Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Urban American Explains Reason For Water And Electric Shut Down Today At Roosevelt Island's Roosevelt Landings Complex - On Earth Day, Owner Urban American Connecting Energy Efficient Onsite Combined Heat & Power Plant

An update to yesterday's post about water and electricity shut down today at Urban American's Roosevelt Landings complex.

  Image of Roosevelt Landings formerly Eastwood

Urban American's Josh Eisenberg explains the reason for water and electric shutdown today. Mr. Eisenberg reports:
The shut down is required in order to connect our new Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) to the electrical and hot water systems in the building.

Despite an inconvenient but unavoidable disruption in service Tuesday, we are proud to announce that Roosevelt Landings will be connecting its new Combined Heat and Power system that will generate 300 kW of electricity and 2.1 million BTUs/hr of domestic hot water.

When activated, our onsite power plant and heating system will be capable of generating 15% of the building's electricity on site and all of the hot water for more than 1000 apartments 30% more efficiently than before.

Only the 540 building where the system is located will be affected by the electrical shut down. We tried to plan the shut down at the least inconvenient time possible for the most number of residents. (While the rest of the complex will be affected by the brief hot water shut down, it should not be affected by the electrical shut down isolated in the 540 building.)

Unfortunately, disruption of service will affect everyone in some way and this cannot be helped. Management on the ground has identified those residents they believe will require special assistance, but those that have received the notice but have not yet spoken to the front office are encouraged to contact reception immediately.

On this Earth Day, 2014, I am proud to report that Urban American is making good on real commitments to energy efficiency on Roosevelt Island and that we will continue, as we have for many years, to make these improvements throughout our portfolios in New York City. We deeply appreciate our residents cooperation in this and in other aspects of our energy efficiency program at Roosevelt Landings. The enthusiasm and support of our residents in providing access for the installation of smart thermostats and for extensive air sealing has aided greatly in making this effort so far to be one of the largest and deepest energy efficiency retrofits of an apartment complex in New York City.

I asked Mr. Eisenberg:
When do you anticipate the on site power plant and heating system to be activated?
He replied:
Optimistically, by the end of May. But there are still a few more steps in the process to firing up that CHP plant. The new boilers have been running for several months already.
Mr. Eisenberg explained Urban American's energy efficiency program during April 2013 Roosevelt Island real estate discussion on the Michael Stoler Report. Here's what Mr. Eisenberg had to say.

More details on Urban American's energy efficiency retrofits at Roosevelt Landings from previous post.

Important Information For Roosevelt Island Parents About NYC Free, Full Day Pre Kindergarten From NYC Council Member Ben Kallos And Mayor DeBlasio - Application Deadline Tomorrow

Are you a Roosevelt Island parent interested in enrolling your child in free, full day pre-kindergarten for next year?

If yes, Roosevelt Island's NYC Council Member Ben Kallos has some important information for you. According to Mr. Kallos
The deadline to put in an application for your child to receive free, full-day pre-k is this Wednesday, April 23, 2014. You can apply in person at a Borough Enrollment Office at 333 7th Ave or APPLY ONLINE.

Admission is NOT first come first serve -- all applications are treated the same, so be sure to submit on or before Wednesday's deadline. To find out which options are available, please see the 2014-2015 pre-k guide. To see options that have been added with the recent increase in funding for city pre-k, please see this pre-k expansion guide. Additional information about pre-k seats through community organizations will become available in June.

This DNAInfo guide, "Last Minute Tips on Finding a Public Pre-K Seat," provides some useful tips for your application.

The additional public, full-day pre-k options are the result of hard work and campaigning in Albany by your city officials. I was proud to be in front on this issue, advocacy which was featured in
the New York Times. I am still working to ensure you will have more nearby options for next year and all the years afterwards.

Finding a good pre-k option for your child is one of the most important decisions you can make, but the process can be confusing. Should you have any last-minute questions on your application, do not hesitate to contact me at 212-860-1950 or bkallos@benkallos.com.
Mayor Bill DeBlasio's urged families to apply for Pre Kindergarten seats at a press conference yesterday. According to Mayor DeBlasio:
... Now, let’s go over this again. Right now in New York City about 20,000 kids get full-day pre-K. About 40,000 kids get half-day. A number of kids get nothing at all whose families applied. Our plan takes us to over 50,000 full-day, high-quality seats by this September. And then we get to the grand total of over 70,000 the following year. All because of the actions that took place in Albany, allowing us immediately to more than double the number of kids who get full-day pre-K....
Here's the full Press Conference

and transcript.

UPDATE 4/23 - Roosevelt Island PS/IS 217 Principal Mandana Beckmans adds:
We currently have two half day Pre-K programs: an AM and PM program. At this time my understanding is that it will remain the same for next year. If there are any changes I will let you know.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Emergency Building Repairs For Roosevelt Landings Complex Tomorrow April 22 - Between 9 AM And 3 PM No Hot Water And Slight Chance Of No Water, Also No Electricity For 540 Main

A Roosevelt Landings resident shares photos of these flyers posted in the elevator and reports:

No hot water from 9 am to 3 pm in Roosevelt Landings buildings

No electricity from 9 am to 3 pm in 540 main st building (there will be elevator with power plant)

Please buy water and plan ahead.

