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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Coler Hospital Open Doors Reality Poets New Original Play Titled FADE This Weekend At Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance - Come Experience Realness, Resilience & Healing With A Hip Hop Beat

Open Doors:

... is an arts and justice initiative, on Roosevelt Island, based in the long-term care facility where many members live and work. Collaborating with established artists, members use storytelling, hip-hop and spoken word to challenge audiences to combat the injustice that breeds violence in our cities....
The Roosevelt Island Coler Hospital based Open Door Reality Poets are presenting a new original play titled FADE


this weekend at the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (548 Main Street).


According to Open Doors:
Based on the experiences of men who use wheelchairs because of gun violence, FADE takes you into The Barbershop—a place where humor, courage and wisdom transform tragedy and injustice into a redemptive force. Co-written by OPEN DOORS Reality Poets and World Slam Finalist Joel François, FADE moves through time “before and after the chair” to deliver a message of realness, resilience and healing with a hip-hop beat!

“We gave our bodies to the block and the streets took half.” - OPEN DOORS Reality Poet King Tito Love

EVENT DETAILS:

When: Saturday, June 29th, 3pm & 7pm; 6pm reception with Reality Poets

Where: Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, 548 Main St., Roosevelt Island

Transportation: F Train, Ferry, Air Tram or Drive/Bike/Walk over the Roosevelt Island Bridge. (Street parking is limited on the island.)

Saturday Tickets: Available online at opendoorsnyc.org; box office opens one hour before show

Contact: dani@opendoorsnyc.org to inquire about reserving seats for Sunday’s special show for young people and mentors.

Hope to see you there!
Get your tickets now to see the Roosevelt Island Open Doors Reality Poets new play, FADE.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

10 Roosevelt Island Non Profit Organizations To Receive Share Of $150 Thousand In RIOC Public Purpose Funds - RIOC Board Of Directors Voting Today On RIRA Recommendations, Check Out Who Got What

Among the items on agenda for today's Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors meeting is:

8. Authorization of Expenditure of the Public Purpose Funds for Fiscal Year 2019-20 (Board
Action Required)
Below is June 18 RIOC memo in support of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) recommendations for allocating $150 thousand in Public Purpose Funds to 10 Roosevelt Island non-profit organizations.
Attached please find the Roosevelt Island Resident Association (“RIRA”) recommended Public Purpose Grant awards for the fiscal year 2019‐20. RIRA conducted evaluations through its Public Purpose Funds Committee (“Committee”). The Committee took into account information in the applications, as well as information provided by each applicant at a public interview session. The Committee also considered the extent to which the program or project demonstrated benefits to the community, as well as whether the applicant would be able to carry out their proposed project if Public Purpose Funds were awarded.

The table below summarizes the committee’s recommendations:

Based upon the foregoing, I recommend the Board’s approval of Public Purpose Grants along the lines and purposes reflected in RIRA’s recommendations.
and the RIRA recommendations rationale summary for each non-profit organization:
The RIRA Common Council’s PPF Committee reviewed the RIOC-provided applications of ten Island 501c(3) organizations seeking funds for their respective programs. The Common Council approved the attached report during the week of June 10th, 2019.

Voting for PPF Recommendations Approved

Yes 15

No 0

Abstentions 2

Not Voting for Cause 5

No response 4

We continue to hope that future funds availed will be at or close to three percent of the RIOC operating budget as allowed in NY legislation and approved by Governor Cuomo . As evidenced by this and prior reports, qualified Island 501c non-profits continue to lack funds sufficient to fully meet their goals beneficial to the Island.

Please note that the PPF Committee has made a special recommendation for the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association.

It is with pleasure that we provide you the funding recommendations for your review and approval.
Further, we thank RIOC for its continued support to the community and for allowing the RIRA-Common Council to provide inputs to the PPF process.

Warm regards,

Dave Evans PPF Committee Chair
Members: Erin Feely-Nahem, Shirley Coley, Enequea Lewis)

Lynne Shinozaki
President, Roosevelt Island Residents Association

Roosevelt Island Residents Association – Common Council

FY 2019 – 2020 Summary of Public Purpose Fund (PPF) Committee Funding Recommendations Date Committee Finalized (June 5, 2019)/RIRA/Common Council Approved – June !3, 2019

PS/IS 217 Parent Teachers Association (PTA)

Amount Requested: $31,550 (Prior $33,500)

Amount Recommended: $13,000 (Prior $15,500)

Committee Decision and Recommendation: Funds are only for: (1) primarily the Middle School Enrichment Residency (Salvadori Center) for 6th/7th grade students and (2) some support for the Hawks wrestling team.

The PTA remains an active supporter of PS-IS/217. The PPF Committee believes that in order to retain students in the middle school, additional enhancements are required. The Salvadori Center adds value, especially the focus on 6th and 7th grade students. The goal is aimed at enhancing their understanding of mathematics concepts through hands-on project based learning. This will be valuable to these students as they transition to the next grade levels. Further, the fact of the Hawks wrestling program resonated with the committee. Overall, it is hoped the broad PTA fund raising efforts will help enhance the ability to retain students at the school.

Life Frames, Inc.

Amount Requested: $27,150 (Prior $27,150)

Amount Recommended: $13,500 (Prior $11,250)

Committee Decision and Recommendation: The funds recommended are to help support the continuation of the Life Frames program on the Island.

The Life Frames program has a long, noteworthy history on the Island. It avails gardening activities beneficial to children of all ages. Parental support is available, and observations confirm that many children participate in the gardening activities, often seen on a plot north of the Blackwell house. More so, as noted in its application, the program also offers gardening to adults of all ages and capabilities. Such inclusiveness is part of the mosaic fabric of life on our Roosevelt Island.

Wildlife Freedom Foundation (WFF)

Amount Requested: $10,000 (Prior Yr: $10000)

Amount Recommended: $10,000 (Prior Yr: $9750)

Committee Decision and Recommendation: The funds recommended are to provide help to the WFF in performing its mission, i.a., of rescuing, assisting, and rehabilitating stray animals on Roosevelt Island.

The WFF seeks to increase its capacity to help various types of stray animals on the Island. It is led by an energetic and caring individual. The animals (strays, abandoned, homeless – dogs, cats, birds, etc.) are treated as needed, some at great expense, at all hours. Some of the work effort, depending upon the situation, is coordinated with the Public Service Department led by a caring Chief and his Deputy. WFF is basically active/on call 24/7 and much appreciated on the Island.

Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association (RIVAA)

You're Invited To iDig2Learn Celebrates Roosevelt Island Nature Series Meetup, Greening Our World Thursday Evening June 27 - Learn About RI Green Map, Keeping Our Air & Water Clean, Sustainability Tips And What The Heck Is Plogging?

iDig2Learn is continuing it's Celebrating Roosevelt Island's Nature Series with a Green Meetup on Thursday June 27 at the Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street)


According to iDig2Learn:

Greening Our World ​Thursday,​ ​JUNE 27th, 2019

Good Shepherd Church / Roosevelt Island

All Ages Welcome

5-6 PM​ - Snacks / Good Shepherd basement
​6-8 PM​ - Meetup / Good Shepherd sanctuary ​Eco-Drop Off from 5 PM until 9 PM

Interested in keeping our air, water & land clean? Curious how art plays a role and local sustainability efforts underway? Wondering what you can do at home, school and work? Have sustainable day-to-day tips to share? Want to know what Plogging is?

Come meet a Big Reuse Food Scrap Drop Off expert too.

Bring used batteries and clean plastic bags no longer needed for proper disposal​ and join iDig2Learn at the Free Public Green Meetup RSVP to ​idig2Learn@gmail.com​ for snack headcount.
iDig2Learn Founder Christina Delfico spoke to the June 5 Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council Public Session about the Greening of Roosevelt Island. Here's what she had to say.



Also, learn more about iDig2Learn's Roosevelt Island Green programs and initiatives from Ms Delfico's presentation



at the May 28 RIRA Public Purpose  Grants Community Review meeting.

Monday, June 24, 2019

RIOC Artist Call To Create Roosevelt Island Memorial For Legendary 19th Century Muckraking Journalist Nelly Bly Who Exposed Horrors Of Blackwell Island Insane Asylum - Initiative Of Governor Cuomo To Bring Attention To Contributions Made By Woman To NY State History

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) is calling for artist proposals to create a Memorial to 19th century muckraking journalist Nelly Bly. According to RIOC

RIOC OPENS CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR NELLIE BLY MEMORIAL

Will be placed near site of former Blackwell Island Insane Asylum

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) has issued a formal Call for Artists to create a memorial for Nellie Bly, the ground-breaking journalist who exposed the horrors of the Blackwell Island Insane Asylum in 1887 her on Roosevelt Island. The proposed memorial is part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ongoing initiative to bring attention to the many contributions that women have made to New York State’s history.

While working as an investigative reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World in 1887, Ms. Bly went undercover as a patient at the infamous insane asylum for ten grueling days. Upon her release, she went on to publish a harrowing account of her experiences in the book titled Ten Days in a Mad-House. The work not only made Ms. Bly famous, but also led to reforms at other mental health facilities throughout the United States. She went on to have an impressive career as a journalist, where she covered important historic events such as the women’s suffrage movement in the early twentieth century and the Eastern Front during World War I.

“Nellie Bly’s life serves as an inspiration that transcends history,” said Susan Rosenthal, President and CEO of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. “Her commitment to reform, whether in the workplace, in healthcare, or as an important voice in the suffrage movement serve as an example to the women of today. Since her impressive career began here, I believe Roosevelt Island is the ideal place for a memorial that honors her achievements.”

The Call for Artists is open from now until July 12, 2019. Anyone who would like full details about participating in this project should visit https://rioc.ny.gov/448/Call-for-Artists
RIOC adds:
... SITE LOCATION

Although RIOC is open to other locations, it is intended that the proposed piece will be in the vicinity of the Octagon Building, which sits on the foundation of the former Blackwell Insane Asylum (Attachment A). The prospective areas for the art piece are the following:
  • Octagon Park- located on West Road of the island. The current park provides passive recreation activities for picnic and barbecues and a great view of New York City Skyline.
  • Lighthouse Park- located on the northern most tip of the island, the 3.78-acre park will be expanded early next year to include additional passive and active recreation opportunities for the public.

The due date for Roosevelt Island Nelly Bly Memorial proposals is July 12. More info below


Learn more about the legendary




Nelly Bly.

It's Getting Hot Outside - RIOC Announces New Roosevelt Island Sportspark Pool Summer Hours, Lap And Family Use Lanes Available - Swim Classes For All Ages And Skills Too

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced new Sportspark Pool Summer Hours

 Image From RIOC

According to RIOC:
Sportspark Summer Pool Hours:

Due to the increase in pool use during the summer months, Monday Morning Open Swim (7 – 11 AM) will be changed to adults only, 18+. This will allow for enough lap lanes to remain open during our Aquatic Aerobics class. We will continue our Aquatic Aerobics class on Sundays and Mondays only during the summer months, eliminating Thursdays. This policy will go into effect on Monday, July 1st and remain in effect until Labor Day.

All Ages Open Swim:

- 7 AM – 11 AM: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri

- 7:30 PM – 9 PM: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri

- 12 PM – 3 PM: Sat & Sun


18 + Adults Only Open Swim:

- 7 AM – 11 AM: Mondays

- 7:30 PM – 9 PM: Tuesdays

- 4 PM – 7 PM: Sat & Sun

For more information about Sportspark’s pool hours, please visit http://rioc.ny.gov/290/Sportspark
RIOC adds:
... Open Swim

Trying to escape the brutal summer or freezing winter? Come down to Sportspark and swim! Our recently refurbished, ADA accessible, pool is available for lap-swimming seven days a week. The pool sits amid stadium seating, giving the vital adult swimmer an ambiance of competition for their laps, or energetic kids added grandeur to their play. Lifeguards are on duty to ensure everyone is playing safely. Kickboards and other supplies for specific swim exercises are available poolside. Locker rooms with showers are available for men and women. Locks are not available but are required. Swim Caps are also sold for $5 and are required for entrance.

Lap lanes are to be used exclusively for swimming laps. Individuals who are not swimming laps should not enter or cross the lap lanes. There will always be a family lane available for relaxed swimming and lounging around. Swim lessons may only be provided by RIOC’s personal. RIOC’s coaches and others who are authorized are allowed to provide swim lessons. Swim lessons may not be provided by members or their guests who are not employed by the pool management company. Management and Authorized personals management reserves the right to refuse entry or to deny pool privileges to anyone at its sole discretion...
And:
... Use of Facilities Generally

Entry Procedures

All members seeking to use the Sportspark facility must abide by the following entry procedures:

Each member must properly check in at the admission desk every time he or she enters the facility. Membership cards/keytags/numbers may be used only by the individuals to whom they were issued. Membership cards/keytags/numbers may not be transferred to non-members.

To properly check in, a member must provide membership information subject to verification by pool staff.

