Friday, March 5, 2021

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend, E Replaces F To And From Manhattan, East River Ferry Service And Citibike Too - RIOC Increases Tram Social Distancing Capacity From 35 To 55 Passengers Beginning Monday

According to the MTA, the E train replaces the F train for Roosevelt Island subway service to and from Manhattan this weekend and upcoming weekends thru March 29:

TUNNEL REHABILITATION Fri 9:45 PM to Mon 5 AM* until Mar 29. F Trains are replaced by the E between 21 St-Queensbridge and Delancey St-Essex St 

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:

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 Monday, March 8th, from 35 to 55 passengers per cabin, and we will continue to assess and gradually increase ridership 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, March 4, 2021

Roosevelt Island Is Site Of NYC Spooky Mystery Apartment Tik Tok Video Viral Sensation - Local Woman Discovers And Explores Secret Portal Behind Bathroom Mirror

The NY Post reports today:

Supernatural squatters? 

A New York City woman is convinced her apartment is haunted after uncovering a creepy hidden room straight out of a horror flick. She documented the spine-tingling discovery in a series of TikTok videos that have collectively amassed millions of views. 

“Seriously never would I have expected to find this . . . and I documented all of it,” writes Samantha Hartsoe in a caption for the first clip, which boasts a staggering 7.4 million watches....


seriously never would I have expected to find this... and I documented all of it ##mystery ##fyp ##nyc ##secret ##foryou ##apartment ##storytime

♬ Mysterious - Andreas Scherren
Of course, the creepy NYC apartment hidden behind a bathroom mirror is located on Roosevelt Island in what appears to be Roosevelt Landings. Follow our Roosevelt Island neighbor, Samantha Hartsoe, as she bravely, or foolishly, seeks to discover what lurks behind the bathroom mirror.

HOW IS THIS IN MY BATHROOM WALL ##mystery ##nyc ##apartment ##secret ##storytime ##fyp

♬ Mysterious - Andreas Scherren

TRULY a new meaning to a “hole in the wall” ##mystery ##nyc ##apartment ##secret ##storytime ##fyp ##foryou

♬ Oh No - Kreepa

crawled through a wall for this mystery so enjoy the finale πŸ•΅πŸ»‍♀️ ##mystery ##nyc ##apartment ##secret ##storytime ##storytime ##fyp ##foryou

♬ Mysterious - Andreas Scherren

After seeing the hidden portal behind the bathroom mirror, do you think the very, very creepy 2004 Dark Water movie shot at Eastwood, before it became Roosevelt Landings, may not be a work of fiction after all?

A more pleasant Roosevelt Island experience for our neigbor is enjoying a walk around the waterfront


quick daily walk in NYC’s secret lil oasis aka my 🏑 🏝

♬ High Fashion (feat. Mustard) - Roddy Ricch
and a visit to the Saturday Farmers Market.

only so many options when you live in a river πŸ¦¦πŸ›’ ##nyc ##newyork ##food ##health ##market ##rooseveltisland ##secretsofnyc ##nycspots ##fyp ##foryou

♬ Fast - Sueco the Child

No doubt about it - Roosevelt Island is very special.   

UPDATE 3/5 - Roosevelt Island Historical Society President (RIHS) Judy Berdy adds:

In many Eastwood apartments all kind of areas were found under the staircases in the apts. People opened the walls and made great storage areas, though no one I know found a whole apt.
UPDATE 3:40 PM - According to a Roosvelt Landings building spokesperson:
The apartment abutting Ms. Hartsoe's bathroom is being renovated, and the opening she found was created during that renovation work. Yesterday, our building staff closed the opening. Our staff reached out to Ms. Hartsoe and her roommates today to address any additional concerns they may have and is awaiting their response

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Covid 19 PCR Test Available At Roosevelt Island Swift Emergency Care Test Site - Residents Want To Know Why $200 Cost For Uninsured And Copayments Due From Insured Unlike Other NYC Test Sites, RIOC Replies

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) reported February 19 that the Swift Emergency Care Testing Site 

would offer Covid 19 PCR testing. Today, RIOC sent out another announcement informing the Roosevelt Island community about availability of the Covid PCR test.

