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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Rainbow Over NYC East River Waterfront And Long Island City Seen From Roosevelt Island This Evening After Rain Storm

Did you see the Roosevelt Island rainbow this evening after the rain storm?

Here's another view. Click on full screen icon at bottom right of video for better view.

Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Production Of A Christmas Carol, The Musical Auditions Taking Place Saturday August 24 - Adults, Teen & Children Welcome To Audition

Yes, we're in the dog days of an August Summer but if you're a performer, or want to be, it's time for the Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) auditions for roles in A Christmas Carol.

According to the MST&DA:

Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Adult* Musical Theatre Studio Class Production of

By Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens, and Mike Ockrent
​Directed by Jacqueline Lucid

Show dates: December 13, 14, 19, 20 2019

*Teens & children** welcome to audition as well!

When: Saturday, August 24 from 10am - 2pm (there will be a lunch break). Registration required.
Where: The Howe Theatre @ MST&DA, The Cultural Center 548 Main St. Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

Cost: There is a $50 audition deposit required to audition. The fee will be applied towards the production fee of $475. Visit this link -  to register.

After registering, please review and look over all audition materials to the right on this page. Auditions will start at 10am promptly and end at 2pm. There will be a break for lunch. Be sure to bring your required "Audition Form" with you (the top form to the right on this page).

Scholarship and Work-study opportunities are available. Visit this link - to apply.

Question or conflict with the audition date? Email us at So that we can make other arrangements.
More info on the MST&DA available at their web site and Facebook page.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Roosevelt Island Teens Shoot Rock From Sling Shot Hitting Woman On East Promenade Near 510 Breezeway - Apprehended By RIOC Public Safety And Released To Parents

Received report that a woman was shot with a BB gun yesterday. I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Acting Public Safety Director Kevin Brown what happened.

A RIOC spokesperson replied today:

At about 1 pm yesterday afternoon, four youths (three 12 year olds and 1 thirteen year old) apparently shot a female victim with what appeared to be a BB-Gun on the seawall opposite 510 breezeway. All youths were apprehended and bought into PSD with their parents. The victim sustained a small bruise on her leg. EMS was refused at the scene by the complainant. Subsequent investigation revealed that the youth used a sling shot and a small rock. The youths were released to their parents. NYPD was on scene and notified. The youths are island residents.
Image Of 510 Main Street Breezeway Leading to Seawall

RIOC Announces New Traffic Safety Measures For Roosevelt Island Waterfront Promenades - 10 MPH Speed Limit, Radar Speed Signs, Bollards And Possible Dismissal Of Employees Who Violate Safety Regulations, Private Vehicles Banned

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced today:

In response to several complaints about speeding vehicles on the Island, The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) is implementing several traffic safety measures designed to make the Island’s roadways safer for residents, stakeholders and employees.

Some of the measures RIOC has already taken and will take in the immediate future include:
  • Speed limits on promenades have been lowered from 15 mph to 10 mph.
  • Failure of RIOC employees to observe all safety regulations, especially speed, will result in possible dismissal.
  • New radar speed signs have been ordered and will be placed on the east seawall promenade. A temporary speed radar device will be moved there today.
  • Bollards will be placed in designated areas to prohibit the public from driving on the east seawall promenade. New signage will also show where vehicles – other than official RIOC vehicles – are prohibited.
All RIOC employees have undergone mandatory vehicle safety training in the past six months.
Reported July 31 on RIOC) banning cars

from the East Promenade
... In response to complaints about people driving along the eastern promenade, RIOC will soon be installing barriers and placing signage at key locations to prevent cars from accessing this area. RIOC and emergency vehicles will still be able to reach the promenade if necessary. Pedestrians and bicyclists will not be impeded by these barriers in any way. Placement of the barriers will begin over the next several weeks.

RIOC is taking these measures as part of its on-going commitment to keep Roosevelt Island safe for pedestrians, children and bicyclists....
Roosevelt Island residents reacted:

