Friday, September 2, 2022

Roosevelt Island Resident Opens New Mediterranean Eatery Restaurant Serving Tasty Pita Wraps, Hummus Platters, Rice Bowls & More - We're A Fast, Casual, Very Fresh Little Friendly Neighborhood Restaurant Serving The Utmost Flavors Of The Mediterranean Region Says Owner Alon Kruvi

ME is a new Roosevelt Island restaurant recently opened on Main Street by local resident Alon Kruvi. ME, an acronym for Mediterranean Eatery or Middle East, serves very tasty Pita Wraps, Hummus Platters and Rice Bowls. I've had the Falafel Pita Wrap several times and Rice Bowl with Shawarma. Both were delicious. ME has quickly become a favorite of many Roosevelt Island residents.

According to Mr Kruvi:

... We're a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean fast, casual, very fresh, little friendly neighborhood restaurant. That's how we see ourselves. We have a very small menu but very fresh. Everything is prepped in-house daily to serve our customers the utmost of the flavors of the Mediterranean region... 
I spoke with Mr Kruvi yesterday morning just before ME opened for business.

Here's the ME menu.

and take a look at the tasty dishes from the ME Instagram Page.

ME is open Tuesday thru Saturday 11:30 AM to 8 PM and Sunday 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM, closed on Monday.

Stop by, say hello to Alon and try out the new Roosevelt Island ME restaurant.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Call For Artists To Submit Design Sketch By September 15 For Selection To Paint Your Mural At Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival On October 1 - RIOC And Gallery RIVAA Working Together To Organize 17th Annual Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) and Roosevelt Island Gallery RIVAA artists are collaborating this year to continue the Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival tradition. 

According to RIOC and RIVAA:

2022 Fall for Arts Festival

Taking place on the Meditation Lawn on Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, this 17th annual festival will include eclectic live painting of original murals, food vendors and more.

This year’s theme, “Celebrating Diversity,” invites artists to envision how celebrating diversity can display how we appreciate our differences and come together as one. After the festival, selected artworks will be displayed at Roosevelt Island’s Motorgate Atrium Gallery. All artwork will remain RIOC property and may be displayed on Roosevelt Island to beautify the community in the future.

Call For Artists!

Mural Artists: RIVAA is looking for artists who are seeking to create works that envision celebrating diversity! Each artist will paint one of several 6’ high by 8’ long or 6’ high by 16’ long murals outdoors during the festival. 

How to Apply: Please submit a sketch of your design, or any inquiries, along with a title and short description of the concept and technical method, based on this year’s theme. Sketches should be sized according to a 6’ high x 8’ long or 6’ high x 16’ long ratio and submitted in jpeg, PDF or hard copy format. Submission does not guarantee selection.

Please submit your sketches by Thursday, September 15th to

Participation in this event is FREE; basic acrylic and spray paints, brushes, and a primed mural surface are provided! Once complete, murals will stay on display outdoors for several weeks.

We welcome your participation and creativity. Good luck!

All event activities will strongly encourage individuals to wear a mask and encourage social distancing.

Here are some of the murals painted at the 2021 Roosevelt Island Fall For Arts Festival.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Roosevelt Island Motorgate Garage Operator SP Plus Doubling Resident Monthly Parking Fee Starting In October, No Info From RIOC - Non Resident Parking Going Up Even More

A Roosevelt Island resident and Motorgate Garage monthly customer

 shares this email sent from Motorgate parking operator SP Plus Parking of a rate hike increase to $350

from the current monthly posted charge of $160. 

The resident asks:

Wtf is going on?
I asked the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) today for an explanation of the rate hike but no response yet. A Motorgate Garage attendant told me this afternoon that the parking rates for non-residents are going up even more.

Will update when more info received.

Sponsored Post - Summer Ending Soon But Hurricane Season Lasts Through October Says NYC, Do You Know Your Roosevelt Island Hurricane Zone? Watch NYC Emergency Management Department Atlantic Hurricane Season Workshop

The NYC Emergency Management Department reports:

What are hurricane evacuation zones?

There are six hurricane evacuation zones, ranked by the risk of storm surge impact, with zone 1 being the most likely to flood. In the event of a hurricane or tropical storm, residents in these zones may be ordered to evacuate.