I just checked with the Landlord and THERE will be elevator service for 540. In case you need electricity to charge your phone, breastpump or any other essencial need, they told me to go to the Senior Center.

Please check your elevators to read the notices (there's also one for Laundry rooms)

Be safe tomorrow!!!
UPDATE 4/22 - Urban American's Josh Eisenberg, owner of Roosevelt Landings, explains the reason for water and electric shutdown today. Urban American is installing energy efficient Combined Heat & Power Plant today.

Resident Asks When the Roosevelt Island Octagon Tennis Courts Resurfacing Will Start And Be Completed - RIOC Says Delay Caused By Bidding Issue

Roosevelt Island resident Janet Falk is concerned about the status of the Octagon Tennis Courts

 Image of Octagon Tennis Courts

resurfacing by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC). Ms. Falk notes that RIOC President Charlene Indelicato had previously mentioned in her March 21 community report:
... This Spring, the Octagon Tennis Courts will be undergoing resurfacing to repair and improve the playing surface. The Tennis Courts are currently open for free play and will be closed when construction begins in the first week of April. The closure is anticipated to last for approximately two months. New 2014 permits will be issued once work is completed. We will continue to notify the community of any changes or developments....
Ms Falk reports:
There were folks playing tennis on April 20 at 5:00 pm. Does this mean the re-surfacing is finished ahead of schedule or that it did not start yet?
Unfortunately, the resurfacing has not yet started. During RIOC April 7 Operations Committee Meeting (audio web cast of meeting here), RIOC Engineering Director Jim Mortimer said that the Octagon Tennis resurfacing should start by the end of April and take approximately 2 months to complete. RIOC President Indelicato added that the delay in starting work was caused by a "bidding issue".

Here's the RIOC Operations Advisory Committee discussion

of Octagon Tennis resurfacing.

UPDATE 4/23 - According to RIOC:
Please be advised that resurfacing of the Octagon Tennis Courts has commenced today, April 23rd. The courts are scheduled to be closed for approximately two months while work is performed. Updates on this project will be provided to the public on the RIOC website and through RIOC Advisories. Thank you for your patience.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group

Roosevelt Island Tram Station Improvements, Repairs And Repainting Starting Today Says RIOC

Improvements, repairs and repainting of the Roosevelt Island Tram stations will begin today.

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC):
Please be advised that construction on the Tram Stations and platforms will commence on Monday, April 21, 2014. The scope of this project includes improvements and repairs to the station platforms and repainting of the Roosevelt Island and Manhattan Tram Stations. The planned work is scheduled to last 120 calendar days. In the event that work causes a disruption to Tram service, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) will issue an advisory to notify the public in advance. Thank you for your patience.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group
UPDATE 4/22 - Reaction from Roosevelt Island residents:
  • The station is fine. Would've been nice if they'd fixed the Manhattan elevator first.
  • Just fix the elevator!
  • They are penny wise and pound foolish. Paint over the problems, like band aids... FIX THE ELEVATORS so that the Elderly, Handicap and those darn baby strollers can make it down to the street level.
and an advisory from RIOC about the Manhattan Tram station elevator:
Please be advised that the Manhattan Station Tram Elevator is out of service pending delivery of a replacement part. The elevator is expected to be back in service by Wednesday, April 23rd. Until that time, the red Passenger Lift will be available as necessary. Thank you for your patience as we undertake this necessary work.


Roosevelt Island Operating Corp Advisories Group

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Incorrect Report Of $30 Thousand Robbery At Roosevelt Island Deli Reported Today In Queens Newspaper - RIOC Public Safety Director Says Incident Took Place In Queens Not Roosevelt Island

 Image From American Majority

The Queens Times Ledger published a story today with this headline:
Roosevelt Island deli robbed of $30K: Police
and reported:
Police from the 114th Precinct were asking for the public’s help in finding suspects wanted in the robbery of a deli on Roosevelt Island, the NYPD said....
Earlier today, I asked Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Public Safety Director Jack McManus:
Was there a robbery at Roosevelt Island deli with $30 Thousand stolen.

Here's link to a Queens Times Ledger article that says so.
Mr. McManus replied:
The Times Ledger printed an article this morning regarding a robbery at the En-Express Deli on April 12th, 2014. The En-Express Deli is on Vernon Boulevard in Astoria, not on Roosevelt Island. If you receive any inquiries, this robbery did not take place on Roosevelt Island. For further information on this event, please contact the NYPD.
The Roosevelt Island Twitterverse summarizes:
4/21 Twitter Update:

Happy Roosevelt Island Easter & Passover - Fred Astaire, Leftover Matzo and Mmmm Good Matzo Ball Soup

Best wishes for a Happy Roosevelt Island Easter.

and Passover.

Here are some suggestions for those with any leftover Matzos.

You Tube Video of Things To Do With Matzah

Passover is always a good time to go down to Katz's deli for some great Matzo Ball soup.

Mmm Mmm good - Anytime is a good time for Katz's Matzo Ball Soup!!!