Friday, March 17, 2023

Happy St Patrick's Day From Roosevelt Island - Enjoy Music From Granny Annie's, The Dropkick Murphy's And The Clancy Brothers With Tommy Makem - A Little History Too

Looks like they were haveing a GRAND Time at Granny Annie's today.
Here's a brief history of St Patrick's Day

The Dropkick Murphy's performing last year on St Patrick's Day

and the Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem singing We Want No Irish Here.

You can watch a live streaming performance of the Dropkick Murphy's St Patrick's Day Concert tonight here.

CHEERS and Happy St Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 16, 2023

Roosevelt Island RIVAA Gallery Hosting American Primative Guitar & Otherworldly Folk Banjo Style Musicians Performing Friday March 17, Also,The Sound Of The Jazz Guitar Saturday March 18 - You're Invited To Both

Roosevelt Island RIVAA Gallery reports:

Join us at RIVAA Gallery on Friday, March 17, 2023 at 7:30 PM for String Together 2. 

This musical performance, presented by Island House Recordings, features Liam Grant & Ethan WL playing primitive guitar as well as composer, vocalist and multi- instrumentalist, Ben “Baby” Copperhead. Mingle with your neighbors and friends and hear some great, new music.

Tim McManus of Island House Recordings adds:

My first show on Roosevelt Island!! Thanks to Rivaa Gallery for hosting what I hope will be many more shows.

Plenty of room and just bring $10 bucks for the musicians. Thank you!

And more form RIVAA Gallery:

Have you missed the Jazz Salon sessions at RIVAA gallery lately? If the answer is YES then you will be happy to welcome Jazz Salon founder, Susheel Kurien back to RIVAA Gallery. 

He will accompany guitarist Andrew Baird for“The Sound of the Jazz Guitar” which takes place on Saturday March 18, 2023 from 3-5 PM. 

Where: RIVAA Gallery, 527 Main St. Roosevelt Island 

Suggested donation: $10.

Why Does RIOC Care MORE About Its 3,229 Followers and Friends on Social Media Than the 12,000 Residents on Roosevelt Island Asks Local Resident And Public Relations Professional Janet Falk

Roosevelt Island resident and Public Relations professional Janet Falk reports:

You haven’t gotten the official word about the fees at Sportspark from RIOC yet, but they’ve broadcasted it on social media.

The exorbitantly high fees RIOC proposed to charge are suspended.

There’s no information about what the fees might be and when they might be instituted.

I say the official word, because RIOC, which emails me almost daily, and sometimes more than once a day, has yet to announce this news to me and fellow residents through their usual means: RIOC Advisories.

The initial announcement of the fees was distributed in an advisory on February 23; the latest news has not been sent to subscribers.

As a Public Relations professional, I follow the Code of Ethics of the Public Relations Society of America, the national professional membership organization. I consider these guidelines to be best practices.

Under the rubric of Disclosure of Information, the Code of Ethics states:

Open communication fosters informed decision making in a democratic society.

The intent is: To build trust with the public by revealing all information needed for responsible decision making.

Here I give my colleague Akeem Jamal, AVP, Communications, a resounding F on the announcement of the suspension of fees. Even if he is not a member of PRSA, as someone who has an undergraduate degree in Communications & Media Studies, and as someone who served for more than three years as Deputy Communications Director for the City of Yonkers, Jamal should know better.

There’s no rationale for this miserable job on the announcement.

Posting a notice to 1,944 followers on Instagram, 1,235 followers on Twitter and 49 friends on Facebook does not build trust with the public. On the contrary, it undermines trust among the subscribers who learn the news by other means.

Nor does it approach revealing all information needed for responsible decision making by the 12,000 residents who do not connect with RIOC on social media. It’s the reverse; people cannot decide in the absence of timely and relevant information.

Ask yourself, why would RIOC notify its social media contacts but NOT the subscribers to the RIOC Advisories?

Could it be they were taken aback by the (predictable) backlash and petition regarding the extravagantly high fee structure? Or were they hoping to hide from the elected officials who berated them for their injudicious fees?

If it’s important enough to create a flashy graphic design and post it to the RIOC accounts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, it’s important enough to share the details via the usual RIOC advisory.

In other words, lather, rinse and repeat, the same way the fees were announced in the first place.

Meanwhile, keep your eye on the RIOC Advisories. Maybe a notice of the revised fees will be distributed by email. Or maybe not.

Learn more about public relations from our Roosevelt Island neighbor Janet Falk.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

NYPD 114 Precinct Reports Today Disorderly Male Arrested March 9 Outside Smoke Shop On Roosevelt Island's Main Street In Possession Of A Loaded Gun - RIOC Silent

Earlier this evening, the NYPD 114 precinct tweeted:

I asked the NYPD:
... Can you provide any more info about the context of the incident? What were the circumstances regarding the removal of the gun?...

According to a NYPD spokesperson: 

On Thursday, March 9, 2023 at approximately 1530 hours, police responded to a 911 call of a disorderly male in front of 559 Mains street, in the confines of the 114 Precinct. Upon arrival of police, a Roosevelt Island Public Safety Officer stated that a disorderly male was causing a disturbance on public sidewalk. When peace officers attempted to issue a summons for disorderly conduct, he attempted to flee and was apprehended outside of location. The suspect was brought back to their base. Once placed in custody, the suspect was found to be in possession of a revolver.


Criminal Possession of a Weapon- Loaded Firearm

Obstructing Governmental Administration

Disorderly Conduct

The individual arrested was an 18 year old male from Brooklyn.

559 Main Street is the address for the Smoke Shop. Eviction proceedings against the Smoke Shop are currently underway by the landlord, Hudson Related.

Also, I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Shelton Haynes, Public Safety Department Chief Kevin Brown and Assistant Vice President of Communications Akeem Jamal

... What were the circumstances regarding the gun removal.

Will RIOC provide any more info to the Roosevelt Island community about this incident?

There's been no response from RIOC.

The March 9 RIOC Public Safety Blotter does not show any indication of an arrest for Criminal Possession of a Weapon - Loaded Firearm. The RIOC Blotter for the approximate time of the incident and at the 559 Main Street address says:

03/09/23 – 1611 – 559 Main St – Domestic Incident Report – PSD, NYPD and EMS responded – Report filed.

It has been a week since the Loaded Gun arrest and no information from RIOC was given to the community about this incident.

2 Roosevelt Island Fires Last Saturday Night In Roosevelt Landings AVAC Garbage Rooms - FDNY Says Fires Deemed Suspicious And Cause Under Investigation

Last Saturday evening March 11, at about 8:15 pm Roosevelt Island's Main Street was crowded with FDNY trucks

responding to fire in the Roosevelt Landings buildings.

A Fireman at the scene told me the incident was a fire in the garbage room. There were no injuries.

A Tipster shares this photo showing burn marks from one of the Roosevelt Landing AVAC garbage rooms 

where the fire occurred and reports being told it was set by "2 middle schoolers" from another Roosevelt Island building and that there is video of the incident.

I asked FDNY what happened. According to the FDNY spokeperson:


Call received: 20:17

Location: 510 Main St

Call type: Fire – 7th Floor

Disposition: Trash fire extinguished by water can; deemed suspicious. incident closed normally.

Cause: under investigation.


Call received: 20:29

Location: 546 Main St

Call type: Fire – 9th Floor trash room

Disposition: Trash fire extinguished prior to arrival; deemed suspicious. incident closed normally.

Cause: under investigation.

I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department and Roosevelt Landings building management what happened? No reply from either.  

A reader of the Roosevelt Islander Online Instagram post about the fire remarked: 

Glad to see the proud Eastwood tradition of throwing lit cigarettes into the AVAC is still alive and well

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Sponsored Post - Bio Poke Guest Restaurant Serving Healthy, Fresh And Savory Choice Of Tuna/Salmon, Chicken Or Veggy Bowl March 15 At Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Cafe - Check Out The Weekly Menu For Daily Dish, Specialty Sandwiches & More Too

Check out the special Healthy Fresh & Savory Poke Menu this Wednesday, March 15 

at the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Cafe.

Also, here's this week's Cornell Tech Cafe menu for Daily Hot Lunch Specials, Breakfast Staples, Make Your Own Salads, Flat breadand Neapolitan Pizza, Grab and Go Sandwiches/Salads, Soup, Coffee/Beverage Station & More.

The Cornell Tech Café is a great spot on Roosevelt Island for breakfast, lunch. 

Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Smoothies too 

with a very good wi-fi connection. Bring your laptop if you wish.  
See you at the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Cafe!

RIDA President And Roosevelt Island Resident Wendy Hersh Working With Evangel Church 9 Million Reasons Collecting Clothes For Migrant Families Seeking Asylum Being Housed In Long Island City - Can You Help Too, Ask Your Building Management To Provide Storage Bins For Resident Clothing Donations Says Ms Hersh

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) President and local resident Wendy Hersh continues to do what she does best - helping people in need. Either providing help feeding the Roosevelt Island community at the Friday Free Food Pantry or collecting clothes for migrant families seeking asylum.

Last Saturday, Ms Hersh was collecting clothing donations from a storage bin at the Rivercross Building with two volunteers from the Long Island City based Evangel Church Nine Million Reasons organization. The clothing is for migrant families seeking asylum in the United States and currently being housed in LIC.

Ms Hersh hopes that other Roosevelt Island building owners will allow clothing storage bins placed in their building so that residents can easily donate clothing to migrant families housed across the East River in Long Island City.