I noticed that my zone has changed. Why is that?

Zones are updated to incorporate new, higher resolution storm surge model output from the National Weather Service. These data, combined with improved topographic data, and information from actual events, allow the City to more accurately define areas most at risk of flooding due to storm surge from a hurricane....

Roosevelt Island residents live in both Zones 2 and 3 depending upon the location of your building. As shown in the NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder below, the Roosevelt Island buildings colored in brown are in Zone 2 and those colored in Yellow are in Zone 3. The nearby Evacuation Centers are shown too.

The Octagon, Manhattan Park, Westview, Island House, Roosevelt Landings, Cornell Tech, Coler Hospital and Riverwalk 480, 475 and 460 Main Street buildings are in Zone 2.   

Riverwalk 405, 425, 455, 465 and Rivercross (531) buildings are in Zone 3.  

Click here for more info and to find the Hurricane Evacuation Zone of your Roosevelt Island address. 

The NYC Emergency Management Department hosted a 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season workshop for community media last June. I asked why some Roosevelt Island buildings are in Zone 2 and those next door are Zone 3. 

Watch the full workshop from the beginning.

Here's some scenes of what Roosevelt Island looked like during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012

and a report on damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

New Roosevelt Island Library Outdoor Plaza Seating Area Highly Recommended And Beautiful Place To Have A Picnic And Read Says Resident, Has Good WiFi Too - Check Out The Upcoming RI Library Events

The recently opened outdoor plaza shaded seating area next to the NYPL Roosevelt Island branch is a wonderful new spot to relax, read and meet with neighbors. And there's more.

Roosevelt Island Library Branch Manager Carlos Chavez tells us that the outdoor plaza area is now covered by free Wi-FI so you can access the internet outdoors on a speedy connection. Resident and library user Stamos Metzidakis says the Library Plaza outdoor seating area is great and highly recommends it, adding it's a beautiful place to have a picnic and read.


Check out the upcoming events 

at the NYPL Roosevelt Island Branch.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Lunchtime On A Skyscraper Mobile Sculpture Becoming Regular Visitor To Roosevelt Island - Meet Sculptor Sergio Furnari, Enjoy His The Heart Monument At The Sanctuary And Learn How He May Help SpaceX Take Us To Mars

The Lunchtime On A Skyscraper” mobile sculpture, inspired by a famous photograph of workers eating lunch on a beam during the 1932 construction of Rockefeller Center,

is becoming a regular visitor to Roosevelt Island. 

I recently spoke to the Lunchtime On A Skyscraper sculptor Sergio Furnari 

as he was collaborating on a new Roosevelt Island project at The Sanctuary Events/Cafe space where his The Heart Monument is currently installed.

Meet artist Sergio Funari.

Learn more about Sergio Furnari at his website.

Here's more on Mr Funari's Lunchtime On A Skyscraper 

and The Heart Monument


Mr Funari also wants to help Take Us To Mars with the SpaceX  rocket

using his thermal tile technology.

Sunday, August 28, 2022

You're Invited To Join New Roosevelt Island Runners Group - Meet Every Tuesday 7 PM At Eleanor's Pier For Run Around The Island With Your Neighbors And Enjoy One Of The Best Running Views NY Has To Offer

Roosevelt Island resident and runner Rachel Dowling shares these photos and reports:

There is a new running club on the island, Roosevelt Island Runners. We relaunched the old defunct group and it’s been a great turnout. We are interested in getting the word out to as many people as possible! 

We meet Tuesday evenings at 7pm at Eleanor’s Pier 

for a run around the island. 
All paces are welcome. We break up into groups with 3 different paces.

We have an Instagram Page, a Strava page, and a Facebook page.

We also meet up at Granny Annies afterward for those who can join us. The organizers are myself, Rick Andrews, and Andy Smith. 

We have had as many as 30 runners at our group runs . 

Image From Rick Andrews

Join us for a weekly 3.5 mile loop of the island 7 pm Tuesdays starting at Eleanor's Pier. Come meet your neighbors in the city and enjoy some of the best running views New York has to offer

Reach out to with any questions.

Here's what a run around Roosevelt Island is like.