Saturday, April 15, 2023

Long Time Roosevelt Island Resident Steven Kleinberg Passed Away - Remembered As A Terrific Guy, Condolences To His Family, Friends & Neighbors

The Roosevelt Island Westview Task Force announced today: 

Westview Taskforce is deeply saddened to learn of the premature passing of Steven Kleinberg, a long time Westview resident and 20 year member of the Taskforce. Steven chaired the Engineering subcommittee and significantly contributed to building improvements over the years. A private service was held Thursday 4/13. Steven is survived by his wife Rosemary. Steven was 74 years old.

Rosemary Kleinberg adds:

Steve was a very terrific guy with a great sense of humor and a kidder.

He had a master's degree in pyschology although he never used it. He worked for over 50 years in Construction. He started as a Sheet Metal worker and changed over to a Senior Project Manager.

He's lived on Roosevelt Island for close to 40 years and had seen quite a few changes. He loved the convenience of being so close to Manhattan in a matter of minutes.

I know I will miss him very much, as he told me we all have to go at some time. It's just a matter of when. I didn't expect this so soon.

Condolences to his family, friends and neighbors.

Friday, April 14, 2023

Roosevelt Island Little League 10 Game Season Opening Day Last Saturday, Watch Interview With Coach Danny And T Ball Players Having Great Time - Volunteer Coaches And Additional Funding Requested From Community, Storage Space Near Capobianco Field From RIOC Needed Too

Very few things in life are better bringing a smile to one's face than Opening Day of the Roosevelt Island Little League baseball season which began it's 10 game season last Saturday, April 8 with T-Ball players (5-6 year olds), followed by the Minors Division (7-10 years old) and then the Majors Division (11-14 years old).

I spoke with the League organizer and Coach Danny Vithlani during the T Ball game for the youngest baseball players.

Coach Danny showed some skill doing play by play during the T Ball game too.

The Roosevelt Island Little League could use some help with more volunteer coaches and funding.

According to the Roosevelt Island Little League Go Fund Me Page:

The 2023 R.I Little League Baseball Season is set to kick off! On April 8th, me and my co-director Arya Shirazi will commence our 6th year running this beloved community league. It has grown tremendously popular, and this year we have more registrants than our already thin budget can support. Because of this, we are short on funds for key equipment items and costs that we must be able provide. These include:
  • Additional Uniforms not covered due to registration surplus 
  • Baseballs for each age group 
  • USAA Little League regulation bats -Catchers/Umpires protective gear 
  • Team Equipment bags 
  • Tees 
  • Medical Supplies (First aid kits, icepacks, etc) 
  • Groundskeeping tools 
  • Trophies 
  • Ongoing season costs (damaged equipment, fill-in umpires, pizza parties, etc) 
  • Big picture improvements (Pitching machines, uniform upgrades, equipment upgrades, etc)

Along with these core items, there are many improvements and upgrades we would like to make. This program has been truly meaningful to the children and families of this community. Our league places deep emphasis on community and childhood development. Our network of dedicated volunteer coaches & parents are unbelievable! The teamwork, camaraderie and joy these kids experience playing baseball with their friends is unrivaled! It gives us great pride to watch it happen every Saturday.

Unfortunately, the league has simply outgrown the budget, and we have failed to receive additional funding. So I come to you for help! Whether you and your children participate in the league or not, we welcome donations! Every dollar towards this youth & community development-based league truly goes a long way towards the experience these kids have. Anybody that has participated in our league for the past 5 years can attest to that. We couldn't be more grateful for the support we have. We just need a bit more to get where we want to be. We thank you in advance for your generosity. What makes this league special is the people it is made up of!

Thank you so much,

Danny Vithlani & Arya Shirazi

Click here if you would like to help.

The Roosevelt Island Little League has been asking the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) for some equipment storage space near Capobianco Field for more than a year with no response. Perhaps this year, RIOC will respond and the Little League equipment can be stored near Capobianco Field instead of Coach Danny's apartment.