According to Ms Hersh:

CBS New York reports on NYC Mayor Eric Adams blueprint for addressing the migrant asylum seekers issue.

According to this March 7 press release from Mayor Adams:

Mayor Eric Adams today released “The Road Forward: Blueprint to Address New York City’s Response to the Asylum Seeker Crisis,” a comprehensive approach outlining the next phase of the city’s response to the unprecedented humanitarian crisis resulting from the surge of asylum seekers arriving in the five boroughs since last spring. As the number of asylum seekers arriving in New York City since last April tops 50,000 — with more than 30,000 currently in the city’s care — Mayor Adams announced he will create the Office of Asylum Seeker Operations (OASO) to focus solely on coordinating the city’s continued response with a focus on resettlement and legal services, as well as a new 24/7 arrival center for asylum seekers. The blueprint also outlines new strategies the city will pilot to train asylum seekers for employment, including a program with houses of worship to provide asylum seekers with a place to stay and connection to services, in addition to a partnership with SUNY Sullivan to provide job training and housing for asylum seekers as they await work authorization. Finally, the city will continue to advocate for the state and federal governments to provide additional financial and operational support to better manage the asylum seeker crisis moving forward.

“Over the past year, New York City has faced an unprecedented humanitarian crisis caused by global forces beyond our control,” said Mayor Adams. “We have moved mountains to help the tens of thousands who arrived as our shelter population has increased at a dramatic rate. As we continue to respond, I’m proud to announce, “The Road Forward,” our blueprint to address the asylum seeker crisis and outline the work that lies ahead. New Yorkers know that the asylum seeker of today is the citizen, the leader, and the innovator of tomorrow, and I’m proud that New York City is leading the way, turning a crisis into an opportunity for progress for the entire country....”


Here's more info on the RIDA Roosevelt Island Free Friday Food Pantry and the Nine Million Reasons volunteer organization.


Monday, March 13, 2023

NYC Council Member Julie Menin Releases 2023 Participatory Budget Ballot Projects To Be Voted On By Constituents March 25 To April 2 - Find Out If Any Roosevelt Island Submissions Made The Ballot

According to the NYC Council:

Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) is Here!

Following months of agency vetting and deliberation, Budget Delegates have crafted their ballot that will be in their respective districts during a nine-day voting period for Participatory Budgeting.

Vote Week will begin on Saturday, March 25th through Sunday, April 2nd. What is Participatory Budgeting? 

Below are the NYC Council Member Julie Menin's Participatory Budget projects that will be voted on by residents of the 5th District, which includes Roosevelt Island.

Among the District 5 Participatory Budgeting projects which passed the vetting and deliberation stage is a $300 Thousand upgrading Of local school PS/IS 217 bathrooms.  

I asked Ms Menin's office if the $150 Thousand project for installation of 30 new trees with tree guards throughout District 5 would include placement on Roosevelt Island. Ms Menin's representative replied:

If the new trees and tree guards are selected during PB, then the forestry unit within the Parks Department will determine where the new trees and tree pits will be planted. Unfortunately, our office does not have control over where the new new trees will go.
A Roosevelt Island Participatory Budgeting voting location will probably be at the RI Public Library branch (504 Main Street). Confirmation of that will come soon. Voting can also be done online.
Roosevelt Island projects submitting for Participatory Budgeting but not passing the vetting stage included:

Here's more from the NYC Council on NYC Participatory Budgeting:

Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. The process began in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1989. Today, there are more than 3,000 participatory budgeting processes around the world, most at the municipal level. What is PBNYC?

In 2011, four New York City Council Members – Brad Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Eric Ulrich, and Jumaane D. Williams – launched a PB process to allow residents in their district to allocate part of their capital discretionary funds. Over the years, the process has grown to include a majority of Council Members, giving communities real decision-making over more than $30 million in taxpayer money on an annual basis.

Participatory Budgeting in New York City (PBNYC) plays an important role in giving communities the ability to directly impact the capital budgeting process. It motivates New Yorkers to engage the civic process and make decisions by sharing ideas, developing proposals, and voting on community projects. Since 2011, PBNYC has strengthened our communities and made our city stronger over the last few years.

This year, 30 Council Members across New York City are asking residents how to spend at least $30 million in capital funding, specifically for local improvements to schools, parks, libraries, public housing, streets and other public spaces. PBNYC funds physical infrastructure projects that benefit the public, cost at least $50,000 and have a lifespan of at least 5 years...

More on NYC Participatory Budgeting here.

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Roosevelt Island Nisi Kitchen Restaurant Hosting Trivia Night Monday March 13 - You're Invited For Prizes, Surprises & Specials

According to the Roosevelt Island Nisi restaurant (549 Main Street) Instagram page

This Monday we are hosting our first trivia night we hope to see you all there to have some fun and win some prizes.

$8 Island cocktail and $25 beers bucket.