Wednesday, February 26, 2020

RIOC Operations Committee Reviewing Roosevelt Island Capital Projects And Audit Committee Discussing Hudson Related Retail Profit Sharing Clause At February 27 Meetings

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors Operations Advisory Committee and Audit Committee are meeting tomorrow, February 27.

According to RIOC:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Operations Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 5:00 P.M. at RIOC’s Operations Office, 680 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


Capital Projects Overview
Any Other Committee Business that May be Brought Before the Committee
You can follow the development stages of Roosevelt Island projects

Image From RIOC

Sign Up Now For Cornell Tech Adult 60 Years Old And Over Tech Literacy Course Beginning In March With Information Session February 28 - Prior Class Got Great Review

Cornell Tech will be hosting an 8 week Tech Literacy Course for Roosevelt Island adults 60 years of age and older at the Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Senior Center in March and beginning with an Information Session Friday February 28.

Cornell Tech Image From 2018 Roosevelt Island Seniors Tech Literacy Class

According to Cornell Tech Assistant Director of Government and Community Relations Jane Swanson:

Any Roosevelt Island Young Woman In Grades 9-12 Interested In NYC Emergency Management Career, HERricane Program Is For You - Also Graduate Fellowships Available With NYC Emergency Management Department

Are you a young Roosevelt Island woman in grades 9-12 interested in a NYC Emergency Management career?

If you are, the NYC Emergency Management Department (EMD) has a program - HERricane - for you.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Roosevelt Island Citibike Service, Motogate Bike Lane/Ramp, Island House/Westview Lease Amendments & MTA Strecker Lab Building Redesign On RIOC Real Estate Committee Meeting Agenda For February 26

Roosevelt Island is surrounded by Citibike sharing stations in Queens and Manhattan

but none on Roosevelt Island.

The answer to the question when Roosevelt Island will get Citibike docking stations may be more clear after tomorrow's Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Real Estate Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) meeting.

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Construction & Community Task Force Meeting February 26, Update On Hotel, Conference Center & More - Also Watch Video Introduction Of First Year Cornell Tech Dean Greg Morrisett, A New Roosevelt Island Resident

The Cornell Tech Construction & Community Task Force meets quarterly to keep the Roosevelt Island community informed and maintain an open dialogue with resident Task Force members of the community who are appointed by local elected officials - Congresswoman Maloney, State Senator Serrano, State Assembly Member Seawright, Manhattan Borough President Brewer, NYC Council Member Kallos and Community Board 8.

The Task Force is meeting tomorrow February 26 at the Bloomberg Academic Center from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM and the public is invited to attend as well. Among items on the Agenda are:

  • Updates on Hotel & Verizon Executive Education Center construction and operations;
  • Community Engagement presentation;
  • Q&A; 
  • All welcome; rsvp to (not required but simplifies getting through security)
More info on Graduate Hotel and planned rooftop bar/ground floor restaurant at this prior post.

During the November 12, 2019 Task Force meeting, the new Cornell Tech Dean Greg Morrisett, who started in August 2019,  introduced himself to the community. Dean Morrisett is a Roosevelt Island resident, living on campus with his wife Tania.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Roosevelt Island Student Environmental Heroes Giving Away Free Reusable Bags Wednesday February 26 At Local Foodtown Supermarket - NYC Plastic Bag Ban Starts March 1

The New York City Plastic Bag ban begins Sunday March 1.

Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Children, Youth & Education Ad Hoc Committee Chair Adib Mansour reports:
As you may already know, plastic bags will be banned in New York City as of March 1st. RIRA’s Children, Youth & Education Committee has been teaching the youth at the Child Center of NY about sound environmental practices. They have become Roosevelt Island’s:
“Environmental Heroes.”
 Come join our youth at the new FoodTown and receive a free reusable bag, donated by the generosity of:
Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Member Ben Kallos, RIOC President Susan Rosenthal.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 - 3:30 PM at Roosevelt Island FoodTown

NYC CBS New York reports on the NYC Plastic Bag ban including views from both supporters and opponents of the plastic bag ban

Roosevelt Island Foodtown supermarket owner Nick D'Agostino

Friday, February 21, 2020

Long Time Roosevelt Island Residents Give Very Favorable Reviews To New Foodtown Supermarket - Many Shopping At RI Supermarket For First Time In Years, It's Becoming A Community Gathering Spot

What do you think of the new Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket,

located in the former Gristedes space, that had it Grand Opening on February 7?