The Roosevelt Island Little League at Capobianco Field is a little bit of heaven on our Roosevelt Island Field Of Dreams.

Come out to Capobianco Field on Saturdays to cheer our Roosevelt Island Little League players. 

Play Ball!!!!

Are You Looking For Extra Money, Are Strong, Reliable And Get Up Early? Help Wanted With Roosevelt Island Saturday Farmers Market Vendor Hoboken Farms

According to Roosevelt Island Farmers Market vendor Hoboken Farms:

Hoboken Farms is looking for a new addition to our team. Reliable to get up, and out early. Clear eyed, flexible, strong, and very, very nice.

This is perfect for anyone looking to earn extra money, and be part of the community. Hoboken Farms has been a vendor at the Roosevelt Island Farm Market for 25 years. 

We pay $15 per hour starting. Raise to $17 per hour after 4 weeks.

Learn more about the New Jersey based Hoboken Farms who have been a fixture at the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market for over 20 years.

Come Join iDig2Learn On A Roosevelt Island Walk Amongst The Trees At Lighthouse Park With Arborist Schuyler Borden As He Talks About His Flora Friends

Roosevelt Island resident and iDig2Learn founder Christina Delfico reports: 

Greetings from iDig2Learn, 

We can't wait to see you tomorrow 4/15 at noon at Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island for our Tree walk with Schuyler Borden. 

Come meet us near the Weeping Willow tree, just beyond the Monarch butterfly flower beds, as you enter Lighthouse Park on Roosevelt Island on the Queens facing side of the island. You can take the free Red Bus to Octagon and walk 7 minutes north along the Queens-facing side of the island. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your reusable water bottle. There is a public restroom at the entrance of the park. 

Learn more about the hundred new baby trees and the intentional planting of specific native regional types like Oak, Sugar Maple, Tupelo, Sourwood, Magnolia and Serviceberry. These are all species that are lovely for humans and vital support for birds, butterflies and pollinators in our Mid-Atlantic area.

Schuyler caught the spark for learning about plants from gardening and foraging. Since then it has been his passion to learn from and teach others about the environment we live in. Schuyler is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified Arborist, and holds a Masters of Forestry degree from Yale School of the Environment. Originally from Farmington, Connecticut, Schuyler has lived on Roosevelt Island for 3 years and has made friends with its flora and can't wait to talk about it.

This program is free thanks to generous iDig2Learn support from the NYCT/RIOC grants, the work of NY Trees and Big Reuse with additional support from Citizens Committee for NY and MT Charitable Foundation. Thanks to all the local groups like the RI Garden Club, Coler Hospital, GRIN, Coach Scot's Baseball players, Girl Scouts, residents, and the RIOC grounds team who have guided placement and cared for these trees since planting in 2022. 

See you Saturday!

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Artist Salon Saturday April 15 At Cornell Tech - A Conversation With Local Documentary Filmmakers Andres "Jay" Molina & Alexis Neophytides About How They Approach Their Craft From Different Points Of View

Roosevelt Island resident and artist Thom Heyer reports: 

Hi Roosevelt Island Friends & Colleagues

Just a reminder that our next community outreach salon sponsored by Humanities New York and Open Doors is THIS Saturday 4/15 at 3:30pm at Cornell Tech. Our next salon is entitled "The Subject is Point of View". We'll be introducing Jay Molina (a Coler resident) and Alexis Neophytides (born & raised on Roosevelt Island): two filmmakers who approach their craft from very different points of view.

Let's see where there might be points of commonality!

The Salon is FREE and will be held at Cornell Tech's Bloomberg Center.

The event is in-person but will also be live-streamed.

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE to speed up your entry at the front desk on Saturday at the following link:

I look forward to seeing any and all of you who can make it.

Mr Molina and Ms Neophytides are the co-directors of the documentary film Fire Through Dry Grass currently in production. According to the film's website:

Fire Through Dry Grass uncovers in real-time the devastation experienced by residents of a New York City nursing home during the coronavirus pandemic. Co-Directors Alexis Neophytides and Andres “Jay” Molina take viewers inside Coler, on Roosevelt Island, where Jay lives with his fellow Reality Poets, a group of mostly gun violence survivors....

