Friday, June 17, 2022

FDR 4 Freedoms Park Hosting Family Friendly Festival For Kids Of All Ages Saturday June 18 - Latin Dance Class With Ballet Hispánico, Drag Story Hour, Composting and Herb Class from iDig2Learn, Face Painting, and more, Register Now

The FDR 4 Freedoms Park invites you to tomorrow's Free To Be You Festival:

Family-friendly festival for kids of all ages at FDR Four Freedoms State Park. This event is hosted by Four Freedoms Park Conservancy.

About this event

Join us for a fun filled FREE mini festival featuring activites including a Latin dance class taught by Ballet Hispánico, Drag Story Hour, Composting and Herb Class from iDig2Learn , Face Painting, and more!

Sat, June 18, 2022 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Register here for the event.

Roosevelt Island Free Summer Outdoor Movie Series Moves To Southpoint Park This Year - RIOC Announces 6 Friday Night Films Beginning With Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory June

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced today that it is moving the 2022 Roosevelt Island Summer Outdoor Movie Series to Southpoint Park 

Image From 2018 Outdoor Movie At Southpoint Park
 from it's previous location the last 2 years at Firefighers Field. 

According to RIOC:

Roosevelt Island Outdoor Summer Movie Series

The Summer Movie Series returns for 2022 with six new free film showings!

A series of films to be shown on a 40 foot screen at South Point Park (South of Cornell Tech and the Tram); includes trivia, fun facts, food vendors, and music!

June 24 -  Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

July 15 - The Princess Bride

July 22 - Dirty Dancing

July 29 - West Side Story

August 5 - Spider-Man, No Way Home

August 19 - Beetlejuice

Roosevelt Island Gallery RIVAA Ready As Site For New York June 2022 Primary Early Election Voting Beginning Tomorrow June 18 Thru June 26

NYC Board of Elections Poll Workers, including local resident Vicki Feinmel, 

were preparing Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA today 

as a site for June 2022 NY Primary Early Election voting beginning tomorrow.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

Once again and in partnership with Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, we will be hosting Early Voting here on Roosevelt Island beginning Saturday, June 18th through Sunday, to June 26th. Early voting will take place in the RIVAA Gallery located at 527 Main Street. Early voting allows for a safer voting experience while making a decision that can shape the future. To view the early voting schedule, visit

See you at the polls!

Early Voting Hours 

  • Saturday, June 18, 2022 9AM to 5PM 
  • Sunday, June 19, 2022 9AM to 5PM 
  • Monday, June 20, 2022 9AM to 5PM 
  • Tuesday, June 21, 2022 10AM to 8PM 
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2022 10AM to 8PM 
  • Thursday, June 23, 2022 10AM to 6PM 
  • Friday, June 24, 2022 7AM to 3PM 
  • Saturday, June 25, 2022 9AM to 5PM 
  • Sunday, June 26, 2022 9AM to 5PM

 On the ballot are:

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • State Assembly
  • Judges
  • Party Positions

Primary Election Day is Tuesday June 28. 

Clich here to find sample ballots for June 2022 Democratic and Republican party primary.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Hosting Community Meeting On Health Care Needs Of Roosevelt Island Residents Saturday June 18 At Cornell Tech Cafe - Do Residents Need And Support A Local Health Care Facility? Come And Share Your Ideas

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is hosting a Community Meeting On Health Care Needs Of Roosevelt Island Residents Saturday June 18 At Cornell Tech Cafe.
On June 11, Roosevelt Island Day, Congresswoman Maloney and Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) President Rossana Ceruzzi discussed effort to bring a health care facility to Roosevelt Island.

Congresswoman Maloney says she needs to hear from the community and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) that a health care facility is wanted and needed. 

Ms Ceruzzi thanked Congresswoman Maloney for offering to help pursue a health care facility for Roosevelt Island and said she was sure the community would support such a project.
A community meeting is being held 10 AM Saturday June 18 at Cornell Tech Cafe to discuss. Residents are encouraged to attend and express their opinions on the issue.

What do you think? Do you support the idea of a local Roosevelt Island community health facility?

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Cornell Tech Shows How Roosevelt Island Campus Reduces Carbon Footprint, Utilizes Alternative Energy Sources And Saves Energy In Presentation To Manhattan Community Board 8 Environment Committee Last Evening - Watch The Very Informative Video

According to Agenda for Manhattan Community Board 8 June 14 Environmental Committee meeting:

Presentation by Jane Swanson at Cornell Tech about their work to reduce carbon footprint, such as their Passive House, GeoThermal energy, etc
It's a fascinating presentation. Watch it here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Only One Roosevelt Island Tram Cabin In Service Thru June 26 For Haul Rope Replacement, After July 4 2nd Tram Cabin Out Of Service For Haul Rope Replacement Too - Why Won't RIOC Run Morning Manhattan Red Bus Shuttle For Elderly, Disabled And Other Travel Challenged Folks Asks Resident?

 As reported Saturday June 11:
One Of Two Roosevelt Island Tram Cabins Out Of Service Starting Tomorrow June 12 Thru June 26 For Tram Haul Rope Replacement Says RIOC... 

According to a knowledgeable source, RIOC will start work on the North Cabin Tram Rope the week after July 4 for 2 weeks. 

A resident found out the hard way that the single Tram cabin was operating on an hourly basis for a few hours earlier today and reports:

I got blindsided today with the Tram , the singular tram, running hourly.  I had not seen any notification of that.  Do you know if that hourly schedule will continue or was it a one day event?

 Another resident Tweets:

FYI, I was just at the tram after going to Trader Joe’s. Arrived at 10:10 and was told the next tram would leave at 11am. No signage, no explanation so this was of course after going up the stairs with my bags. I walked to the F and the next train is in 18 min. Gotta love it.

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) sent out one of their Advisories today about single cabin Tram Service and afternoon Manhattan Red Bus service:

Upcoming Tram Haul Rope Replacement

Please be advised that due to critical and necessary tram work beginning Sunday, June 12th, 2022, until approximately Sunday, June 26th, 2022, the South Tram Cabin will be out of service.  The North Cabin will remain in service.

To accommodate this disruption, RIOC will be running a shuttle bus Mondays through Fridays from 3PM to 8PM, between the Roosevelt Island Tramway and the Tram Station at 60th St and 2nd Ave in Manhattan. 

Boarding Locations/Routes: 

  • Roosevelt Island to Manhattan: board at the R.I. Tram Station. Shuttle will make all northbound local stops to Capobianco Field (Opposite PS/IS 217)
  • Manhattan to R.I.: board at the southwest side of 2nd Avenue, between 58th & 59th Street. Shuttle will make all southbound local stops (beginning at 591 Main Street) to the Tram station.
  • Frequency: departing on the half hour, traffic depending.
  • Last Trip- Manhattan to R.I.: 8:30 PM Roosevelt Island to Manhattan: 8:00 PM

We encourage riders to plan accordingly and anticipate increased wait times for both the Tram and Red Bus shuttle. Please also consider alternate transportation options such as the F-train subway, ferry or Q102 bus.

We appreciate your patience.

A 39-year long time Roosevelt Island resident who says she thought she’d seen it all shares this message she sent to RIOC President Shelton Haynes in reply to today's RIOC Advisory: 

Maybe stop sending these Advisories till:

1.  RIOC adds some morning shuttle bus service after 9 am to Manhattan for seniors, elderly & other travel-challenged folks? 

2.  RIOC adds the caveat that on Tuesdays, as with previous Tram work, the single cabin runs on an hourly basis between 10 am & 2 pm — and offers us some bus service to Manhattan as noted above.

3.  And RIOC adds the info about getting the Q102 to Queens Plaza to transfer to the 
Q60, Q101 & Q32 to Manhattan at the NYC Board of Education building at Queens Plaza North ... as the bus stop at the QP 7 Train is not in service due to construction.
And getting some readable signage up in the Bus Stops & on the Red Buses...

Want the critics to stop?  Or criticize less?  
Please help the folks who live & work here.
And, it’s no longer Upcoming — it’s actually going on.

Please do better.

I asked RIOC today:

Why is there no morning Manhattan Red Bus service during the next 2 weeks while there is only partial Tram service and particularly today when the Tram was only running on hourly basis at times. 

Is it possible to have morning Manhattan Red Bus service during the Tram work?

 Will update if RIOC answers.

UPDATE 6/15 - Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Julie Menin responding to concerns by residents sent this letter to RIOC President Shelton Haynes today: 

Dear President Haynes,

With the Roosevelt Island Tram undergoing the haul rope replacement, residents are restricted in their ability to travel to and from Manhattan. From the hours of 10am-2pm the tram is running on an hourly basis. Furthermore, with only one tram in service during the morning rush hour, resident’s abilities to travel during peak commuting hours are severely limited. Roosevelt Islanders are not receiving adequate travel options, and it is imperative that RIOC takes immediate action to provide an alternate method for commuters to and from Manhattan throughout this tram maintenance period.

For many of the thousands of people who rely on the Roosevelt Island Tram every day, RIOC’s failure to provide an alternative for morning travel is causing frustration and inconvenience. Constituents have reached out to our office concerned about unbearably long travel times. During the hours of 10am-2pm, F Trains and NYC Ferry both run infrequently, so constituents have few options to reach Manhattan quickly. RIOC must extend the Red Bus Manhattan service beyond the 3-8pm time window to adequately serve Roosevelt Islanders.

The tram is a unique form of New York City transportation that is essential for Roosevelt Islanders commuting every day, and serves many New Yorkers recreationally as well. In this two-week partial-service period of maintenance, where only the South tram cabin is in effect, it is necessary that Roosevelt Island residents can rely on supplemental forms of transportation to travel. Constituents have recommended that the Red Bus shuttle service be immediately extended to the midday hours and morning rush. They state that increased service will alleviate the burdens that many Roosevelt Islanders have been facing during this week. We look forward to your courtesy and cooperation in regard to this matter and your favorable response.

Sponsored Post - 2022 New York June Primary Early Voting Begin Saturday June 18 Thru Sunday June 26, Election Day Is Tuesday June 28 - On The Ballot Are Governor, Lt Governor, State Assembly, Judges And Party Positions

The 2022 NY June Primary Early Voting begins Saturday June 18 thru Sunday June 26. Election Day is Tuesday June 28.

On the ballot are:

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • State Assembly
  • Judges
  • Party Positions

Early voting on Roosevelt Island takes place at Gallery RIVAA (527 Main Street).

Click here to find sample ballots for June 2022 Democratic and Republican party primary.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Roosevelt Island's New NY State Senator Liz Kreuger Celebrates Roosevelt Island Day Last Saturday Meeting With Residents And Learning About Our Local Issues

Due to NY State Senate re-districting, Liz Kreuger will become the new State Senator for Roosevelt Island starting in January 2023.

Ms Krueger visited Roosevelt Island last Saturday to celebrate Roosevelt Island day and met with many residents

including Roosevelt Island Residents Association President Rossana Ceruzzi,  Roosevelt Island Historical Society(RIHS) President Judy Berdy, Joyce Short, Ellen Polivy as well as Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Shelton Haynes and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright.

Ms Krueger also stopped by Gallery RIVAA and was greeted by its new President Sandra Gavelyte and resident Margie Smith.

Image From Alexandre TOLIPAN

Meet Roosevelt Island's new NY State Senator Liz Krueger.

Ms Kreuger is the powerful Chairperson of the Senate Finance Committee which among many other responsibilities approves nominees to the RIOC Board of Directors.

84 Years Young Josina Baez With Her Younger Friend Zach Beautify Riverwalk Commons With New Flower Bed Plantings To Celebrate Roosevelt Island Day Last Saturday - But Area Has Long Been Neglected By RIOC Says Tipster

Roosevelt Island resident Josina Baez reported last Saturday:

Today is Roosevelt Island beautification day and I took that 100% to heart.  

I did the planting in the triangle and the Granny Annie's corner.

  Lots of fun with nonstop complements. A young boy Zach joined me, he was a great help  

I cleaned out the Granny Annie's corner flowerbed too.

I spoke with the 84 years young Roosevelt Island gardener Josina Baez about her Riverwalk Commons beautification efforts on Saturday.

A Southtown Riverwalk Tipster is very concerned about the neglect of Riverwalk Commons area and reports:

I see RIOC’s attitude towards the Southtown Riverwalk community as a total DISREPECT for its residents.

The non existent maintenance and subsequent damage to our Commons is a disgrace!  The Canada Thistle worries me ! 

It is a horrendous weeds, almost impossible to remove, very invasive and destructive.

The NO MANTENANCE over the past few years has caused an explosion of new thistles.

Ms Baez hopes to do more beautification efforts in the Riverwalk Commons area and welcomes any help from those interested.

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Powerful NYC Congressional Committee Chairs Facing Each Other In Upcoming Democratic Party Primary This August - Both Incumbent Carolyn Maloney And Challenger Jerry Nadler Campaigning Yesterday At Roosevelt Island Day Meeting And Speaking With Residents

Due to congressional redistricting, 2 powerful NYC Democrats and House Committee Chairs are running against each other in the District 12 Democratic Party Congressional primary taking place August 13-23.

In a primary election where every single vote could mean the difference between victory and defeat, both incumbent Carolyn Maloney

and challenger Jerry Nadler 

 were campaigning on Roosevelt Island

yesterday meeting with local residents on Roosevelt Island Day. 

I interviewed both yesterday so stay tuned.

More info about both candidates available at their websites,

Ms Maloney

and Mr Nadler.