Welcome from New York 10044, Roosevelt Island.

Roosevelt Island is located between Manhattan and Queens, to its east, running from Manhattan’s east 46th to East 85th streets. Its famous  “Tram”, The Roosevelt Island Tramway, is an aerial tramway that spans the East River and connects the island to Manhattan; 10044 is its our unique zip code.

DSC_9876Since March 1, 2010, the tram has been closed for a modernization program, expected to be completed in six months (November 2010).

the 2Tram of Roosevel IslandRoosevelt Island is only two miles (3 km) long, with a maximum width of 800 feet (240 m), and a total area of 147 acres (0.59 km2); it also has its own community newspaper, The Main Street WIRE, founded in 1979 and published every two weeks.

The newspaper confines its coverage to Roosevelt Island matters, a community within New York City that is operated by the State (not the City) of New York, with a local “authority” called the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) in charge.

In this blog I will try to bring news and photos taken on the Island; this is also your space:

Maria Buchanan

photojournalist

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Roosevelt Island New Ferry

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One secret inside a big New York secret that is Roosevelt Island; the new ferry is running, connecting the island to Astoria, 34rd street Manhattan, dumbo Brooklyn, all the way to  Rockaway, com more stops in between. For the same … Continue reading

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Roosevelt Island Day!

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Once again is Summer in New York City, and is a happy day in  Roosevelt Island, because its Roosevelt Island Day!   Promoted by RIOC ( Roosevelt Island Operation Corporation) and Urban American, together with the effort of residents and its associations … Continue reading

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Spring: study in colors, but still is winter…

As Spring approaches, every tiny bit of warm day – with sun and a little heat is welcome! And, as many new yorker, I hang my camera on my shoulder and go out in searching for colors…trees, birds, toys, anything that reflects its spring spirit is welcome.

In this matter, I prepared my first ” study in colors of the Spring ahead”; enjoy, it’s just the first, is just the beginning…

Happy Spring time!!!

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Winter 2014

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its a hard winter, with temperatures dropping below zero…keep warm, spring is in the corner!

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Roosevelt Island 2013 Fall for the Arts

The place, the weather, the people present at the park, the activities offered, it all contributed for one of the best Fall for the Arts event.

Congratulations for those who had the idea to transfer the fair to the new place, the FDR park; perfect, with a great open view and lots, lots of green space!

Superb also was the infrastructure offered by the park for the customers: clean bathrooms, cold fountain water, shades, benches, you name it…

Well, just check it here on my photos:

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Don’t forget to add my credit in case you to publish any of these photos!

Thank you,

Maria Casotti

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Fall for the Arts 2011

Once again the Festival counted with a massive participation from the Child School/Legacy High School.

From chorus presentations at the plaza to painting enormous panels, the school students, teachers and parents gave their help and  strength to the Festival.

Our school photojournalist, Maria Casotti, was there and took these photos; enjoy!

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Rep. Maloney, Elected Officials, Postal Workers & Roosevelt Islanders Rally to Save Local Post Office

Roosevelt Island residents together with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Assemblymember Micah Kellner, State Senator Jose Serrano, NYC Council Member Jessica Lappin and Postal Union members protest possible closing of Roosevelt Island Post Office - Photo Maria Casotti

Today, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, State Senator José M. Serrano, Assembly Member Micah Kellner, City Council Member Jessica Lappin, Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation President Leslie Torres, Roosevelt Island Residents Association President Matthew Katz, Chuck Zlatkin of the American Postal Workers Union, and Roosevelt Island community leaders and residents rallied outside the Roosevelt Island Station to urge the United States Postal Service to keep open the only post office located on Roosevelt Island.

Maloney and her fellow elected officials and community members have collected more than 1,600 signatures from Roosevelt Islanders who want to keep their post office open for business, and plan on delivering the petitions to the Postal Service later this week.At today’s event, Maloney also urged Islanders to reach out to the Postal Service directly, and issued the following list of actions people can take to save Roosevelt Island Station:

In July, the Postal Service announced that it was studying the possibility of closing Roosevelt Island Station and 3,652 other post offices nationwide.  The USPS placed Roosevelt Island Station on its list of potential closures because Roosevelt Island Station had less than $600,000 in revenue last year, and there are more than 15 alternate postal “access points” within a ten-mile radius.

