Saturday, December 2, 2023

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Concerts Holiday Baroque Covers Concert Featuring Re-Inventions Of Pop Tunes By Cyndi Lauper, The Kinks, Tom Waits & More, Classical Chamber Music Too - Sunday December 3 At Good Shepherd Center

According to Roosevelt Island Concerts:

We have a wonderful concert coming up on December 3rd at 7:30 pm, where a very special and fantastic vocalist and violinist, Christina Courtin, and other classical musicians will be doing a Holiday Concert at Good Shepherd for the Roosevelt Island Concert Series. The program is called "Baroque Covers," and Christina will be singing her own re-inventions of pop tunes from the 1970s to the present. (Cyndi Lauper, the Kinks, etc) with a baroque chamber ensemble... plus we will play some Bach as well as holiday tunes.

Sunday, December 3, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - Good Shepherd Center 543 Main Street Roosevelt Island


Baroque Album Covers

Christina Courtin, vocals, violin, composer/arranger

Baroque ensemble led by Aisslinn Nosky, violin, Yiheng Yang, harpsichord.

Pop Hits from the 1960s to today, re-imagined for singer and baroque chamber ensemble. Songs by Cyndi Lauper, The Kinks, The Delfonics, and many more. Also including original holiday songs by Courtin, and some classic baroque chamber music too! 

Reserve Your Seats Here.

Suggested Donations $20 students, $10 seniors 

Friday, December 1, 2023

It's Cold Out And Winter Is Coming, Keep Yourself Nice And Warm With A Roosevelt Island Tapestry Throw Blanket Available At the RI Historical Society Visitors Center Kiosk - It's A Great Holiday Gift Too

As winter approaches and the cold weather arrives, Roosevelt Island Historical Society (RIHS) President Judy Berdy shows us how to keep warm and celebrate Roosevelt Island history too.

The Throw Blanket as well as other merchandise

are available at the RIHS Visitors Center Kiosk.

For yourself or as a Holiday Gift.

Stop by and check it out.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Sponsored Post - Get Ready For Fun At The Roosevelt Island Racquet Club Advantage Winter Holiday Tennis Camp December 18 Thru 22 And 26 Thru 29 - Sign Up Today


Get ready for fun at our Winter Holiday Camps at Roosevelt Island Racquet Club (RIRC). Come for the day, choose a week, or two – it’s up to you! There are two levels of instruction:

QuickStart Camp for younger players

  • Ages 4-8 (Red ball level)
  • Perfect opportunity to get your little one more time on the court
  • Games and drills improve kids’ agility, balance and technique

Junior Tennis Camp for tennis lovers

  • Ages 8-17 (Orange, green, yellow ball level)
  • Designed for players seeking fun and intensity!
  • Girls and boys develop proper tennis technique, improve rallying and point play skills 


For more information, please contact Mike Barbato at 212.935.0250 ext 819 or email


The Shop Pop Up Artisanal Market Featuring Indian Clothing, Home Decor, Jewelry & More At Roosevelt Island RIVAA Gallery November 30 Thru December 3 With Opening Reception Tomorrow - Block Printing Lessons For Adults And Crafts For Kids Too

"The Shop" Pop Up Artisanal Market

featuring home decor, table top, clothing, jewelry, accessories and gifts

is coming to Roosevelt Island's RIVAA Gallery beginning November 30, thru Sunday December 3 with an opening reception tomorrow.

According to RIVAA Gallery:

THE SHOP | beautiful living

Returning for a Second Year

Choose from a selection of high-quality Indian crafts and clothing to beautify your environment.

Plenty of ideas for holiday gifts and we are sure you won’t be able to resist buying something for yourself.

Thursday, 11/30 11 AM - 9 PM

Friday, 12/1 2 PM - 9 PM

Saturday, 12/2 11 AM - 9 PM

Sunday, 12/3 11 AM - 9 PM

I spoke with the owners of The Shop Pop Up market as they were setting up at RIVAA Gallery today.

Stop by RIVAA Gallery this Thursday thru Sunday and check out The Shop Pop Up artisanal market. 

More info about The Shop available at their website.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

A Rare Up Close Side By Side View Of Roosevelt Island Tram Crossing East River To Manhattan Station - Who Wants To Ride On Top Of Cabin?

Yesterday afternoon was one of the rare times when both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins were traveling in the same direction at the same time over the East River to Manhattan 2nd Avenue Station.

One cabin was being used by passengers and the other was being used by the Tram staff for maintenance inspection with a worker riding on top of the cabin and Tram employees in the cabin waving a friendly hello to passengers in the passing cabin.

