Friday, August 28, 2009

Dept Evironmental Protection Called in to Repair Tram Plaza Bathrooms?

Picture Courtesy the Roosevelt Islander


As per a Twitter post after this post was published. The DEP work affected the water main servicing the bathroomsd and did not directly involve the bathrooms.

Original Post:

Apparently the bathrooms on the Roosevelt Island side of the Tram were worse than any of us knew as the DEP has been called in per the below advisory. I have submitted an inquiry into RIOC as to why the repairs are being done by DEP as opposed to regular plumbers or maintenance personnel. Interesting. Did we have a toxic spill or something? Stand by.

-----Original Message-----

From: RIOC Advisories

Sent: Friday, August 28, 2009 2:34 PM

To: RIOC Advisories

Subject: Tram Plaza Bathrooms

Please be advised on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 the bathrooms on the Roosevelt Island side of the Tram will be out of service from 9:00 P.M. until 1:00 A.M. due to repairs by the Department of Environmental Protection.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group

Please visit us on the web at

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Campaign Stop for Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder, Candidate for Manhattan DA

The democratic primary this coming September 15th has two very important races including Manhattan District Attorney and City Comptroller. This morning former Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder greeted commuters outside the Roosevelt Island subway station alongside New York State Assembly Member Micah Kellner (D - 65) who is endorsing the former judge and who strongly supports her candidacy.

Judge Snyder is one of three candidates to replace long time DA Robert Morgenthau and whoever wins the primary has a strong chance of keeping that non-partisan position in Democratic hands. Judge Snyder's opponents in the pprimary include Cy Vance and Richard Aborn. Morgenthau has publicly endorsed Cy Vance. A profile of Judge Snyder's career can be found on the New York Times here.

Micah Kellner has been a strong presence on this Island and has proven he fights for and watches out for Roosevelt Island as does City Council Member Jessica Lappin (D - 5). A representative of Ms. Lappin's office confirmed that she "hasn't formally taken a position on the DA race."

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What’s Your Favorite Roosevelt Island Location?

The Daily News is running an on-line section titled "You Love New York” where they are asking all New Yorkers to name their favorite NYC location. There is only posting so far regarding Roosevelt Island. I submitted a post regarding Southpoint Park which has not yet been published.

My question / request for everyone here is:

“What is Your Favorite Roosevelt Island Location and Why?”

Let us know and be sure to explain fully why it is your favorite locations.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Photo from Last Nights Free Outdoor Movie Night

I came by the Free showing of Hairspray directly from a late night at work with about 30 minutes left in the movie. Well attended and the crowd was having a ball during each musical number. the kids were all dancing and the sound system worked great.

Kudos to Erica and everyone at RIOC for another successful movie night here on Roosevelt Island.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Riverwalk Bar & Grill Opens TODAY

The Riverwalk Bar & Grill opens today per their new website which is worth checking out itself.

According to the Feed Blog on Time Out New York:

Co-owners and brothers Jonathan and Salvatore Hoo hope to fill a void in Roosevelt Island’s dining scene with this casual bar and eatery. Alfonse Dicioccio—who owns nearby Nonno’s Focacceria—is also involved, but you won’t find much pizza here: The staunchly all-American menu sticks to burgers, hefty salads and fried finger food. 425 Main St between Road 5 and West Rd (646-833-7050)

I am expecting like many island residents that this new entry to the few available establishments on the island to be warmly and enthusiastically received.

Will the bar regulars at Trellis migrate to this new watering hole? We shall see. Will a younger crowd claim the Bar & Grill as their own? Will families flock to it? Will this new bar entice Zog Sports teams to stay a bit on island after their games? Is that a plus or minus to residents?

All in all we all hope it succeeds as it will add choices and push competition all to improve the local fare which can only benefit everyone.

8/20 - PSD / Youth Center Basketball Event

-----Original Message-----
From: Keith Guerra
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 11:40:51
Subject: Please post on your Blog

As part of our Community Outreach Initiative, the Public Safety Department has teamed up with the Youth Center and will be hosting a Community Basketball Game on Thursday, August 20th. The game will take place behind the Youth Center at the Blackwell Basketball Court and feature a team from the Public Safety Department playing with a team from the Youth Center.

The game should kick off about 6:30PM. The members of the Youth Center and their parents will be treated to Pizza and Refreshments after the game.

Keith Guerra, Director
Roosevelt Island
Department of Public Safety
552 Main Street
Roosevelt Island, NY 10044
(212) 832-4540 Ext. 306
(212) 832-0469 Fax

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

New Satellite Image of Roosevelt Island (Aug 10th)

Very very cool NEW (as of August 10, 2009) satellite image of Roosevelt Island from GeoEye but the image unfortunately cuts off Southpointn park and Lighthouse park but detail is amazing.

Link here for FULL image.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

NYC Population Map: Day vs Night

Via twitter comes to us the above image of the day vs. night population of New York City. It appears the representation of Roosevelt Island appears accurate to show decreases at night at the hospitals and increases at the residential centers.

