Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Best Wishes For A Happy And Healthy New Year From Roosevelt Island - Goodbye 2019 With A Last Party Song, Welcome 2020 With Peace, Love, Understanding, Auld Lang Syne & A New Year's Eve Silent Disco Dance Party At The Sanctuary

Best Wishes to all for a Happy And Healthy New Year in 2020.



There's no better way to party out 2019 than with a traditional last song from Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes together with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band .

We're havin' a party
Everybody's swinging
Dancing to the music
On the radio
So listen, Mr. DJ
Keep those records playing
'Cause I'm having such a good time
Dancing with my baby

You Tube Video of Southside Johnny and Bruce Springsteen Having a Party in 1978

Here's hoping for much 2020 Peace, Love and Understanding from Elvis Costello.  



And Auld Lang Syne.



Cheers.

Best Wishes for a Happy & Health New Year to you all.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

You can still get tickets for a Roosevelt Island New Year's Eve Bash at The Sanctuary tonight


and dance in the New Year.

Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket To Be Rebranded As Foodtown Supermarket, Transition To Be Completed By February 2020 - End Of An Era, Gristedes Signage Removed From Motorgate

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes supermarket will soon complete it's transition and rebranding to a Foodtown.


Last Sunday,  the Gristedes signage was removed

and yesterday was completely gone.


I'm told that the transition to Foodtown


will be completed by February


and include a lower pricing structure for items.

According to this September 18 Real Estate Weekly article:
... As part of that effort to stay ahead of the competition, Catsimatidis revealed he is switching some of his Gristedes stores to the D’Agostino brand — and vice versa.

In addition, the company may decide to open more Foodtown supermarkets, a brand Catsimatidis doesn’t own but does license in suburban areas....

... Catsimatidis said, “It’s getting tougher and tougher to do business and the community should support their local supermarkets, because if there’s no supermarkets at all, it’ll get much worse.”
Stay tuned for more info on the Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket coming soon.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Roosevelt Island Homeless Using Riverwalk Commons Bench To Defecate Says Southtown Resident - It's A Health Hazard, RIOC Does Nothing And A Public Discussion Needed Say Residents

Last Friday, a Roosevelt Island Southtown resident took this picture of human excrement


on a Riverwalk Commons bench and sidewalk noting:
... This is a significant health hazard for the public community....
The feces remained thru at least Sunday afternoon,


before being washed away by the rain.

Another Southtown resident reported on Saturday:
The last four days as I have been leaving the island, there has been human excrement on the seats of the benches that flank the walk to the subway.

Apparently a number of homeless have stopped using the bushes due to the rat population and are now using the benches at night.

This is what we're up against with a growing homeless population and no social service to speak of. The same gentleman (who was seen doing this) spit at me Wednesday, ...  he screamed, "what, you too good for me now?" He also urinated in front of a young child, and became menacing when asked by the parent not to. Public safety declined to take any action, under DeBlasio's policy of not intervening unless they witness the event. video/pictures are not sufficient.

RIOC has done nothing to clean. There is also accumulating litter to the north of 475, and the cigarette butts in the Commons between 425 and 455 are in the thousands last time i photographed.

The dog run is never cleaned, and more folk are not cleaning after their dogs elsewhere.

Cleaning is not a priority on this Island: the Commons is never cleaned, the area north of 475 is awash in litter, the fruit stand has grease stains and food that attract rats,

...  I pulled a boat load of Starbucks trash out of the West Garden yesterday (the reason we have rats).

RIOC saw fit to spend $225,000 on useless holiday decorations, but can't clean or re-plant damaged grounds.

I'm not sure how to approach this, but i believe some action (beginning with a public discussion) is preferable to none.
The homeless issue was discussed during October 22 Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee (PSC) meeting with Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety (PSD) Chief Kevin Brown and Deputy Chief Anthony Amoroso