Roosevelt Island’s COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site is now offering polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, upon request at the check-in desk onsite. All insurance will be accepted, so be sure to bring insurance information and ID. Without proof of insurance, the PCR test will cost $200. Results will be available within 48 hours.

Rapid antigen testing remains free of charge and no insurance is required. Results available in as little as 15 minutes to approximately 24 hours, depending upon volume of individuals tested.

Located at 524 Main St. (formerly the R.I. branch library), Wednesdays through Saturdays, 9 AM to 5 PM. To pre-register, go to: RIOC.NY.GOV/556 or call 212-702-0864 for assistance. It should be noted that you will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis by way of registration.

This week several Roosevelt Island residents have asked:

I was under the impression that Covid tests were free. Why is the Island lab asking for insurance & charging for PCR tests?

I asked RIOC today:
Several residents have contacted me asking why the Roosevelt Island Swift Covid Test Site is charging $200 for PCR Test to the uninsured and why they are charging a co-pay for those with insurance.

According to the medical provider, the cost of the PCR test is consistent with other provider rates for uninsured patients. The cost is derived from the actual cost of the test and lab fees.

However that does not appear to be the case.

How much do each of these tests cost? 

Per the CARES Act, CityMD is not collecting copayments for COVID-19 related visits. CityMD does not bill for lab testing and inquiries regarding lab bills should discussed directly with the lab partner.

If you have specific concerns, you may want to call your insurance provider ahead of your visit to confirm they will cover the cost of your CityMD visit and test.

Why is the RIOC Swift site is charging for PCR Tests which does not appear to be consistent with other providers, namely City MD.

Also, any update regarding a Covid Vaccination site coming to Roosevelt Island?

RIOC Public Information Officer Amy Smith replied.

As mentioned, according to the medical provider, the cost of the PCR test is consistent with other provider rates for uninsured patients. The cost is derived from the actual cost of the test and lab fees.

CityMD, as part of Summit CityMD, has approximately 8,000 employees, more than 1,600 providers, and 200 locations in New Jersey and New York. The Roosevelt Island COVID-19 Rapid Testing Site a one-of-a-kind pop-up.

You can schedule a Roosevelt Island Covid 19 test here.

Cornell Tech Students Offering Digital Literacy Classes To Roosevelt Island Residents - Sign Up To Learn The ABC's Of Hardware, Data, Software, Protecting Your Phone Privacy, Googling And Massive Open Online Courses

Cornell Tech students are offering digital literacy classes open to all Roosevelt Island residents. According to Jane Swanson, Cornell Tech Assistant Director Government and Community Relations:


Taught by Cornell Tech Students 

Are you interested in becoming more digitally savvy? Cornell Tech students will offer 

Digital Literacy Classes to Roosevelt Islanders again this year – but the format will be a little different: three two-hour sessions will be offered on consecutive Fridays. See class descriptions below. 

Sign up HERE to attend the INFO SESSION to be held next Monday, March 8th at 1:30 p.m. EST where you can learn more about the classes. You can also reach out to me at To attend the classes, you must register for the INFO SESSION. 

Cornell Tech is grateful for the support and engagement of the Roosevelt Island Senior Center in offering these on-line classes! Hope to see you at the INFO SESSION. 


March 08, 2021 at 1:30 p.m- EST 

March 19, 2021 10-12 p.m- EST
Setttings & Speed
The ABCs of Hardware, Data, Software and more 

March 26, 2021 10-12 p.m- EST
Picking Privacy
The ABCs of Protecting Your Phone 

April 2, 2021 10-12 p.m- EST
Search & Learn
Googling How to do things and MOOCS: Massive Open Online Courses

 Sign up HERE to attend

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Man Falls From Roosevelt Island F Train Subway Platform Onto Tracks This Morning, FDNY Emergency Workers Rescue Man Under Train, Taken To Hospital

This morning, a man fell from the Roosevelt Island F Train subway station platform onto the Tracks.