So far, every person I've spoken to has had very positive reviews about our new Foodtown Supermarket.

For example,  a 30 year Roosevelt Island resident told me she would never visit the old Gristedes store and would drive off Roosevelt Island to do all her grocery shopping but after visiting the new Foodtown supermarket is:
... grateful that the store has opened up because now I can stay here and enjoy shopping on the Island....  People want to be able to shop and afford to have good food. To be able to work their budget out and include nice food. It's a great start...
A 47 year resident said the recent Foodtown Grand Opening was like a neighborhood:
...reunion seeing so many faces you have not seen in a long time...

Another resident says the new Foodtown Supermarket Cafe is becoming a community gathering spot -  and likes the good cup of coffee for $1.50.

Roosevelt Island Soup Lady Sells Vegetable And Vegan Soup Every Saturday At Farmers Market And Now From Brand New Online Store - Chicken Noodle & Matzo Ball Soup Too

The Roosevelt Island Soup Lady, Margo Reiss, sells her delicious vegetable and vegan soups every Saturday at the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market.

The Roosevelt Island Soup Lady

now has an online shop

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, Watch Video Of MTA Presentation On 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 13,2019  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, February 20, 2020

Roosevelt Island Celebrates Black History Month With Art, Poetry Readings, Song & Dance, Watch Video Of Wonderful Performances - More To Come With RI Youth Center Black History Month Program Saturday February 22

Roosevelt Island celebrated Black History Month earlier this month with a February 8 presentation of art, poetry reading, music  and dance at Gallery RIVAA. Among the wonderful performances were poetry readings by:

  • Ebonie J. Williams - What Shall I Tell My Children Who Are Black by Margaret Burroughs and
  • Harold Thomas w/ guest of Lord, Lord Why Did You Make Me Black by RuNett Nia Ebo.
Take a look and listen.

Roosevelt Island Black History Month Celebration continues on Saturday February 22. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
The R.I. Youth Center will host its 2nd Annual Black History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 22nd at 4 PM inside the multipurpose room located at Sportspark (250 Main Street). The free event will explore pieces from the recent New York Times article: The 1619 Project, and how this event still has an impact on African American culture today. Through live performances, artwork and poetry, participants of the youth center will explore important points of African American history, highlighting their struggle for freedom and equality while also showcasing their many accomplishments. This event is open to the public.

Here are more scenes from the February 8 Roosevelt Island Black History Month Celebration - The 1619 Project: Still Marginalized at Gallery RIVAA - including more music and dance.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Watch Fascinating Video About The Natural World Of Roosevelt Island From 1609 To Present Day By Local Resident & Urban Naturalist Jack Burkhalter At Engage RI Environmental Understanding Meet Up - What Is Your Favorite Roosevelt Island Green Or Outdoor Space And Tree?

Engaged Roosevelt Island hosted a February 12 Meet Up for Environmental Understanding which included several wonderful presentations about Roosevelt Island's natural history, flora and fauna wildlife habitat as well as examples of residents:

... working together to create, restore and maintain natural habitats for all...
Local resident and urban naturalist Jack Burkhalter treated the Engage RI Meet Up audience to a fascinating presentation on the Natural World Of Roosevelt Island from 1609, (then called Minnahanonck Island - meaning Nice Island - by Lenape Native Americans) to the present day.

