Friday, March 18, 2022

Roosevelt Island Residents Sick And Tired Of Horrendous Amount Of Dog Excrement All Over The Island, RIOC PSD Chief Says We're Going To Do Better Job In Policing Dog Poop - Can DNA Testing Help Solve Roosevelt Island Dog Poop Mess?

Like many Roosevelt Island residents, Bojana Zezelj is sick and tired of seeing dog excrement not being picked up all over Roosevelt Island. Ms Zezelj writes:

Does anyone have any ideas what to do about the horrendous amount of dog excrement all over the island? I am asking as a responsible dog owner who always picks up after her dog. But exactly because I do, I notice how many dog owners don’t bother. They leave it even in the middle of the sidewalk. I asked Public Safety more than once what they were doing about it, but they looked at me like I spoke Esperanto. They couldn’t care less. Not a single ticket has ever been issued on Roosevelt Island for the failure to clean up after a dog. The situation is getting out of control, we need to do something.

According to Lana, another responsible Roosevelt Island Dog Owner:

As a dog owner here, the amount of dog poop left on the sidewalks is mind boggling. It is a very simple thing to do and the community even provides bags and receptacles for everyone to use. This is such a lovely community and as dog owners, it is our responsibility to clean up after our dogs.

I’m super heated about this :) there is more poop here than there was on the Upper East Side after snow. And that’s saying a lot.

Another resident reported dog poop on Firefighters Field where kids play soccer and says:

... come on people, this is out of control.
During the March 16 Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee Meeting (full video here), Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Chief Kevin Brown said:

We're going to do a better job in policing ... dog poop ... it's illegal to to have these dogs uncurbed, ... if people don't pick up after their pets ... they're going to get summonses and that's the way it has to be because ... it's not a sanitary habit to just let your dog poop all over Roosevelt Island ... The word has been given from the top that anyone who is caught, it has to be something that's witnessed by an officer, they're going to get summonses  

... it's something that that we are going to enforce...


Ms Zezelj adds: 

I actually do have an idea. I would like to go around the island with a big bucket, take a photo of every pile of dog shit I see lying around, then put that dog shit in the bucket and once the bucket it full, deliver it to the RIOC office. If anyone is interested in filming me in action, let me know.

RIOC PSD has made previous promises to enforce dog owners cleaning up their dog's poop but the problem persists. 

Former RIOC Public Safety Chief Jack McManus discussed the problem of dog poop and off leash dogs during this 2016 Roosevelt Island Residents Association Public Safety Committee meeting.

In 2013, Roosevelt Islander Online published an article about building management companies requiring dog owners to provide DNA samples for their dogs. That way a dog owner not cleaning up the poop could be identified and sanctioned in some manner. I suggested this to RIOC and of course they did nothing. Perhaps now is the time to try again and either RIOC PSD or individual building management could require Dog DNA samples in order to identify and issue summons or some other penalty for offending dog owners. 

Here's how a St Louis apartment complex currently uses dog poop DNA to enforce owners cleaning up after their pets.

Can Dog Poop DNA work to clean up Roosevelt Island?

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Golden Age Of Radio Theater Comes To Roosevelt Island Senior Center - Come Learn How To Create A Radio Play, Develop Script, Understand Narration, Sound Effects And Perform Before A Live Audience Following 15 Week Residency With Artist Richard Grunn Starting Friday March 18

Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Senior Center (RISC) Executive Director Lisa Fernandez reports:

RISC was awarded a grant for a Radio Theater Residency Program thru the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center. Sounds like a great project.  No pre-registration required - just come in!

Richard Grunn explains the basics of Radio Theater

Radio Theater Intro and History Video 1 from Richard Grunn on Vimeo.

and demonstrates sound effects for Radio Theater.

Radio Theater Sound Effects Video 3 from Richard Grunn on Vimeo.

More info on the Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center at their website.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Watch Discussion Of Roosevelt Island Public Safety Issues With RIOC Chief Kevin Brown During March 16 RIRA Public Safety Committee Meeting Last Night - Crime, Homeless, Dog Poop, Speed Cushions, Main Street Traffic Safety, Full PSD Staffing Levels & More

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department (PSD) Chief Kevin Brown regularly attends meetings of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee (PSC) chaired by Erin Feeley-Nahem continuing the community policing policy practices established by former PSD Chief Jack McManus.

Chief Brown reports to the PSC about recent PSD activities and learns about Roosevelt Island Public Safety concerns and issues from PSC members during these meetings. The dialogue is valuable in keeping lines of communications open between PSD and the Roosevelt Island community as well as an opportunity for the community to hear the perspective of PSD on a variety of issues. 

