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Free NYC Health & Hospitals Mobile Pop Up Covid-19 Nasal Swab Testing Site Coming To Roosevelt Island June 29 - July 3 Says Council Member Ben Kallos - First Come First Served Under The Motorgate Helix

黄页网站免费频道大全Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos announced this evening that a Free Pop Up Mobil Covid-19 testing site under the Motorgate Helix will be available for Roosevelt Island residents starting Monday June 29 thru Friday July 3.


According to this press release excerpt from Council Member Kallos:
NYC Health + Hospitals today announced the first Covid-19 testing pop-up site on Roosevelt Island. The site will be available at Motorgate Helix Field from Monday, June 29 to Friday July 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a capacity to do 80 Covid-19 diagnostic nasal swab tests per day. This is the first testing site on Roosevelt Island, an island in the East River with more than 12,000 residents. The site was made possible with the support and advocacy of Council Member Kallos, Roosevelt Island elected officials, and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. All New Yorkers should get a Covid-19 nasal swab test. The test is free and there are no out-of-pocket fees or copays; however, patients with insurance will be asked for their insurance information....

... The NYC Health + Hospitals mobile Covid-19 testing site will come complete with 2 10' by 10’ tents. Residents will be met by a complement of one registration clerk and operations manager, a nurse, a nurse practitioner, and a trained patient navigator. Residents age 65 and over will be provided a separate line to access testing. There is no RSVP: care will be provided on a first come first serve basis.

Here's the full press release from Council Member Ben Kallos.

NYC Health & Hospitals Corp Investigation Finds Covid 19 Traveling Nurses Allegations Of Patient Mistreatment At Roosevelt Island Coler Nursing Facility And Roosevelt Medical Center During Pandemic Unsubstantiated

NY Post reported on May 17:

Out-of-statenurses brought to Manhattan to fight the coronavirus say they foundhellish conditions at the city-run adult-care center on Roosevelt Island— from patients with horrific bed sores to feces-smeared walls.

“Itwas just heartbreaking,” said one of the RNs, a mom of four fromWisconsin who spent about 17 days at the Coler Rehabilitation andNursing Care Center....
After news reports of patients being mistreated at Coler Skilled Nursing Facility and the Roosevelt Medical Center, Mayor de Blasio announced an investigation into the allegations would be conducted.




Earlier this week, I asked Mayor de Blasio's office:
I'm following up on Mayor deBlasio's May 18 statement about conducting an investigation into the problems reported at Roosevelt Island's Coler Long Term Care and Skilled Nursing Facility.

What is the status of the investigation, has it been completed? If yes, what were the results?
A NYC Health & Hospitals Corp (NYC HHC) spokesperson replied today:
After careful review and interviews with patients and staff, NYC Health + Hospitals found the traveling nurse's allegations unsubstantiated. We take pride in the facility's top-ranked clinical services and the supportive environment it provides all its residents. Our staff care for residents with respect and compassion, treating them more like family than patients, and providing their loved ones with peace of mind.The facility remains committed to the health and safety of the resident population it serves - not just during the COVID-19 pandemic, but always.
I followed up:
Was the investigation only for Traveling Nurses allegations at Roosevelt Medical Center?

Did investigation include conditions at Coler Skilled Nursing Facility too?

Do the conclusions also include any NY State investigation at Coler and Roosevelt Medical Center?

Is there a written report of the investigation that you can send to me?
and the NYC HHC spokesperson answered:
The investigation was comprehensive of the entire Coler campus -- RIMC and NYC Health + Hospitals/Coler. There ins't a sharable version of the report at this moment.
At 6 PM today, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will be asking Coler and NYC HHC administrators submitted questions about treatment of Coler and Roosevelt Medical Center patients during Coronavirus Pandemic at a Zoom Virtual Coler Hospital Town Hall.
There may still be time to submit questions. Please send in questions to colertownhall@manhattanbp.nyc.gov and copy friendsofcoler@gmail.com

Click here to register for the Zoom Virtual Coler Town Hall.

Roosevelt Island Citibike Docking Stations Installed Yesterday, NYC Council Member Ben Kallos Announces Start Of Service and Takes First RI Citibike Ride - RIOC PSD Officers Handing Out Safe Biking Rules To Riders On Main Street Last Night

Yesterday, the NYC Citibike sharing program finally arrived on Roosevelt Island.


NYC Council Member Ben Kallos and Roosevelt Island residents


cut the welcoming ribbon for Citibike as the docking stations were being installed at the Roosevelt Island Tram Station, Motogate Plaza next to the Roosevelt Island Bridge/Foodtown Supermarket and Southpoint Park. A fourth docking station will be installed near the Octagon Building.

