Saturday, April 30, 2022

Roosevelt Island Virtual Health Seminar Monday May 2 - Happy Bellies: Nutrition For Optimizing Your Gastroenterology Health Presented By Dr Carolyn Newberry Hosted By Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech And Roosevelt Island Seniors Association

Cornell Tech Assistant Director of Government And Community Relations Jane Swanson reports: 

Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech and the Roosevelt Island Senior Association will be hosting a nutrition seminar Monday May 2 presented by Doctor Carolyn Newberry, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine.

The session is free and open to the public, and will include time for Q&A. 

Happy Bellies: 

Nutrition for Optimizing Your GI and Overall Health 

Monday, May 2, 2022 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM 

Virtual session 

This seminar will address important factors to consider when picking a personal dietary approach, break down the different components that make up our diets, and provide information on common ailments of our GI health. 

This seminar also includes a Q&A session following the informational presentation. 

Please register online here. 

Hope to see you at what promises to be a very informative virtual event.

Dr Newberry discusses her practice in this Physicians Spotlight interview.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Life After People Rip In Space Time Continuum Shows Possible Future Of Roosevelt Island Tram Plunging From Cable 250 Feet Into The East River - Try Not To Think About This Next Time You're On The Tram

Don't think about this next time you're riding the Roosevelt Island Tram over the East River.

Watch more of Life After People possible future from The History Channel.

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 General Manager and Tony Huber is Adult Tennis Director of the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club. They describe 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.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Come Join The Roosevelt Island Tree Tally And Celebrate Roosevelt Island Earth Love Day Saturday April 30 At Mediation Lawn And Blackwell Plaza - Plenty Of Activities To Raise Awareness On Ways To Keep Roosevelt Island And Our Planet Green And Clean

Among the activities planned for the 4th Annual 2022 Roosevelt Island Earth Love Day is a Roosevelt Island Tree Tally.

Green Roosevelt Island Neighbors (GRIN) Founder Anthony Longo shares these photos and reports:

Have you seen any Roosevelt Island trees

with small circular metal tag numbers?

Can you think of any trees we have lost? 

Spotted any new ones?

Join us as we begin to find out how many trees we currently have and help us come up with a plan to replace those we have lost. 

1615 Roosevelt Island trees got tagged in 2012. 

We start our Quest on April 30th at 11:00 am on the Rivercross / Mediation lawn. 

Stop by the iDig2learn table at the #EarthLove Day event. Just look for the butterflies and black gold.

iDig2Learn founder Christina Delfico adds:

Celebrate kindness to the Earth and each other at the 4th annual #EarthLove Day on Saturday, April 30th, from 11 AM – 2 PM at the Meditation Lawn and Blackwell Plaza (500 Main St.).

Join us for fun and educational activities, where we will be raising awareness on ways we can help Roosevelt Island and our planet stay green and clean! Community organizations and partners will join RIOC in engaging the public with activities including:

  • Native plantings and educational activities with the R.I. Garden Club (sign up your group HERE)
  • Free Book Swap sponsored by the R.I. Branch NYPL (bring your gently handled books)
  • Clothing Drop sponsored by the Carter Burden/R.I. Senior Center (bring your gently worn clothing in sealed bags for donation)
  • Plogging with the R.I. Youth Center- a healthy way to jog or walk around the island while picking up litter polluting our beautiful space (bring your reusable bags)
  • Bike New York Bike Repair and Learn to Ride classes (sign up details to come)
  • Join iDig2Learn to celebrate nature & fly like a Monarch butterfly & learn about the Tree Tally & Compost with GRIN & Haki
  • Yoga/Meditation with Island OM.
  • Meet Alternew to give your clothes new life with mending & tailoring demos
  • Used Battery recycling drop-off
  • Educational tables to learn how you can do more!
  • Free reusable giveaways!  

Please note that the Roosevelt Island Earth Love Day festivities begin at 11 A.M not 10 A.M as shown in the flyer at top.

Sponsored Post - Summer Rising 2022, Safe, Free & Fun Academic & Enrichment Program Serving NYC Students In Grades K -8 Enrollment Is Open, Sign Up Now To Secure Spot In Your Preferred Location

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Summer Rising Enrollment is Open!    

This summer, DOE and DYCD plan to serve a record number of students through Summer Rising, a free, safe, and fun academic and enrichment program for NYC students currently in grades K-8. 

We encourage families to apply early to secure a spot at their preferred location. Enrollment is quick and easy, and it can be completed from any device with an internet connection or by contacting your school’s Parent Coordinator.

 Clich here to enroll and for more information on the NYC DOE/DYCD Summer Rising 2022 program.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Islamic Society Of Roosevelt Island Donates Fresh Fruit For Benefit Of Roosevelt Island Seniors, Disabled & Needy At RIDA Food Pantry Last Week

The Islamic Society of Roosevelt Island report: 

The Islamic Society of Roosevelt Island is pleased to again sponsor and donate

fresh fruit

to the Roosevelt Island food pantry

for the benefit of the seniors, disabled and needy at Roosevelt island's Seniors Center (546 Main Street).

RIDA President Wendy Hersh adds:

RIDA would like to express our sincere thanks to the Islamic Society of Roosevelt Island for their donation of fresh fruit to our food pantry!!!

Your donation helped a lot as fresh fruit is always a great and healthy addition to our pantry.

The Roosevelt Island Food Pantry is operated by the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) every Friday from 4-6 PM.   