UPDATE 9 PM - Comments from readers:
  • I have asked the homeless outreach team responsible for RI , to try to engage with the few homeless we have here. Sadly the homeless here are generally going to be 'hard to reach' and difficult to house/move on for various reasons. Stop and talk to them to find out why, they are all happy to chat (except the lady in black 😟) they are also happy to receive some food. We have no proof who 💩 on that bench ,it could have been someone drunk or an animal ?
  • We seem to have more homeless people in the train station! This needs to be a topic for discussion in our community.
  • Homelessness is a SEVERE health hazard for the homeless.
  • Maybe there should be more public restrooms?
UPDATE 12/31 - More reader comments:
  • A while back I asked a PSD officer what he was going to do about 2 homeless persons sleeping on the benches under the arcades. The answer was: As long as they don’t bother the others, we’re not doing anything about it. What do you think, PSD, are we bothered now?
  • I have seen a quite sick homeless man for long time. He is installed between the subway building and Starbucks, leaving dirty clothes and belongings on the Starbucks outdoor chairs and tables, so no more enjoying that for me.
  • That bum has been there since September. I have complained specifically to sbux. No action. I m going to start calling 311 soon. It is a disgraceful corporate policy to permit vagrants to domicile in the cafes. Nothing humane about it. They are mentally ill and should be removed. I don't care where to, just not sitting among paying customers. When public order is not maintained, your entire elected local and state government has failed. How these people use the franking privilege to boast about their dubious legislative achievements is beyond me. We also pay for our own 'public safety ' force, which is utterly ineffective. A pox on all their houses.
  • I hope you never find yourself in such circumstances.
  • BTW who do we speak with about all the people who let their animals pee and poop in the commons. There are kids and humans that lay down on the grass as well as play😣.The tiny no animals on the grass is not working. Perhaps some tickets are needed.
According to NYC Department of Homeless Services:
... What should I do if I see an individual or a group of individuals that appear to be street homeless?
For the most immediate response, New Yorkers who see individuals they believe to be homeless and in need should contact 3-1-1 via phone or mobile app and request outreach assistance. You should call 911 if the individual appears to pose an immediate risk to themselves or others or there is criminal activity.

What happens when I call 311 to report a homeless New Yorker in need of assistance?
  • Individual calls 311 and a Service Request (SR) is created
  • SR is evaluated and assigned to a service provider or a partner Agency, like NYPD, as needed
  • If assigned to a service provider, outreach team is dispatched within an hour of receiving the request
  • Service provider outreach teams attempt to locate that individual and if found directly engage the individual, assess for safety and encourage them to accept services and transition off the streets.
How do outreach teams engage a homeless New Yorker in need of assistance?
Experienced outreach teams from not-for-profit service providers canvass the five boroughs 24/7/365 as part of our citywide effort to identify and engage individuals who may be homeless, encourage them to accept services, and ultimately help them transition off the streets. Additionally, DHS performs joint outreach operations with community stakeholders and Agency partners, including the NYPD, the Parks Department, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the Department of Transportation to utilize each Agency's expertise, engage more New Yorkers, and offer more supports. Outreach teams have helped approximately 2,000 homeless New Yorkers off the streets citywide, thanks to new investments and a doubling of the size of those teams.

More from NYC Department of Homeless Services here.

UPDATE 11:40

Good New Year's News For Roosevelt Island Swimmers - Sportspark Pool Renovations Delayed To Later In 2020, Will Close Temporarily First Week Of 2020 But Reopen January 6

Earlier this month the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced plans to close the Sportspark Pool 
 


beginning January 1 for renovations. Roosevelt Island Sportspark Pool swimmers were unhappy to learn that there were no other pools available during the time Sportspark Pool was closed unless they lived in one of the indoor building pools in Rivercross and Westview buildings.

A Roosevelt Island Tiptster reported last Saturday that the Sportspark Pool renovations were being delayed and would not close this winter for renovations. According to the Tipster:
... the pool will close on January 1 and re-open about a week later. The locker room renovations have been postponed until April.
I asked RIOC today about the status of the Sportspark Pool. RIOC Public Information Officer Terrence McCauley replied with good news for Roosevelt Island Sportspark swimmers:
After reviewing responses for the Requests for Proposals (RFP) it received for the planned Sportspark renovations, RIOC has made the determination to re-issue the RFP. This will delay closure due to renovations until later in 2020. Sportspark will remain open until then.

However, the east side (pool) of Sportspark will be temporarily closed from Wednesday, January 1, 2020 through Sunday, January 5, 2020 so that our staff may undertake extensive cleaning of that part of the facility. The west side (gym/multipurpose) will operate on a normal schedule throughout this time.

