Saturday, October 1, 2022

Vehicle Crashes Thru Roosevelt Island Seawall Plunging Into East River Near Cornell Tech Early This Morning - Watch Video From The Scene

According to a NYPD spokesperson, early this morning at about 2 AM a white van with 2 passengers, a 40 year old driver and 60 year old passenger crashed through the Roosevelt Island seawall at East Loop Road near Cornell Tech and plunged into the East River. The driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated and there were no injuries.

A Roosevelt Island Tipster shares these photos from the crash scene.

According to a Cornell Grad student who heard the crash and witnessed the aftermath, both passengers managed to swim back to Roosevelt Island.

Freedom News TV was on the scene and interviewed the Cornell Grad student named Phil and has more video from the crash site.

Video by Daniel Valls (http://FreedomNews.TV)

Asked for comment from Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC). Will update if they reply.

UPDATE 10/2 - More video of the incident. From LLN NYC.

Friday, September 30, 2022

RIOC Announces Location Of New Temporary Dog Run In Firefighters Field And Closing Of About 1/3 Of Firefighters Field Due To Construction Of Hudson Related 28 Story Riverwalk Building 9 Starting This Fall

Reported September 15:

Roosevelt Island Dog Owners Waiting To Find Out Location Of New Southtown Temporary Dog Run - RIOC Says Today It Will Be In Firefighters Field And Ready Before Start Of Hudson Related Building 9 Construction

Today, according to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC): 

Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation President & CEO Shelton J. Haynes today announced the construction of a temporary dog run while the development of Building 9 is set to begin Fall of 2022.

The current site of the South Town Dog Run will remain open for use until the creation of the temporary dog run is completed in late October. The site of the temporary dog run will be in place until the completion of the permanent dog run at the new Building 9 development aimed to be unveiled in Fall 2024.

Temporary Dog Run Specifications:

  • Overall size 85’x30’. Large dog run 60’x30’. Small dog run 25’x30’
  • 4’ high chain link fence with a self-closing double gate system with a vestibule
  • Ground to be covered with filter fabric and natural Cedar shred

"With economic development booming, this construction is proof that people want to come to Roosevelt Island, to live, work and invest in our community, said RIOC President & CEO Shelton J. Haynes. “Once the construction at Building 9 is complete, the historic investment will breathe new life in and around the Island. The relocation of the dog run will be temporary until the construction of Building 9 is complete – the home of the new dog run. The temporary relocation will be accessible to pet lovers while the field will still be available for community use. It is an exciting time to be a Roosevelt Islander – I cannot wait to share what more is in store to come.”

As part of the Building 9 construction, a Control Access Zone (CAZ) will be established per the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) not accessible for public use. The area beyond the CAZ will be available for use by the public.

Discussions were held in early spring for the temporary dog run to be placed at an unused space south of the Island’s ferry terminal. Before moving forward with construction, RIOC contracted an outside vendor to conduct a soil investigation to ensure the area’s integrity was safe for recreational use. Results from a New York State Department of Health Environmental Laboratory Approval Program certified laboratory found the soil to be contaminated and further requires remediation. The timeline for remediating the area to code would delay the project; however, this area has been cordoned off from the public for years. An announcement for updated plans for the unused area will be made available at a later date to be announced.

Here's the current Firefighters Field.

Reported September 23:

... An online petition to "Save Firefghters Field" was started yesterday by Roosevelt Island residents seeking to stop a proposed plan by the Roosevelt Island Operating  Corp (RIOC) to place a temporary Southtown dog run in a portion of Firefighters Field....   

Will protests continue against a dog run in Firefighters Field? Similar protests have stopped earlier plans for dog runs that would replace existing community open green space.

Also, in June 2019 reported that:

...the 28 story Riverwalk Building 9 will be similar to Riverwalk 7, a market rate rental.  Mr Kramer noted that Hudson Related intends to sell the base of the building to an East Side medical institution for staff housing and retain the balance of floors for rental units with 7 thousand sq ft for a new RIOC office space HQ (4000 on ground floor, 3000 in lower level)...

Here's Hudson Related's David Kramer talking about the future market rate rental Riverwalk Building 9 during May 29, 2019 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Real Estate Development Advisory Committee meeting.

I don't know if there have been any changes to the 2019 plan for Riverwalk Building 9 but will update when more info becomes available.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

RIOC Says This Weekend's Fall For Arts Festival Cancelled Due To Expected Inclement Weather, Rescheduled To Saturday October 8 - Mural Artist Selected For Festival Withdraws From Event Because RIOC Requires Artist To Give Up Ownership Rights To Their Created Work

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) and Roosevelt Island Gallery RIVAA artists are collaborating this year to continue the Roosevelt Island Fall ForArts Festival tradition which was scheduled for this weekend.

But, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC)  announced this afternoon:

Due to the expected inclement weather this weekend, the Fall for Arts Festival has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 8th starting at 10 am through 5 pm. There will be no shortage of fun! We hope to see you there. See the event flyer attached for complete details.

Earlier this week I asked RIOC and Gallery RIVAA:

An artist participating in the 2022 Fall For Arts Festival reported the following objection regarding RIOC's ownership of works the Artist creates for the event. According to the Artist:

I applied for fall for the arts festival, and while I was excited for this opportunity upon seeing the paper work I had to sign, I was disappointed.

I think people should see/know this before they apply, that In participating in FFTA & signing this RIOC has rights over work that they did not create, and can do what they want with your work, like selling it& the artist won’t be able to get any residuals let alone any credit. The money and credit would all go to RIOC. I don’t think this is fair to people who put a lot of time in their art, & I also think a lot more people should be aware.

Does RIOC have any comment on requiring Artists to give up all ownership rights to the works they create for the Fall For Arts Festival?

Here's the RIOC Fall For Arts Festival artist agreement.

RIOC Vice President of Communications Akeem Jamal replied today:

There is no comment at this time from RIOC.

A Gallery RIVAA representative replied yesterday:

RIVAA met with RIOC yesterday and we discussed the issue of waivers.  Our two organizations are co-sponsoring this event, but the waiver part falls under RIOC's area of responsibility.  We relayed to RIOC the artist's position on waivers and it's now in their hands to decide if anything will change.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Sponsored Post - Devastating Impacts Of Hurricanes Reminds Us That We Should Be Prepared Says NYC Mayor's Office - 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 a video report this afternoon showing Hurricane Ian's impact on Florida today.

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.

Click here for more information from the NYC Emergency Management Department.

The Weather Network live coverage of Hurricane Ian is here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Info Session With NYC Ferry To Learn How To Apply For The Reduced $1.35 Fare Discount Program Wednesday September 28 At The Roosevelt Island Senior Center


The Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Senior Center (546 Main Street) invites you to:

Join us for an info session with NYC Ferry and apply for Reduced Fare at 12:30pm (in-person).

According to NYC Ferry:

NYC Ferry (“NYCF”) administers the Ferry Discount Program (“Ferry Discount Program”). The Ferry Discount Program permits eligible individuals to purchase a reduced fare One-Way Ticket for the NYCF. Ferry Discount Program eligible riders include:

  • Senior citizens, aged 65 and older;
  • Persons with disabilities;
  • Current participants in the Fair Fares NYC program.

Click here to view NYC Ferry Discount Program Frequently Asked Questions

For Persons with disabilities, download the Reduced Fare Application for Persons with Disabilities PDF to start the process.

For Senior Citizens, download the Reduced Fare Application for Senior Citizen PDF to start the process.

For Current participants in the Fair Fares NYC program, download the Reduced Fare Application for Current participants in the Fair Fares NYC program PDF to start the process....

NYC Mayor Eric Adam announced the new NYC Ferry fare system last July 6 at the Astoria Ferry dock and answered questions about Roosevelt Island ferry service.


More on NYC Ferry Service.

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Learn How The Craft Of Weaving Was Used By Cornell Tech MakerLab As A Communal Data Visualization Tool Bringing Roosevelt Island Organizations Together - You're Invited To Community Loom Project Conversation Wednesday September 28 At NYPL Roosevelt Island Branch

The Roosevelt Island New York Public Library branch (504 Main Street) is hosting a community conversation with the Cornell Tech Maker Lab and local RI organizations to discuss the Community Loom Project on Wednesday September 28 at 6 PM. You're invited to attend.

According to the Roosevelt Island NYPL branch:
Join us at the Roosevelt Island Library to celebrate and discuss our community loom project with the people who conceived the design and making of it in the MakerLAB on Cornell Tech campus. Hear about how the craft of weaving was used as a communal data visualization tool to bring 5 different organizations on this island together.

Rooseevelt Island branch library manager Carlos Chavez adds that PS/IS 217, Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Senior Center and Coler Hospital joined in the project with the RI Library and Cornell Tech MakerLab.

Click here to register for the event.

According to Cornell Tech:

The MakerLAB provides easy access to fabrication tools that enable students, faculty, and the campus community to test-build their ideas from initial sketch to refined prototype. The full range of equipment and inclusive atmosphere accommodates everyone from master’s students creating hardware for embedded systems, to Cornell-Weill residents conducting clinical studies in health tech, to K-12 students experimenting with 3D printing for the first time.
Here's more on the Cornell Tech MakerLab.

