Saturday, August 27, 2022

Wow - A Dolphin Spotted Swimming In The East River Today Near Roosevelt Island? Did You See Flipper?

Was that Flipper spotted in the East River today? The Twitterverse reported spotting a dolphin swimming in the East River near Roosevelt Island this afternoon.

MSNBC reports on the clean up of the Hudson River bringing dolphins to the NY area.

And take a look of dolphins spotted last year swimming in the East River near Greenpoint.

Researchers at the Wildlife Conservation Society and NY Aquarium are studying dolphins in the NY waters.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Roosevelt Island Back To School Backpack And Supplies Giveaway Saturday August 27 At Good Shepherd Plaza Hosted By Roosevelt Island Disabled Association, RIOC Public Safety And Youth Center - It's Always Good To Give Back To The Community Says RIDA President Wendy Hersh

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) President Wendy Hersh reports

The Roosevelt Island Disabled Association in collaboration with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation is proud to be able to prepare our community parents and their children for the school year. We will be giving away over 300 backpacks and supplies to children within our community. Supplies are limited and child must be present with their parent. 

It is always good to give back to the community... 

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:

Summer is nearing an end, that means school is around the corner.  Let’s have an evening of music and treats while you come have fun with The Roosevelt Island Disabled Association partnering with RIOC Public Safety Department and the Youth Center to distribute free backpacks with school supplies.  

Backpacks will be given out while supplies last, on a first come, first-serve basis.  Children must be present with a parent to receive a backpack

When you arrive, you will be directed to a volunteer to receive your backpack of choice.  To minimize congestion, we ask that you wait until 4:30pm to begin lining up for the event.

Location: Good Shepherd Plaza

When: Saturday, August 27th, 2022

Time:  starting at 5PM

Roosevelt Island Residents Are Invited To Meet And Greet Wimbledon Women's Doubles Tennis Champ And US Open Player Barbora Krejcikova 6-7 pm Tonight At Roosevelt Island Graduate Hotel Lobby.

Roosevelt Island residents are invited to Meet and Greet Tennis Champ and US Open player Barbora Krejcikova 6-7 pm tonight at Roosevelt Island Graduate Hotel Lobby.

According to a Graduate Hotel spokesperson:

We’re hoping that residents of the Island would like to join us, should be an amazing opportunity to meet a player!

Watch the Tennis Channel Warm and Fuzzy interview with Barbora Krejcikova,

highlights from her 2022 Wimbledon Women's Doubles Final Championship win

and more from the US Tennis Open 

taking place now thru September 11 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows NYC.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Affordable Art Weekend At Roosevelt Island Gallery RIVAA This Friday, Saturday & Sunday - Great Opportunity To Start Or Add To Your Home Art Collection

According to Roosevelt Island Gallery RIVAA (527 Main Street):

Come and visit us at Gallery RIVAA for our Affordable Art Weekend
coming up this Friday evening from 6-9 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11-5pm August 26, 27, and 28, 2022 with arts and crafts.

Start or add to your art collection.

All are welcome. 

Come by and take advantage of this great opportunity. Many works are priced at $50 or less! 

Your purchases go toward supporting RIVAA and our local artists.

UPDATE 8/27 - Spoke today with RIVAA Gallery President Sandra Gavelyte about the Affordable Art Weekend initiative and local artist Victoria Thorson who sold one of her sculptures to another Roosevelt Island resident.


Also, a  resident purchased this painting from a Gallery RIVAA artist

during Affordable Art Weekend.

