Saturday, September 25, 2021

Scenes From 2021 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival Today

More to come from the 2021 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival.

UPDATE 7/26 - Take a look at the beautiful murals painted for the Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival at the Meditation Lawn and Southpoint Park.

Click the full screen icon at bottom right of video for better view.

Friday, September 24, 2021

Sponsored Post - Join Development Marketing Team For Yoga On Roosevelt Island Meditation Lawn September 26 Followed By Breakfast At Westview Co-op Sales Office

Yoga on Roosevelt Island

Join Development Marketing Team for Yoga on the Roosevelt Island Waterfront!

When: Sunday, September 26 10:30AM-11:30AM

Where: Meditation Lawn, south of 531 Main Street.

Followed by breakfast in the Westview Sales Gallery from 12-1PM. 

RSVP Here.

2021 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival Saturday September 25 At Rivercrosss Lawn And Southpoint Park - Live Mural Painting, Music, Dance, Crafts, Food, Yoga & More

The annual Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival takes place tomorrow, Saturday, September 25, showcasing artists painting outdoor murals at Rivercross (Meditation) Lawn and Southpoint Park

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

Taking place in various Roosevelt Island locations on Saturday, September 25th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, this 16th annual festival will include eclectic live music & dance, food vendors, hands-on arts and crafts workshops, yoga, and, of course, the beloved live painting of original murals. 

Sign up for Leonardo Suarez Paz's PIAZZOLLA 100: "PAINT the MUSIC" a multidisciplinary children's art class, scheduled for 10:30 AM in Southpoint Park. To make a reservation, click HERE

Live music from the Zach Adleman Quartet, sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center, can be enjoyed at the Meditation Steps from 12:15 - 2 PM. 

And don’t miss out on a special performance of Leonardo Suarez Paz's PIAZZOLLA 100 Festival: Cuartetango string quartet with special guest Bandoneon & members of Nuevo Tango Ballet at 3 PM at Good Shepherd Community Center, Upper Level. To get your required free ticket click HERE. Proof of vaccination will be required. 

This year’s theme, “The Future Through Your Eyes,” invites artists to envision what they anticipate or hope to see as our world continues to evolve socially, culturally, environmentally, and economically. After the festival, selected artworks will be displayed at Roosevelt Island’s Motorgate Atrium Gallery. 

All artwork will remain RIOC property and may be displayed on Roosevelt Island to beautify the community in the future. 

All event activities will require a mask and encourage social distancing.

Here's two of the 2020 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival artists describing their work.

Constitution Week Celebrated At Roosevelt Island NY Public Library Branch - Learn More About America's Founding Document

According to the Daughters Of The American Revolution (DAR): 

Constitution Week is the commemoration of America's most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23. 

The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights. 

This celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower...

Constitution Week was celebrated locally last Friday, September 17, at the Roosevelt Island NY Public Library branch. Roosevelt Island resident Lynn Strong-Shinozaki reports:

We met at the Roosvelt Island Library last Friday to promote awareness of Constitution Week, a National Celebration to bring renewed awareness to the awesome document that our Country is based on.

 Photo By Irina Hage

Please stop by our Roosevelt Island Library and learn more about our Constitution and for kids to pick up a Constitution Book mark.

Photo By Irina Hage 

The National Constitutional Center has more about our founding document.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Powerful Rain And Flash Flood Watch In Effect Tonight For NYC, Watch September 22 Roosevelt Island Emergency Preparedness Workshop With Public Safety Department, NYC Emergency Management Rep and NYPD 114 Officer - What Question Would You Ask?

Last night, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department (PSD) together with the NYC Emergency Management Department (NYCEM) and NYPD 114 precinct hosted an emergency preparedness workshop for Roosevelt Island residents.

Watch the workshop, it could help you, your family and neighbors in an emergency.

Part 1 - Intro by RIOC Public Safety Chief Kevin Brown

Part 2. Deputy Chief Anthony Amoroso.


Part 3 - NYCEM Senior Outreach Coordinator Ed Powell and NYPD's Jean Baptiste

Part 4 - question and answer time with residents.

Sponsored Post - Local Artists Of Piazzolla 100 Invite You To Cuartetango String Quartet & Dance At Good Shepherd Chapel And Paint The Music At Southpoint Park For Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival Saturday September 25

Leonardo Suarez Paz and Olga Suarez Paz are Roosevelt Island residents and artists. 

Leonardo is the Artistic Director and Olga the Executive Director of PIAZZOLLA 100:

... an interdisciplinary performing arts project that showcases a groundbreaking new style, which draws on the common roots of Tango, Jazz and Classical Music, as shaped by the culture of African and European migration to the new world. Celebrating the centennial of Leonardo Suarez Paz’s mentor and family friend, Astor Piazzolla, who was born in Mar de Plata, Argentina in 1921 and grew up in New York City,  the project honors the legacy of this revolutionary composer by demonstrating the genre as a complex, evolving art form, while challenging  artistic and sociocultural constructs.
Our mission is to further the genre of Nuevo Tango by elevating its artistic standards through live performances, recordings, publications and education, by demonstrating its evolution as an entire culture through every form of expression - music, dance, interdisciplinary work, visual art, literature and cinema. We celebrate Latin, African and European cultural heritages, the contributions of immigrants  and women to the genre, while relating its history to Buenos Aires and New York City and affording an opportunity for artists across generations, cultures, genres and disciplines to create new work and express through a renewed artistic idiom of cultural unity and inclusion....