According to press release excerpt from Council Member Kallos:
Citi Bike is coming to Roosevelt Island with brand new stations. The first stations are being installed today and throughout the week and will be home to 74 bikes as the bike share program expands to Roosevelt Island to serve its residents for the first time. In 2014 there were more requests for CitiBike in Roosevelt Island’s zip code than anywhere else in New York City, with a bikeshare pilot dating back to 2010. This was a campaign promise of Council Member Ben Kallos who has spent years working with Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation and Citi Bike now operated by Lyft to finally get wheels down.

Citi Bike for Roosevelt Island was one of my first campaign promises,” said Council Member Ben Kallos, whose Fifth District includes Roosevelt Island. “Now, the years of work to make this happen are paying off. I am looking forward to riding a Citi Bike on Roosevelt Island after years of working with RIOC, RIRA, and residents, through multiple owners of Citi Bike, in pursuit of this expansion. None of this would have been possible without the power of the press and a commitment to covering this and every issue by the Roosevelt Islander. From Four Freedoms to Lighthouse Park and destinations in between, Citi Bike is going to make getting around Roosevelt Island more convenient and more fun.”...

...RIOC is proud to support this pilot program that gives our residents and visitors a convenient, environmentally responsible way to experience Roosevelt Island,” said Shelton J. Haynes, RIOC’s Acting President and CEO....


The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) has emphasized that the Citibike program on Roosevelt Island is as a pilot project subject to change and adjustment as becomes necessary.

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Sailboat Hits And Gets Stuck Under Roosevelt Island Bridge Girders This Afternoon, Rescued By FDNY Marine Unit


A sailboat traveling past Roosevelt Island in the East River hit the Roosevelt Island Bridge this afternoon. Joyce Short shares this photo


and reports:
There’s a sailboat stuck under our bridge. The mast was caught by the under carriage.
According to a FDNY spokesperson:
Time: 1239

Call for Sailboat lodged in the girders of the Roosevelt Island Bridge. Low Tide dislodged boat.

FDNY Marine 6 towed sailboat to City Island with one passenger on board FD vessel.

NO injuries.

No patients were transported to area hospitals.

Here's the FDNY rescue:

Good News, Phase 2 Of NYC Coronavirus Restaurant Restart On Roosevelt Island As Nisi Kitchen Begins Outdoor Seating Self Service Last Night - Welcome Back Kai & Alex, See YouAt Nisi

Roosevelt Island's Nisi Kitchen restaurant began outdoor seating service last evening and residents filled up the social distance table layout.


I sat down and spoke with father and son Nisi owners Kai


and Alex Razaghi who said they were excited to be back to offer sit down service for food and drink

and explained the easy to use current electronic self service instructions.



They plan to offer bar specials later this week or next and have begun offering Coffee & Bagel Takeout Specials

Hours are 10 AM - 11 PM every day.

Welcome back Kai & Alex - See you at Nisi.

Also, I spoke to the owners of the still under construction Grannie Annie's restaurant taking over the former Riverwalk bar space who tell me they plan to open in August.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

UPDATE On RIOC President Firing By NY Governor Cuomo After Complaint By Employee For Use Of Racial And Sexually Inappropriate Language In Workplace - Read What Was Said And Take A Look At Painting

Reported last Friday, that former Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal


was fired by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo. According to this statement received June 20 from Rich Azzopardi, Senior advisor to NY Governor Andrew Cuomo:
A complaint was made to the Governor’s office and others on June 12th byan employee of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation that allegedthat the President of the organization had u?sed inappropriate languageand engaged in inappropriate conduct in the workplace.

This complaint was immediately referred to the New York State Governor’sOffice of Employee Relations for investigation. This investigationsubstantiated that the President had used racially and sexuallyoffensive language, in clear violation of State policy and the strictstandards set by this Administration.The Presidentwas Immediatelyterminated.
The firing of Ms Rosenthal was leaked to the NY Post which published the story late Friday night, June 19.

I've been looking into what happened. Yesterday, I asked newly appointed Acting RIOC President/CEO Shelton Haynes and the RIOC Board of Directors:
Was the RIOC Board involved in the 1 week investigation and decision to fire Ms Rosenthal? Did the RIOC Board agree with decision by Governor Cuomo to fire Ms Rosenthal?

Who will be in charge of RIOC until a new President is appointed? Will RIOC Board conduct the search process for new RIOC President or will that be done by the Governor?

Will any current or planned RIOC project or policy be changed due to the firing?

What was the language used that caused the firing? I understand a painting in Ms Rosenthal's office was part of the allegation - is that true? Has the RIOC employee who made complaint made similar complaint against former RIOC President or any other RIOC staffer?

