Saturday, June 12, 2021

Roosevelt Island Day Celebration Concert With Music From Stoop Kidz Brass Band A Big Hit At East River Promenade Meditation Steps Today - Bring Them Back To Roosevelt Island For More Outdoor Music And Other Bands Too

This afternoon's Roosevelt Island Day crowd at the Meditation Steps and East River Promenade were shaking and jumping with the funky music of the Stoop Kidz Brass Band.

Roosevelt Island is a great venue for outdoor music performances. Let's get Stoop Kidz Brass Band and other musicians, including our own local talented musicians, to play more Roosevelt Island concerts.

According to this October 2020 Gothamist story:

Live performance has been largely snuffed out during the pandemic, but some musicians around the city have managed to find new ways to keep music in the air, spreading joy while showcasing their talents in city parks, streets and stoops. In Prospect Heights — on Park Place, between Vanderbilt and Underhill — a neighborhood scene has sprung up delivering a vibe that's a bit more Big Easy than Big Apple. For the last three weekends, a 5-piece brass band has been treating the locals there to a loud, lively and funky set of music.

The twentysomethings — Nat Ranson (tuba), Juan Sanchez (drums), Jesse Klirsfeld (trumpet), Jaedon Alvira and Rich Bomzer (sax) — call themselves the Stoop Kidz Brass Band (a nod to a “Hey, Arnold!” character), and initially got together about a month ago to rehearse on one of the very rare front porches in the neighborhood, with no plans to keep things going....

Click here for the full Gothamist article.

More info at Stoop Kidz Brass Band Instagram Page too.

I'm told there's a group organizing more Roosevelt Island music events. Stay tuned.

NYC Mayoral Candidate Ray McGuire Campaigns On Roosevelt Island Today Meeting And Speaking With Residents About Their Concerns - Watch Video Interview With Mr McGuire Discussing Detailed NYC Program, Personal & Professional Background And Impressions Of Roosevelt Island

NYC Democratic Party Primary Mayoral candidate Ray McGuire campaigned on Roosevelt Island today.

Mr McGuire spoke to residents at the Roosevelt Island Day celebration by Rivercross Lawn.

Mr McGuire spoke with me too about his program for NYC, his personal and professional background and impressions of Roosevelt Island.  

Here's what Mr McGuire had to say.

More info about Mr McGuire's campaign available at his web site.

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

NYC early voting started today, June 12, and runs thru June 20. Roosevelt Island early voting location is at the Sportspark facility, 250 Main Street. Primary Election Day is June 22. Roosevelt Island Polling location is at PS/IS 217 (645 Main Street).

This year, NYC has ranked choice voting. This is how it works.

NYC Mayoral candidate Kathryn Garcia is expected to visit Roosevelt Island tomorrow.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Sponsored Post - The Sanctuary Restaurant Cafe & Events Space On Roosevelt Island East River Promenade Is Now Open, Take A Virtual Tour Of The Space - Check Out Food & Beverage Menu, Spectacular NYC Waterfront Skyline Views Too

The Sanctuary Cafe Restaurant and Events space. located in a century old restored stonewall church, opened for business yesterday on the Roosevelt Island East River Waterfront Promenade (851 Main Street).  

Before yesterday's 3 PM opening, co-owner Alphonse Biondi gave me a tour.

Take a look.

The Sanctuary Cafe outdoor and indoor seating space will initially offer a food menu including Brick Oven Pizza, Tapas and Salads with a Signature Cocktail Menu, Beer, Wine, Soda and Juices. Live music too. 

Check out The Sanctuary's current menu which will evolve over time. 

The Sanctuary Cafe Hours are Thursday/Friday 3 PM-10 PM and Saturday/Sunday 12 PM -10 PM.

Are you interested in hosting a Special Event or Celebration at The Sanctuary? Here's the rate sheet with more info.

Contact The Sanctuary for more info.

Roosevelt Island Day Celebration Saturday June 12 - Community Beautification Projects, Plantings, Paper Shred Truck, Yoga, Plogging, Children's Sing A Long, Bike Repair, Donate Clothes, Book Swap, Live Music & More

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)

It’s that time of year again, Roosevelt Island Day! Come out and join us for a day of beautification and celebration of Roosevelt Island on Saturday, June 12th, from 10 AM – 3 PM. 

See the full schedule of activities attached and below. 