Leonardo & Olga Suarez Paz were featured in the Dear New York TV program earlier this month. Watch this video to learn more about the artistic Roosevelt Island couple.

Piazzolla 100 is presenting two free programs at this Saturday's Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival and you're invited to register and attend. According to Piazzolla 100:

First Event.

Presented at Roosevelt Island FALL For ARTS Festival 


Historic Chapel of the Good Shepherd, 543 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044  

Leonardo Suarez Paz's PIAZZOLLA 100: CUARTETANGO string quartet with bandoneon and dance  

Celebrating the centennial of his mentor, Astor Piazzolla, an Argentine-born and New York raised composer, Leonardo Suarez Paz leads his Latin GRAMMY-nominated group to the forefront of 21st century Nuevo Tango. A “virtuoso extraordinaire on the violin” (Wynton Marsalis), he brings forth a new vision of Argentina’s rich culture with an “ingenious musical concept,” (The Day, CT) - the classical string quartet that “personifies and embodies the authentic spirit of Tango” (Latin Grammy). 

Discover Nuevo Tango through a multidisciplinary journey into modern chamber music with Leonardo Suarez Paz (voice & 1st violin), Hector Omar Falcon (2nd violin), Ron Lawrence (viola), Danny Miller (cello), and guests Rodolfo Zanetti on bandoneon, and Olga Suarez Paz - Nuevo Tango Ballet.  

This performance is presented in conjunction with PIAZZOLLA 100 at Roosevelt Island FALL For ARTS Festival.  

Support provided by the Music Performance Trust Fund, Dance/NYC, & the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation 

Click Here For Tickets ToThis FREE event.  Reservations are required. Limited Seating. Proof of vaccination & masks required.  

Second Event.

Presented at Roosevelt Island FALL FOR ARTS FESTIVAL


Outdoor event. South Point Park, East Lawn, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044  

Leonardo Suarez Paz's PIAZZOLLA 100: "PAINT the MUSIC" a multidisciplinary children's art class A creative exploration of musical concepts through painting and movement. In this class, children immerse themselves into a world of multiple art disciplines as we lead them to interpret the music of Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons through action painting and other abstract art techniques developed by innovators like Vasilly Kandinsky and Jackson Pollock. Led by Grammy-nominated composer & artistic director of PIAZZOLLA 100 - Leonardo Suarez Paz, choreographer & artist Olga Suarez Paz (Nuevo Tango Ballet), and special guests - dance artist Corey Katano & visual artist Susana Aldanondo. 

This event is presented in conjunction with PIAZZOLLA 100 at Roosevelt Island FALL For ARTS Festival.  

Support provided by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and individual donors like you, through the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Click Here For Tickets To This FREE Event. Reservations suggested due to supply quantities 

Additional info is at:  

Piazzolla 100 will also be performing at FDR 4 Freedoms Park on October17.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Here We Go Again, Intermittent Roosevelt Island Bridge Closings This Week During 2021 United Nations General Assembly Session - Bridge Got Stuck This Afternoon Causing Lines And Delays On Both Sides Of Bridge

It's that time of year again for Roosevelt Island.

Mid September is the the opening of the United Nations General Assembly Session and 2021 is no different than previous years in terms of its impact on Roosevelt Island residents. The opening of the UN General Assembly means the diversion of East River boat traffic to the Roosevelt Island East Channel Queens side for security precautions due to our proximity to the United Nations resulting in the intermittent closings of the Roosevelt Island Bridge.
According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
The United Nations General Assembly will take place from Monday, 9/20 to Saturday, 9/25. During this time, the Roosevelt Island bridge will open on demand from 7 AM to 7 PM. Please be advised that each opening should take anywhere from 8 to 12 minutes to be completed.

As a reminder, during the opening and lowering of the Roosevelt Island bridge, some delays may occur.
This afternoon, the Roosevelt Island Bridge got stuck during opening and closing causing lines and delays on both sides of the Bridge for about a half hour.

Have not heard of any similar incidents earlier this week.

Residents have expressed concern about the Roosevelt Island Bridge being closed preventing emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks from getting on and off Roosevelt Island. There was no mention by RIOC about precautions being taken for emergency vehicles but an ambulance is stationed on the Island during UN General Assembly Week. 

Even British PM Boris Johnson had to make alternative travel arrangements during 2021 UN General Assembly Week.
UPDATE 9/24 - View of raised Roosevelt Island Bridge from passing sailboat on East River east channel.

During last night's Roosevelt Island Emergency Preparedness workshop, RIOC Public Safety Chief Kevin Brown and Deputy Chief Anthony Amoroso discussed some of the security and safety preparations undertaken during UN General Assembly Week for the Roosevelt Island Bridge.