Thursday, April 13, 2023

Recycle Your Roosevelt Island Electronic Waste April 14 & 15 At The Carter Burden Network RI Older Adult Center - Watch Video Showing How 6 Million Pounds Of Electronics Get Recycled Every Month, It's A Big Business

The Carter Burden Network (CBN) Roosevelt Island Older Adult Center “RECYCLE YOUR E-WASTE” EVENT will be held Friday, April 14th from 11AM to 3PM and Saturday, April 15th from 10AM to 3PM

According to CBN:

Drop off any old, unused, or unwanted electronics.

The drop off site will be at the Senior Center Garden/Patio in the breezeway between 540 and 546 Main Street.

No entry through the Senior Center.

The following electronics will be accepted:

TV’s, Monitors, Computers Laptops, Keyboards/Mouse Satellite boxes, Video Games.

NO Appliances NO Loose Batteries NO Light Bulbs or Ballasts.

Here's how electronic waste gets recycled.

UPDATE On Roosevelt Island Tram OMNY Payment System Installation - Mixed Signals From RIOC And The MTA About Installation Date, Could Be As Soon As June Or End Of The Year

As reported last February 8:

... Roosevelt Island has been waiting for the MTA OMNY payment system to be installed at the Roosevelt Island Tram stations as far back as 2020....

and the Bring OMNY to the Roosevelt Island Tram Online petition has 1404 signatures (1421 as of today).

During the April 3, 2023 Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors meeting, RIOC President Shelton Haynes reported being told by the MTA that the OMNY payment system installation for the Roosevelt Island Tram has been delayed until the late 2nd quarter of this year.

This is actually good news if true because:

... During the February 6, 2023 NY State Senate Joint Public Hearing on the 2023-24 Executive Budget Proposal, Roosevelt Island's NY State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright asked MTA Chair Janno Lieber:

The Roosevelt Island Tramway still continues to lack OMNY. Can you tell us why this has been delayed and when you expect it to be installed so that our Roosevelt Island residents and visitors can benefit from this service?

Mr Janno replied: 

The answer is it's projected to happen in the second half of this year... ... We didn't have software in some of the specialty locations like Roosevelt Island Tram, the Air Train in Jamaica Station and a few other places. The software has to catch up and we are working on it but that right now the projection it's going to be the second half of this year....

After the RIOC Board meeting, I asked a representative of Roosevelt Island's NY State Senator Liz Krueger's office:

Shelton said during his President’s report tonight that OMNY will be installed at the Tram Station by end of the 2nd quarter this year. 

At the end of the meeting I asked him if I heard him correctly and he confirmed that he said OMNY will be installed by end of 2nd quarter. I told him that my understanding was MTA says it will be installed by the end of the year. Shelton says he talks to the MTA almost weekly and he was told by end of 2nd quarter. 

Has your office heard anything new about timing of OMNY installation for the tram.

After speaking with the MTA, Ms Kreuger's representative replied:

We are HAPPY  to confirm the date has been moved up from the end of the year!

On April 10, I asked the MTA to confirm OMNY installation on the Roosevelt Island Tram by August June 2023, the end of the 2nd quarter and received a mixed signal that did not confirm the earlier date. 

According to the MTA spokesperson:

In October, the MTA Capital Program Committee updated the OMNY forecast for substantial completion to Q2 2025. The MTA is currently engaged with the vendor in a scheduling re-baselining process on the OMNY project.

The MTA is building out OMNY functionality for New York City Transit first, before addressing other agencies, including AirTrain and the Roosevelt Island Tram; we plan on integrating the Roosevelt Island tram with OMNY before the end of 2023.

OMNY continues to grow as New Yorkers tap and enter the transit system in record numbers – with 2 million taps in one day recorded this month. Commuter railroad customers already have the benefit of mobile ticketing and contactless payment through the extraordinarily popular TrainTime App, which has seen 1.5 million users purchase over 24 million tickets since its launch in August and has a 4.9 star rating on the App Store.