The Pool

The pool is now available for permitting from Monday, January 6, 2020 through Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Please contact Lt. Wanda Coleman or Stephanie Patino at PSD at 212-832-4545 for details.

Open Swim hours:

Monday – Friday 7AM – 11AM

Saturday – Sunday 12:00PM – 7:00PM

We thank you for your cooperation and apologize for any inconvenience.
More info on Sportspark Pool at the RIOC web site.

UPDATE  12/31 -  A Roosevelt Island Parent asked:
Does that mean the kids swim classes will continue?
RIOC Public Information Officer Terrence McCauley answers:
Since we do not know exactly when the facility will close for renovations, we will not be able to offer any swim classes at this time.

Friday, December 27, 2019

You're Invited To Public Chanukah Menorah 7th Night Candle Lighting Ceremony Saturday December 28 Hosted By Chabad Of Roosevelt Island With Hot Latkes & Drinks, Music, Dreidels & More - Also Take A Listen To Chanukah Songs From Adam Sandler, Matisyahu, The Shlomones And A Texas 2 Step Dreidel Tune

The Chabad of Roosevelt Island invite you to celebrate the lighting of the Chanukah Memorah 7th Night Candle Lighitng on Saturday December 28 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Rivercross Lawn.

Join the community as we light the big Chanukah Menorah. Enjoy some hot latkes and other Chanukah treats!

Here's Chanukah Songa from Adam Sandler,



Matisyahu,



The Shlamones



and a Texas Two step version



of the Dreidel song.

Happy Chanukah.

Watch Roosevelt Island Christmas Eve Service And Homily At St Francis Xavier Cabrini Church - Also, A Song From Great Big Sea, Come And I Will Sing You (The Twelve Apostles)

Parishoners of Roosevelt Island's St Francis Xavier Cabrini Church celebrated Christmas Eve services with Father Louis Scurti.



UPDATE 12:30 PM - Here's a traditional Christmas song from another Island community, Newfoundland Canada, sung by Great Big Sea. The song is Come and I Will Sing You (The Twelve Apostles)

Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, Tram And Ferry Service Too And Watch Video Of MTA Rep Talking Roosevelt Island Subway Service

According to the MTA there will be Roosevelt Island F Train service


to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Winter Schedule. 

During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book spoke about Roosevelt Island F Train subway service. Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Sponsored Post - You're Invited To Roosevelt Island New Year's Eve Celebration Silent Disco Roaring 20's Bash Hosted By Quiet Events At The Sanctuary Event Space - 3 Live DJ's Spinning Favorite Songs All Night, Dancing, Glow In The Dark Gear, Champagne Toast & Much More

You're invited to the Quiet Events hosted Silent Disco


Roaring 20's New Year's Eve Bash


at Roosevelt Island's new Sanctuary event space, 851 Main Street

Image From The Sanctuary

on the East River waterfront promenade facing Manhattan near the Octagon Building.

According to Quiet Events:
2019 is coming to a close… let’s have a roaring good time welcoming 2020! We’re partying like Gatsby himself as the new decade begins. But be careful who you tell! This speakeasy is hidden in an abandoned church, and you’ll need the password to get inside. No snitches allowed!

This amazing night includes our 3 live DJ’s playing all your favorite songs, a live feed from Times Square so we can join in on the countdown, a midnight champagne toast, photo booth, and plenty of giggle juice (wine and beer) to go around!

Your ticket includes an open bar from 9:00 pm-10:30 pm, complimentary champagne toast at midnight, and of course a pair of headphones to tune into your favorite DJ! This is sure to sell out, so get your tickets today!

Your 3 Live DJ’s are spinning all night:
  • DJ 1 (Green): Top 40 Dance Hits
  • DJ 2 (Red): 80’s, 90’s & 2K Throwbacks
  • DJ 3 (Blue): Hip Hop/R&B
Your Experience Includes:
  • • A pair of Quiet Events headphones
  • • Glow in the dark gear
  • • 3 live DJ’s battling for your attention
  • • 1.5 hour open bar including beer, wine, and champagne (9:00 pm-10:30 pm)
  • • Complimentary champagne toast
  • • Photo booth
Date And Time
  • Date: Tuesday , Dec 31, 2019
  • Time: 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tickets are $75 - $150.
Click here for TICKETS and more information about the Roosevelt Island Quiet Events Silent Disco Roaring 20's New Year's Eve Bash at The Sanctuary.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

It's Christmas Eve, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Tonight - On The Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin Sled? And Time For Fairytale Of New York With The Pogues And Kristi MacColl

Reports are coming in of Santa Claus sightings from all around the world. You can even follow Santa moment by moment as he travels around the world with the aid of Norad's Santa Tracker.