According to a MTA spokesperson:

At approx. 9:47 a.m. a person fell onto the tracks at Roosevelt Island. Normal service resumed at 10:37 a.m.

A FDNY spokesperson adds

Units responded to 449 main st/Roosevelt Island for a report of a trauma/man under train at 09:53 .Power was shut off and victim was removed from the track. 1 patient transported to Cornell
A Tipster shares video of emergency workers rescuing the man stuck under F Train.

The cause of man falling onto tracks is unknown at this time.

When asked this afternoon, the NYPD had no record of the incident.

UPDATE 3/3 - According to NYPD spokesperson:

On March 2, 2021 at 09:50am in the confines of the 114th Precinct there was a 911 call of a man under at the Roosevelt Island Subway station on the F line. 

Police responded to the scene where an aided male fell to the roadbed. Aided was removed from the roadbed conscious and alert with a possible broken leg. Aided did not make contact with the train. Aided was removed from the scene by EMS to Cornell Hospital. 

No criminality is suspected.

The man appeared to have fainted and fell to the roadbed.

Construction Starts This Week Of $I Million Accessibility Improvements Project For Disabled People At Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park - Wheelchair Platform Lift To Be Installed At Grand Staircase And Pathway Renovations Part Of ADA Lawsuit Settlement

As reported in March 2017

Last May, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park, designed by architect Louis Kahn, was inaccessible to the disabled community and according to the NY Times:

... the city is withholding a permanent certificate of occupancy and hundreds of thousands of dollars in financing until the matter is resolved....


On March 16, the Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) filed a lawsuit claiming that the FDR Four Freedoms Park, a:

... Site dedicated to freedom denies freedom of access to people with disabilities...

Plaintiff Edith Prentiss at the Four Freedoms Park. Photo by Joe Rappaport.

In November 2017, DRA reported:

In resolution of a federal lawsuit brought by Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) last March, the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have agreed to the installation of a lift at the front steps of the monument built in 2012 to honor Franklin D. Roosevelt. The settlement also includes other accessibility improvements to the Four Freedoms Park furthering full access for visitors with mobility disabilities....

More than 3 years later, good news. Installation of the FDR Park staircase wheelchair platform lift and other accessibility improvements will begin this week. 

On February 26, the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced:

... work will start on a $1 million project to enhance disability access at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park in New York City.

Starting next week and concluding in late spring, work will include a new incline platform lift at the granite Grand Stairway and renovation of two aggregate stone pathways to enhance accessibility....

... During construction, access to the park on Roosevelt Island will be limited to the western esplanade at the Manhattan side, the grassy area adjacent to the Room, and the Room at the southern tip of the park...

Upon learning of the news, Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) President Wendy Hersh said:

This is wonderful new. This now allows all residents on Roosevelt island to enjoy the park and events there. Persons with disabilities especially those with mobility issues will now be able to go and enjoy the beauty and views. This is another step closer of inclusiveness of individuals with disabilities within our community. 
NY State Parks NYC Regional Director Leslie Wright adds:

State Parks and the Four Freedoms Conservancy have modified our partnership, enabling the Conservancy to fulfill the role of a more traditional park friends group. State Parks is overseeing maintenance and operation of the facility. The Conservancy will focus solely on the Park’s programmatic and fundraising efforts, in which it has excelled. The public should not notice any change in their enjoyment of the park.  

Here's the NY State Parks February 26 Press release on matter:

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced today work will start on a $1 million project to enhance disability access at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park in New York City.

Starting next week and concluding in late spring, work will include a new incline platform lift at the granite Grand Stairway and renovation of two aggregate stone pathways to enhance accessibility.

