Friday, October 21, 2022

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Roosevelt Island Gallery RIVAA Invites You To Opening Reception Of Unobserved Reality Exhibit By Artist Lilit Vahradyan Friday Evening October 21 - Challenges 3 Dimensional Space Combining Flatness And Imagination Together

According to Roosevelt Island Gallery RIVAA:

You Are Invited to the October 21st opening reception of UNOBSERVED REALITY. View art by artist Lilit Vahradyan in her first exhibition at RIVAA GALLERY.

Please join us this Friday from 6-9 PM at RIVAA gallery, 527 Main Street. Lilit Vahradyan will be displaying her artwork in her one week solo exhibition. Lilit is an Armenian-American artist and a 2019 graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Ms Vahradyan's Instagram Page adds: 

Hi there artists, people and all friends! I will soon be having an Exhibition at the Gallery RIVAA on Roosevelt Island in New York City. This is a solo exhibition showing more than 50+ works. The exhibition will be up until the 27th.

Representing another world that challenges three dimensional space, encouraging a new approach of combining flatness and imagination together.

OPENING: October 21st, Friday, 6-9 PM! Where: 527 Main St, Roosevelt Island NY

"When she was young, she remembers having a dream, a nightmare about an ongoing chain of rhombuses. In a straight line, going vertical, and to this day she is still affected. It was yet the discomfort of the shapes in such a way, a never ending rhythm in dance."


You're Invited To Graduate Hotel Sweet Dreams Society Artists Showcase Celebration At Roosevelt Island Panorama Room Wednesday October 26 - Applications Open For New 2023 Artist Residency Program

Last September 9, the Graduate Hotel invited the Roosevelt Island community to celebrate:

... the end-of-residency of our Sweet Dreams Society artist, Geneva Bernal. Geneva has created two sculptures that will be placed in our lobby and viewable for all of the Islanders and public to see....

... About - Pulling from Roosevelt Island’s fluid history and local fauna, Sanctuary explores the gradual development of finding home in a new place and what it means to each of us. Hosted in the lobby, this viewing party will feature Geneva's latest sculptures....

Ms Bernal 

was inspired by the natural environment surrounding Roosevelt Island, particularly our Canadian Geese and Goslings,

to explore the concept of what Sanctuary means to different people.

Ms Bernal spoke to me about her Roosevelt Island Graduate Hotel Sweet Dreams Society Artist Residency and her Geese sculptures.

 The Graduate Hotel adds

Graduate Roosevelt Island is having one more celebration for all of our Sweet Dreams Society artist this October and we’re excited to share the announcement!

Event: Sweet Dreams Society, 2022 Artist Showcase

Date: October 26, 2022

Time: 7:00p.m.

Cost: Free to attend, must RSVP $5 donation: Beverage + small bites provided


Come by Panorama Room from 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. to browse the art, enjoy light bites, beverages and DJ sets from Grammy-award Winning DJ White Shadow (Aka Paul Blair) and Keith B. Each Sweet Dreams Society artist will show 3-4 works, also available for purchase after the show.

The event is free to attend (ages 21+) when you RSVP, but the purchase of a $5 ticket will come with a free drink and appetizers at the event. 100% of proceeds will be donated back to the Sweet Dreams Society artists.

Featured artists:

• Geneva Bernal – Illustrator, Sculptor & Painter (Roosevelt Island)

• Curtis Newkirk – Fine Artist (Richmond)

• Alison Underwood – Visual Artist (Nashville)

• Yen Azzaro – Illustrator & Graphic Recorder (Ann Arbor)

• Tasya Abbot – Fiber Installation Artist (Berkeley)

• Geovanni Barrios – Fiber Artist & Documentarian (New Haven)

• Sam Watson – Illustrator (Athens)

• Paige Huggon – Painter (Providence)

For more information 

on the Graduate Hotel Sweet Dreams Society and to apply for the 2023 Artists residency program, including at Roosevelt Island, click here.