  • Thank you thank you
  • Finally!!! It should of never been allowed, it wasn’t allowed before. They are not “back roads”, they are for pedestrians, and for people walking, biking and running.
  • I never could quite understand why private vehicles were in any way permitted on those perimeter roads. I could only figure it was to accommodate loading and unloading. This used to be provided for on Main Street, with ONLY short term parking. But now we have to accommodate long term parkers with stickers, and there are no loading zones to speak of. Virtually no place for service vehicles to park during the day. All so that sticker and favored parkers can be accommodated'. That is really sad. I've abandoned trying to bring my car onto Main St. I just ferry back and forth from the garage, which I PAY for, unlike the stickered vehicles. And in that garage, I have to drive by the EMPTY handicapped spaces while I search for parking, while the stickered vehicles are out on the street....
  • What they should ban is long term parking by RI workers in the courtyards and breezeways (which have become defacto parking lots) of Roosevelt Landings...and still permit loading and unloading in breezeways and back addition does this ban include the west side where i was nearly run over?...
  • Potential solution. Speed bumps close proximity before and after every intersection.
  • Public Safety regularly speeds down the west roadway. Without lights. There is no warning for a child coming down one of the access ways. Should we wait for an accident that can’t be turned back?
  • And who will protect pedestrians, children and seniors from outside bikers on our shore walkway that will no longer be a place to sit peacefully to read or watch the ocean?
The East and West Waterfront promenades are closed to private vehicles but RIOC Staff and Public Safety may use them but must adhere to the 10 mph speed limit.

Monday, August 19, 2019

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Concerts Presentation Of Last Gasps Of Favorite Composers - Final Works Of Haydn, Webern & Mendelssohn Friday August 23 At Good Shepherd

As reported earlier this year,the Roosevelt Island classical concert series organizers, R&R Concerts began their 12 season with a new name, Roosevelt Island Concerts.

According to Roosevelt Island Concerts:
Roosevelt Island Concerts is currently in its 12th season and has become a vital asset in the cultural life of Roosevelt Island. Augmenting its rich chamber music programming, the series has recently begun to present orchestral concerts under the direction of conductor Benjamin Hochman. The generosity of our audiences is an essential part of the series, complementing the support of individuals, corporations, and institutions in and beyond New York City. One of the few concert series in New York that produces both orchestral and chamber music concerts, the series is earning a reputation as an essential part of New York City’s rich landscape of classical music....
Take a listen here.

and attend live this Roosevelt Island Concerts presentation

 Friday August 23 (rescheduled from Tuesday, August 20).
Friday, August 23, 7:30 p.m.

Good Shepherd Chapel

Roosevelt Island Concerts Presents:


All things must come to an end; however, our favorite composers of the past have left fantastic catalogues of music behind for future generations to appreciate. On LAST GASPS, we take a look at the final works of three beloved Germanic composers, and appreciate the culmination of their musical endeavors.

Haydn - String Quartet in D Minor, Op. 103
Webern - Langsamer Satz
Mendelssohn - String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80

Salley Koo, violin
Ralph Allen, violin
Lisa Matricardi, viola
Iris Jortner, cello

Your generous contribution keeps the series affordable
Suggested donation: $20
Students & seniors: $10

For our contributors at Supporter level ($100) and above who would like reserved seats at this concert, please email with the quantity of seats requested.

For directions and information about the series, see our website at
Check out the Roosevelt Island Concerts web site to learn more about the orchestra, the artists and how to help with your support.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

You're Invited To Celebrate Roosevelt Island Nature At Lighthouse Park Microscopic Event Sunday August 18 - Get A Close Up View Of Hidden East River Marine Life, Peak At Plankton & More With iDig2Learn & NY Microscopical Scientists

iDig2Learn founder Chistina Ddlfico reports:
Join us this Sunday, August 18th at Lighthouse Park from 2-5 pm for a free event with special guests from the New York Microscopical Society. Microscope stations will be set up for a hidden view of river life and the small world that thrives there. Peak at plankton and more. All ages welcome. This event is part of the iDig2Learn Series: Celebrating Roosevelt Island's Nature.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - Good Times Had To End, After 16 In A Row, No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan This Weekend

Good times for Roosevelt Island weekend subway riders had to end at some time and this weekend is the time. After 16 weekends in a row of Roosevelt Island F Train service to and from Manhattan, this weekend there will be no Roosevelt Island F Train service to Manhattan.

According to the MTA:
TRACK MAINTENANCE Aug 16 - 19 • Aug 23 - 26, Fri 9:45 PM to Mon 5 AM F Coney Island-bound trains run via the E from Roosevelt Av, Queens to 5 Av/53 St, Manhattan

Trains resume regular service at 47-50 Sts.

No Coney Island-bound F service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St and 57 St.

Travel Alternatives:
For service to these stations, take the F to 47-50 Sts and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F.

For service from 21 St-Queensbridge and Roosevelt Island, take the F to Roosevelt Av and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F...
Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry 2019 Ferry Summer Schedule. 

During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by NYC Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book reported no planned Roosevelt Island F Train weekend disruptions until August 16 weekend. Well, it's August 16 weekend and no Roosevelt Island F Train service to Manhattan this weekend.

Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes August 16 To August 22 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Free Delivery With $75 Or More Order

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

invites you to check out their August 16 - August 22 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, August 15, 2019

Beautiful Moments Can Happen Anytime On Roosevelt Island - Resident Walking Home Spots Marriage Proposal On East River Pier Landing, And She Said .... Yes!!!