  The NY Post reported:

One resident says there is a silver lining in not having OMNY on the Tram yet:

Not having a OMNY scanner is actually the best thing it can happen to RI residents as it allows us to cut the long line of people looking to purchase tickets and go straight to the tram.

Here's a bit of Roosevelt Island OMNY history. Former RIOC Chief Financial Officer spoke to Manhattan Community Board 8 in September 2021 about efforts to get the OMNY system installed at the Roosevelt Island Tram  


and during a June 8, 2022 RIOC audit committee meeting (at 7 minute mark), CFO O'Reilly reported that RIOC receives only $2.00 of the $2.75 Roosevelt Island Tram fare.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Long Time Roosevelt Island Resident David Bauer Passed Away At 95 Years Of Age, Memorial Service April 30 - A Loving Husband, Father Of 6 And Passionate Advocate For Roosevelt Island Good Government And Transparency

The family of long time Roosevelt Island resident David Bauer report:

On Thursday, March 16, 2023, David John Bauer of 531 Main St. NY, NY. a loving husband and father of six passed away, age 95.

David was born on September 29, 1927 in Syracuse NY, to Fred and Anna (Roeckelein) Bauer. He received a Bachelor of Engineering from Syracuse University in Syracuse NY in 1948, and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in 1952 and later a Graduate Fellowship from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.

On August 27, 1949, he married Joyce Eileen Jones and together they raised six children. Four of the six were born in Lititz, PA. One of his many tasks as Borough Manager of Lititz, a picturesque community in southeastern PA, was to establish a historic district. Always ready to learn, this experience prepared him for similar needs in other communities he would serve.

On Father’s Day 1961, Joyce gave him a gift of free time from the family, then being six children ranging in age from 9 years to 3 months. So, he could read his beloved New York Times without interruption. In it was a posting for the position of Town Manager in Wethersfield, CT for which he applied and was awarded.

His love of history led him to trace his family's roots back 14 generations. David moved to Roosevelt Island in 1978 where he was able to use his passion for improving residents community experience by engaging the powers-that-be to make changes as necessary. David did this with a big smile and hearty humor, both in small and large ways.

David helped convert the privately funded library on the Island to a branch of the NY Public Library. He also founded and led the Maple Tree Group; a collection of Island residents who worked tirelessly for years, to get locally elected Directors placed on the Roosevelt Island Operating Council.

With most of his professional career spent working with municipal governments it was natural that he should be called out of retirement in 1994 and accepted a post with the city of L’viv Ukraine to advise on city administration in a democracy.

David was preceded in death by his father, Fred, his mother, Anna, his youngest sister Phyllis and his wife Muriel Karpeles-Bauer. He is survived by his sister Nancy Zastrow, brother Paul & Penny Bauer, his six children and their spouses, Elizabeth Bauer & Marty Milkovic, Johanna Bauer & Sergio Torriente, Susan & Curtis Weiss, Benjamin Bauer, Andrew Bauer & Joanna Schnurman, and Martin Bauer & Kathryn Fagan, cousin, Charles & Sia Bauer, 14 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2023, at 1:00 pm in the Community Room at Rivercross, 531 Main St. New York, New York 10044.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be sent to the ACLU via their website, or by phone at 212-549-2500. 

David Bauer was a strong, thoughtful voice advocating good governance and transparency for the Roosevelt Island community. For example, according to Mr Bauer:

...  Having worked in the local government sector during the major part of my adult life I have had to face up to the question you raise; how big a circle of confidentiality do you want to have. Eventually, through the passage of what is called a "Sunshine Law" it was determined that the public had the right to any information involving the local government, with the exceptions being 1) narrowly defined personnel matters and 2) when developing strategy for a court case. That "Sunshine Law" right goes so far as to require elected officials to give public notice and attendance whenever two or more officials meet to discuss public business, formally or informally. Public business has a different glow than private business. Rivercross is public business, having been supported in its inception by taxpayer financing, just as our whole Island has been.

