Saturday, February 6, 2021

Bernie Sander Is Back And Not Too Happy With Long Lines At Roosevelt Island Tram Today But Waits Patiently For Grab And Go Items At RI Public Library

The Roosevelt Island Bernie Sanders Inauguration Mitten Meme sensation is still going strong. 

Bernie’s back and not too happy with long lines today at Roosevelt Island Tram due to no Roosevelt Island F Train Service to Manhattan this weekend.

He’s much more patient waiting for Grab and Go items from the Roosevelt Island Public Library.

Photos by Julia Chang.

More of the Roosevelt Island Bernie Mitten meme at this prior post.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) reported this evening:

Please be advised that, due to delays in subway service to Roosevelt Island as well as no Manhattan-bound subway service, there are longer than usual lines at the R.I. Tram.

As an alternative, we are offering a Red Bus shuttle to the Manhattan Tram station until 7:30 PM tonight and will resume this service tomorrow from 11 AM until 7:30 PM. Additionally, you can take the Q102 bus or NYC Ferry (

Roosevelt Island Was A Winter Wonderland Today For Sledding On The Slopes Of Cornell Tech Campus Followed By Hot Drink From Cornell Cafe On Outdoor Patio - More Snow Coming On Sunday


Roosevelt Island's Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney agrees: And then some hot drinks from the Cornell Tech Cafe on the outdoor patio.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Listen To Take Me To Roosevelt Island, A Beautiful Song About Uniqueness Of Our East River Home - An Oasis In New York City And A Dream Spot To Live Says NYC Singer Songwriter Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a New York City based singer, songwriter and pianist. Earlier this year, he participated in the 15th annual Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project. He wrote and performed Take Me To Roosevelt Island for the closing event of the project.

It's a beautiful song which truly captures the uniqueness of Roosevelt Island, an oasis in the middle of New York City.

Watch the video and listen to the words - I'll bet they resonate with many.

According to Mr. Miller:

I live in Astoria, about a 30 minute walk from Roosevelt Island, and the first time I visited I was just struck by how it felt like an oasis in the middle of the city – it felt like I could leave the stress and hubbub on the other side of the river, and I had such a sense of peace that was hard to come by elsewhere in town. 

Once the pandemic hit, and I spent so much of my time cooped up in my apartment, I started taking walks over there whenever I could – walking 30 minutes there, walking around for maybe an hour, and then walking back. It became my go-to place to restore my peace of mind. 

The song is, for me, about coming to terms with the difficulty of making a life in a city like New York, and longing for relief from the pressure and the non-stop grind.

I tell everyone that Roosevelt Island's my dream spot to live, whenever I can afford it!

More info about my music is also available on my website. 

Here are the lyrics to Take Me To Roosevelt Island by Ian Miller:

I feel like I’m wasting away in this town
I stare at the Hudson and watch myself drown
In this city that won’t let me sleep
Full of promises that it can’t keep

Take me to Roosevelt Island
Where the river flows gently all day
I’ll sit ‘neath the bridge in the silence
And hear what the breeze has to say
I’m getting lost in this city
All the busyness just doesn’t pay
So take me to Roosevelt Island
It’s only a mile away

All these people move fast and I want to go slow
And if I disappeared, well, would anyone know? No...
In this city that don’t give a damn
Where I don’t even know who I am

Take me to Roosevelt Island
Where the river flows gently all day
I’ll sit ‘neath the bridge in the silence
And hear what the breeze has to say
I’m getting lost in this city
I used to know how to pray
So take me to Roosevelt Island
It’s only a mile away

Getting tired of fighting
Can’t you see that I’m trying?
Need a place I can hide here
Or else I’m gonna die here

So take me to Roosevelt Island
Where the river flows gently all day
I’ll sit ‘neath the bridge in the silence
And hear what my heart has to say
God get me out of this city
Or give me a reason to stay
I’m sick of the noise and the striving
I’m young but I’m barely surviving
Just longing for Roosevelt Island

Forever a mile away

Ian MillerMusic Director * Pianist * Singer-Songwrite

Yum, Enjoy A Spicy Cinnamon Mocha Espresso At Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Cafe Daily In February For National Chocolate Lovers Month - Sip And Keep Warm Outside At Cornell Cafe Outdoor Patio

According to the Cafe @Cornell Tech:

Parliament Coffee Bar at Cornell Tech is featuring a Spicy Cinnamon Mocha Espresso for National Chocolate Lovers Month! Available daily through February

The Cornell Cafe is open for take out, delivery and outdoor dining on their patio.

Check out the Cornell Cafe daily menu.