On Roosevelt Island, you never know when you may come across a beautiful moment. Roosevelt Island resident Adam Guy reports on one such moment he saw as he was was walking home last Monday evening:

I captured a gem of a photo on Monday evening. A marriage proposal took place on the East River Pier Landing close to the subway.

I don't know the names of the people who got engaged but was told the couple were college sweethearts and had been together 4 years. They are not residents of Roosevelt Island, but the man had been here before and liked it very much. The couple took the Tram over and the woman texted her friend how amazing the Tram was and that everyone should ride it - her first ride.

Their friends decorated the area and waited for their arrival. Onlookers like me gathered around to wait for the moment to happen.

The man dropped to his knees on the Pier and proposed.

She said yes!

And sometimes in New York you witness beautiful moments on the walk home. To the happy couple...!
There have been other Roosevelt Island wedding proposal, including on the Tram and at Lighthouse Park.

Also, a wedding on the Tram.

Congrats to the Happy Couple from last Monday evening..

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Roosevelt Island Manhattan Park Luxury Building Lobby Renovation Creating Unsafe Conditions For Pedestrian, Wheelchair And Vehicle Access To Street And Sidewalk Area - RIOC Instructs MP To Obtain RI Permit And Provide Safe Sidewalk And Street Passage

Roosevelt Island Manhattan Park luxury apartment building at 40 River Road is currently undergoing lobby renovations, similar to those previously done at 30 River Road. But, as reported by the Roosevelt Island Daily, the construction activities have created unsafe conditions for  pedestrian, wheelchair and vehicle access to the street and sidewalk area.

Yesterday, a Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) spokesperson addressed the issue raised by Roosevelt Island Daily:
PSD’s Acting Chief Kevin Brown met with Manhattan Park yesterday. At his insistence, Manhattan Park will immediately construct an ADA complaint ramp and will set up additional barriers for a proper pedestrian walkway. PSD will also issue a permit once it receives a detailed scope of work, information about the duration of the project, Manhattan Park’s safety plan and hours of operation.
I asked:
Is the Manhattan Park construction shut down until they comply?
The RIOC spokesperson replied:
They’ve been allowed to continue work since they made emergency adjustments at Acting Chief Brown’s insistence. RIOC staff is meeting with them again today to get further details on the scope of work so they can determine what adjustments are required to comply with our permitting process.
In response to my inquiry yesterday asking Manhattan Park management:
Any comment from Manhattan Park regarding the construction at 40 River Road blocking pedestrian, wheelchair and vehicle access.

I understand that after receiving complaints, RIOC is instructing Manhattan Park to construct a ADA accessible ramp and proper pedestrian access to the 40 River Road construction area.

Is the construction shut down until Manhattan Park complies with RIOC's instructions?...
A Manhattan Park Spokesperson replied:
We’ve enjoyed a great working relationship with RIOC for the last 30 years and have been in close touch with them about the project at 40 River Road. The project will continue to comply with all applicable rules and regulations and we look forward to finishing construction during the fall.

... We are complying with all of RIOCs requests with regards to the construction work and sidewalks. As you know from RIOC we’ve installed a new ramp, etc.

Regarding the issue of doing work without a permit, again we’ve complied with RIOC and kept them informed since the start of this project. We have a DOB permit and will work with RIOC to acquire whatever additional permits we need to.
Today, the area around 40 River Road construction site looked like this.

The RIOC spokesperson added today:
The work that is currently going on at Manhattan Park concerns the renovation of the building’s lobby. The project will be completed in late October and the sidewalk will be completely open to the public at that time. After a meeting with RIOC staff and members of PSD, the building manager has been informed that he must apply for a permit to continue work. PSD also informed the building manager that he must post appropriate signage and allow for proper access that is ADA compliant and provides citizens with safe passage into the roadway where sidewalk access is impeded by work.

PSD and RIOC staff also informed Manhattan Park that they must order additional barricades so that the barricades start at the end of the sidewalk. RIOC has also ordered them to install additional lighting on the barricades, which should be in place today or tomorrow.

For the benefit and safety of our residents and stakeholders, RIOC has installed additional lighting to make sure the sidewalk is well lit. These lights are aimed at the sidewalk, not into the construction area and not into the homes in the area. They aim down at the sidewalk only. It is our hope that Manhattan Park will provide sufficient lighting on the sidewalk for its residents.
Update: as of one minute ago, Manhattan Park filed a permit for the work. It’s going through the internal review process starting this afternoon.
Incidentally,the 30 River Road lobby renovations look terrific. Hopefully, the 40 River Road lobby will look as good.