 Click here to register for the event.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Are Non Fungible Tokens (NFT'S) Art? The Initiative For CryptoCurrencies And Contracts Hosting An Evening Of Art, Cutting Edge Research And NFT's At Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Art Gallery Opening Monday October 3

The Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Tata Innovation Center is hosting The Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts Non Fungible Token (NFT) Art Gallery Opening on Monday October 3. You're invited to learn all about NFT Art.

According to The Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts.
Image From IC3

NFT Art Gallery Opening @Cornell Tech Monday October 3, 2022 Tata Innovation Center, 11 East Loop Road, New York, NY 10044

The Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3) invites you to an evening of art, cutting-edge research, and NFTs. Join us for the inaugural NFT art gallery opening at Cornell Tech in New York City. Light refreshments will be served.

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have created an exciting new area of research at the intersection of computer science, art, law, and economics. The event will feature the unveiling of an artist-made glass projection screen showcasing a gallery of NFTs that represent the latest NFT research from IC3. It will also feature talks highlighting advances in NFT technology from faculty and students across a range of disciplines.

Our thanks to Eirik Ulversøy, a.k.a. Kitten Mittens, and to Dapper Labs for their generous loan of historically important and rare CryptoKitties for our experiment at the event in the psychology of NFT viewing.

Event program:

  • Ari Juels (Cornell) - "Intro: What This Event Is All About"
  • Mukti Khaire (Cornell) - "Are NFTs 'Art'"
  • Phil Daian (Cornell) - "A Journey Through Glass and Blockchains"
  • James Grimmelmann (Cornell) - "Why NFT Licensing Is Hard"
  • Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg (Harvard) - "The Aura of Ones and Zeros" (via Zoom)
  • Yan Ji (Cornell) - "NFT Fair Drops With Decentralized Identities"
  • Ittay Eyal (Technion) - "Wallet Design"
  • Deepak Maram (Cornell) - "Reliable NFT storage with GoAT"
  • Kushal Babel (Cornell) - "The Science behind Atomic NFTs"


Click here to register. Currently, there is a waiting list to attend. 

Cornell Tech Professor Ari Juels and colleagues presented a Primer and Outlook on NFT's For Art and Collectibles: According to the article excerpt:


Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are digital objects that reside on blockchains and are typically associated with unique digital media, such as images or mu- sic. A recent frenzy of popular interest has given rise seemingly overnight to a multi-billion NFT market. Individual NFTs can sell for millions or tens of millions of dollars, while creators ranging from traditional artists such as Damien Hirst and Grimes to mainstream consumer-goods companies such as Coca-Cola and Nike are producing their own NFT collections.

This primer’s focus is on NFTs for art and collectables. Our aim is to give non-technical readers a basic familiarity with the technology behind NFTs, the history of their development, the current state of the NFT community and marketplace, and a notion of how NFTs might evolve in the future. We also offer a brief overview of the dynamics of traditional art markets and discuss the similarities, differences, and points of intersection in NFT markets.

We hope that readers will come away from this primer with a basic under- standing of how blockchains, smart contracts, and cryptographic keys work, an appreciation of some of the novel ways in which NFTs are empowering artists, a picture of the variety of dynamism of NFTs projects and communities, and possibly a hankering to own at least a fractional Bored Ape....

Click here to read the full article.

Learn more about NFT art from these video reports.


Clich here to register for the event.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Sponsored Post - The Cafe @ Cornell Tech Brings Tasty And Hearty Options For Breakfast And Lunch To Roosevelt Island 7 Days A Week - Check Out The Menu For This Upcoming Week, National Mousse Day, Gyro Day And Coffee Day This Week Too


Operated by Constellation Culinary Group, The Café @ Cornell Tech brings to Roosevelt Island tasty and hearty options for breakfast, and lunch. This bright and sunny café offers a chance to start the day off with a strong cup of Parliament Coffee or Espresso. Breakfast options ranging from croissants and muffins to eggs and pancakes. For lunch, sandwiches, salads, personal gluten free crust pizzas/flat-breads, soups, bowls and hot entrees.

The Café is proud to serve offerings from Cornell Dairy in case you want to grab a pint of their ice cream for the road.


Monday – Friday: 8AM – 7PM

Saturday & Sunday 11AM-5PM 

**Menu Subject To Change Based On Availability and Seasonality** 

Check out this week's Cafe @ Cornell Tech Weekly Menu

Tuesday September 27 is National Mousse Day,

Wednesday September 28 is National Gyro Day

and Thursday September 29 is National Coffee Day

at the Cornell Tech Cafe.