Friday, August 28, 2020

More Roosevelt Island Covid 19 Restart - Mosaic Church In Person Worship For Up To 30 Persons Begins Sunday August 30 At Good Shepherd Chapel Says Pastor Dan Sadlier

Roosevelt Islands Mosaic Church Pastor Dan Sadlier reports:

Since March, Mosaic Church (formally Hope Church Roosevelt Island) has been meeting digitally through multiple online platforms.

Weekly you can find the "Mosaic Kids" digital program happening every Sunday morning at 10AM via zoom. Each week one can expect music, fun competitions, age appropriate teaching, and a chance for children to connect with their peers and leaders who invest regularly in the youth on and around Roosevelt Island. You can register your children for the weekly digital experience at

In addition, Mosaic church has hosted their regular Sunday weekly worship service with teaching, music, and a post service virtual lobby to help allow congregants to see each other face to face at 11:30AM. You can watch services on Facebook Live, Insta TV, or on their interactive platform where you can chat with other viewers and request prayer at

Both of these online digital services will continue to be offered to those living on and around Roosevelt Island as a regular part of our Mosaic Church NYC ministry. However, in addition Mosaic Church NYC begins their slow and cautious in person re-gathering strategy this Sunday, August 30th at Good Shepherd Chapel (543 Main Street)

This Sunday, Mosaic Church Roosevelt Island will host their first in-person worship gathering at 11:30AM.

Here is what one can expect:
  • 30 people will be allowed to attend in person gatherings during this first iteration of reopening. You must register online at
  • Masks will be worn by congregants and leaders (unless a leader or pastor is distanced from congregants and on stage for the purpose of communicating/teaching)
  • Social distancing requirements will be required through intentional ushering/seating
  • The Mosaic host team will be doing temperature checks.
  • Children are welcome to attend our 11:30AM gathering woth their families, but age appropriate Mosaic Kids programming will happen digitally at 10AM.
Mosaic leadership understands that neighbors will have different timelines for when they are ready to engage in person with the local church community. This is why both in person and digital experiences will happen simultaneously. Yet, as the Mosaic leadership has continued to watch COVID case numbers plateau, as they have consulted with RIOC public safety, and have listened to government guidance, Mosaic Pastors do believe that it is important to cautiously begin the regathering process this Sunday.

One can reserve their spot at

After Jacob Blake Kenosha Shooting, Roosevelt Island Residents Join Silent Black Lives Matter March Last Wednesday Evening From Good Shepherd Plaza To Manhattan Park Lawn

Last Wednesday, Roosevelt Island resident Sharon Pope-Marshall felt compelled to do something following the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha Wisconsin Police Officer.

Ms Pope-Marshall asked Roosevelt Island residents to join her a few hours later

in a Silent Black Lives Matter March. At 8 PM, about 25 residents joined Ms Pope-Marshall at Good Shepherd Plaza

and marched silently to the Manhattan Park Lawn.

Image From Frank Farance

According to Ms Pope-Marshall:
After the Kenosha shooting, I found I had to do something...again, that is how I work through the pain of seeing another act of extreme violence. It is also important to take a moment to not only acknowledge the lives impacted and lost to violence but also acknowledge the pain of our beloved nation. The truth is the families of Ahmed Aubry, George Floyd, Brianna Taylor, Jacob Blake, and countless others, lost so much and are all hurting. As a nation, we hurt along with them. By participating in the Silent Black Lives Matter March, for a period of time, we become the America of hope and dreams fulfilled. Black Lives Must Matter to all.
Here's PBS Newshour report on the shooting of Jacob Blake and it's aftermath

and watch the Mets and Marlins walk off the field yesterday in support of Black Lives Matter.

Last June, a group of Roosevelt Island young people organized a Black Lives Matter March for Justice too.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - F Train Service To And From Manhattan, 20 Tram Passenger Social Distancing Limit Enforced, Ferry Route Extended To UES 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.

There is a Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin 20 passenger Covid-19 Social Distancing limit.

Here's the NYC Ferry Roosevelt Island Astoria Route Schedule which now extends to East 90th street on the Upper East Side.

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

Sponsored Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket August 28 - September 3 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Online Shopping, Delivery Options, Digital Coupons & Social Media Facebook And Instagram Too

The Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket

invites you to check out their August 28 - September 3 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.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Thursday Night Skate Comes To Under The Roosevelt Island Bridge This Evening - Night Of Music, Dancing, Grinds, Slalom & Slide Practice, Reminder To Be Courteous And Follow Safety Guidelines Says Organizer

According to Thursday Night Skate Instagram post:
Rain or not, we have you covered tonight, because Thursday Night Skate is still on!