No child under the age of 18 may enter the Sportspark facility unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or other suitable individual age 18 or older.

Visitors attending to use the facility during Open Swim for additional activities besides the program at hand (Swim Meets, Swim Try-Outs, Interpretive Dancing, E.T.C) are not permitted and require a permit in order to book the space and time.

Permits

Permits are required from any group/organization or individuals in order to use the facility. We will not allow a group/organization or individual to utilize the facility during our scheduled public hours in order to ensure the public’s safety and satisfactory. Please contact the permit department.

Fees:

$5 drop-in per session

$10 for a family (per five members)

$150 Six month membership (Allows unlimited access during Open Swim as long as the membership is active.)

$250 Six month family membership (Allows unlimited access for the family during open swim as long as the membership is active.)

Jeff Escobar, Conway Ekpo & David Kapell Join Roosevelt Island Board Of Directors - Manhattan Park Lease Amendment, MTA's Use Of Strecker Lab, Public Purpose Funds, Annual Report Among Agenda Items For June 25 RIOC Board Meeting

As reported June 18, 3 new members have been appointed to long vacant seats on the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors.

Image Of May RIOC Board Meeting

RIOC issued this June 20 press release announcing the appointments:
Governor Cuomo Appoints Three Members to RIOC Board

The New York State Senate has confirmed Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s appointments of David Kapell, Conway Ekpo and Jeffrey Escobar to fill three vacancies on the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation’s (RIOC) Board of Directors.

“I am delighted that Governor Cuomo has named three highly qualified candidates to our board,” said Susan Rosenthal, President and CEO of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. “I enjoyed working with Mr. Escobar when he was the president of the Roosevelt Island Resident’s Association (RIRA) and I look forward to working with Mr. Kapell and Mr. Ekpo in serving the interests of our residents and stakeholders.”

David E. Kapell

Mr. Kapell has recently served as a board member of the State of New York Mortgage Agency (SONYMA). He previously served the Village of Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island, NY for twenty-seven years in the positions of Community Development Director, Village Trustee, Planning Board Chairman and Mayor from 1994 until his retirement in 2007. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Conway Ekpo

Mr. Ekpo is in-house counsel at Morgan Stanley where he is an Executive Director covering Morgan Stanley’s international Wealth Management business. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Rutgers School of Law, where he teaches a course on New York civil procedure. Mr. Ekpo earned his B.S. in architectural engineering at the University of Kansas and his J.D. at Rutgers School of Law where he was Managing Editor of the Rutgers Law Review.

Jeffrey Escobar

Mr. Escobar, a former president of RIRA, is a Senior Counsel at Norton Rose Fulbright, US LLP where he advises project owners, real estate companies, and joint ventures throughout the Americas on their deployment of capital on the most complex and large-scale projects. Mr. Escobar earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and in Spanish from the University of Washington and his J.D. from the New England School of Law.

About RIOC

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) was created in 1984 by the State of New York as a public benefit corporation with a mission to plan, design, develop, operate, and maintain Roosevelt Island. With a focus on innovative and environmentally friendly solutions, RIOC is committed to providing services that enhance the island's residential community. RIOC manages the two-mile long island's roads, parks, buildings, a sports facility, and public transportation, including the iconic aerial tramway. Additionally, RIOC operates a Public Safety Department that helps maintain a safe and secure environment for residents, employees, business owners, and visitors.
Mr Escobar is well known to the community as the former Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) President, However, neither Mr. Kapell nor Mr. Ekpo are known to the community. According to a very reliable source, our elected officials were not involved in the RIOC Board Directors appointment process, at least as regarding Mr. Ekpo and Mr. Kapell.

None of the 3 new RIOC Board members participated in the 2017 RIRA sponsored RIOC Board Nominee elections.

It's not known at this time if the new RIOC Board Directors will attend tomorrow's meeting of the full RIOC Board. Among the items on the Agenda for the June 25 RIOC Board Meeting are:
  • Manhattan Park Lease Amendment
  • MTA Sublease Amendment For Use of Strecker Lab and 
  • Approval of 2019 Fiscal Year Annual Report
  • Authorization Of 2019-20 Public Purpose Funds among other items
RIOC is supposed to have Board Materials for Agenda Items publicly available on its web page prior to Board Meetings but as of today, the materials are not available for June 25 meeting.

You're invited to  attend and ask questions during the opening Public Session before the start of the meeting. Sign up to speak here.

Below is the full Agenda for June 25 RIOC Board Meeting:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Board of Directors meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cultural Center Theater, 548 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York 10044.

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.

AGENDA

JUNE 25, 2019 MEETING OF THE ROOSEVELT ISLAND OPERATING CORPORATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

THE CULTURAL CENTER THEATER 548 MAIN STREET, ROOSEVELT ISLAND, NEW YORK

5:30 P.M.1

I. Call to Order
II. Roll Call
III. Approval of Minutes
1. May 9, 2019 Board Meeting (Board Action Required)
IV. Old Business
V. New Business
1. Authorization of Seventh Amendment to Manhattan Park Lease (Board Action Required)

2. Authorization of First Amendment to Sublease with the New York City Transit Authority
for Use of Strecker Lab (Board Action Required)

3. Presentation of RIOC's Audited Financial Statements for Fiscal Year Ending March 31,
2019

4. Approval of Annual Report for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2019 (Board Action
Required)

5. Approval of Report on Procurement Contracts for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2019
(Board Action Required)

6. Approval of Report on Investments for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2019 (Board Action
Required)

7. Approval of Property Report for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2019 (Board Action
Required)

8. Authorization of Expenditure of the Public Purpose Funds for Fiscal Year 2019-20 (Board
Action Required)

9. Authorization to Enter into Contract for Octagon Comfort Station & Site Work (Board
Action Required – Materials to Follow)

10. Authorization to Enter into Contract with Apple Restoration & Waterproofing, Inc. for
Blackwell House Exterior Repairs Project (Board Action Required)

11. President’s Report

12. Committee Reports
a. Audit Committee
b. Governance Committee
c. Operations Advisory Committee
d. Real Estate Development Advisory Committee

13. 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.
UPDATE 4 PM - Former RIRA President Matt Katz writes:
I have read the listing of new hires for the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC). I am glad to see that all three live (or at lest have domiciles) on Roosevelt Island. Jeff Escobar has been involved with the critical issues of this community for many years and has proved his value to this residential community time and again. I don't know Mr. Ekpo or Mr Kappel and have to wonder what credentials they carry, what familiarity they have with ongoing issues, and who put forward their names. I do know that, over the last seven years, the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) has mounted four elections (referenda? plebiscites?) to fill those long-vacant seats and that none of this community's choices have been included. Having been one of many Islanders who have worked for decades to bring some semblance of democracy, and through the ballot box, to the administration of this State-operated Island, I am disappointed that, yet again, our efforts bore no fruit and we are saddled with a fait accompli. We deserve better.

