The Main Street WIRE 35:14 Saturday, April 11, 2015 Recent sales and offering prices suggest that both sellers and buyers value a great view from a Roosevelt Island apartment as being worth an increment of $100,000 or more. Showdown Next Week Residents’ Votes Urged For Two Island Projects in Participatory Budgeting Islanders can secure funding for two Island projects next week, but a heavy turnout of voters will be required. The WIRE reported on one, the green-roof plan for PS/IS 217, in its March 28 issue (story online at MainStreetWIRE.com). The second project, if it outdraws votes for 14 off-Island projects in the City Council district represented by Ben Kallos, will provide the community’s new library branch with special audio-visual equipment – including support for an induction looping system that transmits meeting (and other) audio directly into the cochlear implants or hearing aids of those with hearing disabilities. If it happens, it will be a first on Roosevelt Island, even though such systems are required by federal law. Voting throughout Kallos’ district starts this weekend from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the district office, 244 East 93rd Street. The first opportunity to vote on the Island comes Monday (April 13) at PS/IS 217, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Votes will also be taken at the Senior Center, 546 Main Street, on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Briefly... • PS/IS 217 will be offering fullday Universal Pre-Kindergarten starting in September. While only 18 slots are listed as available, Principal Mandana Beckman urges all parents to apply. She’s working on opening additional slots. • Work has resumed at Trellis after a pause to sort out a design problem. Co-owners Kaie and Alex Razaghi estimate a mid-summer return (editorial cartoon, page 3). • A few trees that didn’t survive the tough winter at Four Freedoms Park are being replaced. Watch for the truck that may appear to be wearing camoflage. • School tours and sessions on the Gifted & Talented program are set for mid-April at PS/IS 217. See ComingUp, page 4. • Next Friday (April 17), Cornell Tech students will give Island seniors a short course in the fun stuff on the web. See Senior Center event listings, page 6. There’s a full list of voting times and locations on page 7. Sharon Bermon, who has a hearing disability and has worked to promote the looping project, points out that the cost of the equipment is only a few thousand dollars out of the $1 million being awarded in the Participatory Budgeting process for the Island’s City Council district. Island House Tenants Are Buying, Virtually Certain to Control Its Board by Briana Warsing Island House residents have until April 20 to make a choice. Under their building’s Offering Plan, they can buy their apartments, continue renting indefinitely without penalty, or be bought out by the owner of the building. According to a recent count by Island House Tenants’ Association (IHTA) Treasurer Geof Kerr, over half of the building’s residents have decided to purchase, thereby putting control of the building into But Questions Remain for Some residents’ hands for the first time in its 40-year history. Island House is unique, both on the Island and in the city, for being the first building to exit the Mitchell-Lama program and remain affordable. Roosevelt Landings, formerly known as Eastwood, left the program and became a marketrental building. Mitchell-Lama tenants were allowed to remain, but as they leave, their apartments The Garden Club takes conservation very seriously. In addition to the expanded composting program, the club began a tight ban on wasteful irrigation practices late last year. Schwayri noted that signs have been prominently placed around the garden imploring members to conserve water, and that all water usage is monitored closely. Musto echoed the importance of the Garden Club’s work in are renovated and rented at market rate. Rivercross apartments are being sold at market-rate prices, with 45% flip taxes on sales keeping things affordable for owners who remain. The Plan Island House, composed of 551, 555, and 575 Main Street, is a 400-apartment complex that dates back to 1975. Like all the other original Island construction, it was built pursuant to the Mitchell-Lama program, designed to promote affordable housing for middle-income residents. According to one of the Offering Plan’s architects, IHTA President Graham Cannon, “The governing theory for all of us was to maintain affordability into the future. This is not a one-time threshold; the purpose is for [future] families to be able to buy into the building.” He added, “The next generation will still be buying at below market.” Cannon was very firm that he would speak only about Island House, maintaining that “Each building is its own world,” but it could be argued that the goal of the Island House Tenants’ Association See Garden, page 7 See Island House, page 9 When April Showers Bring May Flowers, The Community Garden Will Have Them by Laura Russo updated every six months in order The most important harbinger of to increase the availability of open spring on Roosevelt Island comes plots. Schwayri said, “With peonot with the casting off of goose- ple clamoring for a spot, it was imdown coats, but with another busy portant for us to try and speed up planting season of the Roosevelt the process and meet the demand.” Island Garden Club. Schwayri also noted that the opA mainstay of the Island, the Gar- portunity to work in the garden den Club offers residents the chance is not limited to someone with a to be part of a movement that har- regular membership. Residents kens back to the urban pioneers who can join the Garden Club as “Assotransformed vacant lots into vibrant ciates,” either assisting a member green spaces on the Lower East Side who requires help with their plot, of Manhattan in the 1970s. or working on one of the club’s Dr. Ali Schwayri, a participant committees like maintenance, in the first Earth Day celebration compost, or the rose committee. in 1970, founded the Roosevelt Associates are also allowed and Island Garden Club 36 years ago. encouraged to participate in the Back then, it was located in the club’s community outreach. area that is now Manhattan Park Community outreach is exGreen. “The area was completely tremely important to Schwayri wild,” says Schwayri. “We didn’t and other members of the Garden request any help or seek any ap- Club. This year, the club will not provals, we went in and cleared only continue working with stuthe rubble ourselves and started dents from PS 217, but will also be offering composting classes planting.” Ron Musto, Garden Club Di- to Island residents starting in the rector and an early member, re- spring, said Schwayri. The classes are an outgrowth of members when he and his wife, Eileen Gardiner, saw the garden for the first Community Columns inside: time in 1985. “We were enchanted,” he R.I. Tennis Association said. “One of the very first things we did after iDig2Learn getting our first apartment in Westview that fall was to join the Garden Club.” the newly-expanded composting proA lot has changed since. gram adopted by the club. As part of Membership in the Garden a recent agreement with RIOC, the Club has always been coveted, club receives garbage pick-up only with prospective members often once a week, on Mondays. The club waiting up to three years for a remedied the issue by banning all plot. But the club recently made plastic bags and composting most of two important changes to address their organic materials. Expanding this issue. First, the bylaws of the composting not only drastically the club were changed to limit reduces the amount of garbage promembership to Island residents. duced, but also represents a major Second, the club’s wait-list is now conservation effort. Future of Holiday Lights a Question as Palermo Retires By Laura Russo Is it true that all good things must come to an end? After 20 years, the holiday tradition of lights on Main Street may have seen its last season. Since 1995, Julie Palermo, Executive Director and former President of the Roosevelt Island Chamber of Commerce, has been the sole person responsible for organizing and installing the Main Street holiday lights. Now, Palermo says she is about to retire. Palermo says that, while President of the Chamber of Commerce from 1995 to 2005, the lights were “a natural extension” of her duties. “Before I started this tradition, there was nothing on Main Street,” she noted. At first, Palermo said, she wasn’t aware of her responsibility. “A dear friend and active member of the [Roosevelt Island] community, Faye Vass, came to me and said, You have to do something,” Palermo said. “Main Street looked so dull. Once the lights went up, everyone loved it.” At the time, Palermo remembers, merchants on the Island were doing very well and everyone was happy to donate. Each light involves a $250 rental fee. At the beginning, 32 lights decorated Main Street. 