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Sportspark Renovations, 2022 Southpoint Park Halloween Extravaganza, Return Of Main Street Halloween Parade In 2023, Pickleball Courts Coming, Blackwell Park Renovations Among Topics Discussed By RIOC President Shelton Haynes In Community Report To Board Of Directors Tonight

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Shelton Haynes presented his Community Report earlier this evening to the October 20 RIOC Board of Directors Meeting,

Among the topics discussed were:

iDig2Learn Pumpkin Smash taking place Saturday November 5

October 29 Halloween Extravaganza at Southpoint Park, the traditional Main Street Parade will return next year

Community engagement sessions will return in January 2023

Roosevelt Island Pickleball Court coming to Sportspark outside basketball court area and inside gym

Blackwell Park renovations, expanding playground areas and resurfacing basketball court. Community input will be sought on Blackwell Park improvements.

The Sportspark renovation is about 95% complete. Waiting for punch lists work to be completed and, Department of Buildings and FDNY inspections. Hope to open in a couple of months if not sooner.

Introduction of new VP of Communications Akeem Jamal

Return of regular meetings with local elected officials

Departure of RIOC Assistant VP Of Operations Altheria Jackson

Here's the October 20 RIOC President's Report from Shelton Haynes.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Roosevelt Island Southtown Building 9, Expanding RIOC President Powers, Lifeguard Services Contract & More On Agenda For RIOC In Person Board Of Directors Meeting October 20

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors will meet in person tomorrow, October 20 at 5:30 PM in the the Cultural Center (548 Main Street)

Below is the Agenda for the meeting.

Click on the links for Board Materials on Agenda items.

  1. NB-1 StandGuard_ Lifeguard Services Contract
  2. NB 2-8 Portfolio- Southtown Building 9
  3. NB-9 Expanding President CEO Powers
  4. PSD Report September 2022
  5. Financial Statement for September 2022

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Construction Of Roosevelt Island Riverwalk Building 9 With 7 Thousand Sq Ft RIOC Office Space, Temporary Relocation Of Southtown Dog Run To Firefighters Field, Commercial Trash Facility Across From Subway & More Items On Agenda Of In Person RIOC Real Estate Committee Meeting October 19

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors Real Estate Development Advisory Committee (REDAC) will meet in person for the first time since the start of the Covid Pandemic tomorrow, Wednesday October 19. 

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Real Estate Development Advisory Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at 4:00 PM at the RIOC Operations Office, 680 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.

Among the items on the Agenda are the construction of Riverwalk Building 9 next to Firefighters field and the temporary relocation of the Southtown Dog Run to Firefighters Field during Building 9 construction. 

Image From RIOC
Also on the Agenda is installation of a permanent Southtown commercial trash enclosure in the area next to East Side Access ventilation tunnel across from the F train subway station..

Image From RIOC
The full RIOC REDAC Meeting Agenda:
  • Entering into a Sublease with Hudson Related for the construction and operation of Southtown Building 9 
  • Entering into commercial sub-sublease with Hudson Related for 7,000 sq. ft of office space in Southtown Building 9 to be occupied by RIOC and used as its principal business location 
  • Relocation of the temporary Dog Run during the construction of Southtown Building 9 
  • Partial closure of Firefighters' Field during the construction of Southtown Building 9 
  • Temporary relocation of the crosswalk along Main Street adjacent to the site during the construction of Southtown Building 9 
  • Approval of sewer and sanitary connections necessary for the construction of Southtown Building 9 and associated road work 
  • Installation of a permanent enclosure for commercial trash produced by commercial tenants in Southtown 
  • Steam Tunnel Design and Construction Work 

Here's more info on the Riverwqlk Building 9 development including video presentation by Hudson Related's David Kramer, Building 9 2019 ground lease rent deferral agreement between RIOC and Hudson Related and a community petition by some users of Southpoint Park objecting to the temporary relocation of Dog Run to Firefighters Field during the construction of Building 9.

According to the Save Firefighters Field petition organizer Rachel Dowling: 

 Putting a dog park in Firefighter Field is a ludicrous idea that will interfere with kids and adults using the field for sports. Flying soccer balls and dog parks don’t mix, and the dog park will create a dangerous situation for humans and dogs alike.

Shelton Haynes doesn’t care about the community of Roosevelt Island. He would rather sugar coat what he’s doing with meaningless platitudes like “It’s an exciting time to be a Roosevelt Islander” while we watch our quality of life being steadily eroded. Further, no explanation has been given for this last minute decision.

