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,


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.