Friday, March 31, 2023

You're Invited To "From The Island Of Art" Exhibition By Local Artist Georgette Sinclair Featuring Pastels Inspired By Beautiful Roosevelt Island Surroundings - Opening Reception Hosted By RIVAA Gallery At The Octagon Sunday April 2

According to the Roosevelt Island RIVAA Gallery:

From the Island of Art”, an exhibition by longtime RIVAA artist and Island resident, Georgette Sinclair will open on April 1, 2023 at the Octagon, 888 Main Street.

Her pastels will be on view there until June 30, 2023. Join us at the opening reception on Sunday, April 2, 2023 from 5-8 PM. You will experience familiar Island sights from Georgette’s unique perspective and see them in a new light. 

Ms Sinclair adds:

All the pieces are inspired from Roosevelt Island and that explains the title of the show. The idea is to raise awareness and appreciation of our unique and beautiful surroundings.

Here are some scenes from Ms Sinclair's 2021 exhibition at RIVAA Gallery.

"Every Child Is An Artist, the Problem Is Staying An Artist When You Grow Up" - You're Invited To Opening Reception For Infinite Imagination Exhibition, Artwork Of Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Students Saturday April 1 At RIVAA Gallery

According to the Roosevelt Island RIVAA Gallery:

Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.

RIVAA Gallery is proud to present -Infinite Imagination- an exhibition in partnership with the students of PS/IS 127 on the island. 

Join us as we celebrate and encourage a rising generation of artists that remind us of the creative within ourselves, and the spirit of youth that remains throughout our whole life so long as we choose it! 

The opening reception will be on Saturday April 1, 2023 at the RIVAA Gallery, 527Main Street. 

The exhibition will be on view there until April 23, 2023. Were excited to see you there! Opening reception on Saturday, April 1st, from 2-4PM. The exhibition will run from March 31st - April 23rd 2023.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Sponsored Post - Roosevelt Island Farmers Market Returns To Good Shepherd Plaza This Saturday April 1 - Featuring A Wide Variety Of Locally Grown, Healthy And Tasty Fresh Fruits, Vegetables & Much More, See You Saturday At The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market

The Roosevelt Island Farmers Market returns to it's Spring/Summer Fall Home at Good Shepherd Plaza this Saturday April 1

from it's Motorgate Plaza Winter home.

The Roosevelt Island Saturday Farmers Market is a beloved member of our community - a place to purchase locally grown, healthy and deliciously tasting fresh fruits, vegetables and much more. It's also a gathering spot to meet with our neighbors and learn about the latest neighborhood news and gossip.

The Roosevelt Island Saturday Farmers Market at Good Shepherd Plaza is open early morning to mid afternoon on Saturdays in good weather and bad. 

Support your Local Farmers, Eat Healthy! 

See you Saturday at Good Shepherd Plaza for the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market

The Greening Of Roosevelt Island, Kick Off April's Earth Month By Joining Haki Compost Collective - Saturday Food Scrap Drop Off Site Spring Move To Good Shepherd Plaza, Earth Month Tips, Green Fun Facts & Local Earth Love Day Events April 22

The Roosevelt Island Haki Compost Collective Volunteers report:

Starting Saturday, April 1st, the Haki Compost Collective will be located at Good Shepherd Plaza next to the picnic tables. 

Please stop by to learn more or write to to join our next volunteer orientation on April 8th from 11am to Noon or to express interest in an upcoming orientation. You can also follow us on Instagram @hakicompost

Earth Month tips to try on Roosevelt Island: 

  • Did you know that batteries are hazardous waste that cannot go into the trash or be recycled? Thankfully, Islanders can drop all dead batteries at the Public Safety Office on Main Street for proper disposal. 
  • Unused medicines can be dropped at Walgreens/Duane Reade in the drop box near the pharmacy.
  • Now that Skip The Stuff legislation has passed, restaurants no longer need to spend money on plastic forks and cutlery, which will now only go out when requested, so remember to skip the stuff when ordering take out food.
  • Unfortunately, thin film plastic like bread bags and plastic bags are not recyclable in your building’s plastic recycling bins. Sometimes we might wish-cycle items we think should be recycled (place them in the wrong receptacle and “wish for the best”). For plastic, follow signage examples and know that rigid plastic is key to what can be recycled in your building.
  • Bring your own - if you have a picnic, bring your own reusable cup, cutlery, and napkins. The carry, in-carry out method reduces single use plastic waste which ends up in landfills.
  • Start collecting electronics for an upcoming Electronic Waste Collection, currently scheduled for April 14th 11 am to 3 pm and 15th from 10 am to 3 pm, sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger.
  • Leave the leaves - leaves wrap around the butterfly chrysalis until temperatures are consistently 50 degrees for five days or more. Encourage your building management to adopt sustainable gardening practices in your green spaces.

Save the Date: Earth Love Day on April 22nd, 11 am - 2 pm On Roosevelt Island, Earth Love Day will be held at the Meditation Lawn and Blackwell House Plaza, and will include a book swap/drop, clothing drop, used battery drop, and fun activities for all ages. Come meet Haki volunteers, participate in the Tree Tally, and learn more about the many group efforts to restore the land, air, and water.

Hope to see you at the bins at Good Shepherd Plaza soon.

Here's more Greening Of Roosevelt Island info from the Haki Compost Collective volunteers.

In June 2021, a Haki Compost Collective volunteer described Haki's compost activities to a visiting group of Big Reuse Compost Bike Tour riders.

Stop by the Roosevelt Island Food Scrap Bin on Saturday, drop off your food scraps and learn about volunteer opportunities with the good folks at Haki Compost Collective.

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.