Santa will arrive on Roosevelt Island in a few hours. When he does, it may be on his specially designed, Reindeer powered, Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin sled.
 
 Roosevelt Island Tram Reindeer Cards from Marty Atkins

 powered by our own 
 

Roosevelt Island Reindeer.

Have you been good this year asked Santa Claus earlier this month



at the Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting Ceremony.

It's Christmas Eve, so time for one of my favorite songs -  Fairytale of New York with the Pogues & Kirsty MacColl.



Merry Christmas Roosevelt Island

Monday, December 23, 2019

Roosevelt Island Sportspark Pool Closing For Renovations January 1, 2020 - Residents Ask If Any Alternatives For Roosevelt Island Pool Swimmers

A Tipster spotted this flyer announcing


that the Roosevelt Island  Sportspark Pool


will close January 1, 2020 for renovations.

As reported December 9:
According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
 Phase 1 of Sportspark’s Renovation and Modernization Project will begin early 2020 and will focus on the pool wing of the facility. Improvements include a new HVAC system, new windows, interior renovations to meet ADA code, upgrades to the pool filtration system, lobby and locker room upgrades. These improvements will ensure that Sportspark remains an affordable, active and engaged resource to island residents.

As part of this renovation, the pool will be closed for public use. We did not accept any pool permit requests for the 2020 Spring and Summer seasons because we expect the pool to be closed for use through Fall 2020. A formal pool closure duration will be posted once the contractor is selected and a contract is executed. When it reopens, the pool will have new locker facilities, a modern dehumidification system, upgraded filtration system and new duct work that will allow staff greater control over the pool temperature and air quality.

As a reminder, RIOC has phased the work to minimize disruption of services to our patrons. During construction, the gymnasium and other west wing facilities will remain available for use. We appreciate your patience as we complete these necessary repairs.

We will provide the specific pool closure schedule later this month. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience during these necessary improvements.
I've asked the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
During Sportspark pool renovations closure, does RIOC have any plans to offer swim class programs at other pools on Roosevelt Island or elsewhere?

I’ve received several questions from residents asking.
Will update with any responses from RIOC.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Happy First Night Of Chanukah From Roosevelt Island, Pass The Latkes Please - You're Invited To Chabad Of Roosevelt Island Public Menorah Lighting Ceremony Saturday December 28

Happy First Night of Chanukah this evening.


The Chabad of Roosevelt Island will celebrate the lighting of the Chanukah Memorah on Saturday December 28 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Rivercross Lawn.
Join the community as we light the big Chanukah Menorah. Enjoy some hot latkes and other Chanukah treats!

The terrific Maccabeats A Cappella singing group share with us their latke recipe



and this brand new Chanukah video for 2019.



Here's a history of Chanukah.



7 more nights of Chanukah coming.

Holiday Season Is Upon Us But May Be Difficult Time For Some On Roosevelt Island - RIDA, RIRA & Carter Burden Hosting Food & Clothing Giveaway Today At Senior Center - RIDA Offers Thanks To All Neighbors For Support And Collaboration

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) President Wendy Hersh

The holiday season is here....and this time of year is hard times for some of us...if you are in need of food or warm coats, sweaters etc....please come see us at the RI Senior Center today, Sunday December 22nd from. 1pm to 5pm.


This event is sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association along with Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Senior Center and Roosevelt Island Residents Association.

Ms Hersh adds:
The holidays are a special time of year when we share special moments with our family, friends, neighbors and loved ones, looking ahead to a new year filled with promise and opportunity. During this season of hope and joy, the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association offers our sincere thanks to all our neighbors for their continued support and collaboration.
More information about RIDA available at their new web page.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Check Out Unique Roosevelt Island Holiday Gifts At Our Local RI Historical Society Visitors Center Kiosk - Residents Are Welcome Too, Open Every Day Until Christmas

Are you still looking for some last minute Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanza Holiday Gifts? Check out the Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) Visitors Center Kiosk for some unique items and help support our local merchants..