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I'd better make other pla s for my wedding breakfast. M n iDig2Learn is hosting an Earth Day event next Answers included “beg my parents” (i.e., negotiate Saturday (April 18), 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the with someone who has the power to say yes) and “ask Tram lawn next to the Visitor Kiosk (rain or shine). friends to help” (i.e., get the community involved). We will invite children and adults to plant flowers and The Scouts realized that a campaign was necessary, join in activities such as an archaeological dig box and are talking to the community at the Farmer’s to hunt for shark’s teeth, a creative art activity for Market and other venues leading up to Participatory children with RIVAA gallery artist Connie Tanner, a Budgeting voting week. This was a fun way to create “Jump-in!” exercise with Island mom Paulina Mansz, a framework with an action plan while illustrating that healthy food tastings courtesy of Laila Amatullah every voice matters. iDig2Learn also provides enfrom the Roosevelt Island Womrichment sessions in the spring en’s Health Organization, Earthand fall at the Youth Center. As inspired art with Bonnie Goodman, part of collaboration with Charlie a tree of life activity, and more. DeFino, Executive Director of the We will have special guests from Roosevelt Island Youth Program, NYC Parks, TreesCount! 2015, and students participate in hands-on you can learn more about joining science in a renovated outdoor a citywide initiative and tree stewlearning center space. Often, corardship. porate volunteers and other groups There is an ongoing conversation about Nature Deficiency Disorder, suggesting that help out, which builds bonds between organizations children who lose touch with nature and their natural that may have the same goal, but have not had the surroundings miss out on the calming effect of the out- opportunity to work with each other. We can be doors. As an Emmy-nominated media producer look- inspired by other interesting initiatives, like a landing to combine a love of science, children, and gardening, scape-architecture project that created a rooftop farm starting the iDig2Learn initiative in March 2012 seemed for residents in the South Bronx to use and enjoy natural for me. The philosophy behind iDig2Learn is in a modern affordable housing project called Via that working together to create green spaces like science Verde. There, they helped tenants create a Garden gardens builds knowledge, and creates another source Club, providing ongoing programming for years. The of interest that will strengthen the bonds of friendship 5,000-square-foot communal garden produced an asin diverse communities for years to come. Our mis- sortment of organic heirloom herbs, vegetables, and edible flowers in the first season. A sion is to provide hands-on opportunithousand pounds went to Via Verde ties where children and their families Garden Club members, a Brownscan explore science and healthy food ville food pantry, and an elementary through plant life. school in nearby Mott Haven. But don’t be fooled. This initiaWhether it is following in the tive goes way beyond healthy fruit footsteps of the Historical Society’s and vegetables. Educational gardens, founder, Judy Berdy, the first to host a or “transformative green spaces,” are massive daffodil planting, or working the hooks that captivate and excite. with the community to produce an Once you have your audience, you Earth Day celebration, or guiding incan sneak in the science, renewable spiration tours with PS/IS 217 students energy, nutrition, technology, and to the beautiful community garden to vital career skills. Interconnectivity meet the Garden Club, all is possible is becoming the norm, and it seems when everyone says “yes.” And the we are in the golden age of policy that iDig2Learn initiative has been overreflects our need to work with nature, whelmed with “yes.” not against it. This spring, thanks to a Grow to Cities worldwide are having conChristina Delfico, Founder Learn Mini-Grant from the Mayor’s versations about the growing human iDig2Learn Fund to Advance NYC, iDig2Learn population, limited access to clean [email protected] will host science-garden sessions in the water, and prevalent illness. Our entire food system is under review as people wish for Youth Center’s outdoor courtyard space. We will use the local, clean food, and cities look to save on healthcare courtyard as an environmental learning center to enrich costs. Architects are drawing self-sufficient vertical the school science curriculum by allowing students to farms for cities in hopes that they will be created. One collect data, measure growth, explore living systems, creative design by Vincent Callebaut Architectures understand weather, plant vegetables, and understand imagined Roosevelt Island as a vertical farm loca- how plants aid our daily lives. This program will be tion and called it Dragonfly. It is an exciting time of available to first-, second-, and third-grade students at PS problems, and the fun part of any problem is finding 217, as well as hundreds of children who are at the Youth creative solutions. How better than to pose a question Center after school. The Earth gives us so much – oxygen, water, trees, to children? It is a joy inspiring young people to promote com- clean food, medicine, clothing, furniture, spices, cofmunity engagement, or look for ways to improve their fee, and chocolate! It seems only right that we show environment using their own creative ideas. In one our appreciation with a proper party. Join us next Satparticular instance, the leaders of our Girl Scouts troop urday on the Tram lawn. Our sponsors at Riverwalk, wanted the girls to understand a public project and the Shops on Main, Manhattan Park, Rivercross Tenants’ structure of how to get one off the ground. We used Corporation, and Roosevelt Landings support this free the recent good news of the 6,750-square-foot PS/IS event for all ages. While there, please vote at the Visi217 Green Roof project making it to the District 5 Par- tor Kiosk (11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) for two Island projects ticipatory Budget ballot as a long-term legacy project on the Participatory Budgeting ballot. To volunteer to help with the event, please email that would benefit the community. We had a lively discussion with the Girl Scouts, starting with a simple [email protected] question: What do you do when you want something? For more about iDig2Learn, go to iDig2Learn.org. The Community Column Letters To the Editor: The last three or so publications of The WIRE evoked a range of emotions. I was touched by the warm personality of Autumn Ashley, who makes the Sweet Shop sweeter, and who, I subsequently noticed, was added to the WIRE staff. Further, there was a love story revealed by a lady I consider wonderful. She fell in love with an Island artist and, much like herself, an advocate for the folks on this sliver of land. That story, as it progressed, brought forth an “I-am-happy-foryou” tear. However, before ending, it summoned a bit of sadness, before a smile returned thinking about the longevity of the art he and they created, some of which was on display at the Island Art Gallery. There was also a paid advertisement by a kind gentleman who mentioned concern about racial discrimination in a workplace here on our small Island. If true, this is not good, and something each of us should work to overcome. Perhaps the writings about charges for rents to certain organizations were among the most troubling. Yet, the concerns were mitigated by the fine work of one of our resident elected RIOC Board members. She received welldeserved kudos for her efforts in working cooperatively with an agreeable RIOC President and staff. And then, there is the shocking ruling by the State Authorities Budget Office that, as of this writing, has pretty much shut down the granting of Public Purpose Funds to qualified and deserving 501(c)(3) organizations located in our community. RIOC was similarly surprised. I bemoan the thought of our Island Youth Program being impacted, as well as our seniors, our disabled, and many others. Though we hope to gain the support of a broad coalition of good folks inclusive of politicians, Islanders, potential donors, and RIOC to the extent appropriate, it will be a daunting way forward. Paraphrasing David Bauer, this Island is changing, we will have our ups and downs. Yet, we hope the net of all signals through our collaborative efforts will be an Island friendly to the needs and desires of its citizenry. 