Matthew M. Katz

RIRA President and CEO 2000, 2002, 2006, 2010
Roosevelt Island's NY State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright responded to Mr. Katz with the following:
Dear Matthew,

Thank you for your email dated June 19 regarding the new RIOC members nominated by the Governor. I am much relieved that the new appointees will fill long vacant positions, facilitating the conduct of important Roosevelt Island related business. Nevertheless, I too am disappointed that thoughtful recommendations previously submitted did not yield the results we hoped for. The process is deficient, in my view, and raises unanswered questions separate and apart from the qualifications or positions of the new appointees. I retain, of course, an enduring commitment to work with them to promote the very best interests of Roosevelt Island residents.

It seems to me that consideration should be given to a screening or search process that incorporates or involves community input in a more formal way. I am speaking with colleagues about instituting a requirement or statute that establishes the rubric for such a process. Although the RIOC appointments are currently the sole province of the Executive, the voices of the people of Roosevelt Island must not be ignored. I intend to explore introducing legislation that will ensure a more responsive and transparent process for the nomination, consideration and selection of RIOC board members.

Again, I much appreciate your interest and your views. Thanks for writing.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

You're Invited To Meet Your Friendly Roosevelt Island Neighborhood Scientists, Weill Cornell Medicine Postdoc Pub Talk At Nisi Restaurant Monday June 24 - Topic, The Fast and the Furious: Talks About Sperm Migration And Social Dominance

The Postdoctoral Association of Weill Cornell Medicine is hosting their third neighborhood Pub Talk event at Roosevelt Island's Nisi Kitchen (559 Main Street) Monday June 24..

You're invited to attend.



According to the Weill Cornell Medicine Postdocs:
Come meet your friendly neighborhood scientists! Two researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine will discuss what they are doing in the lab to advance the scientific frontier in sperm migration and social dominance research. June 24, 2019 - 7:30 PM at Nisi Kitchen (549 Main Street, Roosevelt Island).

Up first, Katherine Lopez will present "Top Mouse: The Development of Social Dominance". Social dominance is an essential component of social behavior across a multitude of species, from insects to primates. The emergence of a dominant individual can be linked to genetics; however, this behavior develops even in genetically identical individuals in controlled laboratory settings. So, what makes an individual dominant? Is it nature (innate) or nurture (learnt)? Are all socially dominant individuals alike (e.g., are all dominant individuals aggressive/bullies?). These are a few of the questions that will be discussed.

Next, Melanie Balbach will present “Survival of the fittest: A sperm's journey to fertilization”. The sperm overcomes a number of barriers on its way from ejaculation to an oocyte. Melanie will discuss how the physiology of the sperm adapts to overcome these barriers on it’s journey to fertilization, as well as how the uterus and the oocyte provide assistance to help the sperm reach its destination. Her research into how the sperm fuels it’s engine to reach the oocyte can be used to develop male contraceptives and treat reproductive diseases.

We hope to see you there!

RSVP Here (not required for entry)
Here's video from a previous Pub Talk on Schizophrenia and Borderline Personality Disorders.

Friday, June 21, 2019

MTA May Consider Adding Second Entrance/Exit To Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Station - This Weekend F Trains To And From Manhattan, Both Tram Cabins Working And Ferry Service Too, That's 9 In A Row

Good news, for the ninth week in a row, Roosevelt Island residents will have weekend F Trains running to and from Manhattan, both Tram Cabins operating and East River Astoria Route Ferry service.

Here's the new NYC Ferry 2019 Ferry Summer Schedule. 

More good news. During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book reported that there are no planned Roosevelt Island F Train weekend disruptions until August 16 weekend.

Mr Book took questions on a variety of Roosevelt Island subway and bus issues including morning rush hours overcrowding and promised to look into suggested solutions to relieve overcrowding. Mr Book added that the MTA might consider adding a second entrance/exit at the north side of the Roosevelt Island F Train station to better handle large crowd situations (see 10 minute 20 second mark of video below)


though he advised that:
... nothing in the works yet...
Asked about the best way to receive info about service disruptions, escalator and elevator outages Mr. Book suggested following the MTA twitter feed or MyMTA app.

Also,  the MTA is undergoing a redesign of the Queens Bus Network but Mr Book had no info on how that might effect Roosevelt Island residents using the Q102.

Here's video of Town Hall discussion with MTA's Mr. Book.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes June 21 To June 27 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Free Delivery With $75 Or More Order

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket


invites you to check out their June 21 - June 27 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.

More Gristedes Supermarket information


available at their


 web site, Facebook Page and Twitter feed

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Resident Spots And Films Roosevelt Island Liukoushui Hot Pot Noodle Shop Cooking Meat Outside In Alley Next To Bucket & Mop - Management Responds "Will Get To Bottom Of This" And Will Provide "Only The Highest Of Quality In Every Aspect Of Our Service"

 Outdoor grilling and BBQing is welcome here on Roosevelt Island but a Roosevelt Island restaurant cutting meat outdoors in an alley next to a bucket and mop is not a good thing. A Facebook video posted yesterday shows an employee of the recently opened Roosevelt Island Liukoushui Hot Pot Noodle Shop doing just that. According to the Facebook posting:

LiuKouShui hot pot noodle, I really don’t think the neighborhood is gonna enjoy this one. This is super unsanitary. And it was raining outside!!!
Video is here.

The RI Daily Tweeted:

I asked the restaurant's representative:
There is a Twitter posting of what appears to be a Liukoshi Hot Pot employee cutting meat outside of the restaurant.

... Is this normal practice?

Any statement?

 The spokesperson replied:
... first and foremost thank you so much for bringing this to my attention, we are going to get to the bottom of this. Of course hygiene and complying with NYS health code is our top priority.

We will make sure all of our staff adheres to the NYS health code and provides only the highest of quality in every aspect of our service.
A customer reacted:

Since the Liukoushui Hot Pot Noodle Shop on Main Street last month, I have heard good reviews from residents.

Opening Night Of 2019 Roosevelt Island Outdoor Movie Series At Southpoint Park Friday June 21 Showing Spiderman Into The Spiderverse - Let's Hope For Good Weather

Hopefully the weather will cooperate tomorrow evening for the opening of the Roosevelt Island Summer Outdoor Movie Series at Southpoint Park.

