Saturday, March 27, 2021

Boys Of Summer Spring Training At Roosevelt Island Pony Field - Sound Of Wooden Bat Hitting Baseball Is Sign Life Returning And Better Times Coming Soon

You wanna have a catch too?

Best Wishes For A Happy Roosevelt Island Passover - Why Is This Night Different From All Others And What To Do With Leftover Matzah?

Best wishes for a Happy Roosevelt Island Passover.

I'm not aware of any local in person Passover seder services but check out the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation and  Chabad of Roosevelt Island for more info.

You may ask why this night is different from all others? The Maccabeats answer.

Join a musical Seder with the Israeli Philharmonic.

And ideas for leftover Matzah?

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) shares this photo and some Roosevelt Island Jewish history 

with a Passover at Goldwater Hospital

Friday, March 26, 2021

Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Graduate Hotel Opening June 1, Rooftop Bar And Ground Floor Restaurant Likely Opening At Later Date

The Graduate Hotel located on the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech campus planned to open last July but was delayed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

Yesterday, the Graduate Hotel announced June 1 as the opening date for their Roosevelt Island hotel on the Cornell Tech Campus.

Roosevelt Island residents have been waiting with much excitement for the opening of the Graduate Hotel Cornell Tech campus rooftop bar and ground floor restaurant. Unfortunately, I'm told the rooftop bar and ground floor restaurant are unlikely to open on the June 1 date and are operating on a separate operational timeline schedule than the hotel

Booking info and room rates are here ranging from a low of $219 to a high of $419 per night at opening.

Also, eagerly anticipated is the discount room rate for Roosevelt Island residents agreed to by the Graduate Hotel. So far, the discount rate for Roosevelt Island residents is not listed on the Graduate Hotel booking website.

Here's a presentation by Graduate Hotel President David Rochefort 

 as well as the rooftop bar and ground floor restaurant operator Marc Rose

at the February 26,2020 Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Construction and Community Task Force Meeting. 

Below is the Graduate Hotel press release on the opening of Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech hotel:

Graduate Hotels® announces today that Graduate Roosevelt Island is now accepting reservations for stays beginning June 1st, 2021. The 224-key, 18-story hotel will open as part of the Graduate Hotels collection at the Cornell Tech campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. Serving as the island’s first hotel, Graduate Roosevelt Island will mark the brand’s New York City debut. Located at 22 North Loop Road, the hotel will be managed by Highgate and will offer a scholastic retreat in the middle of the East River with bright, modern spaces and breathtaking views of Manhattan, Queens and beyond.  

Graduate Hotels is a hand-crafted collection of hotels that reside in dynamic university-anchored towns across the country and expanding into the U.K. in summer 2021. Each property celebrates and commemorates the optimistic energy of its community, while offering an extended retreat to places that often play host to the best days of our lives.

Positioned at the entrance of the Cornell Tech campus, the hotel is architecturally designed by internationally renowned design firm, Snøhetta, and New York City-based hospitality-focused architecture firm, Stonehill Taylor, with interior design from Graduate Hotels’ in-house team. The interior design of the hotel blends Old School and New Age, taking inspiration from both the rich history of Roosevelt Island and the future of technology that the Cornell Tech campus embodies. The futuristic, fashionable and the functional meld to create a space that’s bright, open and always interesting.

Los Angeles-based hospitality team and New York City natives, Med Abrous and Marc Rose are the exclusive food and beverage partners at Graduate Roosevelt Island, marking the duo’s homecoming to the city. The hotel will include an all-day, full-service restaurant on the ground level, an extraordinary indoor-outdoor rooftop bar and lounge with unobstructed, sweeping views of the city and over 3,000 square feet of onsite flexible meeting space all concepted and operated by Abrous and Rose.

Easily accessible from the F Train, NYC Ferry, the Tramway and by car, Graduate Roosevelt Island invites locals looking for a convenient getaway from the city and visitors curious to experience New York City from a new perspective. Rates start at $219 per night.

Graduate Roosevelt Island is the 29th Graduate Hotels®️ property. For more information, visit: 

Click here for job opportunities with Meal Plan, the Graduate Hotel rooftop bar and ground floor restaurant operator.

Stay tuned for updates when more info becomes available.

Manhattan Borough President Candidate Brad Hoylman Meets And Speaks To Roosevelt Island Residents At Farmers Market Last Saturday - Watch Video Of What He Has To Say

Brad Hoylman is a NY State Senator representing the 27th District in Manhattan and running for Manhattan Borough President to succeed Gale Brewer who is term limited. Mr Hoylman was at the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market last Saturday meeting and talking with residents about local issues.