Watch video of this very informative presentation by Mr. Burkhalter on the Natural World of Roosevelt Island.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Roosevelt Island Homeless Issue Growing Concern Among Frustrated Residents At Lack Of Solutions - Community Member Has Idea For Showers, Bathrooms, Laundry & Social Services At Unused Coler Hospital Space

Reported previously on Roosevelt Island residents increasing concern and frustration with:

... a growing homeless population and no social service to speak of....
A long time member of the Roosevelt Island community puts forward an idea for discussion about the issue of homeless people on Roosevelt Island.
Recently I have been thinking about the growing transient and indigent population on the Roosevelt Island, both from the perspective of humane relief and from the perspective of the new issues imposed on the community -- community outreach and community response. I was entering the subway when the odor was overwhelming. I covered my nose and was reprimanded by a young woman for a lack of compassion. The cause of the odor this particular day was someone, a gentleman, I have often helped. I understand both concerns: the social justice concern, that every human is entitled to adequate shelter, and the pragmatic concern, that people fear the health/hygiene issues and related costs.

In response, I have tried to find a middle path that might address both the humanitarian concerns and the added cost imposed on a community, when there is a growing homeless population (I will refer to the latter in economic terms, as externalities, as such costs are shifted to the public budget, which is already stretched thin).

Recently a suggestion was floated that unused space in the hospital at the north end of the Island could be repurposed for beds. The community responded that this could create greater crime and health/hygiene issues. Too often public shelter facilities do not adequately address the longer term impact on the surrounding community. There are meaningful rights on both sides, and both need to be discussed and respected.

However, this proposal offers the opportunity to craft a modest solution: the unused hospital space could be repurposed to provide two showers, lavs, laundry and lockers. The facility could be open initially two days a week 8:00am to 8:00pm, and supervised with two personnel (a cleaning employee and a manager). Public Safety could be present to prevent potential victimization of the guests. Individually packaged toiletries could conceivably be solicited as "charitables" from corporate manufacturers. Towels would have to be worked out (as these present a hygiene issue). Los Angeles has pioneered a successful shower on wheels program through the work of private individuals. This could offer a model for humane relief throughout the city.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Roosevelt Island Non Profit Organizations Interviewing With RIRA Committee For Slice Of RIOC $150 Thousand Public Purpose Funds Pie February 18 & !9 - Applicant Calls For Changes In Pitting Groups Against Each Other In Selection Process

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC), Public Purpose Funds (PPF) interviews take place Tuesday, February 18 and Wednesday February 19. Below is the  PPF interview schedule.

Interviews will take place over two nights in Good Shepherd Community Center - 543 Main Street. Applicants will have 20 minutes to present the projects for which Public Purpose Funds (PPF) are being requested.

It's True, Roosevelt Island Is A Magical Little Island - Captured By New Resident's Tram Sketch And Nighttime Tram Aerial View Video

Jessica Klein is a recent arrival to Roosevelt Island and a talented sketch artist. I and several other residents noticed and liked her Roosevelt Island Tram  sketch social media post

I asked Ms Klein for info on the sketch. According to Ms Klein:

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day - Was That A Heart Shaped Cloud Seen Over Roosevelt Island NYC East River Waterfront?

What a great gift for Valentine's Day - A heart shaped cloud over Roosevelt Island?

It's a wonderful thought, but not really.

Roosevelt Island Residents Working Together To Create, Protect, Restore, Maintain, Our Healthy Natural Habitats For All - It Takes Only One Person To Say I'm Going To Do Something

Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn Founder Christina Delfico reports on the February 12:

Engaged RI: Nature Meet Up for Environmental Understanding continues the conversation with local islanders thanks to Cornell Tech's Opportunity Grant from Cornell University's Office of Engagement Initiatives for a year of planning to promote environmental understanding and boost sustainable practices on Roosevelt Island.
There were many wonderful presentations at the Engaged RI Meet Up on Roosevelt Island natural history, habitat and wildlife (Stay tuned for videos) as well as a presentation by Green Roosevelt Island Neighbors (GRIN) founder Anthony Longo who described:

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend, E Train Service Too - Watch Video Of MTA Presentation On Roosevelt Island Subway Service

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

to and from Manhattan this weekend. E Train Roosevelt Island weekend service too.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Weill Cornell Medicine Postdoc Pub Talk At Roosevelt Island Nisi Restaurant Bridges The Gap Between Scientists And Science Curious, Good Food And Drink Too - Watch Video Of Postdoc Talia Mota Talk On HIV Cure: Captain Of The Immunoligical Space Ship

The Postdoctoral Association of Weill Cornell Medicine hosted their fifth neighborhood Pub Talk event at Roosevelt Island's Nisi Kitchen on Tuesday February 11. According to Post Doc PubTalks:

Postdoc “Pub Talks” are a series of events featuring the research of postdocs from Weill Cornell Medicine designed to engage both fellow researchers and science enthusiasts from around New York City! Presenters discuss what they are doing in the lab and clinic to advance the scientific frontier in biomedical research.