I learned early on how futile it is to attempt to restrict access to public information, even meetings involving as few as two people. I found out through hard experience that if there is a matter, without regard to how large or small that matter seems to be, the policy of attempted secrecy just does not work and in fact the mere appearance of  attempting to keep something secret makes it more appealing for those on the outside to make every effort to find out what is going on, and sometimes imaging quite horrendous matters when in reality the matter was minor....

In regard to the governance of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC), Mr Bauer wrote:

... The Board should have the responsibility to hire and fire. The Board must accept the need for their citizen-bosses to understand the reasons for the Board actions.

In a representative democracy:

the ability of the elected policy makers to have their policies carried out by the ministerial staff is important;

the need for the electorate to understand the actions of the elected policy makers is equally important — the electorate must be able to judge whether the elected policy makers properly reflect wishes of the electorate.

If administrative staff resign from a position, the reasons for such resignation may well be kept as confidential by the resigner.

BUT, if administrative staff is discharged for cause, both the staff and the electorate are entitled to a public statement identifying the cause.

If the cause given is illegal activity, the policy makers should file appropriate charges.

If the cause is discontent with the way the staff carries out the established policy, that cause needs to be clearly set forth. The policy makers, for their own protection in maintaining the confidence of the residents, or even in seeking reelection, need to be clear as to the basis for their action....

Roosevelt Island resident and former Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) President Matt Katz adds:

David was the inspiration for the Maple Tree Group, the early community grass-roots organization that, initially, was formed to address RIOC failures in maintaining Island infrastructure and then, took on the lack of democracy that an appointed government agency imposed. David spent time in Ukraine, working for USAID, as they struggled to invent a post-Soviet government and, in later years, taught physics at the College of Staten Island.  

As our neighbor, our colleague and our friend, he will be sorely missed.

David Bauer will be missed.

Condolences to his family, friends and all who knew him.

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Dolphin Spotted Swimming In The East River Near Roosevelt Island And Upper East Side During Last Several Days - Credit 1970's Roosevelt Island Pioneer PS/IS 217 Teacher For Being Part Of The East River Clean Up Transformation Says Former Student

Roosevelt Island resident Bojana Zezelj reported last Saturday on the Roosevelt Island Friends Facebook page:

Dolphins spotted in East River! Saw one just minutes ago in the waters below Blackwell House! Sorry, it didn’t appear above the surface long enough for me to take a photo, but some people were filming and I hear something has already been posted somewhere. A man told me there were two, but I only saw one at a time. In any case, a most beautiful sighting!

Bob Babcock, an original Roosevelt Island resident, adds:

When I worked on the launch of NYWaterTaxi in 97 (my cover letter, describing life on the East river, and seeing the changes over time, secured the job) we saw dolphins in the lower harbor by Governors Island. The Gowanus was still a toxic stew, but the waterways around NYC had greatly improved since we moved to the Island in 1975 when the joke on Barney Miller was the you don’t drown in the East River, you dissolve.

Much of the credit for this transformation should go to a Roosevelt Island pioneer and her cadre of environmentalists: Sally Leifer, the first teacher assigned to PS/IS217, was part of the protest to GE’s pollution at Storm King, that led in part to the passing of the EPA. She went on to help establish the first Environmentally-focused public school in NYC. Her friend, Tom Fox, a Ranger at Gateway National Park (who taught us about horseshoe crabs and mollusk beds), went on to found the Greenway Project, to restore the New York City waterfront, which ultimately became Hudson River Park. 

So dolphins out your window are courtesy of a long history of concerned citizens working to protect the environment, getting regulation passed, and then continued vigilance. Be a part of it.

Here's a 2022 story from WPIX News about researchers at the Wildlife Conservation Society and NY Aquarium studying dolphins in the NY waters.

Keep a look out for East River dolphins. Snap a photo or take video and share.

Sponsored Post - Still Time To File Your Taxes, Says Roosevelt Island Based Accountable Financial Management Corporation President Seymour Williams - We'll Get The Job Done

Seymour Williams, CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) is a trusted advisor to individuals and business owners who seek to maximize their financial position. For over 30 years he has been a fully licensed expert in the financial fields of investments, insurance, real estate, mortgages and taxation. He is the President of Accountable Financial Management Corp, a minority owned business which has operated here on Main Street for more than 20 years. 

We get the job done.

Mr. Williams’ professional experience is extensive and he has consulted with several major international banks and with programs sponsored by both the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Mr Williams is a Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Enrolled Agent (EA). and also the treasurer of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association.

Mr Williams holds a BBA degree from Bernard M. Baruch College and an MBA in Finance from Long Island University, where he served on the faculty as a Professor of Finance and Management. He has lived on Roosevelt Island for 35+ years raising his family and serving as a respected member of the community.

501 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
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Monday, April 10, 2023

"We Can't Get To Our Homes", Roosevelt Island Residents Angry And Frustrated With Constant Overcrowding Of The Tram With Tourists - RIOC Says They Will Offer Weekend Manhattan Red Bus Shuttle Service During April, But Not During Weekdays

During the last several days, Roosevelt Island residents have shown their anger and frustration with the failure of Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Shelton Haynes to address their decrease in quality of life brought about by the constant overcrowding of the Roosevelt Island Tram with tourists.

Instagram post from Saturday April 8.

For example, a Roosevelt Island resident shares this photo and asks today:

It's 4:45 pm and the Tram is packed with tourists. 

We can't get to our homes. Do you think we residents can start a petition or something to have priority at the Tram

Another asked today:

What can we do about the Tram - it's untenable.

Are there active petitions, town halls?

As previously reported, during the April 4 RIOC Public Safety Community Engagement meeting, a Roosevelt Island woman asked:

... for a Roosevelt Island Tram pass to be given to residents going to work or doing shopping. The pass would give residents priority boarding the Tram so as to to avoid the long delays, huge lines and safety hazards caused by overcrowding from tourists on the Roosevelt Island Tram....

RIOC Public Safety Chief Kevin Brown answered that resident priority access to the Tram was not possible because:

The Tram is just like the F Train. We can't say that all the residents can ride the F Train first.

and RIOC President Shelton Haynes agreed. 

Roosevelt Island residents reacted to the RIOC management answer with:

  • And this is why I’ve had enough of Roosevelt Island. It’s no longer the Oasis in the city. Even with the rapid growth, with proper leadership this Island could grow as well. Unlike the F Train that has multiple cars that can accommodate more people. The 🚠 IS NOT the same thing. That’s about as dumb as saying a 4door sedan is the same as a bus. You can easily have one car that is for residents and workers and we would take the stairs (or elevator) facing 2nd Ave, and leave the other car for everyone else. It sounds to me more like instead of dealing with the problem “leadership” would much rather take the easy way out. The leadership sucks and there doesn’t seem to be anything we can do about it because they are appointed by Governors office.
  • The tram doesn’t hold as many folks as the train, Period! So these two non elected officials should sit down! I hope Hochul can do something about this! Residents should send her a petition to get rid of these clowns! People that work on the island should not have to go through this either! No the tram isn’t like the F train! What an ignorant comment! The train has 6 cars! Tram not so much!
  • There is obvious difference that people go on the tram for sightseeing over the river while no one is trying to do that on F train which resulted in the substantial amount of tourists on the tram not the F train.
  • The situation with the tourists is becoming ridiculous! I have been saying for a long time now that residents and those who work on the island should have boarding priority! The F train is not the tram. Comparing the capacity of one vs the other is preposterous.
  • I used to really love living on this island. But with the push for tourists to come here in the past few years and no way to manage the influx I am starting to dread the nice weather- I can’t enjoy where I live anymore - too many citibikes, tourists. 
  • I guarantee if they PSD and Shelton had enough personal incentive they’d fight harder to make it happen instead of just giving up at the first ‘no’. - Obviously F train can’t have priority access, but with enough effort it seems like it might be more feasible for the tram - if they want to fight hard for it. 

Yesterday, the crowds waiting for the Tram at the Roosevelt Island station looked like this:

Today, RIOC announced certain measures to control visitor and pedestrian traffic including a weekend Roosevelt Island Red Shuttle bus to and from Manhattan, 

However, RIOC added that the Manhattan Red Bus Shuttle may result in an "adjusted schedule" for the regular Red Bus service on Roosevelt Island.

According to RIOC:

Dear Roosevelt Island Community:

The warmer months always result in an uptick in visitor and pedestrian traffic to the island. With the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom and EarthLove Day fast approaching, the following controls have been activated and will remain in place through the end of April:

Overcrowding Safety Controls:

  • Large crowds will be managed by PSD officers with the assistance of the 114th Precinct.
  • Parks will be monitored by PSD throughout the day. Please note that parks will close in the occurrence of overcrowding on the island.
  • Cornell security has been alerted and will monitor and discourage large gatherings on the Cornell Tech campus.
  • Additional signage will be placed near the entrances and exits of the Tram on the Manhattan side to help ensure an orderly travel process.

Transportation & Island Services:

NOTE: Please plan your travel accordingly. While delays in Tram travel are to be expected due to increased ridership, the Ferry is a viable option; the F-Train remains a quick and efficient option for travelling to and from the island.

Subway: F train service will run on normal weekend hours. Please plan your travel accordingly and visit or call 511 for more information. For electronic updates on F Train service, sign up for MTA Alerts at

Red Bus: RIOC’s Transportation Department will run a Tram Shuttle Bus from Roosevelt Island to Manhattan on weekends during the month of April. Shuttles will run hourly (traffic permitting) from 11AM to 7:30PM from the Roosevelt Island Tramway, making all northbound local stops to Capobianco Field (opposite PS/IS 217). The shuttle will depart on the half hour from the Manhattan Tram station, from the Southwest side of 2nd Avenue, between 58th and 59th Street, and will make all southbound local bus stops (starting with 591 Main St.) to the Tram. The last shuttle trips will depart from the Roosevelt Island Tram at 7 PM and Manhattan at 7:30 PM. Please note that regular Red Bus service may run on an adjusted schedule to accommodate the additional Tram shuttle service.

Tram: PSD officers will be present at each station. Passengers should plan accordingly as they may experience long lines. (REMINDER: If possible, please purchase your Metrocard in advance of arriving at the Tram to help expedite your travel.)

Ferry Service: Ferry service will run on normal weekend service hours, however, in the event of large crowds, service will be limited to essential workers only. For schedule info, visit:

Vehicular Traffic: In the event of overcrowding, vehicular access to the island will be restricted to island residents and workers only. PSD and NYPD will be stationed at the entryway of the bridge (Vernon and 36th Ave.) to monitor and redirect, if needed.

Bicycles: Citations will be issued to any cyclist/motorized scooters who do not adhere to NYC bike laws.

Garbage Removal: There will be an increase in waste management this weekend to address any littering caused by overcrowding.

For more information, please call PSD at 212-832-4545.

The line this evening at the Manhattan Roosevelt Island Tram station looked like this.

Image From Julia Chang
In March 2022, former Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, NYC Council Member Julie Menin & NY State Assembly Menber Rebecca Seawright expressed support for Roosevelt Island residents and workers having priority access to the Roosevelt Island Tram when it is overcrowded or during rush hours.

One resident says there is a silver lining in not having OMNY on the Tram yet:

Not having a OMNY scanner is actually the best thing it can happen to RI residents as it allows us to cut the long line of people looking to purchase tickets and go straight to the tram.

UPDATE 4/11 - From another resident:

RIOC’s argument equating the tram with the F train is absurd. The tram is advertised in guidebooks as a tourist attraction. It has limited capacity. None of that applies to the F train. Tourists arrive at the tram with time to spare. Roosevelt Islanders use the tram as commuters to go home and to work, bring kids to and from school, transport groceries, etc. Should we get in line with tourists? Special access for residents is logical and would make sense to a responsive government if we had one.

Roosevelt Island Historical Society President has a different view.