Stop by Gallery RIVAA on Sunday for the final day of Affordable Art Weekend.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

You're Invited To RIRA Roosevelt Island Community Emergency Committee Meeting On Preparedness, Flooding And Climate Change Webinar Thursday August 25

Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Community Emergency Committee Chair Frank Farance reports:

RIRA Community Emergency Committee meeting on Preparedness, Flooding, and Climate Change webinar

Long time community activist and RIRA member Frank Farance presents his monthly talk on Roosevelt Island emergency preparedness.  Since April 2021, Mr. Farance has been providing a monthly presentation of the 4th Thursday each month at 8-9 PM.  Each month address a different topic, including seasonal hazards and preparedness.  This month's topics include

  • Climate Change, how it affects Roosevelt Island
  • How floods affect Roosevelt Island: inundation, riverine, storm surge, wave action
  • Flood Plan estimates through 2100
  • Community Resilience
  • Emergency Management cycle applied to Roosevelt Island: Prepare, Respond, Recover, Mitigate
  • Specific Actions for: Government, Community, Organizations, Housing, Individuals
  • Closing, Q&A

Frank Farance is a supervisor in the American Red Cross of Greater New York, Disaster Action Team (DAT), which has responded to fires on Roosevelt Island.  He is also a National Weather Service Weather Ready Nation (WRN) Ambassador.  He is a graduate of FEMA's National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA) and he is highly trained in many areas of emergency management.

The following is the Zoom meeting info:
Meeting ID: 912 3049 8521
Passcode: 591680

One tap mobile: +19292056099,,91230498521#,,,,*591680# US (New York)

Dial by your location: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 912 3049 8521, Passcode: 591680

Mayor Eric Adams Visits Roosevelt Island Today With Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Meets With Residents To Hear Their Questions And Concerns - Takes The Tram Back To Manhattan Station And Says Roosevelt Island Is An Exciting And Special Place

NYC Mayor Eric Adams visited Roosevelt Island today together with NY State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright.

The Mayor and Ms Seawright attended a community meeting at the Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center with residents and listened to their questions and concerns

A Roosevelt Island Tipster attending the meeting with Mayor Adams reports:
It was very noisy as Mayor Adams was coming into the Senior Center meeting room

and Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright immediately stood up and introduced him with a few nice words about him wanting to come to the Island and saying that this is one trip but he'll be back again soon.  

She mentioned that one big issue was getting a Pickleball court here.  He said he plays Pickleball and everybody laughed.  He then began speaking and basically it was the usual - glad to be here, some people think of RI as not being part of the city, but not him. Joyce Short then yelled out "Not just the city, Manhattan".  That brought a round of applause.

Then he went to questions.

Matt Katz said we're part of the city but we don't have a say in how we're governed.  We need to elect our board members...

Joyce Short spoke again agreeing with Matt and reinforcing that the redistricting map needs to keep us in Manhattan.

Lynne Shinozaki invited him to an October 11th event at the Girl Puzzle.  He said he'd come.

Margie Smith asked if he would fill both of his Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board seats with residents.  He said he knew he could fill two seats, but didn't commit either way to filling them with residents.  Ms Smith then mentioned the need for medical facilities on the Island and at that point he said he's "a list guy".  He wanted us to work with Assemblymember Seawright to put all of our issues on a list and he would address them that way.

Joyce then mentioned that Roosevelt Island sent more letters about the NYC Council preliminary redistricting plan than any other Council District, and a woman from Community Board 8 also spoke about redistricting and gave him the CB8 resolution.

Barbara Parker said there are issues with the new affordable building on the Island and he said to put it on the list and he'll address it.

That was pretty much it.  So, nothing really happened, except we were able to mention some of the Island issues, but didn't get any resolutions, not that we expected any in that type of meeting.  He sounded sincere and I'm going to be optimistic that we'll get something done. 
Resident Matt Katz adds:
The questions were short and sweet and Mayor Adams had his assistant taking notes.  I went first to advocate for elected administration for Roosevelt Island.  The bulk of the remaining time, a total of 15 minutes I think, centered around the Manhattan redistricting issue and I thought the point was made.  Mayor Adams said he would follow up as this was only a preliminary contact  We shall see.  
Mayor Adams then walked down Main Street to visit the Roosevelt Island Library where he met with NYPL President Tony Marx, Roosevelt Island Library Manager Carlos Chavez, RIOC President Shelton Haynes and some young residents
Images From Roosevelt Island Library

After the library visit, Mayor Adams walked to the Roosevelt Island Tram and waited 
 for his ride back to the Manhattan Tram Station. 

Mayor Adams said during the Tram ride that Roosevelt Island is an exciting and special place.

