Saturday, September 11, 2021

Beautiful Picture Of World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial Tribute In Light Test Seen From Roosevelt Island Last Night - Take A Look at The Tribute In Light This Evening From Dusk To Dawn

Juan Carlos Garzón shares this beautiful photo of the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial Tribute In Light being tested last night seen from Roosevelt Island.

According to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum:

Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11. It has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York....

WPIX Channel 11 News has a behind the scenes look at the 9/11 Tribute In Light testing

and you can see the Tribute In Light starting 6:30 tonight.

UPDATE 8:55 PM - Roosevelt Island residents gathered together this evening at Good Shepherd Plaza Remembrance Tree to honor their neighbors and members of FDNY Special Operations stationed here who died on 9/11.
UPDATE 9/12 - Here's video of the joint Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) and Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) 9/11 Remembrance yesterday morning.

And Ellen Polivy shares this photo of the 9/11 Memorial Tribute In Lights seen last evening from the Roosevelt Island waterfront promenade.

Friday, September 10, 2021

9/11 20th Anniversary Roosevelt Island Community Remembrance And Tribute Saturday Morning And Evening Taking Place At Good Shepherd Plaza Memorial Tree - Main Street Wire Reports Residents Stories Of 9/11

Hard to believe that it's been 20 years since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center Towers, Pentagon, and the downing of Flight 93 in Shanksville Pennsylvania. This is the view that day seen from Rivercross building.

                                                          Main Street Wire Image of 9/11 Smoke Burning From World Trade Center by Vicki Feinmel/Linda Heimer 

Anticipating the upcoming 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack, several weeks ago Matt Katz, who was the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) President at the time of the 9/11/01 attack, asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Shelton Haynes:

Hope you are coping with the heat and humidity today. It occurs to me that this September 11 will be the twentieth anniversary of the tragedy we memorialized with a plaque, plantings, and, for ten years, annual events at the site. While the original impetus was exclusively a RIRA project, RIOC has played a significant role in maintaining the memorial over the years. I thought it might be appropriate if the two organizations combined forces this year to offer the community something approaching our earlier efforts to honor the residents and special ops firemen that we lost. Does this seem feasible to you ?  

Mr Haynes replied:

RIOC will acknowledge this important day, commemorating those lost, by lowering all flags at half-staff and participate in the nationwide moment of silence at 8:46 AM, led by Chief Brown and our PSD department. Our Grounds team will beautify the area around the 9/11 tree with new plantings & flowers and place a special memorial wreath next to the plaque. We will also encourage the community to place flowers, small flags, and notes at the site as well, to pay tribute.

RIOC announced this week:

Saturday will mark the passing of two decades since New York and the world were forever altered by the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as the crash of Flight 93.  

Under flags flown at half-staff, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) will be holding a commemorative tribute on the morning of Saturday, September 11th, honoring the lives lost. As the concerning Delta variant of COVID-19 remains widespread and accounts for 98% of tested cases in our area, we are not encouraging a gathering. However, we do urge the community to join the tribute by placing flowers, small flags, notes, and other significant mementos around the 9/11 tree, located on the northwest side of Good Shepherd Plaza. Additionally, we invite community members to submit names of loved ones who were lost on that weighty day to be read aloud. 

To submit names, please email with the subject line “9/11 Tribute | Reading of Those Lost”. A full schedule of the tribute will be made available this week. We look forward to your participation in this poignant tribute.

Matt Katz and his wife Sherie Helstien are organizing a Roosevelt Island 9/11 Remembrance later in the day too. According to Mr. Katz:

We are inviting the community, which includes our neighbors at the Special Ops branch of FDNY, to come together at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening. 

Our event, which is centered on community members' remembrances, not flags and wreaths, will take place at the Memorial, conceived and built by RIRA 20 years ago, and honored for ten years with annual commemorations also produced by RIRA. 

We believe that RIOC's concerns for crowding during the pandemic is unnecessary, especially in light of their FDR Hope Memorial ribbon cutting in mid-July, orchestrated by RIOC, which brought several hundred Islanders together seated under a tent, as well as the many outdoor events all summer, including the farmers market and flea markets held every Saturday at the Good Shepherd Plaza, also the site our our 9/11 Memorial. 

Our posters suggest the wearing of masks at our event. We feel that this event is more in keeping with the sense of community and mutual loss that characterized our past remembrances, is not competing for attention with the farmers market given the evening start time, and we urge our neighbors and friends to join us.

