Friday, October 5, 2018

Meet Roosevelt Island Resident Beatrice Selling West African Food & International Nostalgia Products At Roosevelt Island Farmers Market Every Saturday

Beatrice is a long time Roosevelt Island resident and recent vendor addition to the Roosevelt Island Saturday Farmers Market at Good Shepherd Plaza.

Beatrice and her Mom sell West African food items such as a variety of soups, stews and seasonings as well as international nostalgia products like Ovaltine. Also available are Tote Bags and jewelry.

Meet Beatrice.

Check out her products every Saturday at the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market.

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


One of the features that make Roosevelt Island a wonderful place to live is the Saturday Farmers Market.

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

as well as tasty NY State apples,

freshly squeezed apple cider,

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 Weekend Transportation - No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Weekend And Next, Both Tram Cabins At Full Capacity And NYC Ferry New Fall RI Service Schedule

There is no Roosevelt Island F Train service from Manhattan this weekend. According to the MTA:
SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS 11:45 PM Fri, Oct 5 to 5 AM Mon, Oct 8 Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via the E after 47-50 Sts in Manhattan to Roosevelt Av in Queens

No Jamaica-bound service at Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge.
... STATION ENHANCEMENTS | Until December 2018 57 St F Station is closed...
Both Tram Cabins operating at full capacity.

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

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Congrats To Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Professor Deborah Estrin Selected As 2018 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award Winner

Roosevelt Island Say Goodbye To Island House Main Street Steps, Coop Board Removing Steps For Reconfigured Lobby Area And New Door Station - Check Out Island House Apartments For Sale

The long time steps leading up from Roosevelt Island's Main Street to the Island House lobby

are in the process of being demolished this week.

According to the Island House Coop Board Of Directors
The Island House Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the Island House lobby expansion and reconfiguration program is underway. The project will include relocating the main entrance through the historic Good Shepherd Plaza and will include enclosing the existing outdoor entry area with new energy efficient glass curtain wall, enhanced security, as well as a new door station and energy efficient entry door system. An all redesigned interior lobby will provide residents with an efficient, comfortable and lovely lobby experience.

The first phase of the project involves the removal of the steps that jut out into the sidewalk along Main Street. The removal of the first set of steps at 575 Main Street started on Wednesday. Board President Amrah Cardoso said “the Board is very happy to help improve the Main Street experience for all Roosevelt Island residents by removing those steps.” The initial idea for removing the steps, according to Cardoso, came from RIOC, who offered financial support and a contribution of the z-bricks needed to restore the sidewalk after the removal of the steps. The scope of the project increased substantially, according to Cardoso, once the removal of the steps was included into the project design.

Removal of the steps and restoration of the sidewalk is expected to take approximately 2 weeks and the remainder of the project is expected to be completed by April. Island residents are requested to follow the directional information and safety construction signs and only to cross in designated cross walks and temporary walkways. Always follow instructions of Public Safety Officers.

Island House Management
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Roosevelt Island Main Street Retail Update, Noodle Shop Opening Before End Of Year - Get Ready To Practice Your Slurp

A Roosevelt Island Noodle Shop will be opening at 568 Main Street

next to the Nail Salon before the end of the year.

I'm told the Noodle Shop is intended to be part of a new chain of restaurants and the Roosevelt Island location will be the first to open.

Will have more info on this in the coming days.

Is this what we can expect

from the Roosevelt Island noodle shop?

You're Invited To Four Freedoms Park Capture Your Freedom Photography Exhibit Opening Reception At Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA Saturday October 6

Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA is hosting an opening reception for the Capture Your Freedom photo exhibition on Saturday October 6. According to Gallery RIVAA:

Capture Your Freedom

Saturday, October 6, 2018 to Sunday, November 11, 2018

Opening reception: Saturday, October 6th from 5-7pm

A photography exhibition presented by Four Freedoms Park Conservancy,United Photo Industries, and Gallery RIVAA.
The FDR Four Freedoms Park Conservancy adds:

Capture Your Freedom, a photographic exhibition exploring the meaning of the four freedoms today, will be presented on sixteen large-scale photographic panels corresponding to each of the four freedoms. The exhibit is the culmination of Four Freedoms Park Conservancy’s annual photo contest which encouraged participants to explore the meaning and legacy of the four freedoms and how they relate to our lives today. Four Freedoms Park Conservancy partnered with United Photo Industries (UPI), the pioneering Brooklyn-based producer of public photography installations and events, to produce Four Freedoms Park Conservancy’s annual photo contest and exhibition.

