Friday, March 4, 2022

Check Out The Roosevelt Island Indoor Flea Market At Senior Center Saturday March 5 Hosted By RIDA - Clothing, Jewelry, Knick Knacks, Food & More

Here We Go Again, No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Weekend, No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan Next Weekend

We all remember those days when it seemed like almost every weekend there was no Roosevelt Island F Train service in one direction or the other. One weekend no Roosevelt Island F Train service to Manhattan and the next weekend no Roosevelt Island F Train service from Manhattan. Some weekends, no Roosevelt Island F Train service at all. For the most part during the last couple of years, Roosevelt Island has had regular weekend F Train service without interruption.

But, I may have jinxed our regular weekend Roosevelt Island F train subway service without interruption.

According to the MTA, there will be no Roosevelt Island F Train service from Manhattan this weekend

and no Roosevelt Island F Train service to Manhattan next weekend.

Gallery RIVAA Celebrating 21 Years On Roosevelt Island With Vernissage 21 Opening Reception Saturday March 5, You're Invited - Remembering Gallery RIVAA Founder And Force Of Nature Arline Jacoby Who Recently Died At Age 97

According to Gallery RIVAA:

Dear all, You are cordially invited to celebrate RIVAA's Annual Anniversary Exhibition - "Vernissage 21" with RIVAA Artist Members and Guests on Saturday, March 5th from 6-9 PM at Gallery RIVAA.

In honor of Arline Jacoby’s memory, her family asks that donations be made to RIVAA. Here is the link:

This is our twenty first annual exhibition (Vernissage) and we look forward to seeing the Roosevelt Island community at Gallery RIVAA.

Gallery RIVAA Secretary Laura Hussey adds:

It is with great sadness that the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association (RIVAA) announces the passing of founding member and first RIVAA President Arline Jacoby (1924-2022). 

 For twenty years RIVAA was the beneficiary of Arline's energy and enthusiasm for life and art and her determination, dedication and devotion to our organization. 

Arline was a practicing artist and teacher. Her knowledge and expertise were used in service of advancing the goals of RIVAA. Always our inspiring friend, colleague and ardent supporter she will be sorely missed. 

Arline's family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to RIVAA located at 527 Main Street, New York, NY 10044 

Ms Jacoby was profiled by the NY Times in 2017.

Here's Ms. Jacoby welcoming Chinese artists to the June 24, 2017 Opening reception at RIVAA Gallery for Exhibition of Liaoning Province Artists Association in China

and the September 14, 2019 birthday celebration at Gallery RIVAA where Ms Jacoby was lovingly described:

... As a force of nature...


Ms Jacoby's lived in the Roosevelt Island Riverwalk building for many years. Her.passing was also announced on the Rivercross Building Link.

Arline Jewel Plumer Jacoby 1924 - 2022 

The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it. -Joseph Campbell 

Arline was born in 1924 to Anna and Isador Plumber. She is the youngest of nine siblings; Lou, Pauline, Freda, Lilian, Joseph, Ethyl, Dorris, and Shirley. She attended Girl’s High in Philadelphia for high school and then went on to Tyler School of Art. Arline married Harry Jacoby in 1947 and they had three children, Annice, Tedd and Isa. She has 5 grandchildren Kaj, Jaiva, Corinne, Eric and Scott. 

While raising her children, Arline received her Master in Arts Education from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. She worked as an art teacher for decades in junior high and high schools on Long Island. In her later years, she took her show on the road, teaching art on cruise ships, artist retreats, and English in Shanghai. She continued to teach well into her 90s. She lived the last 30 years on Roosevelt Island, New York, where she taught art to senior citizens and founded the gallery RIVAA. 

Arline lived life grandly, sharing her great curiosity about the world and flaunting her fun fashion. She traveled the globe and found beauty and education wherever she went. She explored museums with a seemingly endless rapture and she could out-party her grandchildren. 

