Friday, November 11, 2022

Citi Bike Boyz Stunt Rider Attempts Roosevelt Island FDR Park Memorial Wall Jump Challenge Before Being Spotted By Security Staff - Did He Succeed?

Roosevelt Island's FDR 4 Freedoms Park has become a popular spot for skateboarders to sneak in and attempt to jump from the Louis Kahn designed Memorial Wall before being spotted and kicked out by the Park's staff or Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department.

According to Jenkem Magazine You Tube video transcript:

 ... Roosevelt Island is on the east side of Manhattan in between Manhattan and Queens and it's just like a skinny island with this big monument at the end. It's like the most amazing skate spot ever...

Jenkem Magazine adds:

... If you’re still not familiar with Citi Bike Boyz, they’re a group of New Yorkers who roll around the city doing ridiculous stunts on the iconic blue rideshare bikes, filming and sharing their hijinx for our viewing pleasure...

... This time around, we hit up head Citi Bike Boy Jerome Peel to see if he’d be up for the challenge of hitting the Roosevelt Island monument....

Here's the Citi Bike Boyz Roosevelt Island challenge at the FDR Park 4 Freedoms Park.

Earlier this year, an out of town Skateboard team attempted a similar airborne jump. Here's what happened.

Veterans Day 2022, Thank You To All Members Of The United States Military For Your Service And To Our Local Roosevelt Island Veterans Too

Today, November 11 is Veterans Day.

According to

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as "the Great War." Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars...


The Roosevelt Island FDR 4 Freedoms Park observed Veterans Day today.

In 2018 a standing room only ceremony was held on Veterans Day to thank 

and honor


local residents who were veterans.  


Here's today's National Veteran's Day Observance Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. 


Thank you for your service to the members of United States military. And some Larry David Curb Your Enthusiasm Veterans Day Humor.

Thursday, November 10, 2022

Sponsored Post - Grow NYC Fourth Annual Roosevelt Island Free Stop N Swap Community Event Saturday November 12 - Bring Items You No Longer Need To Give Away, Take Something New Home With You, Reduce, Reuse And Save Money

The Grow NYC Stop N Swap returns to Roosevelt Island Saturday November 12.
According to Grow NYC:
New Yorkers looking to reduce, reuse, and save money are invited to participate in GrowNYC’s Stop ‘N’ Swap® program on Roosevelt Island, a free community reuse event at the Roosevelt Island Older Adult Center. Rather than send perfectly good items to a landfill, participants can bring reusable items to share with others, including gently used books, toys, fashionable clothing, housewares, and electronics. We do not accept furniture and other large items.

“We love teaming up with GrowNYC for the Stop N’ Swap,” says partner Christina Delfico,iDig2Learn’s founder. “We dig, we plant, and we love protecting nature so getting good quality joyful things into the hands of others is good for the planet and our wallets too!” The Roosevelt Island Stop ‘N’ Swap® event details include:

  • WHAT: Free Stop ‘N’ Swap Community Reuse Event 
  • WHEN: Saturday, November 12th, 12pm – 3pm* 
  • Donations accepted 11am-2pm 
  • WHERE: Roosevelt Island Older Adult Center – 546 Main St (Ground Floor) Roosevelt Island, NY 10044

“The average NYC household discards about 2,000 pounds of waste a year. By reusing through events like Stop ‘N’ Swap, NYC residents can take part in diverting over 3 million tons of refuse disposed of each year, keeping them out of landfills and incinerators,” said Marcel Van Ooyen, GrowNYC President and CEO. “In addition to the economic and environmental benefits, they also build community as New Yorkers come out and meet their neighbors.”

Since 2007, GrowNYC’s Stop ‘N’ Swap program has developed a regular following among thrifty and environmentally conscious New Yorkers. GrowNYC’s Zero Waste Programs are funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation. To learn more please visit Grow NYC.

