Friday, September 11, 2020

Roosevelt Island Remembers 9/11/ NYC World Trade Center Towers Attack19 Years Ago Today

Hard to believe that it's been 19 years since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center Towers,

Pentagon, and the downing of Flight 93 in Shanksville Pennsylvania.

The World Trade Center attacks looked like this from Roosevelt Island on September 11, 2001.

Main Street Wire Image of 9/11 Smoke Burning From World Trade Center by Vicki Feinmel/Linda Heimer

Below is the Roosevelt Island Good Shepherd Plaza 9/11 Remembrance Tree

and Memorial Plaque

that honors Roosevelt Islanders who died in the terrorist attack:
Ed Beyea,
Anthony J. Fallone,
Taimour Khan,
Scott Larsen,
Kevin J. Smith and the firefighters who were based on Roosevelt Island
Deputy Chief Ray Downey,
Deputy Chief Charlie Kasper,
Battalion Chief John Moran, and
Battalion Chief John Paolillo.
Roosevelt Island also remembers former RIOC Public Safety Department Chief Jack McManus who died this year after a long battle with 9/11 World Trade Center related cancer.

Watch the 19th anniversary 9/11 commemoration ceremony

and the Tribute In Light tonight.

UPDATE 10:15 PM - Tribute In Light seen from Roosevelt Island tonight.

Roosevelt Island Postcard Writing Event In Support Of Democratic Party Battleground State Candidates Sunday September 13 At Good Shepherd Plaza Picnic Tables - Meet Postcard Organizer Kim Moscaritolo, 2021 NYC Council Candidate To Represent RI And UES

If you are interested in local and national politics, join the postcard writing group meeting Sunday  September 13 at the Roosevelt Island picnic tables in Good Shepherd Plaza behind the Chapel (543 Main Street).

Kim Moscaritolo, a Democratic Party candidate to represent Roosevelt Island and the Upper East Side in NYC Council District 5, is organizing the postcard writing event. According to Ms Moscaritolo:
So we're writing postcards to voters. Some will be going to voters in Iowa in support of Democratic candidate Theresa Greenfield for Senate. Others will be going to voters in Florida, encouraging them to request their vote by mail ballots. We had a similar event on the Upper East Side last Saturday and it was a big success...15 volunteers showed up during Labor Day weekend to help.

My goal here is to engage folks on Roosevelt Island who want to get involved in the election, but don't know where to begin. And if we can encourage folks to buy some food or drink at a local Roosevelt Island business, all the better!

You can sign up here for the postcard writing event.

Ms Moscaritolo is running to succeed current NYC Council Member Ben Kallos who cannot run for this seat again in 2021 due to  term limits. Mr Kallos is running for Manhattan Borough President.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - F & E 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, $50 Fine If No Mask Says MTA, What About RIOC?

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

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 September 11 - 17 Product Offerings, Specials & Sales Items - Online Shopping, Delivery Options, Digital Coupons, Nutritional Tips & Social Media Facebook And Instagram Too

The Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket

invites you to check out their September 11 - September 17 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.

Will Roosevelt Island Farmers Market Be Able To Move Back To Cold Weather Home At Motorgate Plaza Currently Occupied By Citibike Dock? Confident It Will Happen Says RIOC President

For many Roosevelt Island residents, the Saturday Farmers Market is a beloved member of our community - a place to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and other items from the various vendors and a gathering spot to meet and talk with your neighbors.

Recently, concerns have arisen that the Farmers Market might not be able to move their site back to Motorgate Plaza when the weather starts getting colder because of the Citibike docking station located there earlier this spring.

Haki Compost Collective Helps Bring Weekly Big Reuse Food Scrap Drop Off Site Back To Roosevelt Island Starting Saturday September 12 Next To Farmers Market - Would You Like To Help Volunteer?

As reported September 4:

According to Danika Lam of the Roosevelt Island Haki Compost Collective:
Composting returns to Roosevelt Island with the reopening of the weekly food scrap drop-off site (FSDO) starting Saturday, September 12 from 9am–2pm, at its summer location adjacent to the farmers market near the yellow vents. Grab your kitchen scraps and a mask and come on down! Social distancing measures will be observed.

This composting initiative is made possible by our friends at Big Reuse, RIOC, and community volunteers like you. To help ensure the continued success of this program, we encourage you to join us in the newly-created Haki Compost Collective to assist with future collection and outreach. Express your interest in volunteering by filling out our interest form at:
Follow us on Instagram @hakicompost for updates.

Ms Lam, the former Roosevelt Island Grow NYC Compost Coordinator, adds:
Over the last several months, a few of your dedicated neighbors and I have been hard at work figuring out how a sustainably-minded community like ours could keep up with composting. Recognizing that success could only come from a collaboration of the community, we decided to start Haki Compost Collective, an informal group of Roosevelt Islanders active in supporting compost initiatives...

Haki, in Lenape, means Earth as well as dirt, ground, and land. This name was given to us by the Lenape Center, who supports our stewardship of this land. You can learn more about the Lenape Center at
If you're interested in volunteering with the Roosevelt Island Haki Compost Collective, please click here and fill out form....

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Up Close Look At Wonderful World Of Roosevelt Island Insects

According to the Roosevelt Island Twitteverse:

Governor Cuomo Says NYC Restaurants Allowed To Resume Indoor Dining September 30 At 25% Capacity, What Will This Mean For Roosevelt Island? Granny Annie's Irish Bar Expects To Open In A Week Or Two

NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday:

The State will allow indoor dining to resume in New York City at 25% capacity with strict restrictions on September 30....