“This project will ensure that all New Yorkers can enjoy equal access to this important memorial to a New Yorker who was one of our greatest leaders,” said State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid. “At Parks, we value doing what is needed so that our Parks and historic sites are open to all.”

The project is supported by a $250,000 allocation from New York City Council Member Mark Levine and $250,000 grant from State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, with the balance supported by NY Works.

Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright said, "I am proud to have given $250,000 in grant money that was needed to upgrade the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park making it ADA compliant so that all New Yorkers can have access. The park has been a magnificent addition to the Roosevelt Island and New York City communities. During the pandemic we have relied on our parks and open spaces to be an escape and the Four Freedoms Park needs to be accessible. I commend State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy CEO Howard Axel, and Vice Chair Sally Minard for seeing this need and getting the work done."

Senator JosΓ© M. Serrano said, "As the State Senator representing Roosevelt Island and as Chair of the Senate Committee overseeing State Parks, I am very pleased that work will begin to make accessibility enhancements at Four Freedoms Park. These improvements will make it possible for every New Yorker to fully experience all that this treasured park has to offer. Thank you to Assembly Member Seawright and Council Member Levine for their support of the project and to Commissioner Kulleseid for his commitment to ensuring our parks and public spaces are accessible to New Yorkers living with disabilities."

New York City Council Member Mark Levine said, “Over the past year, I think everybody in our city gained a new appreciation for the importance of our public spaces and the need to make sure they are accessible and well maintained. Four Freedoms Park is one of New York City’s true masterpieces in our park system, but needed overdue and important upgrades to make it ADA compliant. I am thrilled that funds from the City Council enabled work on this important project to start and eventually allow all New Yorkers to experience that magical ascent up the park’s iconic stairs.”

New York City Council Member Ben Kallos said, "Four Freedoms Park should be easily accessible to everyone. Thank you to the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for committing to increasing accessibility in the park. Once completed the ramp will go a long way in helping many tourists and visitors enjoy access."
During construction, access to the park on Roosevelt Island will be limited to the western esplanade at the Manhattan side, the grassy area adjacent to the Room, and the Room at the southern tip of the park. 

FDR Four Freedoms State Park is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are also available for visitor use free-of-charge at the State Park entrance booth.

Designed in 1973 by architect Louis Kahn and completed in 2012, the four-acre memorial is located on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in New York City. The park champions universal human rights as defined by President Roosevelt in his January 6, 1941 “Four Freedoms” speech.

Located just 1,500 feet across the East River from the United Nations Headquarters, the park offers panoramic views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. The park is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. in summer months.

Since opening in 2012, more than 1.4 million people have visited the park.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 78 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, visit, download the free NY State Parks Explorer mobile app or call 518-474-0456. Also, connect on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Roosevelt Island Rivercross Coop Building Votes To Continue Ban On Dogs In Place Since 1975 - Lazy Dog Owners Who Fail To Clean Up Poop Ruin It For Responsible Owners Says Resident, Offers Suggestions

The Roosevelt Island Rivercross coop building shareholders voted last week not to change their current bylaws prohibiting dogs in units (except those for service/emotional support). The policy has been in place since Rivercross opened in 1975.

Rivercross resident Ellen Polivy reacts to the vote:

Rivercross won’t be letting in dogs at this time. We failed to pass an amendment to the proprietary lease to allow dogs in the building. To amend the lease requires a 2/3 super majority of the total shares to vote yes. Unfortunately, the yes votes did not clear that very high bar. Many people who didn’t vote might not have understood that not voting was counted as a no vote. But many might have been ambivalent.  

I feel sad and disappointed. I hoped more neighbors would be more kindly focused on the benefits of "man's best friend" to our well-being and mental health. But this won’t happen now. I have to remember that up until recently, Roosevelt Island was a no-dog Island, and I have to admit, much as I like dogs, it was much cleaner then.  

