Saturday, September 30, 2023

Sponsored Post - Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Here, NYC Emergency Management Department Wants You To Know Your Hurricane Zone, Be Ready And Be Prepared - Roosevelt Island In Zones 2 And 3

The NYC Emergency Management Department (NYCEM) reports:

If a hurricane comes to NYC, do you know your evacuation zone?

Knowing your hurricane evacuation zone in advance can prevent stress and evacuation delays if you are asked to evacuate because of an incoming hurricane or coastal storm. The City may order residents to evacuate depending on the hurricane's track and projected storm surge.

Use the Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder or call 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service, or TTY: 212-504-4115) to find out if your address is in an evacuation zone.

The Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder also shows City evacuation centers.

If you live in an evacuation zone, have a plan for where you will go if an evacuation order is issued for your area. If you are not able to stay with friends or family, you can use the Hurricane Evacuation Zone finder to locate your closest evacuation center. Check the Finder or call 311 at the time of the evacuation order in case your closest evacuation center has changed.

Everyone in New York City should know what to do in the event of a hurricane. Visit our page on Coastal Storms and Hurricanes to learn how to make an evacuation plan and keep yourself safe during storms. 

Roosevelt Island residents live in both Zones 2 and 3 depending upon the location of your building. As shown in the NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zone Finder below, the Roosevelt Island buildings colored in brown are in Zone 2 and those colored in Yellow are in Zone 3. The nearby Evacuation Centers are shown too.   

The Octagon, Manhattan Park, Westview, Island House, Roosevelt Landings, Cornell Tech, Coler Hospital and Riverwalk 480, 475, 460 and 430 Main Street buildings are in Zone 2.

Riverwalk 405, 425, 455, 465 and Rivercross (531) buildings are in Zone 3.  

Sign up up here to get hurricane and other emergency alerts from NYCEM

Here's some scenes of what Roosevelt Island looked like during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012

and a report on damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Click here for more emergency hurrincane planning information

from the NYC Emergency Management Department.

Friday, September 29, 2023

Watch Video Of Peace Masters Concert Performance By Roosevelt Island Resident And Community Icon Roy Eaton - A Collection Of Works By J.S. Bach, Chopin, Joplin, Evans And Roy Too

It's been a rainy and dreary last few days so I hope this musical treat brightens the rest of your day.

Last July 15, Roosevelt Island Concerts, Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance and RIVAA Gallery joined together for an Evening Of Peace concert by our world renowned neighbor, musician and advertising legend, Roy Easton. According to Roosevelt Island Concerts:

Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association, Main Street Theater & Dance Alliance, and Roosevelt Island Concerts are joining forces to present a concert to honor our beloved friend and icon of our community, and to bask in the musicality with which he has touched our lives.

Between his successes in both concert music and advertising, Roy Eaton’s life story is one of spiritual and creative triumph, overcoming significant difficulties and adversity. He attributes his success to the practice of meditation, and has crafted an enduring program that will bring that sense of peace back to Good Shepherd for an evening. On this program, "Peace Masters," you can expect to hear a collection of 10 short works by J.S. Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Scott Joplin, Bill Evans, and by Roy Eaton himself:

  • Johann Sebastian-Bach/Ferruccio Busoni: Chorale Prelude No. 3, “Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland,” BWV 659
  • Scott Joplin: Solace
  • Bill Evans: Peace Piece
  • Frédéric Chopin: Berceuse in D-Flat Major, Op. 57
  • Frédéric Chopin: Impromptu in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 36
  • Frédéric Chopin: Prelude No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 28
  • Frédéric Chopin: Fantasie-Impromptu in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 66
  • Roy Eaton: Psalm 2020
  • Roy Eaton: Variations on "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude No. 1 in C Major from “The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1,” BWV 846

Enjoy Mr Eaton performing Peace Piece by Bill Evans

and Chopin's Berceuse in D-Flat Major, Op. 57.

Learn more about Roosevelt Island's Roy Eaton advertising career

as well as his struggles and successes which he described during this 2017 talk celebrating Black History Month at the Roosevelt Island Senior Center.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Wi-FI Problems Shut Down Both Roosevelt Island Tram Cabins Disrupting This Morning's Commute - Watch Video Of Tram Cabin Rocking And Shaking Last Night On Way From Manhattan To Roosevelt Island

At 6:23 this morning, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) announced both cabins of the Roosevelt Island Tram were out of service. According to RIOC

Due to technical issues the Roosevelt Island tram is not operational at this time and until further notice. We will update when service resumes. We are sorry for any inconvenience. Thank you for your patience.  

A Tipster reported that last night about 8 PM the The Roosevelt Island tram cabin was rocking and shaking back and forth on it's way from Manhattan over the East River as it approached the Roosevelt Island station before safely landing. The Tipster did not know if it had anything to do with the Tram being out of service this morning.  

Good job by the Tram Operator keeping everybody calm.

Comments on Roosevelt Islander Instagram post about the incident included:

  • This had to be extremely scary for those passengers. The driver should be applauded for remaining calm so the passengers remained calm. So glad that the necessary safety precautions are being taken to make certain that the Tram remains a safe mode of transportation.
  • I’m fascinated with how unbothered the people on the video appear to be.

At 12:03 PM RIOC announced:

Roosevelt Island Tram service has been restored. There was a minor Wi-Fi issue disrupting onboard communications that has since been resolved.

Both Tram cars are now running on their regular schedule.

Thank you for your patience as we worked through these unforeseen technical issues.

Roosevelt Island resident Penny Gold adds:

I didn't expect to learn today that the Tram working is dependent on Wi-Fi, but here we are.

UPDATE 1;40 PM - RIOC Board Director Ben Fhala adds: 

The Tram operates with a wifi connection that is mounted on the tower(learning as we go).

The Wifi connection broke making it impossible to control the cars. They had to bring a crane over and get someone up on the tower to fix the connection issue. The trams are back online and are operational again from what we saw when visiting the area (RIOC Board Director Lydia Tang and myself).

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

NYPD Auxiliary Officers Undercover Sting Makes 3 Marijuana Buys At Roosevelt Island Main Street Smoke Shop Earlier This Summer - One Month Later Smoke Shop Is Closed

 Reported last August 17 that the Roosevelt Island Smoke Shop on Main Street:

... packed up and moved out last night....

which was confirmed by Main Street retail master leaseholder Hudson Related:


The tenant and Hudson Related came to an agreement where they surrendered the space. We are working on a new concept and hope to share more information soon. We are glad to put this behind us and look forward to bringing a quality tenant and use to the island.

We learned more about the circumstances surrounding the removal of the Smoke Shop from Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Chief Kevin Brown during the September 19 RIOC Public Safety Community Engagement meeting. According to Chief Brown, the process of removing the Smoke Shop began during the June 13 RIOC PSD Community Engagement meeting when NYPD 114 precinct Lieutenant Dickson learned of the problems at the smoke shop from Roosevelt Island community members. Chief Brown reported:

We had a number of community complaints about the smoke shop that was right across the street from Public Safety. These smoke shops have popped up all over the city.  They are a nuisance. Ours is gone....

And this why... community pressure ... NYPD played an instrumental role and I can tell you how. The Lieutenant was here that night and he heard a lot of the community complaints. There is s a program, and it's not a secret, but there is a program in NYPD where they have undercover auxiliary officers who are under the age of 21. They go into these smoke shops. They make buys. They were they were selling marijuana in the smoke shop.

... Then there's a process where the City then evicts them from their storefront. When the lieutenant was here, we went to the top of their list and he took care of that in one month. He made three buys in the location they were served and then they were gone.

That's how these community meeting are very, very helpful. That we can hear you. We hear your voice. We want to make sure that we're going to keep our place a very very safe place in New York City...

Here's what Chief Brown said.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Theater Of War Presents Dramatic Reading By Acclaimed Actors Of Sophocles' Ajax At Roosevelt Island FDR Four Freedoms Park Wednesday September 27 - Register Now For Your Free Tickets

Theater of War Productions is presenting a dramatic reading of scenes from Sophocles' Ajax on Wednesday September 27 at Roosevelt Island's FDR Four Freedoms Park starting at 5:00 PM. According to the FDR Four Freedoms Park Conservancy:

Theater of War: Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

5:00 pm - 7:00pm EDT

Theater of War is a groundbreaking public health project that presents acclaimed actors performing scenes from Sophocles’ Ajax—an ancient play about the suicide of a great, respected warrior—as a catalyst for guided audience discussions about the visible and invisible wounds of war, and the impact of deployment on individuals, families, and communities. Using Sophocles’ play to forge a common vocabulary for open dialogue, these events are aimed at generating compassion and understanding between diverse audiences. Each performance is followed by community panelist remarks and a facilitated audience discussion.

This hybrid presentation of Theater of War—in Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park and on Zoom—will feature performances by Chad Coleman (The Wire, The Walking Dead), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Fleishman is in Trouble), Amy Ryan (Only Murders in the Building, The Office), Bill Camp (Lincoln, Dark Waters), Marjolaine Goldsmith (Company Manager Theater of War Productions) Eduardo Jany (US Army Veteran, Col USMC (Ret.)), Latoya Lucas (Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient), and Craig Manbauman (Nurse, Poet, US Air Force Veteran).

Translated, directed, and facilitated by Bryan Doerries.

Co-presented by Theater of War Productions and Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

For more information or to get your free ticket, click here.

According to the Theater Of War Productions website:

Theater of War Productions works with leading film, theater, and television actors to present dramatic readings of seminal plays—from classical Greek tragedies to modern and contemporary works—followed by town hall-style discussions designed to confront social issues by drawing out raw and personal reactions to themes highlighted in the plays. The guided discussions underscore how the plays resonate with contemporary audiences and invite audience members to share their perspectives and experiences, and, helping to break down stigmas, foster empathy, compassion, and a deeper understanding of complex issues.

Click here for free tickets to the free reading of Sophocles' Ajax at the FDR Four Freedoms Park on September 27.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Café At Cornell Tech September 25 Weekly Menu For Daily Hot Lunch Meals, Specialty Sandwiches, Breakfast Items, Pizza Station, Salads, Sushi, Coffee,Tea, Smoothies, Beer, Wine, Wifi & Wonderful Outdoor Patio Too

Check out the September 25 weekly menu at the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Café 

for Daily Hot Lunch Meals, Specialty & Grab and Go Sandwiches, 

Breakfast Staples, Make Your Own Salads, Flatbread and Neapolitan Pizza, Salads, Soup, Coffee/Beverage Station & More.

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

Coffee, Tea, Smoothies, 

Beer, Wine,  

Thursday Sushi

Bring your laptop if you wish. The Cafe has very good wi-fi connection 


and great outdoor patio seating areas

to eat, relax and people watch too. 

The Cafe is open Monday thru Friday 8am to 7 pm. Saturday and Sundays 11am to 5pm.

More info at the Cornell Tech Café website and Instagram Page.

See you soon at the Cornell Tech Café.

Sunday, September 24, 2023

L'Shanah Tovah, Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation Invites Neighbors To Yom Kippur Services September 24 and 25 In Person At The Cultural Center And Via Zoom

 According to the Roosevelt Island Jewish Congregation (RIJC)

L’Shanah Tovah !! The RIJC is the oldest, longest-serving Jewish Community here on Roosevelt Island. Our High Holiday services continue with Yom Kippur, led by Rabbi Gold and Cantor Sandra Goodman, this Sunday & Monday, September 24th & 25th. Please join us in the Cultural Center (548 Main Street). We will be in our Sanctuary in the Small Studio, &/or in the Theatre; please note the RIJC signage for each activity posted as you enter.

Yom Kippur begins this Sunday evening, September 24th, at 6:30 pm, with the Kol Nidrei Cantor Sandra Goodman will return to the RIJC and join Rabbi Gold to start our beautiful evening service.

Yom Kippur Day services start Monday morning, September 25th, at 10:00 am

A full day of worship for our Holiest day, led by Rabbi Gold & Cantor Goodman,

Children’s Service at 11:00 am,

Yiskor, at approximately 12 noon

Neilah and concluding services around 5:30 pm.

There will be a very light Break-the-Fast

And, a special note regarding Covid:

As Covid cases continue to increase in NYC,this fall, and here on Roosevelt Island, please note that while masks are not not required, they are recommended when indoors and social distancing is not possible.

Please join us via this Zoom Link, if you are not attending services in person.