Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Phase Out of Free Student Metro Cards to Hurt Local Parents Pocketbooks

At $88 / month the cost of metro cards is not cheap but from past analysis my wife and I still get a pretty good deal. With the added possibility of having to buy two more such cards for our kids if the MTA does away with student metro cards I am not so sure without running the numbers again. As expected our usage brinigs the costs down but spending $350 plus on metro cards is nuts.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Local Subway Stop Renamed to Honor This Blog?

Before anyone goes issuing official cease and desist orders again for my illegal use of MTA logos, fonts, etc the above image was created on a retail site officially licensed by the MTA to produce personal use signage matching the signs in the NYCTA subway system.

Pretty cool site named Undergroud Signs. Worth checking out. Prices are a bit high to become a craze among purchasers but plenty of folks I am sure will consider it.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Concert This Sun. 11/22 at Good Shepherd

The Church of the Good Shepherd Sunday Concert series is sponsoring a FUNDRAISING CONCERT this coming Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 2:30pm. Please join your neighbors and help raise funds for a worthy part of our community.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Reports of Orange Handed Tree Climbing Something?

Based on the above evidence there is some truth to the reports of orange handed tree climbing beings roaming Roosevelt Island.

[....At least there were back afew weeks ago during RIOC's Fall for Arts festival.]

Sorry that I have been AWOL for the last few months but I am trying to get back into the swing of things but it is slow.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

This Week...Marlins "Learn to Swim" Registration

Starting September 15 registration begins for the "Learn to Swim Program" through the Roosevelt Island Marlins for anyone between 4 years and 14 years old. Contact RIMarlinsSwim@Yahoo.com or call the number listed on the flyer.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Next Weekend Begins Local Hispanic Heritage Month Events

Next weekend starts a month of several special events recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month across Roosevelt Island. The events are sponsored in part by RIVAA and RIOC.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tram as Magic School Bus...School Starts Today

In addition to being a vital part of Roosevelt Island's transportation infrastructure the Tram resumed its role as school bus to many students that commute off the island to numerous public and private schools.

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 http://www.rioc.com/

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
To: RooseveltIsland360@gmail.com;rooseveltislander@gmail.com
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" <EWilder@rioc.com>
Date: Mon, 03 Aug 2009 16:55:54
To: rooseveltisland360@gmail.com
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

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tony Vita Island Posters on Sale at Visitors Center

For all you residents and visitors alike that were blown away by Tony Vita's paintings that were made into the promo banners that are hanging up and down Roosevelt Island's Main Street you can now buy the posters at the Roosevelt Island Visitors Center kiosk by the island Tram station.

You can also contact Tony Vita directly at TonyVita@Earthlink.net. Tell him you got his address from the poster here at RI 360.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Do We Need FedEx and/or UPS Drop Off Boxes?

Fellow twitterer "getezra" tweeted this morning about his desire that FedEx and UPS install "drop off" boxes somewhere here on Roosevelt Island. Per their websites we each confirmed there are no such boxes hiding anywhere within Zip Code 10044 that we did not know about.

I spoke with FedEx this morning and the rep I spoke to indicated there are several factors that go into a decision to install a new "drop off" box which include (a) will the box bring in business? (b) is there enough volume in the zip code? (c) factors affecting the pick up time ? (driver routes etc) and among several others (d) would / does the requesting party have control ove the site wher the box would be installed and would they act as "owner" of the box in essence?

I indicated to the rep that several buildings on island have door stations that can receive packages and hold packages for pick up so those buildings are somewhat covered but that there several buildings whose residents do not have such an amenity that would benefit from a local drop off box.

What are your thoughts? Would you use a drop off box if one was installed? I am guessing RIOC would need to be the requesting party.

For safety reasons the box coud be installed say outside the reconstructed PSD offices or outside Trellis as that site is in direct view of PSD. I believe there are USPS boxes around the island which are just as safe so perhaps that is not an issue.

Again would you use such a box?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Has Anyone Ever Used the Bathrooms at Motorgate Garage?

As a parent of young children I continue an obsession over access to public bathrooms on Roosevelt Island. I was walking back to our apartment the other day when a mother with three school age kids stopped me by the Main Street bridge ramp asking me where the closest public bathroom was.

I pointed her to the bathrooms on the second level of Motorgate Garage but stated I was not even sure they were open. I also told facilities farther North and at Trellis in case they were not or if she found them not to her liking. Us parents are fussy that way. I will be honest I would rather my kids pee behind a tree as opposed to how some bathrooms get. Occassionally the bathrooms near the Octagon Soccer field and the Garden Club get that bad but are usually ok.

