Friday, August 13, 2021

Roosevelt Island Panorama Room Rooftop Bar In Graduate Hotel Opening Tonight With Gorgeous One Of A Kind NYC East River Waterfront Views

As reported earlier this week, the Roosevelt Island Panorama Room 

                                                                                                          Images From Noah Fecks


                                                                                                          Images From Noah Fecks


                                                                                                Image From Noah Fecks

in the Graduate Hotel on Cornell Tech campus is opening tonight.

Many Roosevelt Island residents have been eagerly waiting for the opening of the Panorama Room rooftop bar to enjoy the one-of-a-kind gorgeous views of the NYC East River waterfront as well as the food and beverage menu offerings. 

According to a Panorama Room spokesperson:

Hospitality duo and New York City natives Marc Rose and Med Abrous of Call Mom are thrilled to announce the opening of the stunning rooftop bar and lounge, Panorama Room, atop the recently opened Graduate Roosevelt Island offering unparalleled views of all five boroughs. 

Located on the 18th floor of the first-ever hotel on the island, Panorama Room’s incredible female-led food & beverage team includes Red Rooster Harlem, The Standard and Ace Hotel alum Megan Brown as Executive Chef and Estelle Bossy, whose impressive resume includes Union Square Hospitality Group and Del Posto, as Beverage Director. Guests can expect brilliant updates to martini- adjacent classics (think lychee martini, apple martini and a draft espresso martini) in addition to an extensive list of sparkling wines and fortified wines from Bossy all to be accompanied by an elevated ode to the sea from Chef Brown. 


Rose and Abrous partnered with James Beard Award-winning design firm Parts and Labor Design on Panorama Room’s extraordinary 168-seat rooftop bar and lounge. The elegant, jewel box space evokes a sense of cinematic drama inspired by futurism which can be seen through the large-scale, monolithic chandelier with translucent tubular acrylic set above the Orobico Red marble bar top, palatial black mosaic tile columns adorned with geometric chrome sconces, vintage-inspired blush velvet tubular lounge sofas, and touches of chrome and marble. Parts and Labor Design custom-made all of the furniture and lighting in the space to bring to life the imaginative aesthetic of futuristic design defined through the lens of decades past.


Additionally, the space features a custom-designed DJ booth by Cédric Hervet, long time creative director for Daft Punk, and Nicolas Hervet of Hervet Manufacturier which was handmade at their atelier in Normandy. Rose and Abrous tapped Venus Over Manhattan partner Anna Furney and designer/creative director Darren Romanelli (aka Dr. Romanelli or DRx) to hand-select an exciting collection of art from au courant artists including Julia Chiang, Spencer Lewis, Alake Shilling, JPW3, Chris Martin, Brian Belott and Ida Eklbad to adorn the walls of the Panorama Room. They are also working artist and creative director Sophie Parker and her botanical studio Wife NYC to feature her plant-based sculptural artwork and custom arrangements.


Positioned at the entrance of the Cornell Tech campus, Graduate Roosevelt Island is a 224-key, 18-story hotel at the Cornell Tech campus on New York City’s Roosevelt Island 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.


Open Thursday through Sunday:  5pm-midnight on Thursday, 5pm-2am on Friday, 3pm-2am on Saturday, and  3pm-midnight on Sunday. 

Make a reservation via Resy, and follow along @panoramaroomnyc

Easily accessible from the F Train, NYC Ferry and the Tramway, Panorama Room is located on the 18th floor of the Graduate Roosevelt Island: 22 North Loop Road New York, NY 10044

