Saturday, December 10, 2022

Eiizabeth P. W.'s "The Company You Keep" Album Release Party At The Sanctuary On Roosevelt Island Today - Take A Listen And Enjoy

Roosevelt Island's The Sanctuary Event Space/Cafe hosted an afternoon of live music and celebration today for the "Company You Keep" album release by singer and songwriter Elizabeth P.W.

Take a listen and enjoy.

The Sanctuary on Roosevelt Island is a wonderful venue to host your party, wedding, corporate event, fundraiser or Album Release. 

UPDATE 9 PM - A resident adds: 

This is amazing. So glad to see this happening on the island. We need more. Much more.


Friday, December 9, 2022

Sponsored Post - Shop Local For Your Holiday Gifts At The Roosevelt Island Historical Society Visitors Center Kiosk, Books, Gifts, Cards, Puzzles, Toys & Much More






Sponsored Post - Roosevelt Island Local Hometown Fusion Salon, Exceptional Hair Care Services For Men, Women & Children In A Safe, Modern, Relaxed & Comfortable Atmosphere

Welcome to Roosevelt Island's local, hometown Fusion Salon located at 523 Main Street (212-688-0055).
Our mission has always been to provide exceptional hair care services for men, women and children in a safe, modern, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. We provide the finest selection of professional hair care products – We are a Certified Concept Salon featuring expert Hair Care, Cuts, Styles, Highlights, Color and Keratin Treatment. Our experienced stylists are dedicated, well trained professionals who provide our clients with a phenomenal salon experience that will allow you to always look your best.

At Fusion Salon We have created a warm and friendly family atmosphere where our aim is to always exceed your expectations and to ensure a safe and superb experience time and time again.  

Our employees regularly take a test for COVID-19. Our employees will wash hands or sanitize after each client, sanitize station and chairs after each client.

All our Employees have completed Covid-19 training rules regarding precautions and safety for everybody.

At Fusion Salon we are always happy to discuss your hair care needs or styling questions. Ask your stylist which products or treatments are most appropriate for your type of hair. We appreciate how important your hair is and how it affects the way you feel.

Please review our services, pricing and special packages.

Fusion Salon hours are:

  • Tuesday – Saturday 9am – 7pm
  • Sunday 10am – 7pm
  • Monday – Closed
Please stop by our shop at 523 Main Street, call 212-688-0055 or email us.

We look forward to working with you on your individual hair needs.

Roosevelt Island Older Adult Center Holiday Pop Up Market This Weekend - Join Us For A Fun Day Of Shopping And Socializing, Local Vendors, Gifts, Ethnic Food & More

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) President Wendy Hersh invites everyone to the Older Adult Center (546 Main Street) annual Pop-Up Holiday Market this weekend.

Here are some scenes from the 2021 Pop Up Market.

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Robotics, Drones, Virtual Reality And Dance Creatively Collide In New Film Collaboration Between Ballet Hispánico, Cornell Tech and FDR 4 Freedoms Park - Watch The Video Of "Innovación Monumental"

Cornell Tech reports on "Innovación Monumental", a film collaboration between Ballet Hispánico, Cornell Tech and the FDR 4 Freedoms Park Conservancy that showcases:

... the ways in which robotics, drones, virtual reality, and choreography could intersect creatively....

... inside Cornell Tech’s Tata Innovation Center and within Four Freedoms Park, both co-located on Roosevelt Island. Projects and partnerships like this highlight Cornell Tech’s ongoing mission to ensure its groundbreaking research and technologies can impact communities and creative industries beyond the campus labs. “Monumental Innovación also marks the beginning of a longer-term initiative between Cornell Tech, Ballet Hispánico, and other collaborators around history, dance, and digital interventions in civic spaces,”...

Watch the film.

Click here for the full Cornell Tech article.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

The Shop Artisanal Market Pop Up Opening At Roosevelt Island RIVAA Gallery This Weekend With Opening Reception December 8 - Block Printing Lessons For Adults And Crafts For Kids Too

Gallery RIVAA is hosting "The Shop" Pop Up Artisanal Market

featuring home decor, table top, clothing, jewelry, accessories and gifts from December 8-11 with an opening reception tomorrow.

According to The Shop: 


The Shop cordially invites you to join us for our first blockprint event in New York City at Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association's gallery.

We are excited to be a part of the New York community again. We hope this event creates new friends to The Shop as well as reconnects to loyal customers who remember our New York storefront from years ago.