Her powerful energy lives on in her art, her family, her friends and the many students she taught over the years. Later this year we will do a live celebration on the East Coast. 

In lieu of flowers, please donate to RIVAA. For donations, please make a check payable to RIVAA at 527 Main Street, New York, NY 10044.

Condolences to Ms Jacoby's family, friends, neighbors and fellow Gallery RIVAA artsts.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Long Delayed Roosevelt Island $6.8 Million Tram Elevator Project Begun In 2014 Nears Completion - Manhattan Tram Plaza Park Is Now Open And 2nd Elevator Appears Almost Ready To Begin Service

The Roosevelt Island Manhattan Tramway Plaza is now open

of the two new Roosevelt Island Tram elevators. One of the new Tram Elevators began service last October

and the second elevator 
appears ready to soon open completing the $6.8 Million project. which was plagued by a variety of delays since first started by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp in 2014.

How long do you think it will take before the Roosevelt Island Manhattan Tram Plaza is full of pigeon poop and garbage?

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp On A Hiring Binge, Seeking To Fill 9 Positions Including Communications, Deputy General Counsel, Government Liason, Public Safety Lieutenant & Sergeant, Bus Mechanic, Motorpool Supervisor & Special Assistant

According to the Indeed job listing site, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) is seeking to fill the following positions.

Click here to the Indeed job site for more info and to apply.

These positions were not published on the RIOC website careers page.

It's unknown whether the job listings for Assistant Vice President of Communications and Communications Director means that the current remaining RIOC Communication Team, led by Erica Spencer-El, are being fired or shifted to another RIOC job.

UPDATE 3/3 - As of the end of January, Juan Tejada, shown in the video, was no longer part of the RIOC Communications team or employed by RIOC.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Application Deadline To Represent Roosevelt Island On Manhattan Community Board 8 Extended To March 15 - Submit Your Application To Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine

Manhattan Community Board 8 (CB8M): 

... represents the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Roosevelt Island. CB8M is comprised of 50 volunteer members who serve as advocates and service coordinators for the community and its residents, as well as help citizens resolve municipal service delivery complaints. 

CB8M reviews and makes recommendations on various issues, including applications for Zoning Text Amendments, building variances and special permits, liquor licenses, sidewalk cafes and street fairs, changes to landmarked buildings or buildings in historic districts, traffic and transportation issues, and more.

Today's deadline to submit your application to join CB 8

 was extended to March 15.

 Community Board 8 includes a Roosevelt Island committee. Among the Agenda Items 

during the February 17, 2022 Roosevelt Island committee meeting was a Capital Projects presentation by Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Assistant Director of Capital Planning Prince Shah. 

Click here to view the RIOC presentation.

Recently, there has developed some confusion, even controversy, about who best represents the interests of the Roosevelt Island community between the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council (members elected by the residents of their buildings) and the CB 8 Roosevelt Island Committee (members appointed by the Manhattan Borough President).

More to come on this subject.

Monday, February 28, 2022

71% Of Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Students Received Full Covid 19 Vaccine, 76% Have First Dose, NYC Mayor Adams Says School Mask Mandate Ends March 7 If Numbers Show Low Level Of Risk

According to Chalkbeat and The City

Just over half of New York City public school students are fully vaccinated, according to data the education department released Friday. In total, 59% of the city’s public school students have received at least one vaccine dose and nearly 52% are considered fully vaccinated....

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) reports that the vaccination rate for Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 school

is 76.8% with a first dose and 71.2% fully vaccinated.

The NYC DOE PS/IS 217 Covid 19 report card is here.

According to NYC Health Department 10,969 (93.98%) Roosevelt Island residents have received at least one Covid 19 vaccine dose and 9,753 (83.56%) residents are full vaccinated.

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 join their new Adult Tennis Daytime classes.

Pam Glick is the new General Manager and Tony Huber is Adult Tennis Director of the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club. Last month, they described some of the programs available at 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.

 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.

... 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.
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.