Friday, September 14, 2018

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - F Train Service To And From Manhattan, F Rerouted In 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.


... TRACK REPLACEMENT | 9:30 PM Fri, Sep 14 to 5 AM Mon, Sep 17 F Service is rerouted in Manhattan and Brooklyn

... No F service at 57 St, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 23 St, 14 St, W 4 St, B'way-Lafayette St, 2 Av, Delancey St/Essex St, East Broadway, and York St.

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

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes September 21 To September 27 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Grab And Go Prepared Items Too

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

invites you to check out their September 21 - September 27 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

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

2018 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival Saturday October 6 - RIOC Seeking Artists To Paint Outdoor Murals Depicting Theme Of Exploring Your Freedom: Uniting A Nation - Friday September 14 Deadline To Apply

The annual Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday October 6. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) will present its annual Fall for Arts Festival on Roosevelt Island.

Through the years, this celebration of creativity and the changing seasons has become a much-loved tradition for children and adults alike, featuring hands-on arts-and-crafts workshops for children and adults, amusements, and live entertainment.

One of the event’s most well-loved traditions is a combination of performance and traditional arts through the outdoor artwork creation: the making of free-standing murals during the Festival. This year, our theme is “Exploring Your Freedom: Uniting a Nation”.

We are looking for artists to create works of art that express your ideals, fears, and hopes of the future.

We are seeking artists or groups to each paint one of several 6’ high by 8’ long and 6’ high by 16’ long murals outdoors during the Festival, which will be held from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Island’s Southpoint Park and FDR Four Freedoms State Park, as well as on the lawn south of Rivercross, 501 Main St. Artists are free to arrange an earlier time to begin their work, if needed.

How to Apply: We invite you to submit a sketch of your design or any inquiries along with a title and short description of the concept and technical method. Sketches should be sized according to a 6’ high x 8’ long or 6’ high x 16’ long ratio and submitted in jpeg, PDF or hard copy format. Please submit your sketches no later than Friday, September 14 to

Participation in this event is free; basic paints, brushes, and a primed surface are provided! All participating artists will also receive a free festival t-shirt. Once complete, murals will stay on display on the lawn for several weeks.

Once removed from the lawn, selected works will be displayed at the Island’s Motorgate Atrium Gallery through late 2019. All artwork will remain the property of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and may be displayed on Roosevelt Island to beautify the community in the future.

We welcome your participation and creativity – good luck!
Here are some of the murals
from the 2017 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival.

Click on the full screen icon on bottom right for better view.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

What's Going On In East River Near Roosevelt Island Tonight? NYPD Low Flying Helicopter And Harbor Patrol Searching For Person Who May Have Fallen In Water

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:

Roosevelt Island Remembers 9/11 NYC World Trade Center Towers Attack, 17 Years Ago Today

Today is the 17th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and the downing of Flight 93 in Shanksville Pennsylvania.
Here's what the World Trade Center attacks looked like from Roosevelt Island on September 11, 2001 (from Main Street Wire).

 Main Street Wire Image of 9/11 Smoke Burning From World Trade Center by Vicki Feinmel/Linda Heimer

Below is the Roosevelt Island 9/11 Remembrance Garden

and the plaque in the Remembrance Garden that honors Roosevelt Islanders who died in the terrorist attack:
Ed Beyea,
Anthony J. Fallone,
Taimour Khan,
Scott Larsen,
Kevin J. Smith and the firefighters who were based on Roosevelt Island
Deputy Chief Ray Downey,
Deputy Chief Charlie Kasper,
Battalion Chief John Moran, and
Battalion Chief John Paolillo.

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson wrote yesterday:
Consider visiting the Survivor's Tree on Roosevelt Island as part of tomorrow's 9/11 commemoration activities.

The tree is found behind Good Shepherd Plaza, 543 Main Street, where a plaque memorializes both residents and members of the FDNY Special Operations Command, stationed here on Roosevelt Island, that died during the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center September 11, 2001.

The Roosevelt Island tree was a sapling gift - from the citizens of Oklahoma City - from the original Survivor Tree, the 100-year-old elm that stood in the middle of a parking lot, surrounded by concrete and cars, outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

While some folks enjoyed parking under the limited shade of its limbs, others thought it was an eyesore. Not much went into caring for this tree — until it was the only thing left standing after the terrorist truck bombing.

On April 19, 1995, a 4,000-pound bomb exploded at the federal building, killing 168 people, injuring hundreds and destroying multiple buildings. But this tree, amid the explosion and fires, survived.

It was almost cut down to recover evidence embedded in its trunk and limbs, but the community, survivors and rescue workers all came together to protect the tree as a symbol of resilience. Today, the tree thrives as part of a national memorial, surrounded by special features that protect and highlight it.

The Survivor Trees, in both Oklahoma City and Roosevelt Island, stand as a living reminder of survival and rebirth.
This morning, Roosevelt Island's local NYPD 114 precinct
remembered 9/11.
We'll always remember

and honor those who died

and protect us.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Roosevelt Island Riverwalk Sports Bar Closing Leaves No Local Place To Watch NFL Football On Sundays - What's A Fan To Do?

Sunday NFL Football season starts today but for Roosevelt Island residents, where are you going to go to watch your favorite team play now that the Riverwalk Bar & Grill is closed?

For the last nine years, the Rivewalk Bar & Grill

was the go to Roosevelt Island spot to watch the Giants, Jets or whoever your favorite team may be (Green Bay Packers for me), have some beers, food

and hang out with your friends

So, where are Roosevelt Island residents going to watch NFL Football this year?