Roosevelt Islanders Standing Tall Now in the Fight Against COVID

Roosevelt Islanders Standing Tall Now in the Fight Against COVID

Standing tall in the fight against COVID, Roosevelt Islanders lead the way forward into a promising New Year. Sticking together, lining up in the cold, calmly waiting for tests and vaccines, a community committed to a brighter future...

By David Stone

The Roosevelt Island Daily News

The Fight Against COVID Fills Good Shepherd Plaza

Meeting demand, on Tuesday, the city sent a third-party van to Roosevelt Island for testing as well as vaccinations.

Roosevelt Islanders did not disappoint. In the morning, the line for tests stretched the length of Good Shepherd Plaza, all the way to the East River.

Temperatures in the low 30s challenged anyone standing still for extended periods. And that included PSD officers braving the weather, maintaining lines and offering helpful advice.

Not as long but equally effective in the fight against COVID, the line for vaccinations parallelled the one for testing.

A Roosevelt Island only moment…

But then, in one of those Roosevelt Island only moments, Nisi’s owners came out with a rare gesture of generosity.

“While people waited to be tested by the church on Tuesday, the owner of NISI brought a large dispenser and distributed cups of hot chocolate to at least 100 people on the waiting lines, the testing-truck staff and RIOC Public Safety staff.”

Our thanks to our friend Sylvan Klein for the tip and especially to Nisi for investing in the community again.

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