RIHS President Judy Berdy reports:

We will be open every day until Christmas form 12 noon to 5 p.m. and from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 21st.

The RIHS visitor center has a great selection of merchandise for visitors but much more for islanders. Many neighbors tell me that they have never entered the visitor center in the 13 years we have been operating. We should take to word visitor out of our name to tempt our neighbors to come in, shop and support the RIHS.
Check out all the different merchandise, for adults and kids available


at the RIHS Visitors Center Kiosk.

UPDATE 12/21 - From RIHS
Faster than Amazon,
but make sure you don't snooze,
Touchable merchandise,
Puzzling puzzles,
Come by the Kiosk where it's easier to choose,

(Blackwell's Island Mug)

Gloves for kiddies, warm and cozy,
to match those for mom and dad!
Ornaments to decorate your door or your hall,
Dance away dance away all!

(Blackwell House Ornament)

Fun and goofy gifts
and charming sales staff,
Free tissue paper,
Painless charge card payments,
We can even help you wrap!

(Julia Gash Illustrated Magnets + Totes)

Socks to keep your tootsies warm,
To schlep your goodies, grab a tote,
Buy a book or two to cheer or depress you,
We have illustrated maps,
and many more gifts to float your boat!
Don't forget some doggie keychains [so your pooch can leave and return without you].

(Children's Amtrak Train Set)

We have cubes galore in our store,
each with a treat,
but nothing to eat!

(Roosevelt Island Stuffed Squirrels)

But with 8 elf-sized cups, our Keurig is loaded
decaf, cocoa, teas:
Green!
Parisian!
Breakfast!
Delightful options to meet those caffeine needs!

(Roosevelt Island Historic Landmark wooden block set)

Come visit our shop,
and duck out sight.
Our elves will greet you at the door,
[Ellen, Bill, Barb, and Jon].
Sorry, no ear buds here,
but plenty of options to make your [last-minute] shopping a delight!

VISITOR CENTER KIOSK HOURS:

DECEMBER 21ST
12 Noon to 7 p.m.

THE KIOSK WILL BE OPEN ALL OTHER DAYS
12 Noon to 5 p.m.

[Refreshments will be available!]

Sponsored Post - Season's Greetings From the Compass Sales Team At Island House, A New Roosevelt Island Home For A New Decade

Season's Greetings From the Compass Sales Team At Island House.


A New Home For A New Decade.

Cheers to 2020

The Alyssa Brody Team

alyssa.brody@compass.com

Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, Tram And Ferry Service Too And Watch Video Of MTA Rep Talking Roosevelt Island Subway Service

According to the MTA there will be Roosevelt Island F Train service


to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Winter Schedule. 

During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book spoke about Roosevelt Island F Train subway service. Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

SPONSORED POST - Wengerd Family Farmers Market Wishes A Blessed Christmas Season And A Wonderful 2020 New Year To Roosevelt Island Community - Located At Motorgate Plaza Under The Helix Until Spring

The Wengerd Family,


operators of the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market, wish you a Blessed Christmas season and a wonderful 2020 New Year.

The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market at Motorgate Plaza under the Helix is open early morning to mid afternoon on Saturdays in good weather and bad.


The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market features a wide variety of healthy and delicious tasting fruits, vegetables and much more.

The Farmers Market accepts credit and EBT cards for payment too.

Eat Fresh, Eat Local, Eat Healthy.

Visit the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market every Saturday  early morning until mid-afternoon at Motorgate Plaza under the Helix. 

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association Jingle And Mingle Holiday Party Saturday December 21

According to the Roosevelt Island Seniors Association (RISA):

RISA Presents Jingle & Mingle, Our Annual Holiday Social


A Free Event For RISA Members Only

Saturday December 21, 2019

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - 546 Main Street

RSVP via Email at riseniorsa@gmail.com or call our office (646) 891-0038

Sponsored Post - Happy Holidays From Cornell Tech - Modified Hours For Cafe And Parliament December 16-20 And January 6-13, Closed December 21-January 5 - Will Resume Normal Menu January 21

Happy Holidays From Cornell Tech  


The Cafe And Parliament Will Have Modified Hours Beginning December 16 And Closed December 21 - January 5

For the weeks of December 16-20 & January 6-10 and January 13-17, 2020 both locations will feature a simplified menu including sandwiches, quiche, soups, salads and grab & go items

Parliament 8am-5 pm M-F/ closed weekends
The Cafe 11;30 AM - 2 PM M-F/ closed weekends.