If you are unable to attend, check out our live updates on Instagram (@rooseveltislandrioc).  

Kindly note that this is a socially distanced event, and we encourage everyone to wear their face coverings, keep six feet in distance, and continue adhering to the NY Forward COVID-19 guidelines.

Engaged Roosevelt Island adds:
Just a reminder that tomorrow, Saturday, 6/12 is Roosevelt Island Day! Activities will take place from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

In addition to music, poetry and yoga, the focus this year is very much on RI beautification and planting with many, many eco-friendly free resources in play. Join iDig2Learn for its ever popular plogging from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the meditation lawn, across from Blackwell House, 500 Main St; flyer attached. 

Other events Bike Repair with Bike New York, Free Book Swap with the RI branch of New York Public Library, a Clothing Drop-off, Paper Shred Truck (thanks to Rebecca Seawright's office!), Yoga and Meditation with Island Om, Children’s Sing-a-Long with Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, Live music with Nate & Hila, Live music with Proper Tea and Stoop Kidz Brass Band.  

And at 2:00 pm, Open Doors Alone Together Installation and Reality Poets Poetry Circle – under the helix, next to Capobianco field. See the attached schedule of events flyer as well as flyers for individual events. The weather is looking good and it is an opportunity to see friends and neighbors in-person (it is a socially distanced event; masks required). 

We look forward to seeing you there!  

Your Engaged RI friends!

You're Invited To Opening Reception For Roosevelt Island Resident And Artist Georgette Sinclair's Introspective Retrospective Solo Exhibition Saturday June 12 At Gallery RIVAA - In Search Of Beauty Of Nature And Unexpected Experiences

Gallery RIVAA (527 Main Street) is hosting an opening reception for artist and Roosevelt Island resident Georgette Sinclair's new exhibition, Introspective Retrospective, Saturday, June 12, 6-9 PM. You're invited.

The exhibition will be open from June 12 - July 18.

According to Ms Sinclair:

I was always a dreamer. As a kid, I used to watch the sky following the light embracing the earth and I was fascinated by the changing form and color of the clouds. I wished I was a little cloud in that magnificent moment 

I was always captivated and inspired by the French impressionist and the poetic vision and Tonalism trend in art. In every piece that I create, I put a piece of my soul... 
... My paintings remind me of beautiful places and joyful moments that I was fortunate to experience. Life is full of surprises and the secret is to just look around with an inquisitive eye and open soul and mind.

Ms Sinclair is a member of the Salmagundi Club. According to the Club:

Georgette is inspired by the eternal beauty of nature. Working mostly in pastels she finds poetry in the ordinary scenes. Her atmospheric landscapes evoke her enthusiasm and spirit of places that charm and enchant the soul and mind. The expression of mood is her response to a fragment in time. Traveling is a great source of inspiration for her work. She delights in painting outdoor scenes, fields of lavender, golden haystacks, or wandering in a hidden country road. She is equally fascinated by peeking in and out of the window, as can be seen in some of her paintings.

A New York artist currently living on Roosevelt Island, Georgette Sinclair is an award-winning artist who earned a Master of Science and a Doctoral Degree in Audiology. Georgette's art training began in early childhood with drawing and painting classes at the public School of Art in the country of origin. Later on in life, Georgette attended the Art Student League of NYC in addition to attending various art workshops in the States and abroad. She has been a member of Pen & Brush Inc. in NYC (2001-2003), Salmagundi Club of NYC since 2001, and RIVAA since 2001. Her work is owned by collectors around the world and has appeared in solo and group shows in galleries in NYC, New Jersey, Vermont, and abroad.

Roosevelt Island Gallery RIVAA hours are:

Wednesdays 6 – 9 pm

Saturdays and Sundays 11 – 5 pm

More info about Ms Sinclair available at her website.

More info about Gallery RIVAA at their website. 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Very Popular Roosevelt Island Good Shepherd Plaza Picnic Tables Missing, Where Did They Go Ask Worried Residents?

Last August, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) in collaboration with Shops On Main Street Master Leaseholder Hudson Related placed picnic tables in Good Shepherd Plaza behind the Church

which proved to be very popular with residents. At the time, Paul Krikler of Island House wrote to RIOC President Shelton Haynes:

I don’t know who to thank for these. If it’s you all, then Thank You. I already saw a neighbor eating dinner with her daughters there this evening.