Any other comment from RIOC or the RIOC Board to the Roosevelt Island community?
To date, no answer to these questions other than announcement yesterday that Shelton Haynes has been appointed by the RIOC Board as Acting President/CEO. The RIOC Board met last Friday in Executive Session without prior public notice to approve Mr Haynes, currently Chief Operating Officer, as Acting RIOC President/CEO. At the time of the Friday RIOC Board meeting, Ms Rosenthal was already fired by Governor Cuomo. The RIOC Board had no involvement in firing Ms Rosenthal.

But, I have learned more about the allegations that led to Ms Rosenthal's dismissal as RIOC President.

Below is a June 12 email sent from a RIOC employee to a long list of elected officials, RIOC Board Members, RIOC Staff, Community Board 8 members, Governor's Staff and others describing the alleged speech and conduct by Ms Rosenthal that got her fired by Governor Cuomo.

Here's the email from RIOC employee:

Virtual Zoom Roosevelt Island Coler Hospital Covid Crisis Town Hall Thursday June 25 - Please Join With Friends Of Coler To Support Residents And Staff, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Will Ask Hospital Administrators Questions You Submit

According to Julia Ferguson, volunteer point person for Friends of Coler:

Friends of Coler is an informal group of neighbors and supporters who have teamed up with the Angelica PatientAssistance Program to support Roosevelt Island’s Coler Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center residents and staff during this Covid crisis. Working alongside OPEN DOORS, Coler Auxiliary Board members, Cornell Tech MakerLAB, and other groups, we are grateful for the work of elected officials like AM Rebecca Seawright and MBP Gale Brewer.

Join us on Thursday, June 25th, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. for a Virtual Zoom Town Hall to voice our support and concern for Coler residents and staff.
Click here to register for the Zoom Virtual Coler Town Hall.

This Coler Town Hall is being sponsored by our elected officials. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer will be asking Coler administrators and Health and Hospitals officials questions submitted by the community.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Ice Cream Truck Altercation With Roosevelt island PSD Yesterday - RIOC Says They Welcome Ice Cream Trucks But Must Have Proper Permit To Sell

A resident reported:



I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Pubic Safety Chief Kevin Brown what happened. RIOC Public Information Officer Terrence McCauley replied:
Last night, PSD officers enforced the permit process of RIOC.The ice cream truck operator was previously advised on more than one occasion that he needs a permit to sell ice cream on the island.The operator refused to stop selling ice cream and PSD called for assistance from the NYPD’s 114th precinct.RIOC welcomes the ice cream trucks as long as they follow the permit process.
According to RIOC:
Roosevelt Island offers several high-traffic locations for food vending.With limited food options on the island, residents always line up to experience any new delicacy. We welcome all kinds of cuisine!

Mobile food vending permits are available in both daily ($30 per day) and monthly ($345 per month) increments. A city-wide vending permit is not valid for Roosevelt Island. Proper city documentation and a certificate of liability must be submitted in order to receive a permit for vending on Roosevelt Island.
Permit applications here.

UPDATE 8:55 PM - A Resident reacts to RIOC's ice cream truck statement:
This is crazy! They chase away the ice cream truck and actually called REAL POLICE on it, but they are deaf and blind to the firecrackers and fireworks being fired a few feet from them
UPDATE 6/23 - Cafe @Cornell Tech manager Chris Lewis adds:
Cornell Tech just replenished our ice cream supply yesterday!

Fireworks Exploding All Over NYC Last Few Days And On Roosevelt Island Too - RIOC Says PSD Is Monitoring Situation And Making Patrols To Stop Unlawful Fireworks Activity


Fireworks have been exploding all over NYC for the last few days including here on Roosevelt Island. A resident reports:
The other night at around 1am, fireworks were going off over near the island bridge. I kept thinking that public safety would come around and put a stop to it. Although I admirably was up and enjoying them, it did give me pause to think it was real gunshots at some point.
Yesterday,I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Chief Kevin Brown:
Residents have been complaining recently about Fireworks going off on Roosevelt Island in recent days.

Any more details or comments about fireworks going off on Roosevelt Islansd?
RIOC sent out this advisory:
RIOC has received complaints about fireworks over the past few days. Remember - fireworks are illegal in NYC. PSD will continue to monitor the island to ensure that everyone remains safe and complies with the law.
Roosevelt Island Twitterverse reports:

NYC Mayor de Blasio Calls For Painting Black Lives Matter Murals In All 5 Boroughs - Roosevelt Island Kids Do Their Part By Drawing Black Lives Matter Sidewalk Chalk Mural On Riverwalk Commons




Last Friday afternoon, Roosevelt Island got it's own Black Lives Matter Mural

Image From Rachel Dowling

with a chalk drawing on the Riverwalk Commons area by local kids

Image From Rachel Dowling

and their parents. Rachel Dowling shares this video walk thru



and reports:
Here are some pics from our community collaboration this afternoon.