Hours: Monday – Friday: 8AM – 5PM, Saturday & Sunday: 11AM – 5PM

UPDATE 2/6 - Roosevelt Island's Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney tweets:

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend, No Manhattan Bound F Train, But There Is Tram, Ferry & Electric Citibike - You Could Stand Up Paddle Across East River Too

According to the MTA there is no Roosevelt Island Manhattan bound F train service this weekend;

No Brooklyn-bound F service at 21 St-Queensbridge, Roosevelt Island, Lexington Av/63 St and 57 St 

F Trains run via the E in both directions between Roosevelt Av and Canal St and via the A to/from Jay St-MetroTech 

Jamaica-bound E replaces the F at 57 St, Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge....

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

While we continue to follow social distancing and align our operations with New York Forward guidance, we also continue to incrementally increase the number of passengers permitted on the Tram. Tram capacity will increase on Sunday, November 1st, from 20 to 35 passengers per cabin, and we will continue to assess and gradually increase in phases. 

We understand the need for this mode of transportation, however, the health and safety of our riders and operators are our priority. We appreciate your cooperation.

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

And Roosevelt Island Citbike docking stations

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

Why Is Roosevelt Island Sportspark Pool Closed Days After Snowstorm? Will Reopen February 8 After Standard Cleaning And Maintenance Says RIOC

Following the closure of Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) facilities earlier this week due to the snowstorm, RIOC announced Tuesday February 2:

Please be advised that the below RIOC facilities will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday, February 3rd:
  • All RIOC administrative offices
  • The Cultural Center
  • Good Shepherd Community Center
  • Sportspark
The following facilities will remain closed:
  • The Roosevelt Island Youth Center
  • Sportspark Pool

The Sportspark pool has been closed since January 18 due to a staff member's Covid exposure but was scheduled to re-open February 1 before RIOC postponed the re-opening following the snowstorm.

I asked RIOC yesterday

Why has the Sportspark Pool not re-opened? Is it closure related to the Snowstorm, another Covid incident or some other reason? When does RIOC anticipate the pool re-opening?
Newly hired RIOC Public Information Officer Amy Smith replied:
Thank you for your inquiry. I’m moving Mr. Haynes and Aida to bcc to spare their inboxes going forward. As mentioned, we encourage you to send inquiries directly to me as I am the point of contact. All pertinent updates will be disseminated via our official channels which we’ve outlined for you in previous correspondence.

Later in the day RIOC sent out an advisory reporting:

Please be advised that Sportspark Pool will reopen on Monday, February 8th for normal operating hours:

  • Monday - Wednesday, 7:30 AM - 3 PM
  • Saturday - Sunday, 10:30 AM - 6 PM
  • Closed: Thursday and Friday

Thank you.

I followed up today asking RIOC:
The RIOC advisory about Sportspark pool remaining closed until Monday does not say why it is still closed after other RIOC facilities opened after the snowstorm. Is there a staffing, mechanical, health or some other reason Sportspark pool is not open until Monday?
Ms Smith replied:
Thank you for the follow-up. Sportspark Pool is undergoing standard cleaning and maintenance. It will re-open on Monday, February 8th, weather permitting.

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At Fusion Salon We have created a warm and friendly family atmosphere where our aim is to always exceed your expectations and to ensure a safe and superb experience time and time again. 

We have separations dividers between chairs.We check temperature from each client.Our employees regularly take a test for COVID-19.

Our employees will wash hands or sanitize after each client, sanitize station and chairs after each client & wear face mask. 

All our Employees have completed Covid-19 training rules regarding precautions and safety for everybody.

At Fusion Salon we are always happy to discuss your hair care needs or styling questions. Ask your stylist which products or treatments are most appropriate for your type of hair. We appreciate how important your hair is and how it affects the way you feel.

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Fusion Salon hours are:

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  • Sunday 10am – 7pm
  • Monday – Closed
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We look forward to working with you on your individual hair needs.

Candidate To Represent Roosevelt Island And UES In NYC Council District 5 Kim Moscaritolo Hosting Roosevelt Island Residents Speak Out Virtual Zoom Meeting Tuesday February 9

Kim Moscaritolo is a candidate to represent Roosevelt Island and the Upper East Side in NYC Council District 5, seeking to succeed current City Council Member Ben Kallos who is term limited from running again. Mr Kallos is running to succeed Gale Brewer as Manhattan Borough President.

According to Ms Moscaritolo: 

Hello friends! 

Next Tuesday, February 9th, my campaign for City Council will be hosting a virtual round table titled "Roosevelt Island Residents Speak Out." This will be an opportunity for Roosevelt Island residents to share any ideas or concerns they may have with me and the campaign. Topics that we plan on discussing include COVID-19 testing and vaccine distribution, transportation issues, affordable housing, help for small businesses, and much more.

This event will be fairly casual, and participation in no way implies any endorsement of the campaign.  