Normal menu offerings will resume on January 21, 2020
More info on the Cafe @Cornell Tech at their web site.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Seasons Greetings From The Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association - Gallery RIVAA Thanks You For Your Support All Year Long

Seasons Greetings From The Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association


RIVAA Thanks You For Your Support All Year Long and shares this video from last year of past exhibits.

Roosevelt Island Historical Society Presenting Free Talk By Photographer Dave Frieder, Author Of The Magnificent Bridges Of New York City, At RI Public Library Thursday December 19 - Wow, Great Pictures


The Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) is hosting a free lecture tomorrow evening, December 19, at the NYPL Roosevelt Island branch (524 Main Street) by Dave "The Bridge Man" Frieder on:
New York's Bridges As You Have Never Seen Them Before
According to RIHS:

Known as The Bridge Man, photographer Dave Frieder has climbed 20 of New York’s great bridges to photograph them in intimate and distinctive ways. His photographs are now published in a book, The Magnificent Bridges of New York City. Gain a new perspective as he discusses his approach to capturing the engineering behind and supporting the bridges that you may take for granted, at a lecture presented by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society at the New York Public Library Branch on Roosevelt Island, on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

The lecture is FREE and open to the public. It is the second in Society’s annual series of fall lectures, which is supported by funds provided by Amalgamated Bank, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation's Public Purpose Fund, and New York City Council Member Ben Kallos, with funding from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. Take the red bus (no charge) or walk eight minutes north to 524 Main Street.
Watch this fascinating ABC Channel 7 UP Close interview with Dave The Bridge Man Frieder.



More info available at Dave Frieder's web site and you can buy the book here too.

Sponsored Post - Roosevelt Landings Wishing You A Joyous Holiday Season And Happy New Year

Roosevelt Landing Wishing You A Joyous Holiday Season And A Happy New Year


From the team at C+C Apartment Management and L+M Development Partners

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Watch Video Of Cornell Tech Digital Life Initiative Roosevelt Island Community Conversation Last Evening - Social Media Political Manipulation Of Elections, Ads Tracking Your Online Habits & More

The Cornell Tech campus location on Roosevelt Island offers residents an opportunity to participate in timely and interesting discussions about important current and future issues concerning technology and society. Last evening, December 16, the Cornell Tech Digital Life Initiative (DLI) hosted:

...  a panel discussion about technology and society, including privacy, social media, behavioral advertising, and media manipulation. Panelists include Helen Nissenbaum, Lee McGuigan, Noa Mor, Yael Eisenstat, and MC Forelle....

Among the issues discussed at last evenings Roosevelt Island Community Conversation were social media political manipulation of elections on Facebook. Responding to a question on this subject from a Roosevelt Island resident, DLI's Yael Eisenstat said:
... when a political advertiser wants to advertise to you, traditionally they would have to on network news or even cable news they can target you by location. They can have different ads run in different markets but they couldn't get as specific as - I want this ad to be shown to women of this certain age who have this certain political leaning who look like they might be voting for this person.

I won't get into all the details on how marketing works but it means that you and you might live near each other but the two of you might be served completely different ads and if that's the case than we're not coming from the same starting point. We don't even have the beginning starting point of where this conversation began because we're each being shown different things.

So for me, the big question, the big debacle around whether or not politicians should be allowed to lie in ads. Again that is a bigger debate about how you feel about freedom of speech versus paid advertising.

My bigger concern is the way we are able to be targeted with those ads and if we allow unchecked lying and political advertising to be hyper-targeted to us. There is no way that's an even playing field or what a democracy means in order to thrive....


Other question included personal targeted advertising by companies and individuals web browsing being tracked online.



Here's the full Cornell Tech DLI Roosevelt Island Community Conversation from beginning to end. Stay tuned for announcement of next Roosevelt Island event.



The Cornell Tech DLI intends to continue the Roosevelt Island Community conversations in 2020.

More information on the Cornell Tech Digital Life Initiative available at their web site.

Sponsored Post - Roosevelt Island Shops On Main Street Wishing You Warm, Bright & Happy Holidays

Roosevelt Island Shops On Main Street wishing you Warm, Bright, Happy Holidays.