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Allison Pearlman and students of Legacy High School; Kim Massey and students from the PS/IS 217 Beacon Program, Juniors and Cadettes of Girl Scout Troop 3324 4 • The WIRE, April 11, 2015 – This Weekend – Motorgate Gallery opens, Sat Apr 11 11am. Racquet Club Open House Tour, Sat-Sun Apr 11-12 (also Apr 25-26), Racquet Club, 281 Main St. Call Paul Montana at 646-884-9644 or [email protected] for time. (Ad, page 10.) Volunteer Open House, Sat-Sun Apr 11-12 10am-2pm, Four Freedoms Park. Roses for Roosevelt, Sun Apr 12 12noon-4pm drop-in workshop, ceremony 2-3pm, Four Freedoms Park. – Regularly Scheduled Meetings and Events – See separate listing, page 6. – The Next Two Weeks – Voting in Participatory Budgeting, Mon Apr 13 7:30-10:30am, PS/ IS 217; Tue Apr 14 10am-1pm, Senior Center; Wed Apr 15 3-7pm, Library; Sat Apr 18 11am-5pm, Visitor Kiosk in Tramway Plaza (on the Island). Alternative: Mon Apr 13-Fri Apr 17 9am-6pm, and SatSun Apr 11-12 & Apr 18-19 11am-5pm, Councilmember Ben Kallos’ District Office, 244 E 93rd St. (Story, page 1; voting locations, page7; ad, page 10.) Seniors Association Membership Drive continues, Mondays 11:30am1pm, Wednesdays 10am-12noon, Thursdays 12noon-1:30pm, entrance lobby at 546 Main St. Also Mon-Fri 2-3:30, adminstrative office, 546 Main St. $15/year. Info 917-951-4137. Roosevelt Island Community Coalition (RICC) meeting, Mon Apr 13 6:30-8pm, 546 Main St., 12th floor. Updates on Cornell Tech issues. Island Hospital Goes to War, Tue Apr 14 6:30pm, Library. Adults. The Great War and the participation of Metropolitan Hospital (now The Octagon). Book Discussion (book changed), Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty, Thu Apr 16 6:30pm, Library. Cornell Environmental Hackathon, Fri Apr 17. PS/IS 217 School Tours, Meet the Principal, and Gifted & Talented informational sessions are set for Fri Apr 17, and Mon-Tue Apr 20-21. RSVP to [email protected] Children’s Flower Planting, Sat Apr 18 10am-1pm, Tramway Plaza (on the Island), Earth Day activity sponsored by iDig2Learn. Archaeological dig box, art with Connie Tanner, Jump-In exercise with Paulina Mansz, and more. (Community Column, page 3.) Tennis Association Opening Day, Sat Apr 18 10am, Octagon Courts (see Community Column, this page). Roosevelt Island Circumnavigation Boat Tour, Sat Apr 18 1:30pm. Adults $58, students $42 ($15 discount for conservatory members), sponsored by Four Freedoms Park in association with AIA. Four Freedoms Democratic Club Spring Soiree, Mon Apr 20 7-9pm, The Uptown, 1596 Third Av. Members $100, non-members $150. Info: [email protected] Movie Night at the Library, The Equalizer, Apr 21 6pm. Adults. Earth Day, Wed Apr 22. The Main Street WIRE – Sat Apr 25. Advertising deadlines: Display, Wed Apr 15 (ads accepted after deadline on a space-available basis); decision date for circulars/inserts, Tue Apr 21; 6,000 copies due Thu Apr 23. Future issues: May 9, 23; Jun 6, 20; July issue date to be announced; Aug 1, 29; Sep 12, 26; Oct 10, 24; Nov 7, 21; Dec 12. News phone 212-826-9056; urgent matters, 917-617-0449. Email press releases and feature-story suggestions to [email protected] Advertising (display & classified) 917-587-3278 or [email protected] Racquet Club Open House Tour, Sat-Sun Apr 25-26, Racquet Club, 281 Main St. Call Paul Montana at 646-884-9644 or [email protected] for time. (Ad, page 10.) Cherry Blossom Festival, Sat Apr 25, starts with a pre-event picnic, 11am, Southpoint Park. Bring food to share or buy food-truck lunch on site; tea ceremony demonstrations start at 11am. At 1pm, performances by the Koto Orchestra, the Shamizen String Ensemble, dance group Ichi Fuji-Kai Dance Association, and karate and Samurai sword demonstrations. Also at 1pm, Cherry Blossom Walking Tour from Four Freedoms Park. At Gallery RIVAA, musical soloists and an ink-painting workshop. Islander Gerald Starlight performs New Works for Japanese Shakuhachi Flute, Sat Apr 25 4pm, Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main St. Free. Info at msWIRE.us/starlight. Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance presents Adult Musical Theatre Studio: The World Goes Round, Sat Apr 25 8pm, Sun Apr 26 2pm & 7pm, Mon Apr 27 7pm, The Cultural Center, 548 Main St (downstairs). $15; seniors/students $10; advance tickets at MSTda.org. (Ad, page 8.) – Future Weeks – Cornell Construction & Task Force quarterly meeting, Mon Apr 27 6-8pm, Gallery RIVAA. Open to the public. Movie Night at the Library, John Wick, Tue Apr 28 6pm. Adults. Roosevelt Island Women’s Movie Group screens Makers: Women Who Make America, Thu Apr 30 7pm, Party Room at 425 Main St. $8 donation + healthy snacks or drinks for six. RSVP to [email protected] Jane’s Walk Tour of Four Freedoms Park, Sat May 2 12noon & 2pm. Registration required via [email protected] RIRA Common Council meets, Wed May 6 8pm, Good Shepherd Center, lower level. Meeting begins with public session, in which residents and others may address the Council. Family Folk Band performance featuring NikosKids, Sun May 9 11am, Four Freedoms Park. Uni Project Pop-Up Reading Room, Sat-Sun May 9-10 12noon-5pm, Four Freedoms Park. Mothers’ Day, Sun May 10. See ComingUp, page 10 As we throw off the doldrums of winter and recharge ourselves with the warmth of spring, each of us should also use this time to tend to the fabric of our community, and to the ties that bind us to one another and to the Island. As I often say, we are fortunate to have a vibrant community with leaders who care about Roosevelt Island. Residents work day in and day out to better our lives here, through local politics and governance, the PTA and schools, religious institutions, afterschool and childcare programs, the Senior Center, building tenant associations, and Jeffrey Escobar, President other community organizations. For Roosevelt Island Residents Association [email protected] many neighbors – for the tireless volunteers who worked so hard to make this year’s Easter Egg Hunt memorable despite the snow and cold; for the community organizers assembling a formidable team to participate in this year’s Relay for Life race and festivities; for the countless Island instructors who have successfully trained, thus far, over 500 of your neighbors in the life-saving skill of hands-only CPR – for all of these neighbors and for many more, the call to serve is not a question but a duty, to give back to an Island that has given each of us so much. RIRA Committees In that spirit, I renew my challenge to each of you to find some time to serve on a RIRA committee. As I have said in prior columns, RIRA’s community work and service occur largely through its committees. From housing to public safety to Island services and planning, there is a RIRA committee working in behalf of the community’s interests and concerns. What tends to be forgotten is that you, as an Island resident, can serve on a RIRA committee. As provided in the RIRA constitution, every resident of Roosevelt Island is a member of the Residents Association. Any RIRA member can serve on a RIRA committee. Thus, as a Roosevelt Island resident, you are a member of RIRA and can serve on any of its committees. You do not need to be an elected Common Councillor. Are you concerned about the loss of affordable housing and other housing issues on the Island? The Housing Committee is calling for you. Do you want to get involved in the planning of infrastructure for the Island as the Cornell campus is being built? The Planning Committee needs your services. The following are the active RIRA committees that you and your neighbors may – and should – join. • Government Relations Committee, chaired by Joyce Short of Roosevelt Landings: This committee is the RIRA representative to the various local, state, and federal representatives and agencies with jurisdiction over the Island, and it ensures the establishment and maintenance of ongoing relations with governmental and quasi-governmental officials. The main item on its present agenda is to brief officials at all levels, especially the newly-elected ones, about the Island’s current concerns. • Housing Committee, chaired by Ellen Polivy of The RIRA Column See RIRA Column, page 7 The WIRE publishes these columns, exclusively, as a service to the community and to the entities invited to provide them, and does not control or censor their content. The Roosevelt Island Tennis Association (RITA) is a volunteer-led community tennis association promoting the enjoyment of tennis for all adults. It has been functioning in one form or another for over 35 years. Initially, it was simply a Singles Challenge Ladder formed as a way for players to meet each other. It was officially incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in May 1996 with Joyce Short as the president. Now, we host a variety of events and act as the liaison between the tennis permit-holding community and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), which approves the permits and owns and maintains the Octagon Park Tennis Courts. We are run by a volunteer executive board consisting of four elected officers and three appointed advisors. I am the current President, and have been serving since 2004. The other elected officers are Vice President Alex Vologodskii, Secretary Alexis Villafane, and Treasurer Beth Schrum. John Dougherty is the sole appointed advisor at the moment. We review the rules governing the use of the Octagon courts with RIOC on an annual basis, and try to determine the needs of the tennis community and either supply those needs or convey them to the proper provider. Since the New York Junior Tennis League provides programming for youngsters, RITA focuses on adults. Perhaps the most popular offering by RITA is the lowcost group lessons aimed at beginner and intermediate adult players, offered weekdays in the evening. Classes are typically offered in a block of four lessons to a group of four players of the same level for $50 (making each individual class $12.50). Our signature event is Saturday morning doubles. RITA players gather to play social doubles from 10-12. Then, from 12-2, players who wish for more competitive tennis play matches for the Doubles Ladder. During these hours, there are four courts reserved for RITA play, and tennis balls are provided. The officers and executive board members take turns hosting the event, setting the teams to start play, and rotating players in and out of games. These games are included in the cost of annual membership. Prospective RITA members are welcome to attend one Saturday to “test the waters” and see if the organization is a good fit for them before joining. We reserve three courts on Sundays from 10:00 to noon. Generally, the stronger, more competitive players make use of this time. We also host pot-luck picnics and round-robin play on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day. The Community Column We hold an annual Club Championships Tournament for all members who have been participating in the Saturday Doubles round-robins and/or lessons throughout the season. Generally, we are able to hold separate events for Women’s Singles, Men’s Singles, Women’s Doubles, Men’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. This season, these events will be held over the last two weekends of September and the first weekend of October. The final event of each season is the annual year-end wrap-up awards ceremony in November, held at either an area restaurant or on the Island. The trophies for the club championships are awarded, and players reminisce and vow to work on that sketchy backhand next year. This year ’s Opening Day event will be Saturday, April 18, starting at 10:00 a.m. All interested players are welcome. Current members can renew their memberships, Michael Kolba, President and new members Roosevelt Island Tennis Association can join on the spot. [email protected] There’s no need to sign up in advance; just show up with your racquet and tennis shoes. It will be a great opportunity to meet the RITA executive board, meet fellow players old and new, and play some social doubles. In years past, we had a pretty vigorous Singles Challenge Ladder, but interest in it has dwindled in the last couple of years. One goal for this season is to encourage more interest and activity in the Singles Challenge Ladder. While it is necessary for all RITA players to have a RIOC-issued tennis permit (available online at the RIOC website) in order to access the courts, it is not necessary to be a member of RITA to use the Octagon courts. However, we feel we have a lot to offer to a wide range of players for the annual $20 membership fee (which has not increased in over 25 years). In addition to the weekend play with free balls, the holiday events, the low-cost lessons, and the competitiveladder play, members can use our ball machine for individual practice for only $2.00 per hour. We are registered with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as a community tennis association, but we receive no funding from them. Membership dues and tournament entry fees are our sole source of funding. More information about our organization can be found on the RITA website, RITAtennis.org. The Community Column features a broadly chosen rotating series of columnists and topics. The WIRE, April 11, 2015 • 5 6 • The WIRE, April 11, 2015 Adventures O curated by Sara Maher Spring has sprung! The rain is falling, the wind is blowing, and the scaffolding is blooming. Those of you returning from sunny spring break locales, don’t despair. Those places may have the beautiful weather, but we have the culture. (Right..?) Listen In Make Music New York has started a monthly podcast discussion series, and anyone is welcome to attend the live taping. The next discussion features Make Music New York President Aaron Friedman and composers Charlie Morrow, David Rothenberg, and David Soldier discussing the particular challenges of composing music that is not quite human. F downtown to 14th St. and walk east to The New School’s University Center at 65 Fifth Av. Wed Apr 15 at 6pm. Free. msWIRE.us/MakeMusic Pass Over The New York Public Library is showcasing the Rose Family Seder Books, Passover-themed artwork collected by the Library through 60 years of annual commissions from the Rose family. Artists include David Levine, Saul Raskin, -Island and Milton Glaser; works range from stained-glass window designs to paper puzzles. F downtown to 42nd-Bryant Park and enter the Steven A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Ave. Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat 10-6; Tue-Wed 10-8; Sun 1-5. Through Sun Apr 19. Free. NYPL.org/events/exhibitions Look Up If you’re trying to get in touch with nature, an afternoon on the Upper East Side probably isn’t your first choice, but 350 species of wild birds – nearly one third of all bird species in North America – live in or migrate through the city each year. Artist Alan Messer captured these tweeting tourists in detailed paintings, illustrations, and field sketches, now on display at the Arsenal Gallery. F downtown to Lex-63rd and walk northwest to The Arsenal at 830 Fifth Ave., third floor. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm through Thu Apr 23. Free. msWIRE.us/birds Walk Down This one isn’t quite on the F, but it’s worth the transfer. The 9/11 Memorial is hosting its second annual 5K Run/ Walk and Family Day to raise awareness about the memorial and museum. Enjoy a non-competitive walk or jog along the Hudson River before finding food and fun at Family Day. F downtown to W 4th and transfer to the A, C, or E downtown to Canal, then walk southeast to Pier 26 to start the race. Family Day is adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza at Greenwich St. and Liberty St. Sun Apr 26; race starts at 7:00 a.m. and Family Day activities are 9:00-2:00. Race registration is $50 for adults, $30 for teens ages 13-17, and free for children under 12. Family Day is free. msWIRE.us/911run Bend Everywhere Shake that yoga mat out of hibernation and head down to Luluemon’s Union Square location for free – yes, free! – yoga sessions every Sunday morning. Instructors rotate every month, so you can try different styles and schools before settling on your fitness routine. F downtown to 14th and walk east to 15 Union Square West. Every Sun, 9:30-10:30am. Free, but you need to bring your own mat. msWIRE.us/yogaSUN Continuing Events & Activities A listing of repeating or regularly held meetings & events (a listing of other events scheduled for this weekend and in coming weeks appears on page 4). Art Exhibits Vernissage XIV through Sun Apr 19, Gallery RIVAA, Wed & Fri 6-9pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm. Islander Piaskowski solo photo show, Bloom, Octagon Gallery. 