Four Freedoms Democratic Club Meeting Tuesday September 4 At Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA - Discuss Local Issues, Meet NY State Senator Jose Serrano And Enjoy Some Wine And Cheese

Are you interested in Democratic Party politics, meeting Roosevelt Island's NY State Senator Jose Serrano or learning how to get involved with community issues? If yes, you're invited to stop by Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA for some political talk and meet some interesting folks from the Four Freedoms Democratic Club.

According to the Four Freedoms Democratic Club:
...Four Freedoms Democratic Club is the most progressive democratic club in the 76th Assembly District's largest, which includes Roosevelt Island. It would be a great event to attend for anyone looking to learn more about how to get involved in the community and in local politics!...

State Senator Serrano/4 Freedoms Dems Canvassing On Roosevelt Island Via 4 Freedoms Dems

Our next general membership meeting takes place at Gallery of the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association (RIVAA) where Senator Jose Serrano will join us for a wine and cheese reception. In addition to having an opportunity to talk with Senator Serrano about his legislative agenda, we will be planning our Get Out the Vote Efforts for the September Democratic primary. Arrive before the meeting an join us in canvassing on Roosevelt Island and the tram stop and subway station. RSVP here.

The Gallery RIVAA is located at 527 Main Street on Roosevelt Island, a short walk from the F Train or the Tram.