First Annual Barbara J. Chocky Award For Public Service Will Be Presented To A Roosevelt Island Or Upper East Side High School Senior Involved In Social Justice, Civic Or Political Issues - Eligible Applicants For $1 Thousand Award Must Show Ongoing Dedication To Continue Ms Chocky's Legacy, Application Due May 13

Barbara Chocky was a long time Upper East Side community activist and member of Manhattan Community Board 8 

Photo Courtesy Of Amy Baxter

which covers the UES and Roosevelt Island. Ms Chocky died October 11, 2021

According to an October 14, 2021 Upper East Side Patch article:

Barbara Chocky, a community leader who fought for affordable housing and defended the Upper East Side's most vulnerable residents during a decades-long career in public service, died on Tuesday at the age of 81.

The cause was leukemia, with which she had been diagnosed less than a month ago, said Elaine Walsh, a longtime friend of Chocky's and fellow member of Community Board 8.

Over the years, Chocky worked everywhere from Hunter College to the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, but it was the community board that took up the biggest chunk of her life. She was CB8's longest-tenured member, serving since 1981 and sitting through untold hours' worth of public meetings. 

"She was a short woman but a very powerful woman," Walsh said. "She had her fingers in a lot of different things."...

Leslie Gottlieb reports:

In recognition of her decades of outstanding community service and leadership, the first annual Barbara J. Chocky Award for Public Service will be presented to a high school senior who lives on the Upper East Side/Roosevelt Island and is involved in social justice issues, civic or political life. The $1,000 Annual Award will be presented in June, 2022.

The Award was started by Barbara’s close friends Pete Grannis, former Assemblyman and currently First Deputy Comptroller for the New York State Office of the State Comptroller, and Amy Baxter, former aide to Pete Granis, with a GoFundMe Campaign following Barbara’s death in October 2021.

According to City Councilwoman Gale Brewer, a longtime friend, ”It is very fitting to honor Barbara’s deep commitment to social justice by awarding an annual scholarship to a high school senior who demonstrates an ongoing dedication to continue her legacy.“ 

Barbara Chocky was a prominent political leader on the Upper East Side and in New York City politics. She had a Masters in Public Administration and was a Registered Nurse. She was a passionate activist who was committed to advocacy, social justice and public and community service. She also mentored many young professionals.

Eligible students must reside on the Upper East Side ( from E 59th St to E 96th St., from Fifth Avenue to the East River, and Roosevelt Island). All applicants should be in good academic standing at their high school and must submit a one page essay on their involvement in community service, electoral politics and/or government, as well as any volunteerism. 

Applications and an official transcript should be emailed to:  by May 13, 2022. Finalists will be contacted for interviews in late May. The Barbara J. Chocky Memorial Award committee will consider diversity, equity and inclusion when reviewing applications. 

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. The recipient will be presented with the Award in June.

Donations to the fund may be made to the Barbara J. Chocky Memorial Award on Go Fund Me.

Friends and colleagues shared their memories of Ms Chocky during a November 10, 2021 Special Meeting of Community Board 8.


More on Ms Chocky from NY Times obituary and Upper East Side Patch article.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Help Spread The Word On Roosevelt Island - NYPD Hosting Prom Dress And Suit Drive Saturday April 30 For Any Graduating High School Or Junior High School Student In Need Of Prom Attire, Donations Welcomed Too

Do you know a Roosevelt Island High School or Junior High School student graduating this year in need of Prom attire?

The NYPD 114 precinct, which covers Roosevelt Island, wants you to know help is available and tweets:

Were You Wakened And Rattled In Middle Of Last Night By Loud Cannon Ball Fire Explosive Noises - What Was That Asks Roosevelt Island Resident?

A Roosevelt Island resident shares this question from a friend today:

I wonder if you were awakened in the middle of the night by five loud, loud blasts, like cannon ball fire. If so, do you know what we were hearing?
The Twitterverse answered:

Monday, April 25, 2022

Roosevelt Island Wildlife Freedom Foundation Volunteers Celebrate Earth Day Last Friday With Trash And Litter Clean Up At Southpoint Park - "I'm Here To Help Heal The Earth" Says Young WFF Volunteer, "I'd Love To Keep My Island Clean" Says Another

Roosevelt Island resident and Wildlife Freedom Foundation (WFF) President Rossana Ceruzzi together with an enthusiastic group of volunteers 

celebrated Earth Day last Friday, April 22, with a clean up of trash and litter left at Southpoint Park. They also gave away reusable bags and biodegradable and compostable dog waste bags.

Answering the question "why are you here today", the WFF volunteers said:

  • I'm here to help heal the earth,
  • I live here on this Island and my my original intent with the joining Wildlife Freedom Foundation was helping out all these animals here but Rosanna told me about this clean up project we have here for Earth day and I'd love to keep my Island clean. Keep the Earth clean. Stop all this littering stuff.
  • I care about the environment and the animals and we can clearly see that the garbage does harm our animals
  • I'm here today to help the ecosystem.

The WFF Roosevelt Island Earth Day celebration was done in cooperation with the NYC Department of Sanitation.

Here's how 2022 Earth Day clean up was celebrated in other parts of NYC.

More info on the Roosevelt Island Wildlife Freedom Foundation at their website, Instagram and Twitter page.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Can't Beat The Stunning Views Of NYC East River Waterfront & Skyline From Roosevelt Island Panorama Room Rooftop Cocktail Bar At The Graduate Hotel On Cornell Tech Campus

You can't beat these NYC East River Waterfront and Skyline views seen this afternoon from the Roosevelt Island Panorama Room rooftop cocktail bar at the Graduate Hotel.

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

Here's the food menu

and a sample of the extensive cocktail menu.

The Panorama Room is open Wednesday - Sunday.

Panorama Room Cocktail bar job opportunities are listed here and Graduate Hotel jobs here.