I think it’s a wonderful use of the space. I’d love to take my dinner outside once in a while. With my family.

I hope this is permanent...

The Good Shepherd Plaza tables are the perfect spot to crash your neighbor's picnic for some spontaneous entertainment too.

But residents became concerned this week when the Good Shepherd Plaza picnic tables disappeared asking:

Any idea when the picnic tables located at 543 Main will returned?

It turns out the picnic tables are currently covered on the Rivercross Lawn next to the Mediation Steps 

waiting to be painted by local groups for Roosevelt Island Day. 

According to Shops On Main Street:

Last spring, Shops On Main gifted RI’s Good Shepherd Plaza six picnic tables. It's been such a pleasure to see so many islanders use them and we’re delighted to offer SoM’s restaurants and cafes more outdoor seating options. 

This year we're taking it a step further by making the tables fun, creative, and captivating by inviting six island-based organizations to turn them into artful masterpieces with a theme of ISLAND INSPIRED. Among the participating groups are the Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance, The Girl Scouts, Cornell Tech, RI Youth Center, WFF, and Island Kids. 

Each group will be provided art materials to bring these tables to life on Saturday, June 12 on Meditation Lawn. The public is invited to come out and watch. The final creations will be returned to Good Shepherd Plaza and bring ongoing connection and joy to islanders long after Roosevelt Island Day 2021.

We can all breath a sigh of relief - the Roosevelt Island Good Shepherd Plaza Picnic Tables will return. 

I'd love to see more picnic tables for outdoor seating, particularly by Blackwell House.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Beautiful Roosevelt Island June Night Up On The Roof Enjoying NYC East River Waterfront Skyline

On a hot Roosevelt Island June evening, up on the roof is a great place to cool off.

Here's my favorite version of Up On The Roof

by the British pop duo Robson & Jerome. 

Great News, The Sanctuary Restaurant Cafe & Events Space Opening Tomorrow On Roosevelt Island East River Promenade - Check Out Food & Beverage Menu, Spectacular NYC Waterfront Skyline Views Too

The Sanctuary Cafe Restaurant and Events space. located in a century old restored stonewall church, is opening for business tomorrow, June 10, on the Roosevelt Island East River Waterfront Promenade (851 Main Street).

The Sanctuary Cafe outdoor and indoor seating space will initially offer a food menu including Brick Oven Pizza, Tapas and Salads with a Signature Cocktail Menu, Beer, Wine, Soda and Juices. Live music too.

Check out The Sanctuary's current menu which will evolve over time.

The Sanctuary Cafe Hours are Thursday/Friday 3 PM-10 PM and Saturday/Sunday 12 PM -10 PM.

I've got my seats picked out. See you at The Sanctuary.

Are you interested in hosting a Special Event or Celebration at The Sanctuary? Here's the rate sheet with more info.

Contact The Sanctuary for more info.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

"The Gods Are Not Like You And Me... But At Times We Are Like Them" - Magis Theatre Company Performing Thornton Wilder's The Alcestiad Live And In Person At Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park June 18- 20, Tickets Free But Reservations Required

Roosevelt Island's FDR Four Freedoms Park will be the site for the Magis Theatre Company's production of Thornton  Wilder's The Alcestiad - A Play in Three Acts on Friday Saturday and Sunday evenings June 18-20.

According to The Magis Theatre Company:

Marking the lead-up to Thornton Wilder’s 125 Birthday, The Magis Theatre Company’s production of Wilder's The Alcestiad- A play in three acts, which was postponed from last summer due to COVID, will now be presented this June 18-20, 2021, during the summer solstice. It will be performed outdoors at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park on Roosevelt Island, against the backdrop of Manhattan’s  skyline,FDR's Four Freedoms Speech, and the ruins of the smallpox hospital. This production will follow all State and City directives to keep both cast and audience members safe.  
Tickets are FREE but reservations are required and can be made by visiting and for more information, please visit

One of America’s most lauded playwrights, Thornton Wilder’s rarely performed play,The Alcestiad, premiered at the Edinburgh Festival in 1955, directed by Tyrone Guthrie, and is inspired b Euripides Greek tragedy Alcestis. Wilder’s third-act imagines a world after Alcestis returns from the land ofthe dead; her kingdom is overthrown by a tyrant and is ravaged by a plague.It deal s with the power of irrational fear in society at the hands of those who would seek to intimidate others brutally, in the same way that FDR' s speech urges us to strive for "Freedom from Fear." The play as a whole asks  questions about the meaning of human life and its relationship to the divine.