What will this mean for Roosevelt Island?

According to Granny Annie's,

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The Day The U.S. Was Shot In The Back - RIRA Children, Youth & Education Committee Chair On Shooting Of Jacob Blake, Creates Art To Keep Pledge With Roosevelt Island Youth On Addressing Systemic Racial Injustices

Inspired by the June 3 Roosevelt Island March For Justice organized by Roosevelt Island young people, Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council Children, Youth & Education Committee (CY&E)) Chair Adib Mansour pledged earlier this summer:

...  RIRA’s Children, Youth & Education Committee stands with you, demanding a permanent change and a better future for EVERY youth and citizen. I pledge that this committee will always be learning on how to bring change and increasing racial equity in our community and our city. As the chair of RIRA’s Children, Youth & Education Committee I am making the commitment that we will be engaging in activities and actions that support our black youth and make sure that we are addressing systematic racial injustices. As part of that pledge, our meeting will be held in 2 weeks time to brainstorm and generate an action plan....
Among the activities organized by Mr. Mansour were a Roosevelt Island Youth Virtual Conversation on Racial Justice and a series of lessons on Black Artists Through History.

Following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha Wisconsin, Mr Mansour adds:
The Day the U.S. Was Shot in the Back.

As I made a pledge to the youth of our community that the RIRA Children, Youth & Education Committee I chair will do everything to shed light on racial injustice in our country, how can I turn a blind eye to an event that symbolizes this injustice?

I wanted to share this piece I created after Jacob Blake was shot 7 times in the back, in front of his children. In the art I created, our flag is backwards and riddled with 7 bloodied bullets.

This is not an event that affects only Kenosha, Wisconsin, but the entire country. We must stand up to racism and shout at the top of our lungs: Black Lives Matter. What is sad is that, according to Wisconsin Lt. Governor Barnes, "Jacob Blake was trying to deescalate a situation in his community”.

It broke my heart when the first thing Jacob did when he saw his mother in the hospital is cry, the he said “ I am sorry.. I don’t want a burden on anybody. I want to be with my children. And I don’t think I’m going to walk again, Mom!” This will stay embedded in my mind for the rest of my life. Justice and equality must be unequivocal, right now.
Here's more on the shooting and remarks by Jacob Blake from his hospital bed.

Also, after the shooting of Mr. Blake, Roosevelt Island held a silent Black Lives Matter March from Good Shepherd Plaza to Manhattan Park.

And video from the June 3 Roosevelt Island March For Justice.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

OMG, Hold Your Breath, Parkour Athlete Death Defying Jumps On Roosevelt Island Motorgate Garage Rooftop, Leaps Over FDR Four Freedoms Park Giant Head Too - Do Not Do This Yourself

According to Jamcast, Nick Ortiz is:

... a professional parkour athlete known for his rooftop training and building descents with over 250K+ followers on Tik Tok following his journey. Learn about his life beginning parkour in New York as a youth, his decision to move to Colorado in order to further learn and increase his ability to train at intimidating heights, and the tips and secrets he has to being able to overcome fear and successfully perform his death defying descents.
Nick Ortiz took on the Roosevelt Island Motorgate Rooftop recently - you're not going to believe this. Do not do it yourself.

Ooops, almost a catastrophe.

I bailed. . Ahhh complaceny, my favorite, so let’s talk what happened here. I’m wanting to do 2 or 3 of these strides on the edge but that’s definitely pretty scary. Best bet is to drill out the single stride to at least get rid of that initial discomfort of being exposed. I had done it quite a few times at this point, got comfortable, then unfortunately a bit cocky. Which caused me to underpower my initial takeoff because I wasn’t properly paying attention, that then caused my stride to be short, and so on. I can’t help but feel that my tendency to do “fake” attempts at jumps on ground level influenced my body’s decision making. I mean that in terms of it deciding that it’s okay to underjump something when it’s really not. I’m gonna need to work on that more. . To be fair, I’m stoked to see that all the bail training seems to have paid off, I typically try to treat every challenge on the ground as if it was in this situation. I’m really surprised by how “comfortable” I felt falling. I mean watching the video makes me feel more afraid than when it actually happened. I redid the single stride a couple more times after this in order to not let it get too deep in my head, though this is a lesson to keep in mind. . This is one of those things I wish people in parkour would be honest with themselves about, I actually think “blocking out” is a bad way to go about things, accept reality as it is. I also just find it hypocritical to constantly write off people that end up in these sketchy situations as “not true athletes” or “reckless” while you hide the clips of you nearly fucking dying from the world. We play with a “risky” sport, but many every day things are as risky, they just don’t have as much shock value. . #parkour #parkourlife #pov #parkourpov #parkournyc #parkourfail #fail #bail #failarmy #sketchy #nyc #parkournyc #nyclife #nycart #rooseveltisland #nyc_explorers #nycarchitecture #nycmodels
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Nick Ortiz brought his Parkour skills to the FDR Four Freedoms Park, jumping over the Giant Head

and stunts at other Roosevelt Island locations

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Wow, Responsible Riders Follow Roosevelt Island Bike Signage Around Blackwell Turnaround Instead Of Going Against One Way Traffic On Manhattan Side - Resident Suggests Painting Bike Lane Green For Visual Direction Cue

Today, spotted one of few times riders followed Roosevelt Island No Bike signage

and went around Blackwell Turnaround to Queens side of Main Street instead of going against traffic on Manhattan side of Main Street.

The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reacts: