Saturday, July 30, 2022

Sailboat Hits The Roosevelt Island Bridge This Morning, Mast Fails To Clear Under The Bridge And Boat Turns Over In East River - Water Rescue By FDNY And NYPD

It's not officially summer until a sailboat crashes into the Roosevelt Island Bridge as happened this morning at about 7:30 AM.

According to a Roosevelt Island onlooker:

Boat hits 36th Avenue bridge. NYC Ferry pausing there - lots of rescue boats. NYC Ferry guy says the mast was about 5 feet taller than the bottom of the Bridge but thinks everyone is OK.
Witnesses share these photos of the capsized boat and water rescue.

Image From Linda Doyle

Linda Doyle adds: 

They uprighted the boat 

Image From Linda Doyle
and everyone applauded the efforts. I believe the boat was towed away by a Tow Boat Company.

I asked the FDNY and NYPD for more info. None available yet. Will update when more info becomes available.

UPDATE 7/31 - Click here for FDNY report and detailed eyewitness video.

Friday, July 29, 2022

Hot July Night Up On A Roosevelt Island Roof - Great Place To Relax, Cool Off And Enjoy NYC East River View, That Where I Want To Be

On a hot July night, a Roosevelt Island rooftop is a great place to relax, cool off and enjoy our NYC East River skyline views.

It's always peaceful Up On The Roof. Does not get better than this.


Here's a great version of Up On The Roof  

 by the British pop duo Robson & Jerome.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

No,That Is Not An Offshore Oil Rig In The East River Under The Queensboro Bridge Next To Roosevelt Island - But What Is It?

Roosevelt Island resident Julia Chang shares this photo taken today and writes:

What are they drilling?

What an amazing structure to see on my way to work this morning. 

And even better to see it on my way home because I was able to get closer to it. Have you been able to find out what these folks are doing?

Resident Joan Brooks shares her photo and adds:

I figured you might know

 what this thing is?

Another resident asked: 

What can you find out about the temporary construction platform which was dropped into the East River south of the bridge?

What is the purpose of rig which is sitting in the water about 20 yards from the west shore of Roosevelt Island.

This structure was not in the water yesterday.

I'd like to watch when the platform is eventually removed. I wonder if others might be similarly interested?

Is it possible for the Roosevelt Islander to publish information about the eventual removal of this structure so islanders can watch?

Earlier today, I asked the Twitterverse: The answer is: According to a Roosevelt Islander Instagram Comment:
It's a self propelled lift boat. It's used as a stable platform while working above or below the water.
The vessel is an Aries Marine Ram VII Liftboat.

Vessel Tracking reports:

Mystery solved.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

It's Toddler Storytime Today At The NY Public Library Roosevelt Island Branch With NYC Council Member Julie Menin, Also Ms Menin Urges RIOC And MTA To Install Long Delayed OMNY System For Roosevelt Island Tram And NYC Council Redistricting May Move Us To A Queens District

NYC Council Member Julie Menin visited the NY Public Library Roosevelt Island Branch this morning. Ms Menin read at the Toddler Storytime, gave out books to the children and took a tour of the Library and its new outdoor plaza with Branch Librarian Carlos Chavez.

Also, Ms Menin shares a July 22 letter she wrote to MTA Chair Janno Lieber and Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Shelton Haynes regarding the Roosevelt Island July 16-17 Transportation mess. According to Ms Menin's letter:

I write to you both regarding the difficult travel conditions that residents and visitors of Roosevelt Island faced this past weekend. Over the days of July 16 and 17, constituents reached out to our office complaining about two hour wait times at the tram station. The issues with transportation to the island stemmed from a lack of coordination between RIOC and the MTA. The MTA altered the standard routing of the F train for the weekend while RIOC is in the midst of performing tram work. Altering the subway schedule combined with limited tram service led to exceptionally long wait times due to the lack of other viable options to commute onto and off the island....

Ms Menin urged the MTA and RIOC to swiftly install the long delayed OMNY payment system for the Roosevelt Island Tram.

Under a preliminary plan for NYC Council redistricting, Roosevelt Island will be moved from Ms Menin's NYC Council District 5 to Queens NYC Council District 26 currently represented by Julie Won.

Were Council Members Menin and Won discussing the redistricting plan at lunch today? Stay tuned for more on efforts to keep Roosevelt Island in Manhattan NYC Council District 5.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

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Monday, July 25, 2022

Cornell Tech Researchers Invite You On A Virtual Reality Red Bus Tour Showing Speculative Future Of Flood And Sea Level Rise Effects On Roosevelt Island - Sign Up Now To Participate

Cornell Tech researcher Sharon Yavo Ayalon reports:

You are invited to participate in a very interesting Cornell Tech research project: an Immersive Virtual Reality Bus tour on The Roosevelt Island red bus.

During the tour, a group of 10-15 Islanders guided by a Cornell Tech research group will leap together into an imaginary future that depicts flood and sea-level rise effects. The entire experience will be about two hours, divided into three parts: 1. A pre-ride briefing at the Tata Center. 2. The ride on the red bus using the Virtual Reality headset. 3. A focus group back in the Tata Center after the ride.

Activities begin and end at the Tata Innovation Center on the Cornell Tech campus. There are three dates to choose from: 9:30am to 11:30am or 12:30 pm to 2:30pm on either

August 8th (Monday)

August 11th (Thursday) or

August 12th (Friday).

Could these scenes of what Roosevelt Island looked like during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012

be our future?


Click here to participate in the Cornell Tech Virtual Red Bus Tour showing effects of rising sea levels on Roosevelt Island.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Carter Burden Mount Sinai Mobile Breast Cancer Screening Mobile Mammography Van Comes To Roosevelt Island Tomorrow, Monday July 25, At Good Shepherd Plaza - Call To Make Appointment

 Earlier today, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) reported:

The Carter Burden Mount Sinai Mobile Mammography Van will return to Roosevelt Island on Monday, July 25th from 9 AM to 4 PM at Good Shepherd Plaza (543 Main Street). Screenings will be by appointment only and you should be sure to bring a photo I.D. and insurance card.  For more information, call the Roosevelt Island Senior Center at (646) 870-8761 or (646) 870-8763.

 Watch this video to learn more about the Mount Sinai Mobile Mammography Van


and for more info about the Carter Burden Network and Roosevelt Island Senior Center.