UPDATE 7:20 PM - A resident is happy to learn of the safety improvements.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Update On Roosevelt Island 340 Unit Riverwalk 8 Affordable Housing Building - Developer Hudson Related Announces Topping Out, Opening Winter 2021 With Rents From $505 For Studio To $3431 For Three Bedroom

According to a press release excerpt from Roosevelt Island real estate developer Hudson Related:

Related Companies and The Hudson Companies today announced the topping out of Riverwalk Park, a 100 percent affordable, 340-unit building at 460 Main Street on Roosevelt Island. Related and Hudson broke ground on the 21-story building in January. Riverwalk Park, planned as an Enterprise Green Communities Certified building, is the first newly constructed, permanently affordable housing ever developed on Roosevelt Island, is expected to be completed in 2021, bringing much needed affordable, middle-income and workforce housing to the Island and New York City....

.... The building contains 81 studios, 158 one-bedrooms, 51 two-bedrooms, and 50 three-bedrooms. The application process will launch in 2020 through Housing Connect – New York City’s housing lottery system. Depending on family and apartment size, income-level based rents will vary from a minimum of $505 a month for a studio to $3,431 for a three-bedroom....
Image Today Of Roosevelt Island Riverwalk Building 8 Under Construction

As reported last June 6:
... The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Real Estate Development Advisory Committee met May 29 to receive a status update from Hudson Related Southtown Riverwalk Buildings 8 & 9 Developer David Kramer and colleague Jamar Adams.

According to Mr. Kramer, construction of the 21 story Riverwalk 8 is on schedule with expected completion in 4th quarter of 2020. Currently, 1 floor is being done every 3 days and topping out is planned for July.

As previously disclosed, Riverwalk Building 8 will have a 50% community preference for the affordable housing lottery. The preference is for residents residing in Community Board 8 which includes Roosevelt Island and the Upper East Side. Efforts to have the community preference limited to Roosevelt Island residents only has so far been unsuccessful, although both Mr. Kramer and RIOC have said they would love to do it if allowed by their financing agreements.

Building 8 will also include mobility impairment and municipal employees lottery preferences.

Hudson Related will begin Building 8 marketing efforts starting this summer with a web site that will show unit types, area medium income ranges and projected rents.

In late spring/summer 2020 Hudson Related will begin local media advertising, distribute flyers and conduct informational seminars on how to apply for the affordable housing units using NYC Housing Connects. 4 months prior to the expected start of unit leasing, the Housing Connects lottery will commence. Leasing is expected to begin in December 2020/January 2021.

Building 8 will offer same services amenities as other Riverwalk building except there will be no outdoor rooftop deck....
Also reported last April 17:

Under the Building 8 Ground Lease
  • (i) 3% of the 341 units will be reserved as Homeless Units, 
  • (ii) 3% of the units will be reserved for very low-income families with household incomes of 40% of AMI, 
  • (iii) 14% of the units will be reserved for families with household incomes of 50% of AMI, 
  • (iv) 10% of the units will be reserved for families with household incomes of 80% of AMI, 
  • (v) 20% of the units will be reserved for families with household incomes of 100% of AMI, and
  •  (vi) 50% of the units will be reserved for families with household incomes of 130% of AMI. 
This breakdown provides an even greater degree of affordability than was set forth in the Fifth Amendment.
NYC 2019 Area Medium Income (AMI) for a single person is $74,700. For a family of 2, AMI is $85,400 and for a family of 4, AMI is $106,700. 

Here's video of the full RIOC Real Estate Committee discussion with Hudson Related about Riverwalk buildings 8 as well as building 9 which is scheduled to close at end of 2019 and construction to start soon thereafter. Building 9 will be a market rate rental that will include staff housing for an Upper East Side medical institution.

Below is the full Hudson Related Roosevelt Island Riverwalk building 8 press release:
Related Companies and The Hudson Companies today announced the topping out

Images from Kayla Parker

of Riverwalk Park, a 100 percent affordable, 340-unit building at 460 Main Street on Roosevelt Island.

Images from Kayla Parker

Related and Hudson broke ground on the 21-story building in January. Riverwalk Park, planned as an Enterprise Green Communities Certified building, is the first newly constructed, permanently affordable housing ever developed on Roosevelt Island, is expected to be completed in 2021, bringing much needed affordable, middle-income and workforce housing to the Island and New York City.

Images from Kayla Parker

“The realization of Riverwalk Park is the continuation of Related’s nearly half century commitment to affordable housing and a focus on creating housing opportunities for all New Yorkers,” said Bruce Beal Jr., President of Related Companies.