Take a look at recent interview of Fusion Salon owner Boris 

by young Roosevelt Island reporters. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Roosevelt Island Historical Society Visitors Center Kiosk Garden Getting A Spring Restoration And Enhancement, You Can Help With A Donation - Part Time Job Available At RIHS Visitors Center Kiosk Too

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) is seeking community support to help restore and enhance the Visitors Center Kiosk garden for the Spring. According to RIHS:

RIHS President Judy Berdy adds:

Click here for more info on the Garden restoration and to help support RIHS efforts with a donation.

Ms Berdy also reports there is a Part Time job position available at the RIHS Visitors Center Kiosk.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Orchestra Spring Classical Concert - Violin & Viola Duo Performing Mozart, Bach & More Thursday March 30 At Good Shepherd Chapel

According to Roosevelt Island Concerts

Thursday, March 30th, 2023, 7:30 p.m.

Good Shepherd Center

This Thursday: Spring Concert

Join us for a concert of violin & viola duos this Thursday, March 30th, at Good Shepherd Center at 7:30 pm.

The program will consist of the first duo Mozart wrote for such a pairing, a piece written by Martinu during his brief time in the US, and a jig by the prolific fiddler Mark O'Connor. Interspersed between these three duo mainstays will be various inventions Bach Inventions - works for two voices that belong to no particular instruments, lovingly adopted by our musicians for this concert.

On violin will be your Roosevelt Island Orchestra concertmaster, Kobi Malkin, joined by a new friend to RIC, Tanner Menees, on viola. Please help us give them a warm welcome as they bring their superb musicianship to Roosevelt Island.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Duo No. 1 in G Major for Violin and Viola, K .423

Bohuslav Martinu: Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola

Mark O’Connor: F. C.’s Jig for Violin and Viola

J.S. Bach: Various Inventions

The series is made possible by the Musicians Emergency Fund, Roosevelt Island Public Purpose Fund, Hudson/Related’s Riverwalk Crossing, and our generous audience and supporters.

Your generous contribution keeps the series affordable:

Suggested donation: $20

Students & seniors: $10 

More info on Roosevelt Island Concerts available at their website


and here's Roosevelt Island Concerts 


presentation of Schubert:Symphony No.5 in August 2021 at the Good Shepherd Chapel.

Monday, March 27, 2023

Long Lines Stretching To Second Avenue Waiting For The Roosevelt Island Tram Sunday Afternoon, Will RIOC Be Prepared For Expected Large Crowds This Spring And Summer?

Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) President Judy Berdy shares a photo taken yesterday afternoon (Sunday, March 26) of the long line of people waiting to get on the Roosevelt Island Tram. The line of waiting Tram passengers stretched from the top of the Manhattan station down the staircase to Second Avenue and 59th Street waiting to get on the Tram.

Does Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Shelton Haynes have any plan to alleviate the expected large number of tourists with accompanying long lines for the Tram this spring and summer?

Ms Berdy adds:

Is RIOC prepared for the annual April invasion of visitors?

Every year we see a large increase in visitors. It is time to prepare for this event since Easter, Passover and Cherry Blossoms all are within days of each other.

I just opened my calendar for April: 

  • April 6-14 NYPL Schools Closed 
  • April 5-13 Passover 
  • Easter April 9
  • Plus Cherry Blossoms starting around April 10-29

Do we have portable toilets ordered?

Do we have extra trash containers?

What plans are being made to make arrangements for residents and visitors?

Yesterday, the line to the Manhattan tram station was until Second Avenue. When will be be getting OMNI?

We look forward to meeting with you and making sure that arrangements are finalized. As a business at the Tram Plaza, we see the problems that many visitors encounter.

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Watch Video Showing RIVAA Gallery "The Sound Of Jazz Guitar"Jam Session And Fascinating History Lesson Too - You Can Help Continue The Jazz Tradition At RIVAA Gallery

Roosevelt Island's RIVAA Gallery presented "The Sound of the Jazz Guitar" jam session organized by local musician Susheel Kurien last Saturday afternoon March 18.

Before the jam session began musician Andrew Baird gave the audience a brief history of the Jazz Guitar.

According to Mr Baird: 

What happened is jazz, along with a lot of musicians and people were moving North during the Great Migration from New Orleans to Chicago. ... a blues musician from New Orleans named Lonnie Johnson moved up to Chicago and started hearing the sounds of jazz and the bands started getting bigger and louder.

Another musician who was actually from Pennsylvania named Eddie Lane who was an Italian-American came over to Chicago and started hearing bands and playing and they formed a Duo. They were actually the first group to popularize jazz guitar with two guitars together on a recording and that was from 1928.... 

... Charlie Christian, and if you've never heard that name I would say go check him out and listen to him. He's one of the most important figures in jazz for a lot of reasons but primarily being he was the first lead guitar player in a Jazz Ensemble big band setting to be featured as a soloist...

After the jazz guitar history lesson, the duo of Susheel Kurien and Andrew Baird gave a wonderful performance. Here's a sample.

Susheel Kurien adds:

Following the guitar duo, the program continued with a range of jazz standards that were representative of different genres of jazz...and with the addition of the bass player Bruno Razafindrakoto,and Jeff Brown on drums

RIVAA Gallery has been a focal presence for jazz on Roosevelt Island for over 10 years . What began as a residents voluntary effort has become a much appreciated and looked forward to series of events at the Gallery. 

Any residents or friends of Roosevelt Island who would like to help with ensuring that the RIVAA Gallery can continue to share America's original and classical music with the community will be welcomed. 

Most importantly, the gallery seeks sponsors who might wish to host 1 or more jazz events and keep this tradition alive. 

Please contact gallery president Sandra Gavelyte at with your thoughts on how you might help keep bringing jazz to Roosevelt Island. 

Stay tune for future Jazz events at RIVAA Gallery.

Here's more on jazz guitarist Charlie Christian.