Recently there was a piece in the NY Times Complaints column about parents using trees and bushes as bathrooms for their kids and I agree that should be a last resort.

The addition of the new public bathrooms up by Lighthouse Park was great news. the provision of a port-a-john at Riverwalk Commons during Roosevelt Live has been a life saver. I noted another port-a-john by Firefighter's Field. Unsure if that is RIOC or Zog Sports sponsored. Luckily the Tram station bathrooms are close by.

As the post title states has nayone used the bathrooms in Motorgate? If they are actually closed that leaves the central part of Roosevelt Island without a true public restroom. Trellis gets used as such but that is not really fair to Trellis.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Resident Request: To Help a Neighbor

From: "Patrice Herlihy"
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 20:17:17 -0400
Subject: Help a neighbor
My name is Patrice Herlihy. I have lived on this Island for 25 years and have raised my 6 children here.

I am running a half marathon on Aug 16th.
I am doing this for our neighbors 11 year old daughter who is battling brain cancer. .

If you could help get the word our through your blog that would be awesome and very neighborly.

I am hoping that some of you who are able could sponsor me for this event, every little bit helps. The name of the foundation is, "Team Continuum". You can go and read about this foundation first and then type in my name by athletes name (Patrice Herlihy) and your donation will help me reach my goal.

For those who don't like to enter info on-line, you can send a check to them directly with my name on the comment line.The address is- Team Continuum 410 5th Ave- 4 Floor ny ny 10016.

Thanks in advance for anything you may do. If you are around on Aug 16th come cheer me on. Please pass this on to anyone who may want to help. This family is part of our community but this foundation helps all people suffering from cancer.

If you would like to read about the Reyes family and their great spirt, visit ValeriaReyes.com. You can also hit donate on that page scroll down the pictures of her and I, click on them and that too will bring you to my page at Team Continuum.

Thanks again, Patrice Herlihy

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Are You Missing a Green Parrot?

Image Courtesy the Roosevelt Islander

Steve Shane, RIOC President, has notified each of the local Roosevelt Island bloggers and the Main Street WIRE that RIOC has found a GREEN parrot.

Is anybody missing a GREEN parrot?

------Original Message------
From: Steve Shane
To: Roosevelt Island 360
To: Roosevelt Islander
To: Dick Lutz / The Main Street WIRE

Sent: Jul 15, 2009 4:17 PM

We are in possession of a green parrot found by itself outside. Please have its rightful owner call RIOC's office to claim it.

New Gift & Talented Program at PS 217 to Include Students from Manhattan & Queens

Updated 12:26pm

Great news for Roosevelt Island residents as the Gifted & Talented Program slated for PS 217 is a go and will open with 17 students this Fall.

Based on the news release issued today by Council Member Jessica Lappin's office the class appears to be available to both students from Manhattan District 2 and Queens District 30. A representative from Ms. Lappin's office has confirmed that spaces in the class were made available to qualifying D30 students if they weren't enough qualifying D2 students to fill the class and it appears the class will include both Manhattan and Queens addressed children.

It is unknown what the split will be between the initial students is at this time. I have inquired if any off island students are from other neighborhoods in Manhattan District 2 which PS 217 is formally part of. I am also curious as to the funding for this apparent joint district program.

The scuttlebutt was that most parents in Manhattan that heard of the new program at PS 217 scoffed at the idea of commutting to Roosevelt Island to send their kids to the program. If the school was at the Tram I am wondering if they would have considered it.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What's Behind East Side Officials Asking for Green Manhattan Tram Station Roof?

In a joint letter signed by virtually every East Side elected official the request was made to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation to incorporate into the design of the new Manhattan Tram station a green roof.

Why is this request coming now? Yes, RIOC is still in the design phase but it is interesting that the chorus has just started when the process discussing the new Tram and its stations has been going on for well over a year to two. If the overhaul had kept to its original schedule this question would be way late and impossible to even consider. My fellow blogger the Roosevelt Islander infers that it is because East Siders perhaps don't like the current design in some form.

For me I am all for "greening" our neighborhoods and construction practices but I say to these elected officials if you are going to push this at this time RIOC has a right to ask for the additional cash to make it happen. Let's see who is first to float a bill to increase the funding for the Tram overhaul for a green roof over another project they are currently backing.