Traditional blockprinting utilizes natural vegetable dyes and carved wood relief blocks. Art that feels ritualistic. $10 per adult



Bring the kids to the gallery. Let them enjoy art while you do too. From butterfly garland to fabric hair clips and holiday ornaments they get to make themselves. $5 per kit

Our Story

We promote a philosophy of beautiful living. Taking a moment to enjoy the beauty of the smallest materials that surround your life. Solidarity, cooperation, curiosity, creativity, diversity, sustainability and humility specially to the planet is our expectation from ourselves.

We hope you can join us!

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Sponsored Post - What Do Charles Dickens, Nellie Bly, Scrooge, Smallpox Hospital, Octagon Lunatic Asylum, Red Bus And The People Of Roosevelt Island Have In Common? They're All Appearing In Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance Holiday Musical "The Ghosts All Around You" - Buy Your Tickets Now

According to the Roosevelt Island Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA): 

What do you get when you bring together Charles Dickens, the New York City Lunatic Asylum, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marley, Nellie Bly, a single mother and her children grappling with today’s challenges, and a modern day Scrooge? 

You get The Ghosts All Around You, a brand new musical by Jonathan and Kimbirdlee Fadner, starring a diverse and multi-generational cast of Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance actors.

The Friday December 9 and Sunday December 18 live performances will also be Live Streamed. 

Following the Sunday December 11th performance, there will be a theater talk-back session discussing the making of the show with The Ghosts All Around You Director Steven Eng and writer Jonathan Fadner.

MST&DA performed a medley of songs from The Ghosts All Around You at the December 2, 2022 Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting Festivities.

Click here to purchase tickets for The Ghosts All Around You and more info from MST&DA.

Monday, December 5, 2022

Here We Go Again, NY State Redistricting Commission Draft Assembly Map Moves Roosevelt Island From Manhattan To Queens - Will Final Redistricting Assembly Map Restore Roosevelt Island To Manhattan As Was Done For State Senate And NYC Council?

According to the NY State Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) draft Assembly map released Thursday December 1, Roosevelt Island and portions of the Upper East Side will be moved from Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright's Manhattan 76 Assembly District

See the full map at  

to the mostly Queens 36th Assembly District currently represented by Zohran Mamdani.

See the full map at

City & State New York reports:

... As it stands, Assembly districts don’t span the East River to join Queens and Manhattan. But the new proposed District 36 would bundle into one seat the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Roosevelt Island and the Long Island City and Astoria waterfronts in Queens....
Patch Upper East Side adds that the IRC's draft map:
... calls for the 36th Assembly District — now based in Astoria and represented by Democrat Zohran Mamdani — to shift westward, taking over Roosevelt Island and roughly 60 blocks between East 42nd and 61st streets, east of Second Avenue...

As previously reported, the draft redistricting plans released earlier this year for the NY State Senate and NYC Council both removed Roosevelt Island from its traditional Manhattan districts but were restored in the final maps after strong community protests by Roosevelt Island residents and elected officials.

Roosevelt Island resident Joyce Short was a leader in the successful organizing efforts to keep Roosevelt Island in the traditional Manhattan State Senate and City Council Districts. Ms Short is getting ready to organize against the draft Assembly map removing Roosevelt Island from the rest of Manhattan. According to Ms Short:

Hearings on the issues will run from January 9th to March 4th. We'll need to organize our efforts and speak with a clear voice based on reasonable concerns. I'll be putting something together shortly so folks can pick and chose what they'd like to focus on. If you have something we should include on that list, please let me know.

Here's more on the NY State redistricting maps. 

Stay tune for more.

UPDATE 12/6 - According to Roosevelt Island's NY State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright:

Commissioners on New York's redistricting panel voted Thursday to advance a new proposed map for state Assembly legislative boundaries. I am very disappointed to see that the proposal for our AD76 would eliminate Roosevelt Island and redistrict it to a Queens Assembly District. I am committed to fighting alongside constituents to keep Roosevelt Island where it belongs.

Roosevelt Islanders were so powerful in their testimony during the New York City Council districting process, I believe together we can make an unequivocally strong argument to keep Manhattan's Roosevelt Island with our Manhattan Assembly District 76. The process for state redistricting requires rigorous scrutiny, consistent with a process that ensures fairness, provides a platform for all voices, and carefully reviews all options.

The next steps are a series of public hearings around the State. The hearing in Manhattan will be on February 7, 2023 at the Hunter College Kaye Playhouse. I urge all concerned to share their views by testifying in person or submitting comments to the Commission directly at