Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Blacklist TV Show Filming On Roosevelt Island January 18 - 19 - Watch Out For Prop Weapons & Emergency Vehicles, Foreign Street Signage, Traffic Delays & Increased Pedestrian Traffic Says RIOC

The NBC television show Blacklist

is filming on Roosevelt Island today and tomorrow. According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):

Please be advised that on Wednesday and Thursday, January 18th and 19th, 2017 from7AM - 11 PM, the following area has been permitted for a film shoot: Main St from 500 Main St (Blackwell turn around) to 510 Main St (Roosevelt Landings bldg) and East seawall from 504 - 560 Main St. Also, various locations inside of 516 and 556 Main St (Roosevelt Landings bldgs).

There will be “No Parking, No Stopping and No Standing” in front of 501 - 513 Main St on Wed., January 18th, 2017 from 5AM to 5PM.

The film shoot will include various foreign prop cars / emergency vehicles utilizing emergency lights and foreign street signage. There will also be the use of prop weapons with minimal air soft noises.

During this time, expect intermittent traffic delays and increased pedestrian traffic in the area.

The Roosevelt Island Public Safety Department (RIPSD) and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) Movie Unit will be present during this film shoot to facilitate vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

We appreciate your cooperation during this project.

You're Invited To Senior Law Day At Roosevelt Island Carter Burden Center Thursday January 19 - Workshop On Legal And Financial Planning With Attorney Robert Freedman Too, Please RSVP

The Carter Burden Center for the Aging tweets:

Roosevelt Island Carter Burden Senior Center Outreach Director Hallie Shapiro adds:
Please join us for SENIOR LAW DAY on Thursday, January 19th! We will have 19 resource organizations here to discuss their resources from 10am-1pm and a workshop on Legal/Financial Planning with Robert Freedman from 1-2pm. RSVP for the workshop by emailing me. Refreshments will be served – we look forward to seeing you!

Among the legal topics Mr. Freedman will address are:
  • 5 essential legal documents
  • Financial Planning,
  • Tax Issues,
  • Scams and
  • Healthcare costs (including Medicare/Medicaid

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Art And Technique Of Japanese Zen Painting Featured In New Exhibition At Roosevelt Island's Paul Calendrillo New York Art Gallery - You're Invited To Opening Reception Of Phillip Smallwood's The Art Of White Space Wednesday January 18

Roosevelt Island resident and new art gallery owner Paul Calendrillo invites you to the opening reception for artist Phillip Smallwood's The Art Of White Space exhibition

According to Mr. Calendrillo:

Philip Smallwood
The Art of White Space
January 17th 2017 to February 11th 2017
Opening Reception January 18th
6pm to 8pm
Paul Calendrillo New York Gallery
507 Main St. New York, NY 10044

Paul Calendrillo New York proudly presents the first gallery showing of Philip Smallwood's abstracts in the Sumi-e style of Zen painting. The art and technique of this Japanese Ink Painting is summarized the parable below:

A Chinese painter was once commissioned to paint the Emperor's favorite goat. The artist asked for the goat, that he might study it. After two years, the emperor, growing impatient, asked for the return of the goat; the artists obliged.

Then the Emperor asked about the painting. The artist confessed he had not yet made one, and taking an ink brush he drew eight nonchalant strokes, creating the most perfect goat in the annals of Chinese painting.

The ZEN artists believe that great economy of means is necessary to express the purity and simplicity of the eternal nature of the subject. Zen Art does not try to create the illusion of reality. It abandons true-life perspective, and works with artificial space relations that make one think beyond reality into the essence of reality. This concept of essence as opposed to illusion is basic ZEN Art in all phases.

Smallwood integrates this philosophy and technique with his incomparable skill as a watercolorist. Breaking with tradition, he abandons the horsehair brush and ink traditionally used in this work and crafts his own brushes and works in vivid watercolor. Smallwood uses great sensitivity when working in this medium without any preconceived visual content and has only one attempt to get things right. He begins with one stroke, and like Kandinsky, tunes in on every other stroke without contemplation. The length and intensity of every line are what matters. Images come from the freedom. They are born in the moment through the kinetic energy applied by the brush. Smallwood knows if it is right only after he views it.

The title of this exhibition, The Art of White Space, derives its name from the positive nature of the white space that gives birth and purpose to each line. White space is an equal player, much like in Taoist philosophy where perfection is at our first breath. The lotus petal and the art of Sumi-e serve as the backdrops for his unique approach to the genre.

Influenced by his older brother, Fredrick Smallwood, the artist developed a keen interest in visual art that developed into a second career. This artistic journey has taken him and his works across the country and abroad. Mr. Smallwood is the consummate observer, who uses his talents to give a resonance and reason to subjects and places that would normally be ignored. These images are rendered with a dignity and grace that is usually reserved for the upper echelons of society. Smallwood is the recipient of numerous accolades and awards from the most distinguished art societies and organizations nationally and internationally.