“We started the development of the Riverwalk neighborhood in 1997, and we’re excited to add to this wonderful neighborhood of affordable housing, rentals, condominiums and housing for non-profit institutions,” said David Kramer, President of The Hudson Companies.

“Hudson is proud to reach this major milestone for our eighth building with Related in the Riverwalk neighborhood," said Alex Kaplan, Project Manager of The Hudson Companies. "Roosevelt Island is a unique and beautiful place and now 340 more families will be able to call the area home.”

Jamar Adams, Vice President of Related Companies added, “This beautiful new building will offer critical housing to our City’s working families and continue to support Roosevelt Island’s renaissance as a vibrant diverse community.”

The $135.8 million Riverwalk Park project was funded through a $19.8 million permanent subsidy loan provided by New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, $12.9 million in new volume cap exempt bonds provided by New York City Housing Development Corporation, and a $12.5 million loan from New York State Homes and Community Renewal under its Homes for Working Families program. Citi Community Capital served as the project's senior lender. Sixty percent of Riverwalk Park’s units will be permanently affordable, with the remaining 40 percent affordable for 40 years.

Designed by Handel Architects, Riverwalk Park will house a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment homes, and offer a full suite of amenities to its residents. The building contains 81 studios, 158 one-bedrooms, 51 two-bedrooms, and 50 three-bedrooms. The application process will launch in 2020 through Housing Connect – New York City’s housing lottery system. Depending on family and apartment size, income-level based rents will vary from a minimum of $505 a month for a studio to $3,431 for a three-bedroom.

Riverwalk Park is the eighth building developed by Related and Hudson in the Riverwalk neighborhood of Roosevelt Island. As part of the project, the development team, in partnership with Monadnock Construction, will also oversee renovation of Firefighters Field on Roosevelt Island, which includes a field relocation, the installation of park lighting, and the construction of a new neighborhood comfort station. Riverwalk Park, Firefighters Field and a comfort station are located adjacent to the recently opened Astoria Ferry Line.
UPDATE 7:50 - The waiting list for 25 affordable housing units in Riverwalk Building 4 is open too.

Roosevelt Island Pubic Safety Officers Chase Stolen Vehicle Down Main Street To Southpoint Park Early Saturday Morning - Notify NYPD Transit Fleeing Suspects Are In Subway Station Where They Are Caught On Subway Train

Early Saturday morning, Roosevelt Island Public Safety Officers assisted the NYPD in apprehending two suspected car thieves driving recklessly on Main Street.

According to a Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) spokesperson:

On Saturday August 10th, at approximately 5:15 AM, a Public Safety Department (PSD) officer observed a vehicle driving recklessly along Main Street.

The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but was unable to do so. The vehicle quickly fled south on Main Street before turning on to the western roadway. This was an especially dangerous maneuver because the suspects were now going against traffic. With PSD in pursuit, the stolen vehicle careened off a parked car and continued south, through the Cornell campus.

The suspects soon abandoned their stolen vehicle at Southpoint Park and fled north through the Cornell campus on foot. Our intrepid PSD officers monitoring the security camera network quickly spotted the suspects entering the “F” train subway station.

PSD notified the NYPD Transit police and the two suspects were quickly apprehended on an incoming subway. Officers from the 114th Precinct took the subjects for arrest processing.

The stolen vehicle was later towed off Roosevelt Island, where the NYPD is attempting to contact its owner. The Roosevelt Island resident whose vehicle was struck and damaged by the fleeing vehicle was contacted by PSD. Fortunately, none of the officers involved or the suspects were hurt during this incident.

“Due to the quick action of our Public Safety Department, two suspected car thieves have been apprehended,” said Susan Rosenthal, President of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. “I am grateful for the rapid response by the NYPD for their assistance in arresting the individuals quickly and safely.”

Monday, August 12, 2019

Scenes From Roosevelt Island Stargazing Last Saturday Night - Whoa, See Saturn's Rings, Moonscape & More - Next Sunday Microscope Station At Lighthouse Park Reveals Hidden East River Life

Following a very successful May 18 night of Roosevelt Island Stargazing at the Riverwalk Commons, NYPL's Roosevelt Island branch brought back OB Astronomy for a second time of looking up at the stars from Roosevelt Island last Saturday night - this time at the Cornell Tech campus.

iDig2Learn Founder Chistina Delfico shares these photos and reports:
Whoa, it’s beautiful,” exclaimed a 10 year-old boy when looking at our moon’s craters

last Saturday night through a hi-powered telescope for the NYPL Roosevelt Island branch’s space-themed summer reading event.

