Saturday, July 11, 2020

Too Many Bicycle Riders On Roosevelt Island Sidewalks, Not Safe For Pedestrians - Citibike Rider On Sidewalk Today Passing Farmers Market In Front Of Watching Public Safety Officers

As reported June 18:
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) addressed bike safety issue in their June 17 Advisory:
Bike Safety On Roosevelt Island

As we look forward to having Citi Bike on Roosevelt Island in July, we must also take steps to improve bike safety. In addition to stepping up enforcement, the Public Safety Department is also in the process of ordering new signage that will remind bike riders to obey speed limits, be mindful of crosswalks and to be careful of those around them. We will share these signs with you once they arrive....

... During June 4 RIOC Board of Directors Meeting, bike safety was discussed by RIOC President Susan Rosenthal, RIOC Board Director David Kraut and Public Safety Chief Kevin Brown. RIOC Director David Kraut suggested a broader discussion within the Roosevelt Island community about bike policy may be needed.

PSD Chief Kevin Brown noted an increase in bike riders during the last few months of the Pandemic. Chief Brown has instructed PSD officers to be more visible on the street and to advise bike riders of the rules and regulations for safe and slow bike riding. Chief Brown added there will be greater enforcement of bike rules and regulations. Also, Chief Brown said that signage will be placed in certain areas that will instruct bike riders to dismount and walk with their bicycles.
Not any enforcement for the Citibike rider on sidewalk passing Farmers Market today.

Updated Covid Social Distancing Guidelines For Roosevelt Island Octagon Tennis Court Play From RIOC - Still No Doubles Play Allowed

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Since the re-opening, guidelines for the outdoor tennis courts have been updated and can be found here

As a reminder, courts remain open for singles play only until further notice. Players should continue to follow social distancing protocols and wear face masks/coverings when approaching the courts.

Hours of operation are 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM, 7 days a week.

There are six courts in total available for permitting. To reserve a court, log onto our reservation system here...
A Roosevelt Island tennis player asked earlier this week:
Is octagon open for doubles yet? RSD @96, RIRC, randalls, and 119 RSD all are.
According to the RIOC Guidelines, Doubles play is still not allowed.

Here's some pretty good Doubles play

at Wimbledon.

With some practice and teamwork, maybe you too can ... never mind, just have fun

Roosevelt Island's Got Talent & Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Present Virtual Variety Show Featuring Our Local Talent Sunday July 12 - Join The Fun & Join The Community On Zoom

Roosevelt Island resident Kaja Meade reports:
Variety show featuring local talent; produced by Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) and hosted by Roosevelt Island's Got Talent.

Sunday, July 12 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Roosevelt Island Love

Please click here to join us for a special show featuring Roosevelt Island Talent!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Why Were Roosevelt Island Trees On Promenade Cut Down Earlier This Week Ask Residents - RIOC Says It Was For Necessary Rejuvenation Pruning

Roosevelt Island residents care passionately about our trees so when any are spotted being removed alarm bells ring. Last Wednesday was such a day when residents spotted trees and bushes being cut on the waterfront promenade near Eleanor's Pier.

The  Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) explains what was going on:
RIOC Working for You: Rejuvenation Pruning

On Wednesday, July 8th, led by our Director of Landscaping and Horticulture, Matthew Kibby, the RIOC Grounds Department performed rejuvenation pruning of overgrown Ilex glabra (Inkberry) plants in the vicinity of Eleanor’s Pier.

The overgrowth in the area was infringing upon benches and the walkway along the promenade. Inkberry were also shading out other area plantings and inhibiting visibility, including views of the river. RIOC began this process by cutting back half of these Inkberry plants in March 2020. This work was scheduled to be completed Thursday, July 9th.

In addition, tree pruning was also completed from the Ferry Landing north, to the south dog run, which was needed due to minimal visibility in that location.

Pruning is a horticultural and silvicultural practice involving the selective removal of certain parts of a plant, such as branches, buds, or roots. Pruning is an invaluable tool for developing and maintaining woody plants.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket July 10 - July 16 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items, Organic Salads, Shrimp, Healthy Snacks & Ice Cream - Online Shopping, Delivery Options, Digital Coupons & Social Media Facebook And Instagram Too

The Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket

invites you to check out their July 10 - July 16 Weekly Flyer for  Product Offerings, Specials & Sales items.

Click here to visit the Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket web site for online shopping, delivery options, digital coupons, weekly flyer and more.

Follow Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket on Facebook

and Instagram too.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - F Train Service To And From Manhattan, Tram Passenger Limits At Discretion Of Operator, Ferry Service And Citibike Too - Wear Your Masks To Travel Safely For You And Others

According to the MTA, there is Roosevelt Island F Train Service to and from Manhattan this weekend.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
Tram Passenger Limits

As the region begins to reopen and more people return to work, the tram will have more riders. The tram operator has the discretion to allow an increase in the stated thirteen passenger limit based on conditions at a given time. If you feel a tram car is too crowded, we encourage you to wait for the next one. If you see an unsafe condition, please notify a the tram operator or a Public Safety Officer or call PSD directly at 212-832-4545.