Help Make A Child's Holiday Season Special, Roosevelt Island Holiday Toy Drive Accepting Donations November 27 To December 15 At Several Local Drop Off Locations Says RIOC

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

Dear Roosevelt Island Community:

Join us in spreading joy and cheer in support of our Roosevelt Island Youth!

Participate in the 4th Annual Holiday Toy Drive by donating brand new children’s toys or games for all ages.

Drop-off locations are the Youth Center, P/IS 217, the Food Pantry, the NYPL, and PSD from November 27th to December 15th.

Make a child's holiday season special!

For more information, email

Thank you!

Monday, November 27, 2023

Watch Video Of Travel Vlogger Exploring Roosevelt Island With A Long Time Resident As Guide, It's A Hidden Gem And NYC's Best Kept Secret Says Visitor - Local Residents Know It's Not Hidden Or A Secret Any Longer

Local resident Miro played tour guide for travel vlogger Here Be Barr's visit to Roosevelt Island. The video is very well done and entertaining. 

While sitting on the Meditation Steps enjoying a Shawarma wrap from Roosevelt Island's ME Eatery and pointing towards Manhattan, Here Be Barr says:

... Crossing from that Island to this Island, my blood pressure's gone down. There's definitely something more relaxing in the air here...

Watch and enjoy although I'm sure many residents would prefer the days when Roosevelt Island was hidden and a secret from the tourists.

Here's the perspective from Paul and Marcus on their recent visit to Roosevelt Island.

Sponsored Post - Check Out Café At Cornell Tech November 27 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 November 27 weekly menu at the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech Café.

The Cornell Tech Café is a great spot on Roosevelt Island 

for breakfast, lunch, Daily Hot Lunch Meals, 

Specialty & Grab and Go Sandwiches, Make Your Own Salads, Flatbread and Neapolitan Pizza, Salads, Soup, Coffee, Smoothies

Thursday Sushi,
beer, wine

and more.  

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, 

even as the weather gets colder.

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, November 26, 2023

Roosevelt Island Open Doors Reality Poets Invite You To Nursing Home Lives Matter Gala November 29 At Cornell Tech Tata Innovation Center - Their Fire Through Dry Grass Documentary About Coler Nursing Home Residents And Workers Experiences During Covid Available For Streaming, Watch It Now

Our Roosevelt Island neighbors, the Open Doors Reality Poets residents of the Coler Rehab & Nursing Facility, invite you their First Annual Nursing Home Lives Matter Gala

taking place November 29 at the Cornell Tech Tata Innovation Center.

According to Open Doors NYC

OPEN DOORS would be honored by your presence at our FIRST ANNUAL NHLM GALA! 

Featuring performances by the Reality Poets and our community, join us for an evening of poetry, mingling, and celebration as we look to the future of #NursingHomeLivesMatter!

Wednesday, Nov 29th, 2023

5:00PM ET


11 E Loop Rd, New York, NY 10044

(Cornell Tech Campus on Roosevelt Island)

Attire: Come as you are!

There will be light snacks and drinks, and the Reality Poets and featured guests will perform between presentations. We can't wait to see you there!


NHLM Gala is free to attend. However, we encourage attendees with financial means to consider making a donation to OPEN DOORS to help us offset cost of the event and continue to provide support for the Reality Poets, educational workshops, and community activism.

Even if you cannot attend, you are still welcome to make a donation!


According to Open Doors:

Before we officially came together as the Reality Poets, we were a loose group of wheelchair users who would sit outside the massive brick building at the tip of Roosevelt Island, smoke and share stories. Many of us were gun violence survivors and all of us felt there was nothing to do living in the nursing home. In 2016 a local artist started a project for us called OPEN DOORS, and from there the Reality Poets were born. Thanks to our vision and leadership OPEN DOORS is now a dynamic creative collective, educating our youth and producing artistic collaborations, including a poetry anthology, original play and hip-hop album.

During the pandemic we were dehumanized and confined inside our nursing home. Realizing we had the microphone at the center of the storm, we began advocating for all those living and working in long-term care, particularly Black and brown nursing home residents who saw twice the amount of COVID deaths as their white counterparts. In 2020 we launched the Nursing Home Lives Matter movement and are now warriors with a mission to end racism and ableism in long-term care.

As previously reported:

... Coler residents and Open Doors Reality Poets teamed with documentary filmmaker Alexis Neophytides  to show what it was like at the Coler nursing home during the early days of the Coronavirus pandemic.  

Fire Through Dry Grass is a documentary film about the experience of residents and workers at the NYC Health & Hospitals Corp Coler nursing facility on Roosevelt Island during the Covid pandemic....

Here's the trailer for Fire Through Dry Grass

and click here to watch the full Fire Through Dry Grass documentary presented by the PBS Point Of View series. 

Click to RSVP for the November 29 Nursing Home Lives Matter Gala.