The exhibition, which was first displayed at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park in June 2018, will open at Gallery RIVAA from October 6 – November 11, 2018; the opening reception will be held on October 6 from 5pm-7pm. Gallery RIVAA, located in the heart of Roosevelt Island, opened in the hub of Main Street, and is dedicated to promoting Roosevelt Island as the “Island of Art” link between Manhattan and Long Island City.

The participating artists include Ruthie Abel, Inbal Abergil, Patricia Ackerman, Kisha Bari, Susan Barnett, Sara Bennett, Paolo Bona, Valeria Bove, Vidhyaa C, Argus Paul Estabrook, Tom Finke, Carlos Gonzalez, Eliza Hatch, Louise Hon̩e, Ed Kashi, William King, Ryan Koopmans, Gioia Kuss, Jason Little, Liu Liu, Jorge Lopez Munoz, Calli McCaw, Marla Mossman, Fabian Muir, Cletus Nelson Nwadike, Hector Rene, Whitney Welshimer, Emma Williams, and Mohammad Zoyari.

To curate this public exhibition, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy and UPI assembled a panel of esteemed photo editors and human rights advocates, who offered their time, energy, and years of experience to this monumental exhibition. The selection committee for Capture your Freedom was comprised of Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner, New York City Mayor's Office For International Affairs; Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, Executive Director of Witness; Nathalie Applewhite, Managing Director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; Geoffrey Berliner, Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation; Emma Raynes, Director of Programs at the Magnum Foundation; Maggie Soladay, Photography Editor at the Open Society Foundations in New York.

Presented by Gallery RIVAA, and Four Freedoms Park Conservancy in partnership with United Photo Industries, the exhibition Capture your Freedom is generously supported by FUJIFILM North American Corporation.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Roosevelt Island Lighthouse Park Hosting Figment NYC City Of Dreams Pavilion Public Art Project And Festival Next Summer, Learn More At October 23 Community Meeting, Proposal Deadline October 30

Roosevelt Island's Lighthouse Park

will be hosting Figment NYC's City Of Dreams Pavilion on June 1-2, 2019.

According to Figment NYC:
We are excited to announce that we are now accepting entries for The City of Dreams 2019 Pavilion Design Competition!

FIGMENT has teamed with the Emerging New York Architects Committee (ENYA) of the American Institute of Architects NY Chapter (AIANY) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) to host a competition to design and construct an architectural pavilion in Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island, the City of Dreams Pavilion. The 2019 pavilion will be our ninth City of Dreams Pavilion, and our first on Roosevelt Island.

The City of Dreams Pavilion will be a gathering place for people to meet, learn about the arts programs on Roosevelt Island, enjoy a performance or lecture, and enjoy this temporary structure. Our theme for the pavilion, the City of Dreams, points toward the future. If we imagine a future New York City where anything is possible, what would it look like? In our wildest and most optimistic dreams, what is the future of the city?...
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
Major NYC art event to coming to Roosevelt Island next summer

A popular annual New York City participatory arts event that celebrates creativity by challenging artists and participants to find new ways to create, share, and dream is relocating to Roosevelt Island next summer.

FIGMENT NYC, a free art exhibition that encourages visitors to touch, smell, write, dance or play with the projects, will take place on Roosevelt Island at Lighthouse Park June 1-2, 2019.

Artists of all ages are encouraged to submit proposals to The City of Dreams 2019 Pavilion Design Competition....
Figment NYC invites Roosevelt Island residents to a community meeting Tuesday, October 23, 7-8:30 PM  at the Chapel Of The Good Shepherd (543 Main Street):
Join us for a community meeting to talk about FIGMENT NYC, on Roosevelt Island June 1-2, 2019. We want you to be a part of it... as a team member, an artist, a supporter, a participant! FIGMENT is a large-scale participatory arts festival that started in 2007, has happened 69 times in 20 cities around the world, and is created by you! Join us to learn more and to see how you can be a part of it!
Here are some scenes from past Figment NYC on Governor's Island.