Image From Rachel Dowling

The event was organized by local mom, Jaime Lewis O’Laughlin, who provided the chalk.

Image From Rachel Dowling

We left the leftover chalk with a message inviting passers by to join us and add to our message.
Here's a partially obscured aerial view of the


Roosevelt Island Black Lives Matter Chalk Mural

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Good News, Phase 2 Of NYC Coronavirus Restart Begins Tomorrow - Roosevelt Island Nisi Kitchen Hopes To Open With Social Distance Outdoor Seating Barriers On Good Shepherd Plaza Monday June 22


Roosevelt Island Nisi Kitchen restaurant owner Kai Razahgi told me today that he hopes to open tomorrow with social distance outdoor seating barriers


at the Good Shepherd Plaza.

Welcome back Nisi.

Good News, Phase 2 Of NYC Coronavirus Restart Begins Tomorrow -We All Need Haircuts, Roosevelt Island Fusion Salon Opening Monday June 22


The Roosevelt Island Fusion Salon  is open for business starting tomorrow.


Boris, the owner of Fusion Salon, reports:
We will reopen on Monday June 22. Clients must wear a mask and keep social distance of 6 feet apart

My employees will wash hands or sanitize after each client, sanitize station and chairs after each client & weargloves and mask.

It’s better to make appointment Call (212)688-0055 for an appointment. If you don’t you just have to wait outside for your turn .

All my Employees have completed Covid-19 training rules


regarding precautions and safety for everybody.
It will feel great to get a haircut after all this time.

Friday, June 19, 2020

NY Post Reports Roosevelt Island Operating Corp President Fired For Racially And Sexually Offensive Language After Complaint Made By RIOC Employee To Governor's Office

This evening, I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Information Officer Terrence McCauley:

Has there been any change in Susan Rosenthal’s status as RIOC President?
Have not received any response from Mr McCauley but received this statement from Ms Rosenthal:
Please be advised that all communications regarding RIOC matters should be directed to Shelton Haynes, shelton.haynes@rioc.ny.gov.
The NY Post reported a few hours later:

Stay tuned for more.

UPDATE 6/20 - Statement from Rich Azzopardi, Senior advisor to NY Governor Andrew Cuomo:
A complaint was made to the Governor’s office and others on June 12th by an employee of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation that alleged that the President of the organization had u?sed inappropriate language and engaged in inappropriate conduct in the workplace.

This complaint was immediately referred to the New York State Governor’s Office of Employee Relations for investigation. This investigation substantiated that the President had used racially and sexually offensive language, in clear violation of State policy and the strict standards set by this Administration.The Presidentwas Immediately terminated.
UPDATE 6/21 - Roosevelt Island NY State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright comments on firing of Ms.Rosenthal:
The top priority must be to ensure the continuity of operations and services for the residents of Roosevelt Island during these most challenging times. We will look to the new leadership of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation for such assurances plus regular and transparent communication going forward.
UPDATE 2:15 PM - Roosevelt Island real estate developer (Southtown Riverwalk Buildings and Shops On Main Street) David Kramer of Hudson Related adds:

Roosevelt Island MST&DA Invites You To A Special Virtual Theater Event Saturday June 20- Magis Theater Company Presentation Of Thornton Wilder's The Alcestiad And The Healing Sun Launch Party For New Interactive Web Site



Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance (MST&DA) Assistant Executive Director Kimbirdlee Fadner reports:

MST&DA has begun a partnership with world re-known Magis Theatre Co and is involved in the bringing of a fascinating play by Thornton Wilder, titled "The Alcestiad" to Roosevelt Island. It was originally slated to open next weekend (June 20th) at Four Freedoms Park.

There is a virtual event on Saturday, June 20th at 7pm called "The Healing Sun" that I feel is very poignant at this moment and time.

Here is a link to their website

MST&DA Executive Director Kristi Towey adds:
Magis Theatre will reveal a new interactive website dedicated to the development of the show. It will also feature Roosevelt Island and how The Alcestiad relates to the locations that would have been part of the performance. The actors will give a sneak peek into the work they have been doing to prepare.

Coronavirus Shutdown Easing - Roosevelt Island Playgrounds Opening Monday June 22 Says RIOC, Mayor deBlasio Speaks On Phase 2 Re-Openings

The Roosevelt Island playgrounds, closed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic shutdown


will re-open Monday June 22.


According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

Here's NYC Mayor de Blasio on Phase 2 re-openings.