Roosevelt Islanders who died in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center are honored at the Roosevelt Island 9/11 Remembrance Tree

and Memorial Plaque 

 at Good Shepherd Plaza.  Those Roosevelt Islanders who died on 9/11 are:

Ed Beyea,
Anthony J. Fallone,
Taimour Khan,
Scott Larsen,
Kevin J. Smith and the firefighters who were based on Roosevelt Island
Deputy Chief Ray Downey,
Deputy Chief Charlie Kasper,
Battalion Chief John Moran, and
Battalion Chief John Paolillo.

Former Roosevelt Island Public Safety Chief and NYPD Assistant Chief Jack McManus died of 9/11 World Trade Center related cancer.  

Unknown how many other Roosevelt Islanders may have died  from 9/11 related illnesses.

Take at look at how Roosevelt Island's Main Street Wire local newspaper reported on the 9/11 attack at the time.

September 12,2001

September 22, 2001

September 7, 2002

UPDATE 9/12 - Scenes from both of the Roosevelt Island 9/11 Remembrance gatherings.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Watch NY Live TV Program Go Inside On Visit To Roosevelt Island Panorama Room Cocktail Bar At The Graduate Hotel And Get Tour From Owner Med Abrous - Very, Very Cool

The new Roosevelt Island Panorama Room rooftop cocktail bar at the Graduate Hotel on the Cornell Tech campus continues to receive very favorable attention by media who probably never before knew about our little Island in the East River between Mainland Manhattan and Queens.

New York Live recently visited and received a tour from the Panorama Room co-owner Med Abrous.

More on the Panorama Room at these previous posts.

Sign Up Now For New York Junior Tennis & Learning Fall Season At Roosevelt Island Octagon Courts, "All You Need Is Sneakers And A Smile" Says Resident And Site Director Joyce Short - Roosevelt Island Team Finished Number 1 For NYC In NYJTL Summer Program, Congrats!

Joyce Short is a Roosevelt Island resident and New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) Octagon Courts site director. Ms Short reports:

Octagon Park's Summer, New York Junior Tennis and Learning program ended on Friday, August 27th with Gold Medals for our Roosevelt Island Team who finished Number One in NYC, among teams from every NYC borough.


This past season, NYJTL's FREE community Tennis Program hosted over 250 kids.
Special congratulations go to Anthony Garcia who won a $10,000 USTA Scholarship which he will use toward his Hunter College enrollment this Fall. Anthony grew up playing tennis at our Roosevelt Island site, and has served as a mentor and volunteer for several seasons. 

NYJTL's Fall Season gets underway on September 13th, after school and Saturdays. To register, simply complete the form and request a schedule from the Site Director, Joyce Short. There is no registration fee, whatsoever. All you need is sneakers and a smile!

NYJTL is made possible through the generosity of NYC's City Council, Council Member Ben Kallos, and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation.

Learn more about NYJTL at their web site and videos below. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Roosevelt Island Is Invited To iDig2Learn Presentation "Can I Recycle This, A Guide To Better Recycling" By Author Jennie Romer Thursday September 9 At Good Shepherd Chapel - "The Goal Is To Live Without Single Use Plastic" Says Romer

Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn founder Christina Delfico reports: 

Did you know fully loved Teddy Bears can be recycled into car seat cushions? 

Join us to find out more ways to reduce plastics and give your beloved products a new life.

Expert partners from the Manhattan Borough President's Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) share the latest wins and resources to reduce waste in NYC.

NYPL Roosevelt Island branch librarians will be there too. Thank you to Mosaic for assisting with the evening's tech.

WHEN: This Thursday, SEPT., 9th from 7PM - 8PM 

WHERE: Good Shepherd Chapel (inside in-person event - face masks required; simultaneous live captioning will be provided.)

RSVP a must due to space restrictions. 

Please RSVP to with the word REDUCE in the subject line to attend the event. 

Jennie Romer, Esq. is a lawyer, a sustainability expert, and author of Can I Recycle This?, an illustrated guide to better recycling and how to reduce single-use plastics. As a Legal Associate at the Surfrider Foundation’s Plastic Pollution Initiative, Jennie leads policy efforts and litigation efforts to reduce plastic pollution across the United States. 

By immersing herself in the solid waste and plastic reduction world related to plastic bag laws Jennie gained expertise in recycling and waste systems. She felt it was vital to share her knowledge with the wider public, particularly to help them understand the issues relating to recycling, and how to fix it. Soon after the passage of NYC’s bag law, Jennie began writing her book: Can I Recycle This? 