Meet us under the #rooseveltisland bridge, at 7:30 PM for a night of #music, #dancing, ledge #grinds, #slalom, and #slide practice. Remember to be courteous to others, and listen out for event hosts’ notifications for space, and recommended safety guidelines.

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Black Artists Through History Series Inspired By The Roosevelt Island March For Justice, Take The Drawing Challenge Says RIRA Youth Committee Chair - Lesson 4 On Artist Ajamu Kojo, Portrait Painter Exploring 1921 Racial Violence That Destroyed Black Wall Street In Tulsa Oklahoma

Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Children, Youth & Education Committee Chair Adib Mansour developed a series of Black Artists Through History Lessons inspired by the June 3 Roosevelt Island March For Justice

The first lesson was on sculptor Edmonia Lewis.

The second lesson was on the painter Romare Howard Bearden.

The third lesson was on the contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley

The current lesson is on painter Ajamu Kojo.

According to Mr. Mansour:

This is a special lesson for me as I have met this phenomenal artist, Ajamu Kojo. In recent conversations with Ajamu, he encourages the youth of our island (and elsewhere) to embrace their heritage, because “it is going to make society better If you could understand where people are coming from.”

In this 4th Black Artists Through History Lesson, I emphasize Ajamu’s Dignified Portraits, nearly 100 years after the racial violence that destroyed the Black Wall Street in Tulsa, OK. It is a reminder that racial injustice has been around for a long time. In May 31, 1921, a white mob attacked residents and their homes and business, leveling 35 square blocks, killing countless Black people in a thriving and successful community. The mob left in ruins many homes, schools, theaters, a church, library, doctors’ and lawyers’ offices, shops and restaurants.. only because the Black community there was thriving.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Green Slime Floating On Roosevelt Island East River Shoreline This Morning Near Coler Hospital - What The Heck Is it?

Roosevelt Island resident Alexis Villafane was walking on the waterfront Promenade near Coler Hospital when she spotted this green slime on the East River shoreline.

Do you have any idea what this might be?

UPDATE 8:50 PM - Here's the answer:

You're Invited To NYPD 114 Precinct Roosevelt Island Build The Block Meeting With Neighborhood Coordination Officers Thursday August 27 At Good Shepherd - Help Identify And Solve Local Quality Of Life Conditions And Crime Concerns

The NYPD 114 precinct is hosting a Roosevelt Island Build The Block meeting with Neighborhood Coordination Officers Esposito and Mathes starting 5:30 PM, Thursday August 27 at Good Shepherd Community Center (543 Main Street)

Here's Officers Espositio and Mathes talking to the

November 14, 2019 Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council meeting.

Not sure if Good Shepherd Plaza is the best place to hold an indoor meeting while maintaining Covid-19 Social Distancing practices.

UPDATE 5:30 PM - The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
The NYPD 114th Precinct will be hosting a Build the Block Meeting in the Good Shepherd Chapel on Thursday, August 27th, 2020,at 5:30PM. Doors will open at 5:00PM. Face masks must be worn and in order to maintain social distancing, the meeting will be limited to 25 people.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Early Morning Stabbing At Roosevelt Landings Building Last Friday - Roosevelt Island Resident Arrested For Assault And Marijuana Possession

A stabbing occurred early Friday morning in front of the Roosevelt Landings building at 560 Main Street.

According to a NYPD spokesperson, on August 21, following a verbal argument, a 38 year old male struck a 25 year old male with an unknown sharp object in the abdomen. The incident took place in front of 560 Main Street at approximately 12:40 AM. The victim took himself to the hospital where he was treated for lacerations.

The perpetrator, a Roosevelt Island resident, was arrested for assault and possession of marijuana.

A Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) spokesperson adds:
There was an assault incident on Roosevelt Island on Friday, August 21st at 1:40 AM involving two men. The victim was taken to the hospital and was reported to be in stable condition at that time. The suspect was arrested by the NYPD for 2nd degree assault.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Roosevelt Island Residents Rally Yesterday With Chants And Signs To Save The Post Office & Save Our Democracy - RI Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney Holding Oversight Committee Hearing Tomorrow On Protecting The Timely Delivery Of Mail, Medicine And Mail In Ballots.

A spirited and enthusiastic group of Roosevelt Island residents gathered together in front of our local Post Office Saturday morning, August 22, to join in the nationwide Save The Post Office, Save Our Democracy rallies.

According to the Washington Post:
... more than 800 community demonstrations at post offices that swept the nation Saturday as part of a day of action organized against controversial changes to mailing operations. Over the past few weeks, President Trump has concerned citizens and enraged Democrats by slowing mail service, blocking emergency funds and attempting to cast doubt on the integrity of mail-in ballots — all while acknowledging his intention to restrict how many Americans can vote by mail....
Here are some scenes from yesterday's Roosevelt Island Save The Post Office, Save Our Democracy Rally.