Last Saturday, October 5 saw the Roosevelt Island’s first ever Main Street block party sponsored by Hudson Related, the master lease holder of 90,000 square feet of retail across 25 stores on Roosevelt Island’s Main Street.
The block party highlighted local businesses by bringing them outside offering food, art, festivities and fun. Each shop opened their doors to showcase their business through one-day only experiences.
It raised public awareness about the importance of shopping local. Businesses such as RIVAA Gallery, Wholesome Market, Nisi, Liukoshui, Roosevelt Island Nails, and the new Island Om, a wellness studio founded by yoga and fitness instructor Jax Schott and set to open soon, all took part, among others.
Local yogini and new Island business owner, Jax Schott, led a yoga class on Rivercross lawn
At 11:00am on Rivercross lawn, yogini Jax Schott kicked-off the party with an outdoor yoga class. Over twenty participants of all ages attended, practicing on the light blue mats provided by Schott and emblazoned with the logo of her much anticipated studio, Island Om.
Hooked up with a headset Schott’s voice and music was amplified, and attendees enjoyed the wonderful class as boats cruised upriver against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.
After the class the space segued into use for a silent dance party with the local outfit The Sanctuary, the soon to be new event space and restaurant located in what was last the Dayspring Church. Islanders donned wireless headphones and danced their hearts out on what turned out to be a beautiful, crisp autumn day. This event was a big hit enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
There were free donuts and hot cocoa along with face painting. Neighbors worked side by side to make chalk art creations on the sidewalk in front of RIVAA, where there was also an art sale.
Nisi Kitchen’s pancake eating contest attracted the attention of NY1. We got up to the pancake eating contest to see the last four or five still standing of what had been seven chosen contestants. The young fellow in the lead was getting ready to embark on his fourth plate of flapjacks. Others were finishing second plates and were eking out their survival in the competition nibbling one small crumb at a time while a crowd of cheerers looked on.
I suggested to Mr. Kaie that maybe next time they should do it with chocolate mousse and the contestants wouldn’t be allowed to use their hands . He laughed and seemed to approve of that idea.
Jax Schott finished up the event with a meditation on the Rivercross lawn. All and all the day was a great success.