9am-8pm daily through Apr 19. Kids & Family Yoga (ages 4-7 & caregivers), Thu 4:14 (May 6-Aug 29), Four Freedoms Park. Members free; others, donation suggested. Reading Aloud (children), Fri 3:30pm, Library. Girl Scouts (6-13 yrs), Fri 6-8pm, PS/IS 217. Info: 212-527-2505. Southpoint Park open daily 6am-10pm. Lighthouse Park open daily 7am-9pm. Four Freedoms Park daily 9am-7pm. Closed Tue. Free guided tours Sat 11am, 3pm; Sun 11am. Lunch, Mon-Fri noon, Senior Center, 546 Main St. $1.50. Menus outside social worker’s office. Also see additional listings, this page. Parks Classes Art, taught by members of the RI Visual Art Association, Sat 11am-2pm, Sportspark. Free. Hands-Only CPR Training, 1st Wed 10:45am, Senior Center, 546 Main St.; 2nd Tue 8pm, 546 Main St 12th-floor conference room; 3rd Thu 5pm, Child School, 587 Main St.; 4th Sun 5:45pm, Good Shepherd Center, 543 Main. We Are New York English conversation groups, Fri 10:30am-12:30pm, through June 26, Library. Music First Sunday Jazz Salon, 1st Sun (resumes May 4) 5-7pm, Gallery RIVAA, 527 Main St. $10 donation. Exercise & Sports (alphabetical) Basketball (all ages), Sat 2-5pm, Sportspark. Free. Basketball (adults), Mon-Thu 7:30-9:30pm, PS/IS 217. Free. Bike New York classes continue through winter; schedule at BikeNewYork.org. Pilates with Karen, Wed 8:30am. Info 212-750-6223. (Ad, page 12.) Ping Pong (all ages), Tue Wed Fri 6-9pm, Sportspark. Free. RI Moms on the Move walk and exercise program, Fri 11am, Visitor Kiosk in Tramway Plaza. Free. To confirm time: [email protected] Sportspark extended hours (ages 16-25), Fri-Sat 9pm-midnight. Weight-lifting and basketball. Free. Note: ID and proof of Island residency required. Swimming* (all ages; no instructor) – Sat-Sun 12-3pm, Mon-Fri 6-10am, Mon Wed Thu Fri 7:30-10:30pm, Sportspark. Swimming* (18 yrs+) – Sat-Sun 4-7pm, Tue 7:30-10:30pm, Sportspark. Swimming* – Water Aerobics, Sun 12-1pm, Wed & Fri 9-10am, Sportspark. Swimming* – Master class, Mon Wed Fri 7:30-8:30pm, Sportspark. (*$5; free for disabled, seniors 60+, and ages 0-3.) Tai Chi (all ages & levels), Mon 10:15am. Members, free; others, donation suggested, Four Freedoms Park, Apr 6-May 11 & Aug 31-Sep 28. Yoga (open-level), Mon & Thu 6:15-7:15pm, Sat 11:15am-12:15pm, Sportspark. $5. Mats available. Yoga (Vinyassa-flow) with Keren Messer, Mon 7:45pm, Fri 10am, Good Shepherd Center. Info: [email protected] Yoga (Hatha) with Keren Messer, Tue 6:30pm, Good Shepherd Center. Yoga with Jax Schott, Wed 7:30-8:40pm, Island Kids, 536 Main St. $15. Yoga (open-level) with Lauren Blankstein, Thu 7:30-8:30pm, PS/IS 217 Beacon. Free. Yoga at Four Freedoms Park, 1-hour classes, May 6-Aug 29. Info: FDRFourFreedomsPark.org. Adult Vinyassa, Wed 10:15am; Adult Hatha, Fri 6pm; Adult All Levels, Sat 10am. Members free; others, donation suggested. Zumba, Mon 6:30-7:30pm, Thu 6:30-7:30pm, Sat 10-11am, Sportspark. $5. Birth through Toddler (Sat-Fri) Baby Story Time (0-18 mo), Mon 10:30am, Library. Advance registration required. Baby Playtime (0-18 mo), Mon 11am, Library. Mommy & Me Swim Classes for children 6 mo. to 3 yrs. Spots available for drop-ins Wed 10:30 and Sun 1:30 or 2:00. Info at rioc.ny.gov. Toddler Story Time (18-36 mo), Wed 11am, Library. Registration required. Free. Toddler Play Time (18-36 mo), Wed 11:30am, Library. Island Kids Baby Group (0-14 mo.), Thu 10:30-11:30am, 536 Main St. Info: [email protected] Read Aloud (3-6 yrs), Fri 3:30pm, Library. Older Kids (listed Sat-Fri) Tennis – New York Junior Tennis League (ages 5-18), Sat-Sun 6-8am, Racquet Club. Free. Swimming classes (age 3-up), Sat 3-4pm, Sportspark. $15 or $100/10 weeks. Questions/ registration, [email protected] or 917-261-2771. Little Dragon Tang Soo Do (Korean martial art), ages 12 & under & caregiver, Mon 4:15pm (Jun 8-Jul 13, Aug 10-31), Four Freedoms Park. Members free; others, donation suggested. Tennis – Junior Tennis, Sat & Mon-Fri after school, Racquet Club. Info 212-935-0250. Teen Time (ages 13-18), Mon-Fri 3pm, Library. Beacon After-School Program for grades 1-8, Mon-Fri 3-6pm, PS/IS 217. Free. Info: 212527-2505. Open Gym for high school students, Mon & Wed 6-8pm, PS/IS 217. Board Games (5-12 yrs), Tue 4pm, Library. Free. Teen Game Night, Wed 6pm, Main Street Sweets, 559 Main St. Anime Club (teens), Thu 4-5pm, Library. Seniors Regular Meetings (listed Sat-Fri) Toastmasters (public speaking), 2nd & 4th Mon 7:30pm. Info: 212-751-9577. Sci-Fi Discussion Group, 1st Tue 6:30pm, Library. 114th Precinct Community Meeting, 4th Tue 7pm, Riccardo’s, 2101 24th Av., Astoria. RIRA Common Council meeting 1st Wed (except Jul-Aug) 8pm, Good Shepherd Center. Women’s Health Organization, last Wed 6:30pm, 546 Main St, 12th floor conference room. Book Discussion, 3rd Thu 6:30-8pm, Library. Office Hours RIOC’s Community Office Hours, Mon 3-5pm, 591 Main St. Info: 212-832-4540. Conversations with Cornell Tech Staff at Gallery RIVAA, Wed & Fri 10am-12noon & 1-4pm, 527 Main St. Constituent Service Hours: Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright, 1st Wed 4-7pm, Senior Center, 546 Main St. City Councilmember Ben Kallos, 4th Wed 2-5pm, Senior Center, 546 Main St. State Senator Jose Serrano, Wed, Senior Center (Apr 15, 29) 4-7pm or Library (Apr 22) 3-6pm. Info: 212-828-5829. Other Clinic on Housing Law, 1st & 3rd Mon 3-6pm, district office of City Councilmember Ben Kallos, 244 E. 93rd St. Reservations and questions: 212-860-1950 or [email protected] Free Legal Clinic, 1st Mon, sponsored by Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright. For appointment call 212-288-4607. Policy Night, 2nd Tue 6:30pm, Kallos office (see above), 244 E. 93rd St.; help formulate policy. Knitting & Crocheting Circle (adults), Thu 11:30am, Library. Info: nypl.org. First Fridays with Kallos, 8-10am, district office (see above); questions and issues. Food Box Orders from Helping Families Help Themselves, ordering 1st-11th of month. Menu online at jolinfoodbox.com. Info 347-985-7540; pickup at 546 Main St. 15th of month. Senior Center Monday 10:00 Zumba 11:00 Computers 5:00 Brain & Body Stretch Tuesday 10:20 Shoppers’ Bus 10:30 Building Strength 11:00 Blood Pressure 1:00 Paint & Sculpt Wednesday 9:30 Yoga Stretch 10:20 Shoppers’ Bus 10:30 Salsa with Luis 10:45 Spanish 11:00 Social Media for Seniors: Facebook, Instagram, Photos, more 1:00 Bridge 1:30 Scrabble Thursday 9:25 Chair Pilates 10:30 Zumba 10:45 Ping Pong 12:30 Movie 1:00-2:30 Theatre tickets at discount prices; see Rema or Annie 3:00 Computer Basics (Library) Friday 9:00 Building Strength 10:30 Computers 10:30 Tai Chi 12:00 Korean Exercise 2:00 Art with John 2:00 Pokeno Special Events RISA’s Annual Membership Drive, Apr 1-30. $15/year. Join at the Center. Google Maps, Internet Search, & Web Safety with Cornell Tech students, Fri Apr 17 4:15-5:15. Sign up by Mon Apr 13 via 646-632-4907 / [email protected] Bus trip – Trader Joe’s, E. 14th St., Wed Apr 22, 9:30-12:30. See Bubu. To join RISA, stop by the lobby at 546 Main Street. Schedule in ComingUp on page 4. The WIRE, April 11, 2015 • 7 Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project Still on Track by Alex Marshall If you stand outside Gristedes and look across the East River toward Queens, you may be looking at the future of sustainable energy in the United States. No, not the big steel shed with the outsize flashing chimneys, but the two tiny buoylike things bobbing in the water near the Roosevelt Island Bridge. They mark the site of tide-driven turbines that gave Gristedes and Motorgate electricity in the 2006-2008 period. They don’t look like much, but the turbines were the first of their kind ever to operate successfully. On that basis, Verdant Power won the first-ever commercial license issued by the US for tidal-energy power generation, in 2012. The first array built under the license is due to come on stream, if that’s the expression, this year or next. Trey Taylor, co-founder and marketing director of Verdant Power, told The WIRE that the first two new-generation turbines will be installed on the existing piles on the bed of the East River, and will shortly be followed by 30 more, using anchored frames to gang turbines in groups of three. Together, they will produce a megawatt of power, enough for a thousand homes. They’re designed tougher and smarter than the early versions, with fewer moving parts, so that they turn more evenly, swing more easily with the ebb and flow of the tide, and require less underwater servicing. Will that mean cheap tidal electricity for Roosevelt Island? Not quite yet, says Taylor. The per-watt cost would still be prohibitive. The point, he says, is to prove that the technology can work reliably on a large scale over a long period, and attract investors. This time around, Verdant’s aim is to test its Garden, from page 1 conservation and outreach, stating, “The gardens are now an active partner in Island changes: a vibrant participant in a new awareness of our shared space, our ecological concerns in everything from composting to stewardship of trees and green spaces, and in our outreach on Roosevelt Island and throughout the city.” After the controversy surrounding membership and election practices in 2013, Schwayri proudly notes a burgeoning new era of the club. “The Garden Club has been rebuilding and is stronger than before; the problems of 2013 are definitely behind us,” he said. Schwayri encourages all residents of Roosevelt Island to witness the changes firsthand. “We welcome the community to come and visit us, we want to