What is a postdoc?? A postdoctoral scholar, or “postdoc” is a temporary mentored research position held by an individual with a doctoral degree. Postdocs engage in research and training that allows them to acquire the professional skills necessary to pursue a related independent career.
The subject of last Tuesday's Postdoc Pub Talk was
The Inflammation Situation: Tales From Immunologists
beginning with Postdoc Heidi Meyer introducing the event, speakers and explained the idea behind the talks is to share ideas about the Postdocs research and to bridge the gap between scientists and the science curious. Also, to have a good time with food and drink.

And a joke from Ms Meyer - What kind of flowers do bacteria like? The answer is ..... Watch the video to find out.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Welcome New Roosevelt Island Resident And Storyteller - You're Invited To The Meth ... Stories You Won't Hear On Public Radio, On Febraury 15

You never know where you may meet an interesting person on Roosevelt Island. While waiting on cashier's line at the new Foodtown supermarket last weekend, I started a conversation with person in front of me about the improvements to the store. Turns out the person,  Teddy Angelus, is a new Roosevelt Island resident and has an interesting story - in fact he is a Storyteller - and invites you to his Storytelling Show.

According to Mr Angelus:


Roosevelt Island Rooftop Bar and Ground Floor Restaurant Opening This Summer At Cornell Tech Graduate Hotel, LA Based Hospitality Team & NYC Natives Med Abrous And Marc Rose Named Operators - We Hope You Turn Space Into Your Living Room Says Graduate Hotel President

Roosevelt Island residents have been eagerly waiting for news on the rooftop bar and ground floor restaurant scheduled to open this summer at the nearly completed Roosevelt Island Graduate Hotel on the Cornell Tech Campus.

Here you go. According to a Graduate Hotel spokesperson:

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly And Elizabeth Bishland's History Making Race Around The World Author Mathew Goodman Recounts Stories Of Famous Trip Presented By Roosevelt Island Historical Society Free Lecture At RI Library Thursday February 13 - You're Invited

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) is hosting a free lecture Thursday evening, February 13, at the NYPL Roosevelt Island branch (524 Main Street) by Mathew Goodman author of the NY Times best seller:

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the World

Image From Mathew Goodman

You're Invited To Engaged Roosevelt Island Nature Meet Up For Environmental Understanding Wednesday February 12 - Meet Local Naturalist And Discover Hidden Green Spaces On Roosevelt Island, Take The Survey Too

Engaged Roosevelt Island was formed last year:

... to promote environmental understanding and boost sustainable practices on Roosevelt Island. Throughout the year there will be engagement events to foster collaboration with residents, community groups, schools, building managers, island businesses, RIOC, RIRA and elected officials toward a cleaner and healthier neighborhood.
You're invited to attend the next Engage Roosevelt Island event tomorrow evening, February 12, to hear a presentation by local Roosevelt Island naturalist Jack Burkhalter.

Monday, February 10, 2020

You're Invited To Meet Friendly Roosevelt Island Neighborhood Scientists, Weill Cornell Medicine Postdoc Pub Talk On The Inflammation Situation: Tales From Immunologists Research On HIV Cure And Lung Allergy At Nisi Restaurant February 11

The Postdoctoral Association of Weill Cornell Medicine is hosting their fifth neighborhood Pub Talk event at Roosevelt Island's Nisi Kitchen (559 Main Street) Tuesday February 11.

According to Postdoc Pub Talks:

Come meet your friendly neighborhood scientists! Two researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine will discuss what they are doing in the lab to advance the scientific frontier in immunology research.

Up first, Talia Mota will present "HIV cure: Captain of the Immunological Space Ship". Talia will describe her work looking at a type of cell in the immune system (called a “T cell”) and how it identifies and attacks HIV infection. Her work has important implications towards developing a cure for HIV.

To conclude, Xin Li will present “Exploring gut (fungal mycobiome)-lung allergy crosstalk”. The microbiome is the world of symbiotic fungi and bacteria in the gut. By experimentally changing the microbiome in mice, Xin explores the link between the microbiome and lung diseases like asthma.

All are welcome, we hope to see you there!

Watch video from prior Roosevelt Island Postdoc Pub Talks here and here.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Roosevelt Island Husband & Wife Featured In Article About Couples Meeting At Summer Camp - Meatballs Anyone?

Roosevelt Island residents Adam Guy and his wife Janet were featured in this February 4 article about couples who met in camp.

According to the article:

Friday, February 7, 2020

Sponsored Post - You're Invited To Roosevelt Island New Foodtown Supermarket Grand Opening All Day Friday February 7, Check Out The New Store, Products & Affordable Pricing

The new Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket, located in the former Gristedes location,

is hosting a Grand Opening Celebration Friday, February 7 with  a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12 PM.

and vendors throughout the store all day with free product samples and give-a-way items.

Come check out the Roosevelt Island Foodtown supermarket lower prices, new  products, special sales items

and meet the Foodtown Supermarket management. They are happy to hear your comments, questions and ideas.

Stay tuned for more.


UPDATE 2/7- Today is grand opening of new Roosevelt Island Foodtown supermarket. Foodtown rep Richard Cabasso welcomes Roosevelt Island residents to the new supermarket.

Roosevelt Island Residents Tell MTA They Can't Cut Off Our Bus Service With Proposed Queens Bus Redesign Plan And We Think They Got Message - Coler Rehab, Octagon, Cornell Tech & FDR Park In Danger Of Losing Bus Service

Last Wednesday evening, a group of about10 Roosevelt Island residents got on a Red Bus provided by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) to attend the MTA's Queens Bus Redesign workshop

held at the Jacob Riis Settlement in Long Island City. Residents of Roosevelt Island's Coler Rehab and Long Term Facility attended the workshop as well.

Here's the proposed new MTA Bus route to serve Roosevelt Island and replace the existing Q102 route.

Image From the MTA

Here We Go Again, No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Weekend, Subway Communications Improvements Being Done - Watch Video Of MTA Rep Talking Roosevelt Island Subway Service

Here we go again. No Roosevelt Island F Train service from Manhattan this weekend.

According to the MTA:

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Momo, the First NYC Health & Hospitals Therapy Dog, Making Friends & Giving Stress Relief For Residents At Her New Roosevelt Island Coler Rehab & Long Term Care Home

Momo, the first NYC Health & Hospital Corp Therapy Dog,

was introduced to the Roosevelt Island Coler Rehabilitation and Long Term Care community last January.

NBC New York Channel 4 News visited Momo at Coler recently and shows  us she's found a new home and friends here on Roosevelt Island.

As previously reported:

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Engaged Roosevelt Island Hosting Eco-Ambassador Meet Up Wednesday February 5, You're Invited To Learn About RI Environmental Sustainability Efforts - Watch Video Of Earlier RI Community Sustainability Conversation

Engaged Roosevelt Island was formed last year:
... to promote environmental understanding and boost sustainable practices on Roosevelt Island. Throughout the year there will be engagement events to foster collaboration with residents, community groups, schools, building managers, island businesses, RIOC, RIRA and elected officials toward a cleaner and healthier neighborhood.
Engaged Roosevelt Island is hosting its third event Wednesday evening, February 5, from 6:30 - 7:30 PM at Good Shepherd Chapel (543 Main Street):
  • with an Eco-Ambassadors Meet Up for sustainable planning, 
  • review of survey results (take the survey here) and 
  • to hear smart sorting tips from Sanitation Expert Sam Sepulveda. 
You're invited to attend.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Do You Remember 2019 Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival Massive Crowds Creating Transportation Chaos? Won't Happen Again This Year, RIOC Says No Cherry Blossom Festival For 2020

The Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival began as a small local event organized by the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) in 2011to support relief efforts on behalf of Japanese earthquake victims. Each succeeding year, the Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival attracted more and more people until massive crowds arrived last year, (approximately 40 thousand people) overwhelming the Roosevelt Island transportation system. Roosevelt Island was fortunate that there were no injuries or worse.

Remember this?

MTA Proposed Queens Bus Network Redesign Plan Will Reduce Roosevelt Island Bus Service - Let Your Voice Be Heard At MTA Queens Bus Meeting February 4 In LIC To Discuss Plan, RIOC Will Provide Free Red Bus Service To Roosevelt Island Residents Wishing To Attend

As previously reported, the MTA's proposed draft Queens Bus Network Redesign Plan will eliminate the current Q102 bus route serving Roosevelt Island and replace it with a new route (QT78) that:

... will travel on 36th avenue to and from Roosevelt Island bringing better access to Astoria but will no longer travel the current circuitous route to Queens Plaza.

It appears that the new Roosevelt Island NYC Bus Service does not cover area north of the Roosevelt Island Bridge including Coler Hospital and the Octagon Building or south of the Tram Station as the current Q102 service does...
Below is the proposed QT78 Route showing reduced service on Roosevelt Island.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

2 Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts Selected To Be On Food Network Girl Scout Cookie Championship TV Show With Host Alyson Hannigan - Congrats To Victoria Gorain Appearing February 3 And Persya Perez Appearing February 17

We recently learned that two local Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts were featured to represent the Girl Scout movement on millions of Girl Scout Cookie boxes.

But there's more. According to Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Troop 3001 Leader Aiesha Eleusizov:
Two girls from our RI Troop 3001 will be on the Food Network Girl Scout Cookie Championship series in February!!

Friday, January 31, 2020

RIOC President Susan Rosenthal Reports On Roosevelt Island Infrastructure Projects - Southpoint Park Shoreline Restoration Moving Forward, Tram Station Elevator Construction Begins Again, More Green Space For Lighthouse Park Expansion, No Soccer Field & More

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal provided updates on various Roosevelt Island infrastructure projects during the January 30 RIOC Board of Directors meeting including the Southpoint Park Shoreline Restoration

Images from RIOC

Good News, Roosevelt Island F Train Service To And From Manhattan This Weekend - E Train Service Too

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

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Roosevelt Island Black History Month Exhibition, The 1619 Project; Still Marginalized Begins February 8 To March 1 - You're Invited To Opening Reception At Gallery RIVAA Saturday February 8

You're invited to Gallery RIVAA's (527 Main Street) annual Roosevelt Island Black History Month Exhibition opening reception Saturday, February 8, 5-8 PM curated by local resident Lorraine Williams titled The 1619 Project: Still Marginalized

Image From RIOC

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Roosevelt Island Resident Looking For Other Mahjong Players - Learn How Popular Chinese Game Shaped American Lives

Roosevelt Island resident Vicki Feinmel asks:

I'm looking for experienced Mah Jongg players for Monday afternoons on Island.

RIOC Board Of Directors Meeting Thursday January 30 - Roosevelt Island Lighthouse Park Expansion And Internal Controls On Agenda, Ask Your Questions At Public Session - Roosevelt Landings Negotiation Item In Executive Session Too

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors will meet 5:30 PM Thursday, January 30 at the Cultural Center Theater (548 Main Street). You're invited to  attend,, ask questions and share concerns about Roosevelt Island during the opening Public Session before the start of the meeting. Sign up to speak here.

