Saturday, September 26, 2020

Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival Today - Fantastic Work By Artists Painting Murals With Social Justice Theme, See For Yourself

The theme of the annual Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival mural painting was Social Justice; Reclaiming Our Time. Will have much more later, but here are a few of the murals painted today and brief interviews with several of the artists.

Stay tuned. More murals and interviews to come. You can see these murals and others at the Meditation Lawn. Also, more murals are at Southpoint Park too. Wonderful job by all the artists and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) for organizing the event despite the Covid-19 Pandemic UPDATE 8:55 PM:

Friday, September 25, 2020

Ahoy Mateys, Was That A Pirate Ship In East River Passing Roosevelt Island Today And Is The Pirate Life For You?

Roosevelt Island resident Lauren Blankstein spotted the East River Pirate Ship passing Roosevelt Island today and shares this video.

Pirate ship was spotted passing Roosevelt Island in 2018 too.

Are you a Pirate


and is the Pirate life for you? 

UPDATE 9/26:

Annual Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival Tradition Continues This Year With Social Distance Activities Saturday, September 26 - Check Out The Outdoor Mural Paintings At Meditation Lawn and Southpoint Park

The annual Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival takes place tomorrow, Saturday, September 26, with artists painting outdoor murals at Rivercross (Meditation) Lawn 

and Southpoint Park 

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

On Saturday, September 26, 2020, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) will present its annual Fall for Arts Festival on Roosevelt Island. This community festival, entering its 15th year, has a tradition of celebrating creativity and the changing seasons. The event combines performance and traditional arts through the creation of free-standing murals during the Festival. The theme of this year’s event is: “Social Justice: Reclaiming Our Time”. RIOC is looking for artists who are seeking to create works that reflect their vision to raise social justice awareness, create change, and encourage community activism. This year’s event will be adjusted for the COVID-19 pandemic, with only socially distanced mural making and other distanced art activities. We look forward to bringing back the music and amusements next year!...

Some artists started already.

 Kudos to RIOC for keeping the Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts tradition alive this very difficult year.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend, E Replaces F Train For 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 Tram, RIOC?

According to the MTA

... ELECTRICAL IMPROVEMENTS Sep 25 - 28 • Oct 2 - 5, Fri 9:45 PM to Mon 1 AM F Trains are replaced by the E between 21 St-Queensbridge and Delancey St/Essex St... ... 

Travel Alternatives: E replaces F at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63, 57 St, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, 34 St-Herald Sq, 23, 14, B'way-Lafayette Sts, 2 Av, Delancey St...

There is a Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin 20 passenger Covid-19 Social Distancing limit. No answer from Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) if they will follow the MTA and issue $50 fines for riders refusing to wear a mask.

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 25 - October 1 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 25 - October 1 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, September 24, 2020

Roosevelt Island Has A New Restaurant And It Looks Great - Granny Annie's Irish Bar & Kitchen Opens With Outdoor Seating Friday September 25, Take A Look At Menu And Peak Inside

Roosevelt Island's new Granny Annie's Irish Bar began serving customers at outdoor tables  this evening 

with a soft opening to a very happy group of residents, building staff, family and friends who sampled food and drinks from their menu.

Granny Annie's opens for everyone starting 2 PM tomorrow, Friday, September 25. Stop by, meet the friendly new owners and say hello to some of the former Riverrwalk Bar staff who have returned to work at Granny Annie's. Try some of the menu items and have a drink or two. The reviews from tonight were very good.

For now, there's outdoor dining only but soon indoor dining will begin with 25% social distancing capacity.

Here's a peak inside. It looks great.


Welcome Granny Annie's to Roosevelt Island.

UPDATE 9/27:

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Roosevelt Island Granny Annie's Irish Bar Getting Ready To Open With Outdoor Seating In Next Few Days - Cornell Tech Indoor Dining Starts September 30 And Try Chef Danny's Delicious End Of Summer Barbecue This Week On Outdoor Patio Too

The outdoor tables were being set up tonight at the soon to open Roosevelt Island Granny Annie's Irish Bar.

Stay tuned for Granny Annie's opening date info which is in the next few days.

Also, stop by the Cafe @Cornell Tech Cafe for some delicious end of summer barbecue through Friday:

Chef Danny’s BBQ @ The Cafe’ through Friday this week! Come by between 11am - 7pm for your choice of Beef Brisket, Herb Roasted Chicken or Vegan Bratwurst. Sides, sauces & cornbread included!
and take it outside on the gorgeous outdoor patio.

On September 30, indoor dining returns to

the Cafe @Cornell Tech
with face coverings, social distancing and 25% capacity seating.

Strong Turpentine Like Odor Overwhelming Areas Of Roosevelt Island For Over A Year Says Resident - RIOC Public Safety Investigation Does Not Discover Source Or Smell

Earlier this month, Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reported:

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Acting President Shelton Haynes asked:
I was just made away of your social media inquiry. PSD has not had any complaints come in about an odor but we would like to know where specifically there has been a smell so we can investigate.
I followed up yesteday asking Mr Haynes and RIOC Public Safety Department Chief Kevin Brown:

Did RIOC ever discover what was the turpentine like smell that residents reported earlier this month. Report of smell is continuing.

RIOC PSD Chief Kevin Brown replied:
PSD investigated the complaint of the smell the evening when the first complaint came in to our office. 

PSD did not discover where this smell may have come from. PSD has not gotten any further complaints about the smell. Officers canvassed areas by the Motorgate and seawalls. No unusual, overwhelming smell was noticed by officers, just the regular smell that comes from the river, fishy, unpleasant. No chemical smells.

UPDATE 8:10 PM - Roosevelt Island residents add:
  • I was In motorgate last night, the fumes were overwhelming!!
  • It’s very obviously coming from the Motorgate construction!
  • I think it was Monday morning when I went to foodtown, the smell was overwhelming. I assumed it was from motorgate.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Roosevelt Island Wildlife Sighting, Hawk Spotted Perched On East River Seawall - Enjoying The View And Looking For Next Meal?

Roosevelt Island resident Julia Ivashina shares up close view of Roosevelt Island Hawk on the East River promenade and adds:

One brave fluffy bird that others on the island may enjoy seeing.

Click full screen icon at bottom right of video for full screen view.

Watch video from 2019 of a hawk swooping over the Roosevelt Island Garden Club looking for food.

 Learn more about the natural world of Roosevelt Island at this prior post.

Monday, September 21, 2020

You're Invited To Virtual Roosevelt Island Community Conversation With Cornell Faculty Professor Tanzeem Choudhury Tuesday September 22 - Can Precision Technology Shape The Future Of Mental Health?

The Roosevelt Island Community Conversation with Cornell Tech Faculty series continues tomorrow, September 22, but because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the conversation will be virtual, taking place on Zoom, instead of on the Cornell Tech campus. According to Cornell Tech:

Tanzeem Choudhury: Can Precision Technology Shape the Future of Mental Health? 

DATE: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020 

TIME: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm EDT 

RSVP: Register at Zoom link to be provided upon registration. 

You may also email or call 646-220-1505.