The Roosevelt Island Tramway will be closed from 1:00 AM until 6:00 AM to ensure that disinfecting measures can be performed. Regular tram service will resume at 6:00 AM each day and continue until 1:00 AM the following morning. These early morning closures will continue each day until further notice...
Here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Schedule.

Also, Roosevelt Island has a new transportation option with the recent addition of Citbike docking stations

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Roosevelt Island Non Perishable Extra Food Giveaway From RIDA And Carter Burden RI Senior Center Friday July 10 - All Those In Need Of Food Are Welcome, Fruit, Vegetables, Soup, Cereal, Bread, Canned Goods & More

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) President Wendy Hersh reports;

RIDA will open up the food pantry again on Friday July 10th from 4pm to 6pm at RI Senior Center (546 Main Street).

Lots of fresh produce, milk and non-perishables.

You MUST wear a MASK and GLOVES. Please bring your own bags or shopping cart. Entrance is through the garden off of the 540 Main St alley way. All those in need of food is welcome.
UPDATE 7/10 - Ms Hersh adds:
If it is raining, the food pantry line will start at Front Lobby of 546 Main Street.

One Week After Taking Covid 19 Nasal Swab Test At Roosevelt Island Mobile Pop Up Test Site, Some Residents Have Not Received Results - Here's What You Can Do To Maybe Get Results

Last week, from June 29 - July 2, 660 Roosevelt Island residents lined up to get a free Covid-19 nasal swab test at the NYC Health & Hospital Corp (NYC H&HC) Mobile Pop Up site under the Motorgate Helix.

 The overwhelming consensus of those who took the test was that the NYC H&HC team managing the Roosevelt Island Covid-19 Mobile Test Site did a great job from waiting on line, to registering and receiving the nasal swab.

Residents were told that the results will:
... be received by text, email, phone and mail within 3-5 days but could be as soon as 48 hours....

But at least a dozen Roosevelt Island residents have still not received their Covid-19 test results.

I asked:
Anyone still waiting to get test results back from last week's Roosevelt Island Mobile Covid Pop Up Test Site? How soon did you get your results?
Residents replied:

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Don't Risk Your Life, Don't Risk Someone's Else's Life, Wear A Mask Says Governor Cuomo - RIOC Mask Guidelines For Roosevelt Island

This is why it's important to wear a mask/face covering in public when you can't keep your social distance away from others.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
RIOC Advisory: Mask Guidelines - July 7th, 2020

As New York City enters Phase 3 of New York Forward, it is important for all of us to take time to learn about the various aspects of the face mask/covering policy, as per the law.

What is a face mask/covering?

A face covering is anything that covers the nose and mouth including cloth masks, surgical masks, scarves, and any other covering that serves as a barrier to prevent breathing in airborne particles.

Who must wear a face mask/covering?

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

RIOC Announces Temporary Pause Of Roosevelt Island Southpoint Park Shoreline Restoration Project To Provide Community With More Info - Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright To Host July 14 Virtual Town Hall With Acting RIOC President For Community To Ask Questions On Project

A Roosevelt Island resident asked yesterday:

I'm trying to better understand the posters around talking about 320 trees being cut down in Southpoint Park to make way for more walking paths. There seems to be plenty paths down there already. Do you have more information on this plan?

Today, I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Acting President Shelton Haynes and the RIOC Board of Directors:
Any statement from RIOC regarding status of Southpoint Park shoreline project and petition from Wildlife Freedom Foundation opposing it?

Assembly member Seawright signed the petition.

Any comment on charge that 325 trees will be destroyed

Will the project be delayed or is it still on schedule. When will work begin?

Acting RIOC President Shelton Haynes replied this evening:
The goal of the Roosevelt Island Southpoint Park project is to repair the erosion of the east and west seawalls and is critical to ensure the health and safety of the public while visiting Southpoint Park. The proposed plan was reviewed and approved by several federal, state, and local agencies charged with protecting the environment, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)– Fish and Wildlife Services, the National Marine Fisheries Services (NOAA), and the New York State Departmental of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The RIOC Board of Directors unanimously approved the plan earlier this year.

New York Public Library Starting Limited Service At Several Locations - But When Will The New Roosevelt Island NY Public Library Branch Finally Open, Entrance Signage Is In Place

According to the New York Public Library:

NYPL Updates: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

June 25, 2020 Update: Limited Reopening Starting July 13
As part of New York City’s reopening, The New York Public Library is beginning the careful, phased process of returning limited service to its physical locations. Starting on Monday, July 13, we will begin by offering grab-and-go service at eight library locations. At each of these locations, patrons will be able to access a limited area for returns and to pick up materials that they’ve reserved....
But residents are asking the same question about the long planned new Roosevelt Island Public Library as was asked in January 2020:
When will the New York Public Library (NYPL) open it's new Roosevelt Island branch location on the first floor of 504 Main Street replacing the current overcrowded and dilapidated branch?

Plans for the new Roosevelt Island NYPL branch library were first announced way back in July 2012 but construction did not start until October 2018. At that time, we were told to expect substantial completion of the new library by December 2019. As we know, that has not happened....
Today, I asked the NYPL:
I’ve noticed a lot of activity going on inside the construction of new Roosevelt Island library.

Any update on plans for the opening of Roosevelt Island NYPL?

A NYPL spokesperson replied:
... As a result of COVID, all capital projects in New York City were paused in March, including the work at Roosevelt Island Library. However, we are in conversation with our government partners about which projects can resume and happy to report that work has restarted at the branch. We expect the project to be completed in the next couple of months. The Library will notify patrons when the branch is scheduled to reopen.
Below is NYPL January 2016 presentation on the new Roosevelt Island branch library

Roosevelt Island Library - FINAL Presentation 1/2016

and video of the presentation.

Monday, July 6, 2020

iDig2Learn Presents A Virtual Roosevelt Island Workshop, Learning To Forage For Edible Food In Your Neighborhood With Meadows + More Tama Matsuoka Wong Wednesday July 8 - RSVP With Your Questions

Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn founder Christina Delfico reports:

Wednesday, July 8th from Noon to 1PM

Join iDig2Learn to meet the amazing author and forager Tama Matsuoka Wong for a virtual workshop on foraging.

"Bringing Outdoors In: Learning to Forage for Edible Food In Your Neighborhood

RSVP to with the subject line: Forage 2020

If you have been enjoying more outdoor walks and noticing plants underneath your feet and wild berries on trees and wondering if they are edible, this is the workshop for you.

And please include your foraging question when you RSVP to iDig2Learn's founder at - we want to hear what you are wondering about!

This is a virtual iDig2Learn online experience - login information sent upon RSVP.

Special thanks to Open Space Institute for hosting this iDig2Learn workshop.
More on foraging with Tama Matsuoka Wong at her Meadows and More web site and this video.

Wishing you happy and tasty foraging.

Roosevelt Island Elected Officials Convene CB 8 Coler Task Force To Monitor Nursing Facility Treatment Of Residents, Shield Whistleblowers From Retribution And Increase Health & Hospitals Corp Transparency - Watch Video Of Virtual Coler Town Hall Questions From Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer To Coler CEO Robert Hughes

Roosevelt Island residents have been greatly concerned with reports of inadequate treatment received by residents at NYC Health & Hospitals Corp (H&HC) Coler Skilled Nursing and Rehab Facility (Coler) during the Coronavirus Pandemic as reported in the NY Post

and expressed by Open Doors Poet/Coler resident Jay Molina

On June 25, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer hosted a Virtual Town Hall to discuss issues and answer community questons regarding treatment of Coler residents, or lack thereof, at the Roosevelt Island Skilled Nursing Facility during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Also, attending the Virtual Coler Town Hall were elected officials including Roosevelt Island NY State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Coler Chief Executive Officer Robert Hughes, Coler resident Vincent Pierce, Manhattan Community Board  8 Chair Alida Camp and concerned Roosevelt Island residents.

Assembly Member Seawright began the Town Hall reading a June 25 letter sent from elected official to H&HC President Mitch Katz. According to this excerpt of the letter:
... we are constituting a community-based Coler Task Force under the auspices of Community Board 8, chaired by Alida Camp, CB8’s Chair and a professional mediator to be called upon when necessary. The Task Force will be composed of Coler residents and families, local stakeholders and elected officials. The Task Force will identify issues of concern and obtain timely responses from Health + Hospitals senior management, facilitate tours of Coler for members of the committee and elected officials, and ensure healthcare workers or residents who speak out are shielded from any retribution. We ask that senior-level officials from H + H be designated to work with the task force to ensure the highest communication and cooperation. Many of Coler's patients and staff are people of color, and we are particularly concerned about any disparities in care or treatment

We believe that the Task Force will play a valuable role in working with Health + Hospitals to bring clarity to the operations at Coler, especially in COVID testing and in the understanding of protocols. We believe that the Task Force will move us toward our mutual goal of protecting patients, supporting staff, and resolving issues at Coler.
Here's full video of the Coler Town Hall.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

660 Roosevelt Island Residents Received Covid-19 Nasal Swab Test At Last Week's 4 Day Mobile Pop Up Site - Any Results Yet?

660 Roosevelt Island residents lined up and

received the Covid-19 nasal swab test at the NYC Health & Hospital Corp (NYC H&HC)

Mobile Pop Up site under the Motorgate Helix from Monday June 29 to  Thursday July 2.

According to a NYC H&HC representative, the number of Roosevelt Island residents getting the Covid-19 test were:
133 - Monday June 29
173 - Tuesday, June 30
183 - Wednesday July 1
171 - Thursday July 2
Total - 660
80 tests daily at a mobile site is considered an excellent response.

I've requested the number of positive test results. Will update when info received.

More info at this prior post and here's briefing from NYC Council Member Ben Kallos

on the Roosevelt Island Covid-19 mobile pop up testing site.