Image Of June 22 Outdoor Movie Showing of Wonder Woman at Southpoint Park

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) kicks off its 2019 Outdoor Summer Movie Series this Friday, June 21st at Southpoint Park (south of the Tram and Cornell Tech) with Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse (Rated PG).

Movie night fun starts at 7 PM, with the film showing beginning at sundown. Food vendors will be on-hand throughout the night and a trivia contest with prizes will be held just before showtime!

Bring your chairs and blankets and get there early to pick out a great spot to enjoy the film. Event will be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather. Admission is free.

Here's the trailer from Spiderman- Into the Spider-verse



and the remaining schedule of movies for the 2019 Roosevelt Island Summer Movie Series at Southpoint Park:
  • Friday July 12 - Crazy Rich Asians,
  • Friday July 26 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind,
  • Saturday July 27 - Captain Marvel,
  • Friday August 2 - Ready Player One
  • Friday August 23 - Clueless
Enjoy and have fun.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Check Out The Brand New Merchandise For Sale At Roosevelt Island Historical Society Visitors Center Kiosk - Proceeds Help Support Mission Of RIHS

Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) President Judy Berdy reports:

We have great new merchandise by designer Julia Gash.

We now have 24" X 36" print of the island poster, available at the RIHS Visitor Center Kiosk

Please see the Rivercross Display window for a sample of all our merchandise

Also: In the next window are the coloring book pages that were artistically filled in by our kids, and some adults...>Enjoy!!
Merchandise available at the Visitors Center Kiosk includes:

  • TEE SHIRTS​ ADULTS SMALL- 2XL​​​​​$25
  • TOTE BAGS​​​​​​​​​ $20
  • APRON​​​​​​​​​​ $24
  • MAGNETS​​​​​​​​​​ $5
  • POSTCARD ​​​​​​​​​$1.50
  • KITCHEN TOWEL​​​​​​​​$10​​​​​​​​​​
  • ART PRINT 24” X 36”​​​​​​​​ $100
Merchandise sales help support the mission and activities of the RIHS. Ms Berdy described what RIHS does during her May 29 Public Purpose Grants Community Review Presentation.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

BREAKING NEWS - 3 New Members Named To Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board Of Directors - Confirmed Yesterday By NY State Senate Finance Committee

Yesterday, June 17, the NY State Senate Finance Committee confirmed 3 new members of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC). According to the NY State Senate Finance Committee web page, they are:

Jeffrey R. Escobar, Member, Board of Directors Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation
Conway S. Ekpo, Member, Board of Directors Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation
David E. Kapell, Member, Board of Directors Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation
Here's video of the confimation. RIOC Board members confirmation is at beginning of video.



Jeffrey Escobar is an attorney, Roosevelt Island resident and former President of Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) ending his 5 years as RIRA President in November 2018..



Conway S Ekpo is in-house counsel for Morgan Stanley. Do not know if he is a resident or not.

David E Kappel is a Director of State of New York Mortgage Agency Board (SONYMA). According to his SONYMA bio:
... Mr. Kapell is also president of Kapell Real Estate, Inc., a boutique family-run brokerage in Greenport that he founded in 1981.

He has three grown children and lives in Greenport and on Roosevelt Island with his wife, Eileen Kapell....
This is a developing story. Stay tuned for more.

UPDATE 7:20 PM - A reader noticed that Mr. Ekpo is a Roosevelt Island resident.

Start Your Engines - Roosevelt Island Remote Control Mini Racing Cars Debut At Motorgate Garage, Would You Like To Race Too

Any Roosevelt Island residents interested in remote control mini car racing?

Resident Frank Farance shares these photos


and video (Click full screen icon at bottom right of video for better view)



of remote control mini car racing last weekend next to the Motorgate Atrium.

According to Mr. Farance:
I'll be partnering with a neighbor on remote controlled cars. These are fun. There is interest from my Trambots robotics team to get involved.

If there are adults/youth interested, please get in touch with me.
Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines please!!!!

Here's more Roosevelt Island remote control Mini Car racing



from last weekend.

Roosevelt Island MTA Flood Mitigation Plan, Octagon Comfort Station, Blackwell House Repairs Among Items On June 20 RIOC Operations Committee Agenda - Audit Committee Meeting Today Too

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Operations Advisory Committee will meet Thursday June 20.  According to RIOC:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 5:30 P.M. at RIOC’s Operations Office, 680 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.

AGENDA:

Discussion of:
  • MTA Flood Mitigation Work License Amendment
  • Capital Projects – Key Projects Review
  • Octagon Comfort Station & Site Work
  • Blackwell House Roof Repairs
  • Any Other Committee Business that May be Brought Before the Committee
Chair’s Motion for Executive Session to Discuss Personnel Matter

Later today the RIOC Audit Committee is meeting:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Audit Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 4:30 P.M. at the RIOC Administrative Office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island New York

AMENDED AGENDA:

Discussion of:
  • RIOC's Audited Financial Statements for Fiscal Year 2018-19
  • Report on Procurement Contracts for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2019 Report on Investments for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2019
  • Property Report for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2019
  • Annual Report for Fiscal Year Ending March 31, 2019
  • Any Other Committee Business That May be Brought Before the Committee
Chair’s Motion for Executive Session to Discuss Personnel Matter

UPDATE 6/20 - From RIOC:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 4:30 P.M. at RIOC’s Operations Office, 680 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Resident Claims Safety Hazards Caused By Changes To Traffic Patterns And New Speed Bumps For Roosevelt Island Motorgate Garage Improvement Project - RIOC Answers All Work Being Done In Compliance With NYC Building Code Regulations

As reported May 20, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced that they would soon begin repairs to the Motorgate Garage.


 And RIOC added June 4:
... Phase I of the Motorgate Improvement Project will be starting this week. Please click the following link for details from past releases that discuss the scope of work taking place. rioc.ny.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=116

Sections 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D, 7D & 8D in the south building are now closed to parking. Cars found parked in these sections will be towed. Please note that the rooftop will remain open throughout construction.

RIOC staff has scheduled the work to occur in a way that allows the facility to remain open throughout construction. Work will take place Mondays through Fridays only between the hours of 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM. We do not anticipate night or weekend work to be necessary at this time. If that changes, we will let you know.

Please note that the traffic pattern on the fourth floor of the garage has been changed significantly to accommodate this closure. The below graphic demonstrates the new traffic pattern.