see the community involved.” From May through September, residents will be able to take Schwayri up on his offer – the garden will be open to the public on weekends, from dawn until dusk. new turbines and perhaps generate enough dollars to consider a serious commercial project. Then the waters may part. Taylor talks a little like a prophet. He foresees a time when RITE, Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy, could not only power the Island, including the Cornell campus, but provide drinking water by a process known as reverse osmosis. He has a vision of a bank of charging stations for residents’ electric cars, and even a manufacturing facility in the South Bronx. If it sounds a little too good to be true, maybe it is. The first phase drew attention and commitment from a big hedge fund, but the Great Recession took care of that. Since then, private investment has been hard to come by, and the United States, unlike some other countries, hasn’t been willing to put a lot of public money into tidal energy. The price of fossil fuels is way down, making renewables still more expensive by comparison. So Verdant is fishing in other, less oil-rich waters. With a small U.S. government grant, it’s promoting a scheme on the upper Euphrates River, below the Karakaya Dam in Turkey. There’s a 15-megawatt project in Canada, and another that might end up powering the Shannon Foynes Port Company bulkhanding facility using the tides of Ireland’s biggest estuary to drive the turbine array. There are discussions with the United Nations Foundation about projects in Zambia and other countries in need of Participatory Budgeting Voting – Where & When 16 or over? U.S. citizen or not, just show up. They’ll be ready for you. Weekdays, April 13-17: Councilmember’s District Office, 244 East 93rd St., 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Weekends, April 11-12 & 18-19: Councilmember’s District Office, 244 East 93rd St. 12 noon-4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 11: Lexington Houses, 1539 Lexington Ave., 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 12: Stanley Isaacs, 415 East 93rd St., 2:00-5:00 p.m. Monday, April 13: PS/IS 217, 645 Main St., Roosevelt Island, 7:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, April 13: Lexington Houses, 1539 Lexington Ave., 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 14: RI Senior Center, 546 Main St., Roosevelt Island, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 14: Lenox Hill, 331 East 70th St., 2:00-6:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 15: Eleanor Roosevelt H.S.,441 East 76th St., 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 15: RI Public Library, 524 Main St., Roosevelt Island, 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 16: Stanley Isaacs, 415 East 93rd St., 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 16: NYPL 67th St, 328 East 67th St., 1:00-5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 16: NYPL Webster, 1465 York Ave., 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Friday, April 17: PS 151, 421 East 88th St.,7:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, April 17: Carter Burden, 351 East 74th St., 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18: Visitor Kiosk, Tramway Plaza, Roosevelt Island, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 19: St. Catherine’s Park, First Ave. & 67th St., 10:00-11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 19: John Jay Park, 77th St. and Cherokee Pl., 12:00 noon-1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19: Carl Schurz Park, 86th St. and East End Ave., 2:00-3:30 p.m. RIRA Column, from page 4 Rivercross: This committee addresses the issues and concerns of residents regarding the management, living conditions, and rental polices of the residential buildings, and is the RIRA liaison to the various building committees and housing task forces. • Island Services Committee, chaired by Aaron Hamburger of the Southtown (Riverwalk) buildings: This committee supervises the delivery of transportation, parks and recreation, sanitation, and postal and commercial services, supervises common facilities, and assists individuals and organizations who may experience problems obtaining Island services due them. The committee seeks solutions for how current services can better serve the community. It is also responsible for recommending and implementing RIRA policy on all matters relating to common means of transportation on and/or to and from Roosevelt Island. • Planning Committee, chaired by Steven White of Manhattan Park: This committee represents RIRA on matters involving future development of the Island, including but not limited to commercial development, housing, vehicular access, transportation, social services, and energy. It also monitors and recommends positions on planning matters, and recommends and implements policies relating to energy conservation, distribution, and generation. • Public Safety Committee, chaired by Erin Feely-Nahem of Westview: This committee recommends and implements RIRA policy on all matters related to safety, security, and vehicular traffic and parking on the Island. It works with the Public Safety Department and the New York Police Department Local Precinct 114 on behalf of the community to address the law-enforcement concerns of residents. reliable power without massive investment. Will it work? Cheap, endless power from tides and currents sounds like a great idea – but then, it has sounded like a great idea for a long time, and no one has made it a viable proposition. On the other hand, Britain starts work this year on a $130-million seabed array in the wild waters around the north of Scotland, and may invest in tidalpower projects on a gigawatt scale. Verdant’s concept, says Taylor, was to start small, and build up and out. And so far, RITE has worked, producing electricity without disturbing the river’s ecology. Another advantage is that Verdant’s turbines tend to turn close to where the power is needed. There are more people within 10 miles of the Queensboro Bridge, for example, than live in the whole of Scotland – and most Scots live in cities far from the stormy Pentland Firth. It’s Lights, from page 1 and the number of lights had to be cut back to 14. While there wasn’t nearly as much money, “people still donated what they could,” including individual residents and families. “Even if it was only $50, people gave because no one wanted to lose the lights,” noted Palermo. Over the last few years, with merchants struggling financially, Palermo said she began to focus her fundraising efforts on the building management companies and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. RIOC sponsored lights on four Main Street poles. Palermo also said that it was around this time that RIOC began to put up holiday lights in Southtown. “I was doing the work in partnership with RIOC... I was really happy, it was great to see the Island so beautiful.” But, over the past few years, Palermo started to think about retiring. “After 20 years, it’s about time,” she said. “I am so grateful to the merchants and the residents who trusted me with this responsibility,” she said, but added that, as a member of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) Common Council in addition to her day job as a chef and her other volunteer work, the fundraising and organization of the Main Street holiday lights is a huge commitment. Now, she’s worried about who, exactly, will take the reins. “Since we don’t have a lot of merchants, RIOC should really take responsibility,” Palermo said, adding, “This is especially true since RIOC purchased lights for Southtown, instead of renting them last year.” Palermo was shocked to find out that RIOC began to purchase their own lights for Southtown. She said that, while working together, both parties discussed the possibility of purchasing the lights rather than renting, to maximize purchasing potential. “If we worked together, it would have been so much easier.” She says RIOC did not inform her directly; she found out inadvertently when making rental arrangements. Palermo is moving forward with her plan to retire, although there is no confirmation that RIOC will take over the responsibility. “If RIOC doesn’t do it, who will?” she asks. “There is no one else.” Palermo feels strongly that Main Street can’t be without the holiday lights. She asked, “If RIOC can put up holiday lights in Southtown, can’t they put them up on the rest of the Island?” Palermo hopes to get confirmation from RIOC about taking over the holiday lights in the coming days. Until then, there is a danger that a holiday tradition will come to an end. • Social, Cultural and Educational Services Committee, chaired by Lynne Shinozaki of Manhattan Park: This committee seeks to assist in the creation and maintenance of social, cultural, and educational programs and events that promote community bonds. It is also RIRA’s fundraising arm, and actively seeks individuals to participate in RIRA affairs. I strongly encourage everyone with even a remote interest in serving on any of these committees to contact me at jeffrey. [email protected] or [email protected], and I will connect you with the aforementioned chair(s), who will be more than happy to have you participate in the work of the committee(s). Committee work by volunteers is essential to how the Island fares as a community, and, by extension, to how its individuals fare. As with any other investment, your return depends in part on how much you put in, so won’t you invest a little, and join a RIRA committee? And, by participating in a committee (or two, or more), you’ll not only provide an important service to the Island, but you’ll also become more engaged in the community, and you’ll get to know more neighbors. If you want more information, or you have a community concern or question that you’d like to discuss, or you have an event with which you’d like RIRA’s help, please reach out via email at [email protected] Do you have an idea for another committee that RIRA should have? Are you interested There’s more at also rather easier, probably, to service small turbines in a tidal river than big ones in remote waters far from shore. For now, Verdant has a memorandum of understanding with Cornell University to explore applications on its new hi-tech campus now rising south of the Queensboro Bridge. Cornell is committed to a zero-net-energy approach, meaning that the campus will produce enough power to offset the energy it uses. East River turbine power could be part of that, and part of a variety of other applications, too. It could end with Roosevelt Island off the grid altogether, able to withstand anything climate change (given the last couple of winters, maybe a new Ice Age?) could throw at New York City. There’s no doubt that Trey Taylor is deadly serious and committed to the Verdant vision. Maybe, if the price of oil goes up again… MainStreetWIRE.com in one that deals directly with environmental Issues, or K-12 education, or something else? Please let me know! iDig2Learn Speaking of recharging and investing in our community, don’t forget to join iDig2Learn’s Earth Day activities on Saturday, April 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., meeting at the Tram Lawn. Come out and join the children as they plant flowers and beautify the Island, embark on an archaeological dig activity to learn more about their Island home and its environs, and so much more. For information, contact [email protected] com. Interested in volunteering and helping with the event? Arrive early (around 9:30 a.m.) to register as a volunteer, or contact Christina Delfico at [email protected] Participatory Budgeting Lastly, do make sure to vote for the two Roosevelt Island projects currently on the City’s 2015 ballot for Participatory Budgeting. As has been covered here and elsewhere, during the week of April 13, you and your neighbors will have an opportunity to vote for a Green Roof at PS/IS 217 and for looped integration for the hearing-impaired in public facilities. Show not only our City representatives but also those in City Council what matters to Roosevelt Island, and get out and vote at the following locations: • PS/IS 217 – Monday, 4/13, 7:30-10:30 a.m. • Senior Center – Tuesday, 4/14, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. • Island Library – Wednesday, 4/15, 3:00-7:00 p.m. • Visitor Kiosk – Saturday, 4/18, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., concurrent with iDig2Learn-hosted Earth Day event (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) Happy Spring! 8 • The WIRE, April 11, 2015 at 405 Main Street and 4 River Road at 405 Main Street and 4 River Road MST&DA ADULT MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO presents wly e n e In th bished r refu l Center ra Cultu eatre th at 405 Main Street and 4 River Road Directed by Jacqueline Lucid-Cusick Musical Director Paul L. 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There’s nowhere else I want to go, so I like the fact that there’s a financial incentive for me to stay. When and if I leave, I can sell at a profit, or I can leave the apartment to my children, who were born and raised here. I don’t know of anyplace else in New York City with the small-town community feel we have on Roosevelt Island.” Ivana Jesic, a computer scientist, has had a two-bedroom apartment with her spouse since 2005. They have signed a purchase agreement. “I’m glad that we are buying, but we are afraid the sub-metering bills will be so high that we will have difficulty meeting expenses. The building is old, very badly insulated, and I am not convinced that the numbers we have received – from the building owner and the IHTA Board – are accurate. “As a floor captain, I’ve met many of my neighbors and I finally feel connected to them. In my home country [Yugoslavia], neighbors were almost closer than family. It feels good to know that if I have a problem in the middle of the night, I can knock on a door and get help.” Judy Buck, a retired university administrator, has lived in her onebedroom apartment since 2003. “I have been pre-approved by Amalgamated, but haven’t put in a purchase agreement. I took the new deadline of April 20 as an opportunity to think things through again, talk with a few more people, and agonize. “If I buy, I’m afraid I will be over my head at some point. I don’t want to become a financial servant to an apartment. The sub-metering issue is frightening... the possibility of rising maintenance... I have not yet heard of a conversion where maintenance did not rise in a more than minimal way. “I will breathe more freely after April 20. One way or another, I will decide and I will live with it.” Hope Dietsch, a tax accountant, has had a two-bedroom unit for almost 30 years. “I am not buying because I am not interested in having material things. I don’t want the responsibility of owning anything – not a car, good furniture, or an apartment – at this point in my life. I’m very happy having nothing. “I don’t think we’ve been given all the facts. The facts that we’ve been given are not clearcut. I don’t believe the bankers, the IHTA Board, or anyone, because we deserve a better deal. We’re being pressured to buy or not buy. The vibes I pick up from people who are buying is that they’re being pressured. Thank God, I don’t have to be pressured.” Stuart and Donna Chenkin, retired nonprofit administrators, have had a two-bedroom unit since 1999. “After much thought, discussion and debate between ourselves and our children, we have decided not to purchase, but to continue as renters. Major reasons: our age and health. It’s not about money. We got approval for a mortgage from one of the approved banks. “This is our home. We don’t want to move. We debated taking the buy-out offer, but we love the area, the convenience, and the good transportation. “We are concerned that the rent will keep skyrocketing and the electricity costs are an unknown, but we have made this very difficult decision, and we look forward to more years in the apartment.” Island House, from page 1 to keep the building affordable is in line with the original goal of Roosevelt Island and the General Development Plan (GDP). According to the GDP, Roosevelt Island was intended to “make the maximum contribution to the [then] needs of the City,” which architect John Johansen called a “unique social and architectural experiment [that] represented great financial diversity as well as a mix of race, culture, and mores [by] accommodating low-income/highly-subsidized, middleincome/limited-subsidy, and high-income/conventionallyfinanced tenants.” History It took over a decade to get the current Island House plan devised and in place, but efforts toward privatization were under way over 20 years ago. Kerr recalls joining the IHTA in 2004 for the express purpose of working on the exit plan. Cannon recalls his experience. “In the 1990’s, there was a clear sense that the Mitchell-Lama era would come to an end at some point, and the owner talked about privatization and a conversion. But there was never anything solid. That changed after 2000. At that time, the owners of the building were exploring selling the building, and one of the [potential] buyers was talking about the affordable price of $320 per square foot.” Cannon said the IHTA opted to extend the ground lease, “which gave us [the tenants] more ability to engage in this.” Second, Cannon recalls, IHTA decided, We are not going to sit here and see what happens, let’s be active participants. The IHTA