Please share widely with your networks! I'm attaching a flyer, and anyone who wants to RSVP can do so here

Roosevelt Island Residents Speak Out 

Tuesday, Feb. 9th 6pm-7pm Please note that Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright has her virtual swearing in on this same evening at 7pm. We have scheduled this event at 6pm so that people can attend both.

Learn more about Ms Moscaritolo at her campaign website.

Ms Moscaritolo's opponents in the June 22 Democratic Party Primary are: 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Candidate To Represent Roosevelt Island And UES In NYC Council District 5 Billy Freeland Helps Clean Up And Shovel Snow Blocking Bike Lane Next To Queensboro Bridge Across From Roosevelt Island Tram This Morning

Billy Freeland is a candidate to represent Roosevelt Island and the Upper East Side in NYC Council District 5, seeking to succeed current City Council Member Ben Kallos who is term limited from running again. Mr Kallos is running to succeed Gale Brewer as Manhattan Borough President.

This morning, Mr Freeland was out shoveling snow in the Second Avenue bike lane by the Queensboro Bridge across from the Roosevelt Island Tram. According to the Twitterverse:

Learn more about Mr Freeland at his campaign website.

Mr Freeland's opponents in the June 22 Democratic Party Primary are: 


Snowman Enjoying Roosevelt Island Rooftop View - Watch 3 Day Time Lapse Video Of Roosevelt Island Snowstorm And Then Take A Walk On Roosevelt Island During Frigid Temperatures And Heavy Snowstorm From The Comfort Of Your Warm Home

A Snowman was spotted enjoying Roosvelt Island rooftop view.

Take a look at this 3 day time lapse video from the Octagon of snowsorm that started last Sunday  

and go for a Roosevelt Island snowy walk from the comfort of your warm harm.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Update From Friends Of Coler - Valentine's Day Walk n Wave To Our Roosevelt Island Neighbors At Coler Rehab & Nursing Facility, NY Attorney General's Covid Nursing Home Report, Feb 4 Open Doors Spotlight Conversation On Coler Conditions & Watch Trailer From Powerful New Coler Documentary Fire Through Dry Grass

The Friends Of Coler are a group of Roosevelt Island residents organizing to help the patients and staff of NYC Health & Hospitals Corp (HHC) Coler Facility during the Coronavirus pandemc.

According to the Friends Of Coler:

Please join us on Sunday, February 14th at 2:30 p.m. for our first "Walk n Wave" event outside Coler. We will spread some Valentine's cheer with our friends by wearing red and showing up in numbers to celebrate and drop off treats. We hope to give our friends the message that, as a community, we are here for them and thinking about them ongoing during this extended time without visits from their families or other volunteers.

Secondly, you may have read about the NY Attorney General's just-released report about undercounting coronavirus-related deaths of NY State Nursing Home Residents as well as other incidents of poor management and standards of infection control during Covid. Nurses and residents of Coler are some of the people who contributed to this important investigation.

We wish to invite you to OPEN DOORS’ new series: The Spotlight Live, . The inaugural conversation will focus on what, if anything, has changed at Coler since Molly Schwartz’ April 28 story “Nothing But Death: Inside the Nursing Home Where NYC’s Most Vulnerable Struggle to Survive COVID-19,” and address the devastating impact of the almost year-long lockdown on Coler residents.

Molly Schwartz will interview Nursing Home Lives Matter founder, Vincent Pierce, and Fire Through Dry Grass Co-Director Andres “Jay” Molina.

This event will go live on the OpenDoors Facebook page at 7pm on Thursday, February 4th, 2020. Please join them for an illuminating and important discussion as well as to show support to our friends inside Coler. 

Best wishes, 

Julia and Nicole - Friends of Coler

Watch the latest trailer from the Fire Through Dry Grass documentary by Mr Molina and Alexis  Neophytides showing the devastation inflicted upon our Roosevelt Island Coler residents by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Fire Through Dry Grass – Trailer from The Big Chair on Vimeo.

Friends Of Coler helped organize the December 19 Roosevelt Island Nursing Home Lives Matter Protest Rally outside the nursing facility.

If you would like to join Friends of Coler, send them an email.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Did You Know It Snowed On Roosevelt Island Today, It's A Big One And Still Going Strong - Take A Look

The snowstorm began last night and a brave soul with her dog made it to the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse. The Plows were working today to remove snow from Main Street
Melissa Wade reports:
You can see the hard-working crew fighting the blizzard to keep drives and walks open, they have been at it for some time. Same with our awesome crew at 460. The snow is relentless right now.
And clearing the sidewalks at Rivercross too.

Some were ready for sledding

and others built a snowman

 The Red Bus was running

as was the Tram.

Here's the view of Good Shepherd Plaza

Manhattan Park
The Octagon
and Cornell Tech

 Tanya Morrisett shares the snowy view of Long Island City and Queensboro Bridge 

from Roosevelt Island. 

More snow coming tonight and tomorrow.