About Call Mom
​​Hospitality veterans, long time friends and NYC natives Med Abrous & Marc Rose of Call Mom began their partnership in 2011 when they opened The Spare Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, an award-winning gaming parlour and cocktail lounge which was recently awarded “Best Hotel Bar in America” by Tales of the Cocktail. Amid their success in the nightlife industry, the duo ventured into the city’s culinary scene in 2015 when they took ownership of Genghis Cohen, a true LA classic that serves up authentic New York-style Chinese food. The beloved Fairfax institution, which also doubles as a popular live music venue, has a storied history, feeding LA for more than 35 years. In early 2016, Med and Marc debuted Winsome, an all-day neighborhood restaurant that was lauded as one of Bon Appetit’s 50 Best New Restaurants in its first year and moved to a new location at the 33-acre Playa District campus in February 2020. Med and Marc began their partnership with Graduate Hotels to open the rooftop bar Mountaineering Club at the Graduate Seattle in the heart of the city’s University District in March 2019. The team also operates Poindexter, a coffee shop/natural wine bar hybrid on the main floor of the property as well as a forthcoming restaurant. Med and Marc are also the exclusive food and beverage operators at Graduate Nashville where they are behind Cross-Eyed Critters Watering Hole and Poindexter along with a buzzy rooftop bar and restaurant White Limozeen which was recently named one of the Best Bars in America by Esquire. The duo just unveiled their restaurant, Anything At All, and the stunning rooftop bar and restaurant, Panorama Room at the new Graduate Roosevelt Island in New York City. In addition to their joint ventures, Med and Marc have consulted on numerous hotel, restaurant, and bar projects in Los Angeles, New York, and internationally. For more information, visit


About Graduate Hotels®
Graduate Hotels is a hand-crafted collection of hotels that reside in dynamic university-anchored towns across the country.  Each hotel pays homage to the heritage of its unique town through cultural nods to the local community.  Launched in 2014, there are currently 29 hotels across the U.S. and an additional seven hotels set to open by the end of 2022. Graduate Hotels is owned by Adventurous Journeys (AJ) Capital Partners, a vertically integrated global real estate developer, owner and operator, founded by Ben Weprin in 2008 and based in Nashville. For more information on Graduate Hotels, please visit

The Panorama Room food menu is not available yet. Will post as soon as it is.

Here's Med Abrous speaking at the Roosevelt Island June 2 Graduate Hotel ribbon cutting ceremony.

Never thought I would say this, but Roosevelt Island has several interesting bars and restaurants now.

Tonight at the Panorama Room:
UPDATE 8/14 - Gorgeous nighttime views too.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Sponsored Post - Get Your Local Homegrown Peak Season Juicy Peaches, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes And More Healthy And Tasty Fruits And Vegetables Saturday At Roosevelt Island Wengerd Family Farmers Market

The Roosevelt Island Saturday Farmers Market is a beloved part of our community - a place to purchase locally grown, healthy and deliciously tasting fresh fruits, vegetables and other items at Good Shepherd Plaza. It's also a gathering spot to meet and talk with our neighbors.  

Farmers Market vendor Israel Wengerd shows us

his local homegrown

peak season juicy peaches
that will be available for us this Saturday at the Farmers Market with homegrown sweet corn, tomatoes and a wide variety of other healthy and delicious tasting fruits, vegetables and much more.

The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market at Good Shepherd Plaza is open early morning to mid afternoon on Saturdays in good weather and bad.

Eat Fresh, Eat Local 

                                                                                                Image Of Wengerd Family Farm

and Eat Healthy at the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market.

NYPD 114 Precinct Raid Roosevelt Island Apartment This Morning And Remove 2 Firearms, Bulletproof Vest And Other Weapons

Roosevelt Island is known as one of the safest neighborhoods in New York City which makes incident early this morning so shocking.

Take a look at some of those weapons.

Witness reports a resident was arrested.

Stay tuned for more info.


According to a NYPD spokesperson

Following on investigation, a search warrant was executed inside of 425 Main Street on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at approximately 0700 hours. 

As a result of the search warrant the following was recovered: 

  • loaded .38 caliber Smith and Wesson firearm, 
  • a sawed-off and defaced Remington rifle, 
  • a crossbow, 
  • ammunition, 
  • blow dart gun, 
  • blow dart, 
  • Roman Gladius scabbard, 
  • two daggers, 
  • a metal Sai, 
  • a Katana sword and 
  • a knife.

The following person was arrested and charged: Hernandez, Danny 30 year-old male.