Magis Theatre has been examining and exploring this play in workshop since 2017,long before the current pandemic struck. The Alcestiad features an ensemble cast including Jeanne Castagnaro, Russ Cusick, Margi Sharp Douglas, George Drance, Jack Fadner, Kimbirdlee Fadner,Jacqueline Lucid, Tony Macht, Rachel Benbow Murdy, Gabriel Portuondo, Mae Roney, Diego Tapia, and Jenna Wyman with music by Sara Gallassini , stage management team Jennifer M. Leary and Sheree V. Campbell and production designers are GianMarco Lo Forte and Mark Tambella . This production will be presented outdoors atFranklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park, against the Manhattan skyline and the ruins of the Smallpox Hospital Roosevelt Island in New York City. 


During the shutdown, Magis Theatre Company launched an interactive website that explores the world of Thornton Wilder’s The Alcestaid.  For updates on this production and more information, please visit 

“This has been a very long and trying year for all of us, and although we continued to meet online as a company, we are beyond thrilled to announce that we will be performing live this summer.   We chose The Alcestiad long before the pandemic, and the plague it deals with speaks to our present reality.  Performing at Four Freedoms Park reminds us that there is still work to be done on “the freedom from fear” The ruins of the Smallpox Hospital reminds us of how we have made it through all this before. This play does what theatre is supposed to do – entertain audiences while reflecting the world around us.

  Magis Theatre, director George Drance .


Thornton Wilder said of The Alcestiad, “On one level, my play recounts the life of a woman–of many women–from bewildered bride to sorely tested wife to overburdened old age. On another level, it is a wildly romantic story of gods and men, of death and hell and resurrection, of great loves and great trials, of usurpation and revenge. On another level, however, it is a comedy about a very serious matter.”


FOUR FREEDOMS PARK CONSERVANCY: (FFPC), a nonprofit that programs the State Park, has generously incorporated this production as part of their yearly public programming schedule. FFPC's mission is to produce and welcome public programming that aligns and supports the mission to encourage discourse around the Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech and Expression, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. 


MAGIS THEATRE: seeks out neglected works of the past that still have something important to say to us in our present. "The Alcestiad" is one of those pieces and was brought to Magis Theatre’s attention by Irene Worth in 1997. In a world where individualism and greed have been driving forces in recent years, Thornton Wilder's work celebrates the beauty of making sacrifices for the good of others and how this kind of courageous self-giving can transform society.  Alcestis learning through her pain to overcome it by understanding is a theme that is crucial for us today.

There is currenly a wait list for tickets each night.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Sponsored Post - Learn About NYC's New Ranked Choice Way To Vote In June 2021 Primary - Early Voting June 12 - 20 At Roosevelt Island Sportspark Building 250 Main Street, Primary Election Day June 22

New York City Primary Early Voting begins Saturday June 12 thru Sunday June 20. Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 22.

Early voting on Roosevelt Island takes place

at the Sportspark building, 250 Main Street. The entrance to vote is at North Loop Road which is between

Sportspark and the Cornell Tech campus.

The Roosevelt Island June 22 Election Day polling location is at PS/IS 217, 645 Main Street.

According to the NYC Board of Elections:

Ranked-choice voting will be used for the June 2021 Primary Election. New York City will use ranked-choice voting for Primary and Special Elections for the following NYC municipal offices: 

  • MAYOR 

You can rank up to 5 candidates in order of preference: your 1st choice candidate, your 2nd choice candidate, and so on up to your 5th choice candidate.

Below are Roosevelt Island sample ballots for the Democratic and Republican Party June 2021 primaries.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Macy's 2021 July 4 Fireworks Celebration On East River By Long Island City - Great Views For Roosevelt Island

No announcement yet from Macy's but LIC Talk reports that the Macy's 2021 July 4 Fireworks celebration will take place on the East River by Long Island City which means Roosevelt Island will have a great view.

The 2018 July 4 Macy's Fireworks celebration was the last time Roosevelt Island had a great view. Here was the July 4 2018 fireworks finale seen from FDR 4 Freedoms Park.

Stay tuned for more details.   

UPDATE - 6/20: