Saturday, February 5, 2022

Amazing View Of East River & NYC Skyline On Freezing Cold Top Deck Of NYC Ferry From Roosevelt Island To Long Island City This Afternoon - Will Subsidy Continue Under Mayor Adams?

All for the same $2.75 price as a subway or bus. 

But will that change under Mayor Adams?

Friday, February 4, 2022

Sponsored Post - Roosevelt Island Saturday Farmers Market At Motorgate Plaza Is Open Tomorrow February 5 - Eat Fresh, Eat Local And Eat Healthy At The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market

The Roosevelt Island Saturday Farmers Market at Motorgate Plaza under the Helix

is open early morning to mid afternoon on Saturdays in good weather and bad offering a wide variety of healthy and delicious tasting fruits, vegetables

and much more.

Eat Fresh, Eat Local and Eat Healthy at the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market.

Last Saturday was one of the rare occasions when the Farmers Market closed due to a winter storm.

Roosevelt Island residents are very happy the Farmers Market will be back tomorrow.

President Joe Biden Visits Jacob Blackwell PS 111 School A Few Blocks From Roosevelt Island To Learn About Community Capacity Development Gun Violence Prevention Program Yesterday - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Advocates For Gun Safety Legislation

Yesterday, President Joe Biden was only a few blocks away from Roosevelt Island learning about the community based gun violence prevention program from Community Capacity Development during a visit to Jacob Blackwell PS 111 school in nearby Long Island City.

According to the LIC Post:

 ... Biden visited P.S. 111 Jacob Blackwell, located at 37-15 13th St., to meet with school principal Dionne Jaggon and local violence interrupter teams tasked with de-escalating conflicts before they turn violent. The elementary school is situated between the Queensbridge and Ravenswood Houses– two NYCHA complexes where there have been several shootings in the past two years.... 

... Jaggon told Biden that the violence interrupter teams – operated by a non-profit group called Community Capacity Development (CCD) — had significantly reduced violence levels at the school, which had around 330 students enrolled last year. The violence interrupter teams, Jaggon told Biden, use tools such as conflict mediation—which have made the school safer. She said the CCD has also joined forces with the school to address food insecurity, financial illiteracy and a lack of after-school programming for students....

CBS New York reports on President Biden's visit yesterday.

Here's more video from President Biden's visit to PS111 school in Long Island City with the Community Capacity Development team.

Roosevelt Island Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney adds: 

I want to thank President Biden for coming to New York City today to announce more actions to treat the gun violence epidemic as the public health crisis it is. In the first month of this year alone, we have lost more than 3,000 American lives to gun violence — we must honor all the victims with action. I am hopeful that with the President’s support, we can break the NRA’s stranglehold on Congress and finally pass meaningful, life-saving legislation.  

I am especially encouraged by President Biden’s focus on stopping the interstate flow of guns through the ‘Iron Pipeline’ and will continue to push my legislation to make gun trafficking and straw purchases a federal offense. For too long, the ‘Iron Pipeline’ has enabled people to skirt New York’s strong gun laws. In New York City alone, as many as 74% of the firearms used in crimes were trafficked from other states with weak gun laws.

In February 2021, Congresswoman Maloney introduced gun safety legislation.

Cornell Tech Cafe GM Chris Lewis Says Goodbye And Thank You To Roosevelt Island Community, Welcome New Cornell Tech Cafe GM Christian Camacho

The Cornell Tech Cafe has become a favorite and welcoming spot for many Roosevelt Island residents and visitors due in large measure to the efforts of General Manager Chris Lewis.

Mr Lewis reports: 

Dear Community Members, 

The Cornell Tech and Roosevelt Island communities have been like a second family to me, most especially during the pandemic. I’m proud to be a part of this vibrant and diverse community, and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and roots we’ve sown here. It’s bittersweet, but I wanted to share my decision to accept a new challenge, professionally. My last day with Constellation Culinary @ Cornell Tech will be Friday, February 4th. This has been a tough decision that I ultimately feel is best for my family. I have cherished my time here on the CT campus, and I will always look back with great affection in being part of this special place. The weeks leading up to today have been bittersweet in looking to the future and revisiting incredible experiences over the last three and a half years.

One aspect of this transition that is positive is the promotion of our current Catering Director, Christian Camacho, to our General Manager role. Christian has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the world of food, beverage, and hospitality. I feel that the timing for this transition for Christian and the community could not be better. Please welcome Christian into his new role as he looks to grow the food service operation to support the Cornell Tech and Roosevelt Island communities. Thank you for making my job special. I wish you all good health and good fortune!

Mr Lewis adds:

... I'll be back as a customer so you will see me here on the patio when the weather gets better so hopefully if I didn't get a chance to say bye to you in person, I'll have that chance in the future...

Good luck Chris in your new challenge and hope to see you on the Cafe Patio this summer.

Welcome New Cornell Tech Cafe GM Christian Camacho.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Keanu Reeves Filming John Wick: Chapter 4 On Roosevelt Island Yesterday And Today At FDR Four Freedoms Park - Take A Look

The action packed John Wick movie franchise was filming it's latest installment - John Wick: Chapter 4 - on Roosevelt Island yesterday and today at the FDR 4 Freedoms Park

John Wick, played by Keanu Reeves, was spotted yesterday walking around near the top of the FDR Park Grand Staircase and sliding down the handicap access railing.

Today, the John Wick: Chapter 4 film crew covered up the Giant FDR bust and transformed the 4 Freedom Park Room into a mausoleum

for a scene with Keanu Reeves and Ian McShane. Reeves is seen under the umbrella waiting to shoot the scene.

There were no signature John Wick martial arts or gun fight scenes shot on Roosevelt Island.

Here's the trailer for John Wick: Chapter 4

and recent Keanu Reeves interview with Stephen Colbert.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

UPDATE - RIOC Removes Barricade On Main Street In Front Of Fire Hydrant Next To Deli After Questioning During RIRA Public Safety Committee Meeting - No Explanation Given

As reported last Friday, January 28:

A Roosevelt Island resident recently asked:

Given the tragic fire in the Bronx, I’m curious as to why public safety has refused to remove the barricade in front of the deli, that clearly blocks the fire hydrant, even though I have been told that the fire department told them to remove it....

... During the January 18 Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee (PSC) monthly meeting chaired by Erin Feeley Nahem, Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department Chief Kevin Brown was asked about the barricade on Main Street in front of the fire hydrant next to Bread and Butter Deli. 

Chief Brown answered:

I have had numerous conversation with the fire department, the fire chief and the fire marshal. If they need to move those barriers they're easily removable.

They have no issue with the barricades and I wrote this to a resident who had emailed me about this issue. 

The Fire Marshal, as a matter of fact, he had noticed that on  numerous occasions cars are parked on that hydrant when he does his rounds on the Island and it was something that PSD was constantly getting the people off of that hydrant. 

They would park there, leave their car and the Fire Department agreed with us that the barriers there, if they need that hydrant they can drive right into the to the barriers, remove them in less than two seconds and get on with their business.

 A tipster reported yesterday morning:

On my early, early walk this a.m. to Bread & Butter Deli, I was happy to see the barricades removed. Hopefully RIOC / PSD will further clear the area, paint the curb appropriately, put up new signage banning parking in the bus stop & Not blocking the hydrant.

Later that afternoon, the barricade in front of the fire hydrant next to the Bread & Butter Deli was still gone but a car was parked in front of the hydrant.

A Public Safety Officer was about to write up a summons for the car parked in front of the hydrant when a woman came running out of the Deli pleading with the officer to not give her a ticket. The Officer told the woman to move the car immediately and she did avoiding the ticket.

The barricade 

was still gone today.

Yesterday I asked RIOC:

Residents have emailed me today that the Barricade in front of the Main Street fire hydrant next to Bread & Butter Deli was removed today.

Is that true?

Why was it removed?

During the recent RIRA Public Safety Committee meeting, Kevin and Anthony said it was necessary to prevent cars from parking in space blocking the hydrant and that the FDNY was in favor of the barricade.

Any statement from RIOC on this matter?

No response yet from RIOC.

Here's video from the January 28 PSC meeting of PSD Chief Kevin Brown and Deputy Chief Anthony Amoroso discussing the hydrant barricade.   

UPDATE 2/7 - The barricade is now back in front of the fire hydrant. No explanation from RIOC.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

How Does Proposed NY State Legislative Redistricting Plan Impact Roosevelt Island Elected Representation? Changes In State Senate, Serrano Out, Gianaris In - Congress And State Assembly Remain The Same

According to City & State:

Democratic dominance in state politics is about to reach a whole new level as the decennial redistricting process approaches its conclusion. 

Albany Democrats are expected to approve new legislative lines for the state Senate and Assembly that benefit their incumbents while making it harder than ever for Republicans to regain any of the electoral ground they have lost in recent years....

How does the proposed NY State legislative redistricting impact Roosevelt Island representation? 

Roosevelt Island's long time Manhattan/Bronx State Senator Jose Serrano will no longer represent the neighborhood. Instead, Queens State Senator Michael Gianaris, Deputy Majority Leader of the State Senate, will represent Roosevelt Island in the proposed redistricting.

See the full map at
NY State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright will continue representing Roosevelt Island in the proposed redistricting.

See the full map at 

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will continue representing Roosevelt Island in the proposed redistricting too.

See the full map at

Learn more about the NY State legislative redistricting from the Brian Lehrer radio program

and CBS New York.

UPDATE 10:30 PM - Senator Serrano will be missed on Roosevelt Island. He has been a forceful advocate for the interests of Roosevelt Island residents. 

He spoke about the importance of Roosevelt Island residents being appointmented to the RIOC Board at a September 30, 2021 Four Freedoms Democratic Club meeting.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Sponsored Post - Roosevelt Island Racquet Club Offering Adult Weekday Afternoon Drill And Play Tennis Classes At Variety Of Skill Levels - Learn Singles & Doubles Situational Skills, Have Fun, Exercise And Make New Friends Too

The Roosevelt Island Racquet Club invites you to start the 2022 New Year with their new Adult Tennis Daytime classes.

Pam Glick is the new General Manager of the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club. According to Ms Glick:

It's great to be here. I'm so happy to be the new general manager of Roosevelt Island Racquet Club. We're spending a lot of time working on getting our programming back up to where we were before Covid. 

We're adding a lot of new adult classes, especially in the daytime.  

We have classes on Monday and Thursday from 11 to 12 30 for 2.5 level to 3.0.

Monday through Thursday we're running 12:30 to 2:30 drill and play classes for 3.0, for 3.5 and above and on Friday we have an hour and a half class at 12 o'clock. 

The new mid-day prices for our off-peak drill and plays are $32 for club members and $45 non-members for 1 1/2 hour classes, and $40 club members and $55 non- members for 2 hours classes. 

Roosevelt Island residents get 50% off the membership fee and court time booked 24 hours in advance. And they get a free clinic on Saturdays.

Tony Huber is celebrating his one year anniversary as Adult Tennis Director of the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club. Mr Huber reports:

I've been the director now for one year of the adult program and my primary goal was to boost up the amount of adult participation here at the Club.

Next week we are adding about 30 to 40 percent more classes for adults at all the various levels during the daytime.

For the drill and play programs we try to simulate everything that a player might go through in either singles or doubles when they're playing a match. 

We do a lot of situational training meaning we put you in a situation that you might find yourself in a doubles point or a singles point and then we talk about how to play from that position. 

We talk about all phases of the game. Offense defense, neutral, how to act as an individual. how to act as a teammate and we just coordinate it based on the level that they're playing at.

Ms Glick adds:

One of the good things about these group classes is you get to meet people and make new friends and have some social life which I know a lot of people are craving especially after the pandemic.

Meet Roosevelt Island Racquet Club General Manager Pam Glick and Adult Tennis Director Tony Huber.

 and check out the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club 2022 Winter/Spring Adult Tennis Program Schedule

The Roosevelt Island Racquet Club also has adult tennis classes for beginners.

Contact Pam Glick at or Tony Huber at or  call 212.935.0250 ext 811 for more information.

Schedule your free tour and level evaluation.

Sunday, January 30, 2022

A Winter Wonderland For Sledding Today At Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Campus Hills

Well, almost. 

The Roosevelt Island Tram does not take you to the top of a NYC ski hill but it does go to a winter wonderland for sledding on the Cornell Tech campus hills.