During last evening's March 15 PSC Committee meeting, Chief Brown reported:

  • PSD staffing is back to full staffing after suffering shortages due to sickness from Covid 19,
  • 4 PSD Officers were accepted into NYPD,
  • Recent assault at Manhattan Park between 2 friends,
  • Attempted Robbery At Subway Station
  • Homeless Situation,
  • Installation Of Speed Cushions, not Speed Bumps or Humps,
  • PSD Officers to issue summons for persons seen not picking up their dog's poop,
  • Main Street Pedestrian/Bike/Vehicle Traffic Safety

Here's the PSC meeting discussion.  

Contact RIRA PSC Chair Erin Feely-Nahem if you wish to participate in the April meeting with PSD Chief Kevin Brown.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) & ICare Medical Supply Providing Free Saliva Covid 19 PCR Testing At Gallery RIVAA March 14 To 18, Just Spit In The Tube - Latest Roosevelt Island Covid Test Statistics Too

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) and ICare Medical Supply are offering free Covid 19 PCR Saliva Tests at Gallery RIVAA (527 Main Street) Monday March 14 thru Friday March 18  from 10 AM to 4 PM. First Come, First Serve.

As demonstrated by Roosevelt Island Disabled Association President Wendy Hersh, just spit in the tube

there is no swab stuck up your nose.

According to NYC Health Department, the most recent 7 Day Covid Testing Data from March 6 - March 12 for Roosevelt Island (Zip Code 10044 ) shows 344 people tested and 4 new Positive Cases for a rate of 1.16%.

The 7 Day Covid Testing Data from February 26 - March 4 for Roosevelt Island (Zip Code 10044 ) showed 366 people tested and 4 new Positive Cases for a rate of 1.09%.   Click here for December 2021/January 2022 Roosevelt Island 10044 Zip Code Covid 19 statistics when positivity rate was as high as 30%  

Monday, March 14, 2022

Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Celebrates Hindu Holi Holiday, A Festival Of Spring, Colors And Love With Special Dance Class Saturday March 19 To Benefit India Based Arts Organization

Roosevelt Island is an amazing place filled with people coming from many different cultures, nations and religions. Roosevelt Island residents are fortunate to be able to learn about and celebrate the diversity of their neighbors. This coming Saturday, March 19, Roosevelt Island's Main Street Theatre and Dance Alliance (MST&DA) is offering another opportunity to enjoy the diversity of cultures of our small little Island.

According to the Roosevelt Island MST&DA:

Celebrating HOLI and unleash your inner being to a higher level with a special DANCE CLASS at MSTDA! Saturday, March 19th!


All proceeds from this class will go to a wonderful arts organization based in India, Kalahrdaya. Their mission is to teach, preserve and share the beauty of Indian performing arts and reach underserved populations to educate and provide opportunity. Holi is a popular ancient Hindu festival, also known as the "Festival of Love", the "Festival of Colours" and the "Festival of Spring" and the perfect occassion to dance together! 


WHEN: March 19th, 3-4pm

WHERE: Large Studio in the Roosevelt Island Cultural Center 

HOW TO JOIN: email asap to reserve a spot. Space is limited.

*ZOOM option is available. Email for the link.


DONATE HERE: Suggested donation $20. Pay what you can.



On March 19th at 3pm, George Drance will be teaching a special dance class to celebrate Holi. Masala Bhangra® is an Indian-dance based program, designed for people of all ages and fitness levels who love to stay physically active.  Specifically, it introduces high energy Bhangra and Bollywood dance movements in an easy-to-follow fitness format, and is a mechanism by which thousands of people have been moved, touched and inspired to become physically active. LEARN MORE



Instructor George Drance has worked as an actor and director in over twenty-five countries on five continents. He is the artistic director of Magis Theatre and artitst-in-residence at Fordham Lincoln Center.  He has performed in several dance companies and has been a Masala Bhangra Ambassador for almost five years. 

According to Holi Festival website:

Holi is considered as one of the most revered and celebrated festivals of India and it is celebrated in almost every part of the country. It is also sometimes called as the “festival of love” as on this day people get to unite together forgetting all resentments and all types of bad feeling towards each other. The great Indian festival lasts for a day and a night, which starts in the evening of Purnima or the Full Moon Day in the month of Falgun. It is celebrated with the name Holika Dahan or Choti Holi on first evening of the festival and the following day is called Holi. In different parts of the country it is known with different names.

The vibrancy of colors is something that brings in a lot of positivity in our lives and Holi being the festival of colours is actually a day worth rejoicing. Holi is a famous Hindu festival that is celebrated in every part of India with utmost joy and enthusiasm. The ritual starts by lighting up the bonfire one day before the day of Holi and this process symbolizes the triumph of good over the bad. On the day of Holi people play with colours with their friends and families and in evening they show love and respect to their close ones with Abeer.

In 2019, Holi was celebrated at the Cornell Tech campus and students Sat and Ammol explained the holiday tradition to me.

Learn more about Holi here.

For more info about MST&DA theater, music and fitness classes as well as upcoming shows and other events, click here.