I think many of the no voters and some of the abstainers in our building feared that their neighbors just-might-possibly turn out to be the same inconsiderate-slob dog owners they see evidenced around the Island. Some voters were not willing to take that chance no matter how generous they might have been inclined to be towards their neighbor. Lazy dog owners sully every other dog owner’s reputation, Even the responsible dog owners get tarnished.  

I have begun to understand that a new conversation needs to be started if we are to have non-dog people comfortable having dogs in their previously pristine spaces. We have a sloppy dog problem here on the Island. According to complaints I've heard, some parts of our little Island’s grass and tree beds are littered with dog poo. Some people are just not picking up after their pets. These are places where children play, families picnic, people do yoga and sunbathe and garden. 

I, myself have put my yoga mat on the ground in more than one place and turned my face toward a smelly dried turd. I don’t know where dogs are supposed to go to relieve themselves and which green spaces is an acceptable dog toilet where people should be warned not to put down their mats due to high concentrations of whatever came out of your pet. I can respectfully suggest curbing your dog is a good first start. But not being a dog owner myself, I have no idea what curbing your dog really means for someone walking their dog on the promenade. My personal peeve is people who let their dogs urinate under overhangs where the rain can’t wash it away and where it remains as a constant sticky stain until someone from RIOC or building maintenance cleans it.  

Two suggestions:  

I humbly suggest that another step in helping people be responsible might be for all of us to carry an extra bag, catch lazy owners in the act and make a show of cleaning up for them if they don’t do it themselves. Or perhaps, everyone should carry an extra bag and pick up dried feces when you see it. 

It takes very little effort and the selfless act will get the Island much cleaner. I am throwing out some suggestions as a way to get this conversation started, action going. Perhaps dog owners taking action to clean up the island will help non dog lovers become more comfortable accepting dogs in their midst..
Instagram readers comment:
  • That’s really unfortunate. We have dogs in island house and it’s never been a nuisance.
  • I remember when dogs were not allowed anywhere on the islandπŸ˜‚ outside, buildings, everywhere.
  • Don’t know how we would have weathered the pandemic so far without our dog...
  • I would love to live in Rivercross but I didn’t realize there were so many rules and regs. Are cats 🐈‍⬛ 🐈 allowed?

Dogs are also not allowed on the Rivercross lawn though that policy is rarely, if ever, enforced.

 Instagram comments:
If they want to enforce no dogs on the grass then I suggest they move the πŸ’© bag post to another area because it implies you can walk your dog here

Sunday, February 28, 2021

RIOC Accepting Roosevelt Island Spring/Summer Outdoor Field Permit Applications Today Thru Tuesday March 9 For Pony, McManus & Capobianco Fields

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced last evening that applications are being accepted today through this coming Tuesday for Roosevelt Island outdoor fields.

According to the RIOC announcement:
Be advised that beginning Sunday, February 28th, 2021 at 9AM through Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 at 5PM , the Permitting Dept will begin accepting applications for Outdoor Fields (Pony / McManus fka Octagon / Capobianco Fields) for the Spring/Summer period of April 1st to August 31st.

Applications submitted before February 28th, 2021 at 9AM will not be considered and applicants will need to resubmit during the correct time period. 

In an effort to ensure the proper safety procedures due to COVID restrictions all fields are reduced to 50% capacity and a NYS Safety Plan MUST be submitted.
Interested parties can submit applications via the following link
RIOC website adds:

Capobianco Field is located across the street from 595 Main Street. It is a softball/kickball field that measures 175 feet by 230 feet.  

Firefighters Field is located across the street from 405 Main Street. It is a combination soccer / softball field that measures 303 feet by 178 feet. The field is open for permitted use from dawn to dusk. No permits are issued on Fridays and Saturdays to allow for open play. 

Octagon Field has been reopened. 

Pony Field is located just south of 888 Main Street. It is a large softball / kickball field that measures 250 feet by 230 feet. The field is open for permitted use from dawn to dusk.

RIOC's announcement last night does not include information on Firefighters Field permit applications.  

Click here for Roosevelt Island outdoor field permit applications.