For the safety of all patrons and pedestrians, please drive slowly while in the garage. Adhere to all traffic signs posted throughout the garage and watch for new signage. Please follow the directions of the contractor’s flagman, PSD, and Motorgate personnel.

We expect Phase I of this important project to be completed in the fall of 2019. Since this kind of work cannot be performed during the winter months, Phase II will begin in spring 2020. All construction is expected to be completed in late 2020....
Roosevelt Island resident, activist and Motorgate user Frank Farance believes changes to the Motorgate traffic pattern and installation of speed bumps in Motorgate during the renovation creates unsafe conditions. According to this excerpt from June 10 message sent by Mr. Farance to RIOC and posted as a comment to this post:
... imagine how you'll feel when a motorist, during the morning rush, hits a speed bump and pulls down the conduit that impales and kills another motorist, or a child in the passenger seat. And then think about how easily it will be to demonstrate RIOC's culpability, via some expert witness citing (say) some of the sources below. Absolutely dangerous, Motorgate staff have already received complaints, but they say this is RIOC's work.

The speed bumps in Motorgate should be immediately removed because:

(1) Speed bumps are dangerous because there isn't enough clearance.
(2) According to NYC Building Code, RIOC would need to change the height advertised at Motorgate's entrance from 6'10" (82 inches) to 6'2" (74 inches), which would exclude many vehicles, including park-and-ride vans used for car pools.
(3) A vehicle can hit the beam because the speed bumps are installed directly below the beams, which maximizes the hazard
(4) Speed bumps should not be used in a facility with Low Clearance.
(5) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recommends distance of 200-300 feet between speed bumps, these speed bumps are installed approx 50 feet apart, i.e., too close.
(6) Conduit from the cameras was originally installed wrong, i.e., in the middle of the roadway which reduces clearance by 2 inches, which further aggravates the Low Clearance problem.
(7) A vehicle making contact with the conduit can bring down the whole line of conduit (approx 500 in the A aisle), which can impale other vehicles driving in the lane causing injury or death
(8) With section 4D closed off, there is no signage for detours, and vehicles are crossing over from 4C (garage entrance) to 4A with traffic in both directions, including over the speed bumps.
(9) The speed bumps reduce the surface area (36.75 sq-in/wheel, Vehicle Dynamics Institute) where the wheel touches the ground and, thus, increases the load from 3000 lbs/sq-ft/axle to 6,000 to 9,000 lbs/sq-ft and, thus, further deteriorates the surface, e.g., a 6000 pound car does as much damage as an 18,000 pound vehicle.
(10) Vertical acceleration at the speed bump is approx 8 m/sec/sec (gravity is 9.8 m/sec/sec), thus a 3000 lbs/sq-ft/axle is compressed into (say) 9,000 lbs/sq-ft and further amplified by vertical acceleration, a factor of (8+9.8)/9.8, i.e., 16,350 lbs/sq-ft-/axle, or as if the vehicle had weight approx 33,000 pounds.
(11) Speed bumps can grab/drag undercarriage of low suspension vehicles, such as sports cars. If this happens, it will completely block the aisle and jam up Motorgate.
(12) A vehicle can impact the beam, possibly with dangerous or catastrophic consequences to the structure.
(13) There is no signage indicating a speed bump.
(14) Residents will suffer damage to their vehicles as these speed bumps are equivalent to driving over 4-inch curbs....

Another Roosevelt Island resident and Motorgate Garage user Cheshire Kitty added:


I asked RIOC President Susan Rosenthal:
Do you have any comment on Frank Farance's June 10 email regarding potential safety hazard of speed bumps recently installed on the 4th floor of Motorgate garage....

... What was the reason for installing the speed bumps?

Does RIOC intend to reconsider the placement of the 4th floor speed bumps? Or will they remain in place?
RIOC Chief Operating Officer Shelton Haynes replied with the following statement late Friday afternoon June 14:
As RIOC enters the final stages of contract negotiation with the contractor who will be doing the necessary repair work on the Motorgate structure, I wanted to update the community on a few items.

We expect work to begin in about a week or so. Please note that all work will be done in strict adherence of New York City Building Code regulations. At least two fire exits will remain accessible near the work area at all times during construction.

Speed bumps have been installed at various locations in the garage to control speed throughout the parking facility once construction begins. Required clearances between the top of the speed bump and the ceiling structure have been maintained. These temporary speed bumps have been installed for the safety of Motorgate customers, parking garage staff, construction crews and RIOC/PSD personnel during construction. Two-way traffic in these areas is necessary to allow Motorgate to remain open while the necessary repair work takes place. This traffic pattern has been thoroughly reviewed and approved by RIOC, its subcontractors and consultants.

All signage that is contrary to the new traffic flow is already in the process of being blocked. New signage is in the process of being installed. Please note that traffic flow through Motorgate will continue to be monitored throughout construction. All safety measures and signage will be adjusted accordingly as conditions and realities dictate. In the meantime, we encourage all customers to go slow and be careful while they drive through the garage.

We appreciate your ongoing cooperation throughout this project.
Here's the May 9 RIOC Operations Advisory Committee meeting discussion



of the Motorgate Garage Improvements Project.

UPDATE 6:45 PM - Just heard from another Roosevelt Island resident:
My car bottomed out on the speed bumps!!

I reported it on line.
UPDATE 6/18 - And another resident:
Every time I go by now, even at 4 miles an hour, everything in my car shakes!!!

It’s not a smooth bump, it’s too ruff of a bump and too high.

Sponsored Post - You're Invited To The Cafe @Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Summer Outdoor Grilling Every Wednesday 2-5 PM, Come For The Tasty Meals Paired With The Perfect Beer And Great East River Waterfront Views - June 19, Martin's Potato Cheeseburger

The Roosevelt Island Cafe @Cornell Tech is welcoming summer with weekly outdoor grilling hours every Wednesday.

According to the Cafe @Cornell Tech:



THE CAFE

HAPPY GRILLING HOUR

EVERY WEDNESDAY

FROM 2PM - 5PM

SUMMER IS COMING! COME CHECK OUT THE OUTDOOR GRILLING STATION MANNED BY THE CONSTELLATION CULINARY TEAM. CREATIVE & DELICIOUS MEALS PAIRED W/ THE PERFECT BEER!

The Wednesday June 19 Menu Is:

Martin's Potato Cheeseburger -$7

Paired Beer - $5

Beer & Burger $10 
Come enjoy Wednesday afternoon outdoor grilling and a beer, or two,


with the folks from Cafe @Cornell Tech Constellation Culinary Team on the spacious Roosevelt Island campus patio


and enjoy the gorgeous East River waterfront views.