In 2019, Jennie joined the staff of the Surfrider Foundation, where she continues to contribute her plastic pollution policy expertise to Surfrider’s nationwide network. Jennie is based in New York, where she lives with her husband and family.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Roosevelt Island $5.4 Million McManus Field Comfort Station Opens Last Friday, Restrooms Closed And Out Of Service Until Further Notice Today, Concession Area Planned For Area - Remembering Chief Jack McManus Too

Last Friday, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) opened a much needed $5.4 million Comfort Station 

and seating areas

at McManus Field, 

named for the former Roosevelt Island Public Safety Chief Jack McManus.

According to RIOC:

Nothing was more welcoming than the smile of Jack McManus. A staunch supporter of youth sports and beloved Chief of the Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department from 2013 to 2019, you could always count on seeing Jack enthusiastically greet the soccer players he coached on the field that now bears his name. 

With the opening of the McManus Field Welcome Station, we hope that there will, once again, be a steadfast welcoming presence on a field that Jack loved so much. 

Originally built in 1994, the $5.4M renovated McManus Field Welcome Station, designed by landscape architects, Abel Bainnson & Butz and building architects, Jack L. Gordon Architects, offers artful and energy-efficient upgrades that transform the dated comfort station and surrounding area into an inviting, accessible, and holistic focal point. 

The most notable enhancement to the building is the 2,000 square foot green roof covered in a mix of sedum plants. This roof has already begun to serve as a habitat for natural wildlife, increasing local biodiversity. It will mitigate storm water by retaining rainfall and acting as a filtration system that will help purify and evaporate rainwater before it reaches sewers. Additionally, it will provide shade, reduce urban heat, improve air quality, and extend the life of the roof by protecting it from extreme temperatures and direct ultraviolet radiation. 

The building and surrounding area are now completely ADA accessible and include an expanded communal area with added picnic tables and natural seating created from existing stones, allowing approximately 150 individuals to enjoy the area where, previously, only 20 would be accommodated. Recycled wood that sustainably and visually relates to the surrounding recreational green space clads the exterior. The incorporation of natural elements continues with the addition of over 1300 shrubs, new trees, ornamental grasses, and perennials that together shape a lush, 8,000 square foot urban oasis. 

Area pathways have been improved for safer travel while drinking fountains, an irrigation system, and storage for field grooming equipment have been added. Concessions are expected to open in the fall of 2021.

Unfortunately, RIOC reported today:
The McManus Welcome Station restrooms are currently closed for servicing. We will let you know when the facilities have reopened.

I asked RIOC why the restrooms needed servicing days after they opened. No response yet.

Chief Jack McManus was beloved by many members of the Roosevelt Island community. As reported in 2019:

... On Tuesday June 25, members of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee and other residents gathered together to tell Chief McManus how much he has meant to our community and to thank him for his service. It was a remarkable occasion of residents expressing their deep personal affection and respect for Chief McManus and appreciation for the positive transformation and professionalism he brought to the Roosevelt Island PSD after years of tension and conflict between many in the community and the PSD. There was much love, laughter and even tears in the room.

Watch the video of what happened. It was a wonderful time and Chief McManus deserves all the respect, appreciation and love that was shown in the room...

UPDATE 9/9 - From RIOC:
Restrooms at the McManus Welcome Station are now open. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you kindly for your patience.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Beautiful Day For A Stroll In The Roosevelt Island Community Garden, Come Along

Today was a beautiful day for an afternoon stroll through the Roosevelt Island Community Garden. Come along.

According to the Roosevelt Island Garden Club:

: The Roosevelt Island Garden Club Community Garden is located on Roosevelt Island in New York City between the Octagon soccer field and the Pony baseball field. The south garden entrance is across from the Fire Department at 750 Main St. Roosevelt Island Garden Club, Inc. is a leaseholder of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and subject to the laws of NY City and NY State.... 

... RIGC members and associates work together as volunteers gardening side by side in this 132 plot community space. Members also work together as volunteers on all administration, maintenance, and upkeep of this beautiful space for our Roosevelt Island community. The gardens are open to the public on weekends from April 15 through October 15.

More info on the Roosevelt Island Community Garden here.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Chabad Of Roosevelt Island Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur Big Tent High Holiday Services Begins Monday September 6 -Shanah Tovah, Have A Happy And Sweet New Year 5782

The Chabad Of Roosevelt Island invite you to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur High Holiday Services beginning Monday evening September 6 at the Big Tent on the Queens side across from 425 Main Street.

The schedule.

For more info contact the Chabad of Roosevelt Island.

A brief explanation of Rosh Hashanah.

 From The Maccabeats.

Shana Tova, have a happy and sweet New Year - 5782.