Back by popular demand Chris Vallo, from OBAstronomy,

guided hundreds of excited and grateful stargazers on how to spot Saturn and it’s rings,

Jupiter and it’s four visible moons while I supported nearby with a second telescope reminding viewers that Io, one of Jupiter’s moons, has active volcanoes just like Hawaii here on Earth.

All ages were star struck and it was hard not to feel like Galileo Galilei in the 1600’s seeing Jupiter’s moons for the first time.

To kickoff the night Roosevelt Island NYPL’s Ms. Jen happily read to a grassy lawn full of families on blankets for a space-themed story time.

The library’s Sasha Jones had a tremendous spread of books on hand for all ages and encouraged visitors to continue the learning at the Roosevelt Island local branch.

All partners were thrilled when Cornell Tech’s Jane Swanson sent word that yes, the university would love to partner and welcome the public on campus for an evening of stargazing for unobstructed views of the night’s sky.

One man summed it up saying it was great to come out and meet nice people.

Though we only had one night of stargazing with OBAstronomy we plan to have Chris back soon.

Meanwhile, visit NYPL’s Roosevelt Island branch to check out loads of books about the universe and stay connected for upcoming events by following @RooseveltIslandLib @obastronomy @iDig2Learn @cornell_tech
Ms Delfico reports approximately 4-500 people enjoyed the Roosevelt Island Stargazing.

No more telescope Stargazing this week but on Sunday, August 18 check out the microscope stations at Lighthouse Park for up close view of hidden East River life.

Sad News, Roosevelt Island Resident Woody Deas Passed Away Earlier This Summer - A RI Toastmaster Who Touched The Lives Of Many With Warmth, Friendship And A Good Story, Condolences To His Family, Friends & Colleagues

Sad news. Roosevelt Island resident Woody Deas passed away this past summer. His friend and Roosevelt Island Toastmasters colleague Elena Como shares her remembrance:

Woody Deas passed away suddenly earlier this summer, at age 74.

On the evening of July 23rd, about 40 people gathered at the Community Center at 546 Main Street, formerly known as the Senior Center, to reminisce and tell stories about Woody. It was a diverse group, made up mostly of Woody’s friends and neighbors from the Roosevelt Island Senior Association and the Roosevelt Island Toastmasters Club. It was remarkable to hear the many different stories about how Woody touched the lives of so many people in the community.

I was a member of the Toastmasters club for about 9 years and I remember Woody fondly. He was always warm and friendly, ready to tell a joke, happy to listen to a speech and give helpful feedback. Woody served the club very loyally as its Sargent-at-Arms; unlocking the meeting room and putting up the Toastmasters banner and podium, setting up the chairs and tables, putting out the after-meeting snacks and sodas, and then putting everything away after the meeting ended. Over the years, I heard him give speeches about his love of computers, his interest in history, and his life experiences. He had worked with computers as a younger man, and he was always willing to help his friends and neighbors set up and trouble-shoot their computers and printers. He was a soft-spoken presence and a good listener.

I will miss him.
Condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Woody Deas.

Friday, August 9, 2019

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Korean Cultural Festival Saturday August 10 At PS/IS 217 Auditorium - Korean Traditional Music, Dance, Tae-Kwon-Do Demo, K-Pop & Calligraphy Exhibition

The Korean Association of Roosevelt Island invites you to a  Korean Cultural Festival Saturday, August 10 at PS/IS 217 Auditorium (645 Main Street)

Roosevelt Island Transportation - Good News Again, This Weekend F Trains To And From Manhattan, E Train Too, Both Tram Cabins Working And Ferry Service, That's 16 In A Row - Watch Video Of MTA Rep Talking Roosevelt Island Subway Service

Good news, for the 16th 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.

According to the MTA, Roosevelt Island E Train service too:
SIGNAL MODERNIZATION Aug 9 - 12, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon E Trains run via the F in both directions between W 4 St, Manhattan and 21 St-Queensbridge F station, Queens
Here's the 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.

Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

A Night Of Stargazing, Astronomy & Astrophotograpy Returns To Roosevelt Island At The Cornell Tech Campus - You're Invited To A Close Up View Of The Moon, Stars And Maybe A Surprise Or Two, Depending On Weather And Clear Skies

A night of Stargazing, Astronomy and Astrophotography returns to Roosevelt Island at the Cornell Tech campus on either this coming Saturday, Monday or Tuesday depending on the weather and clear skies.

According to the NYPL Roosevelt Island Public Library branch:
B.Y.O.Blanket! Stargazing, Astronomy, & Astrophotography

Open to the public -- families encouraged!