Click here for more info on Figment NYC and learn how to submit a proposal which is due October 30 2018.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Please Take The Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center Survey Project, Help Assess The Quality Of Life Needs For Roosevelt Island Seniors 60 And Over For Future Programs And Services - October 4 Kick Off Event

Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center Program Director Lisa Fernandez reports:

... CBN Roosevelt Island Senior Center AdvantAge Survey project. The AdvantAge Survey is a national survey used to help assess the quality of life needs of seniors 60 plus living in the community.

The AdvantAge Survey is sponsored by the CBN in partnership with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York with generous support from The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation. CBN offers a variety of programming and service to individuals aged 60 and older in Manhattan and operates four senior centers, including the Roosevelt Island Senior Center.

The information learned from the survey will help CBN to develop programs and services to facilitate seniors' ability to successfully age in place in their homes and communities. We can work together to design and develop the programming, services and resources to support aging in place. We need your help to make the AdvantAge successful by reaching as many individuals 60 and over, whether they are a member of the Roosevelt Island Senior Center or not....

The Carter Burden Network’s Roosevelt Island Senior Center presents:


Do you live on Roosevelt Island and are you 60 years of age and older?

We want your point of VIEW! Vision, Insight, Experience and Wisdom

We are looking for individuals 60 years of age and older who live on Roosevelt Island to participate in a survey to help us understand how to make Roosevelt Island a better place for aging adults to live.

To learn more, call the Roosevelt Island Senior Center at 212-980-1888 or stop by to pick up your survey.

A chance to win a $25 gift card by completing the survey
You're invited to a Senior Center Survery Kick Off Event Thursday, October 4 from 1-3 PM at the Senior Center (546 Main Street).

After the October 4 Kick Off event, there will also be an online version of the Survey.

More info on the Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center at their web site.

RIOC Removes Over 20 Busted & Broken Bicycles Chained To Public Property - Another 15 Will Be Removed November 1 If Not Claimed By Owner

According to Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Alonza Robertson:

The new Roosevelt Island abandoned bicycle policy, announced last month, is now being enforced.

RIOC has started removing all unusable bikes chained

to public property (racks, street signs etc.) by 591 Main Street, Firefighter’s Field, the Helix Ramp area and the Roosevelt Island MTA subway station. They are being stored at the RIOC Warehouse, then will be discarded if unclaimed after two weeks.

For a bike to be considered unusable, it must have two or more of the following characteristics:
  • The bike appears to be crushed or not otherwise usable.
  • Missing essential parts such as handlebars, pedals, rear wheel or bicycle chain.
  • The handlebars, pedals, spokes, frames or rimes are damaged or bent.
  • 50 percent or more the bike is rusted, which includes parts like the frame, handlebars, pedals, and bike chain.
Once a month, Public Safety Department officers are surveying the Island for any unusable bikes chained and or locked to public property.

Any bike that fits the criteria is pictured, tagged, and then removed (in the owner does not remove the item in 30 days) and brought to the warehouse for temporary storage. After 14 days in RIOC custody, if no one claims the bike, it will get discarded.

The total number of bikes removed so far include:
  • 18 from the Helix Ramp area
  • 4 from the Roosevelt Island subway station
  • 1 from 591 Main Street
  • 1 from a street pole
  • 1 from Firefighter’s Field
Another 15 abandoned bicycles have been tagged which is informing the owner that it will be removed from public property on November 1, if it not claimed.

East River Regatta Boat Race Spotted Passing Roosevelt Island On Saturday- Row, Row Row

It's not the Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames River in London, but still a pretty exciting NYC East River Rowing Race was spotted by Roosevelt Island resident Scott Piro this past Saturday.

Watch for yourself.

It would be great if we could get access to recreational boating from Roosevelt Island.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Simchas Torah Celebration With Chabad Of Roosevelt Island Monday October 1 - Dance The Night Away With Great Food, Drinks & L'Chaim, Fun Games & Prizes For Children Of All Ages

The Chabad of Roosevelt Island invite you to their Simchas Torah celebration Monday October 1.

Dance the night away. Great Food, Dinner And L'Chaim.

Fun games and prizes for children of all ages.

Monday October 16 at 6:30 pm at the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center. 548 Main Street - Small Studio.

No promises that Rabbi Zalman will dance like this

but you never know, someone may.