As you stroll down Main Street this holiday season remember that we Shopkeepers are thankful for the opportunity to know such friendly Islanders. Wishing all the best.

Monday, December 16, 2019

SPONSORED POST - Four Freedoms Park Conservancy Says Thank You Roosevelt Island And Wishing You All A Joyous New Year - Take A Virtual Lego Train Tour And Learn More About The Park

The FDR Four Freedoms Park Conservancy says:

Thank you Roosevelt Island.

Wishing You All A Joyous New Year.


The PBS Channel 13 Treasures of New York. program profiled the FDR Four Freedoms Park in this video



and you can take a fantastic virtual tour of the FDR Park on this Express Lego Train.



Learn more about the Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park and visit in person:
Hours

October 1 - March 31, 9am-5pm, closed Tuesdays
April 1 - September 30, 9am-7pm, closed Tuesdays
December 25, closed

Four Freedoms Park may close early for private or member-only events.
More info at the FDR Park web site.

Roosevelt Island NY Public Library Seeking Unused Holiday Cards For NYPL Rikers Island Program - Your Donations Will Allow Incarcerated Patrons To Write Home For Holidays

The Roosevelt Island New York Public Library Branch is asking if you have blank or unused Holiday Cards that can be donated to the NYPL Library Program on Rikers Island.

According to the Roosevelt Island NYPL:

CALL FOR DONATIONS

Seeking blank holiday cards with envelopes for the NYPL Library Program on Rikers Island. All denominations needed!

Your donations will allow incarcerated patrons to write home for the holidays.

Buy a box or donate unused cards you have lying around! All cards can be dropped off at the

Roosevelt Island Library at 524 Main Street anytime before December 19th.

Blank just means unwritten in/unused, the cards can absolutely have printed messages! And anything received before 12/18 will be taken to Rikers this year, anything after that point will be saved for Christmas 2020.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

You're Invited To Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Community Conversation Monday December 16 - Digital Life Initaitive Discussion, Why Are Those Ads Following Me Around The Internet

You're invited to final 2019 Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Community Conversation on Monday, December 16 with a Cornell Tech Digital Life Initiative discussion of:

Why are those ads following me around the Internet?
Hot Chocolate and Cookies will be served too.

According to Cornell Tech:
You are invited to Cornell Tech’s final “community conversation” of the year:

Why are those ads following me around the Internet? And other questions about digital life.

In the spirit of the season, hot chocolate and cookies will be served!

Cornell Tech's Digital Life Initiative focuses on the ethics, policy, politics, and quality of life in emerging digital technologies. Join a dynamic panel discussion on big questions about technology and society, including privacy, social media, behavioral advertising, and media manipulation. Panelists include Helen Nissenbaum, Lee McGuigan, Noa Mor, Yael Eisenstat, and MC Forelle.

Date & Time

Mon, December 16, 2019

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST

Location:

Tata Innovation Center, Cornell Tech

11 East Loop Rd. New York, NY 10044

To RSVP CLICK HERE

FREE & OPEN TO ALL
More info on the Cornell Tech Digital Life initiative at their web site.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Wonderful Singing Performances From RI Youth Center Kids And MST&DA Carolers At Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting Ceremony - Pretty Good Rockin Rollin Dancing From RIOC President Susan Rosenthal And NYC Council Member Ben Kallos Too

We've got a bunch of very talented kids at the Roosevelt Island Youth Center and were fortunate to see them perform during the December 5 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Watch and listen to Trey and Rebecca


perform Last Christmas and then Dakota, Nyla (singers) and Isla (guitarist)


 sing Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.



Great Job!!!!!!

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Director of Community Relations Erica Spencer-El and President Susan Rosenthal did a pretty good job as Co-Hosts of the event too.


Also, Ms Rosenthal showed off some Rockin Rollin dancing skills to Run Run Rudolph



after she encouraged NYC Council Member Ben Kallos on stage with her.


Equally impressive were the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) singers


 performing scenes from A Christmas Carol The Musical.



You can see MST&DA perform A Christmas Carol on:
  • Friday Dec 13 7:30pm *Paid preview performance
  • Saturday Dec 14 2:00pm
  • ​Saturday ​Dec 14 7:30pm
  • Thursday Dec 19 7:30pm
  • Friday Dec 20 7:30pm
Get your tickets here.