Outdoor Grilling is weather dependent and will be cancelled if raining at time.

If bad weather on Wednesday,  event will be moved to Thursday.

Also, check out the weekly Cafe @Cornell Tech Monday -Friday menus.

The Summer Hours for indoor service are:
Cafe:

  • Monday - Friday 8AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday -Sunday 11AM - 3PM
Parliament:
  • Monday - Friday 8AM - 5 PM
  • Saturday - Sunday 11AM - 5PM
UPDATE 6/19 - Due to inclement weather, the grilling is cancelled this week.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Largest NYC LGBTQ Pride Flag Unveiled Today At Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park Celebrating World Pride - You're Invited To Family Friendly Ascend With Pride Picnic At FDR Park Tomorrow Afternoon

As reported earlier this week, Roosevelt Island's FDR Four Freedoms Park is hosting a free World Pride celebration tomorrow. According to the FDR Four Freedoms Park:

On Saturday, June 15 from 12:00-6:00 PM, FDR Four Freedoms State Park will host #AscendWithPride: An Afternoon with Friends & Family. This free World Pride celebration for all ages will include food trucks for a special picnic on the lawn (with wine and beer available for purchase), VideoOut onsite all day capturing coming out stories for their online library and Drag Queen Story Hour, at 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM, reading books that focus on diversity and inclusivity, from Little Bee Books.

The event serves as the official unveiling of New York City’s largest pride flag. From Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 30, the Park’s monumental staircase will transform into a massive, 12’ x 100’ LGBTQ Pride Flag to celebrate the universal human rights articulated in FDR’s Four Freedoms Speech: freedom of speech & expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
Today, the largest Pride Flag was unveiled on the FDR Four Freedoms Park monument stairs and it was stunning. Take a look.


FDR Park Conservancy Director of Strategic Partnerships Madeline Grimes describes the Ascend With Pride activities going on this weekend and the flag will remain up thru June 30.



Click on the full screen icon at bottom right of video for great view of the Flag and Manhattan skyline behind it.

According to Ms Grimes:
... the Flag was made using an eco-friendly vinyl that is adhered to the risers of the stairs. It was done by a fantastic company called Looks Good Looks Great.
More info on the Ascend With Pride event at this prior post and the FDR Park web page.

UPDATE 6/15:

MTA Comes To Roosevelt Island Town Hall, Talks And Listens To Residents About F Train Problems - Promises No Weekend F Train Disruptions Until August 16 - This Weekend, F Train To And From Manhattan, Both Tram Cabins Working And Ferry Service Too



Good news, for the eight week in a row, Roosevelt Island residents will have weekend F Trains running to and from Manhattan, both Tram Cabins operating and East River Astoria Route Ferry service.

Here's the new NYC Ferry 2019 Ferry Summer Schedule. 

More good news. During last evening's Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book reported that there are no planned Roosevelt Island F Train weekend disruptions until August 16 weekend.

Mr Book took questions on a variety of Roosevelt Island subway and bus issues including morning rush hours overcrowding and promised to look into suggested solutions to relieve overcrowding.

Asked about the best way to receive info about service disruptions, escalator and elevator outages Mr. Book suggested following the MTA twitter feed or MyMTA app.

Also,  the MTA is undergoing a redesign of the Queens Bus Network but Mr Book had no info on how that might effect Roosevelt Island residents using the Q102.

Here's video of Town Hall discussion with MTA's Mr. Book.



Will have full video of Town Hall shortly.

Report On June 8 Roosevelt Island Day Blood Drive - 19th Annual Blood Drive Will Positively Help 125 Lives Says RIRA Blood Drive Committee Chair Janine Schaefer

Every Saturday since May 18 the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Blood Drive Committee was signing up volunteers to donate blood during the June 8 Roosevelt Island Day celebration. RIRA Blood Drive Committee Chair Janine Schaefer reports on the results of their efforts. According to Ms Schaefer:

Another Successful Blood Drive on Roosevelt Island Day

A large number of Roosevelt Island residents turned out for the 19th Annual Blood Drive, held on Saturday, June 8, as part of Roosevelt Island Day activities.

The New York Blood Center reported that:
  • There were 39 people who made whole blood donations and two other people made Alyx donations, meaning twice as many red cells were donated. This made a total of 43 donations.
  • As a result, more than 125 lives will be positively affected by our blood drive.
  • In addition, there were 46 people who, for various reasons, were turned away and were unable to donate blood that day.
It is important to note that it is difficult for the New York Blood Center to obtain usable blood.

"Donating blood is literally giving the gift of life. The New York region needs almost 2,000 volunteers to donate blood each day to meet the demand. There is simply no substitute for donated blood," according to the New York Blood Center.

“The New York Blood Banks always face a shortage of blood during the summer months. One of the reasons is that there are fewer blood donations made during this time of year. That is why our annual June blood drive is so important,” said Joan Ogden, the Co-Chair of this year’s blood drive.

RIRA thanks:
  • the community members who took the time to donate blood
  • the RIRA members and residents who volunteered to make this event such a huge success
  • the RISA board members for supporting RIRA by graciously hosting this event
  • RIOC for all their support and its employees who donated blood
  • the local media who promoted awareness of the Blood Drive.
Special thanks to the Island businesses who stepped up and gave 10% appreciation discounts to donors:
  • Bread & Butter Market
  • China 1 Kitchen
  • Fuji East
  • Island Wine & Spirits
  • Nisi Kitchen
  • Piccolo Trattoria Pizza & Ristorante
  • Pupculture
  • Roosevelt Island Cleaners
  • Roosevelt Nails
  • We Are One
  • Wholesome Factory
The staff of The New York Blood Center told us that there is always an urgency for donations, so we plan to sponsor another blood drive in early December, so stay tuned for further details.
The blood donations


were hosted by the Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) at the Senior Center (548 Main Street)


Ms Schaefer reported to the June 5 RIRA Common Council on the Committee's efforts.



You can also sign up online now to donate blood and help save one life, maybe more.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

You're Invited To Global Water Dance Day Performance June 15 At Roosevelt Island Tata Innovation Center On Cornell Tech Campus With Andrea & The Dancing Rubies - Aim to Ensure Availability And Sustainable Management Of Water For All By 2030

Andrea and the Dancing Rubies will be performing as part of the Global Water Dances initiative on June 15 at Roosevelt Island's Tata Innovation Center on the Cornell Tech campus. According to Andrea Beeman:

Please  join us at an exciting, free event on Roosevelt Island. On June 15th, Global Water Dances, a global community of choreographers and dancers, will perform at 3pm around the world to inspire action and international collaboration on water issues using the universal language of dance.

