Friday, August 12, 2022

Sponsored Post - 2022 New York August Primary Early Voting Begins Saturday August 13 Thru Sunday August 21, Election Day Is Tuesday August 23 - On Ballot Are US House Of Representatives And NY State Senate Seats

The 2022 NY August Primary Early Voting begins Saturday August 13 thru Sunday August 21. Election Day is Tuesday August 23.

On the ballot are Democratic Party candidates for:

  • US House Of Representatives and
  • NY State Senate 

There is no Republican Party Primary Election.

Early voting on Roosevelt Island takes place at PS/IS 217 (645 Main Street Main Street). 

Early Voting Days and Hours are:

Primary Election Day is Tuesday August 23.

Click here to find sample ballot for August 2022 Primary Election.

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service To Manhattan This Weekend, We're Making Communications Improvements Says MTA - Plan For Potential Long Lines At Roosevelt Island Tram Station

There will be no Roosevelt Island F Train Service to Manhattan this weekend. According to the MTA:

What's happening?

We're making communications improvements

 Here's more


on the MTA's communications improvements plan.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

NY1 Summer Stops Series With Roger Clark Visits Roosevelt Island, Watch The Video - Roger Is Amazed To Learn There Was Once A Queensboro Bridge Elevator To Roosevelt Island

Click here to watch the full NY1 video from Roger Clark.

Here's more info on the Queensboro Bridge elevator and staircase to Roosevelt Island.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Queens Community Board 2 Hosting Virtual Zoom Meeting On Proposed NYC Council Redistricting Of Roosevelt Island And Sliver Of Upper East Side From Manhattan To Queens Thursday August 11 - You're Invited To Attend And Share Your Views

Under a preliminary plan for NYC Council redistricting, Roosevelt Island and a sliver of the Upper East Side will be moved from NYC  Council District 5 in Manhattan currently represented by Julie Menin to NYC Council District 26 in Queens currently represented by Julie Won.  

Queens Community Board 2 is hosting a virtual zoom meeting tomorrow evening, August 11, on the redistricting of Council District 26 to include Roosevelt Island and portions of the Upper East Side.You're invited to attend.

Also, the NYC Districting Commission is holding the following public hearings on their Preliminary NYC Council Redistricting Plan.

Roosevelt Island resident and founder of the recently formed local Main Street Dems political club Joyce Short is organizing community efforts to keep Roosevelt Island in a Manhattan City Council District. According to Ms Short:

Our Community Board is planning on opposing the redistricting of Roosevelt Island in City Council. According to the most recent proposal, if redistricting takes place, we will be redistricted with Queens West and represented by the City Council Member in Queens, Julie Won, not Julie Menin in Manhattan. We believe this change is problematic for our community for several reasons:
  1. Our children's educational facilities are PS/IS 217 and other public and private schools in Manhattan. We fall within School District 2 for elementary school and middle school children. We need a Council Member whose area includes our school district.
  2. Many of our school children commute by tram, which is a unique and vital link to Manhattan. Most of our working population also commute by tram to the mainland, not Queens, each day for employment. Our residents commutation needs are met by maintaining a close association between the mainland and our island.
  3. Our City Council Representatives provide considerable funding for PS/IS 217 including it's Green Roof. In addition, they support the quality of life programs we need such as our Little League, NY Junior Tennis and Learning, our very active Senior Center, and additional projects and services. They are the life-blood of our community and our Council Member has a history of support.
  4. The cost for policing Roosevelt Island is principally covered by Island residents, through land-leases paid to RIOC. Our first responders are Public Safety Officers that are Peace Officers with the State of NY, NOT police officers from Queens. Our crime statistics are more consistent with our current Manhattan connection rather than with Western Queens. Our NYPD protection could diminish when determined by comparing us with the stats of Western Queens.
  5. Roosevelt Island was conceived and built as a "Manhattan Utopian Community" by Mayor John Lindsay. We are a Manhattan community, not a Queens community. Our area code is 212, not 718. We have a Manhattan zip code of 10044. We are a Manhattan Island under New York City's City Charter. Item 52-C in the City Charter states that district lines shall keep neighborhoods intact.
  6. We are a Manhattan stop on the subway system, our other major transportation link.
  7. Our newly built and highly utilized public library is part of the Manhattan library system.
  8. Roosevelt Islanders frequently call on our City Council Representatives for constituent services, particularly, for help in landlord/tenant matters. Our cases are heard in Manhattan's landlord/tenant court. A Queens City Council Member will be unable to provide the level of effective assistance our residents will need in housing matters.
  9. Unlike Queens, we are a highly residential community with very few commercial enterprises.
  10. Our operating funds are derived in a very different way than in Queens. Even our public services such as grounds keeping and street cleaning are not covered in the same manner as Queens.
  11. Our community shares with mainland Manhattan the unique issues of being an island, with all the environmental protections that requires.
  12. Our community fought for protections in the development of Cornell Tech which is only one third complete. We need to maintain the same vital City Council oversight that protected our community during the first phase of construction.
  13. Western Queens fought against the development of Amazon while Roosevelt Island bargained in good faith for the creation of Cornell Tech. Our perspective and needs regarding development are vastly different.
  14. Our community has already been divided for Federal and State Legislative representation. Further division will additionally weaken our ability to have a collective, legislative force to represent our interests.
  15. Throughout our entire existence as a residential community, our residents have considered themselves Manhatanites.