We have 300 signatures on our petition representing community members opposed to having a dog park placed in Firefighter Field. Why isn’t Haynes listening? We deserve leadership that takes our concerns to heart and recognizes the value of our most precious asset- open space,

Monday, October 17, 2022

You're Invited To A Queer History Of The Women's House Of Detention Free Zoom Lecture By Author Hugh Ryan Tuesday October 18 Hosted By Roosevelt Island Historical Society And NYPL Roosevelt Island Branch

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) and New York Public Library Roosevelt Island branch are hosting a free virtual lecture - A Queer History Of The Women's House Of Detention by author Hugh Ryan via Zoom on Tuesday October 18 at 6:30 PM.

According to the Roosevelt Island NY Public Library branch

Hugh Ryan, historian and author of The Women’s House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison, sheds light on this Greenwich Village Landmark that, from 1929 to 1974, incarcerated many women simply for the crimes of being poor and insufficiently feminine.

Click here to register.

Hugh Ryan talks about his book "A Queer History Of The Women's House Of Detention  

in this June 2022 video interview. 

Have Your Roosevelt Island Dog's Portrait Photographed, Painted Or Drawn by Gallery RIVAA Artist And Presented In Upcoming "Pawtrait" Exhibit - Gallery RIVAA Makes Go Fund Me Appeal For Needed Renovations Too

According to Roosevelt Island's Gallery RIVAA:

Have your dog portrait taken by the photographers at RIVAA Gallery or bring your own picture of your dog and have your dog portrait done in a medium of your choice, drawn or painted. You may request a specific artist to paint or photograph your dog.

Subject to availability.

To place your order email:

Submissions deadline November 10th.

All dog portraits will be exhibited during the “Pawtrait” Show at RIVAA on December 3rd 2022, opening reception 6-9pm, the exhibition will run from December 1st until December 5th. You will be able to collect your dog portrait at the end of the show after December 5th.

Costs of “Pawtrait” and exhibition:

  • Photography $50-$150 and up depending on size and framing
  • Drawings/paintings $200-$300 and up depending on size and framing

We accept Credit/Debit or PayPal.

Gallery RIVAA 

is also conducting a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for needed improvements to its space. According to Gallery RIVAA:

Our gallery is in dire need of restoration. In particular, we need to replace our defunct HVAC system, retrofit the electrical system, renovate our restroom, and build an area for a modest retail space.

Optimistically, we will then be able to heat our gallery in winter, cool it in summer, properly light our members’ artwork, and offer ongoing exhibits and community events throughout the year.

The Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association (RIVVA) opened its doors as a non-profit organization in 2002. The Association comprises an internationally diverse group of artists and art lovers whose mission is to render Roosevelt Island, New York City’s “Island of Art.” Supported by public and private donations, RIVVA is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life on our island by providing a venue for art, music, dance, and spoken word events.

We are hoping to raise $150,000 through this Go Fund Me appeal.

RIVVA appeals to you to contribute what you can so that we may continue this critical work to serve our ever-growing community.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Scenes From Last Night's Roosevelt Island Hispanic Heritage Festival Celebration At Good Shepherd Plaza - A Beautiful Evening Honoring Hispanic Culture, Dancing, Music & Food With Live Performances Too

The Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) in collaboration with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) & Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) hosted a Hispanic Heritage Festival celebration last evening at Good Shepherd Plaza.

MST&DA shares theses videos and reports on the celebration:

DANCING WAS HAPPENING IN THE PLAZA LAST NIGHT!! ๐Ÿช˜๐ŸŽบ๐Ÿ’ฅHispanic Heritage Festival brought out the community in dance and celebration! Shout outs to Wendy Hersh (Roosevelt Island Disabled Association), Ana Medina (RIOC, Youth Center Director) & Kristi Towey (MSTDA Executive Director), Public Safety, and the rest of the team for all their hard work! We al loved the Latin Vibes from DJ Zaire ๐ŸŽค๐Ÿ™Œ and @pena_verde_capoeira @penaverde75 and friends!!! So many of our MSTDA families were out to celebrate!! THANK YOU ALL.

The Hispanic Heritage Festival kicked off with a speech by special guest, NYS Senator @senatorserrano and inspiring words from Ana Medina (RIOC, Youth Center Director) and launched into a beautiful evening honoring hispanic culture, dance, music, and food! Live performances by @pena_verde_capoeira and friends & DJ Zaire!!! The MSTDA music table got everyone drumming!!! ๐Ÿช˜๐ŸŽค๐Ÿช˜ It was such a blast!!! Thanks to everyone who organized, assisted and CAME TO PARTY!!!