Below is the Agenda

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Roosevelt Island Duane Reade Pharmacy Sold Out Of Face Masks, Resupply Unknown - New Yorkers Concerned About Spread Of Novel Coronavirus, No Confirmed NY Cases Says Governor Cuomo, But It's Probably Here Says NYC Mayor de Blasio

An indication of the concern over news reports about the Novel Coronavirus was seen today at the Roosevelt Island Duane Reade pharmacy counter - Face masks are sold out

Sign Up For Free Breast Cancer Screening - American Italian Cancer Foundation Mammogram Bus Will Be On Roosevelt Island Saturday February 8, Appointment Necessary

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RICO):

The Mammogram Bus will be on Roosevelt Island on Saturday, February 8th from 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM at Good Shepherd Plaza (543 Main Street). The service is provided at no cost. No co-pays required. Deductibles are waived. Uninsured patients welcomed.  Note: You must make an appointment ahead of time.

For an appointment please call 1 877 628 9090.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Second Roosevelt Island Public Lewdness Incident This Month Reported Yesterday - PSD And NYPD Investigating But RIOC Declines To Give More Info

I asked the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Chief Kevin Brown today:

Any more details on Public Lewdness incident listed in PSD Report below:

01/26/20 – 1820 – 605 Main Street – Public Lewdness – PSD responded – Search made with negative results.

What happened?

Is this related to January 16 incident at 546 Main Street?

RIOC Responds To Roosevelt Island Transportation Outreach With Courtesy Signage Encouraging Giving Up Seats For Elderly/Disabled/Pregnant Woman And Will Start Routine PSD Patrols On Red Bus - Watch Video Of Full RI Transportation Issues Discussion

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

On Thursday, January 9th, RIOC’s Chief Operating Officer Shelton Haynes, along with the Transportation Department’s Cy Opperman and Joe Marino heard from the community as part of our new outreach initiative: Re-Introducing RIOC.

A number of attendees at the event at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center voiced concerns about courtesy on our transportation network, particularly about our Red Bus service. RIOC encourages everyone to be considerate of their fellow passengers because a little kindness goes a long way. Although we still have some work to do in other areas, we are happy to report that we were able to quickly address two of your chief concerns immediately.


As a result of the community’s request, PSD has already started routine patrols on the Red Buses throughout the day. These patrols will be conducted seven days a week during the Red Bus hours of operation.


RIOC’s new COURTESY COUNTS signs will be posted on each bus within the next two weeks.

These signs feature images that clearly demonstrate which seats on the bus are reserved for those who are pregnant, the elderly and the disabled.

It is our hope that these signs and the increased PSD presence on the buses, will encourage our customers to consider the safety and comfort of all of their fellow passengers. Because a little bit of consideration for your neighbor goes a long way. If you see an incident happen on a bus, please alert the driver or contact PSD immediately at 212-832-4545.
Image From RIOC

Issues discussed during the January 9 Roosevelt Island Transportation meeting at Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center included:

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Cold And Rainy Day Does Not Stop Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts From Raising Awareness And Funds For Australia To Stop The Bushfires - We're Trying To Help People And Animals Whose Houses Are Burning Down Says One RI Girl Scout

As reported earlier this week, Roosevelt Island Girl Scout Troop 3233:

... will be having a Fundraiser this Saturday January25th, to support the reconstruction efforts for the Australia Bushfire Crisis.

The crisis is unprecedented and the situation is very alarming. RI is a place where a lot of us come from different countries, and our Girl Scouts have the opportunity to make this World a better place and to help out.

Our troop has an opportunity to send the money directly to the Girl Guides of Australia Bushfire Crisis fund as we have an Australian family in our troop.
The cold and rain today did not stop these Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts

Friday, January 24, 2020

RIOC Selects Chashama As Roosevelt Island Artist In Residence To Provide Free Studio Space For Selected Visual Artists - Watch For Upcoming ChaShaMa Special Events, Dance Studio, New Camerata Opera Youth Workshops & More

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced last October that the non-profit Chashama group

will fill the newly created role of Roosevelt Island Artist-in-Residence.

Image From Chashama

Roosevelt Island Gallery RIVAA Hosting New Year 2020 Celebration Friday January 24, Bring Your Good Humor And Wear A Hat

Gallery RIVAA (527 Main Street) invites you to a New Year2020 Celebration later today, Friday, January 24 starting at 7 PM.  You are encouraged to bring your good humor and wear a Hat.