Friday, December 2, 2016

Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team Says Goodbye And Thank You To Coach Michael Gavrilchin And Welcomes New Head Coach Roman Sloudnov To Marlins Family

The Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team reports:

Michael Gavrilchin, the longtime coach of the Roosevelt Island Swim team, has left the Marlins to pursue other coaching opportunities and complete his degree in Sports Medicine. Over the seven years with our team, he has touched the lives of so many Roosevelt Island children and adults! Michael has helped us elevate Marlins to a new level, inspiring a generation of island kids to become competitive swimmers. While we are sad that he left, we know Michael will do a wonderful job in his new position.

We thank Coach Michael for his dedication to Roosevelt Island Swim team, and for passing the baton to our new Head Coach - Roman Sloudnov! We are proud to welcome Coach Roman to the Marlins family and look forward to his leadership contributions.

Our goal for the upcoming season is returning to the renovated Sportspark pool and building a stronger Learn to Swim program and competitive team, while continuing to foster an environment where success at the pool is equally as important as children's social development and academic progress.

Coach Roman graduated magna cum laude from Missouri State University with a BS in finance, and worked with swimmers at Drury University, MO (Division II swim team), trained elite athletes for Brazilian Olympic trials at Gremio Nautico Uniao, Brazil, and, before joining the Marlins, coached for Match Point swim team in Brooklyn. As a professional swimmer, he represented Russia in four Olympic games (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012). Coach Roman is an Olympic Bronze Champion, multiple time World Champion in 100m breaststroke, 2000 and 2001 World record holder in 100m and 200m breaststroke, 2001 European Swimmer of the Year, and the first person to ever swim 100m breaststroke in under 1 minute.

This is an exciting time to be part of the Roosevelt Island Swim Team, we are eager to see our swimmers progress under Coach Roman's stewardship!

Coach Roman and Coach Michael with Roosevelt Island Swim Team members Mira (Juniors) and Tim (Future Stars)
More information on the Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team available at their web site.

Roosevelt Island Job Available As Director Of RIOC Parks & Recreation

Are you looking for a job on Roosevelt Island?

How about a position with the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) as Director of Parks & Recreation?

According to Indeed job search web site:

Director of Parks & Recreation
Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation - Roosevelt Island, NY
$90,000 a year

TITLE: Deputy Director of Parks & Recreation

REPORTS TO: Vice President of Operations

SALARY RANGE: $80,000 – $95,000


Under the general direction of the Vice President of Operations, the Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation will assist in the supervision and management of recreational programs, maintenance and usage of fields and parks, and coordination of special events and filming.
Click here for more info and to apply but can't promise you'll be working

with Amy Poehler.

No Roosevelt Island F Train Service From Manhattan This Weekend And Next 2 But Roosevelt Island Tram Service Returns To Normal With Both Cabins Operating Starting December 3

First the bad news.

 Image From MTA

According to the MTA:
F Jamaica-bound trains are rerouted via the E after 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av

Weekends, 11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Dec 2 - 5 • Dec 9 - 12 • Dec 16 - 19

No Jamaica-bound service at 57 St, Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge.
Now the good news. Both Roosevelt Island Tram cabins will be in service starting tomorrow. Hopefully, the long lines will be gone.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Please be aware that, on Saturday, December 3rd, the Tramway is scheduled to return to its regular service schedule, utilizing both Tram cabins.

Please note the last Red Bus shuttle from the Tram to Manhattan will be on Friday, December 2nd at 8 PM, and the last shuttle from Manhattan will be at 8:30 PM Friday.

Thank you for your patience during this necessary work.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

RIRA And RI Parents' Network Thank Main Street Sweets Owner Scot Bobo For Contribution To Roosevelt Island Community On Day Ice Cream Shop Closed Business

Coach Scot's Main Street Sweets closed it's business yesterday.

Since the closing announcement earlier this month, residents have expressed sadness that our only ice cream shop is no more, but also appreciation for owner Scot Bobo and his family
for creating a community space that was enjoyed by many.

At last night's Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) meeting, RIRA Common Council Member Adib Mansour and Roosevelt Island Parents Network Coordinator Eva Bosbach thanked Scot Bobo for his contribution and service to Roosevelt Island.

Mr. Bobo thanked everyone who came in the shop and said:

... All we did was provide the space. Roosevelt Island provided the community. It's a great community.

Keep the community together. Wherever the next space is, we're the community and that's all we need...
Thank you Scot. Nice job. Your efforts were appreciated by many.

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony At Blackwell Plaza Friday December 2 - Music, Gifts, Prizes & Santa Claus

It's that time again for a wonderful Roosevelt Island tradition - the lighting of the Holiday/Christmas Tree in front of Blackwell House tomorrow night, Friday December 2.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
On Friday, December 2nd at 7PM, you are cordially invited to attend Roosevelt Island's annual holiday season kickoff event, the Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting Ceremony. Join us at Blackwell Plaza (500 Main St.) for a free celebration of our close-knit community, featuring performances by the Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, the Beacon Program, and the 116th Street Band. Also, don’t miss a visit from a very special guest! Make sure to bring your camera!.