However, as Maloney and others argued today, Roosevelt Island is home to many seniors and persons with disabilities who could not walk to the next-nearest post office nearly a mile-and-a-half away in Queens, and the only other postal “access point” on the Island itself is a Duane Reade that sells stamps – hardly a substitute for a full post office.

A final decision on which post offices will be closed is expected later this year.

Earlier this month, Maloney and her fellow elected officials wrote to U.S. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe urging him to keep Roosevelt Island Station open, and requesting that USPS hold a public hearing on the potential closure so affected New Yorkers could express their views.  A copy of that letter follows.

“As the name suggests, Roosevelt Island is an island.The post office has identified alternate post offices in a ten-mile radius – but other than a Duane Reade that sells stamps, all the other alternatives are located across the East River, a swift-moving body of water.

While I love the people of Roosevelt Island, they can’t walk on water, so they won’t be able to walk to the next-closest branch,” said Maloney.

“Roosevelt Island Station serves residents of a community with many senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and Section 8 recipients. The island was specifically designed to be virtually car-free and, indeed, very few residents of this community own cars.

Almost all postal customers using Roosevelt Island Station walk there – or use wheelchairs,” Maloney added.  “So, today, we are asking to Postal Service to look at the needs of this neighborhood, the nature of the customer base here on Roosevelt Island, and the long distances people will have to travel by foot to reach the nearest alternate postal facility – and conclude, as we have, that this vital community post office must remain open for business.

Save our post office!”

”Access to a post office is a right that most New Yorkers take for granted, and it is inconceivable that such a right might now be taken away from the people who live on Roosevelt Island. I am proud to join with Rep. Carolyn Maloney and many other elected officials, community leaders and residents today in urging the United States Postal Service to keep open the only such office serving this important community. Forcing residents to walk one and a half miles to the next nearest post office, in Queens, is no solution at all — not for seniors, not for persons with disabilities, or anyone else who lives on Roosevelt Island,” said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

State Senator José M. Serrano said, “Closing the only post office on Roosevelt Island simply does not make sense. For the most vulnerable Island residents, traveling to Astoria or Manhattan to drop off mail is clearly not an option. I urge the United States Postal Service to ensure that the Roosevelt Island Post Office remain open for business, as its closure would deeply inconvenience all those living and working on the island.”

“Under this plan the US Postal Service literally expects Roosevelt Islanders to walk on water to get their mail,” said Assembly Member Kellner.  “But Islanders shouldn’t need a miracle to keep this post office open.”

”Our message is signed, sealed and delivered — keep Roosevelt Island Station open,” said Council Member Jessica Lappin.

“Roosevelt Island is a small town community that relies on the services of the USPS every day,” said Leslie Torres, President of the Roosevelt Island Corporation. “Closing the only station on the island will create an incredible hardship especially on the elderly and disabled residents that use the station for their everyday postal needs.”“Access to a post office is a right that most New Yorkers take for granted, and it is inconceivable that such a right might now be taken away from the people who live on Roosevelt Island. I am proud to join with Rep. Carolyn Maloney and many other elected officials, community leaders and residents today in urging the United States Postal Service to keep open the only such office serving this important community.

Forcing residents to walk one and a half miles to the next nearest post office, in Queens, is no solution at all — not for seniors, not for persons with disabilities, or anyone else who lives on Roosevelt Island,” said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

State Senator José M. Serrano said, “Closing the only post office on Roosevelt Island simply does not make sense. For the most vulnerable Island residents, traveling to Astoria or Manhattan to drop off mail is clearly not an option. I urge the United States Postal Service to ensure that the Roosevelt Island Post Office remain open for business, as its closure would deeply inconvenience all those living and working on the island.”

“Under this plan the US Postal Service literally expects Roosevelt Islanders to walk on water to get their mail,” said Assembly Member Kellner.  “But Islanders shouldn’t need a miracle to keep this post office open.”

”Our message is signed, sealed and delivered — keep Roosevelt Island Station open,” said Council Member Jessica Lappin.

”Roosevelt Island is a small town community that relies on the services of the USPS every day,” said Leslie Torres, President of the Roosevelt Island Corporation. “Closing the only station on the island will create an incredible hardship especially on the elderly and disabled residents that use the station for their everyday postal needs.”

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