Check out Santa Claus counting down Lighting the Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas Tree.

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Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, Tram And Ferry Service Too And Watch Video Of MTA Rep Talking Roosevelt Island Subway Service

According to the MTA there will be Roosevelt Island F Train service


to and from Manhattan this weekend.

Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins are operating and here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Winter Schedule. 

During June 13 Roosevelt Island Town Hall Meeting organized by Council Member Ben Kallos, MTA representative Markus Book spoke about Roosevelt Island F Train subway service. Watch the full MTA Roosevelt Island presentation below.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Find Out How Much Money NYC Parent Teacher Associations Raise For School Students - Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 PTA Fundraising Was $236,000 In 2018-19 School Year


The excellent NYC education web site Chalkbeat reported December 2:
A tiny portion of New York City parent-teacher associations reported raising more than $1,000 per student — amounting, in some cases, to more than $1 million — while hundreds of other such school groups said they raised no money at all.

The data, released for the first time Monday, lays bare the funding disparities between schools in wealthy neighborhoods and those in higher poverty ZIP codes. It does not include data for charter schools, alternative schools, and pre-K centers because these schools are not required to have parent associations, an education department spokesperson said....
NY 1 adds:
... New York City’s Education Department has for the first time compiled and released data on the financial standing of PTAs around the city. City Councilman Mark Treyger, a former teacher who wrote the legislation requiring the report, says it's confirmed his fears about inequity in the city's public schools.

"How many times have we heard the DOE and the chancellor and the mayor talk about, your zip code should not determine the opportunities your families receive,” Treyger said. “Well, look at the data."

According to the report, 46 PTAs raised more than $500 thousand in the most recent school year. Of those 46 PTAs, 24 raised at least a million dollars.”...
Here's how Roosevelt Island's PS/IS 217 school PTA compares to citywide averages. (Credit: Samuel Park/Chalkbeat for Chartbeat)

I asked Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 PTA President Irena Durkovic if the Chalkbeat fundraising amount of $236,000 was accurate. Ms Durkovic replied:
The amount reported is accurate, and it’s taken from our annual report that covers period from July 2018 through June 2019.
Ms Durkovic shares this statement from the whole 217 PTA executive board:
The PTA is grateful to the PS/IS 217 and Roosevelt Island communities for their support, which allows us to provide benefits for all students in our elementary and middle school here on Roosevelt Island.

For instance, we sponsor literacy and enrichment programs such as arts, physical education, and music; professional development and curriculum assistance to teachers; and community events for the school and its neighbors on Roosevelt Island.

We thank the many PS/IS 217 parents who donate to our annual fund and tirelessly volunteer their time, as well as RIOC and the broader Roosevelt Island community, who support the PTA through grants, the Roosevelt Island Farmer's Market, and in many other ways."
Here's Ms Durkovic describing Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 PTA programs to the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Purpose Funds committee during May 28,2019 meeting.



The PTA received 13,000 in Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Purpose Funds.

More info on NYC PTA fundraising from Chalkbeat article. 

UPDATE 8:30 PM:

Get Your Tickets Now For Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Performances Of A Christmas Carol The Musical Opening December 13 - Watch Video Of MST&DA Perform Scenes From A Christmas Carol The Musical At Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting Ceremony Too

Watch this wonderful performance by the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) of scenes from their upcoming A Christmas Carol The Musical



during the December 7 Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas Tee Lighting Ceremony.

The MST&DA A Christmas Carol The Musical opens Friday, December 13 and continues with 4 more shows. Performances are:

  • Friday Dec 13 7:30pm *Paid preview performance
  • Saturday Dec 14 2:00pm
  • ​Saturday ​Dec 14 7:30pm
  • Thursday Dec 19 7:30pm
  • Friday Dec 20 7:30pm
According to MST&DA:
Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this lavish and thrilling Broadway adaptation.


Broadway heavy hitters, Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island), breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol.

Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes that personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him....

At the Howe Theatre in the R.I. Cultural Center 548 Main Street.
Tickets are:
  • General Admission $20
  • Seniors/Students $15 ​
Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.

Roosevelt Island photographer Irina Hage shares these photos from MST&DA A Christmas Carol The Musical.

Scrooge (Louis Ladehoff)

Bob Cratchit (Russ Cusick) and Tiny Tim (Jack Fadner)