For more details visit:

Many thanks to our generous contributors:

Amalgamated Bank | Urban American | The Octagon | Hudson Companies | Wholesome Factory | Gristedes | Piccolo Trattoria | Starbucks | Island Wine & Spirits | Roosevelt Nails | Fuji East | Bread & Butter Market | Cornell Tech
Here's the 2015 Lighting of

Roosevelt Island Holiday/Christmas Tree.

More scenes from 2015 Roosevelt Island Tree Lighting here.

Good times.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association Had A Great Thanksgiving Dinner - RIDA Thanks Adult And Kid Volunteers Who Helped

Roosevelt Island Disabled Association (RIDA) President Jim Bates reports on and shares these photos from the RIDA Thanksgiving Day Dinner. According to Mr. Bates:

The Roosevelt Island Disabled Association had a great Thanksgiving dinner for its members.

About 40 RIDA members attended our Thanksgiving Dinner

this year

at the Roosevelt Island Carter Burden Senior Center.

RIDA thanks the volunteers who served our Thanksgiving Dinner

including Lisa Fernandez, the Director Of Carter Burden Roosevelt Island Senior Center and her husband.

Also, thank you to the Children from the Islamic School of Roosevelt Island

who made cards with a piece of chocolate and gave one to each RIDA member along with serving desert.

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Urgent Care Grand Opening Sunday December 4 - Check Out Medical Care Services Offered For You & Your Family, Meet The Staff And Ask Questions

The new Roosevelt Island Urgent Care Medical Facility

invites you to their Grand Opening Sunday, December 4. According to Roosevelt Island Urgent Care:
Sunday, December 4th, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Urgent Care’s newest facility at 520 Main Street on Roosevelt Island invites you to a grand opening. See your invitation below.

Urgent Care brings immediate services to Roosevelt Island with a full scale launch.

Come in and enjoy refreshments while staff professionals

answer any questions you have about what this innovative style of medical care means for you and your family.

Balloons and surprise giveaways will make this your kids’ favorite doctor office visit ever.

Let us know you're coming on Roosevelt Island Urgent Care's Facebook Page.

Roosevelt Islanders have never had a choice like this. Instead of the stressful demands of going to the emergency room to get routine care for non-emergencies or waiting for a doctor’s office appointment, step inside Urgent Care at 520 Main Street, no appointment necessary.

You’ll find fast service from a fully qualified team waiting for you. In case you have to wait a few minutes, the waiting room is spacious and comfortable with enough chairs for everyone. A big screen TV will keep you occupied. For any little ones you bring, a well-equipped and safe play area is nearby.

While you’re at it, fill out an easy one-page registration form and make your next visit even easier.
More on the medical services offered at Roosevelt Island Urgent Care here.

Roosevelt Island Urgent Care phone # is (646) 977-7974. Hours are Monday - Friday 8 AM  to 8 PM, Saturday and Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM.

Come welcome Urgent Care to Roosevelt Island at their December 4 Grand Opening.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Completion Of Roosevelt Island Sportspark Facility Renovation Delayed Until New Year - But May Be Sooner Says RIOC

The Roosevelt Island Sportspark facility

 Sportspark Image From Google Maps

closed temporarily last August 15 for renovations scheduled to be completed before Thanksgiving 2016.

Image From RIOC

As reported August 11:
... the Roosevelt Island Sportspark Facility will close temporarily starting about August 15, 2016 for renovations to include the installation of a new roof, a new boiler and repairs to the pool. The Sportspark facility will probably re-open by Thanksgiving

No work will be done during these renovations for improvements to the locker rooms and showers....
Yesterday, Roosevelt Island residents asked:
Sports park?

Have you heard any updates?

Have heard a few rumors but wasn't sure if there was an official word from RIOC.

Thanks for any info!
Another resident inquired:
What about Sportspark’s pool?

I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) President Susan Rosenthal:
Any update on what is happening at Sportspark and when it will reopen?
Ms. Rosenthal replied:
I wish I had better news. We had problems obtaining a pool vendor and after finally contracting with one, work commenced yesterday. The skylights were delayed and thus, the roof is not completed and the boiler completion is awaiting the plumbing permit. To be conservative, everything will be done by the new year---it may be sooner.

Roosevelt Island Marlins Say Goodby To Main Street Sweets And Thank Owner Scot Bobo For Service To Team And Community - Ice Cream Shop Closing At End Of November

Olga S. Shchuchinov reports on behalf of the Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team:

Roosevelt Island Marlins Swim Team visited Coach Scot's "Main Street Sweets" shop to give thanks and say goodbye. The shop's closure is a great loss for the Roosevelt Island community and our team. Scot Bobo has donated to the Marlins, supported our events, and always welcomed our swimmers and their families to his store.

Swimmers made cards

and gave Coach Scot a "Marlins" uniform hoodie

as a small token of appreciation for the past 4 years.

Thank you, Coach Scot, Roosevelt Island Swim Team will miss you!"
As previously reported, Coach Scot's Main Street Sweets 

will close at the end of November but there is still time to get some ice - at big discounts.
Sorry to see Main Street Streets close.