Criminal Possession of a Weapon 9 Counts

Criminal Possession of a Firearm 

Violation of Local Law 23 Counts

According to observers, over a dozen NYPD officers, some in SWAT gear and machine guns, were involved in the weapons seizure and arrest.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Andrew Cuomo Resigns, Meet Next Governor Of New York Kathy Hochul - What Will This Mean For RIOC, Hochul's No Stranger To Roosevelt Island

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will take over as NY State Governor 

 following the resignation by Governor Andrew Cuomo, effective two weeks from yesterday. 

What, if anything, will the replacement of Mr Cuomo with Ms Hochul mean for Roosevelt Island residents who are governed by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) which is controlled by the NY State Governor's Office? Will there be any staff or policy changes? 

Time will tell but note that Lieutenant Governor Hochul is no stranger to Roosevelt Island. 

Lieutenant Governor Hochul is seen seated in 2015 picture with NYC Council Member Ben Kallos, Hudson Related real estate developer David Kramer and former RIOC President Charelene Indelicato at the now closed Coach Scot's Ice Cream parlor.

I interviewed Ms Hochul in July 2016 during her visit to FDR Four Freedoms Park and the Cornell Tech construction site.

Here's Ms Hochul speaking on Roosevelt Island in June 2015 at the Cornell Tech campus groundbreaking

and June  2017 at FDR 4 Freedoms Park

Here's more on Andrew Cuomo's resignation.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Roosevelt Island Graduate Hotel Panorama Room Rooftop Bar Opening Friday August 13

The Roosevelt Island Graduate Hotel Panorama Room rooftop bar will open Friday August 13.

Stay tuned for more details tomorrow.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Are You Committed To Climate Action? Join The Cornell Climate Stewards Volunteer Training Certificate Program To Become Roosevelt Island Climate Science, Adaption And Mitigation Leader - Expect Significant Jump In Extreme Weather Over Next 20 To 30 Years Warns New UN Report

As previously reported, Engaged Roosevelt Island was formed in 2019 with the help of a grant from Cornell Tech:

... to promote environmental understanding and boost sustainable practices on Roosevelt Island. Throughout the year there will be engagement events to foster collaboration with residents, community groups, schools, building managers, island businesses, RIOC, RIRA and elected officials toward a cleaner and healthier neighborhood....

Following up on their February 5,2020 Eco-Ambassador program,  Engaged Roosevelt Island announced today:

Hello Engaged Roosevelt Islanders!

We are excited to make you aware of a wonderful opportunity to continue the work of Engaged RI.

Become a Climate Steward!

As you know, the mission of Engaged Roosevelt Island is to foster environmental understanding and boost sustainable practices on Roosevelt Island. You will remember that back in February of 2020, a number of you attended our event where we discussed ways that you could become an “Eco-Ambassador”  -  someone who is interested in hands-on work to further our mission. Becoming a Climate Steward is a wonderful way to do that. Sign up to become a Climate Steward!  Please see the details attached and below to see if this VERY INTENSIVE program is right for you and how you can participate.

Thanks so much.

The Engaged Roosevelt Island Team

Cornell Climate Stewards Training   

Thursday evenings from 6:00pm - 8:00pm via Zoom  

From September 9, 2021 – December 9, 2021 
(12 weeks – skipping November 11th & 25th)  


Registration is now open! Space is limited. There are 10 spots available. 

This opportunity will be extremely valuable to the Engaged Roosevelt Island Eco Ambassadors.   


Cornell Climate Stewards is a volunteer training certification program created to help local residents become climate science, adaptation and mitigation leaders for their community. It provides training on these subjects and more through Cornell Cooperative Extension to interested volunteers in New York. The 2021 training will be led by Cornell, CCE, CUCE-NYC, and Sea Grant staff from across NYS.   


The program equips local volunteers with effective communication techniques and strategies to work with local governments. To complete the certification process post training, the volunteers will assist in developing projects in their neighborhood to become more climate smart.    


For registration details, click HERE

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 27th, 2021 (or earlier if course becomes full).

Roosevelt Island Cornell Climate Stewards have a difficult, but essential, job ahead.

Here's the UN Climate Change report.

Learn more about Engaged Roosevelt Island

and click here to register for one of the 10 Cornell Climate Stewards spots.