My ensemble, the Dancing Rubies, & I will be dancing for water outside of the Tata Innovation Center (Cornell Tech Campus) facing the East River & East Loop Road. Live percussion will be played by Michael Evans. The entire audience will be invited to participate in the finale. The event is FREE & open to all.
More info on the Global Water Dance project from this press release:
On June 15th, 2019, dancers at more than 170 sites around the world will perform to honor and protect water in a biennial event called Global Water Dances.

“This year’s Global Water Dances promises to be the biggest one since we began back in 2011,” said Vannia Ibarguen, Artistic Director of Global Water Dances. People are planning to perform at rivers, lakes, beaches, parks, pools and other places related to water.

The performances bring together the geography of a particular place, a call to environmental action, and the creative arts. “Local choreographers create site-specific dances,” said Marylee Hardenbergh, former Artistic Director of Global Water Dances. “All of these events are free of charge, and every performance ends with the opportunity for the audience to join in the dance. The performances are filmed locally, and made available online globally”. For a short video on the 2017....



Providing reliable supplies of safe drinking water is one of the great global challenges of our times. “This year, Global Water Dances aligns with the United Nations’ motto “Water for All” and the Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030”, says Ibarguen. “To leave no one behind, we must focus our efforts towards including people who have been marginalized or ignored.”

“We are very excited about our plans to dance outside Cornell Tech’s Tata Innovation Center, facing the East River,” said Andrea Beeman. “We welcome this opportunity to use movement to remind everyone of the power of water as it moves through our lives in so many different ways.”

Global Water Dances is housed at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) in New York City. LIMS’ international network of dancers and choreographers is aspiring to cultivate a new generation of socially aware artists, who use dance to actively care for our planet and people. Dance is a powerful channel that connects human beings and makes visible what is invisible.

Anyone who wishes to participate in this event should contact andreabeeman@gmail.com to receive more information.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Thursday Night Outdoor Music Programs This Summer At LIC Landing On East River Waterfront In Hunters Point South Starts June 13- Just 1 Ferry Stop From Roosevelt Island

Just a 5 minute NYC Ferry ride from Roosevelt Island and then a short 10 minute East River waterfront walk is the gorgeous Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City. It's a great place to explore and enjoy the beautiful views.

Take a look.



There's plenty to do at Hunters Point South Park including a Thursday evening outdoor music program at LIC Landing.


According to the Hunters Point Park Conservancy:
The months of June, July, and August will see six free outdoor musical programs held in the event space at LIC Landing in Hunter’s Point South Park on the East River waterfront. This will be the 4t​h​ year in a row of the Live at the Landing series featuring live music on the Long Island City waterfront.

The events are being planned and organized by the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and are co-sponsored by the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) and LIC Landing by COFFEED. The musicians will also represent different musical styles and hail from multiple Queens neighborhoods. Shows will be held every other Thursday evening from 6-8pm, beginning on June 13th. The full schedule of events and descriptions of artists can be found below.
  • June 13 - Arun Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project - Arun Luthra is one of the premier saxophonists and composers on New York's jazz scene, and one of the small group of American jazz musicians of Indian heritage who have continued to explore to possibilities of fusing the modern post-bop sound with elements of Indian classical music – especially konnakol (South Indian classical music vocalised rhythms), as well as drawing from a wide variety of modern & classic influences to create a vibrant new sound & style.
  • June 27 - Joe Knipes Trio - Jazz Guitarist Joe Knipes performs in the NY Metropolitan area, exploring the jazz tradition, sharing the stage with longtime friends and bandmates. Joe is also the founder and director of the Jackson Heights Jazz Festival, which takes place throughout the neighborhood this summer.
  • July 11 - Tom Shane - Tom Shaner is a critically acclaimed songwriter, producer, performer and video director based in New York City. He calls his music “ghost songs, waltzes and rock and roll.” He usually performs with his dynamic band, but also solo. His songs have been featured in TV shows and movies. Most recently ABC’s “The Rookie” made great use of his ballad “The Tide of Love” in Episode 8.The music moves from rootsy American rock and roll, with an occasional hint of old blues and country as well more modern rock dynamics.
  • July 25 - Pam Reyes is a singer-songwriter from Sunnyside, Queens. It has been said that Pam’s performances are an exercise in collective vulnerability—a roomful of strangers in concerted reminiscence. Her frank, bordering on dark, songwriting meets her stirring voice in a match made not quite in heaven or hell, but some place just in between. In October 2019, Pam independently released her most ambitious project to date. In an emotive style all her own, the new single and music video, “Dear Dreamer,” explores her own family’s migration to America and stands in solidarity with young immigrants threatened by the current White House administration.
  • August 8 - Shelly Bhushan - Honest, soulful, empowering...all words to describe singer/songwriter Shelly Bhushan. Gifted with an incredibly powerful voice, Shelly draws on a depth of emotion that ranges from desire to defiance, longing to exhilaration. It’s as if her soul reaches out to yours when you hear her sing--real, without a trace of pretentiousness. Fans have likened Shelly and her band to Donny Hathaway, Bonnie Raitt, Emily King, Aretha, Etta James. It's hard to pin down, but the inability to classify her is the very thing that makes Shelly's music so interesting.
  • August 22 - Gabriel Guerrero & ​QUΔΠTUM - Led by Colombian pianist Gabriel Guerrero, QUΔΠTUM is a musical force featuring Cuban saxophonist Hery Paz, Chilean drummer Felix Lecaros, and Massachusetts born Will Slater on bass. “Music can be perceived from many perspectives, sounds and colors can change suddenly, take unexpected directions. Music from the past can be alive at any moment by the magic of recordings. The natural randomness of nature and universe is the perspective of QUΔΠTUM as a musical force. Unveiling the power of improvisation by the solos and constructions of the compositions QUΔΠTUM makes justice to each unique moment.”
These events are all outdoors and weather dependent.
The Thursday Night Music Series takes place at LIC Landing:
Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Manhattan's skyline, LIC Landing by COFFEED features a spectacular 2000 sq-ft outdoor event space and a high-quality outdoor cafe. It is located in Long Island City's beautiful, brand-new waterfront park at Hunters Point South....
It would be great if we could have similar outdoor music programs here on Roosevelt Island

2017 Performance by Jon Christopher Allen at LIC Landing Courtesy Of Hunters Point South Park Conservancy

but, for now, we can take the quick trip to Long Island City.