Last Saturday, Ms Short gathered approximately 80 Roosevelt Island residents 

Image From Irina Hage

for an info session 

and letter writing campaign 

Image From Irina Hage

opposing the NYC Council redistricting of Roosevelt Island  from Manhattan to Queens.

Stay tuned for more info on the proposed NYC Council redistricting of Roosevelt Island.


Roosevelt Island's Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney sent this letter to NYC Districting Commission Chair Dennis Walcott in support of keeping Roosevelt Island in a Manhattan NYC Council District.

Ms Short adds: 

Tomorrow evening, Thursday, 8/11, at 8:15 PM, we will conduct our next Zoom redistricting update. Here is the link.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will be attending. She has written an amazing letter of support for us. Depending on her schedule, either Julie Menin, or her Chief of Staff, Cameron Koffman, will also update us on the issues.

We'll be planning and outlining next steps in the process of remaining in our Manhattan City Council District. Please share this information with everyone in your network, including posting on your building's broadcast system and your social media.

Topic: Update on Redistricting Resistance for Roosevelt Island

Time: Aug 11, 2022 08:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

UPDATE 8/12 - NYC Council Member Julie Menin sent this letter today to NYC Districting Commission Chair Dennis Walcott in support of keeping Roosevelt Island and the Upper East Side in Manhattan NYC Council District.

UPDATE 8/13:

NYC Queens District 26 NYC Council Member Julie Won tweets:

Monday, August 8, 2022

Blue Bus Project And Noguchi Museum Invite You To An Outdoor Afternoon Of Art Making At The Sanctuary On Roosevelt Island Tuesday August 9 - Create Your Own Recycled Lamp Inspired By Isamu Noguchi's Akari Lantern

The Blue Bus Project and Long Island City based Noguchi Museum invite you to a Lantern RecyclingWorkshop Tuesday, August 9 at The Sanctuary Events Space/Outdoor Cafe on Roosevelt Island from 1-3 PM.

Click here to register for the free Lantern Recycling Workshop.

According to the Noguchi Museum

The Blue Bus Project is:

... is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that brings participatory arts events into underserved communities throughout NYC, heightening awareness about social and environmental issues, and encouraging change through visual, performance, and interdisciplinary art workshops.

As a mobile platform, the repurposed school bus hosts projects in public parks, community centers, and NYCHA housing complexes, partnering local organizations with artists to design programs for the specific needs of a community...

Watch this video to learn more about Isamu Noguchi's Akari Lanterns

and visit the Noguchi Museum website for more info.

Click here to register for the Lantern Recycling Workshop at The Sanctuary on Roosevelt Island.

Also, visit the Noguchi Museum in person - it's only a short 10-15 minute walk from the Roosevelt Island Bridge at 9-01 33rd road.