Saturday August 10th OR Monday August 12th OR Tuesday August 13th

on Cornell Tech's Roosevelt Island campus

Roosevelt Island has clear views of the night sky. Join us for a fun outdoor evening on Cornell Tech's Roosevelt Island campus as we use high-powered telescopes to view + learn about the Sun, our Moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and other sights of our universe. Weather dependent. Look up and if the skies are clear, we'll be out on the first night!

Exact night confirmed on Twitter and Instagram follow:

@RooseveltIslandLib @obastronomy @iDig2Learn @cornell_tech

This program is presented in partnership with OBAstronomy, iDig2Learn, and Cornell Tech. 
Check out scenes from iDig2Learn and OB Astronomy's

May 18 night of Roosevelt Island Riverwalk Commons Stargazing


  Image From Arsha Antony

sighting of planet Jupiter rising and the International Space Station passing by.

More pics of the May 18 Roosevelt Island Stargazing here.

See you at the Roosevelt Island Stargazing either this Saturday, Monday or Tuesday - it will be fun and educational.

UPDATE 8/10 - The Stargazing took place last night - Saturday. Stay tuned for pictures.

No Stargazing Monday or Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A Few Good Woman & Men Needed To Volunteer As Leaders For Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Daisy Troop - Are You Able And Willing To Step Up And Help?

Roosevelt Island is fortunate to have several well run Girl Scout troops for a variety of ages including the:

  • Daisies K & 1st grade
  • Brownies 2nd & 3rd grade
  • Juniors 4th & 5th grade
  • Cadettes 6th to 8th grade
  • Seniors 9th & 10th grade
  • Ambassadors 11th & 12th grade
The Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts participate in a variety of activities, learning leadership skills and community building projects including, robotics, gardening, working with Seniors, caring for animals,  first aid, running a small business nutrition, dancing and much more

Volunteers are needed to work with the Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts.

Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Troop Leader Suzy del Campo Perea reports:
ROOSEVELT ISLAND GIRLS starting Kindergarten this September are looking for 2 adults to lead the Daisy GIRL SCOUT TROOP

Qualifications needed:

* sense of humor

* open to receive love from Kindergarten girls

* ready to learn from the girls

* lots of imagination to understand the crafts, projects and drawings

* singing even if totally flat and/or out of tune

* loves to laugh and not shy to be silly

* Sept to June commitment

* plans are already written, you just have to lead the girls

* giving back to the girls

* occasional weekend visit to some place cool, fun and educational

* the position is Unisex, DADS are welcome

So far, there’s no Girl Scout troop for the youngest girls of RI. So if you have a daughter entering Kindergarten and/or you want to Step Up and be a Girl Scout Leader for this group, please reach out.

Even with full time jobs and all the craziness of running your household, it’s possible to do it. And you can lean on the Leaders of the other Girl Scout Troops.

Please reach out to us.

Some Girl Scout moms in this group: Aiesha Yitza Elizabeth Kristin Susy Janine and Fay Christian.
Please contact Susy del Campo Perea if you are interested in becoming a Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Leader.

Here's more info on Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts past activities.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

What's Going On With 3 Month Long Delayed Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Station Escalator Fix - RI Residents, MTA & NYC Council Member Ben Kallos Take To Twitter To Find Out There Will Be More Delay

Reported June 27, that

... the Roosevelt Island escalator from the street to mezzanine platform is scheduled to be fixed by July 13....
But the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse finds that the escalator will not be fixed for another month - August 31.

Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos seeks answers for the delay.

The MTA tweets Roosevelt Island escalator is getting new steps and chains and will be more reliable.

But the escalator has been out of service since last May and its a hardship for many elderly, disabled and others to climb so many stairs.

The MTA replies:

Former resident and RI 360 blogger adds:

Monday, August 5, 2019

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island National Night Out Tuesday August 6 At Good Shepherd Plaza - Join Your Neighbors And Public Safety Department To Help Build Stronger & Safer Community

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) invites you to come join your neighbors and Public Safety Department in National Night Out

According to RIOC:

National Night Out - Tuesday August 6th 5:30PM - 8:00PM at Good Shepherd Plaza, 543 Main Street

Join the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department (PSD) and your neighbors to help build a stronger, safer community.

Music, Refreshments, Giveaways & More
The NYPD adds:
Join the NYPD and city officials at more than 70 locations citywide on National Night Out Against Crime, Tuesday, August 6th, 2019.

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships to help make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. It seeks to strengthen the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement, fostering a true sense of community....

Resident Asks RIOC To Paint Long Neglected Roosevelt Island Main Street Crosswalks To Improve Pedestrian Safety - RIOC Says We Hear You Loud And Clear, Will Begin Crosswalk Repairs Today

A long time Roosevelt Island resident shares this message sent last Thursday to Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Presient Susan Rosenthal:

Cannot believe RIOC or NYS or whomever still hasn't gotten the Crosswalk by the Chapel or the other Crosswalks between 625 & 501 Main Street painted, nor the double-yellow stripe down the middle of Main Street restored either.