Gallery Hours:
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11:30am to 6:30pm
Wednesday 11:30am to 6:30pm
Thursday ​11:30am to 6:30pm
Friday 11:30am to 5:00pm
Saturday 11:30am to 5:00pm

When Will Roosevelt Island New Nisi Diner, Formerly Trellis, Reopen After Being Closed More Than 2 Years For Renovations? Lease Has Not Been Sold To New Owners Say Hudson Companies

When will Roosevelt Island's new Nisi Diner,

formerly the Trellis, reopen after more than 2 years of being closed for renovations? Back in August and October of 2016, reported that Nisi

was ready to open pending inspections by the Fire Department.

Reader Cheshire Kitty asked recently:
Any updates on Trellis status? As we enter 2017, it's at least two years - maybe more - since the restaurant closed for renovations. The build-out is now complete - even the tables and chairs are in place. If there is a problem with obtaining needed City permits, red tape can't be untangled - maybe Council Member Kallos could help Kai negotiate the permit process/City bureaucracy? Just a thought..
On January 12, I asked Main Street Master Leaseholder Hudson Related's David Kramer:
... Is Trellis/Nisi ever going to open?

The number 1 question I get is what's going on with Trellis and will it ever open again.

Constant rumors that the lease was sold to a new operator.
A Hudson Companies spokesperson replied:
We anticipate that Nisi will open later this winter. There is no truth to the lease sale rumor.
I've also asked Nisi owners when they will open but have not heard back. Residents have told me that they were told Nisi plans to open at the end of January but that has not been confirmed.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day Today - Take A Moment To Remember And Honor His Legacy

The third Monday in January has been designated as a Federal holiday in honor of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was born January 15, 1929 and was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Dr. King is remembered and honored for many things including his 1963 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail". An excerpt:
...An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority group compels a minority group to obey but does not make binding on itself. This is difference made legal. By the same token, a just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow and that it is willing to follow itself. This is sameness made legal.

Let me give another explanation. A law is unjust if it is inflicted on a minority that, as a result of being denied the right to vote, had no part in enacting or devising the law. Who can say that the legislature of Alabama which set up that state's segregation laws was democratically elected? Throughout Alabama all sorts of devious methods are used to prevent Negroes from becoming registered voters, and there are some counties in which, even though Negroes constitute a majority of the population, not a single Negro is registered. Can any law enacted under such circumstances be considered democratically structured?

Sometimes a law is just on its face and unjust in it's application. For instance, I have been arrested on a charge of parading without a permit. Now, there is nothing wrong in having an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade. But such an ordinance becomes unjust when it is used to maintain segregation and to deny citizens the First-Amendment privilege of peaceful assembly and protest....
The full text of Letter From A Birmingham Jail is here and a short excerpt of audio below.

Here's an excerpt of Dr. King's last speech - I've Been To The Mountain Top.

Politcio has an excellent article on the last years of Dr. King's life.
... the man who helped spearhead a movement that had pressed successfully for laws integrating schools, public accommodations and voting booths was ready to take the struggle north, where, as he put it, “the moral force of SCLC’s nonviolent movement philosophy was needed to help eradicate a vicious system which seeks to further colonize thousands of Negroes within a slum environment.”...
Take a moment today to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the good work he accomplished to make our country a better place.

Pride (In The Name of Love) is U2's Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.
Early morning, April four
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky.
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride.

In the name of love
What more in the name of love.
In the name of love
What more in the name of love.
A You Tube video of U2's Pride interlaced with a slide show of Dr. King's speeches and news clips.

More on Dr. King from

Friday, January 13, 2017

Join Roosevelt Island Neighbors In Sign Making Afternoon Tomorrow In Preparation For January 21 Washington/New York City Women's March

Roosevelt Island Seniors Association President Barbara Parker reports:

Hi Everyone,

Please join your Roosevelt Island neighbors in a sign-making afternoon in plans for our participation in the New York Women's March on Saturday, January 21st.

To confirm your attendance for the sign-making this Saturday, January 14th and more information contact:

Barbara Parker


Lorraine Altman

To sign up for the January 21st March contact:

Sheila Chazin

In the next week, the march organizers will give us a time for our group to be at Dag Hammarskold Plaza. We will then gather on Roosevelt Island and go as a group. If off island people are joining us, we will establish a meeting point for them in Manhattan before we get to Dag plaza.

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Closing Reception For Artist Jennifer Young's Exhibition At Paul Calendrillo New York Gallery Saturday January 14

The Roosevelt Island Paul Calendrillo New York Gallery at 507 Main Street

is hosting a closing reception for artist Jenifer Young's Backstory exhibition Saturday, January 14 from 3 - 6 PM.

You're invited.