I spoke with Mr Hoylman at the Farmers Market. Mr Hoylman said his number one priority is affordable housing and emphasized need for a "progressive reformer" like himself as the Manhattan Borough President. Here's what he had to say.

Learn more about Mr Hoylman's campaign for Manhattan Borough President at his website.

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

You may ask what exactly does a Borough President do? According to The City:

... A borough president is an advocate for their borough in a number of ways. 

First, they have a sizable chunk of change at their disposal to fund local initiatives, groups and projects like buying technology for public schools, renovating local parks or spearheading community health outreach.

Borough presidents share about 5% of the city budget to fund things in their borough — about $4 billion among them, according to the city’s Campaign Finance Board.

Borough presidents can also introduce bills in the City Council, though they do not get a vote.
They weigh in on land use proposals — in other words, development projects that need public approval — with an advisory vote and written decision. Their input is not binding, but it can be quite influential if they are staunchly for or against a project and lobby Council members or the mayor. 

Working with local City Council members, Borough presidents also appoint all members of community boards, the local bodies that weigh in on everything from new bike lanes to liquor licenses for restaurants. With that power, the borough presidents can exert significant sway over neighborhood-level politics and projects....

Click here for more from The City on NYC Borough Presidents.

And the Gothamist has more on what the Borough President does.

Roosevelt Island Transportation This Weekend - E Train Replaces F To And From Manhattan, Tram Social Distancing Increased To 55 Cabin Riders, Ferry Service And Citibikes Too

According to the MTA, the E train replaces the F train for Roosevelt Island subway service to and from Manhattan this weekend.

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 Ciibike docking stations too.

Sponsord Post - Check Out Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket March 26- April 1 Holiday Product Offerings, Sales & Special Items - Online Shopping, Delivery Option, Digital Coupons & Nutrition Tips Too

The Roosevelt Island Foodtown Supermarket invites you to check out their March 26 - April 1 Weekly Flyer

 for Product Offerings, Specials and 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.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Poison Rat Trap Bait Boxes Placed In Roosevelt Island Grassy Public Areas Used By Children And Dogs, NY State Environmental Police Comes To Investigate

After receiving a complaint by a Roosevelt Island resident alarmed by the placement of poison rat trap bait boxes in public grassy areas frequented by children and dogs, the NY State Department Of Environmental Conservation Police came to investigate last Monday. 

Yesterday, I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Shelton Haynes:

The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation removed rat poison traps earlier this week from public space under RIOC control adjacent to the West Promenade across from Starbucks that children and dogs use.

Did RIOC place the rat poison traps in that area? If not, who did?

What is RIOC policy regarding use of rat poison in areas frequented by people and animals?

It has been a longstanding RIOC policy not to use rat poison in public spaces. Has that policy changed?

RIOC Public Information Officer Amy Smith replied:

After the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) collected the bait boxes due to a false claim that a member of the general public was placing them, it was determined that the bait boxes are in full compliance with DEC location and safety standards. The bait boxes were promptly returned to RIOC, who does own the boxes, for replacement.

Will update when results of the investigation are available.

Here's a 2019 pilot project in Brooklyn to get rid of rats.

Low Hanging Fog Rollin' In Off The East River Bank Hovers Below Roosevelt Island Bridge Today Seen From NYC Ferry

That was some fog this morning on the East River. Roosevelt Island resident Paul Krikler shares this photo of the fog hovering under the Roosevelt Island Bridge seen from the NYC East River Ferry.

The Twitterverse shows more of this morning's East River fog

Fog's rollin in off the East River Bank

from Simon & Garfunkel's Bleaker Street.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Speeding Car Loses Control, Jumps Sidewalk Curb And Crashed Into Column In Front Of Roosevelt Island Southpoint Park Gate Last Evening

A tipster reports a speeding car lost control, jumped sideawalk curb and crashed into a column

in front of the Roosevelt Island Southpoint Park gate last evening.

According to the Roosevelt Island Public Safety 24 Hour Incident Report:

03/23/21 – 1940 – East Loop Rd/South Loop RD – Vehicle Accident – PSD/NYPD/EMS/Tow Truck Co responded – Condition corrected.

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Amy Smith reports:

According to our Public Safety Department (PSD), at about 1945 hours (7:40 PM) PSD observed a vehicle had crashed into a column at Southpoint Park. The driver was inattentive and seemed to have lost control of the vehicle. The driver refused medical attention. The vehicle was towed by a A9’s Automotive Inc.... 

An NYPD spokesperson added the incident was under investigation.

Latest Update On Roosevelt Island Covid 19 Vaccinations, Anyone 50 Years And Older Or With Comorbidities Now Eligible For Moderna Vaccine At RI Duane Reade/Walgreens - 10044 Zip Code Covid 19 Testing, Deaths And Vaccination Data Too

According to the NY State Covid-19 Vaccine guidelines:

Over 12 million New Yorkers are now eligible for the vaccine. Eligible groups include doctors, nurses and health care workers, people age 50 and over, first responders, teachers, public transit workers, grocery store workers, public safety workers and New Yorkers with certain comorbidities and underlying conditions. 

FDA fact sheets for recipients and caregivers on each vaccine are available: Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson....

As previously reported, the Roosevelt Island Duane Reade/Walgreens is administering the Moderna vaccine.

Also, during the weekend of March 13-14, Duane Reade/Walgreens vaccinated almost 1300 people with the Johnson & Johnson single dose Covid 19 vaccine at a pop-up clinic site in the Roosevelt Island Senior Center.

Earlier this week, I asked Duane Reade/Walgreens:

Any update on Duane Reade/Walgreens Covid Moderna vaccinations at the store or bringing back the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine?
A Duane Reade Walgreens representative replied:
No word on when we will be getting more Johnson &Johnson vaccine yet but I am happy to say we are doing 300 first dose and 200 second dose vaccines in the Roosevelt Island store this week. 

Additionally, we are now following the guidelines of 50+ and comorbidity so it has opened up to a lot of folks. Hopefully, we can do another clinic on the island when more allocation comes available.

Click here to make your online Covid 19 Moderna vaccine appointment reservation at the Roosevelt Island Duane Reade/Walgreens and for more info from Walgreens.

As of now, there are no available appointments.

But the Duane Reade/Walgreens representative advises: 

With addition of new people being eligible appointments are filling up. That being said, everyday more appointments become available for 5 days in the future.

As of March 24, the NYC Health Department reports Roosevelt Island 10044 Zip Code has done:

  • at least 3718 single dose vaccinations (37%)
  • 2565 fully vaccinated (26%)

from an estimated population of 9,832.

And here's NYC Health Department Covid 19 vaccination 

data for all of NYC during same time period.

The NYC Health Department Roosevelt Island 10044 Zip Code Covid 19 test data for 7 day period from March 15-21 show 6 new reported positive cases from 472 tests for a 1.27% positivity rate.

The NYC Health Department neighborhood Covid Data Profile for Roosevelt Island zip code 10044 shows a total of 38 deaths and 508 total cases

Check back often at the Duane Reade/Walgreens Covid 19 Vaccination online registration site to make an appointment at the Roosevelt Island store or go to the NYC Vaccine Finder for all locations. 

UPDATE 3/29:

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Three Dolphins Spotted Frolicking In East River Near Greenpoint Transmitter Park Today, Any Sightings On Roosevelt Island?

The Twitterverse reports:

Sponsored Post - It's Time To File Your Taxes, "We Get The Job Done" Says Roosevelt Island Based Accountable Financial Management Corporation President Seymour Williams

Seymour Williams, CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) is a trusted advisor to individuals and business owners who seek to maximize their financial position. For over 30 years he has been a fully licensed expert in the financial fields of investments, insurance, real estate, mortgages and taxation. He is the President of Accountable Financial Management Corp, a minority owned business which has operated here on Main Street for more than 20 years.

Mr. Williams’ professional experience is extensive and he has consulted with several major international banks and with programs sponsored by both the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

He holds a BBA degree from Bernard M. Baruch College and an MBA in Finance from Long Island University, where he served on the faculty as a Professor of Finance and Management. Sy has lived on Roosevelt Island for 35+ years raising his family and serving as a respected member of the community.

501 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
Website: Email:
Phone: 212-644-8231
Fax: 212-644-0292

Monday, March 22, 2021

Sponsored Post - You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Church Of The Good Shepherd Palm Sunday Morning Service March 28, Palms Will Be Given, Easter Sunday Services on April 4 Too

Church Of The Good Shepherd 

Pastor Gerardo Ramirez 

Join Us 


March 28, 2021 

Morning Service 9:30 AM 

Palms Will Be Given 

We Will Practice Covid 19 Safety Protocols 

543 Main Street,  

Roosevelt Island New York, NY 10044

You're invited to Easter Sunday services on April 4 too.

Celebrating Roosevelt Island Nature With 2 Fascinating Free Virtual Talks Presented By iDig2Learn March 25 & 26 - Super Cool Ants & Making Paella With Coqui The Chef, Plants Behind The Dish

iDig2Learn is Celebrating Roosevelt Island's Nature with 2 fascinating free virtual talks this week and you're invited to attend.

Thursday, March 25th - 11am to Noon Ants. Super cool. Guest Speaker Chris Johnson from the American Natural History Museum.
RSVP "Ants" to for GoToMtg link
Christine Johnson is the Curatorial Associate in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History, where her focus is to care for and digitize (database & image) the millions of preserved invertebrate specimens in the collection for use by researchers and the public. Originally arriving in NYC to study ballet, her work on social insects focuses on understanding interactions between ant social parasites and their hosts, specializing on raider ants. Away from NYC she conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Helsinki, the Catholic University of Leuven and Ohio State University; back in NYC she is a member of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board and has been active in the community garden scene, especially in East Harlem.

Friday, March 26th 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Just in time for National Paella Day. A deep dive into Paella with Coqui the Chef - the plants behind the dish. One guest will win a free cooking class.
RSVP "Paella" to for Zoom link
Coqui the Chef is a social enterprise with a mission to teach the importance of food culture and eating smart.  We explore all types of food from all over the world. We enjoy teaching how food can be your passport to an amazing culinary experience.  Tania Lopez, founder of Coqui the Chef is listed in the New York Magazine's "The Strategist" as the Best Online Cooking Classes.  Make Food Your Passport!
Learn more about Roosevelt Island based iDig2Learn at their website, Twitter Feed and Instagram Page.

Roosevelt Island & UES Side NYC Council Member Ben Kallos Proposes NYPD Abide By Assimov's Laws Of Robotics - Proposes Ban On Weaponizing Remote Or Autonomous Robots That Interact With The Public

Roosevelt Island and UES NYC Council Member Ben Kallos, also a candidate for Manhattan Borough President recently introduced a bill requiring the NYPD to, at least in part, abide by the spirit of Issac Assimov's 3 Laws of Robotics

According to the NY Post:

He doesn’t want Robocops joining the NYPD.

A new city council bill would ban Big Apple cops from using “weaponized” robots.

“The bill says that you can’t weaponize robots in a way that can harm people,” Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), who told introduced the legislation last week, told The Post on Sunday....

Council Member Kallos issued this March 18 press release:

No Killer Robots Act Sought by Council Member Ben Kallos

After videos of the NYPD utilizing a robot dog in the Bronx went viral last month, New Yorkers have debated the merits of utilizing military technology to police neighborhoods and how groundbreaking robot technology will affect the lives of New Yorkers.
As a result, Council Member Ben Kallos is introducing Int. 2240 which would expand the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology or POST Act, which requires the NYPD to be more transparent on its surveillance and technology tools. The expansion would create a ban against weaponizing remote or autonomous robots that interact with the public in the City of New York. 
“No one wants a future where our City looks and feels like a Black Mirror episode,” said Council Member Ben Kallos. “The technology to arm robots already exists and in order to prevent anything like that from happening we have to act now before the technology gets ahead of the laws.”
“After years of unchecked growth, it’s time to ground the NYPD drone program,” said Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Executive Director Albert Fox Cahn. “Killer robots may sound science fiction, but they’ve already been used by other police departments. If the NYPD is willing to waste more than $70,000 on a robotic spy dog, we can’t really know what is next. Council Member Kallos’s bill would be a landmark protection against the next wave of NYPD drones. We urge the council to take action immediately.”
While the Boston Dynamics robot “Digidog” tested by the NYPD was teleoperated and not currently equipped with weapons, there is no policy or transparency on all current and future capabilities of technology loaned to or procured by New York City law enforcement.  For example, as explained in a recent Curbed article, the robot has a “docking function that can instruct the robot to ‘return home’ by just pushing a button”, a clearly autonomous function with potentially harmful ramifications for citizens.
The concern for weaponized military technology has grown concurrently with concerns for municipal law enforcement departments utilizing military technology while policing neighborhoods. Locally, recent examples of the city’s use as a testing ground for innovative policing technology, such as IBM’s software testing enabling law enforcement to search surveillance video footage for skin color, have led to an outcry over the lack of oversight and transparency.
This legislation is in line with international efforts to ban all robotic weaponry that can make lethal decisions intentionally (known as lethal autonomous weapons (LAWs) or accidentally with no ability for human intervention, including efforts to adopt an international treaty. The NYPD’s exploration of utilizing military technology and weaponry in New York neighborhoods demands statutory oversight on formally banning certain controversial technology with weaponized capabilities.
A recent survey conducted by the market research company Ipsos and commissioned by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots shows widespread concern for allowing this technology, with 62% in opposition.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Sunday Sun & Smoothie At Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Cafe Outdoor Patio Today - Hope To See You There This Week

Beautiful warm and sunny spring weather today brought Roosevelt Island residents and visitors to the Cornell Tech Cafe to enjoy a drink and bite to eat or just hang out and watch the scene.

The ice cream is pretty good too.

Check out this week's menu at the Cornell Tech Cafe and see you at at the outdoor patio.