Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Update On Roosevelt Island $8 Bags of Fresh Food For Seniors Program - Ordering Changes Due To Labor Day

Wendy Hersh reports on behalf of the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association and the Carter Burden Center about the Roosevelt Island Fresh Food For Seniors Program

sponsored by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer. According to Ms. Hersh:
Due to Labor Day ordering dates have changed for next week.

Wednesday 8/31, between 1 PM and 5 PM, all who paid for the Senior Fresh Food shopping bags will be able to pick them up at the senior center.

If you wish to participate in our next delivery date of 9/14, we will taking orders today. Otherwise a table will be set up in the senior center on Tuesday 9/6 and Wednesday 9/7 from 11 am to 1 pm in order for you to place your orders. All bags are $8.

Unfortunately we don't know what fruits and vegetables are in the bags ahead of time. Thanks again for your support. We only have (5) more deliveries before the end of the program for this year.

If we don't see you we would like to wish you a Happy Labor Day.
More info on the Roosevelt Island Fresh Food For Seniors Program at this previous post.

Also, check out the Roosevelt Island Seniors Facebook Page.

Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Board Of Directors Audit Committee Meeting Today For Presentation Of 2017-18 Budget - Open To The Public

The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Board of Directors Audit Committee is meeting later today. According to RIOC:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a meeting of the Audit Committee of the RIOC Board of Directors will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. at the RIOC Administrative Office, 591 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York.


1. Presentation of the Proposed Budget FY 2017-18.

2. Authorization to Enter into Contract with EFPR Group, CPAS, PLLC for Independent Auditing Services.

3. Any Other Committee Business That May be Brought Before the Committee.

* * *

The Open Meetings Law of the State of New York requires that all public bodies conduct meetings, convened for the purpose of officially conducting public business, in a manner open to attendance by the general public to observe and listen.
An audio web cast of the meeting will be available soon thereafter.

Assistant Director Of Facilities Management Job Available At Cornell Tech's NYC Roosevelt Island Campus - Apply Now

Are you looking for a job on Roosevelt Island?

 If yes, and you have Facilities Management experience, Cornell Tech may have a job for you on its new Roosevelt Island campus

to open for the start of the Fall 2017 semester.

Cornell Tech is seeking an Assistant Director of Facilities Management for it Roosevelt Island campus. According to Cornell Tech:
Cornell Tech, a new model for graduate education, is committed to developing pioneering leaders and technologies for the digital age. But even in a digital world, location matters. Cornell Tech’s current campus – up and running in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood – benefits from its New York City location. When our future Roosevelt Island home opens in 2017 that synergy with the city will only grow. Further information about the Cornell Tech campus is available at

Working closely with Campus Security, Dining, Faculty and Students, the Facilities Department at Cornell Tech is committed to creating and sustaining a world class higher education institution. It is not very often an opportunity presents itself to help build a campus from the ground up, however the facilities department is currently laying the foundation for Cornell Tech’s state of the art campus on Roosevelt Island. Come and join us as we help shape the future of Cornell Tech.
Click here for more information about the Cornell Tech Assistant Director Of Facilities Management position and to apply.

Roosevelt Island's Cornell Tech has more jobs listed here.

Good luck!!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island Campus Construction Worker Injured In Fall From Scaffolding Today - Taken To Hospital For Assesement

A Roosevelt Island tipster reports this morning:

Bunch of fire trucks and ambulances

at Cornell site.
I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Department Director Jack McManus what happened today at the Cornell Tech Roosevelt Island campus construction site. Chief McManus replied:
A construction worker fell 12-15 feet from a scaffold. He was conscious, alert, and taken to Elmhurst General for assessment.
Take a look at a live web cam of the Roosevelt Island Cornell Tech campus construction.

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Back To School Crafts For Kids Saturday September 3 - Please RSVP By September 1

Roosevelt Island Parents' Network Coordinator Eva Bosbach reports:

Dear RI parents,

We hope you are all heaving a lovely summer! You are invited to another event in the free "Crafts with Kids" series by the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network.

Join us for "Back to School Craft" on Saturday, September 3rd, 10:00-11:00 am. We will confirm the venue upon your RSVP.

It is back to school time and all our kids are super excited to be back in school. It is the first time for many of our little ones and their moms and dads. This month craft is all fun and learning. The kids get to create their own school bus and take it home! We will have bus shapes, squares and circles cut outs, as well as scissors and crayons ready.

Toddlers can use our pre-cut bus shapes, older children can cut out the bus by themselves and decide on the length and exact shape of it. Children can add their own faces and their friends' faces as well. They can add the name of their school and decorate the bus if they wish. Let's make our school bus colorful and fun! Let's help our little ones have a smooth and safe ride to school :).

Neha will be leading our Back to school craft, designed and generously sponsored with supplies by Natalia. Thank you Neha and Natalia! Another thank you goes to Cecilia for hosting us.

Please RSVP to by Thursday, September 1st.

If you have craft event ideas you would like us to include in the "Crafts with Kids" series, or if you have other ideas for activities of the RI Parents' Network or would like to get involved, please get in touch with me.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Cecilia, Natalia, Neha and Eva

"Crafts with Kids" is a free workshop series for children organized by the Roosevelt Island Parents' Network. The monthly events included "Tram art and necklaces", "Matisse for Kids", "Valentine's Craft", "Black History Month Craft", "Spring Craft", "St. Patrick's Craft", "Earth Day Craft", "Easter Craft", "Mothers Day Craft", "Fathers Day Craft", "Summer craft - a lady bug", a "Back to school craft", a "Halloween craft", a "Lantern making workshop", a "Thanksgiving Craft", a "Holiday Craft" and the "On Roosevelt Island We... Craft".
Contact RIPN for more information.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Photos From Early History Of Roosevelt Island - You're Invited To RIHS Opening Reception For Exhibition Of Reverend Oliver Chapin Collection Wednesday August 31 At Octagon Gallery

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society reports:

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society Invites You to a Reception for the Exhibit

The Chapin Collection:
Photographs Assembled by Reverend Oliver Chapin at Octagon Gallery, 888 Main Street Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 6 pm - 8 pm

The exhibit, currently open, continues through September 1, 2016.