After the Tram Ride, I spoke with Assembly Member Seawright about the Mayor's visit to Roosevelt Island.

The community meeting with Mayor Adams was closed to the press, meaning Roosevelt Island Online news was not allowed to attend the meeting. Mayor Adams visit to Cornell Tech last June was also closed to the press.
As Mayor Adams left the Senior Center walking down Main Street to visit the NYPL Roosevelt Island branch I asked him why the local press was not allowed to attend.


The Mayor said he was not taking questions from the press and was here to listen to the residents.

Hopefully, the Mayor will be available to the press next time he visits. 

UPDATE 10:00 PM - Here's video of the meeting with Mayor Adams at the Senior Center.

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Roosevelt Island Concerts Presents Showcase Of Music Composed By Women Wednesday August 24 At Good Shepherd Community Center - You're Invited

According to Roosevelt Island Concerts:

Wednesday, August 24th, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Good Shepherd Center

Roosevelt Island Concerts Presents:


Join us for a showcase of music composed by women this Wednesday, August 24th at Good Shepherd Center at 7:30 pm.

Fanny Mendelssohn, older sister of Felix Mendelssohn by four years, was forbidden to publish the music she wrote by her father and her brother; only after she died did Felix have her trio, Op. 11, published, in 1847. That same year, Clara Schumann, wife of Robert Schumann, published a trio of her own, Op. 17 in G-Minor.

Come hear these two trios, a Romance by Amy Beach, and songs by both Fanny and Clara transcribed and performed by outstanding RI residents Max Zeugner (bass) and Yiheng Yang (piano), as well as longtime friend Jean Schneider (piano) and RIC directors Ralph Allen (violin) and Iris Jortner (cello).

Amy Beach: Romance

Fanny Mendelssohn: Trio in D Minor, Op. 11

Fanny Mendelssohn: Selections from Lieder, Op. 9

Clara Schumann: Selections from Lieder, Op. 12

Clara Schumann: Trio in G Minor, Op.17

Our special thanks to Musicians Emergency Fund for their generous support of this concert.


Though we do kindly ask that you continue to wear a mask at our concerts.

Your generous contribution keeps the series affordable:

Suggested donation: $20

Students & seniors: $10

For directions and information about the series, visit

More info on Roosevelt Island Concerts available at their website

and here's Roosevelt Island Concerts 

presentation of Schubert:Symphony No.5 in August 2021 at the Good Shepherd Chapel.

Monday, August 22, 2022

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Roosevelt Island Good Shepherd Plaza Landscaping And Picnic Table Benches Get A Spruce Up And Improvements From RIOC Following Urging By Local Residents

Beginning earlier this summer, several concerned Roosevelt Island residents reported the deteriorating condition of the landscaping and picnic table benches in the Plaza Area behind the Good Shepherd Church to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC).

Last week, RIOC responded and received thanks from residents.

A Roosevelt Island resident Tipster reported last Friday:

Great news for the Good Shepherd Church Plaza.  The picnic benches look beautiful.
 Thanks to all the hard working RIOC team who worked on the picnic benches!!
Another resident reported:
In the church plaza they have refinished the benches and painted the base in silver without spilling any paint. Also putting back the picnic tables which have been sanded stained and varnished. I guess they are discouraging the kind of artwork that was on the tables before.
 Last Friday, I asked RIOC President Shelton Haynes:
Residents have sent photos and Positive RIOC Compliments about the return of picnic tables to Good Shepherd Plaza.

Do you wish to comment on the subject for a story I’m preparing?

Also, will the picnic tables be painted again by local community groups as was done previously?

Mr Haynes replied:

Thank you for the note.

Vicki Feinmel and I had a conversation during National Night Out, where she informed me about an area in Good Shepherd Plaza that needed a landscaping spruce up and then she mentioned the conditions of the tables. I passed the information to Altheria Jackson (AVP of Operations) whose teams Horticulture/Grounds and Facilities addressed the issues. 

We would love to have the community groups paint the tables again in the future.

In the summer of 2021, here's what the Good Shepherd Plaza picnic tables newly painted by Roosevelt Island community groups looked like.