Double click to enlarge the above image. Pretty cool.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Renewed Concerns re Choppers over Roosevelt Island?

The collision this past weekend over the Hudson River between a small plane and helicopter may or may not result in any changes to how air traffic is controlled or regulated along the Hudson or East Rivers.

As I have stated before Roosevelt Island residents have a vested interest in such regulations as there are always helicopters passing right over our buildings as opposed to traffic being regulated to pass only over the water on either side of the island.

As a result of the October 2006 Cory Lidle plane crash, federal officials "banned all aircraft except seaplanes and helicopters from the East River corridor without specific permission from air traffic controllers." which certainly helped to mitigate fears of another such incident as the Lidle crash but the helicopters continue to pass over head with few additional restrictions.

Island residents with deeper histories on the island will also recall the 1997 chopper that crashed moments after taking off from the heliport that used to sit just North of the Queensboro Bridge. I don't recall now how prominently that crash contributed to the eventual shutdown of that heliport but it had to eb factor. [It's most recent incarnation was as the Roundabout Dog Run which we all see daily from the Tram looking North on the Manhattan side of the QB Bridge.]

Should residents use the Hudson River tragedy to refocus our concerns regarding the safety of the skies above Roosevelt Island? How can we not.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Free Concerts ! Free Movies ! Oh My !

Big weekend for free events on Roosevelt Island. Roosevelt Live's free concert series continues on Riverwalk Commons at 4pm followed by the RIOC sponsored free movies at Southpoint Park on both Saturday and Sunday nights at 8pm. Very very cool.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Architect Charles Gwathmey Dies....

Updated 8/5 at 9:05 a.m.for last paragraph

The noted architect Charles Gwathmey of Gwathmey, Siegel & Associates, died on Monday.

According to the NY Times, among the buildings he is attached to is "the 1,000-unit Northgate apartment complex on Roosevelt Island".

At 1000 units I am assuming the NYT is referring to Eastwood now Roosevelt Landings. Although my understanding is that Eastwood was designed by Sert, Jackson & Associates which I confirmed with Judy Berdy, President of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.

Update: Judy provided yesterday evening the added detail that according to resources she has access to, Gwathmey connection to the island stopped at providing plans for Manhattan Park, which were never used due initially to lack of funds, and when the building complex was built the plans were again not used.

Local Soul Storage Business On Roosevelt Island

If you were not aware already there is a medically related business on Roosevelt Island that offers you the ability to have your soul removed.

This "business" is profiled in the new Paul Giamatti movie "Cold Souls". According to the movie the business is located on the island but never says exactly where. From the mock website set up for "The Soul Storage Company LLC" it is here but where is the question. Filming tool place on the Tram and in the Octagon building.

The above graphic I created for fun from the mock website. It does not represent an endorsement of the movie by me or of my website by them. And was put to gether purely for fun. I wonder if their local filming fee the producers paid RIOC entitles them to use the Tram image on their website?

I was especially amused at the storage options. Perhaps the difference in rates between the new NYC rate 8.875% sales tax is enough to push folks to store in NJ at 7.00% sales tax rate.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Free Outdoor Movies RETURN to Southpoint Park this Weekend

No matter the reason seeing movies at Roosevelt Island's SouthPoint Park is a treat not to be missed. Two chances this weekend.

Forest Gump - 8:05 pm pn Saturday Night
Kung Fu Panda - 8:05 pm on Sunday Night

------Original Message------

From: Erica Wilder
To: Roosevelt Island 360
Sent: Aug 3, 2009 5:36 PM
Subject: Re: Outdoor Movies at Southpoint Park this weekend

Forrest Gump was moved due to its duration and the live band performance prior to the movie. Kung Fu Panda was moved because all other available rain dates for the movie vendor were already booked by a league on Firefighters Field. Southpoint was the only available option. As you may already know, we had to cancel Kung Fu Panda a second time due to thunderstorms.

-----Original Message-----

To: Wilder, Erica
Sent: 8/3/2009 5:07:23 PM
Subject: Re: Outdoor Movies at Southpoint Park this weekend

Why the switch back to Southpoint?

Thanks Eric

-----Original Message-----

From: "Erica Wilder" <>
Date: Mon, 03 Aug 2009 16:55:54
Subject: Outdoor Movies at Southpoint Park this weekend

Hi Eric,

This weekend, we will be showing movies back to back at Southpoint Park on Saturday and Sunday. Take a look at the flyer for more details. There will be a "Special Red Bus" available for pick up in front of the Chapel near 543 Main Street at 7pm. The bus will be designated for folks who can not make the trip down to the park by foot or for those who would just like to get closer to the gates. After the completion of the movie, transportation will be available outside the main gates of the park. Hope to see you there!

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact me.



Erica Wilder
Community Relations Specialist
Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation
591 Main Street
Roosevelt Island, NY 10044