Mr Calendrillo shares this video interview by Roosevelt Island resident and artist Mark Fraser Betts with Ms. Young who describes her work and influences of Punk and Ska music on her paintings.

JENNIFER YOUNG INTERVIEW from Greenhill Films on Vimeo.

More information on artist Jennifer Young available at her web site.

SPONSORED POST - Roosevelt Island Gristedes Supermarket Specials & Sales, Diamond Rewards Featured Bonus Items For January 13 - January 26, Shoprite Brands & More

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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 and whether you are 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, 
  • Seafood, 
  • Frozen, 
  • Deli &;
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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.

And compare the Shoprite brand items available at Gristedes to the National brands for quality and value

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

Roosevelt Island Mom Assaulted After Asking Man To Stop Smoking Marijuana Next To Playground Filled With Children Yesterday - Safety Of Our Children And Their Parents Paramount Says RIOC Public Safety Chief

Talia is a Roosevelt Island Mom. She reports:

I wanted to share with you a difficult experience I had, yesterday.

I went to the Roosevelt Island Day Nursery (RIDN) in Manhattan Park to pickup my son at 3pm. We left there walking on the west boardwalk towards home. We saw a guy next to the playground smoking marijuana. The smell was very strong, the guy smoked without fear of anyone (the playground was full of children).

I went to him with a smile and told him, please sir do not smoke here, so close to our children, the children can smell it, (I know it was stupid of me to contact him but I approached him with such a polite smile. ..) He started cursing at me with so many curses, I'm ashamed to tell you, and threatened me to stay away.

I told him I was calling the police, walked away and I took a picture of him. The guy ran at me, knocking me to the floor, kicked me in the leg, took my phone and threw it to the floor. He tried to break my phone, I told him to stop, I will delete your picture. He deleted the image and threatened me.

I called the police, and I filed a police report. I do not understand what is happening to our amazing island? It’s so creepy here, why don't the police do anything? Wherever you go, you smell marijuana? Why should our children have to suffer passive smoke from these drugs?

I have back pain, leg pain after he kicked me, and abrasions with blood in hand.

So sad but we all ok now.
I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal and Public Safety Director Jack McManus:
... what is being done to prevent marijuana smoking in outdoor public areas particularly where children are nearby?
 Image of Roosevelt Island Playground and West Promenade From Google Maps

Public Safety Director McManus replied:
We are aware of this incident and have taken steps to address it.

The safety and welfare of our children and their parents is paramount and is treated as such on a daily basis. Each day, at both arrival and dismissal times, we deploy a PSD supervisor and 4 to 5 PSD officers to ensure that the children and their parents arrive at and leave school in a safe and orderly manner. We ensure that the children cross safely by managing vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the vicinity of the schools and, in addition, provide patrols by PSD officers in areas around the schools.

We have received complaints of marijuana smoking along the paths adjacent to the sea wall and have addressed these complaints with PSD patrols. I will increase patrols along the sea wall during both arrival and dismissal times and provide random patrols at other times.

Our patrols have resulted in both arrests and the issuance of Criminal Court Summonses and that enforcement will continue. Folks should call the Public Safety Department at 212-832-4545 to report any offenses that are observed, and PSD officers will respond and take corrective action which may include the arrest or summonsing of the offending individual.
The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Public Safety Committee discussed the issue of marijuana smoking in public next to schools during their January 3 meeting. RIRA Public Safety Committee Chair Erin Feely-Nahem issued the following statement upon learning of yesterday's incident:
The reported violent assault on a women, accompanied by her child, in front of the playground near the  Roosevelt Day Nursery, after requesting that the alleged perpetrator refrain from smoking marijuana in front of the children, is completely unacceptable. The assailant should be held legally accountable.

The Public Safety Committee (PSC) is initiating a campaign in favor of no smoke areas where parents,with young children are present.

The following statement, which will be distributed throughout the community, was approved by the Public Safety Committee on January 3, 2017 as part of an educational campaign.
PSC Statement on Legalities of Marijuana

The RIRA Public Safety Committee (PSC) has received some complaints regarding the public smoking of marijuana in various locations, including near or around PS/IS 217 and other areas where parents with young children are present.

The smoking of marijuana in public places remains illegal. Violators are subject to summons and a time-consuming and potentially damaging expedition through the NYC Criminal Justice bureaucracy.

The PSC is sympathetic to parents who do not wish their children to be subjected to second-hand marijuana smoke in the areas cited above. We would like to ask the community to respect community members’ request that areas around children’s’ play area or schools remain smoke free.

The PSC, does not favor a "harsh crackdown" on individuals, often young adults, who might engage in this offense publically, due to misconceptions about the recent easing of the law, instead we wish to emphasize the following::

The PSC asks that voluntary self-restraint and consideration guide future behavior in regard to this issue.
Here's a portion of the January 3 RIRA Public Safety Committee

discussion on public marijuana smoking near schools.