Pedestrians crossing at the Chapel / 540 Breezeway continue to be at extremely high risk for getting hit by all types of vehicles -- from regular or motorized bikes to cars to trucks to busses -- even with a slight increase in PSD presence at certain times of the day.

Last Saturday even with pedestrians of all ages & abilities right in the Crosswalk, drivers could hardly come to a full stop to let folks cross, especially between 10 am & 1pm. The PSD was called an asked to send a PSO over, which they did for a while.

Thank you in advance addressing this of as soon as possible.

On Friday, a RIOC spokesperson announced:
Crosswalk Repairs Take Place Monday, August 5th

The community spoke and we heard you loud and clear!

As part of RIOC’s ongoing commitment to the safety of our residents, RIOC contractors will be repainting the Main Street crosswalks from the Blackwell House turn-around to 40 River Road on Monday, August 5th. This work will take place during daylight hours. Traffic control measures will be implemented throughout the day so work can take place.

Please note that lane re-striping is also a priority, but will take place in the near future.
Another resident asks:

More reactions from Roosevelt Island residents:
  • " why? people just cross wherever they want anyway."
  • " We need more speed bumps."
  • " Bikes and cars barely stop!"

Sunday, August 4, 2019

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Census 2020 Job Opportunity Evening Workshop Monday August 5

Are you interested in learning about job opportunities with Census 2020?

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA) President Barbara Parker reports:


Census 2020 Job Opportunity Workshop Evening Session

Mondays August 5th - 5:00pm - 8;00pm

546 Community Center

You Can Bring Your Own Tablet or Lap Top To Process Your Application

Confirm Your Attendance So That We Know How Many Participants Will Be Attending

Confirm if you are bringing your own tablet or lap top or if you will need to be supplied with one to process your application

Contact us by Sunday, August 4th
More info on Census 2020 job opportunities here.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Roosevelt Island Transportation - Good News Again, This Weekend F Trains To And From Manhattan, Both Tram Cabins Working And Ferry Service Too, That's 15 In A Row - Watch Video Of MTA Rep Talking Roosevelt Island Subway Service

Good news, for the 15th 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 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.

Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below.

Roosevelt Island Drinking Water Fountains Shut Down For Safety Reasons Since Last Summer Not Expected To Be Fixed This Year, RIOC Cites NY State Minority And Women Owned Business Enterprise Regulations As Reason For Delay - Free Water Available At Nisi On Weekends

On hot summer days, Roosevelt Island residents and visitors alike would love to get a sip of water from one of our drinking fountains.

But, according to the Roosevelt Island Twitterverse:

As reported July 6, 2018:
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) announced Friday that it will shut down drinking water fountains on the Island while it investigates potential water source line issues.

RIOC thanks Island resident Frank Farance for sharing his concerns about the fountains with RIOC.

Independent consultants have been enlisted to assist RIOC with its review....

Earlier this week I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal:
What is the current status of Roosevelt Island drinking water fountains.

They had been turned off last year due to safety fears from contaminated water. Has that problem been fixed?...
A RIOC Spokesperson answered:
The fountains were turned off because our system did not comply with new Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) guidelines that had been passed after the Island’s water system was installed. RIOC issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the work, but only one bidder responded who could not meet the established project goals for state’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) regulations. So RIOC sought a waiver.

Additionally, RIOC executives met with representatives of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), which is the governing body that oversees approval of waivers for MWBE projects. The purpose of the meeting was to seek guidance on how to move this project forward. The State rejected the contractor’s third submission for a waiver to lower the project goals for MWBE work, so RIOC had no choice but to put the work on hold. (Please note that RIOC had already solicited bids from dozens of MWBE-qualified plumbers during the RFP process, but were unsuccessful in generating interest.)

RIOC will move forward to restore the water fountains by adding upgraded fountains to the scope of active projects. For example, the Lighthouse Park restoration will repair the fountain at that location. An upgraded fountain will be added to the new comfort station at Firefighter’s Field. The water fountain at Southpoint Park already complies with DEP guidelines.
It's unlikely the water fountains will be fixed this year.

But, on weekends, you can get a free glass of ice water at the outdoor table set up by the thoughtful folks at Nisi Restaurant. As the Nisi sign says:
It's going to be hot. Please help yourself to a cup of cold water and stay hydrated. See you at Nisi.

You can also get free water at the Roosevelt Island Starbucks.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Gristedes August 9 To August 15 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Free Delivery With $75 Or More Order

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

invites you to check out their August 9 - August 15 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