Reverend Oliver Chapin lived and worked on Roosevelt Island from 1964 until his death in 1999. He was the Protestant Chaplain at Coler Hospital until 1997 and the full-time Protestant Episcopal Vicar of the Church of the Good Shepherd until 1999. During that time, Reverend Chapin amassed an extensive array of maps, books, photographs, and manuscripts about the island. As Roosevelt Island's first historian, he lead tours and gave lectures about island history. His collection forms the basis of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society's archives.

Metropolitan Hospital. The hospital occupied the facility vacated by the city asylum from 1894-1955. (Roosevelt Island Historical Society Archives)

Now, the RIHS is delighted to present a selection of Reverend Chapin's photographs. Most of the pictures in the collection depict Roosevelt (formerly Welfare) Island from the early years of the 20th century through the 1950s. The display includes images of the Roosevelt Island chapels and a photo of Mae West, who spent several days at the workhouse on Welfare Island.

The exhibit opened on August 6 and will continue at the Octagon gallery through Thursday, September 1. Please join the Roosevelt Island Historical Society for a reception on Wednesday, August 31 from 6 pm to 8 pm.

The reception and show are FREE and open to the public.

DIRECTIONS: Take the Tram at 59th Street and Second Avenue or the F train to Roosevelt Island. After leaving either the tram or the subway station, take the Roosevelt Island red bus north to the last stop. Walk a few steps to the Octagon.

The Roosevelt Island Historical Society thanks Bozzuto Management and RIVAA for the use of the Octagon Gallery.

Friday, August 26, 2016

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket Bonus Savings Card Diamond Rewards Loyalty Program August 26 To September 8 - Get Exclusive Offers And Earn Points On Hundreds Of Items To Be Redeemed On Next Order

The Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket

brand new Diamond Rewards customer loyalty program for August 26- September 8 is now available .
Gristedes representative Bob Capano explains the new Customer Diamonds Rewards Loyalty Program, how to sign up to receive exclusive offers and earn points that can be redeemed on your next order.

According to Gristedes:
Start Earning Points Today

Join the Diamond Rewards loyalty program today! Get exclusive offers and earn points on hundreds of items! Get $5 Coupons for every 500 points earned, redeemable on next order.

Look for the Diamond Rewards label on the shelf or the product
Examples of featured items purchased from August 26- September 8 that earn you big points include
  • Dunkin Donuts K-Cup Coffee earn 100 points,
  • Oscar Meyer Bacon earn 50 points,
  • Apple & Eve Cranberry Juice Cocktail earn 50 points,
  • Hellman's Mayonnaise earn 25 points and
  • many more shown in flyer below.

If you have a Gristedes Bonus Savings Card and provided your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Diamond Loyalty Program.

You can sign up for a Gristedes Bonus Savings Card online or in store - just make sure you give your email address, whether a new or existing Bonus Savings Club member, in order to be eligible for the Diamond Rewards Loyalty program.

Also, Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket invites you to check out their:
  • Groceries, 
  • Organic & Gourmet, 
  • Snacks
  • Meat, 
  • Fresh Produce, 
  • Deli &;
  • Fresh Bakery
Department Offerings for August 26 - September 8 (Pages 1-4)  and Perishable Items August 26- September 1 (Pages 5-6)

Gristedes representative Bob Capano invites Roosevelt Island residents to check out their various product departments for all of your shopping needs.

Don't forget the 10% Roosevelt Island Seniors Discount on Tuesday and Wednesday and Sign Up for the Gristedes Diamond Loyalty Rewards Program.

More Gristedes Supermarket information available at their web site, Facebook Page and Twitter feed.

Standing Puddles Of Water Remain For Weeks At Roosevelt Island's Firefighters Field Reports Riverwalk Resident - Concerned About Mosquitoes And Zika Virus

A Roosevelt Island Riverwalk resident is concerned about the puddles

of standing water

next door

at Firefighters Field.

The Riverwalk resident reports:
What's with all the standing water on Firefighters Field? There's been standing water for weeks.

It's a breeding ground for mosquitoes. We've noticed way more bugs this summer in our building, mosquitoes and others.

I think the sprinkler system is broken.
Yesterday, I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Acting President Susan Rosenthal:
Received message today from a resident concerned about standing water puddles at Firefighters Field that have been there for several weeks. Worried that they could attract mosquitos and Zika virus.

Any statement from RIOC on the matter?

Also, is there any spraying to prevent mosquitoes on Roosevelt Island? According to NYC Health Department, it does not look like Roosevelt Island gets any spraying.

6 Sq Ft shows locations where NYC is spraying for mosquitoes

Image From 6 Sq. Ft.

and more from NYC Health Department on mosquito spraying.

Will update when response received from RIOC.

Oh Crap, No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Weekend - RIOC Will Run Both Tram Cabins 7 AM - 10 PM But Expect Very Crowded Trams

According to the MTA:
F Jamaica-bound trains are rerouted via the E after 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av

Weekend, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Aug 26 - 29

No Jamaica-bound service at 57 St, Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge.
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) adds:
The MTA has issued a weekend service advisory for the F train, which may affect travel plans. The Tram will run on a rush hour schedule from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM to accommodate any increase in traffic. 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
Expect very crowded Trams this weekend.

Oh Crap.