I am in a cranky mood today so I apologize to each of the elected officials as the goal is admirable but I question why this project and why now and not earlier.

Subway Complaints? New Manager More Accessible than Current Superintendent?

According to published sources, the MTA as part of a reorganization is naming individual managers to each of the subways 36 subway lines including the F Train which services Roosevelt Island.

Will that mean we will have a better access to complain or congratulate a real human if we want that direct contact? This remains to be seen as I have never heard of anyone being able to contact Crythen Langhorne, the current superintendant for the Roosevelt Island station.

The RIVAA Post - The Holocaust Exhibition

In what is hoped to be a continuing "column" on this blog, I have invited the Roosevelt Island Visual Art Association to publish here regarding each current exhibition with the goal of increasing direct contact within our community and to enable further promotion of that exhibition.

The following post is written by Anca Pedvis, a current member of RIVAA, and an accomplished writer and poet. You can learn more about Ms. Pedvis HERE. My apologies to RIVAA for the delay in publishing this post:

"In what is going to be roughly a month from the Holocaust Memorial Museum shooting, On June 10, 2009, in Washington D.C., RIVAA gallery will host a show entitled, “Holocaust – Never Forget, Never Again” starting on July 11th.

In the show, artist Dana Baldwin Nauman will present 17 lead sculptures commemorating the horors that took place in Auschwitz on of many German camps death camps during Hitler’s reign of terror. The sculptures, each accompanied by a narrative poem by the artist, are humbly and lovingly dedicated to the life of his friend, and Auschwitz survivor, Sigmund Strochlitz (1916-2006).

Recommended by his friend, the Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Mr. Strochlitz was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s Commission on the Holocaust. In this capacity he worked with Mr. Wiesel to create the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.

By strongly affirming his creative kind of remembering Dana Baldwin Nauman’s show seems to be endowed with a powerful message: that the grief and sorrow associated with the horrors of the death camps are not Jewish only – they are supremely and ultimately human, and as long as they belong to the realm of human consciousness, they will be partaken by anyone possessing this quality, be it in relationship to Auschwitz, Bosnia, or Rwanda."

Anca Pedvis


Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main Street, Roosevelt Island, New York City
July 11 to August 7, 2009 / Opening Reception Saturday, July 11, 2009
6:00 – 9:00 PM

Monday, July 13, 2009

Kellner Helps Assure Stability of New Bank

State Assembly Member Micah Kellner according to his website has confirmed that the planned entry of Amalgamated Bank will lead to a long turn relationship on Main Street by pushing for Roosevelt Island to be designated a Banking Development District which means $10 million of state money will anchor the new bank here

Read the whole story HERE. Congrats to Micah and to RIOC for ensuring that banking services are available to local residents and businesses.

According to a news release issued by Amalgamated, the current NYNB will stay open until July 17th. The new branch expects to open on July 20th and will be taking applications at the current NYNB branch with an Amalgamated representative for new accounts prior to that date.

Amalgamated certainly has a history with Roosevelt Island sponsoring or co-sponsoring past events on the island including the annual Halloween Gala for the kids at PS 217, the annual tree lighting at Blackwell House and its involvement at the recent Health Fairs. And you can't notice the basketball backboards at the courts adjacent to Capobianco Field.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Octagon's Homage to Amherst Sabrina Defaced

Local blogger "retro info!' from Populuxebooks has reported that the Sabrina statue which sits on the Octagon property facing the Western Channel of the East River and Manhattan has been defaced literaly and figuratively.

I forwarded the email sent to me by Retro Info onto Bruce Becker, the Octagon's developer and Amherst alumus extroadinaire for his comment and request as to what can be done to restore the beauty of this recasting of the original Sabrina statue which sat at Amherst.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy July Fourth ! No Fireworks But Plenty of Fun

This year Roosevelt Island will not play host a few thousand visitors looking to watch the fireworks from our shores. While the island may lose some hoopla there is still plenty of fun with a festival planned for today sponsored by Nonno's on the Riverwalk Commons lawn.

And always all our parks are open for everyone to enjoy.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Momma Stop Loses Baby Stop on Roosevelt Island

Momma Stop Sign was last seen on June 30th with Baby Stop along the side of the Tram turnaround on Roosevelt Island. As of this morning Baby Stop is missing. Baby Stop had been known to wander but had been at the Tram Turnaround with Mom for some time before today. If you have any information or see Baby Stop please let his or her Mommma know. She looks worried standing there as she is in the trees.