made their goal “structuring a plan that would satisfy us and the terms of the ground lease,” Cannon said. Maintaining Affordability According to Cannon, the first question IHTA tackled was, “If the building exits Mitchell-Lama, how do we make sure that staying on as a tenant doesn’t [incur] a ruinous rise in rent?” As a result, “The first thing we did, before anything else, was put in a rent structure.” The rent structure Cannon refers to is memorialized in the Island House Affordability Plan: A Plan for Preservation of Affordable Housing and Withdrawal From the Mitchell-Lama Program (the Affordability Plan). It was created with the participation of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR), the New York Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC), the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), the Island House Tenants’ Association (IHTA), and the owner of Island House. Cannon says, “The number one priority was affordability, and we took it to the tenants in 2009. It was basically an outline [of the plan], before we put flesh on it, and we asked, Is this where tenancy wants to go? That [positive vote] was the green light that the owners, the State agencies, and the Tenants’ Association took.” He added, “There was no exit strategy that didn’t involve the tenants signing off.” Terms The Affordability Plan provides the opportunity for existing tenants to purchase their apartments at below-market prices, and for non-purchasing tenants to remain in their apartments at below-market rents. Island House rent increases will model those mandated by the New York City Rent Guideline Board, with adjustments to reflect tenant income [a surcharge of up to 5% depending on income]. The Affordability Plan also sets limits on resale prices in a nod to second- and third-generation buyers whose income must also qualify. Of the Affordability Plan, Cannon explains, “That’s in place for 31-32 years. It’s locked in. Even if the building never converted, everyone would be covered by that plan.” Conversion But the building is converting. Cannon said, “We ended up aggressively negotiating a price: $180 per square foot, with significant owner contributions. The prices track a formulation and then they increment at 7.5% a year, compounding.” The Offering Plan is made pursuant to the Affordability Plan. As such, it imposes many conditions and requirements that are not found in a typical cooperative or condominium. Island House is considered a Cond-Op, a hybrid of the two. The Affordability Plan imposes provisions including maximum resale prices, maximum rental amounts, and transfer fees payable to RIOC, in addition to flip taxes (transfer fees) payable to the apartment corporation. One percent of gross sale proceeds go to RIOC. There is a maximum resale price of $342.62 per share, which increases by 7.5% per year. No affordable unit will be sold other than to an income-qualified purchaser. Cannon says, “The idea is that you can make a little money when you sell. There’s also a qualified-buyer structure so millionaires don’t come in and scoop up large apartments.” He says, “The way a conversion like this works is very highly regulated and very tightly controlled.” The restrictions on subletting include limitations on the sub-rent that may be charged, and are subject to Board approval. According to Cannon, “The maintenance will be affordable. Flip taxes are quite high. They start at 50% and go down to 30%.” (The flip tax decreases by 5% per year until it lands at 30%.) The Offering Plan itself is over 1,000 pages. The Attorney General’s office oversees it. “Transparency is the bottom line,” explains Cannon. The Offering Plan attempts to answer any question that a purchaser would ever have about the building. Every bill, every document pertaining to the building is in there. It addresses the building’s age and health, special risks, and additional costs, and lists every apartment with floor plans and insider and outsider pricing.” Cannon says, “We know the five- and ten-year costs and what will need to be upgraded. Window replacements will start over the summer. The first co-op board will need to keep a close eye on all of that. Island House is not a brand-new building; it was built with codes that were applicable in the 1970’s.” A Typical Unit There are 154 two-bedroom apartments in Island House, each with approximate square footage of 1,000. The average two-bedroom apartment without a terrace has 1,283 shares, and one-and-a-half baths, and will cost $220,000 to a tenant purchaser. That same apartment will cost $688,380 to a non-tenant purchaser. The monthly maintenance on this hypothetical apartment would be $1,165. The purchaser of a co-op apartment buys shares of the corporation in which the apartment is located. Shareholders have the right to vote annually for the board of directors members, usually at one vote per share. Under the plan, renters cannot vote. Additionally, renters will be unable to sublet their units, and there is no lease succession for rentals. Not All Affordable The owner of the building may rent or sell up to 35% of the shares (140 apartments) at market price. Shareholders of market-rate apartments are not required to pay the flip tax in connection with a sale or transfer of a market apartment. Cannon says, “35% is the absolute cap on the owner’s ability to sell apartments at market. The others he can have as affordable rentals or sell under the affordability plan. That’s 140 apartments. Sixty-five percent of the building will always be affordable.” Currently, there are 34 empty apartments in the building that the owner has the right to fill at market-rate prices. Because the owner is currently under the cap, he’s made a buy-out offer in an effort to fill more apartments with market-rate tenants. Swimming Pool “The pool was one of the significant issues,” acknowledged Cannon, explaining, “The owner wasn’t prepared to sell the pool to be part of the co-op.” He added that, “We did agree with the owner that the only real option for the space is a pool or a gym – an amenity for the building. [The owner] is constrained in what he can do there. He said that the only customers would be people in Island House, or possibly Westview. Since he’s the one selling his apartments at market price, he is interested in the pool looking as good as it can.” Cannon said, “ This is something the co-op board will work on. Ultimately, the majority of board seats will be voted and held by insiders in the building. The pool is not an antagonistic issue at this point. Smart people will have to sit down and ascertain options and what we will do.” Timeline The exclusive period ends on April 20. Until then, there is not a sense of what final numbers will be. After April 20, it goes to the Attorney General for approval. For the plan to be declared effective, the required buy-in level was 15%. At 50%, the owner-tenants will control the building. Both numbers have been surpassed. But both Kerr and Cannon are hesitant to celebrate. They both say people may change their minds, and that it’s all speculation until the exclusive period ends. That being said, the first closing will probably happen in June. Mitchell-Lama The Cooperator, a publication, explained, “The purpose of the [Mitchell-Lama] program was to encourage the building of moderate-income housing, to keep more middle-class families within [New York S]tate’s cities, and to help stabilize city neighborhoods. Some say one of the real reasons for Mitchell-Lama in the first place was so that these buildings could stabilize borderline areas – clearing the way for the private real-estate market to step in.” The program worked. A total of 269 buildings with 105,000 apartments were built under the program. Developments were eligible to buy out after 20 years or prepayment of their mortgages. Many of the neighborhoods where Mitchell-Lama buildings were built – Independence Plaza in Tribeca or Independence House on the Upper West Side, for example – have become desirable neighborhoods. Roosevelt Island is in that group. The success of the original four Mitchell-Lama buildings made further development possible. Island House Of the Island House plan, Cannon says, “This is what happens when a group of wonderful people come together over a number of years.” He characterizes the population of Island House as “a slice of everything that’s good in this city,” adding, “People deserve the right to some stability in their life. For the first time in years, people know they can live in the building for a long time.” “This thing that people have talked about for years actually happened.” 10 • The WIRE, April 11, 2015 Advantage All-City Camps More choices, more facilities, more satisfaction for campers. 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