Here are some scenes from the 2021 outdoor Roosevelt Island Stop N Swap

The Roosevelt Island Girl Scouts encouraged us to recycle

at the Roosevelt Island Stop N Swap.

Click here for more info on the Grow NYC Stop N Swap program.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Roosevelt Island Residents Show Up To Support American Democracy By Overwhelmingly Supporting The Election Of NY State Governor Kathy Hochul Over Republican Lee Zeldin

Americans can breath a sigh of relief that there was no "Red Wave" of Republican MAGA candidates winning election yesterday. 

Here in New York, Governor Kathy Hochul defeated Republican Lee Zeldin

Roosevelt Island residents 

played their part in defending democracy by strongly supporting the election of Governor Hochul.

According to the NYC Board Of Elections, Governor Hochul received 1896 votes and Lee Zeldin received 436 votes.

Here's the breakdown of Roosevelt Island voting for NY State Governor.

Election District 61 ( Coler Hospital Octagon Building, Manhattan Park)

  • Kathy Hochul Democratic Party Ballot 372 -  Working Families Ballot 28 - Total 400
  • Lee Zeldin Republican Party Ballot 90 - Conservative Party 6 -------------- Total 96

Election District 62 (Westview, Roosevelt Landings buildings 576 & 580 Main Street)

  • Kathy Hochul Democratic Party Ballot 532 -  Working Families Ballot 58 --- Total 590
  • Lee Zeldin Republican Party Ballot 125 - Conservative Party16 --------------- Total 141

Election District 63 (Island House, Rivercross, Roosevelt Landings buildings 560 to 510 Main Street)

  • Kathy Hochul Democratic Party Ballot 483 -  Working Families Ballot 42 ----- Total 525
  • Lee Zeldin Republican Party Ballot 97 - Conservative Party 8 -------------------- Total 105

Election District 64 ( Southtown Riverwalk Buildings and Cornell Tech

  • Kathy Hochul Democratic Party Ballot 346 -  Working Families Ballot 35 ------- Total 381
  • Lee Zeldin Republican Party Ballot 89 - Conservative Party 5 ---------------------- Total 94

Roosevelt Island Totals:

  • Kathy Hochul - 1896 Votes
  • Lee Zeldin -  436 Votes

 The vote was close

and Republicans made gains in Congress and the NY State Legislature.

 But it could have been so much worse.

Roosevelt Island's new Congressional representative is Jerry Nadler and NY State Senator is Liz Krueger.

Rebecca Seawright was re-elected as our NY State Assembly Member.

Monday, November 7, 2022

Blinding Light Coming From Roosevelt Island Sportspark Renovation Newly Installed Exterior Signage Burns Our Eyes Says Resident - Lights Need To Be Calibrated Says RIOC More Than 2 Weeks Ago

As previously reported,  Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Shelton Haynes reported during the October 20 RIOC Board of Directors meeting that:

... 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....

Prior to the October 20 RIOC Board meeting, Roosevelt Island residents noticed very bright lights coming from the Sportpark exterior signage entrance. Some said the lights were blinding.

During the October 19 RIOC Real Estate Development Advisory Committee meeting, I asked about the blinding lights at Sportspark.

RIOC Director of Capital Planning & Projects Prince Shah replied that the reason for the blinding lights was:

... they have not been calibrated yet....

Apparently the Sportspark signage lighting has still not been calibrated.

A resident asked last Friday:

I was wondering if anyone has brought the newly installed (within the last month or so) Sportspark light to your attention. Seems to be a feature of the new remodel. 

It's a huge light with bright, exposed vertical bulbs right next to what I believe is the gym entrance - on the same side as the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club entrance.  

It's incredibly bright and spoils the view. We basically can't look in that direction anymore or it burns into our eyes. My kids used to enjoy watching the tram go by at night - not anymore!

Not sure if this is temporary, and they are going to install some sort of diffuser - some kind of opaque glass or something. Or if they intend to create permanent light pollution/nuisance for those of us facing that direction. 

It's time to calibrate the lights.