Note: Yes, this morning I can say I have lost my mind.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Latest Renderings of Manhattan Tram Station

The above two renderings for the new Manhattan Roosevelt Island Tram Station were just released moments ago. Pretty cool in color. Double click to enlarge.

Notice that except for the glass walls and the roof the station retains much of its curent design. I had thought at one point I had heard RIOC President Steve Shane they might change the position of the exiting stairs which here do not change.

Also the retractable roof look of an earlier design has vanished. The glass partitions on the balcony is a smart addition to prevent riders from dropping belongings into the tram wells or being fearful that their kids night fall through the gate. I believe this design feature was also slated for future Second Avenue Subway stations at least the concept.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Congrats to PSD on Subway Pier Rescue

Base Picture Courtesy Roosevelt Islander

This weekend Public Safety Director Keith Guerra sent the below message out to all of the Roosevelt Island media outlets, including both blogs and the Main Street WIRE among others regarding the rescue effort of a Goldwater patient who decided to take a dip in the East River and found himself sucked under and trapped by the Subway Pier.

Fellow blogger Roosevelt Islander had a great post on the rescue and included pictures taken at the scene that afternoon. Subsequent to the Roosevelt Islander posting on Twitter I "retweeted" his notice on Twitter.

PSD Director Keith Guerra:

Today was a good day. In addition to watching a couple of well played baseball games by our local Little Leaguers, there was also a well attended Roosevelt Island Reunion at South Point Park.

The excitement didn't end there as we also had a Goldwater Hospital Patient jump off the dock into the East River. Sgt. Raul Hernandez led the rescue effort by the Public Safety Department. Det. John Malone lowered him onto the rocks because they couldn't see the jumper. Apparently, he was trapped under the dock. The officers were able to throw a Life Ring to him and attempted to pull him to safety. He was a bit incapacitated and could not be pulled out, so Officer David Vernet maintained control of the line while Sgt. Ramon Azular held onto Sgt. Hernandez. They maintained control of him until members from the NYPD and FDNY could respond to complete the save. All in all, it was a great job by the Public Safety Officers, who aided the other agencies in the rescue. I had left the island, but received many calls complimenting the job the officers performed. I'm very proud of them for putting themselves in harm's way to rescue the hospital patient.

Bridge Closed Late Nights July 7 - 10

According to the above NYC Department of Transportaion notice the Roosevelt Island Bridge will be closed during the overnight hours of 12:30am to 5:30am Tuesday July 7th through Friday July 10th.

According to the notice (double click to enlarge) the Tram will operate on a half hour schedule during the bridge closure. No word yet whether extra emergency personnel will be stationed on the island during the affected hours as was put into place during the last closure.

Report of Falling Bricks at Coler Hospital

Local blog Roosevelt Island Dogs is reporting that the fences erected partially around selected Coler Memorial Hospital buildings may be due to concerns of falling bricks.

I bicycled around Coler this past Sunday while photographing the island's fire call boxes and the fences are out in force. Had no idea there might be a safety concern and I did not notice any signage to that effect.

Momma Stop & Baby Stop

Momma Stop teaching Baby Stop the ropes on Roosevelt island at the Tram turnaround.

[Posted on TwitPic earlier today but I could not resist posting here as well.]

Little League "Majors" Championship Hit 6-27-09

The above video was shot this past weekend at Firefighter's Field on Roosevelt Island and really gives you a feel for what playing at this field feels like (given its less than one minute) with the Riverwalk Buldings towering over the outfield. I hope to find a video of what it looked like before Southtown started being built.

Direct YouTube link by Jcalenberg

Monday, June 29, 2009

Repainted Crosswalks and Yield Signs Along Main Street

I got to give the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation credit as somehow with all the rain these past few weeks they snuck in, as they had reported they would, the ability to repaint the street crosswalks and on street yield signs.

Makes a difference. Whether the cars, buses, trucks are paying attention is another matter.

Call Boxes to Return to Service Possibly Today

After trading e-mails with a member of the FDNY Communications unit we can expect to see the call boxes return to service possibly as early as today. It appears the issue was a faulty circuit and there is no plan to phase out the boxes that exist today on Roosevelt Island.

As this issue has now been cleared up I will now keep my keyboard quiet regarding this issue. Thank you for indulging me.

For those readers that can appreciate anything that yells vintage old New York check out Call Box 1914 which sits just East of the gate into Southpoint Park as well as Call Box 1913 which sits across from Goldwater Hospital on the grassy divide between the street and the promenade.