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:
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!


12 Noon to 7 p.m.

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

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 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

Sponsored Post - 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:

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:


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


Tata Innovation Center, Cornell Tech

11 East Loop Rd. New York, NY 10044


More info on the Cornell Tech Digital Life initiative at their web site.